Bar Crawl Bogotá Launches!

One of the best nights in Bogotá has finally arrived!



Bogota’s nightlife is getting more popular thanks to all the new concept pubs, the latin flavor ones as well as the classic ones that you can not miss. The Bar Crawl Bogota is here with the intention of making you live a fun safe night out across the city in the 3 main partying areas: Candelaria, Chapinero and Zona T.




But, what is a Bar Crawl? In a few words, it is a night tour of Bars. Being in Bogotá, you can not get enough with just one bar, that’s why this Bar Crawl Bogotá takes you to 3 different areas and 4 different Bars, Pubs and Clubs where you willl have fun like never before! You will get in touch with the local partying culture, the best and craziest both local and international bars that we want you to experience, you can find all the info you need below.

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays

MEETING POINT: Repúblika Bar (Calle 16 # 4-23. Hotel Continental)

TIME: 7:30pm


• Free welcome local beer!
• Drinking games
• 4 Dance bars and clubs
• 4 Free shots
• Free Entrance to all venues
• Transportation
• Professional party guides
• Free Colombian Souvenir!

DURATION: 5-6 hours

ALL FOR JUST: $50mil COP (16 usd aprox.)


How can I Book it?

  • Online: Click here and get your spot!
  • Show up: arrive to the Meeting Point and get ready to party!

“A night that you won’t remember but never forget”




If you’ve been lucky enough to be around Bogota’s oldtown, I’m sure you’ve run into this magical street:


Yes, the Chorro de Quevedo is a special place, mainly, because it’s one of the few places you can get Chicha in Bogota. Get what? CHICHA, a gift from the Gods…or, in other words, a fermented corn handcrafted drink indigenous people used to have during religious ceremonies. The Spaniards mixed it up with sugar cane and took away its religious background, giving it a new – let’s say – “recreational” meaning.


Nowadays, you can get there a bottle of Chicha for 4, 5 or 6 thousand pesos to get the party started. Students from Bogota’s downtown universities do it every day, especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Besides, you can find Chicha from time to time in some street festivals around the city, where is actually promoted as a symbol of culture, heritage and identity.

Sounds cool, right? Well, it is now, but it wasn’t always the case. Chicha has a long and complex history, extremely tied to the history of Bogota itself. And as I know someone who spent years doing some research about it – myself -, today I bring you “5 historical facts you probably didn’t know about Chicha” as my first contribution to this blog.

  1. Back in the day, Chicha was a communal drink, and it was consumed by everybody…sort of.

Nowadays, nobody could deny beer is Bogotá’s favorite alcoholic drink. But long before it was brought to the country, people used to drink Chicha. Of course, poor people, who, until some 40 or 50 years ago, were the majority of Bogota’s population.

This humble people would go to a chichería (see next point) and they would collect some money among themselves to buy a communal bowl of chicha. Then, they would drink it the same way indigenous people used to: taking a sip, and then passing it to the next person. Yes folks: it may sound gross, but Chicha, by definition, is a communal drink; designed by the Gods to bring people together.

That powerful concept is still alive today…with some modern adaptations. In the Chorro, you see people all together, drinking chicha from the same bowl…but using straws.


  1. Back in the day, Chicha was not sold on fancy chicha bars or street festivals, but on CHICHERIAS.

Chicherias were – still are! – special places. They were born in the 17th century, just after Chicha consumption went widespread among Bogota’s population.

Chicherias were multifunctional places where poor people could find everything at hand: groceries, meals, table games, dancefloors, beds – some worked as little hotels -, and, of course, chicha. Maybe, they were the only establishments this people could actually go to have fun.

Chicherias were all around the city, especially in downtown, surrounding public markets and artisans shops. Every neighborhood had several, and every night people would leave those places totally drunk to get some sleep back home.

Hidden in what we call “popular neighborhoods” – low and low middle class ones, far from the spots you would normally go to -, Chicherias still exist today, as places frozen in time where you could hang out with some of the most amazing humble people you could ever meet. A couple of sips and they’ll make you feel home almost instantly.


