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Why is a bullet ant called a 'bullet'?
Its bite feels like a bullet. The ant named on account of its powerful and potent sting. It inhabits humid lowland rain forests from Nicaragua to Brazil, where it is often called "Hormiga Veinticuatro" or "24 (hour) ant", referring to the "waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours".
Where are emeralds found the most?
In Colombia. Colombia is by far the world's largest producer of emeralds, constituting 50–95% of the world production. The Colombian emeralds are also the purest. The emerald trade is at the center of funding of ongoing civil conflict in Colombia, second to drug trade.
Where does the cocoa come from?
From America. Cocoa was extremely valued by the Maya and Aztecs who drank a costly cocoa drink called chocolatl. Cocoa was brought to Europe by Columbus. Today, wild cocoa trees can be found in the basin of the Amazon and Orinoco.
The Museum of Gold in Bogotá, Colombia receives over 500,000 tourists each year. What types of exhibits does this famous museum display?
Pre-Columbian gold and other metal alloys. The museum displays a selection of pre-Columbian gold and other metal alloys, such as , and contains the largest collection of gold artifacts in the world in its exhibition rooms on the second and third floors. Together with pottery, stone, shell, wood and textile objects, these items, made of a sacred metal, testify to the life and thought of the different societies which lived in present-day Colombia before the Spanish conquest of the Americas.
Where is the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá located?
In Colombia. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine near the town of Zipaquirá, Colombia. It is a tourist destination and place of pilgrimage in the country. The temple at the bottom has three sections, representing the birth, life, and death of Jesus.
What is the longest river entirely in Colombia?
Magdalena. The Magdalena River is the principal river of Colombia, flowing northward about 1,528 kilometres through the western half of the country. It takes its name from the biblical figure Mary Magdalene. There are longer rivers in Colombia like Orinoco, Putamayo or Amazon, but they are all shared with other countries.
In which Colombian canyon is the sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de las Lajas?
Guaitara Canyon. Las Lajas Sanctuary is a basilica church located in the southern Colombian, and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River. The present church was built in Gothic Revival style between 1916 and 1949. The name Laja comes from the name of a type of flat sedimentary rock similar to shale and slate.It rises 100 metres high from the bottom of the canyon and is connected to the opposite side of the canyon by a 50 metres tall bridge.