Colombian Spanish

Colombian Slang Phrases Your Teacher Doesn't Want You to Know

Colombian Slang Phrases Your Teacher Doesn't Want You to Know

Language teachers love to get their students to speak 100% technically pure Spanish, just like a textbook. Yet, when you get to Colombia and start speaking to the locals, you'll quickly realize that nobody uses the language exactly like the rules say they should.

Every social situation and conversation is instead littered with Colombian slang phrases, idioms and expressions. Few follow the Spanish rules and regulations set out by the powers that be, but they are some of the most entertaining parts of the local language. Master them and you'll immediately have found a surefire way to crack into local social circles.

Here's a selection of some of our favorites of the local and international slang used in Colombia - just don't tell your teacher where you learnt them....

The Colombian Spanish terms your textbook won't teach you.

The first bits of Colombian...

Colombia

Colombia's Unmissable Festivals, Carnivals and Holidays

Colombia's Unmissable Festivals, Carnivals and Holidays

Colombia is one of the countries in the world with the most national public holidays, with some 20 days spread throughout the year. The Colombian calendar is also peppered with a large number of carnivals and festivals, which bear witness to the national love of celebration.

As a Catholic country, the most important celebrations are those held around Christmas and Easter time. Admittedly, the religious elements of such celebrations...

Peru Spanish Language

18 Examples of the Finest Peruvian Slang

18 Examples of the Finest Peruvian Slang

Nothing will earn you more kudos with Peruvians than knowing and using some of their most typical slang words during your trip.

Whether travelling in Peru for just a few days, or staying there for months on end, you’ll benefit from knowing some of the local lingo. Master some of this and it’ll open up a whole new world of experiences to you during your stay.

Take a look at our selection of some of the best and most common bits...

Peru Safety Health

7 Top Safety Tips for First-Time Travelers to Peru

7 Top Safety Tips for First-Time Travelers to Peru

Planning your first trip to Peru? Awesome!

Peru is a beautiful and exciting travel destination with a rich and vibrant culture. Whether you’re taking a long backpacking adventure around the country or just a short holiday, it’s sure to be one of...

Colombia Money

How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Colombia?

How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Colombia?

As a whole, it is significantly cheaper to be a tourist in Colombia than in Europe or the United States. When the costs of travel in Colombia are compared to those in other Latin American countries, the place ranks around mid-table. While it is more...

Colombia Bogota Attractions

Bogota: Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Bogota: Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Bogota is not a 'love at first sight' kind of city. Sitting atop a mountain plateau at around 2,600m above sea level, Colombia's capital lacks the pleasant climate found in the rest of the country and is often grey and overcast.

With 9m residents...

Safety Latin America

Is Traveling in Latin America Dangerous?

Is Traveling in Latin America Dangerous?

If you’ve never visited Latin America previously, it is natural to wonder if traveling there might be dangerous. Certainly, news reports don’t do the place any favors; on the basis of these alone, you could be forgiven for thinking that you'll find gangs,...

Colombia Whale watching marine life

Whale Watching in Colombia

Whale Watching in Colombia

Between July and November each year the stretch of ocean along Colombia’s pacific coast plays host to large numbers of humpback whales migrating to the region. The huge mammals, measuring up to 30m in length and weighing as much as 40 tonnes, travel some...

Colombia Attractions

Where to go in Colombia: Travel Highlights

Where to go in Colombia: Travel Highlights

Colombia is home to a wealth of world-class attractions, spectacular landscapes, tourist sites, and beautiful natural surroundings. Whether visiting just for a short break, or on a more extended trip, the country has more than enough to keep you...

Colombia Santa Marta

Santa Marta: Gateway to the Caribbean

Santa Marta: Gateway to the Caribbean

Santa Marta, founded by the Spanish in 1525, is the oldest city in Colombia and the second oldest in South America. As well as an important historic center, the region around Santa Marta is the site of one of the largest indigenous populations in Colombia,...

Panama San Blas Beaches

Visiting the San Blas Islands

Visiting the San Blas Islands

If you’ve not already heard of it, San Blas is an archipelago of about 365 islands off the southeast coast of Panama. Few places in Latin America can match it in terms of the quantity and quality of deserted beaches.

The archipelago forms part of...

Colombia Medellin Guatape

Guatape: Inexplicably Undervalued

Guatape: Inexplicably Undervalued

The charming town of Guatape is located in a geographically striking landscape dominated by lakes and mountains and offers a host of fun activities including boat trips, ziplines, swimming, kayaking, and climbing. The area is greatly, and somewhat...

Colombia Beaches La Guajira

The Charms of La Guajira

The Charms of La Guajira

The sparsely populated province of La Guajira lies in Colombia’s most north-eastern point, along the country’s border with Venezuela. This arid province is a superb option for the more intrepid traveler. Travel can be tricky and facilities basic, but those...