  1. Back in the day, Chicha considered food and part of almost every meal.

To “chicha drinkers”, the fermented one was not only alcohol, but food. They would have it with lunch and dinner, as Bogota citizens would have fresh juice or soda nowadays.

It was an important part of “piquete” a typical popular meal made out of potatoes, yucca, blood sausage, chicken, and some unusual parts of pork and cow (intestines, lungs, udders). Piquete and chicha would be the best affordable meal you could get outside your house, cheap enough to fill your belly for a full day.

Even some middle class citizens and students would go to chicherias to have some of this delicious banquet…


  1. Back in the day, selling Chicha was a lucrative business.

So lucrative, that even politicians owned chicherias and even chicha factories! That’s right: in the 1920s many of these facilities started to work. There, chicha was produced and stored in barrels which were distributed among chicherias using donkeys or even tank cars. There was a rumor that a former president – who used to talk very bad about chicha – made a fortune out of this operation.

One block away from Chorro de Quevedo, you can still see the former headquarters of El Ventorrillo, downtown’s biggest chicha factory. It is a big and beautiful colonial house which, sadly, is not open to the public.


  1. Back in the day…the Government banned Chicha

Chicha consumption and chicherias were frowned upon, almost since their beginning. Colonial authorities saw them as threats to public peace. After the independence, the Church, the Government and the Medical Community saw them as sources of physical and moral degradation: a cancer of the society should get rid of in order to achieve progress. The war on chicha was officially declared.

One of the fiercest – and most curious – battles was fought on newspapers. A huge publicity campaign was activated, telling everybody Chicha made people dumb and spawned crime.

Chicherias were loaded with taxes and legal limitations, but it wasn’t until 1948 that Chicha got totally prohibited. Yes, folks: Chicha was and still is prohibited in Colombia. Actually, all fermented drinks not made through an industrial process are.

After a long war, the Government finally banned Chicha on November 1948. El Bogotazo – a huge riot that basically destroyed Bogota’s downtown – had a lot to do with it, as the Government blamed chicha for the widespread destruction. According to them, that event was only possible through the actions of people drunk on the “yellow poison”.

The new edict was not totally obeyed, though. Chicherias disappeared from downtown, but moved to popular neighborhoods around it. Basements and backyards were transformed into Chicherias, as the police of Bogotá started a huge persecution against them…

But how is it possible that Chicherias still exist? How is it possible that you can buy Chicha freely in Chorro de Quevedo? How is it possible that it’s even considered heritage on festivals promoted by the City Hall? Well, that’s part of another story…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this one. All thoughts welcome on the comments.

See you around.


9 phrases in spanish for your foreign ears, Part II


Continue with the last post, after weeks of hard work searching and going deep into Colombian phrases, we are ready to complete our phrases about pronunciation in spanish using some words in english, just to make your life easier here.

Remember that is useful for you if you need something or if you want to order anything and you don’t know spanish. Is an easy and a funny way to learn words and expressions in Spanish. This is our second part, we hope you will enjoy it and learn new useful words to survive in Colombia!

1) English Pronunciation: Moo E When O | Means in Spanish: Very Good

2) English Pronunciation: On Us Web Eat Us | Means in Spanish: Some Eggs

13) English Pronunciation: Kerry CO. | Means in Spanish: Delicious

4) English Pronunciation: No Law Z | Means in Spanish: I Don’t Know


5) English Pronunciation: Mess Zero | Means in Spanish: Waiter, Server

6) English Pronunciation: Bend Pack Up Mama Sea Tap | Means in Spanish: Come Here Baby

7) English Pronunciation: Bet Sammy Moo Chop | Means in Spanish: Kiss Me A Lot

8) English Pronunciation: Manny Anna | Means in Spanish: Tomorrow

9) English Pronunciation: Poor Fab Our C North | Means in Spanish: Please Man

Apply all these wise  advice, you will need it once in a while. Or better take some good and easy spanish classes instead. We hope you  laughed a lot with this tips! Don’t forget to share it. And GO BEYOND!

