The culture of Colombia is diverse and fascinating!

Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota
Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota

People

The culture of Colombia has been strongly influenced and is to an extent a product of its past. During the torrid years of La Violencia Colombia was not an option for anyone, let alone the intrepid traveller. This was followed by the reign of terror during the years that the country was under the grip of Pablo Escobar and his sicarios. But things have dramatically changed since then and now the Colombian people make a tremendous effort to make outsiders feel welcome, almost as if they are trying to rectify the countries tarnished reputation. There is a great warmth and friendliness about the people who are very proud of their country and will go out of their way to help outsiders, and you will find that this is the very fabric that their culture is built upon.

A very high proportion of Colombian people live in the urban areas but there is also a small indigenous population, some of whom live far removed from the rest of society and speak languages mostly from the chibchan or cariban families. Over recent decades there has been a particularly large scale shift of people from rural to urban areas, mainly due to the armed conflicts that have blighted the country.

Salsa

A very high proportion of Colombian people live in the urban areas but there is also a small indigenous population, some of whom live far removed from the rest of society and speak languages mostly from the chibchan or cariban families. Over recent decades there has been a particularly large scale shift of people from rural to urban areas, mainly due to the armed conflicts that have blighted the country.

Football

Just like everywhere when you travel South America football is a huge part of the culture of Colombia. I recall being in Cali during one of Colombia’s world cup qualifying games and what is noticeable is how quiet the streets become as each bar fills up with the cheers and groans of the locals. Unfortunately in recent years the results have not been as positive but confidence is growing that the nation can mount a strong challenge to qualify for the 2016 world cup in Rio de Janeiro.