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Jess Weiss

South America has had my heart since I first visited over ten years ago. Two years ago Colombia became my adopted country and is the real gem of the continent due to its stunning and varied landscapes. But it's the refreshing sense of the unexplored and the warmth of its people that really capivates those who visit. I look forward to sharing my knowlegde with you and helping you plan an unforgettable trip.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Discovering lesser travelled regions, hikes in the heart of nature and the hidden charm that Colombia has to offer."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Travel has always been an important to me. Discovering new places, cultures and countries is always exciting. I am always looking for new trips to organise and new places to visit. I love to organise and help others discover the true beauty that Colombia has to offer. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"A recent trip to the Andean town of Monguí and hiking to the Ocetá Paramo, home to some of the most spectacular scenery. There were very few tourists and being surrounded by views so breathtaking in such a tranquil setting was soemthing that will stay with me for a long time. "

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Recent trip reviews for Jess

Trip to colombia, Colombia - Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2019

Traveler: Jenny B. - Local specialist: Jess Weiss

Jess was very helpful in planning the trip and made all the changes we wanted. Laura took over and was super helpful when we needed to make a couple of changes part way through the trip. She was quickly responsive over What's App which made it much easier for me to communicate with her than through email. At one point we needed to go to the hospital and Laura arranged private transport for us at the last minute from Taganga to Cartagena and found out hospital recommendations for us which was... read more

Jess was very helpful in planning the trip and made all the changes we wanted. Laura took over and was super helpful when we needed to make a couple of changes part way through the trip. She was quickly responsive over What's App which made it much easier for me to communicate with her than through email. At one point we needed to go to the hospital and Laura arranged private transport for us at the last minute from Taganga to Cartagena and found out hospital recommendations for us which was very helpful, especially when we were stressed out about the situation.

Rio Claro was terrific, we loved everything about it. The activities there were also crazy cheap (like 8 USD to go rafting!)

The Los Nevados Trek was beautiful and incredible. Highly recommend this trek. I would not recommend the guide that we got though. He was nice enough but didn't interact with us much and was not a great guide. He didn't bring very good food, had a water filter that was not appropriate for group use (small in-line water filter for himself), and told us the water was fine to drink "because it didn't look that dirty." (even though he was filtering his own water and the other guides for other groups were like "do NOT drink the tap water! It's definitely not safe to drink!" We were fairly cold at night. I would have liked to bring my own water filter and a sleeping bag in hind sight. (I was told we didn't need them.) Also, there was an error with the pick up for the trek in the morning. We were told 10 am by the travel agent and got picked up at 5 am by the guide. (Something to work out for the future.)

The transportation arrangements were invaluable with private transport.

Jess Weiss, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jenny,
Thanks very much for the review and your comments, we will take them into account for the future. I'm so glad you enjoyed the trip otherwise though. It was a pleasure to organise it for you.
All the best,
Jess