Colombia is located in South America at the juncture
of Central and South America. Geographically Colombia is approximately
four times the size of Nevada. There is a large variety in temperature
and precipitation in the country due to differences in elevation. At sea
level it is quite hot, but the mountains can be snow covered. Colombia
is also in the ‘ring of fire’ and experiences earthquakes regularly.
The capital of Colombia is Bogota which is the center
of commerce and largest city.
- Colombians commonly have two family names. They
take both their father’s last name as their second-to-last name and
mother’s last name as the last name. However they use their father’s
last name as their surname.
- Punctuality is not a highly regarded habit, in fact it is not unusual
for dinner guests to arrive late.
- Lunch is typically the main meal of the day but in urban areas more
families are eating their main meal in the evening at 7 or 8 p.m.
- Fütbol (soccer) is the most popular sport in Colombia.
- Public transportation is the main means of travel for residents of
- The school year in Colombia runs from February to November in some
areas and August to June in other areas.
- Students attend elementary school, Educación básica primaria (1-5th
grade) followed by Educación básica secundaria (6th - 9th grade) then
Educación media vocacional (which is equivalent to our 10th & 11th
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