This week I am taking a look at a country that has been requested a lot, in fact it has been requested more than any other country so far. It is my first look at South America and the country of Colombia.
Now this was a difficult country to research, I really didn't know what to choose to include in this weeks balloonagraphic. The first thing I think of when I think of Colombia is Coffee, it is the third highest producer of coffee in the world and has been producing the coffee bean since 1808. As you can see I have included some coffee beans in the photo.
While researching the country I discovered an amazing place called the Cocora Valley, it is in this valley that you find the national tree of Colombia, The Quindío wax palm (Ceroxylon quindiuense) is the world's tallest palm tree and can stand up to 60 m (200 ft) tall. the sight of these amazing wax palms in the valley looks incredible.
Something that really stood out while I was doing my research was the town of Guatapé, I really couldn't do this place justice with the balloons so it is really worth looking it up. Guatapé sits on the banks of the Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir in North west Colombia. What makes this town so interesting is the fact that most of the buildings are painted in all different colours and feature fresco like illustrations of animals, people many other things. Doors, balconies, steps and windows are all brightly coloured and I would go as far to say it is probably the world's most colourful town. It really is worth a look.
La Pollera Colora ("brightly colored skirt") is probably Colombia's most well-known national costume for women. It usually consists of a vividly colored skirt with a matching blouse adorned with ruffles and lace. My balloon lady is wearing her costume in the colours of the Colombian flag.
Next week I am going to be heading back to Europe for another requested country.