Because of the abundant rainfall and poor soil quality, few people inhabit this region.
Many industries are located within this area, along with 20 percent of the population.
The fertile land supports banana and sugarcane plantations along with cattle ranches.
Lush rain forest and swamps characterize the Pacific lowlands.
Lowland coastal areas give way to rain forest, the Andes, and the Inland Ilanos (plains).
Colombia is connected to Central America by the Isthmus of Panama.
It contains several small islands in the Atlantic, including San Andrea and Providencia, and in the Pacific, the Malpelo and Gorgona islands have been set aside as natural wildlife reserves.
Colombia borders Ecuador and Peru to the south, Brazil and Venezuela to the east, and Panama to the northwest.
Since declaring independence on 20 July 1810 and achieving it in 1819, Colombia has changed its name seven times.
Regional cultural traditions are diverse, with a broad range of distinct groups that have unique customs, accents, social patterns, and cultural adaptations.