Experience Colombia

The Plaza Mayor and the cathedral that watches over it

On April 27, 1539, in what had been used until then as a pasture by the farmers of the young city just founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, and known as Santa Fe, the Spanish conqueror, Don Sebastiano de Belalcázar built the main square, the Plaza Mayor (now Plaza de Bolívar). In the centuries that followed, the square would become the hub of this city under constant development and the setting for some of the events that had the strongest influence on the course of the history of Colombia.

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House-Museums: a cultural offering that lives in the soul of Bogotá

Surely one of the main factors that go into the choice of a tourist destination is the variety of offerings a location holds. For this reason, in recent years Bogotá has aroused considerable interest in the world. Colombia’s capital city is not only the administrative center of Colombia, but also a point of reference for the quantity of cultural offerings of all kinds that it presents for the citizens and tourists. Among these, one of the most interesting is the presence of varied museums that hold the memory of this cold climate metropolis and satisfy the curiosity of people of all ages and interests.

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We are all invited to the table of Bogota

Santa Fe de Bogota, the capital, but also the largest city of Colombia, is the perfect meeting point for all cultures of this land with five climate zones. At 2,640 meters above sea level, in the heart of the cold weather, the 1,600 kilometres of a city, that opens its doors to Colombians and foreigners of all latitudes stretch out with a festive mix of diversity and richness. This variety is reflected in many areas: culture, art, sports and, of course, gastronomy.

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A tale of beetles and mountains

Over the last few months, the fact that Colombian cyclists have been taking the national flag to the highest peaks of the main international competitions has brought to mind the gestures which have caused the Country to fall in love with its warriors on steel horses for decades.

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The banana, the chameleon fruit

Of all the fruits that Colombia offers, perhaps none plays such a part in our country’s culture and historical development as the banana. The cultivation of this soft, sweet fruit has become a distinction for Colombian fruit growers, known around the world as “cafeteros” and “bananeros”.

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Curuba, natural medicine at the gates to the Páramo

Usually fruit thrives in the sun and this is precisely why it grows easily in warm climates where everything shines with light and bright colors abound. But there are some exceptions. A passiflora such as the curuba, or banana passion fruit, would suffocate in places where the temperature exceeds 24 degrees, and favors the icy winds that blow in the cold lands just before entering the Páramo. And if the plant is particularly brave, it may even grow on the temperate thermal floor, but certainly never under 1,800 meters above sea level.

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