Colombia is a land of extremes. Through its center run the towering, snow-covered volcanoes and mountains of the Andes. Tropical beaches line the north and west. And there are deserts in the north and vast grasslands, called Los Llanos, in the east. Black, brownish black. Massive – Granular – Common texture observed in granite and other igneous rock; Striated – Parallel lines on crystal surface or cleavage face. Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, after only Brazil which is 10 times its size, and one of only 17 “megadiverse” countries. It has the highest amount of species by area in the world, including more species of bird than all of Europe and North America combined. It has an enviable climate and some of the best forests, beaches, rare species of plants and animals, and is home to diverse cultures. One of the striking features is the love for coffee. The geography of the Colombian territory, made up of mountains, tropical forests and its Amazon rainforest, once again placed the country among the highest qualifiers associated with its natural beauty. Each region in Colombia has its traditions, unique customs, and accent. There is plenty of music, food, and a variety of people wherever you go. Colombia is said to be the most welcoming place on Earth. The warmth and kindness of our people are beyond imagination. Yes, Colombia is generally safe, and most tourists have uneventful trips. Crime is an issue, but it’s improving as more tourists flock to Cartagena, Medellín, and other cities. What is this? As long as you stay aware of what’s happening around you and take some basic precautions, you will enjoy your time in Colombia.