At first glance, these women may appear equipped to snuff out pests, but their mobile packs aren't meant for exterminating bugs, they're meant for pouring hot coffee.
A real Colombian, you'll inevitably be told, takes the stuff black, or cafe tinto.
6. Salsatecas are best when hot and sweaty
What's Colombia without salsa? Not Colombia.
Beginners can take salsa classes to get familiar with the basic steps. Those who can't be bothered with formal lessons will find Colombians to be warm people, even warmer when dancing. Most will be happy to show you some introductory moves on the spot if you're charming enough.
7. Pueblitos are favored weekend destinations
Pueblitos, or small villages, dot the Colombian countryside, serving up a colonial past and antiquated charm not found in cities.
From almost every major Colombian urban hub, pueblitos can be accessed via road, making for easy weekend trips.
Outside Bogota, Guatavita is a small town near Guatavita Lake that offers idyllic views of casitas, the small houses that exemplify Colombia's countryside.
8. Nothing is more Colombian than aguardiente
If you're looking for a stiff drink, a $6 bottle of aguardiente is the most Colombian way to find it.
All departments (administrative regions) in Colombia have license to produce their own aguardiente, a 60%-alcohol spirit that means "fiery water."
There's no Colombian celebration without aguardiente.
Even more local? The unforgettable guayabo (Colombian slang for hangover) de aguardiente.
9. Colombian climates vary wildly
Colombia may straddle the equator, but that doesn't mean you should leave your gloves and sweater at home.
Bogota and Medellin are in tropical highlands and can get chilly at night -- especially Bogota, where heavy jackets and scarves are the norm year-round.
Visit the coast around Cartagena, however, and you'll be sweltering.
This climatic disparity is reflected in Colombia's cultural composition. Locals come in as many varieties as the weather; there's no one look for a Colombian.
10. Cali is Salsa City
The gravity-defying female assets of Cali's nightclubs thrust out to such fierce degree that they can't be overlooked -- the sultry salsa city is renowned for its talent-laden, sexually dynamic dance floors.
Those seeking a more subtle experience can start with a viejoteca, where there's more actual dancing, less physical drama and fewer crazy drinkers.