Are you looking for the next land of opportunity? Does talk of massive government debt, bankruptcies, foreclosures and unemployment have you singing the blues? Escapeartist is about to provide you with an insider tip to the next ‘in’ location. We are talking about a location where all the smart money is moving to, a country vast with resources, a beautiful culture and probably the most attractive women on planet earth. (It’s true) –
Names like Sam Zell (Billionaire) and Carlos Slim (Billionaire) and many others are investing in Colombia right now. Why are they investing? Why are tourism rates in Colombia skyrocketing? Why is the Colombian stock market returning double digit returns? Why is Colombia leading the Latin American rim in attracting foreign direct investment?
Escapeartist has the insider scoop on Colombia and we are going global with it! – We were on the front lines of Costa Rica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Argentina and NOW Colombia!
Escapeartist has partnered with Investment Group Colombia to provide our readers with authoritative articles that are written by Escapeartist readers who actually live the Colombia Escapeartist Dream right now. Escapeartist over the next few months will be providing special coverage of Colombia and we will be getting the truth from the ‘frontline’ early adopters, the market mavens, pioneers of the international Colombia lifestyle!
Our intention is to create a tsunami of awareness for Colombia over the next year and you are getting the very first newsletter that we have published on Colombia – Nothing like being at the right place at the right time… right before 15 million people learn about this beautiful country – Colombia is Passion!
Please enjoy the first of three Special Edition Colombia Ezine – This month we covered Bogota, in March we will cover Medellin and in April we will feature the romantic ciudad of Cartagena.
Now, go on and get your insider tip and learn more about The Rich Culture of Colombia
Investment Group Columbia (IGC) is committed and dedicated to providing you with the true on-the-ground, in-country picture of Colombia. No hyperbole or exaggerated statistics. Just honest, hard facts on what Investment Group Colombia feels are some of the most exciting, secure, and lucrative investment opportunities available today.
So, do you want to know what Colombia is reeealy like? Then it is time to abandon stigmas and stereotypes and take a closer look at what is arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Long considered to be off the charts and unsafe for tourist travel, Colombia has suffered more than its fair share of one-sided journalistic and governmental bias and judgment.
Originally discovered and settled by the Spanish in 1514, Colombia (or New Granada as it was then called) occupied a full one quarter of the South American continent. Having endured three centuries of conflict and struggle both with indigenous natives and the ruling hierarchy, Colombia (by then called Gran Colombia) won its independence on July 20, 1810. The United States of Columbia, or “Colombia” as it is known today, along with Venezuela and Ecuador are the three countries that emerged from the final collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830.
Occupied by indigenous Indian tribes, settled by the Spanish, fueled by black slavery, and ruled by Euro-Caucasians, Colombia has since mingled and melded, creating a rich cultural diversity and heritage. Divided roughly into five geographical regions (Amazon rain forest, Pacific Coastal, Atlantic or Caribbean Coastal, the Llanos or plains, and the Andes), Colombia is the only South American country to be bordered by two oceans. Blanketed in various shades of green from shore to shore, punctuated with innumerable cascades of water, from tiny rivulets to raging torrents, Colombia is truly a land of breath-taking beauty.
The result of such cultural and geographical diversity provides one with a mélange of tastes, sounds, rhythms, and sights to delight and appeal and stimulate all of your senses. From the sounds of Afro-Spanish “Cumbia”, to the romance of “Bachata” and “Vallenata,” to the undeniably sexual rhythms of “Salsa,” “Merengue,” and “Reggaeton,” you find yourself moving to the music even long after the sounds have ceased.
And with traditional epicurean treats such as Sancocho, Bandeja Paisa, Fritanga, and Lechona, and desserts like Buñuelos, Manjar blanco, Postre de natas, there is no worry about going hungry! …and that is to say nothing of the aguardiente (a popular licorice flavored alcoholic drink, literally translated “firewater!”), or Ron Viejo (a quality Colombian Rum), or some of the fine local beers. AND, nothing more can really be said about the coffee that Juan Valdez has not already made known! Rich in local mountain freshness, the aroma and flavor cannot be beat!
From both international and local exhibits at the museums, to the beautiful native emerald and gold jewelry and crafts of local and indigenous artisans, to the wonderful prose of Gabriel García Márquez, there is no shortage of culture. And with artists such as Fernando Botero and Alejandro Obregon, and muralist Pedro Nel Gómez, you are stimulated not only by the natural beauty surrounding you, but by the resolve and creativity and beauty of the human spirit.
Bordered by oceans, separated by mountains, equatorial Colombia enjoys some of the best weather on earth. Typically spring-like year round in most areas, the coasts can become a bit warm, but are often cooled by ocean breezes. The inland valleys and plains can be arid and warm; the Amazon, humid and hot. But almost every where one goes, you are just a matter of a short drive to a higher elevation to find cooler weather. The mean average year-round temperature for Colombia is 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Bogota, the capital of Colombia, at 8355 feet in elevation is the third-highest capital city in the world, allowing for a comfortably cooler climate.
The governmental seat of Colombia in Bogota is a liberal democracy. Presided over by current President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, powers and responsibilities are delegated to thirteen ministerial Directors. Employed by the constituents and citizens of Colombia, an Inspector General oversees the daily operations of government and safeguards the public’s interests, while insuring compliance with the Colombian Constitution of 1991. Foreign Investment is highly encouraged, with the World Bank recently ranking Colombia as the third most business friendly country in all of Latin America. Colombia is also ranked as the first country in the region and the fifth country worldwide that best protects its investors. Bolstered in recent months by its rebound against the US dollar, the Colombian peso (COP) is the official currency.
Although Catholicism was the official religion until the new constitution was put into place in 1991, the rich and varied cultural heritage of Colombia has led to a plethora of places to worship, spanning all faiths and denominations. Up until the late 1980’s however, the country remained at 96% Roman Catholic. Since that time, Catholicism has dropped to approximately 80% of the population, with the largest secondary religious group being Protestant.
With the national flower being the incredibly beautiful and fragrant Cattleya Orchid (Cattleya trianae), and with the national bird being the magnificent Andean Condor, and the national horse being the elegant Paso Fino, and especially for being the country known for having the most beautiful women in the world, Colombia is truly a land of superlatives!
So it is on first impression that, even though brightly colored, the Colombian flag seems rather sedate and plain in contrast. Having three horizontal bands—a yellow double-width top band, followed by a blue, and a red band—various interpretations of the colors exist. One of the more popular is that the yellow is for the gold in Colombia’s land, blue for the seas on its shores, and red for the blood spilled in achieving freedom. I choose to view it in a slightly different way. Yes, red for the battles fought and won for independence, as all countries have had to fight for their independence. And blue representing the two pristine seas washing that blood away forever. And finally, a double band of yellow radiating a double dose of sunshine and prosperity over a land that has finally come into its own.
As the Colombian tourism ministry promotes, “Colombia IS passion!” ….come and experience that passion first hand. Through our commitment to excellence, Investment Group Colombia shares this passion and is wholly and enthusiastically dedicated to showing investors and clients the truth about this undiscovered country, its rich cultural heritage and its beautiful people.
Stay tuned for the next Special Report on the benefits of Investing in Colombia.
So, come, join us…see what Colombia really is all about. …experience the passion!
If you would like more information about the exciting and rewarding opportunities of visiting, living, or investing in Colombia, please request our Investors Guide to Colombia by CLICKING HERE.