The blend of pre-Colombian, Spanish, African, and Caribbean ethnicities and traditions make an amazingly diverse cultural quilt in modern-day Colombia—from age-old Amerindian celebrations to the salsa spectacle of Santiago de Cali. With its rich history and interwoven culture, Colombia has provided fertile inspiration for its homegrown artists, musicians, poets, and novelists, many of whom are internationally renowned. Among the most globally beloved writers the country???s produced is Gabriel Garcia Márquez—best known for magical-realism novels such as One Hundred Years of Solitude—while global megastar Shakira’s exemplifies the universal appeal of wonderfully mish-mashed Colombian pop music. Travel Colombia today, and you'll see the roots of all that artistic energy.