Luis Felipe “El negro” Orbegozo,

10 Phrases in Spanish for your foreign ears

Hello Beyonder. During this week of travelling at the coast and coffee region we realized that travelers need to learn how to ask the basic and necessary things in Spanish but they are usually confused with its pronunciation. That’s why, we decided to help you with that! Besides, you will have two editions! The best part of this one is that it has English pronunciation so you could understand what you say perfectly:

1) English Pronunciation: O Trap Serve Be Zap | Means in Spanish: Another Beer.

2) English Pronunciation: Ten Go Ham Bread | Means in Spanish: I’m hungry

3) English Pronunciation: Puck E Two | Means in Spanish: A little, a few.

4) English Pronunciation: Moo Chop | Means in Spanish: A lot of

5) English Pronunciation: Done The Star Elle Van E O | Means in Spanish: Where is the bathroom or Restroom

6) English Pronunciation: Bam Us A By Lark | Means in Spanish: Let’s dance

7) English Pronunciation: S Toy Bow Rap Chow | Means in Spanish: I’m Wasted, I’m Drunk

8) English Pronunciation: Free Hall Eat Us | Means in Spanish: Beans

9) English Pronunciation: On A Pole Ah Free Ah| Means in Spanish: A Cold Beer

10) English Pronunciation: Moo E Calling N Tea | Means in Spanish: Very Hot

I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to share it with your friends!!!

Felipe Orbegozo.

9 Reasons Why your Life is not Complete if you don’t have a Colombian Friend

Living abroad gives you the opportunity to share with so many cultures. But I must tell you, no one can magine what it’s like to share months, parties, movies, or just time with Colombian people. Once you make Colombian friends you become addicted to their laughs, jokes, screams, unique stories and even simple ways to enjoy life as it is! Let’s take a look at the nine strong reasons you should have a Colombian friend to feel complete!

  1. Without a Colombian Friend you do not know how to call pretty ladies or boys in secret forms: He or she will teach you how to use secret words to describe someone that is extremely hot or someone who is the target. Expressions that you will learn to say with only your eyes, or with your mouth, such as a ¡Uuuuyyyyyyyy¡ or with a ¡Uhhhhhhhh! Terms like “Look that papi” or “Look that mami”; even “Cosita” and “Cosota”, all with sounds and opened eyes that can work perfectly.

  2. It will be hard to only drink one beer: Colombian people like to go beyond, even if that means Go beyond Celebration! We are willing to be happy all the time, so if we are invited for only one beer the result might be finishing at 3am by pub crawling around the city.

  3. Your Colombian Friend will never forget any funny mistakes you have made: Yes, well, we had an expression for this, and it’s called “Montar” (bulling), which means it’s possible to always remember one person after they make a funny  mistake or have an embarrassing moment, just with laughter!

  4. If you party with a Colombian, you will learn how to dance to every single song the DJ plays – Colombians never tire at a party! If they see you siting there looking bored, they will immediately grab you and drag you on to the dance floor! So this is a great reason to have a Colombian friend, you are going to shake your body more than anyone else.

  5. Your Colombian friend will change “No” into “Yes”: This mostly happens when you don’t want to go out and your Colombian friend will change a “No” into “Just for an hour” or “Just for a little bit,” or even better “We’re  just going to say hello and then we’re coming  back”. You can be sure that every experience will be crazy no matter what  your Colombian friend has planned.

  6. With a Colombian friend you will develop the “Double Sense” when talking about sex: Here we use the “Doble sentido” to mention some sexual adventure or any sexual situation just for a joke. Any conversation might go with the normal sense but might mean something different. Using common expressions such as “bread” or “chicken” or just “arrive early” or any word can change to refer to something related with sex.

  7. When answering a Colombian it call can be funny: Colombians use too many nicknames for everything, so they can answer the phone with expressions like “Kiubo”, “Qué más”, “Todo bien o qué?” “Hola Bola”, “Alonso”, “Diga”, “Holanda”, “Perri”, and so on.

  8. Laughing for saying bad words: Colombians have too many bad words, and occasionally using those words can be super fun if the person adds a body expression or if the person who said is too polite to say it, or if the moment to say it is not the correct moment. You will learn tons of ways to use bad words just for laughing hard with your friends.

