There is one national symbol that represents Colombia above all others. Colombian players invited to the Olympics wear it, and distinguished visitors such as Heads of State are often given one upon arrival in Colombia. That symbol is the national hat, the sombrero vueltiao
Tea, or aromatica, is an extension of the Colombian love affair with fruit. Given the cold climate in Bogota, it’s not surprising that these fruits are consumed in a unique kind of hot tea called aromatica.
One of the many surprises for visitors to Medellin is that tango is alive and well. Tango is considered part of the cultural patrimony of the city and generations of tango lovers have kept the art alive. In fact, outside of Argentina, Medellin is one of the top cities to take in some tango.
For those who have just a day to visit Cartagena while stopping by on a cruise, there’s plenty to see. With several UNESCO sites and plenty of history, shopping and fine dining, a day in Cartagena fills up fast.
When spending a day in Bogota, head to La Candelaria, where Bogota was born. It can be hard to fit all of the sights to see into just one day, since there are numerous museums to visit, plenty of local foods to taste, and an amazing view of the city.
The fourteen UNESCO World Heritage sites and cultural manifestations in Colombia are a great way to explore the country’s heritage and cultures going back 3,000 years. These sites were selected from all around Colombia, from the coast to the mountains to the Amazon jungle. There are places rich with history and culture that give visitors the chance to explore an ancient tomb, admire a small historic town on the Magdalena River, play a marimba, or experience the alegria of carnival time.
Art seems to be everywhere in Medellin, and a good way to see it is by visiting the best museums. In addition to collections of national and international art, there are some unusual museums in Medellin. Wander around a cemetery now turned into a center of cultural activity, a French castle that celebrates the past, and a museum recognizing one of Latin America’s most famous living artists.
Consumed at breakfast, lunch or dinner, and often at snack time, arepas are eaten every day by many Colombian families. Usually made from ground corn or corn flour, these palm sized breads can be savory or sweet, thin or thick.