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The official name of Colombia is the Republic of Colombia, and it is a country in South America. The official language is Spanish. However, 65 indigenous languages are widely spoken throughout the country. The official currency is the Colombian Peso. The primary religion practiced here is Roman Catholicism. It shares borders with the countries of Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, as well as the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean Sea.

Bogota, Colombia
Bogota, the Capital of Colombia
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Its capital city is Bogota, a city of diversity. This is a city with a mix of the new and of the old with colonial churches and traditions from the past along with modern museums filled with ancient artifacts and the problems of modern life.

Cartagena, a town well rooted in history, is listed as a World Heritage Site. Once a colonial port for Spain, Cartagena de Indias features an old walled town that includes monasteries, palaces, churches, plazas, and more.

Cartagena Wall Cannon
Wall Cannon in Cartagena, Colombia
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A walk along the cobbled streets reveals a few stops worth an hour or more of exploration including the Muelle de los Pegasos, the Palacio de la Inquisición, and the Museo de Oro. Close to the town, one will find the remains of the Spanish fortresses that defended the town from intruders. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the largest of the Spanish forts in South America.

The Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City, dates back somewhere between the 11th and 14th centuries as far as the remains that are currently there. It was rediscovered in 1975 in the thick Colombian vegetation with the remains of about 150 stone terraces that once served as the foundation for the homes of the Tayronas. The Museo del Oro in Bogota houses some of the artifacts from this lost treasure of a town including pottery, jewelry made with semiprecious stones, and works of gold.

The Parque Nacional Tayrona is a very beautiful park that features coconut palms and sandy beaches. It is set amidst deep bays and coral reefs. Although the snorkeling here is said to be good, it is also dangerous due to the currents found offshore.

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