  9. The last and most important reason to have a Colombian friend, is that most of the simple stories or every day moments can be transformed into big and amazing stories: Going shopping and finding that unique shirt you are looking can be the fight of your life, or taking Transmilenio to work can be the perfect opportunity to find love at first sight, waiting for a green light can be a perfect moment to kiss, everything here in Colombia becomes a big and positive experience that deserves to be told for fun and sharing unique moments!

So my advice is to have a  happy and special Colombian friend to make your days happier when you are down, and of course a colombian friend that stays with you en las buenas y en las malas!

Daniela Rey Vásquez

SECOND PART – 10 Colombian Slang Expressions You Should Know and Use

Continuing with our Colombian Slang Dictionary, this is the second post after the success of our, where people understood a little bit about our weird expressions and their translation. This new one keeps showing to you, our foreign friend, the way to communicate when arriving to Bogotá and Colombia. Take the time and practice them all!

1. “Se armó la gorda”. Literal translation: The fat one is armed. This is a Spanish expression used by the military uprising at the end of the 19th century. In Colombia we commonly say this expression during a party when there’s a fight! A huge problem you got in after some (also huge) drinks you had. So whenever you go to a party don’t become the Fat One!


2. “Está en la olla”. Literal translation: You are in the pot. You use this expression when someone is screwed, when you have no gateway or out of money. As the chicken is cooked and have no salvation, so you do!


3. “Suerte es que le digo”. Literal translation: Good luck is what I say to you. This is a popular expression to say goodbye wishing luck to someone but you don’t mean it. You use it when you end up in bad terms with somebody and don’t wish him any luck at all.


4. “Pedir cacao”. Literal translation: Ask for cocoa. During the colonization period in Colombia the cocoa was a symbol of power and prestige even used for exchange so slaves had to beg for it so they could make a living. So when we are “asking for cocoa” we mean we are begging. So if you are breaking up remember to donate Cocoa!


5. “Se da garra”. Literal translation: You give claw. It’s a colloquial expression which refers an exaggerated or abusive action over someone without any thoughtfulness. For example, your school teacher gives you more and more homework knowing that you don’t have time to do it all, so you say “El profesor se da garra!” (The teacher gives claw!).


6. “Estoy en los rines”. Literal translation: I am on the wheels. This is a funny expression, this one refers to someone that is out of money. It’s like if you own a car but don’t to change its tires during your whole life, you will end up with the wheels and probably with no car at all!


7. “Hágame un cruce”. Literal translation: Do me a crossing. This one is so slang! You use this expression to ask for a favor. If you are in a hurry and need someone to help you out you ask for a “Cruce”, for example you are “on the wheels” and need money to pay the rent, then you ask your friend for a crossing.


8. “Meter la pata”. Literal translation: Insert the foot. As an animal’s foot is caught by mistake in a trap laid by a hunter, so do you if you screw it up! If you did something wrong or you are constantly making mistakes, you are simply inserting the foot!


9. “Ya le cogí el maní”. Literal translation: I already took the peanut. This expression comes from “la suegra voladora”, a Champeta song by Sayayin. It is normally used when you are dealing with an issue and you finally accomplish it! For example, you still don’t know how to deal with your mother in law (as the song says) so you keep trying it until you take the peanut!


10. “Parar bolas”. Literal translation: Stop balls. Don’t misinterpret this last one! Colombians use this expression asking for attention! If you are distracted and someone is talking to you, you need to stop balls to him!


Does any of these expressions make any sense to you? Try to apply them in your country and let the others know about these weird expressions you already know!

Thanks for sharing!

Ricardo Suárez Daza

10 unusual moments Colombians always celebrate

Many people wonder why Colombians have a reputation for being one of the happiest countries in the world, and the answer is very simple: despite inconveniences we always have a smile to offer the world. That’s why we always seek for happy moments, to celebrate life and along this post we will show you 10 unusual moments Colombians always celebrate. When do we celebrate?   

10. When we are promoted at work: This is surely one excelent reason to celebrate! This means more money, a higher status at the organization, a family pride, a happy girlfriend/wife, and of course… more expenses. What do colombians normally do when promoted? We go out with friends and spend the money we don’t have!! We use our credit cards, borrow money, or whatever is the source of money we need to celebrate!

