Colombia is about far more than football, coffee and cocaine (although it certainly has those).
As England prepare to face the South Americans in the World Cup on Tuesday, here’s everything you need to know about our rivals…
■Drug lord Pablo Escobar kept illegally smuggled hippos on his ranch. But when the state seized his assets, the hippos escaped, reproduced and are now a threat to people who live along local rivers.
■It’s mandatory for radio and public TV to play the national anthem every day at 6am and 6pm. The anthem, O, Unfading Glory! is a tale of the fight for independence.
■The Amazon is home to a rare species of pink dolphins, known as boto. Legend has it that anyone harming, or worse, eating the creatures will be blighted by bad luck.
■A sure way to annoy the locals is to pronounce the country ColUmbia.
■Two of its most famous exports are Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara and Hips Don’t Lie singer Shakira.
■The Cano Cristales is known as the River of Five Colours, or the Liquid Rainbow, because its bed changes colour from yellow, green, blue, black and red, between July and November.
■Age is greatly respected. The older you are, the more powerful your voice becomes.
■The most popular choice for breakfast is milk soup. Changua is stirred with an undercooked egg.
■Locals like to put blocks of salty cheese into their coffee or hot chocolate when they are finished drinking it, then eat the mushy blobs.
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■During his terrifying reign, Pablo Escobar made £320million a week.
■His son Sebastián Marroquín, 41, is a motivational speaker.
■Baked by sun, the country is also fried from below. It lies above the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region with more than 450 volcanoes.
■99.2% of people speak Spanish, a higher percentage than Spain.
■In the world’s third-highest coffee exporter, there are few Starbucks. All three branches lie within a few streets each other.
■The government in the capital of Bogota doesn’t just tolerate graffiti, it encourages and sponsors it.
■One delicacy is big-bottomed ants, or hormigas culonas. Fried and sold on street corners, it’s thought they are aphrodisiacs.