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Colombia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
Colombia is a magical country, full of spectacular varied landscapes, rare ecosystems, succulent tropical fruits, salsa and cumbia music, and kind, fun-loving people. The modern culture is a synthesis of Spanish, indigenous, and African traditions, evident in the music, the food, and Barranquilla’s famous Carnaval. The country’s major cities are modern and cosmopolitan, with an international style and consumerism that makes them feel more like cities in the USA than Latin America. Yet, five minutes into the countryside, its distinct rural charms reveal a slower and more bucolic past.
 
In the collective imagination, Colombia is exotic, lawless, and dangerous—an illegal narcotics trade and the ongoing armed conflict have contributed to its bad-boy image. But things are changing, and there is so much more than that.
 
Entrenched social inequality has led to strife, manifest in the long-lived left- and rightwing rebel movements and a cycle of appalling violence that has saturated four decades with an undeclared civil war. And still, the Colombians are animated, lighthearted and fun—always ready to laugh and enjoy the moment. They have found strength in each other, in their families, and closest friends who are the cornerstones of their lives. 
 
Culture Smart! Colombia shows how the country’s rough geography and tumultuous history have shaped modern values and attitudes. It looks at the public realm and at life at home with the family. It introduces you to Colombia’s distinct and delicious cuisine, and reveals what people think about each other, their neighbors, and foreigners. There is advice on the safest ways to get around; on how business is done; and how Colombians communicate. Culture Smart! Colombia explains the intricacies of a culture that is both modern and steeped in tradition, international and regional, cosmopolitan and agrarian, very rich and very poor, and after more than four decades of undeclared civil war is happily emerging from tough times and getting ready for the future.
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The Rough Guide to Colombia

New First Edition!

Home to a rich history, stunning scenery, and some of the continent's most welcoming and sophisticated people, Colombia is an unrivaled destination for travelers to South America. Tourism has surged to nearly 2.4 million in 2014; the New York Times recently named Colombia the region's next affordable hotspot and called Cartagena "Latin America's Hippest Secret."

Throughout The Rough Guide to Colombia, you will find intuitive cultural content, tips for what to see and what to skip, and practical information on etiquette, transportation, food, drink, costs and currency, and health, plus a handy guide to the Spanish language.

Whether you want to explore the vibrant cultural scene of Cartagena, trek to the archaeological ruins of the Lost City, or stroll the sandy beaches of Parque Nacional Tayrona, The Rough Guide to Colombia gives the honest advice you'll need to plan your trip, navigate each adventure, and make the most of your time in Colombia.

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Colombia (Footprint Handbooks)

From its vibrant and lively cities to snow-capped volcanoes and white-sand beaches, Colombia offers enormous variety. Footprint’s 5th edition Colombia Handbook will guide you from salsa clubs & gold museums to the Amazon jungle and mountain peaks.


• Great coverage of the top activities and sights in the region, including numerous adventure sports, jungle trekking and hot springs


• Loaded with information and suggestions on how to get off the beaten track, from stays in authentic coffee fincas to lively fiestas in the tiniest of villages


• Includes comprehensive information on everything from transport and practicalities to history, culture & landscape


• Plus all the usual accommodation, eating and drinking listings for every budget


• Full-colour planning section to inspire you and help you find the best experiences


From Cartagena, the emerald in Colombia’s crown, to the hidden tombs & mysterious statues of ancient cultures, Footprint’s fully updated 5th edition will help you navigate this incredible destination.

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Taganga, Colombia, Christmas holiday decor - SA06 MWR0077 - Micah Wright Iron on Heat Transfer is a great way to jazz up a plain T-shirt, pillow case or any other light color fabric. The transfer is transparent and should be applied only to white or light colored material suitable to withstand high heat. Available in 6", 8" and 10". Color not true until transferred; home iron instructions included. Wash inside out using mild detergent and dry on low heat.
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Colombia (Bradt Travel Guides)
With its jagged, volcanic peaks; sands of gold, black and silver; palm-trimmed Pacific and Caribbean coastlines; tufted fields of coffee; dense jungles, snow-capped mountains and idyllic islands; numerous indigenous cultures and exciting buzzing cities, Colombia is 'ten countries in one': a diverse and little-explored succession of eye-popping geological highlights on one of Latin America's most varied terrains. Now in its third edition Bradt's Colombia enchants wildlife fanatics and provides plenty of first-hand insight into striking colonial cities, rainforests, beaches, historic villages and secret gems.
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