Sep 12

El Día de Amor y Amistad: Colombian Flowers from our Florist Friends, Kharisma Floral

Amor y Amistad, all bases covered by a bromance
Amor y Amistad, all bases covered by a bromance

El  Día de Amor y Amistad is celebrated on the 3rd weekend of September, which the calender-savvy ones among you will have noted is this very weekend. For the uninitiated ones, this is a lot like Valentine’s Day, only has focus on friendship too. So while you might go out for a romantic dinner and surprise your partner with some roses (hint: rosas domicilio a Bogotá), you can also join up with your mates afterwards for some aguardiente.

Some arrangements from Kharisma Floral
Some arrangements from Kharisma Floral, even ´por homme´!

If you’re struggling to think of what to buy your loved one, well struggle no more. The Colombia Travel Blogis here to help: flowers. Sure, it might not sound radical, but Colombia is one of the biggest producers of flowers in the world. Thanks to this, there are plenty of options for cheap flowers in Colombia. Around the Transmilenio station Flores there are plenty of florists, and many people with flowers simply sell them in traffic jams on the Septima and around the city. You’ll find plenty of roses and colourful arrangements here, so if you’re pushed for cash this is your best option.

If you really want to treat your partner on El Día de Amor y Amistad, however, Kharisma Floral may just be the way to go thanks to the wide variety of flowers available (Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, meaning their selection of flowers is pretty incredible) and the artful way in which they’re arranged. Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than an imaginative spin on the classic romantic idea of flowers, right?

Florist Jairo preparing a wedding
Florist Jairo preparing a wedding flower arrangement

Kharisma Floral have been selling artistic, innovative arrangements for a while now, all under the watchful eye of sisters Paola and Valentina Alvarán. The two sisters, noticeable for their frankly ridiculous amount of hair, are both in their twenties add a great touch of freshness to the very old, traditional business of flowers in Colombia. It’s thanks to their imaginative approach to floral design that they come up with arrangements like the one above with the bottle of Corona. I get a beer, you can keep the flower. Everybody wins.

Their designs come in an array of shapes and sizes, from simple bouquets of roses to huge, elaborate designs fit for a centerpiece of someone’s living room. They range from classic to modern to chic to boutique, all unified by an exceptional eye for detail and a true uniqueness in their design. If you haven’t got a clue about flowers (and you’re not the only one), you can just give Kharisma an idea of what it is you’re after, and trust them with your design. You won’t regret it.

The sisters Alvarán
The sisters Alvarán

Combine their beautiful arrangements with top-notch service and you can’t go wrong. From when you enter to when you leave you’re looked after so well that you might just end up spilling all the details of your relationship to the girls. Yes, that happens, Valentina told me. Don’t worry though, there may not be a hippocratic oath, but you can trust the Alvaráns.

Behind the scenes the Kharisma team working hard
Behind the scenes the Kharisma team working hard

They speak English, so if you’re calling to order for your Colombian partner and you’re stuck abroad without a lick of the Spanish language, fear not! All the contact details you need are on their website,, or you can get in contant on Facebook. Alternatively you can phone to order. Delivery is available all over Bogotá and nationwide.

OH! And they can add Ferrero Rocher to your arrangements. Almost forgot those. Note to any suitors for my friendship: an arrangement with Ferrero Rocher and beer. Thanks.

So no excuses, if your partner sees you’ve read this and doesn´t receive anything special for El Día de Amor y Amistad, you’s in troooouuuble!


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