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Common Body Gestures in Colombia

The world is huge, and there are so many countries that offer beautiful cultures and scenery. Each city, even if they’re in the same country, all have significant differences, which can be seen in the way people talk, eat, and even dress. This is the amazing part of traveling, as it’s easier to learn these differences in person. One of the cities with a rich culture is Medellin. If you’re going on a Medellin vacation package, you’re in for a treat. Before you go, though, you should learn some of the common gestures that you’ll see on your Medellin vacation package. Here’s a guide so that you can understand what they mean before your trip. (Related topics: Cartagena vacation packages, San Andres vacation packages)


Body Gestures

  1. Pointing with lips – Colombians never point with their fingers. Instead, they pucker their lips and look with their eyes to indicate what they want you to look at.
  2. Wrinkling nose – If you’re talking with a Colombian and they wrinkle their nose, it’s their way of asking “What?”.
  3. Tapping neck with the side of their open hand (open palm facing body, touching neck with little finger) – This means “paila”. This word and gesture is usually used in negative circumstances. Example: “It’s raining today so we can’t go to the park. Paila.” It’s similar to saying “bummer”.
  4. Touching the end of the thumb to the end of the index finger and kissing it – This means “Te lo juro” or “I swear.” This is usually used when someone promises to do something.
  5. Shaking limp hand in the air – This means something serious and it’s usually accompanied with teeth bearing.

These are just a couple of the common gestures you’ll see on your Medellin vacation package, but don’t worry if you’re not an expert quite yet. You’ll surely learn more gestures and slang while you’re here! Colombians are very friendly, and they’ll be super excited to teach you more about their culture.

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