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In Colombia, one can go from perpetual snow to the beaches of
the Caribbean, enjoy the company of friendly country folk in the
Andean highlands, or in warmer climes, and even participate in the
fiestas of the local inhabitants. The warm beaches of the Caribbean
coast, bays lined with coconut palms in the Pacific, the mysterious
Amazon jungle, limitless savannas in Orinoquia, a valuable past in
colonial architecture and the imposing peaks of the Andes: a
universe of destinations that nature lovers can enjoy in some of
the 50 national parks that are to be found in every corner of the
country. With a long history several sites that bear testimony to
its fascinating Indian past. In San Agustín, in the southern of the
Colombian Andes, monoliths of volcanic stone representing gods and
warriors are preserved.
The Andes Mountains dominate Colombia's landscape, with three
ranges running the length of the country from north to south. They
divide the country into three major regions: the highland core, the
coastal lowlands, and the eastern plains. Colombia is rich in
natural resources and beauty. In addition to being the leading
producer of emeralds, it also is home to the world's largest
platinum deposits. Colombians farm about 150,000 coffee
plantations, mostly on the mountain slopes between 2,900 and 5,800
feet above sea level.
WILDLIFE OF COLOMBIA
The country is home to one of the world's greatest varieties of
birds, as well as hundreds of different kinds of mammals and
thousands of types of insects and plants. The wildlife of Colombia
includes the larger South American mammals, such as jaguars, pumas,
tapirs, peccaries, anteaters, armadillos & several species of
monkeys. Caimans, once numerous along the principal rivers, have
now become scarce due to intensive hunting. Many varieties of
snakes inhabit the tropical regions of Colombia. Birds include
condors, vultures, toucans, parrots, cockatoos, cranes, storks and
hummingbirds. Colombia has developed wildlife sanctuaries such as
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary where pink flamingos inhabit
shallow water in the coastal lagoons, El Dorado bird reserve at San
Lorenzo above Santa Marta.
The 'mestizaje' is not only expressed in the country's traditions,
handicrafts and cuisine, but also in its arts, from architecture,
painting and sculpture to literature, film and photography, and
also including music, dance and theater. UNESCO's World Heritage
Committee has declared Cartagena de Indias, the archeological parks
of San Agustín and Tierradentro, and the historical center of Santa
Cruz de Mompox as world heritage sites. Colombian music is
enormously varied, that of the Andean region, undoubtedly of
Spanish origin, is based on stringed instruments such as the
guitar, mandolin and tiple, but to the south of the country it is
enriched with the flutes and drums of the chirimías. On the
Caribbean coast the 'Vallenato' has imposed itself over ancestral
rhythms such as the 'Cumbia'.
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