Colombia. You might be thinking of the crazy goalkeeping legend that is ‘Valderrama’ (Google search required to see how epic his hair was). If you’re too young to have a sentient memory of 1994 then you might know Colombia for other reasons, perhaps Pablo Escabar… but we are here to tell you that Colombia is not just Pablo Escabar. It’s a world of exciting street food to be honest and like many regions like this, food is so intrinsically part of the culture and tradition of the people that it’s handed down from family to family over decades and decades.
Most ways that Colombians start their day is with Carimanola Yucca fritters, usually torpedo shaped and stuffed with shredded chicken or ground beef, it could be served with a milk-based condiment called Suero which originated in the coastal regions. Colombian culture is deeply traditional and respectful, in fact one of the things they hold closest as a culture is age. The older a person is, the more powerful their voice becomes. Elders are deeply respected throughout the country.
Colombia is home to the Cano Cristales – the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow.” Located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, the river’s bed changes colour between yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, beginning the end of July and through November.
Interestingly the capital of Colombia is Bogota and is one of the highest above sea level capital cities in the entire world, mixed with this is the fact that 10% of the country is covered by national parks. What a wonderful statistic for a country.