“Colombian secrets”, a photo book by photographer Andres Hurtado Garcia detailing the country’s rich biodiversity, was presented Tuesday during “Colombia Month” at Madrid’s National Geographic Store.
The premise of the book is to show “the beauty of [Colombia’s] forests, mountain ranges, lowlands, islands and deserts”, Garcia said to Spanish news agency EFE.
Garcia added that despite Colombia occupying less than 1% of the world’s surface, it still had the largest amount of biodiversity per square kilometer in the world. The author also pointed out that Colombia had 55 protected natural reserves, 1,600 meters of Caribbean coast and another 1,300 of coastal territory in the Pacific. These qualities, according to the author, make the country “a paradise yet to be discovered.”
Among the many landscapes highlighted in the book is the Cano Cristales river, which has been called the “most beautiful in the world” due to its tones of yellow, blue, green, black and red.
“Colombia Month,” hosted by the National Geographic store from May 21 to June 21 in Madrid, is an event sponsored by the Andean nation’s tourism agencies intended promote its heritage, culture and nature and increase the number of visitors to Colombia from Spain.