    9. When we quit a bad job: You first think (if you are promoted) this is the right job but afters few months isn’t what you were expecting. It becomes a torture, a frustration and you feel you need to get away of it and once you decide to step out of this nightmare, you only feel relieved when you celebrate! 5 minutes before leaving definitely the company you feel anxious to run away, meet your same friends when you were promoted and “get off one’s chest” about everything you lived inside those four walls. What do friends say about this? “This was the best option, let’s celebrate because more and better things are about to come, cheers!” … Good friends.

  1. When we passed a final exam: Have you faced a final exam without studying? You feel hopeless, right? You think you will have to repeat the course and say good bye to a scholarship… The exam was hard, you tried your best, you have counted every single day for the result, you were sad and worried all this time, until this day have come… And you read the results, it says: FELIPE: Approved. Bloody hell!!!!!! I passed the exam, that’s what you won’t realize for the next week. The same day we go out and have loads of drinks, you want to let everybody you are smart enough even though you had the lowest score to approve it. Well done and say hello to scolarship 🙂

  1. When there is a farewell: Families are very close in Colombia and if someone goes away we need to wish him/her the best luck. How? Celebrating this new step no matter whether it is a trip, a new employ or an academic opportunity. Your friends are invited, relatives, neighbors on the block, and it becomes a “Parranda” (party with a huge mess). What to expect? Loads of food and alcohol. In a conservative family they are going to say: “Please, come just yourself, no threesomes, don’t mess it up”; in an open family you will hear: “Bring girlfriends so we can meet them!!” Enjoy life!

  1. Because he/she returned from the trip: Didn’t have enough party abroad? Don’t worry, your family is waiting for you to celebrate that you are back to your mummy’s arms. Basically we go out for dinner, good drinks, good meal and your same friends. What to expect? An interrogation, all your funny moments, unexpected adventures you had and even all your romances. This is a nice moment to gather together and to share, “Salud”!

  1. When there is a holiday: This is a very common excuse to celebrate, even more if you are in Bogotá because you are looking for warm wheater and this means that after friday work you are off for 3 days to get lost. Surrounding Bogotá, just 1h30 away, you find towns with great parties, good restaurants and good swimming pools. Bring it on Mr. Holiday!

  1. When we start a relationship: As a source of happiness this means you need to celebrate this new beginning. We normally go out for a formal dinner ending in a great party. What to expect? Bounch of friends bulling you about this new yoke you put yourself, but this doesn’t matter to us, we live love with so much passion hoping it lasts forever.

  1. When we end that relationship: We normally feel jilted and there’s no better way to forget about it celebrating with your friends, “there are too many fish in the sea”, you will hear. This rupture brings you a new opportunity, so you just need to knock the right door. Of course, this celebration is the first step to overcome your jilted mood, so we go out and knock the whole night like a needed dog. If we are lucky, we go in, if not, keep knocking.

  1. “Just Because” (Porque ajá): This is the most unusual celebration, it’s in our blood. But what the heck is this? Is an excuse to celebrate anything! There’s no reason about it, it is just the sensation of eagerness, anxiety, that’s guide us to our most loved pub or night club. If they ask you: “What are you celebrating today?”, We answer, “Today is a special day because yes”… WTF? Simple, celebrate life.

  1. When our beloved National Soccer Team plays: Is the biggest celebration we have. Crazy people over the streets, flour on your face, water pumps and cash register rolls decorate the streets, companies even stop working, all the noise of the vuvuzelas you can’t imagine!!!! CRAZY!! Is the passion we feel for “Nuestra Selección”, it moves people around the globe! Being the fourth best selection of Brazil World Cup 2014 make us proud, even more than 100,000 people received the team at the airport. This si something you need to live, so grab a Colombian and watch a game!

Can you tell us, if you were Colombian, which moment would you celebrate the most? 

If you feel identified with any of these moments to celebrate, SHARE it with your international friends, let them know how is your Colombian style!

