Colombia

Colombia is located in the northwestern region of South America, bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. Its coasts reach the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. It is a land of contrasts with the snowcapped Andes,the Amazon River Basin, and a vast tropical coastal plain in the north. The capital of Bogotá is an elegant and vibrant city. The Caribbean port of Cartagena with its cobbled alleys and fortresses conjures up images of pirates and explorers. San Andrés Island is a paradise in the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The countryside is almost littered with coffee plantations and flower and fruit orchards. Colombia has certainly had its share of problems over the years but it seems to be emerging from this and will make be a fascinating page in your photo album