Yes Colombia, and if you live well in Colombia. Colombia is a country that most people have excluded from their travel itineraries. That's because of all the bad rumors about drugs and the violence associated with those drug cartels. Yes Colombia had the two largest criminal enterprises in our hemisphere. They were Pablo Escobar and Cali Cartels. But now they are gone. Pablo is dead and the Cali Cartels bosses are all in jail. There was also a problem with the FARC, a guerrilla group in Colombia, but that has improved significantly. In 2012 Colombia was ranked number one for having the happiest citizens from all countries of the world. There must be a reason for this happiness.
Colombia is a country that is extremely bio-diverse. Colombia has borders with two oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Running from North to South across the country are the Andes Mountains where there are peaks as high as 18,700 meters. To the southwest is the Amazon Rain Forest. Due to its different heights and its proximity to the equator, Colombia has many different climates and growing seasons.
Colombia grows the best coffee in the world. Conditions for growing coffee are ideal with two growing seasons each year. There are also areas that are like spring every day, cities like Medellin. Colombia is a leading flower exporter in the world due to its ideal growing conditions. Colombia also has large reserves in oil, emerald and gold. In every Colombian grocery store you can find a huge variety of fruits and vegetables, all grown locally. The variety of different fruits in Colombia is gigantic. And best of all Colombia has some of the friendliest people in the whole world.
There are a variety of things to do during Colombia. There are countless museums, river excursions, national parks, beaches, charming towns, big cities, full of mountainous terrain and jungles to see and explore. There are also a variety of small to large cities that all have their own individuality and character. For example, it has Medellin the city of eternal spring, Cali with its ideal climate and reputation for being the salsa capital of the world, and Cartagena has the walled city on the Caribbean coast. Bogota is the capital of Colombia with a population of over ten million if you include its surrounding metropolitan areas, and is home to many international companies. Cartagena is a city in the Caribbean Sea that attracts people from all over the world because of its architecture and charm. Barranquilla is another city in the Caribbean Sea, and it hosts a carnival that is very popular and popular. Popayan and Mompos are two smaller towns that are also charming towns with colonial architecture. There are many places to see in Colombia, many to mention in this short article.
Another very attractive aspect of living in Colombia is the reasonable cost of living. There are cities in Colombia that have a lower cost of living than anywhere in South America. One does not sacrifice much at this lower cost of living. In the larger cities there are modern and extensive mass transit systems. Homes are well-built and inexpensive to rent and buy. Food costs are very low and there is an abundance of fresh vegetables, fruits and meat. Bread is almost all made in local ovens and is very cheap. Health insurance is very cheap and the Colombian health care system is very good. A couple in Colombia pays about $ 40 a month for health insurance. Furniture in Colombia is mostly handmade and costs about half what anyone would pay for equivalent furniture in the United States.
Colombia has a very stable democracy and is growing every year at a rate of more than 5% per year. For an employer, wage costs are a small part of what is paid in the United States. Colombia is a far more capitalist society than the United States. Most businesses in Colombia are small businesses. Also getting into a business is free and there is no red tape. One can rent a small business site for as little as $ 100 a month. Colombia is still a place where brick-and-mortar stores dominate the market.
In short, Colombia is a developed country that is a great place to live and raise a family. One has to visit Colombia to see for themselves.