Felipe El Negro Orbegozo

Beyond Colombia BC

10 Types of Colombian Guys You Might Bump with in Bogotá

This post is inspired in different stories about friends who have dated Colombian guys being in Bogotá and have come to me looking for advices or just to gossip around. Dear readers, according to all these stories is truth that Colombian guys are very special and inspire love to foreigners, are very gentlemen and sweet. Maybe you will understand why here the risk is wanting to stay… With a Colombian boy.

Below I resume the 10 types of colombian guys you might find if you come looking for a local full experience no matter if you are working for a social volunteering, in private enterprise or just traveling around:

1. “Los Barristas” (The Soccer Lovers). You will recognize them because they are always using a local soccer team jersey. Their first concern is how to get a ticket for next game, they will stood you up for sure if you set a romantic date the same day of the match! Imagine when the national team plays … Their love for soccer is so big that they even name their sons with famous colombian players’ names, for example “James Danilo” or “Falcao Jair” or simple “James Falcao”. So once you accept to date or marry this one, accept also your future kid’s name.

2. “El pinta” (The good looking guy) In simple words: papasito! The super fashion, the one that never dress in the wrong way because he is always in! His hair cut, fine brands and sexy smile. Always smells good. He will flirt from the beginning and say pretty things like your smile, your pretty cheeks, the way you look to him… Ain’t good to date a “papirriqui”? (delicious man).

3. “El Mamerto o Hippie” (The radicals). They love to be involved with social causes, are always worried about the world, the animals, the global warming, the social changes and so on. Positive side: they are superconscious, I think that is good, but in excess can be also annoying if you are hearing complains about everything all the time. If you believe in his fight, be ready to be inside in a protest over Seventh Avenue (Avenida Séptima) in Bogotá!

4. “El Amarrado” (The Stingy). He is always analyzing the price of everything. If you are thinking to date this one, you need to be patient but don’t take him for shopping! That would be depressing, you will end up with almost nothing on your hands because “everything is expensive and doesn’t worth”. He is paying attention to every simple detail in terms of money. He will even ask you to split the bill at your birthday, or even worse, you will end up paying for both of you. He doesn’t matter about other’s money, just his.

5. “La mole” (The Gym lover). Is extremely cute exposing his amazing six pack. Is not too common to see him over the streets, but if you get the chance to see one will blow your mind! What is his daily concern? How to be fit (keep being fit!) and healthy. What’s your concern? Not to exceed the 1268 calories per day! Date one of this and start losing weight!  PS: He will force you to wake up for jogging very early in the morning.

6. “El Intenso” (The Intense Guy). Here in Colombia you will find this kind of guy that is particularly funny. What’s going on with him? He is simply obsessed with you. He will look for you all day long and his mood will depend on that, so don’t be surprised if you bump into this kind of guy who’s always worried about you. What’s his concern? “No signal” notification on his phone!! Be ready to have an unannounced visit with flowers, chocolate and teddy bears. Guess what? He won’t give up.

7. “El Marrano” (The One Millón Dollar guy). This is the guy who is willing to give you anything you ask for, even talking about of intangible things. He is full of bills and in charge of paying the dinner, cinema, gifts, everything. Once you date this “Marrano”, you will forget you need to carry your wallet. How people will call you? The one that “Marranea”.

8. “El Perro” (The Flirtatious Guy – “The Dog”). He is the one that will make you fall in love while you look at his lips, an unique power in his mouth. Everytime he opens his mouth girls cannot stop. Is super funny, super easygoing, is actually brilliant on the way he interacts with ladies. What’s his concern? None, he will get what he wants. What’s yours? “Does he love me or is it just a passenger love”?

9. “El Picado” (The Show Off). This is the typical guy who is always trying to impress others by showing the pretty things he posses. He shimmers the brands he uses or the travels he does. When dating, can be interesting to open your world up for new things but sooner or later you will get bored if you don’t share his passion about showing off or “flying” above the rest.

10. “El Gordito” (The Chubby Guy). He is a cool guy. Is always looking for something new to eat and his life goes around new food experiences. Are you an adventurous girl and love Colombia? Date this guy, (my personal advise), a Colombian food lover, the one that won’t deny you new foodie experiences and of course a new world into unknown restaurants and food parading’s. He is most of the time in a good mood and try to be optimistic about life. What’s his concern? “What’s new for today?”. What’s yours? “Jesus, I love him but i need to stop eating like him!!”.

