Colombia: Shopping

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Colombia Shopping

Shopping in Colombia is a fun experience since most local markets allow bargaining and you can pick up some interesting goods. Colombia is famous for its gold, gold jewelry, art, antiques and leather products. Colombia produces first-grade precious stones, and the emeralds are among the most perfect in the world. Bogotá has numerous large shopping malls as well as several distinct shopping districts. On a shopping holiday in Colombia check out the local handicrafts, cotton, wood and leather goods, woolen blankets, hammocks, ruana, and traveling bags which are popular as well. Medellin is the best bet for apparel; Santa Marta is known for its “mochila” (rucksack); Bogotá’s jewelers set reasonable prices for their semi-precious stones, especially emeralds, and Cartagena is known for shoes and handbags. In Bogotá one popular stop is Artesanías de Colombia, home to many authentic handicrafts and artwork. This is only one of the many different handicrafts markets as there are obviously many scattered throughout the city along with various galleries and textile, ceramics, and jewelry stores. Bogotá also has many shopping centers and malls throughout the city. Some include Unicentro, Centro Granahorrar, Metrópolis, Hacienda Santa Bárbara, and the Centro Comercial Andino among others.