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Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca

Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.
Buenaventura is located in the department of Valle del Cauca of Colombia in South America. Buenaventura is on the Pacific Ocean coast and it is the main Pacific port for Colombia. It is a city with a population of 324,207. In 2005 census most of city development lies on Cascajal Island and it is the size of Los Angeles' metropolitan area, most of the city's land is rural with scattered small villages throughout. It is located a few miles from the western cordillera of the Andes mountain range and the major city of Cali, the department's capital. The city was destroyed by Native Americans before 1600. Later rebuilt, Buenaventura thrived after the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. Today, the city is crucial for sending raw materials to nearby areas and has brought prosperity and allowed recent new development to occur.

Like some of its sister municipalities and towns, Buenaventura is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Central America.

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