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Corey McDermott

Adventures are always better with friends. I believe life is about sharing amazing experiences with incredible people. Travel is about making connections and settling into the rhythm of your surrounding. Soaking in the canyons while moving with the pace of the river, or trekking along a mountain ridge listening to the sounds of the wilderness, you are able to experience how humans were meant to live. Meeting locals and travelers only amplifies the sensation by creating friendships to share your experiences.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in rafting, kayaking, trekking, and camping in Colombia and the United States"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was fortunate to be born into an adventurous family. We visited over 30 countries together before I started traveling on my own. While we pursued many different adventure sports I always dreamed of becoming a guide on the water because of the guides that had left an impression on me growing up. I began guiding sea kayaks in the United States for 5 years, always making time to travel. With a fellow guide I journeyed to Colombia to explore the rivers and instantly knew I had to stay. I said goodbye to my home and began working with the adventure outfitter Expedition Colombia based in Medellin. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget my first time on the Rio Samana in Colombia. A world class river with beautiful scenery, warm water and waterfalls next the the campground. The paddling was amazing and thrilling, but the group of international friends that we made on the 2 day expedition will be lifelong friends, and help you choose where your next vacation should be."

Featured trips & expertise

One of the spectacular views in Tayrona Park.

Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Lost City Trek - 14 Days

From the colonial city of Cartagena to the ancient ruins of the Lost City and the wild costs of La Guajira, this 14-Day journey covers the major highlights and the off-the-beaten-path destinations of the Colombia's Caribbean coast. This trip is ideal for travelers who want to stay on the ground, explore one region in-depth and stay active with a multi-day trek and options for diving and snorkeling.

A member of the Kogi community.

How to Experience Colombia's Indigenous Groups

One of Colombia’s greatest appeals is its diversity of indigenous peoples. From the Arhuaco of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to the Zenú of the Golfo de Morrosquillo, Colombia’s 87 native tribes represent an indigenous heritage as rich as anywhere in the Americas. While some groups are not receptive to outsiders, others welcome visitors. The following five pueblos indígenas provide an immensely rewarding way of experiencing Colombia at its most unique and intriguing.

One of Tayrona's stunning beaches on the Caribbean Sea

Colombia's Caribbean Coast - 7 Days

This 7-day land and sea adventure covers all the highlights along Colombia's northern coast. You'll experience the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, explore the beautiful Tayrona National Park, hike through mountainous jungles, go birdwatching, visit a coffee farm, and finish your trip with a relaxing trip to the Rosario Islands by private speedboat.

Sunset over the Amazon at Letitia.

Adventure in Colombia's Amazon Region - 7 Days

Exploring an area as vast as the Colombian Amazonas might seem daunting, but almost everything that this wild region offers can be experienced in one week from the main town of Leticia. Here’s a 7-day itinerary that stitches together the best wildlife viewing and interactions with indigenous culture, the region’s two principal draws.

Quiet street in Jardin, Colombia

5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations in Colombia

Most travelers to Colombia visit two or three of its big cities and the popular Caribbean Coast, but Colombia is much more than its popular sights and cities. If you’re looking to truly experience the country's unique blend of culture and landscape, here’s a list of places to help you get off-the-beaten-path and discover its more hidden gems.

Beach at Tayrona National Park

One Week in Colombia: 5 Great Itineraries

Planning to spend a week in Colombia? Seven days is enough time for a solid exploration of one region, or you can divide your time between two cities. Where you go depends on your interests. Historic Cartagena and the beautiful Caribbean coast remain the most popular short trip. Bogotá and Medellín both offer excellent urban adventures, with side trips to quaint villages and coffee farms.