Colombia is undoubtedly a country, where not only the landscape stands out with its beauty, but also its people. The country lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is a neighboring country of Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador.
With 43 million inhabitants, Colombia is the state with the most inhabitants in South America after Brazil. Most Colombians live in the Andean region or in the Caribbean lowlands. The rainforest areas of the Amazon, which make up almost half of the country, are only sparsely populated and largely untouched. More than two thirds of all Colombians live in cities. In contrast to many other countries in Latin America, Colombia is characterized by decentralized organization
The population of Colombia is made up mostly of people of indigenous origin, descendants of the Spanish conquerors and descendants of African slaves, who were deported to the "new world" between the 16th and 19th centuries.
The west of the country is dominated by the Andes. The north of Colombia is located on the beautiful Caribbean coast and offers many wonderful beaches and Caribbean flair. Since the equator runs through Colombia, large parts of the country have tropical climate and are covered by huge areas of rainforest with a high biodiversity, just like in Ecuador. There are, for example, more than 3,500 orchid species and a diverse fauna.
Music is doubtlessly a wonderful part of Colombian life - and it is as diverse as the Colombians themselves. On the Caribbean coast, people mainly dance to cumbia or vallenato rhythms. This is due to the African influence, since many Afro-Colombians live there. A new type of music, that originated in this region of Colombia is “Champeta”, which is also strongly influenced by African and Caribbean backgrounds. Salsa is also very popular across the country, like in large parts of South America.