• Colombia

    BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH FRIENDS DURING YOUR MASTER YEAR

    Yes, we know it –there’s a bright side to traveling alone. It thickens your skin, sharpens your sense of survival and you experience a kind of complete freedom you rarely get in other circumstances. But, what about when you travel with more than 300 people at the same time? Here, you’ll get 3 reasons why we believe traveling with friends ultimately beats traveling alone. 1.    Exclusivity everywhere. Be it a private dinner at the best restaurant of the city, a conference with a recognized leader of the country or a paradise local party, the bigger the group the better the experience (at a lower price!) 2.  You get to…

  • Colombia

    A Feathered Paradise

    Colombia is part of a very exclusive group made up of 18 megadiverse countries –those that house the majority of the planet’s animal and plant species. This megadiversity has ranked us first in number of bird species, with more than 1,900 having been officially registered by the scientific community (this equals 20% of all the world’s bird species!), making our country a true paradise for ornithologists and any bird-watching enthusiast. Variety is such, that newer species have been discovered in recent years. Given such diversity and considering there are 76 bird species that are only found in Colombia, we should take a peek at some of the rarest and most…

  • Colombia

    Whatchamacallit in Colombian Spanish?

    At Vaova, we believe that the best way to experience a place is living it like a true local, and that includes speaking like one. So, find below some of the typical phrases you’ll hear in Colombia, which not only attest to our creativity but are funny as hell. Dar papaya Literal translation: ‘To give papaya’ Meaning: To unnecessarily give the opportunity for something to happen This is probably the first Colombian phrase you’ll learn upon arrival. Most likely, you would hear it coming in the negative form, i.e. No dar papaya, meaning: 1) don’t make it too easy for evildoers to harm you, make smart decisions and stay always…