The island of Colombia is located in South America and has the third largest Spanish speaking population in the world. Because of its geographical location in relation to the Equator, the climate of Colombia is tropical and isothermal (constant temperature). The tourism industry of Colombia has been rapidly growing since the 1940's and there are many areas that are popular for tourists and festivals that draw in high numbers of people from all over the world.
Located in Pasca, Colombia the Archeological was founded by the catholic priest Jaime Hincapie Santamaria. The museum is home to a large collection of pre-Colombian relics and chibchan mummies, the now extinct Muisca tribe. There is also a replica of the famous golden ship Balsa Muisca and a natural zoo and a large insectary.
The Museum of Gold is home to the Malagana Treasure which is a group of gold and other artifacts plundered in 1992 by a mob during a “gold rush”. The gold originally came from a cemetery near Hacienda Malagana, located in western Colombia and was discovered in 1992. Over 150 ancient gold relics were seized during this endeavor and these relics represent the tombs where they had been placed many centuries before. During 2004, the museum underwent extensive renovations and once the project was completed in 2007, the museum viewers experienced newer and improved displays which explained the culture and history surrounding the Malagana Treasure.
The Monumento a los Lanceros is a large sculpture complex that was designed by the Colombian artist Rodrigo Arenas Bentancur. The Vargas Swamp Lancers was designed as a memorial to honor of the Vargas Swamp Battle which occurred in July of 1815. It is recognized as the largest monument in Colombia and depicts the 14 lancers commanded by Colonel Juan Jose Rondon. The sculpture is made of bronze and stands 33 meters high with 14 soldiers and their horses suspended in mid-air and framed by a concrete structure.
The Colombian city of Medellin is the site of the annual Festival of the Flowers. The celebration is one of the most important in the city and the main feature is the Silleteros Parade, a pageant, automobiles, a Pasa Fino equestrian parade and musical entertainment. The first festival took place in 1957 and consisted of a display of flowers located in the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was organized by the Gardening Society of Medellin.
Malpelo Island is 300 miles off the east coast of Colombia and this region is home to the World Heritage Site, Malpelo Nature Reserve. The island is home to some 500 hammerheads and silk sharks and is one of the few places in the world where the Smalltooth sand tiger has been seen. The UNESCO foundation named it a protected area to preserve the biodiversity of this unique island.
There are many wonderful places in Colombia that offer stellar lodgings and the finest amenities possible. The Hotel Morrison in Bogotb is in one of the most recognized commercial areas in all of Colombia. The rooms are decorated in an exquisite European style and have marble fixtures throughout. The location is in an area rife with restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping and entertainment. The Sofitel Altamira Hotel is located at the city entrance and within minutes of a golf course and fine dining restaurants. The hotel offers guests horse back riding, tennis courts and three swimming pools and activities that cater exclusively to children. There is also 24-hour concierge service, dry cleaning, a porter, an overnight shoe shine, a beauty parlor and spa located on the grounds of the hotel. Colombia is filled with exciting Latin nightlife, street vendors who sell precious gems and is the cultural and intellectual hub of South America.