Trip to Argentina and Columbia

By Alyssa Ostaba

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Major cities visited

Medellin- has a population of 2.44 million as of 2014. During the 19th century, Medellín was a dynamic commercial center, first exporting gold, then producing and exporting coffee.

Facts: There are more high rise construction projects underway and approved in Medellin than NY, Philadelphia and Los Angeles combined,and Medellin has 2 Guinness Book of World Records: Largest Outdoor Horse Parade; Largest Poetry Festival

Bogota- a population of 7,878,783 in 2015.The area around Bogotá was first populated by groups of indigenous people that migrated from mesoamerica. Among these groups were the Muiscas that settled in what is now mainly Cundinamarca and Boyacá.

Facts: the motto of the city is "2600 meters closer to the stars" (in reference to its altitude above sea level), and Bogotá occupies a sloping plain at the base of two mountains, Guadalupe and Monserrate

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One landmark i visited was the Bogota Botanical garden,The Botanical Garden is a world full of nature and color comprising a total area of 19 hectares (47 acres). Its name honors the memory of the wise man José Celestino Mutis, who was the director of the Botanical Expedition.

Culture of Columbia

Many aspects of Colombian culture can be traced back to the early culture of Spain of the 16th century and its collision with Colombia's native civilizations. The Spanish brought Catholicism,Africans, the feudal encomienda system, and a caste system that favored European-born whites. After independence from Spain, the criollos struggled to establish a pluralistic political system, between conservative and liberal ideals

What was popular in Columbia

Traditional Colombian Clothing-

Today, most Colombians wear Western-style clothing. Urban professionals from the Andean interior tend toward conservative, dark-colored suits, while farmers and members of the lower classes prefer loose skirts or pants. Modern dress in Colombia’s coastal regions is a little more free-wheeling, with loose-fitting styles and bright colors or prints that reflect the region’s Caribbean influences.

Traditional food- Bandeja Paisa, a traditional dish from the Paisa region, consists of white rice, red beans, ground beef, plantain, chorizo, morcilla, chicharron, arepa, avocado and a fried egg. Along with Ajiaco, the bandeja paisa is considered to be one of the national dishes.


Industries- textiles, food processing, oil, clothing and footwear, beverages, chemicals, cement; gold, coal, emeralds

Products- coffee, cut flowers, bananas, rice, tobacco, corn, sugarcane, cocoa beans, oilseed, vegetables; shrimp; forest products

GDP- $377.9 billion

Labor force- 23.66 million (2014 est.)

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Carnival de Negros y blancos

is one of the major events in Southern Colombia, celebrated in Pasto over a week in early January. It goes up to 5 days Day four and five are Blacks and Whites Day respectively followed by a Grand Parade on the fifth. The final day is devoted to Rural Culture and a Cuys Festival.
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Famous land marks I've seen

The Perito Moreno Glacier- The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing. The reason remains debated by glaciologists.The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 kilometres (3 mi) wide, with an average height of 74 m (240 ft) above the surface of the water of Argentino Lake, in Argentina. It has a total ice depth of 170 metres (558 ft).

Parque de la Costa- Following an investment of nearly US$400 million, the Parque de la Costa was inaugurated(introduced) on April 10, 1997. The park, connected to the light rail line at the latter's Delta station, originally included Tronador (a Pinfari Zyklon Loop roller-coaster),

2 Major Cities i visited

Buenos Aires- population is 16.66 million (2015)

From its earliest days, Buenos Aires depended primarily on trade. During most of the 17th and 18th centuries, Spanish ships were menaced by pirates, so they developed a complex system where ships with military protection were dispatched to Central America,

Córdoba- population is 1.3 million inhabitants according to the 2001 census It was founded on 6 July 1573 by Jeronimo Luis de Cabrera, who named it after Cordoba, Spain. It was one of the first Spanish colonial capitals of the region that is now Argentina.


Modern Argentine culture has been largely influenced by Italian, Spanish and other European immigration, although there are lesser elements of Amerindian and African influences, particularly in the fields of music and art. Soccer is Very popular in Argentina, kids and even young adults practice and play in the street or yards.The popular foods are Dulce de leche, a popular national spread used to fill cakes and pancakes, eaten over toast, and as an ice cream flavor. Most regions of Argentina are known for their beef-oriented diet. In Argentina the Spanish term,"Carne", which means meat, is assumed to be beef in Argentina.


industries- food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel

Natural resources- sunflower seeds, lemons, soybeans, grapes, corn, tobacco, peanuts, tea, wheat; livestock. These are used for human consumption and too sell as profit

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