Experience Colombia

The orchid, a flower everyone falls in love with, from insects to emperors

Exactly 150 years ago, the world witnessed the great Universal Exposition in Paris. Emperor Napoleon III wanted to show the grandeur of the French Empire and appointed Bonaparte as leader of the project. After an investment of hundreds of thousands of francs, the emperor and his wife went to visit her. They crossed the huge exhibition area and, despite being full of luxurious items and flashy effects, a simple detail far from any kind of ostentation attracted their attention: the orchid that decorated the Colombia space.

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Heliconia, the flame of the forest

For a long time, heliconias only embellished the Colombian countryside. They were part of its landscape, together with its cows, birds and butterflies. These flowers, shaped like bird, tentacles, crabs or an "emperor’s scepter" (this is how the heliconia species Etlingera elatior is named in Spanish) were so wild that nobody would ever have dreamed that they would one day be admired in vases all over the world and especially in cities full of grey cement. Their red, yellow and orange hues, exoticism and non-conventional shape were elements that could make them just as popular and successful as roses, so many farmers began planting them. Today, heliconias are not only exported from the United States to Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and many other countries, but also have their own themed park.

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The hidden treasures of the Colombian Pacific

A thick forest protects the beaches of Nuquí in the Colombian Pacific, north of the Country. It takes three hours to get there from Bogotà by plane and then just as many by the car. Trees and isolation allow the sand of this paradise to remain intact for the surfers who arrive from the sea on its high waves. The wind, in this part of the Country, is impetuous and splashes the water that replies rebellious and provocative.

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Cartagena, a place that enchants the world

Ghosts, imaginary or real, wander about Cartagena (if you believe that souls continue to roam among the living). The walls that are still standing proudly after five centuries have assisted every kind of event: from those considered as heretic by the Holy Inquisition to those of hundreds of slaves, pirates searching for gold to the British troops led by the famous pirate Francis Drake, up to the Colombian heroes who fiercely opposed the Spanish Reconquista at the turn of the nineteenth century after the independence struggles. And those walls have also witnessed the endless romance between Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, the protagonists of the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez “Love in the Time of Cholera”, and the time when Sierva María de Todos los Ángeles, the Marquise which inspired the writer for of “Love and Other Demons”, was unearthed and found with hair long twenty-two meters and eleven centimeters.

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Colombian Recipes: Patacones with Shredded Beef

Patacones are served all over Colombia as a side dish for fish and meat dishes or as an appetizer with guacamole, hogao (tomato and onion sauce) or ají (a typical spicy sauce). Patacones are as well a main dish and here we propose a special Colombian recipe with shredded beef.

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Colombian Recipes: Arepas

Arepas are a typical Colombian food based on very finely ground cornmeal. The thickness and nutrition may be varied with many different fillings but the most famous versions are those with meat or cheese.

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