The album was produced by Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music and recorded at his Gallery Studios based in London with an estimated budget of $150,000. Initially, there had been proposals to work with Daniel Melero and Draco Rosa which were ultimately unsuccessful. The recording sessions began in September and ended in October 1996, and the album was released in November. The first single, Baracunatana was released earlier in March.
La Pipa de la Paz preserves some of the punk influence of its preceding albums but achieves a more streamlined and harmonized rock sound with musical genres from different regions of Colombia such as Andean music, Joropo, Latin percussion and Vallenato. The lyrics that make up this project can be considered as the first conceptual work made by Aterciopelados, as Andrea positioned as an unconventional icon of Latin American women representing currents as anti-Machismo and neofeminism. Culturally, the contribution is also very significant, representing the defense of the Amazon, recognition and appreciation of indigenous roots and criticism of the specific situations in Colombia afflicted by armed conflict and drug trafficking.
La Pipa de la Paz has become one of the most well-known albums from Bogotá; It restates its main feature of unique and smooth blends with occasional acoustic guitars, airy vocals from Andrea Echeverri , a hard background bassist Hector Buitrago and drummer Alejandro Duque. The most prominent and played songs in Spanish America were Cosita Seria, No Necesito and Baracunatana which are still to this day are considered classics and in whose easily appreciated lyrics share the position of vindication of women in Latin society. A issue that is strong and scattered on songs throughout the album such as La Culpable (song performed entirely with Joropo instruments), The Juro Que No, Nada Que Ver and Chica Dificíl.
The title track greatly enhances Pre-Columbian culture while Expreso Amazonia exposes the natural and cultural wealth of the Colombian Amazon with a catchy rhythm while promoting it as an exotic tourist entertainment. As in their previous project, this album also has tracks that seek to raise awareness of the then reality of Colombian. Quemarropa is an open criticism of the armed conflict and calls for peaceful coexistence between brothers, La Voz de la Patria is a parody of a radio station of the time inviting freedom of expression and popular liberation of the third world. Música, Buena Estrella and Platónico are demonstrations of love and spirituality.
The sound involves Colombian bassist Chucho Merchan, Phil Manzanera on guitar on some tracks and backing vocals by Enrique Bunbury. Additionally it incorporates Alejandro Gomez-Caceres as multi instrumentalist, giving the band a sound identity by use of non-traditional instruments such as the balalaika in Platónico and Accordion in Expreso Amazonia, maintained the familiar feature of innovation and experimentation Aterciopelado is known for.