Note! When it comes to date a latin american guy, Colombians are the best, they are funny, amusing, and know perfectly how to trick a woman (in a good way: make them fall in love), they are kind, sweet, attentive, romantic… In other words a perfect latin lovers!

Daniela Rey Vásquez.

Beyond Colombia BC

10 Colombian Expressions you won’t Find in a Dictionary

In Colombia, we use different expressions for different situations we face every day, either happy or sad, and these expressions you won’t find them in any dictionary. We talked already about the 10 Colombian slang expressions you should know and use, and this time we will learn about the colombian dictionary, the words we normally use and you won’t find in any other place.

This is the first 10 word expressions:

 1.  Yeyo: “Me va a dar un Yeyo!” This word was born at the Caribbean Coast and all Colombia uses now. It refers to someone that is feeling bad and feels is going to faint. Moms, for example, when they get upset they say they are going to have a Yeyo due to something wrong you just did. Try not to pull out her Yeyo!

2. Patatús: It’s similar to Yeyo, but is refers strictly to a bad health condition. When you are not doing well and normally you are sick, or you are about to be, you will have a Patatús.


3. Abeja: Or in English “Bee”, is used in a negative way to refer someone who is always taking advantage over someone. We say that someone is Abeja when this person wants to skip the queue, leave without paying or cheat during an exam.

4. Tragado: This is a funny one. Tragar means “Swallow” and we normally say “Más tragado que calzoncillo de torero” (More swallowed than bullfighter’s underwear). Can you imagine what this stands for? Yes! When you are deeply in love! You are as lost as the bullfighter’s underwear, that we can’t even see you around (a friend of you will say you this).

5. Guayabo: Is the Colombian expression for Hangover. It comes from the word Guayaba, an exotic fruit that has little clean worms inside and seems they went up to your head and you can’t stand anymore!

6. Pinta: Women use this word when talking about a handsome man. Pinta refers to Outfit and someone is well-dressed and good looking, women say “Ese man está muy pinta” (That guy is so handsome).

7. Guachafita: Is the moment when you have created a mess during a party. This is used by old people referring to the disorder of young people. If you are living inside an apartment complex and you decided to give a party, the most probably thing is that the old people call to the Complex Administrator to leave a complaint about the Guachafita you are doing!

8. Achicopalado: This word refers to a sad mood. When you don’t feel happy at all and seem to be depressed, you are Achicopalado and we can tell! Shiners and pale.

9.  Paila: This is a flat kitchen utensil for making Arepas (traditional Colombian food, flatbread made of ground maize dough) but we say this every time when something goes wrong or someone is screwed. We point our neck with one hand and say “Paila!”, as you are dead.

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10. Líchigo: I love this word, sound very strange and it has different meanings. In Antioquia and Caldas region it is a little purse for keeping money, a pocket knife or a handkerchief. But in Bogotá we say this for a very stingy person, the one that doesn’t leave a penny on the table. We scratch our elbow like we were going to find something (money) on it!

Now, for Christmas time, a moment to share among relatives and friends, please don’t be Líchigo, try to do the biggest Guachafita with your most beloved so you feel happy and don’t get Achicopalado. And of course, manage alcohol; stay conscious, otherwise the Guayabo won’t help you to remember a thing about last night and 9 months later… PAILA! You wouldn’t like to get little surprise.

Ricardo Suárez.

Beyond Colombia

10 Colombian curious ways to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Colombians are used to celebrate big, no matter the occasion, motive, or time; we always have in our blood that flavor that is characteristic and recognized around the world. Precisely, Christmas parties could not miss in Colombian celebrations and, as we say, “Con todos los juguetes”  that means with all the toys.

In this new Blog, we tell you the 10 things that Colombians do in December and New Year’s Eve concluding a successful year and leaving behind the bad vibes looking forward for the good one, that’s why our culture is into.

