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Colombia In Color

When we try to define a country or a region, we often refer to the beauty of its tourist attractions and the sensations they can evoke. For Colombia, this task has been challenging for multiple reasons. On one hand, its natural richness, filled with marvelous and breathtaking landscapes. But also because defining a country is a political action that must satisfy everyone and include each one.

That’s why I remembered some sunrises in La Guajira, which hold a special magic. Perhaps because for the indigenous Wayuu people, dreams are part of reality, and the sunrise is the link between the dreams of night and day, creating a range of yellow tones. Then there are the “llanero” sunsets, pride of the inhabitants of the vast savannas of the Orinoquía. Thousands of birds prepare to rest, painting the sky in orange hues. The mist in the Cocora Valley grants majesty to the tall wax palms, creating gray tones that blend with black and white. The sun reflected on the Amazon River creates perfect images of different colors, from oranges and yellows to blues and purples.

But Colombia’s most impressive and distinctive colors are found at other times of the day. Like the river of 7 colors, Caño Cristales, or the sea of 7 colors in San Andrés Islands. As the popular saying goes, more than 30 shades of green adorn the coffee mountains. Or the many whites of the perpetual snows of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Undoubtedly, the explosion of color is not only in the natural environment.

The flora gives us more than 1400 species of flowers, each with its own color and aroma, and a day of the year you can see it in the silleteros parade. Over 400 types of fruits provide wonderful colors and flavors, that you can see blend in Cartagena’s palenqueras. And if we think about the 1945 species of birds, the 3642 species of butterflies, the 791 species of frogs, and the 4290 types of fish that inhabit the country, then we have an infinite rainbow of colors, reflecting biodiversity and essential to understanding why Colombia is a country of colors.

All this color of nature is reflected in art and handcrafts, in carnivals and festivals, in gastronomy, in music itself, and in each of the expressions of Colombians. A multicultural country full of colors and joy.

Ricardo Ramirez

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