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  • Kate Bahnsen

Colombia ranked 10 out of 41 at the medical tourist destination



Located in northwestern South America, Colombia is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the northwest by Panama, to the north by the Caribbean Sea, to the south by Ecuador and Peru, and to the east by Brazil and Venezuela. The country is a former colony of Spain that gained its independence in 1819. Colombia's former colonial overseer has left its mark on the country, with heavy Spanish influences in Colombian architecture and culture.

Colombia is a diverse country with significant populations of European, African, Middle Eastern, Amerindian. It is common for many Colombian citizens or subcultures to share multiple racial identities, with Mestizo (European and Amerindian) and Zambo (African and Amerindian) often serving as the most common examples. This diverse tapestry of ethnicities translates to varied cuisines, cultural practices, and some of the most beautiful people in the world. Colombia’s geographic diversity matches that of its ethnic diversity, as the country is home to part of the Andes Mountain Range, the Amazon Rainforest, tropical grasslands, and the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. In terms of ecology, Colombia is in the top four of the world’s 18 megadiverse countries, as labeled by the United Nations Environment Program.

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