Colombia in detail


  • Introductions When members of the opposite sex or two women meet it is customary to exchange a single kiss on the right cheek. Men shake hands.
  • Greetings In Colombia it's polite to greet everyone in the room when entering with a simple 'Buenas Dias' or 'Buenas tardes.' This also applies when approaching someone on the street for directions or information.
  • Invitations Generally the party making the invitation to a meal will pick up the tab; splitting the bill is not common.
  • Honorifics Show respect to older members of society by using the honorific don (for men) or doña (for women) before their name.
  • Drinking When out with friends Colombians usually buy a bottle of liquor and all take shots at the same time rather than sipping at their own glass.