Diversity of cultures remains the main feature of the residents of Bogota. The city really amazes visitors by its heritage as it is inhabited by various ethnic classes. The native people of Bogota are often called "chechakos". These people have won a reputation of cold and reserved people among their countrymen and tourists. Many can even call the character of these people arrogant - the local residents always tend to be first everywhere and in everything. Such dedication and perseverance make these people truly irreplaceable workers. For many of them professional work occupies the first place in their lives. On the other hand, the residents of Bogota are wonderful and outgoing friends who love and know how to have fun in a circle of close friends.
The restraint of the local people is usually exposed only when they deal with unfamiliar people. In a friendly company they may be surprisingly excessively talkative and emotional. They are interested in virtually everything. During a conversation chechakos can easily support any subject. Religion occupies a significant part and has a great importance in the life of the indigenous inhabitants of the city. They are aware of numerous religious customs and traditions starting from an early age. When it comes to communicating with visitors, the residents of Bogota behave quite restrained, although when tourists visit local outlets and retail shops sellers will certainly be very hospitable to visitors. The reason for this is in the fact that sellers in the local markets and owners of restaurants have already got accustomed to a large number of foreigners. In suburban areas of the city even ordinary people may invite guests to make a walk through the city and will gladly tell them several really beautiful legends connected with various attractions of Bogota. Of course, tourists should thank the locals for such attention and reward them by leaving a small gratuity.
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