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Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and rich heritage of Colombia through its finest exports. From captivating films and enchanting books to mouth-watering cuisine and essential key phrases, our guide will prepare you for an unforgettable holiday in this awe-inspiring country. Discover the heart and soul of Colombia before you even set foot on its soil. Let the journey begin!

Watch 📺

Adapted from Gabriel García Márquez’s timeless novel, "Love in the Time of Cholera" stars Javier Bardem in this passionate love story. This film showcases beautiful scenery and stunning shots of Cartagena, bringing the country to life.

Heading off on a family trip to Colombia? Disney’s 2021 release, "Encanto," is a must-watch. The protagonist, Mirabel, feels frustrated as the only family member without magical powers. Set predominantly around the family’s home, inspired by Hacienda Bambusa, you can immerse yourself in Colombia’s coffee region by staying there.

Read 📖

"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez: A timeless masterpiece by Colombia's Nobel laureate, this classic novel is essential reading for anyone intrigued by Colombian literature. Set in the fictional town of Macondo, the narrative unfolds across generations of the Buendía family, embodying the magical realism that García Márquez is celebrated for.

Taste 😋

Bogotá is renowned for offering some of the most delicious empanadas worldwide! These crescent-shaped turnover pastries are filled with an array of savoury ingredients, often including seasoned meat and potato. While in Bogotá, don't miss the opportunity to taste ajiaco, a hearty chicken and potato broth native to the city. Typically served with rice, sliced avocados, capers, and sour cream, it's a comforting and satisfying dish.

For a true Colombian experience, indulge in aguardiente, affectionately known as “guaro.” This traditional alcoholic beverage is distilled from sugarcane and anise. Considered the quintessential local liquor, it graces all events, parties, and celebrations. While it's usually enjoyed neat, some may opt to enhance the experience with a dash of lemon and salt.

Listen 🎶

In Colombia, music is a vibrant celebration of life. From the timeless melodies of Lucho Bermudez to the modern beats of Juanes, Shakira, and Carlos Vives, this soundtrack embodies Colombia's musical diversity—a fusion of tradition and innovation that beckons you to dance to the rhythm of life.

Say 🗣️

Que chimba!’ - This phrase is used to express how thrilling or fantastic something is.

‘Parcero’ - Parcero, or simply parce, is a colloquial term commonly used throughout Colombia, meaning 'friend' or 'mate'.

Rumbiar - In Colombia, partying and dancing are integral parts of the culture, so you can't visit without experiencing a rumba. "Vamos a rumbiar" can mean 'let's go out dancing' or simply 'let's go out'. 

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