Colombia Makes Fast Progress For Its People

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Photo credit goes to Nicolas Raymond.

Colombia is a country with a reputation that belies its true personality.  While the location of the nation has offered it a great position for commerce, offering its extensive agricultural assets to all corners of the world, it has been given the bleak reputation for the powerful organized crime originating in the region.  The most notable criminal activity, or at the very least, the most notorious, would have to be the Colombian drug cartels which have been a huge supplier of illegal narcotics to as many places on the planet as the agricultural industry has offered.  This reputation has thankfully been making a turn for the positive, especially in recent years.

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Photo credit goes toPolicía Nacional de los Colombianos.

With an amped up police presence especially since the early 2000’s, Colombia has made significant strides in its international war on drugs.  This is certainly no small feat as the drug cartels are highly organized, well armed, and have extensive man power, along with many corrupt politicians, military and police in several countries.  These organized criminal groups have the extensive resources to not only offer a decent challenge to some nations but actually compete with them or even stay ahead of them at times.  The fact that Colombia has been able to make such strides in such a short amount of time, particularly since the presidency of Álvaro Uribe, is nothing short of admirable considering the objective was a relatively monumental undertaking.  Since then, cocaine production and distribution from Colombia has had a significant decrease and tens of thousands of aggressive militants have been captured or disbanded.  As a byproduct of this defense against violence and corruption, hundreds of thousands of Colombians have been able to rise out of poverty and the economy as a whole has improved to the point of several businesses rising up to the seven-figure status, making the nation a better place for its citizens and tourists alike.

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Photo credit goes to Policía Nacional de los Colombianos.

Colombia – Sun, Sand and More

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Colombia is a country located in South America and is a part the Latin-American countries including Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela etc. Located at the northernmost tip of South America, Colombia is known for its Caribbean coasts, Amazon Rainforests and several industries like oil, mining, chemicals, textiles, forest products, military good and automotive industry etc. along with its varied flora and fauna. The first time I got introduced to Colombia was through a friend who apparently brought some marijuana from Colombia. I also remembered reading about the Colombian drug lords and one of the Colombian drug lords was probably busted by Vin Diesel in the Hollywood flick XXX.
Colombia was introduced to most of the world most probably after the 2014 FIFA world cup when the Colombian defender broke the vertebra of the star Brazilian striker Neymar. Marijuana is probably one of the most famous exports coming out of Colombia. It contrasts chiefly with the American export of Tobacco and its role in spreading capitalism.

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Highly influenced by the Spanish culture Colombia is a melting pot of cultures and the arts, architecture and the cuisine in Colombia is something that travelers should experience. Colombian striker James Rodriguez is the new rage in Latin American football due to his outstanding performance in the 2014 FIFA world cup. Most people who are unfamiliar with Colombia must have heard about the international pop sensation Shakira. Well, she belongs to Colombia and I’m sure no one will forget this fact.

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For the people craving the sun, sand and surf in the Pacific and the Caribbean coastlines, Colombia is a must visit. It is the only country that has coastlines on both water bodies. Due to being located near the equator, Columbia only has summers. This is good news for my sunlight deprived white friends in Europe and North America, as they can soak up as much sun as they need in this perennially warm costal paradise. Columbia was named after Christopher Columbus who found the country during the age of exploration and discovery. The world’s largest salsa festival, theater festival and the largest flower parade etc. are also a few not to be missed attractions in Colombia.