Local traditions

Share and enjoy the charm of Colombia

Why do customs and traditions tourism in Colombia?

Different climates and landscapes produce an enormous cultural variety in Colombia, where ethnic groups, dances, languages and firmly rooted popular events reaffirm the country's identity. To this offer of museums and community tourism are added visits to farms, parks and colonial houses. Thus the true atmosphere perceived many places. 

The charm of variety

Colombia is a multiethnic and diverse nation. We have 84 indigenous peoples, 60 indigenous languages and African descent. In addition we are renowned for our traditional kitchens.

Treasures of humanity
Local traditions - Share and enjoy the charm of Colombia

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Colombia has received 16 declarations of World Heritage Site from UNESCO. They correspond to eight places and eight cultural manifestations of Intangible Heritage.

The Colombian feel
Local traditions - Share and enjoy the charm of Colombia

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It is possible to perceive the essence of the Colombian idiosyncrasy in many ways. Our way of looking at life is reflected in the local music; museums about carnivals and religious traditions, among other things.

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Feast of Our Lady of La Candelaria

The feast of Our Lady of La Candelaria, deeply rooted in the cultural tradition of Cartagena, unfolds amidst cumbias,...
Tulcan Nose

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Tulcan Nose

Tulcán Nose is an important pre-Columbian Pubenenses Indian monument in Popayán. This truncated pyramid was built...
Caldas Park, Popayán

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Caldas Park

Opposite the cathedral in Popayán, visitors can take a stroll through Caldas Park, which is always cool thanks to the...

Liberty Stadium

Home of the Deportivo Pasto football team and located off Avenida Panamericana in the capital of Nariño, Liberty...

Township of Bonda

The Township of Bonda is a special place: a small indigenous village located in near the Manzanares River, whose waters...
Lover´s Bridge, Providencia

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Lover´s Bridge

Providence and the small island of Santa Catalina are connected by Lover´s Bridge, a floating wooden structure whose...

Little Devils’ Festival

The Little Devils’ Festival is the oldest celebration of Antioquia. It has been held every December since 1653 with...
Holy Week - A centuries-old tradition

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Holy Week

Holy Week in Popayán has been the country's largest religious celebration since 1566. The processions were declared as...

San Pedro Claver Square

San Pedro Claver Square is framed by the church of the same name and a row of restaurants and small jewelry and local...

Temple of Our Lady of Mercy

The history of the Temple of Our Lady of Mercy dates back to the early 17th century, when the Order of the Blessed...
Casona Taminango Museum - History through handicrafts

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Casona Taminango Museum

The Casona Taminango Museum in Pasto was built using typical seventeenth century materials and maintains its colonial...

Pedazo de acordeón Monument

Music is important to the people of Cesar and this has produced signs of affection like the Pedazo de acordeón (“A...

Quizgó Reservation

In the Quizgó Reservation in Silvia, tourists come into contact with the Guambia and Paez indigenous communities. Local...

Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium

The Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium is one of the major sporting venues in the country and has hosted events like the...

Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

The Metropolitan Basilica of Santa Fe de Antioquia, built between 1797 and 1837, is known for its 154-foot-tall tower...
The Clock Tower, Popayán

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The Clock Tower

Often referred to as “the nose of Popayán,” the Clock Tower stands on the southwest corner of Caldas Park. The one-...
Historic centre of Popayan, Popayán

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Historic center of Popayán

The historic center of Popayán, located between the Ejido and Molino rivers and the city’s guardian hills, is one of...

Imperial Theater

Ballet and theater groups, bands and symphony orchestras, all perform at the University of Nariño’s Imperial Theater,...
Learn about the art of goldsmithing - Magic in momposinas hands

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Learn about the art of goldsmithing

The history of filigree goldsmithing in Mompox goes back to an indigenous tradition perfected during Colombia’s...

Temple of San Felipe Neri

One of the most striking churches in Pasto is the Church of San Felipe Neri, whose interior is decorated by a series of...

Currulao Festival

Inaugurated in 1987, the Currulao festival in Tumaco is a celebration that seeks to rescue the cultural heritage of the...