Colombia!

Rebeca Madrazo World Geography 11/9/14

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Colombia Flag

Colombia Political And Physical Maps

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Why should you visit Colombia?

Colombia is a beautiful country! It has 1,993 miles of coastline all full of beaches. The best known, and most beautiful is Playa Blanca (White Beach). Not only full of beautiful sights, this beach gives you time to relax and destress yourself. If you want something more modern, try Taganga Beach.
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Playa Blanca

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Taganga Beach

If water and sand is not your thing maybe the buildings are what you would enjoy more!
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Religion & Believes

Religion
  • 90% Roman Catholic
  • 4% Protestant Faith
  • 3% Atheist or Agnostic
  • 2% Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventist Religions
  • >1% Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Hinduism, Indigenous Religions, Hare Krishna Movement, Rastafari Movement, Orthodox Catholic Church, and spiritual studies such as African Animism.

Believes

  • More than 80% of the Roman Catholic faith have been baptized or are planning to be baptized.

Language

  • The official language in Colombia is Spanish.
  • Hello in Spanish is "Hola".
  • Other spoken languages include: Chibcha, Quechua, English, Wayuu, Paez, Embera, Romani.
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People

Major Ethnic Groups
  • Mestizo 58%
  • White 20%
  • Mulatto 14%
  • Black 4%
  • Mixed Black-Amerindian 3%
  • Amerindian 1%

Customs/Traditions

January 6 -Dia de los Reyes Magos is a holiday where the presentation of the infant Jesus to the the 3 wise men is celebrated with 3 presents to a child. It is one of the three major Christian celebrations {Christmas; Easter}.


July 20 (Independence Day) -On July 20, 1820 Colombian patriots were rebelling in the streets of Bogota against Spanish rule. The vicero, forcefully, agreed to giving Colombia limited indepedence which later turned permanent


Food: Most of Colombia's food comes from Spanish decent (Natilla, Bunuelos, Flan, Salsas).


Dances/Music: Music can be divided in 4 parts- The Atlantic (Cumbia, Porro, Mapale), the Pacific (drums), Andrean Region (drums),and the Eastern Plains (Llanos, harp). Dances are generally done in parades and festivals.

Economy

  • Most of the Colombian labor force is focused on services (62%).
  • Colombia is best known for exporting coffee, oil, flowers, banana, emeralds, nickel, coal, apparel, and petroleum.
  • Exports add up to $58.7 billion.
  • Imports are $53.5.
  • They have a debt of $85.83 billion.

Holidays/Festivals

  • Rock al Parque is a festival that has taken place since 1995. Takes place in August 16-18. In this festival international and rock groups perform. It's considered to be one of the biggest free open air event in Latin America.
  • Carnaval de Barranquilla- Happens every March 1-4. The carnival is an example of a triple cultural fusion (Europe, Africa, and India). Catholic festivities blended with original ceremonies and musical heritage of African Slaves.
  • Feria de Cali is a massive year-end street carnival where over 2 million people celebrate salsa music and dance. Happens on December 25-30. Public salsa concerts by famous Latin America artists occur in this celebration.
A walk in the center of Cali, Colombia