Introduction to Colombia!
San Andrés (la playa)
- San Andrés is an island
- Some of the tourist attractions: North End, is known locally as the center of San Andres, which concentrates the hotel zone, commercial, banking and government. Isleña House Museum (Casa Museo isleña), which was created by the natives in order to acquaint visitors with the culture and customs of the inhabitants. La Loma, a town inhabited almost entirely by natives of the island and one of the best places to appreciate the traditional island architecture
Las Lajas Church (la iglesia)
- In 1754 an Amerindian woman called María Mueses was walking through the valley of the Guáitara river with her deaf-mute daughter Rosa. They became caught in a sudden torrential downpour and sought shelter between two slabs of lajas, the large shale rocks found in the area.
As lightning illuminated the canyon the daughter exclaimed The mestiza is calling me! and pointed to one of the slabs of shale where a silhouette of the virgin Mary could be seen. The site's fame grew and there are many accounts of healings in the valley which became a popular destination for pilgrims.
Made in 1949
National Library of Colombia (la biblioteca)
- The National Library of Colombia is generally considered to be the oldest national library in the Americas.
- The original collection of the library consisted of books expropriated from the Jesuit community, which had been expelled from all the dominions of the Spanish Empire, as a result of the 1767 order of King Charles III of Spain.
Cali zoo (el zoologico
- The Zoo belongs to a foundation that carries its name and whose mission, since it took the zoo's administration in 1981, has been to improve the animals' diet, their natural environment, and the medical care of the existing fauna.
- The zoo has five sections for different kinds of species: primates, butterflies, ocean and river fish, amphibians and reptiles, and birds.