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Vibrant Cities With Soaring Skyscrapers

Aug 18, 2007
It is a country located in the north western region of South America. Colombia is bordered to the east by Venezuela and Brazil to the south by Ecuador and Peru to the North by the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean Sea and to the west by Panama and the Pacific Ocean. Colombia is the only country in South America that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

The fourth largest country in South America and one of the continents most populous nations.

Colombia has substantial oil reserves and is a major producer of gold, silver, emeralds, platinum and coal.

It also has a highly stratified society where the traditionally rich families of Spanish descent have benefited from this wealth to a far greater degree than the majority, mixed race population. With few avenues for social mobility, this provided a natural constituency for left wing insurgents.

Vibrant cities with soaring skyscrapers, elegant port towns cut by cobbled alleys and bougainvillea shrouded balconies, spectacular national parks from tropical to heavenly high alpine, cruise boats, party buses, late night salsa dancing and glorious shopping.

On the surface, Colombia is a seemingly untroubled country. Media reports, however, still speak of coca fields, violent crime and kidnappings. Beyond the headlines is a thriving society with a rising middle class, some of the best health care and universities in South America, and improved security.

The most pleasant time to visit Colombia is in the dry season, between December and March or July and August, particularly if you plan on hiking. It also gives visitors a better chance to savour local cultural events, as many festivals and fiestas take place during these times.

Apart from the weather, you might also consider Colombian holiday periods. There are basically three high seasons when Colombians rush to travel from late December to mid January and from mid June to mid July. During these periods transport gets more crowded, hotels tend to fill up faster and prices may rise, so youll have to pre plan your trip and do more legwork to find somewhere to stay.

The proximity to the equator means its temperature varies little throughout the year. However, the temperature does change with altitude, which creates various climatic zones ranging from hot lowlands to freezing Andean peaks, you can experience completely different climates within just a couple of hours of travel. It has two seasons summer and winter. The pattern of seasons varies in different parts of the country.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Colombia Rental Site
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