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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

Ciudad Perdida (Lost City)
The Lost City & Tayrona Park Adventure - 10 Days

This rugged 10-day trip is ideal for those who want to focus on nature and the outdoors, as it highlights two of the country's biggest natural attractions. Start with a four-day trek to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a mountain range close to the Caribbean sea. Dubbed 'the new Machu Picchu', this challenging journey reaches the archaeological ruins of Teyuna -- accessible by steep climbs and several river crossings. Continue the adventure with a sailing trip in the Caribbean Sea, and then spend two days exploring Tayrona National Park. Finish the adventure with a relaxing float on the Don Diego River.

Cartagena & Tayrona Park - 5 Days

This fun 5-day adventure hits two major highlights along Colombia's northern coast. First, you'll experience the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, an inner-walled city oozing with colonial architecture and history, not to mention hip hotels and rooftop bars. Then drive east towards Santa Marta to spend a few days at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (Tayrona Park) for a slice of South America's prettiest coastline. Explore on your own or take a guided tour of the park's hiking trails and exotic beaches.

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.

Plaza de Bolivar in Bogotá.
Colombia FAQ

Planning a trip to Colombia can be exhilarating as you dream of the adventures ahead, but it also raises lots of questions - about the costs, visas, language, packing and more. If you are headed to Colombia for the first time, this article is a good place to start your research and learn some basic facts about travel in the country.