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Colombia Photo Journal

Of all the countries we’ve visited on this adventure, Colombia always elicits the most curiosity from the people we talk to. It has an almost mystical, forbidden quality. People know it’s a beautiful Caribbean paradise, but its violent history has left it off the beaten path for tourists until fairly recently.

Here are a few things you may not know about Colombia:

  • It’s spelled Colombia, with two ‘O’s, despite its namesake Christopher Columbus.
  • It shares land borders with 5 countries, including Panama, but there are no roads connecting these two countries. This missing 100km section of the Pan-American highway is called the Darien Gap.
  • It’s mandatory for public radio and television to play the national anthem twice a day at 6 am and 6 pm.
  • 20% of the worlds butterfly species are found in Colombia.
  • During the height of his rule, Pablo Escobar collected up to $420 million dollars a week. Also, he once offered to pay off Colombia’s National debt of $10 billion dollars!

No matter what your pre-conceived notions might be, we can guarantee that if you ever travel to Colombia you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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