Lonely Planet, the world’s largest and perhaps most respected travel guide, has named the country the 2nd best country to visit in 2017. Whilst Colombia regularly features on the the ‘Top 10’ list of major newspapers and magazines, this is probably the most significant endorsement yet from a reputable and well-respected travel expert such as Lonely Planet. Read the full article HERE.
Some interesting fact about the country:
- Colombia is the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
- Colombia is the second most bio-diverse country in the world, after only Brazil which is 10 times its size.
- Colombia has vast stretches of gorgeous Atlantic and Pacific coastline – over 3200 km or 2000 miles of it.
- Colombia is home to over 4,010 species of Orchid and there are thought to be many – hundreds even – waiting to be discovered.
- The country has the widest variety of fruits on this planet.
- A new scientific publication has confirmed that the official number of birds registered in the country of Colombia has for the first time exceeded 1,900 species. This represents a new world record and firmly establishes Colombia as the world’s most bio-diverse country. Colombia has the largest number of butterfly species, too.
- The near-empty eastern jungles of Colombia hold 54% of its land but only 3% of its population.
- The country’s name is pronounced Col-o-mbia, not Col-u-mbia. Many non-Spanish speakers get this wrong.
- A Nobel Laureate and a best friend of revolutionist Fidel Castro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, was from Colombia. He is the author of “Love in the Time of Cholera,” which is the most-sold Spanish novel in history. Seems like Colombia colonized Spain, and not the other way around.
- Everyone and everything are sweet in Colombia, including its local alcohol, Aguardiente. It is made from sugarcane and is the best drink to enjoy the Colombian sun.
- Colombia is the happiest country in the world according to the 2013 and the 2014 Barometer of Happiness and Hope.
- Despite its reputation as a drug-peddling dangerous place, in reality, it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world with a diverse nation that is helpful, hopeful and deeply endearing.
- Not lazy, but fun loving: Colombia, with 18 national holidays, came second in the “countries with the most national holidays” list.