Colombia has a thriving market economy based primarily on oil, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. Growth over the past decade has been a robust, placing it solidly as a middle-income country. Here’s a brief look at the country’s economic history, with a more in-depth focus on developments and policies in the last two decades.
Colombia conjures images of sultry salsa nights and cool cosmopolitan Bogotá, of the lush Amazon rainforest and the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. That’s quintessentially Colombia, but don’t forget the eerie desert landscapes of La Guajira or the White City of Popayán, a historic colonial city beyond the endless sugarcane fields of the Valle de Cauca. Pink dolphins, blue lizards, and paddling above the treetops of a flooded jungle are just the beginning.
Maybe you dream of celebrating Colombia’s flourishing culture at one of its many music and dance festivals or conquering the Andes Mountains–or maybe you’d just love to know ten surprising facts about the country before you travel.
Travel Maps of Colombia
Currently available from the pages of our travel guides are over thirty maps of Colombia. These maps cover eight regions in Colombia including Bogotá and its neighborhoods, Cartagena and the Caribbean Coast, Medellín and the Coffee Region, as well as the Colombian Amazon.