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Basic Greetings

Welcome to Colombia! As your travel partner, Colombia Visits is excited to guide you through mastering some common Colombian phrases that will enrich your travel experience. Let's start with the basics.


In Colombia, a simple "Hola" can open many doors, greeting everyone with a smile. It's the first step in making a genuine connection with the locals.


Saying "Adiós" is how we bid farewell in Colombia. Remember, it’s not goodbye but a ‘see you later’ as you’ll definitely want to return to our beautiful country.

Thank You

Gratitude goes a long way. "Gracias" is how we express thanks. Use it generously to show appreciation during your stay.


“Por favor” translates to "please," a key term that demonstrates politeness in any request you make. It can make your interactions smoother and more respectful.

Asking for Directions

Navigating Colombia's vibrant cities and lush landscapes is an adventure. Here are phrases to help you find your way.

Where is

“¿Dónde está?” is your go-to phrase for asking where something is located. It’s perfect for finding landmarks, restaurants, or your accommodation.

How can I get to

To inquire about getting to a specific place, use “¿Cómo puedo llegar a?” This phrase is especially useful for exploring the diverse regions of Colombia.

Ordering Food and Drinks

Colombia’s culinary scene is a delight. Here are essential phrases for enjoying local cuisine and beverages.


Asking for the “menú” will get you the list of available dishes. Colombian menus are rich with options, catering to all tastes.


Staying hydrated is key. Request “agua” at any establishment. Specify “sin gas” for still water or “con gas” for sparkling.


Colombia is world-renowned for its coffee. Simply ask for “café” to enjoy a local brew that’s sure to energize your travels.

Shopping Phrases

From vibrant markets to chic boutiques, shopping in Colombia is an experience. Here’s how to navigate purchases.

How much does this cost

"¿Cuánto cuesta esto?" is your phrase for inquiring about the price of items. Colombia offers a vast array of artisan goods perfect for souvenirs.

Do you accept credit cards

To find out if a place accepts credit cards, ask “¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?” Though many places do, it’s always good to have some cash on hand.

Emergency Phrases

While we hope your visit is smooth and enjoyable, it’s important to be prepared. Here are some phrases for emergency situations.


In an urgent situation, shouting “¡Ayuda!” will draw attention and assistance from those nearby.


If you need the police, asking for “la policía” will direct you to the nearest authorities for help.


In case of a medical emergency, “hospital” is pronounced similarly in Spanish. Requesting assistance to get to one is crucial.

At Colombia Visits, we believe communication is the key to an enriching travel experience. Armed with these common Colombian phrases, you’re all set to explore the beauty, culture, and warmth of Colombia. Remember, our team is here to provide support and ensure your journey is unforgettable. Happy travels!

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