These qualities – of great importance throughout the history of Colombia – are joined by another key one: the ability to overcome any circumstance by learning from it.
Another great virtue is a component of the Colombian DNA: JOY, which shows in their warmth and customs. The way they greet you makes you feel like you have been friends forever.
You hear them say “Parcero!” (friend) with such excitement that they immediately put a smile on your face.
It is not possible to define Cartagena. Historians have invented another Cartagena that has nothing to do with the real one.
In Colombia, a table for two can just as easily sit six, because, as another Colombian phrase goes, “where two can eat, so can three”, and so on.
Colombian people love to share with newcomers the spectacular flavours that make up the various traditional dishes of each region. With so many different delicious things to try, it’s no wonder they often say, “a full belly is a happy heart”.
Thanks to Colombia’s privileged geographic location, Colombian chefs are inspired by countless products from different regions.
They are always ready to welcome new faces to try traditional dishes such as the ‘bandeja paisa’ and ‘ajiaco santafereño’ or the various forms of ‘sancocho’.
It’s often said that music is the universal language, which means that, with over 1,000 rhythms grouped within 150 musical genres, Colombians are ready to communicate with you in countless different ways: through melodies, instruments, and some remarkable dance moves.
Some of the most popular rhythms incorporate drums and accordion, and some like salsa and vallenato will fill you with emotion. Their unique structures, sounds and themes don’t just light up Colombia’s many festivals, but also represent a cultural legacy that has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The most welcoming country in the world is currently home to eight sites that have been listed as part of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. These include the walled city, fortresses and monuments of Cartagena de Indias, the Los Katíos Natural National Park, the Historical Center of Mompox, and the Coffee Cultural Landscape, among others.
Visiting and exploring these places will certainly make you want to stay in their incredible atmosphere. And if you do decide to extend your visit (perhaps indefinitely), Colombian cities like Medellin have an ideal quality of life that partners with a very appealing cost of living. This was highlighted by Forbes magazine, which ranked Colombia among the top ten ideal countries for retirement.
This country doesn’t just have historic sites, but also great traditions that have been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage. Some of them are parts of the most important Colombian festivals, such as the Blacks and Whites Carnival in Pasto, the world-famous Carnival of Barranquilla, and the marimba music and the traditional songs of the South Pacific that can be enjoyed in the Petronio Álvarez Festival.
This is Colombia, the most welcoming country in the world!
Where people want to share the very best their country has to offer with all of those who visit.
Come and find out just how much Colombians will make you feel at home!