- By Bogota Brilliance -

No, no, no!
NONE of the films such as Romancing the Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Smith or Behind Enemy Lines – Colombia, were ever filmed in Colombia!
The ignorant depictions of Colombia by Hollywood producers and others are not only highly ignorant and inaccurate; they are sometimes ill-spirited and insulting.
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Laguna de Guatavita, the real place of the legendNo less insidious is the fact that Colombia’s sacred legend of El Dorado has been portrayed by Disney as emanating from Mexico, instead of where the legend actually started, at a deep-lake "La laguna de Guatavita" near Bogota, Colombia.  The main air terminal of Bogota is in fact called El Dorado International Airport.
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Los Branjelinas : Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie In the case of the popular movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the depiction is of Bogota as some steamy, little tropical town, where all you see through the windows of the ceiling-fan-filled hotel room are explosions!

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It caused an immediate uproar in Colombia, particularly amongst cosmopolitan Bogotanos.  So much so that official letters of protest were sent to the film’s producers.

We invite Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to come to Colombia
as genuine “truth seekers,” and to please help us correct the great injustice that has been perpetrated against Colombia’s “true” integrity, year after year by Hollywood producers and others.  If Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, and more recently, Hilary Duff (just to name a few) can come to Bogota and enjoy it, why can’t you?

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It is time for the world to have a more accurate understanding of Colombia and its cities.  Colombia is an highly urban nation, where more than 80% percent of its citizens live in its principal cities, and is therefore far more cosmopolitan than perceived abroad.

The main cluster of urban centers is comprised by Bogota, Medellin, Pereira, Manizales and Armenia; cities situated high in the Andes Mountains.  Other large cities such as Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bucaramanga, Ibague and Cucuta are at lower altitudes and/or at sea-level. None of these cities are anywhere near any jungle! In fact, no major city in Colombia is anywhere near a jungle.

In the case of Colombia’s capital, the megalopolis called Bogota, which sits on a stunning and unique plateau (called Sabana) at an altitude of 8,661 ft. above sea-level (higher than Aspen, Colorado), you will not find a ceiling fan in the city, as the climate is perpetually cool, evoking a late autumnal day in New York or Paris, but with flowers ever blooming.

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But more important to Colombia’s image abroad is the fact that Colombians are not a major drug consuming nation, and most people disdain its use as they have nothing to do with that illicit industry.  Most Colombians are honest, hard working, highly educated, industrious entrepreneurs, and are very happy people, always endeavoring to improve themselves, their nation and its unfair image abroad.

While many Colombians welcome opportunities to work and travel abroad, most Colombians love their country intensely and feel it is the best nation to live in; as reflected by a world happiness index study.  In fact, Colombians who have been living abroad for many years are now returning home en masse.

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  • Guest (Frank Kling)

    Very true about Colombian drug use. Despite seemingly plentiful supply, Colombians are not users, which should be a lesson to the US where a war on drugs has made drug use "cool" and as a consequence hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders are serving long prison sentences compliments of the US prison-industrial complex, and annual US expenditures for the war on drugs consumes more than $35 billion in annual spending on the law-enforcement industrial complex.

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