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Welcome To Colombia

Welcome to the official web page of the Tourism Promotion Fund in Colombia. Here, both Colombian tourists and visitors from abroad will find travel information about our country. Tour operators can also find useful tourist information about Colombia.

Obtain information for your trip by selecting from the menu bar on the left of this page and consult a range of activities by clicking on one of the icons above. Plan your next vacation in Colombia, find out about multiple destinations of sun and beach, eco-tourism, history and culture, rural tourism, fairs and fiestas, sports and adventure or conventions and congresses. Discover Colombia!

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This is the official Colombian tourism website. It does have an English version. I specially recommend our national natural parks. In fact, The Guardian has chosen the beaches at Tayrona Park as the world's second best. You'll also find useful tips for your Colombia trip.
 

Decameron Cartagena All Inclusive
 

The Decameron Cartagena is an all-inclusive resort situated on Bocagrande Beach in Cartagena de Indias, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, approximately a ten-minute drive from the international Airport of cartagena

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Things to Do in Colombia

 
 
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Puerto Colombia
Santuario de las Lajas - Colombia
Visitors to Colombia are told: Don't leave without seeing the Santuario de las Lajas. For good reason. This gothic, fairy-tale looking cathedral is built on the site where images of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child were found in a rock cave. The church was created around the images, which hang high above the altar. The original chapel dates from 1803, but this spectacular church, designed by Nariño architect Lucindo Espinoza, was built between 1926 and 1944 on a stone bridge spanning the deep river gorge.
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Nobel Prize winner: Gabriel Garcia-Marquez of Colombia
 
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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 06 May 2007 at 1:03am
World Famous Colombian Vocalist "Shakira"
Shakira biography
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (Colombian vocalist)

BORN: February 2, 1977



Shakira, the graceful one, has been sneaking up on you-the Grammys, the MTV Video Awards, those Pepsi spots. She's a child prodigy who wrote her first song at age eight, a blond-locked Colombian who speaks three languages and loves only in Spanish. She's a perfectionist who spends hours in the studio; she needs to be close to nature but her passion is the crackle of electric guitars. She is in the blush of youth, but she's far older than her 24 years. As her countryman, Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote, "Shakira's music has a personal stamp that doesn't look like anyone else's and no one can sing or dance like her, at whatever age, with such an innocent sensuality, one that seems to be of her own invention."



The swift ascent of Shakira's star is the stuff of Latin American legend. At the age of 13, she signed her first recording contract with Sony Music Colombia and released her first album Magia. (Magic). After graduating from secondary school, Shakira decided to dedicate her life to the music, recording Peligro ("Danger") and Pies Descalzos, ("Barefeet") in the years that followed, which broke her in Latin America , Brazil (over one million sales) and Spain.



Her next album, ?Dónde Están Los Ladrones? produced by Shakira and executive produced by Emilio Estefan, established her as the major force behind Latin pop-rock, going multi-platinum in the U.S., Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Central America, Mexico and platinum in Spain. Then came a Grammy and two Latin Grammys, the key TV appearances, the brave new world of Shakira, the star. Shakira is a walking, living, breathing, singing contradiction. "I was born and raised in Colombia, but I listened to bands like Led Zeppelin, the Cure, the Police, the Beatles and Nirvana," said Shakira. "I was so in love with that rock sound but at the same time because my father is of l00% Lebanese descent, I am devoted to Arabic tastes and sounds. Somehow I'm a fusion of all of those passions and my music is a fusion of elements that I can make coexist in the same place, in one song."



It's the songs that make her new album, LAUNDRY SERVICE, her first with English-language tunes, the kind of breakthrough work that will turn the pop world on its head. From the tango-inflected "Objection (Tango)," to the Middle Eastern flavor of "Eyes Like Yours," to the lyrical innovations of "Underneath Your Clothes", to the richness of the melodies of "The One," to the pop-rock of "Whenever Wherever," Shakira will stand in the ranks of the best singer-songwriters in any language.



"I think I am celebrating life more than ever," said Shakira. "I had a slightly narrow vision of love. Now I am feeling unguarded, and it feels great. I feel washed clean of the way I looked at things in the past, which is why I am calling the album LAUNDRY SERVICE."



The most extraordinary thing about LAUNDRY SERVICE is the way she was able to translate her Latin American sensibility into a new language. The idea to do songs in English first came up during Shakira's partnership with Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Gloria initiated the process by translating "Ojos Así," a song that appeared on Shakira's last album, Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (Where are the Thieves?). "I wanted to have her involved in this somehow because she was one of the people that really believed that I could make a record in English," said Shakira.



But nurturing the belief that she could write songs in English was a strong challenge. "The first song I wrote by myself for this record was "Objection," remembered Shakira. "I prayed and asked God to send me a good song today, and I remember I started writing the song a couple of hours after. I wrote the music and lyrics at the same time, and when that happens it's really magical to me." When she completed "Objection," she knew that she could write ten more, so she packed up her loved ones and set up portable studios in rural Uruguay. Taking in the primordial energy of natural surroundings, Shakira came up with a crop of new songs more introspective, more passionate than any she had written before. "I had to find a way to express my ideas and my feelings, my day to day stories in English. So I bought a couple of rhyming dictionaries, read poetry, and authors like Leonard Cohen and Walt Whitman," she said.



