• 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…

  • Colombia

    Living Colombia like a Pro

    Gone are the days when drug cartels and guerrilla ran rampant across Colombia and when only a few wanted to visit. You probably know that already and that’s why you want to come. Trust us, there has not been a better time to visit our country than today. Yet, we totally understand that you may want to know how the place you are planning to go is like. That’s why we’ve made this useful list with some great local tips, spanning from safety and transportation to partying like a purebred Colombian. On Being Colombian: We know it, you hear South America and you think of sun, shorts and flip-flops. And,…

  • Colombia,  Featured

    Transcending Stereotypes: A New View of Colombia

    Written by: Miguel Reyes, travel journalist Translated by: Jason Najum Colombia is often an enigma to foreigners. Some talk about the natural wonders and kindness of the people; while others can’t help to focus on the chapters of drugs and violence. This mixed image leaves potential visitors wondering what the country is really like today. Inspired to see the new Colombia, more than 300 students from Wharton – the prestigious business school of the University of Pennsylvania – came to explore the country with Vaová. In words of its founder Juan Pablo Toro, the “goal is to show the Colombia we Colombians love”. The first stop was Medellín, the “City…