  1. Christmas Bonus Game (Aguinaldos)

Many people have the habit of making small games during the holidays, one of them is called “Mis Aguinaldos” and exist different modalities, but I normally play the game is “Straw in Mouth” (Pajita en Boca) . How do you play it? You need first a partner who you are betting with. Next, at any time of the day, regardless of the type of conversation or place you are, once you say “Pajita en Boca” your partner needs to put an object inside his/her mouth; if he/she does not do it he/she must pay an economic penance (the one you have established before starting the game). Same happens with other games as “three feet” (Tres Pies). If you put your foot in the middle of your partner’s feet you must say “three feet”. Wins the person who has fewer points during the day.


2. General Clean Up

This is a tradition that Colombian families do at New Year’s Eve without missing. The activity is to take everything you have, clothes, toys, tools you no longer use, old books, notebooks and used sheets for recycling, inclusive, find clothing that can deliver as donation, papers can be recycled and second hand toys for other children. This tradition is based to get rid of bad energy and start with good one.

3. Little Candles Night (Día de las Velitas)

The 8th of December is a holiday celebrated in Colombia and in many Latin American countries that celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin María. The habit is to go out to the street at your neighborhood or the main park of the residential complex where families can find complete lighting candles with colored lights representing the Virgin María, a feast for the whole family.

Día de las velitas

Photo by Felipe Orbegozo. Día de Velitas 2013. Bogotá.

4. Christmas Lighting Paths

It is one of the most beautiful and colorful festivals that Bogotá and many other cities have. The mayoralty performs concerts to welcome the Christmas lights where artists from across the country meet in the streets and on Christmas Night showing the beauty of the city. Local government decorates the main avenues of the city and holds events along these roads.

5.“Novena” Family reunion

The “Novena” is the strongest tradition in Colombia where 9 days before the birth of Jesus you have to read with your family the historic journey that Joseph and Maria endured the birth of his son. Culturally, being a family celebration ends doing a little celebration or organizing a little dinner to share good experiences throughout the year. We celebrate with typical Colombian Christmas Music.


6.Painted and lighted streets

A Colombian tradition are the representations of Christmas over the streets and it usually happens in little streets with no traffic and bunch of people willing show their artwork. You can find Christmas figures as snow dolls, Christmas trees or Santa Claus. Also, there is a local contest for the best lighted house where you can see beautiful facades. It is a tradition that we only see in countries like Colombia and surely if you are living outside of country will remember it fondly.


7. Typical Christmas Food

Food is a major player in the holidays of Colombia. Colombian food as suckling pig, tamales, Ajiaco (potato soup), Natilla (custard) and Buñuelos can’t miss on the table in a familiar date. Moreover, people stop doing diet or stop to going to the gym at this season to quietly enjoy Christmas. Nothing better than the Colombian food for Christmas to feel at home!



Colombians have several omens for New Year’s Eve. We practice these omens mainly to attract financial abundance, stability at home, never missing food at home, to get a new or better job, more professional development and of course get luck with love. I normally take a backpack and go around the neighborhood representing my desire to do many trips during the next year, or wear a yellow lingerie representing economical abundance, good luck and good wishes for the coming year. Colombians never lose the habit to do fun things even in Christmas. Try this panties out!

9. The lights of Medellín

Throughout years Medellin has positioned itself for being one of the most beautiful city during Christmas time. In fact, one of its principal’s routes goes by the Rio Medellín and surroundings. Government also allows national artists to do live concerts, Christmas bands and choirs carols presentations. Each year the decoration changes representing Christmas fairy tales or stories to remember the magic of Christmas. Super recommended!

10. Alborada

The “Alborada” lights and fireworks in Medellín has become gradually into something meaningful for the city and the country. Despite the beauty of fireworks upon the sky, it is a little bit dangerous because it last too many hours using gunpowder while kids are playing over the streets and becomes a little bit noisy. Although, it is a must see in Medellín when you visit it during Christmas. It takes place on December 1 of each year to give official aperture to Christmas!

December is the month when Colombians share the most, have more fun, joy, delicious food and a great family time. Have you been surprised by any Colombian celebration so far?


Felipe “El negro” Orbegozo.

Beyond Colombia.