Colombia, the northernmost South American country, borders Panama in the north, Ecuador in the south west, Brazil and Peru in the south and Venezuela in the east. It is the only South American country with two coastlines; a greatly unexploited Pacific coastline in the west and an important Caribbean coastline in the North.
The Caribbean cities of Cartagena de Indias and Santa Marta, respectively founded in 1533 and 1525, being the most well known coastal tourist development areas in the country.
A long story short, there are lots of opportunities in amazingly biodiverse Colombia.
The Colors of Colombia
Bogotá, Medellin, San Agustín, Zipaquirá, Guatape, Las Lajas Nariño, Cartagena and Santa Marta are all a small part of colorful Colombia.
Bogotà decriminalized graffiti in 2011, municipal walls became canvases for some of the world’s best-loved street artists. A true and different experience.
Zipaquirá just outside Bogota, is home to one of Colombia’s most popular attractions: an underground salt cathedral built by miners and opened for tourist in 1954.
The jewel in Colombia’s crown, Cartagena is one of the most exquisite colonial cities in Latin America. Nestled on the Caribbean coast, its beauty belies an ugly truth: that it was built on gold and slavery.
San Agustin Archaeological Park in Huila is famous for its statues and sculptures, part human and part jaguar, snakes or birds of prey, being ancient tomb guardians, designed to protect graves from any who would disturb those who slept within. They may have been carved 2,000 years ago making them contemporaneous with the Roman Empire. Colombia’s exotic fruits are a highlight of any trip to the country. One must visit a local market and sample the colorful variety of fruits on display: delicious guavas, dragon fruits, zapotes, lulos, maracuyá and borojó.
In trendy Medellìn you will find dozens of the figurative artist Fernando Botero’s sculptures, oversized subjects in exaggerated form. It is also the home of an impressive open air cable car system and Pablo Escobar. Just outside the city is Guatapè lake, a stunningly beautiful lake and a popular recreational area. A bit further away lies a bizarre theme park, which includes a small museum about the drug lord and his zoo which contained a variety of wild animals was abandoned upon his death but the hippos still roam the town, much to the annoyance of locals.
Barranquilla Carnival is one of the biggest of its kind, giving the likes of Rio real competition. Taking place 40 days before Holy Week, the party goes on for four intense days. Santa Marta's Tayrona National Park has all the attributes you want from the Caribbean – swaying palms, sandy beaches, limpid lagoons and the like – but there’s a rugged beauty about this coastal reserve, which is refreshingly free of development. The Sierra Nevada mountains is still the home of indigenous tribes as Koguis, Aruacos and the Lost City once hosting 8,000 people.
Colombia is excellent for bird watching. With 1,826 species of birds it is the country in the world with most species of birds topping Perú and Brazil.
The Amazon basin covers almost one-third of Colombia's territory, and few experiences can beat an excursion into this vast jungle. Boat trips depart from Leticia, in the Amazonas region, to the nearby Amacayu National Park, which abounds with stunning bird life and indigenous tribes.
Las Lajas Cathedral Nariño is one of the most spectacular structures in Colombia, this exceptional church in Ipiales was built in the canyon of the Guáitara River.
These are the colors of fascinating Colombia.
Currency, climate, and language
The national currency is Colombian peso, and you can exchange US dollars for it in most banks. However, don’t expect to get a good rate for any other currency, like the euro, for example.
There are plenty of ATMs all around the country as well. Also, the most widely accepted card is Visa, so you probably won't have any issues money-wise.
As far as the climate goes, expect everything and anything, depending on where you are. The higher you are, the colder it gets. The rainy season usually starts in May and lasts until November, so take that into account too. In general, though, the weather will be warm, but storms are also quite common.
Reasons to invest
One of the best reasons to invest in this lovely country is its economy. Over the past several years, from 2010 until 2017, to be precise, Colombia’s economy has grown by 3.8% on average.
That shows how stable this country actually is right now. Political instability did mark its past. But, the government has worked hard to shed its “bad” image by welcoming foreign investments. What’s more, the country respects private ownership and initiative, and its GDP per capita has even doubled over the past 15 years or so.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that Colombia is quite friendly with other nations. It already has 16+ trade agreements, which allow it to have preferential access to a vast consumer market (about 1,500 million consumers) and 60+ countries. Also, since 2012, Japan and Colombia have been negotiating a Free Trade Agreement, and the result of these talks will come soon.
Good location and zest for innovation
One of the most valuable assets of the country is its location. The privilege of it, as well as the advanced logistics infrastructure, allow this country to have access to global markets. Additionally, the country is not afraid of innovation. In fact, it invites it! The government is looking to boost economic growth by developing some of the non-traditional sectors, such as design.
A crucial part of that is that they’re also focusing on tourism, which makes Colombia the right location for the New Nordic Group. Also, the country is ready to give investors certain incentives. These would help them ensure the stability of their investments. Most importantly, they would prompt them to boost the local economy.
How you can help the locals
At the New Nordic Group, we take pride in the fact that we’re looking into countries that want to reinvent themselves. To us, Colombia is a great example. This nation has suffered in the past, of course. But, the country is ready to step away from those events and walk into the future. Thus, helping the locals is of the essence, and it’s what we strive for.
By investing in projects in Colombia, you’d help the locals get better jobs and lead a better life. The more jobs there are, the more people work, and the less poverty there is. Therefore, our projects will work towards making both the goals of our company and of this marvelous country happen.
The Caribbean sea and snow make Santa Marta a difficult place to forget. The city is located on the shores of the Bay of Santa Marta on the Caribbean Sea, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, whose peaks can be seen on clear days from the beach. The capital of the department of Magdalena, which was founded in 1525 and is one of the oldest cities in South America.
Near the birthplace of Gabriel García Márquez, Santa Marta’s beach captivates with activities and culture, among other options. Here visitors always find something to do: diving, adventure sports and visiting beaches where the rainforest meets the sea; bird watching, a historic city tour and a visit the heart of the Tayrona culture.
Country head office
Our office is conveniently situated close to our development in Santa Marta. Welcome to drop by to meet with our knowledgable staff and get more details about the development and the area.
Address: Carrera 2B # 14-21, Edificio de los Bancos
470004 Santa Marta, Colombia
Phone: +57 300 815 2740
Officially known as the Republic of Colombia, this country mostly lies in the northwest of South America. However, some of its territories are in Central America too.
In the northwest, it borders Panama. This country was actually a part of the Republic of New Granada, along with Colombia, at one point in history. Meanwhile, in the south and the east, it shares borders with Ecuador and Peru, as well as with Venezuela and Brazil respectively.