It's no secret that Latinos know how to party, and Colombians are no exceptions. Whether they're swigging from a bottle of Aguardiente, shaking their hips to salsa or merely singing really loud in public, the urge to let loose is rarely actually kept inside. This love of a good time extends to the country's calender, which is full of opportunities to drink and dance; sometimes these opportunities are known as festivals.
Colombia's festivals are world-famous, and well worth planning your entire trip around. Josian and Mickael went to Barranquilla Festival last year and haven't stopped talking about it. As for me, I enjoyed Rock Al Parque a whole lot and even Semana Santa (Holy Week) was pretty wild. We've done our best to help you plan your trip in the coming year by highlighting some of the best Colombia has to offer in terms of festivals:
The Hay Festival, Cartagena
Literary and theatre lovers might not sound like the crowd you'll be able to party with but come on, don't you remember your old English teacher smelling a little like red wine in the morning? Great for culture lovers, and there'll surely be a good time to be had at the Hay Festival in Cartagena.
The Barranquilla Carnival
Mickael and Josian at Barranquilla Carnival
The mother of all festivals in Colombia, and supposedly the second best in the world (behind only Rio). High praise indeed, but the Barranquilla Carnival is absolutely worth of the praise.
Just about sums up Holy Week in Taganga...
Take your pick of where to go for Holy Week, but be sure to get out the bigger cities. I'd recommend a nice little excursion to Taganga if you really
want to let your hair down.
Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogotá
For theatre lovers the Ibero-American Theater Festival is not be be missed. One of the biggest theatre festivals in the world, it's a privilege to witness and, what's more, it only comes about every two years, so be sure to attend in 2012.
Rock in the Park Festival in Bogotá
Bomba Estereo, this year's Rock Al Parque headliners
This year Fischerspooner, Choquibtown, Bomba Estereo, Bukara Som Sistema and The Dead Kennedys all played. Previously Bloc Party, Coheed and Cambria and many more have graced Bogotá for one of the biggest free rock festivals in the world. We look forward to the line up for 2012...
The Medellín Flower Fair
Medellín celebrates its floral roots for one week of flowers, horses, cars, salsa and Aguardiente. If you've never seen a man carry a seat full of flowers on his back, this is your chance to do that and get really drunk. Super.
The Cali Fair
Cali celebrates all things um, Cali, in December. Expect a lot of salsa, some great live acts and a whole lot more salsa.
Of course, this isn't all that's on offer. Check out more events in Colombia here