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Palmira, Valle

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.

The city of Palmira was founded in 1688. Palmira is the agricultural capital of Colombia and second-largest city in the department of Valle del Cauca, the largest being Cali, the department capital. With a population of approximately 245,000, it is the largest non-capital city, and the twentieth largest of the country. The city is in southwestern Colombia, lying in the Cauca River valley, approximately 20 miles northeast of Cali. The city covers an area of 448 square miles.
The city is serviced by Cali's international airport, is actually in Palmira and is called Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport or Palmaseca. The airport is an important national and international hub for the southwestern Colombia region. The international terminal is served with daily international flights to and from Houston, Miami, Quito, Madrid, Panama City and other important cities. Nine airlines provide service for the airport, including American Airlines, AeroRepública, and Avianca, Colombia's largest airline.
It is also famous for having many colleges, as it has been called The University City. Actually, the Agromomy School of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia is located here. Also located here is the International Center for Tropical Agriculture offices.

Like some of its sister municipalities and towns, Palmira 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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