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Culture Smart! Columbia will help you to understand the complex and often
contradictory nature of the Colombian people – why they think and behave
as they do – and will show you how you can blend in with these fun-loving,
self-reliant individualists. As a result of the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest,
modern Colombia’s multiethnic society is a synthesis of Spanish, indigenous, and
African traditions, evident in the music, in the food, and in Barranquilla’s famous
Carnival.
Colombia has a spectacular landscape, embracing tropical beaches, highland
plateaus, the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Andes, arid deserts, and dense
Amazonian jungle – all home to an extraordinarily rich biodiversity. Colombian
society is equally diverse. Stylish, cosmopolitan cities coexist with poverty in
the beautiful, if neglected, countryside. The Colombian people are emerging
from decades of crushing civil war and lawlessness with their spirits unbroken.
Animated, light-hearted, and ever ready to enjoy the moment, they are looking to
the future with hope and are eager to share their rich and beautiful country with
the outside world.
This pocket-sized book reveals Colombia’s key customs and traditions, examines
life at home and at work, and introduces you to some distinct and delicious
culinary quirks. You’ll learn what Colombians think about each other, their
neighbours, and foreigners. There is also advice on safe travel, vital information
on how business is done, and how to communicate effectively across the cultural
divide.

Culture Smart! Columbia will help you to understand the complex and often contradictory nature of the Colombian people – why they think and behave as they do – and will show you how you can blend in with these fun-loving, self-reliant individualists. As a result of the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest, modern Colombia’s multiethnic society is a synthesis of Spanish, indigenous, and African traditions, evident in the music, in the food, and in Barranquilla’s famous Carnival.

Colombia has a spectacular landscape, embracing tropical beaches, highland plateaus, the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Andes, arid deserts, and dense Amazonian jungle – all home to an extraordinarily rich biodiversity. Colombian society is equally diverse. Stylish, cosmopolitan cities coexist with poverty in the beautiful, if neglected, countryside. The Colombian people are emerging from decades of crushing civil war and lawlessness with their spirits unbroken. Animated, light-hearted, and ever ready to enjoy the moment, they are looking to the future with hope and are eager to share their rich and beautiful country with the outside world.

This pocket-sized book reveals Colombia’s key customs and traditions, examines life at home and at work, and introduces you to some distinct and delicious culinary quirks. You’ll learn what Colombians think about each other, their neighbours, and foreigners. There is also advice on safe travel, vital information on how business is done, and how to communicate effectively across the cultural divide.

"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel


"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times