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Why The Andina Woman Is Called “La Pola”

Pola is a Colombian slang word that means beer, and most significantly, is the nickname of Policarpa Salavarrieta, a heroine who helped Colombia gain independence from the Spanish regime.

The name Andina (ahn-dee-nah) is how you refer to the people, or in this case, women from the Andes. The Andes Mountains, the inspiration for our name, forms the longest mountain chain in the world, stretching along the entire west coast of South America from Cape Horn to Panamá with a distance of 7,250 kilometers. These successions of mountain ranges or cordilleras, extend over seven countries: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.

The Andes contain the most extreme variations in landscape, vegetation and climate of any mountain group in the world. And like its geography, the region is made up of people with different race, religions, customs and traditions.  But regardless of its diversity, our culture is what binds us together. Along with the Spanish language, we have rich folkloric and artistic expressions that connect us, and from those, music and food are the most representative elements of our joint identity.  In South America, sharing meals and music with family and friends, it’s a way to keep a vital part of our culture alive.

For us the name Andina is an irreplaceable source of inspiration. Being proud of where we came from provides us with a solid foundation to pursue one of our main objectives; promote our South American, and more specifically, Colombian heritage within our customers. We are truly committed to improve the way we are perceived by the world. It’s a far cry from days when Colombia was synonymous with drugs and violence. Colombia is a magical country full of colours, flavours and good people that despite of their problems, were rated by Times Magazine as the third-happiest people in the world and, of course, one of the most passionate! And that is exactly what we want to share with all of you, the joy of being alive and among friends, while sharing the universal language of good music, food and beer ¡Salud!

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