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Colombia a republic in South America its in the northwestern part of the continent and bounded on the north by Panama and the Caribbean Sea on the east by Venezuela and Brazil on the south by Peru and Ecuador and on the west by the Pacific Ocean Colombia is the only country of South America with coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean The total land area of the country is 1141748 sq km 440831 sq mi The capital and largest city is Bogot The distinguishing topographical feature of Colombia is the Andes mountain chain its in the central and western parts of the country and stretches north through south across almost its entire length The Andes comprise three principal and parallel ranges the Cordillera Oriental the Cordillera Central and the Cordillera Occidental On the Caribbean coast is the isolated mountain mass known as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta which includes Colombias highest point at Pico Cristbal Coln 5776 m18950 ft The Cordillera Central contains the volcanic peaks of Huila 5750 m 18865 ft and Tolima 5616 m 18425 ft About 240 km about 150 mi south of the Caribbean the Cordillera Central descends to marshy jungle The cordillera peaks are perpetually covered with snow the timberline in these mountains lies at about 3000 m about 10000 ft East of the Cordillera Oriental are vast reaches of torrid lowlands thinly populated and only partly explored The southern portion of this region called selvas rain forests is thickly forested and is drained by the Caquet River and other tributaries of the Amazon River The northern and greater part of the region comprises vast plains or llanos and is traversed by the Meta and other tributaries of the Orinoco River Between the cordilleras are high plateaus a number of which are about 2400 m about 8000 ft above sea level and fertile valleys traversed by the principal rivers of the country The principal
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