Bogotá Local Customs

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  • 1. Greeting people

    Most of the Colombian people l met were wonderful, although shy at first. If its your first meeting they tend to shake your elbow with their hands. l know that sounds strange, if you have met them a...

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  • 2. Tipping

    My friend coming from outside Colombia feel usually overwhelmed by customer service... It's true. Bogotans are crazy for customer service (specially in restaurants, hotels, tourist places). Major...

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  • 3. Ajiaca

    Ajiaca is traditional soup made with 3 kinds of potatoes, corn, chicken, and a spice called guasca, which gives it a unique flavor. It comes in a large bowl and...

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  • 4. Arepas

    La Calera is a small town about 15 minutes from Bogota, and they are known for arepas (a corn cake with a filling inside.) Arepas go back to ancient times, but...

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  • 5. Obleas - Great Street Food

    You will see food carts on the sidewalks all over town. My favorite snack was an Oblea, and I had them several times.The Oblea starts with a thin wafer cookie...

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  • 6. chantaduro

    Though not as common in Bogota as in some parts of Colombia, vendors selling chantaduro are still to be found especially on traffic-free Sundays on La Plaza....

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  • 7. the statues of Jorge Oglave

    One of La Candelaria's more charming aspects are the sculptures of local artist Jorge Olave. This sizable depictions of ordinary people are made of recycled...

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  • 8. missing the hideous Christmas lights

    One of the great things about arriving in Bogota on New Year's Day was that all the Christmas decorations were still up. Most Colombians like most South...

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  • 9. Canelazo - Drink for Chill Nights

    Canelazo is a drink that will warm you up on a chill night in Bogotá. Though there are many recipies, canelazo is basically a mixture of aguapanela, lime juice,...

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  • 10. Delicious Tropical Fruits

    The diverse offer of fresh fruit in Colombia is immense and many of the different types have probably not been tried or seen by most of the people. When you are...

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  • 11. Oblea - Sweet from the Street

    Oblea is a typical sweet from Colombia and some other Latin American countries. It is very popular in Bogotá and you can buy this plain but delicious sweet from...

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  • 12. Friendly locals

    Despite the safety concerns that exist in Bogota, the fact is that the vast majority of locals are very friendly, sociable and willing to help. Just by smiling...

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  • 13. Pay phones

    One of the most interesting and convenient things I noticed was the many places in the city that you'll find people on the street corner selling gum, candy,...

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  • 14. Stencil Graffiti

    Graffiti can be found in every large city in every corner of the earth. While most graffiti is just meaningless sh*t drawn by teenage wannabes...much of it is...

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  • 15. Cock Fight

    While many (myself included) would consider this extremely cruel and barbaric treatment of the animals, the fact of the matter is that this stuff happens. Since...

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  • 16. Caught criminals

    Something I saw in Bogota and had never seen before, was somewhat a bit shocking. The police had caught a street criminal and was taking him to (probably) the...

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  • 17. Picada

    Picada is a great food platter you should try out! The locals love it; it's delicious and easy to share with friends. You order one picada for a couple of...

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  • 18. Nightshop

    Alot of Colombians don't go out at night for an emergency pack of smokes or a couple of beers to drink with the buddies. They have 'em delivered! There is a...

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  • 19. Estoy Baho Control

    After the eating out we were on our way to Cara's place (who is from USA but work in Bogota) to try some Colombian shots. Cara's genrous hospitality, that is...

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  • 20. Motel

    After the riding we were on our way to Bogota to a restaurant. But two of the guys (not them in the picture) decided to go to motel instead. In Colombia motel...

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  • 21. Colombian folks

    Years ago I came to know a friend from Colombia while doing my exchange program in Maastricht, Netherlands who used to live in the same guest-house. He...

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  • 22. Colombia, as Venezuela and...

    Colombia, as Venezuela and Ecuador, has gained total independence around 1830. Simon Bolivar was the leader of the movement, together with Santader (celebrated...

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  • 23. Bogotá’s most famous museum...

    Bogotá’s most famous museum is the Museo del Oro, the biggest gold museum in Latin America. The museum is an important repository of pre-Colombian goldwork that...

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  • 24. Try at least to learn some...

    Try at least to learn some Spanish or if you already know Spanish try to speak it. Don't try to speak English. First, most Colombians don't know it proper and...

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  • 25. Try to speak in spanish, most...

    Try to speak in spanish, most of us don't understand english.Only in expensive restaurants is common tip the waiter.Here in Bogotá, we don't have carnivals like...

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