LOVING THE ALTIPLANO CUNDIBOYACENSE
The Altiplano cundiboyacense is an area of high and flat lands located in the eastern cordillera of the Andes, between the Colombian departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá. Its territory coincides to a large extent with the old territory occupied by the "Muiscas" (Ancient indigenous people). The Bogotá Sábana, the valleys of Ubaté and Chiquinquirá and the valleys of Tunja, Duitama and Sogamoso are the regions more known and visited in Colombia.
The Altiplano Cundiboyacense is generally a cold region, sometimes with mild wheather (average temperature of 14 °C), where its varied cuisine is nourished with tropical fruits, tubers, vegetables and unique aromatic species grown in their regions. As in other Colombian cities, you can find plantings and fresh products brought from the land to your table.
ALTIPLANO CUNDIBOYACENSE DANCINGS
Sumercé: We are ready to dance
Dancings like "Torbellino" make part of their traditions, where the dancers dress up according to the culture:
The woman looks like a peasant in the region wearing a long black skirt made with corners; accompanied by different colors elaborated in forms of ribbons. Her blouse is long sleeve with neck and ornaments of bright colors and her espadrilles are of "Fique" tied to the foot with black chevrons.
The men wear dark cloth pants, tied at the ankle height; the shirt is made up by white cotton fabric. They also wear scarf and the famous "Ruana" (wool dress).
And here is when the dance starts!! With songs that express their reactions to love, disillusionment, and the cold air of the Cundiboyacense plateau.
Dear friend, if you are in Colombia you really have to Enjoy it, these are that kind of unique Colombian experiencse you will never forget!!
ALTIPLANO CUNDIBOYACENSE RHYTHMS AND SONGS
Stories told by the Creole Party
In the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, we enjoy of a good Creole party. Instruments like bandola, tiple, guitar, tambora, sow, spoons, among others help us to reach this goal. Dancing is such exquisite like to hear these rythms.
A beautiful song corresponds to "Guabina Chiquinquireña". Listen to parts like " Ven, ven, niña de mi amor. Ven, ven, ven a mi ranchito, mi ranchito que te espera con pasión." (Come, come, child of my love. Come, come, come to my little ranch, my small ranch that awaits you with passion) make us remember how we feel when we fall in love.
But like this song you also will find other tipycal songs that representsdaily tasks of the farmer like plant or harvest.
Have you heard a song like this? Let us show you: our Colombian culture is so beautiful like its stories.
ALTIPLANO CUNDIBOYACENSE GASTRONOMY
A perfect Ajiaco and Chocolate Santafereño for this Cold
In Bogotá and Boyacá we have 2 representative dishes of the region: "Ajiaco" and "Cocido Boyacense". Both contain in their preparation a high variety of tubers like "Guascas", cobs, Onios, but adittional and specifically the "Ajiaco" includes 3 potatos types (Creole, Pastusa and Sabanera potatoe) and the "Cocido Boyacense" includes Pork meat, Milk, "Habas Verdes". That´s not all!! Additional companions are required on the plate, like rice and avocado. In the end you end up full and very sleepy, but only until the afternoon for the cold you will taste a delicious "Chocolate Santafereño".
We know that it is true that the culinary offer in Bogota is uncountable, however if you are in Colombia the challenge is to try typical and authentic food of our country.
And you, are ready for the challengue?
ALTIPLANO CUNDIBOYACENSE PEOPLE AND THEIR TYPICAL PHRASES
Accents that make you smile
Imagine that you are walking in Boyaca and then a "Boyaco" (person that was born in Boyacá) tells you "Sumercé, que hora és". Over time you will understand that these typical autochthonous phrases of the region, apart from getting a smile, do not translate more than the courtesy of the traditional farmer spanish to communicate "Miss/ Mr what time is it?".
Each Colombian Region has its own accents, phrases and histories, which tells us how their culture is created and strengthened. And the "Boyacos" are not the exception! There are a lot of anecdotes to tell about these strong people, who transmit the joy, courage and tenacity required to live and work in one of the coldest Colombia regions.
Even Colombians continue to learn more every day of our culture. Do you want to learn more?