• 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…

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    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…

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    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,…

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    Colombia through its Festivals

    Colombia is a country of continuous celebration. Regardless of the time of the year, there’s always a reason to party and pay tribute to our culture. Throughout the year, our cities make room for unique and marvelous fairs and festivals which attest to Colombian authenticity. Some of such events treasure our legacy and traditions in such a way, that they have been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Here are the most important: January Manizales Fair Manizales, Caldas The Manizales Fair , is without a doubt, one of the country’s biggest and most important events. In the first week of January, Manizales becomes the capital of Spain in Latin America. Inspired…

  • Colombia

    Our intention is to transform and rebuild Colombia’s image through a different kind of tourism.

    We have worked with groups as large as 350 students, offering them a fully organized trip from beginning to end, yet allowing every traveler to decide what kind of experience they want to have. We offer a schedule comprising both academic and cultural activities, as well as a wide selection of entertainment options. Every student is free to decide where they want to go and what they want to do based on their own personal interest. This way, travelers get to know others that think alike. Our schedules are so versatile that our clients say that each traveler is able to experience the trip in their own way, even when…