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Chio Tabakman

Being a Paraguayan living in Colombia I have a different outlook at the local culture. As a foreigner, I'm always eager to know more. I've traveled to various countries within LATAM and its always exciting to see, learned and experience the wide range of cultural differences that exits in one country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Hikes and beaches! One of the things I love to do more is being at the beach and in the presence of the ocean, recovering energies and having a time for reflection. Also, I love adventures and challenging my body and my mind with experiences that I might think "are too much" for me.

I specialize in tailor-made trips plans for those who want the beautiful mix between adventure and relaxation."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I had the chance to start traveling from a young age, in and outside my own country. This created a sense of wonder in me and as I grew up I was always involved in "international environments". From volunteering in other countries, doing an exchange program and being part of a student exchange program organization, I was constantly surrounded by other cultures. All of these reasons and more made me curious and got me started in this area."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I think every trip is special in its own way, usually, my trips are pretty chill and more of "walking around the city", nevertheless, one of the trips I took where I had the most fun was with two friends from Mexico. We live here in Colombia and one Saturday morning one of them show up to our house and ask "why are you guys not ready?"

Turns out that we end up in Sueca (about 1 hour away from Bogotá).

When we got to the Portal we didn't know where we were going, we selected a random destination and Suesca was the winner. Upon arrival we stumble into this cute little diner and made friends with the girls working there, they told us of a hostel that was available, it was settled, we were staying overnight.

We spent the afternoon riding bikes between the mountains, taking pictures, making jokes and having a good time. At night we stayed playing a game at the hostel and got scared when the door opens suddenly, but it turns out it was another guest in the hostel and she joins us and played board games with us. It was pretty fun and low key trip. "

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Recent trip reviews for Chio

Maria

Trip to Colombia · Colombia - Jul 28 - Aug 9, 2019

Traveler: Maria M. - Local specialist: Chio Tabakman

We confirmed our 4 region trip a couple weeks before leaving for Columbia. Our initial consult with Lisa proved quite helpful in narrowing down the regions and activities we wanted to experience. We then were contacted by Chio who handled booking the schedule and was in contact with us throughout the trip to check that everything was going well. All of our drivers and guides were amazing - on time, super friendly and helpful for our family of 4 (mom/dad/2 older teens). Lina in Bogota... read more

We confirmed our 4 region trip a couple weeks before leaving for Columbia. Our initial consult with Lisa proved quite helpful in narrowing down the regions and activities we wanted to experience. We then were contacted by Chio who handled booking the schedule and was in contact with us throughout the trip to check that everything was going well. All of our drivers and guides were amazing - on time, super friendly and helpful for our family of 4 (mom/dad/2 older teens). Lina in Bogota provided in-depth historical context, local and urban insights to our visits to Monserrat, city walking tour (Botero, etc.), and Salt Cathedral. Jasmine was delightful when we visited the woman-owned coffee farm and guiding us hiking thru the Corcora Valley wax palms pointing out local plants. Jose guided us through the dense jungle on our hike through La Tayrona pointing out animals and local plants along the way to the secluded beach (super refreshing swimming in the clear, blue water). Braulio greeted us at our last stop in Cartagena - he is a wealth of historical, urban, and cultural knowledge -- we toured the city with him 2 afternoons. And we have to mention Carolina - probably one of the most eye-opening / moving experiences of the trip where she took us early morning to Bazurto Market and then to her restaurant (Ohlala) for cooking/eating. The boutique hotels were comfy. Meals were delicious - ginormous portions were the norm! The warm hospitality we encountered from the people we met throughout the 4 regions we visited was amazing! We will definitely visit the country again.

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Chio Tabakman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Maria, how are you?

I'm very glad that you had a great time during your family vacations and that you got to enjoy differents regions and the experiences in each one were worth!

I'll make sure that all your guides and people involved during your time here get your comments and of course, I'll look forward to working with you again and plan your next holiday in Colombia, there's still plenty to see!

Chio

Trip to Colombia · Colombia - Jul 12 - Jul 20, 2019

Traveler: Alexandra K. - Local specialist: Chio Tabakman

Chio was very responsive and accommodating. This was our first time to Colombia so it was great to obtain his guidance and recommendations. All of our booked guides were professional, knowledgeable and fun! Our favorite parts of the trip included the cooking class in Cartagena, the hike in Tayrona and our glamping stay in Minca. I would definitely recommend booking with Chio and KimKim if its your first time to Colombia. Having the accommodations and transportation booked for you in advance was a must! It added a lot of ease to the trip. Can't wait to go back!

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Chio Tabakman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alexandra, how are you?

I'm so excited to hear that you have a great time and enjoy your trip to Colombia and that you loved the cooking class. I'm sure you got to taste some delicious food!

I'll look forward to working with you again for your next trip to this beautiful country, there's still plenty of sights to see and activities to enjoy!

Chio

Lisa

Trip to Colombia · Colombia - Jun 29 - Jul 9, 2019

Traveler: Lisa H. - Local specialist: Chio Tabakman

This was our first time using kimkim and I am very happy we did! We made a short fuse decision to tack on a family vacation to my business trip to Colombia, and Chio put together a great itinerary for us on very short notice (less than 2 weeks). Responses were prompt and we didn't have any issues during our 10 day vacation.

Highlights of the trip for us include the private graffiti tour in Bogota with Anna, Guatape day visit near Medellin and the cooking class in Cartagena. But all of it... read more

This was our first time using kimkim and I am very happy we did! We made a short fuse decision to tack on a family vacation to my business trip to Colombia, and Chio put together a great itinerary for us on very short notice (less than 2 weeks). Responses were prompt and we didn't have any issues during our 10 day vacation.

Highlights of the trip for us include the private graffiti tour in Bogota with Anna, Guatape day visit near Medellin and the cooking class in Cartagena. But all of it was great. We all really loved Bogota and Medellin the most. Cartagena old town was beautiful but a bit too hot and touristic for us.

My only complaint was that it was probably more than we needed to spend, but that's on me since I didn't allow time for back and forth planning/optimization. We had private transport to go almost everywhere, but it was easy enough to get around by secure taxi. Oh...and the Hotel Du Parc in Medellin had the smallest water heater ever and we could only get one shower at a time. All small things. Overall we had a fabulous family vacation in a country that I never had really thought about visiting. We all loved Colombia!

Lisa

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Chio Tabakman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lisa, how are you?

I'm glad to hear you had a great time during your holidays here in Colombia and that you enjoy the cities. If was very nice to make your acquaintance and I'm truly happy that overall it as a great family experience.

About the transport, given that applications taxies aren't legal yet, we don't really recommend it. Also, thanks so much for your comments about the hotel in Medellin, I'll definitely have it in consideration and get the feedback to them as well!

I hope... read more

Hi Lisa, how are you?

I'm glad to hear you had a great time during your holidays here in Colombia and that you enjoy the cities. If was very nice to make your acquaintance and I'm truly happy that overall it as a great family experience.

About the transport, given that applications taxies aren't legal yet, we don't really recommend it. Also, thanks so much for your comments about the hotel in Medellin, I'll definitely have it in consideration and get the feedback to them as well!

I hope to get the chance to work with you again and that you return to Colombia to keep exploring more of this unique country.

Chio