"I would feel love in Spanish but I would think about how to express that love in English. Afterwards that became such a natural process, and if you check the subject of my songs, most of them talk about my own experiences and feelings and what I was actually going through in my life," said Shakira. "Is impossible not to write about love.. It's the great mystery of life. It makes me ask myself new questions every day."



Shakira is one of the poetic songwriters of her generation and considered the best female lyricist in Latin America: On the ballad "Underneath Your Clothes," she claims as territory a man she likens to "a song written by the hands of God"; on the blues-rocker "Fool" her "tears make a sea of desert." But she is still as quirky around the edges as she's always been-on "Ready for the Good Times" she remembers close encounters with roaches; on "Poem to a Horse" she scolds a friend dulled by "hydroponic pot," and on "The One," she rewards her true love by shaving her legs and learning how to cook.



"I try to represent only myself, but there are many women that identify with me," said Shakira. "I am definitely not a woman who washes her husband's clothes every day. I hope I don't sound like a feminist leader saying these things. I just try to be honest the way I write."



There's no doubt that Shakira has maintained her creative integrity with her new project. But perhaps more importantly, LAUNDRY SERVICE is a record that reflects her deep love for the basics of rock production. "I felt that I needed to make an organic record with real players in the studio playing live music and doing it like they made records 30 years ago, in the old times," said Shakira. "We used an engineer named Terry Manning, who's worked with ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz. He's somebody from the old school. I was determined not to depend on too many electronic sounds, and he definitely understood that."



On LAUNDRY SERVICE there is a very strong dedication to old-fashioned rock riffs, to the soulful, bluesy singing styles of a Bonnie Raitt, even the mournful, wailing guitars of Aerosmith. But Shakira can't help being herself, and that means that "Whenever Wherever," will bounce along with some help from Andean pan flutes and Brazilian drums, and "Eyes Like Yours" bursts from your CD player with navel-baring, belly-dancing furor. And for those longing for Shakira in her original language, four new tracks in Spanish are included. "The world has become so small and music is so eclectic now, and our taste is so broad that that's almost predictable that all this crossover from one culture to another was going to happen," she said, then paused for a second, making sure everyone knew she had her priorities straight. "But I know that rock and roll is never going to die."

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Important Events in the History of Colombia


Colombia is a country with a rich history that has shaped the lives of millions through the years.  Colombia today is a reflection of what its men and women decided during their distant and recent past.

In order to highlight some of those unique moments, a group of  English teachers involved in a course in new technologies in Colombia put pen to paper and depicted some salient times gone by. The following is what this devoted group accomplished.

Marcelino Torrecilla

 

Colombian Independence

The War of a Thousand Days

The Assassination of Gaitain

Colombia's 1991 Constitution

 
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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 22 May 2007 at 10:41am

Miss Colombia 2007

Miss Eileen Roca
     Miss Universe Mexico Pegeant 2007
 
 
 
 
 

What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I want to be a journalist. I like singing, dancing, modeling, and reading. Sometimes I play the guitar.

What is your career ambition?
My main goal is to be a recognized journalist and TV anchor.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but I have lived in Colombia since I was three. I lived out my childhood in Valledupar (my parents' hometown), and it was very nice because I grew up with the typical, and now renowned, local music, Vallenato. The people are very friendly because this music makes everybody happy. I'm a very happy person because of my childhood. I used to travel around the world with my family, and I saw many cultures and places that I enjoyed when I was a girl. Also, my parents are from Colombia and part of my family comes from Indian decent called Arhuacos.

What do you want the judges to know about you?
I'm an authentic and natural girl with no surgeries and for me the most important thing is not having a gorgeous body, but interior beauty, a great heart, intelligence and being grateful for everything that God has given me. I also want the judges to know that I have a foundation for Deaf people.  I created it with my mom who knows about this terrible illness because she is an otolaryngologist. I have been working by myself getting support from everybody because I'm working to get cochlear implants for Deaf people. At this moment we are organizing a beauty pageant for Deaf girls called Miss Deaf Colombia.

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Quote vutjebal Replybullet Posted: 22 May 2007 at 11:19am
OOPS,  she  is cute  too....shuc.... 
but  you can see  she  is not  a Colombiana...Colombiana.
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Quote weezie Replybullet Posted: 22 May 2007 at 2:31pm
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OOPS,  she  is cute  too....shuc.... 
but  you can see  she  is not  a Colombiana...Colombiana.

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Quote vutjebal Replybullet Posted: 22 May 2007 at 7:45pm
Weezie, I mean, that you can see  at  her face that she's not  una Colombiana...
Huh  oops  did I say  something wrong...  hope  not...
 
 


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Weezie, I mean, that you can see  at  her face that she's not  una Colombiana...
Huh  oops  did I say  something wrong...  hope  not...
 

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Weezie, I mean, that you can see  at  her face that she's not  una Colombiana...
Huh  oops  did I say  something wrong...  hope  not...
 

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