Shopping in Colombia

Hopping overseas can be intimidating, but for the savvy buyer, a visit to #Colombia rewards an opportunity to purchase some great local items either at an irresistibly low price or that simply cannot be found elsewhere.
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#Mochilas - Sustainably crafted by #indigenous tribes high in the mountains of nothern #Colombia, mochilas are virtually unbreakable shoulder #bags that very popular all over the country.  They are miraculously made using entirely natural products and as with molas, each design depicts the spirituality and cosmology of the #indigenous artists. A mochila is a practical, stylish and downright awesome souvenir to buy in Colombia.

#Mochilas - Sustainably crafted by #indigenous tribes high in the mountains of nothern #Colombia, mochilas are virtually unbreakable shoulder #bags that very popular all over the country. They are miraculously made using entirely natural products and as with molas, each design depicts the spirituality and cosmology of the #indigenous artists. A mochila is a practical, stylish and downright awesome souvenir to buy in Colombia.

La #Chamba Clay Cookware - Sustainably crafted by #indigenous tribes high in the mountains of nothern #Colombia, #mochilas are virtually unbreakable shoulder #bags that very popular all over the country.  They are miraculously made using entirely #natural products and as with molas, each design depicts the spirituality and cosmology of the indigenous #artists. A mochila is a practical, stylish and downright awesome souvenir to buy in #Colombia.

La #Chamba Clay Cookware - Sustainably crafted by #indigenous tribes high in the mountains of nothern #Colombia, #mochilas are virtually unbreakable shoulder #bags that very popular all over the country. They are miraculously made using entirely #natural products and as with molas, each design depicts the spirituality and cosmology of the indigenous #artists. A mochila is a practical, stylish and downright awesome souvenir to buy in #Colombia.

Pre-Columbian Art - A lot of authentic and imitation pre-columbian art is sold in #Colombia, much of which is incredibly beautiful. You can easily find jewelry, small statues and #artefacts in the unique style in all major cities and some small archealogical towns, such as San Augustin. It goes without saying that an ´orginal´ piece of pre-#columbian art should be bought with considerable care.

Pre-Columbian Art - A lot of authentic and imitation pre-columbian art is sold in #Colombia, much of which is incredibly beautiful. You can easily find jewelry, small statues and #artefacts in the unique style in all major cities and some small archealogical towns, such as San Augustin. It goes without saying that an ´orginal´ piece of pre-#columbian art should be bought with considerable care.

#Emeralds - #Colombia is well-renowned among gem experts for its abundance of exquisite emeralds, and #Bogotá is one of the largest emerald trade centers in the world. The official emerald district of Bogotá is on Jimenez Avenue between 6th and 7th street, in the heart of downtown.

#Emeralds - #Colombia is well-renowned among gem experts for its abundance of exquisite emeralds, and #Bogotá is one of the largest emerald trade centers in the world. The official emerald district of Bogotá is on Jimenez Avenue between 6th and 7th street, in the heart of downtown.

The #Sombrero #Vueltiao (pronounced bwellteeow) is a national symbol of #Colombia and is generally worn by those who aren´t #cowboys during festivals and celebrations. The hats are hand-made with the local ´arrow cane´ plant, utilising a laborious technique that can take up to a month and finishes with a circular weaving proccess (hence the name – vueltiado means looped).

The #Sombrero #Vueltiao (pronounced bwellteeow) is a national symbol of #Colombia and is generally worn by those who aren´t #cowboys during festivals and celebrations. The hats are hand-made with the local ´arrow cane´ plant, utilising a laborious technique that can take up to a month and finishes with a circular weaving proccess (hence the name – vueltiado means looped).

#Molas is the term used to describe the beautiful hand-stitched clothing and #accessories made by the Kuna Indians on the remote #Pacific coast of #Colombia. Molas are stunningly colourful and embody an entire #indigenous philosophy about the origin and development of the universe. They are made using an arduous technique of reverse-applique needlework and no two designs are ever the same.

#Molas is the term used to describe the beautiful hand-stitched clothing and #accessories made by the Kuna Indians on the remote #Pacific coast of #Colombia. Molas are stunningly colourful and embody an entire #indigenous philosophy about the origin and development of the universe. They are made using an arduous technique of reverse-applique needlework and no two designs are ever the same.

Fine #rum - We all know that generally the best rum in the world comes from the #Caribbean, so #Colombia is a great place to buy first-class rum for a dangerously good price. Some of the most esteemed labels include Pyrat XO reserve, #Zacapa Centenario, Mount Gay, 12 años and Diplomatico.  #Rum in Colombia is more commonly drunk on the coast, whereas people inland tend to drink more #aguardiente, preferably served ice cold.

Fine #rum - We all know that generally the best rum in the world comes from the #Caribbean, so #Colombia is a great place to buy first-class rum for a dangerously good price. Some of the most esteemed labels include Pyrat XO reserve, #Zacapa Centenario, Mount Gay, 12 años and Diplomatico. #Rum in Colombia is more commonly drunk on the coast, whereas people inland tend to drink more #aguardiente, preferably served ice cold.

#Colombia and #coffee go together like New York and baseball – whether or not it´s the best pair, it´s definitely the most famous. It´s as easy to find a bag of splendidly smooth local coffee in Colombia as it is to find a NY Yankees hat in Manhattan, especially if you get the chance to tour the countries breathtaking #coffee region. Beyond the hot #beverage, there are thousands of coffee products to be found here that make great gifts, such as coffee flavoured liquor, chocolate and cookies.

#Colombia and #coffee go together like New York and baseball – whether or not it´s the best pair, it´s definitely the most famous. It´s as easy to find a bag of splendidly smooth local coffee in Colombia as it is to find a NY Yankees hat in Manhattan, especially if you get the chance to tour the countries breathtaking #coffee region. Beyond the hot #beverage, there are thousands of coffee products to be found here that make great gifts, such as coffee flavoured liquor, chocolate and cookies.

In 1993 the New York Times called #Colombia the ´Little Italy´ of #South_America. That was before the Italians shipped over leather machinery and sponsored workshops on improving production quality. Now Colombia´s leather industry is booming, offering finely tooled Italian-style leather belts and bags for a fraction of the European price.

In 1993 the New York Times called #Colombia the ´Little Italy´ of #South_America. That was before the Italians shipped over leather machinery and sponsored workshops on improving production quality. Now Colombia´s leather industry is booming, offering finely tooled Italian-style leather belts and bags for a fraction of the European price.


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