• 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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    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…

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    Art Festivals in Bogotá

    Along with Mexico City and Buenos Aires, Bogotá has always stood out among Latin American capitals due to its intellectual and cultural spirit. Many art fairs and festivals are held throughout the year, crossing the borders and becoming significant world-class events, with guests and visitors from across the globe. In fact, some of the following festivals have been responsible for increasing Bogotá’s reputation as one of Latin America’s main cultural hubs. Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogotá: Created in 1988 by Fanny Mickey –an Argentinian actress who stands out as one of the greatest in our country’s cultural legacy–, the Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogotá is the most important cultural events…

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    Top reasons to visit Colombia

    With the Peace Treaty Agreement that put a 50-year-old conflict to rest, Colombia has become a trending destination for tourists from all over the world. People are packing their bags to discover one of the most amazing countries in the world. Here are some of the main reasons why you should join them: 1. It’s safer than ever: Colombia has been stigmatized as a dangerous country. After the peace agreement, tourism has doubled and the reason is clear: it’s safe to come to our country and enjoy it to the fullest. Colombia bursts with culture, features amazing nature and is home to the kindest people –and we are eager to…

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    The legacy behind Getsemaní

    Getsemaní is a traditional Colombian neighborhood with such a vast history that streets seem to tell it on every corner. Undoubtedly, Getsemaní has become one of the most relevant locations for those visiting Cartagena. Its narrow streets –which used to be filled with trash– are now packed with boutique hotels favored by intrepid travelers seeking a more authentic experience. But how did this transformation occur? Here, you’ll find out how Getsemaní’s history made it become a popular place that draws thousands of tourists each year. Getsemaní emerged at the end of the 16th Century, during a critical moment for Cartagena, when it was the hot spot for slave trade in…