Colombia vs. Brazil: 7 Crucial Things To Consider


In this article we are going to be talking about Colombia versus Brazil, and so we’re going to be covering 7 main things and seven important things having to do with both of these countries. These are going to be language, stability, security and safety, cultural feel, food, Accessibility from the US and Europe, and last but not least, recreation.

Why’d one country deserve your attention more than the other. What does one country say that something special as compared to the other and these things? And at the end of the article we’re going to follow up with some final thoughts and conclusions. And so let’s begin.

THE LANGUAGE

The first thing I want to talk about is the language spoken in Colombia is Spanish. And the language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese. These languages are very, very similar, so if you know Spanish, you can probably get up to speed with Portuguese in about 3 to six months, or maybe even longer. However, if you only know Spanish, you’re going to have difficulty in Brazil, so from a language perspective, Spanish is a much more known language, so there are more people that know the Spanish versus Portuguese, and so if you already know Spanish or are exposed to Spanish, Colombia would be a better choice. On the other hand, if you are looking to learn a new language, Portuguese is relatively easy. Brazil could be a great choice.

STABILITY

Next, I want to talk about stability. Colombia has not been stable for a long time. It was a country that dealt with some internal struggles. They had a civil war with FARC. But now I’m happy to say that Colombia is a relatively stable country. In fact, it’s a lot more stable than its neighbors around that border. It, including countries like Venezuela, for instance, Brazil is also very, very stable. It never really had in recent history at least, internal struggles, internal issues, so both countries are very stable from that respect.

SECURITY AND SAFETY

The next point I want to cover is security and safety. And this is where we’re going to be seeing some more or less differences between the two countries. Colombia is a relatively secure country. Obviously it’s still Latin America, so various things can happen. But having said that, it has gotten a lot more secure over the years, and if you’re not looking for trouble, you’re probably not going to find trouble in Colombia, Brazil, and the other hand, is a country that I would characterize as unpredictable when I lived in Rio de Janeiro, you can walk around. And anything can happen to you. So there is a lot of unpredictability of elements that happens too, and this includes more affluent areas, poorer areas doesn’t really matter. So unless you are in a gated community, Brazil is going to be a little bit less safe, a little bit more dangerous and more unpredictable.

CULTURAL FEEL

The next thing I want to cover is the cultural field. And obviously culture is very, very subjective and here is what I have to say about that. Colombia is very, very Latin American. It’s as Latin American as any Latin American country. It’s very quintessential Latin American. It’s kind of like Mexico in that regard. So if you’re looking for true Latin American culture, Colombia is the place. On the other hand, Brazil is a country that’s unlike any other country. When I lived in Brazil, I felt like I was on another planet. There was this feeling. Of that I am in a different world, in a different dimension, because Brazil is very different than Latin American countries. I guess Brazilians kind of considered themselves Latin American, but they are very, very different. The music is different, the language is different. Everything is different about it. So you can give. So you can’t really go wrong. So you can’t really go wrong regardless of which country you go to, it’s really up to you, but I would say that Brazil is a lot more exotic than Columbia.

THE FOOD

Now I want to talk about the food. The food in both of these countries is very, very traditional and so you’re not going to be dealing with a lot of burgers and a lot of fast food. If you go to each one of these cultures, Colombia has very nice and traditional Latin American food. There are a lot of great dishes. A lot of really. Awesome food that’s gonna make you feel great. Brazil as well has a lot of great dishes, so in that respect I would not say there is a huge difference between the two countries when it comes to that. Both countries have very, very similar cuisines, but it is separate but still very similar.

ACCESSIBILITY FROM THE US AND EUROPE

Next, I want to talk about the Accessibility from the US and Europe. Colombia is a lot closer to the US. It’s only about a three hour flight from Miami to the northern coast of Colombia of Cartagena and Santa Marta. Obviously, if you want to go more inland to the capital of Bogota, it’s going to be a little bit longer, but still if you are in the US, Colombia is a very, very quick flight. Brazil on the other hand is more southern, and so it takes longer to get there, and so Brazil is kind of out there. It’s a longer flight regardless if you are from the US or or Europe, more so from Europe, you’re going to be on a very, very long flight. I believe from somewhere like Spain, it’s going to be a 10 hour flight to Rio de Janeiro, maybe even longer, maybe 11 or 12 hours, and so Colombia wins in that regard, regardless of if you are in the US or in Europe.

THE RECREATION

Last but not least, I want to talk about the recreational elements. These are things that are very, very subjective. And these are the things that tourists will like some exotic elements, countries that you know you should visit once in your life and in that respect Brazil has amazing amazing beaches. It has a very very exotic field that you don’t really feel in other places and this is more so obviously in the tropical parts. So, places like Rio de Janeiro, and northern codes are very very tropical. You have great beaches. There’s a great field and so I would say Brazil is definitely more of an exotic country than Columbia. But Colombia is quintessentially Latin America.

It’s very, very diverse. You have great beaches, you have great coastal areas. You have the mountains you have, you know tropical areas, you have more cities with a spring like weather is like medigene. So you kind of get everything that you want in Colombia. But even having said that, Brazil is still a more of a exotic place. The language is very exotic because they speak. Portuguese with a very special accent that you don’t hear anywhere else, unlike Colombia, where they speak Spanish, but Spanish is spoken pretty much throughout Latin America and in Spain, and so from an exotic perspective, a more of a recreational perspective. I would say that Brazil is more exotic, but Colombia is definitely no slouch in that Department, and so let’s talk about some final thoughts.

Colombia and Brazil are both awesome countries. They all are amazing. Things about them. Amazing things to offer to the tourist or maybe an expat or a digital nomad, and pretty much anybody.

Colombia is a very very Latin American country. It’s more stable. I would say it’s one of the most organized and predictable Latin American countries in Latin America. And so if you want to live there, you are going to have a good time. You can buy in the apartment. You can rent an apartment. Everything is going to work, everything is going to function just the way you would expect. Whereas Brazil is a lot more exotic.

It’s a lot more unpredictable. They have awesome beaches, it’s just a more colorful country. When I think about Brazil, I have these images of color that pop into my mind, whereas when I think about Colombia, I think about Bogota’s kind of grey skies and this rainy weather. And I know there are other cities that are a lot. I have a lot better weather to offer but still Colombia is just you know this typical quintessential Latin American country whereas Brazil is a lot more colorful and more exotic and that is all that I wanted to talk about in this article. I really hope at least I’ve given you some ideas or what to think about at least you understand relatively speaking. What country represents? What and hopefully you can decide on a country that matches your values best?

Victor Crespo

Victor is a road junkie who has spent the past 6 years wandering around Latin America. After discovering Colombia, he decided to make it home and never look back.

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