Typical Colombian dishes are anything but ordinary, predictable, or simple. They contain nature, diversity, and a very unique taste. Something you can’t imagine takes shape in this country where magic can be felt in every corner. A small taste is enough to get you to want to keep exploring more typical Colombian food. You can start with meat-based dishes, and you’ll fall in love with “carne oreada” from Santander, “mamona” from Villavicencio, “atollado” rice from Cali, “sobrebarriga”, a type of brisket from Medellín, and “sudado”, a type of stew from Tunja. Each one of these preparations tells a story that reveals our fascinating Colombian culture, one that has inspired movies, romances, fashion, and music. There is no doubt that diving into the world of typical Colombian food can transport you to a song, a setting, a melody, or verse. And the verses inspired by the sea have a delicious taste in Colombia, where you’ll find destinations full of fresh, and exotic flavors, in rice, soup, ceviche from the coast of the Pacific and Caribbean oceans and made near the shore of amazing rivers like the Amazon.
Colombia is a country that combines the best of natural and cultural wealth. That is the recipe for its charm, one that can also be savored in the exotic foods that attract those who visit these lands full of exuberance, flavors, aroma, and color. Exotic flavors in Colombia are not just hidden in the jungle, where you can try snake meat or frogs’ legs, but also in cities like Pasto, where locals enjoy cuy, a type of large rodent prepared for special events, and used as an excuse to gather family and friends. Thanks to a special climate not based on seasons but on climate zones, you’ll find a large variety and abundance of sweet mangoes, juicy watermelons, avocados, and exotic fruits you’ve probably never even heard of, during the whole year. Like “Corozo”, very common in the Great Colombian Caribbean, Cape Gooseberry or “Gulupa”, a type of passionfruit. Anyway, you’ll get to know new fruits with colors as vibrant as our natural habitats.
Colombian food covers a wide range of eras, places and historical characters. At times, it’s like watching a foreign movie with subtitles – an incredible pleasure, but best if you have a little help to know what you’re consuming. Colombia’s gastronomy is rich in tastes, preparations and ingredients, and here we present our guide to enjoying them:
Colombia is home to so many varieties of arepa – piping hot corn patties that pre-date the conquest of the Americas – they could compete with the cast of an animated movie. Slabs of cheese dipped in hot chocolate is another favorite, a typical dish capable of rousing the spirits and warming the soul.
Now it’s your turn to name the film you want to star when you taste these typical dishes. You will surely feel inspired when you tour through small towns leading to big cities and realize that each stop will offer a special preparation, from the hands of cheerful, diverse, and warm locals, that add extra magic to every flavor. An alluring title inspired by the recipes of typical Colombian dishes, could come from two preparations enjoyed at the same time, “the soups” and “the secos”. Usually dishes in Colombia have rice as their main ingredient, a protein that varies according to the destination, potatoes, plantain, greens, and fruit, the same that can only be found in this country and that are main attractions in its markets.
Diverse, kind, joyous, and with a great heart. That is Colombia, and its people. Built on diversity, this country has developed with immense cultural wealth revealed in its warmth and welcoming spirit towards visitors, greeting all with a smile. The variety of people and customs offers a place for everyone. The best part of Colombia is, no doubt, its people. What are you waiting to come?