Why Come to Colombia?
Colombia is a transcontinental country spanning South America and an insular region in North America. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, Venezuela to the east, Brazil to the southeast, Ecuador and Peru to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Panama to the northwest.
Colombia comprises 32 departments and the Capital District of Bogotá, the country's largest city. Colombia is one of the world's seventeen mega-diverse countries, and has the second-highest level of biodiversity in the world. Its territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Colombia was one of the 4 founding members of the Pacific Alliance, which is a political, economic and co-operative integration mechanism that promotes the free circulation of goods, services, capital and persons between the members, as well as a common stock exchange and joint embassies in several countries.
Colombia is also a member of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Organization of American States, the Organization of Ibero-American States, and the Andean Community of Nations. Colombia is a global partner of NATO. Its diversified economy is the third-largest in South America, with macroeconomic stability and favorable long-term growth prospects.
Things to do in Bogota
The Gold Museum is one of the most visited tourist highlights in the country. The museum receives around 500,000 tourists per year. The museum displays a selection of pre-Columbian gold and other metal alloys, such as Tumbaga, and contains the largest collection of gold artifacts in the world in its exhibition rooms on the second and third floors.
The Gold Museum
The Botero Museum
Founded in 2000, this museum is home to one of Latin America’s most important art collections. The museum was created after Fernando Botero donated hundreds of his works to the Colombian Central Bank with the promise that they would be displayed in a free museum for everyone to see. In addition to his own pieces, included in the donation were works by Monet, Picasso, and other world-famous artists.
Standing tall at 3,152 meters (10,341 feet), you can see Monserrate from pretty much everywhere in town. It’s a popular spot to take in the view, and since there is a church at the summit, it’s also a popular spot for local weddings. You can walk up yourself in under an hour, or you can take a cable car or funicular to the top.
Did you know?
Bogota is the third-highest capital in South America and in the world after Quito and La Paz, lying at an average altitude of 2,640 meters (8,660 feet) above sea level.
Moving around Bogota