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Jules Domine

I was born in France, but Colombia is my home. I am fluent in Spanish, English, and French and I specialize in eco-adventure and cultural travel. Since founding Expedition Colombia in Medellin, I have worked with local Colombians and indigenous communities to celebrate Colombia’s biologic and cultural diversity, and protect some of the country’s wildest places. I can design unique travel experiences to share these places with you and connect you with warm, happy, and unforgettable personalities along the way.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Adventures that let you see Colombia’s top natural and cultural destinations from a completely different perspective. Fun active travel: hiking, river rafting, kayaking, biking, surfing, horseback riding, etc., that naturally lead you to interact with local people on riverbanks, in mountain villages, or in Colombia’s beautiful beach towns and cities. Custom built trips with experts in fields of study such as wildlife biology, cultural anthropology, archeology, photography, botany, and language. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have been a professional whitewater kayaker for over ten years and had the chance, through this sport, to travel to remote, natural places across the world. Eventually, fellow athletes started to ask me for advice on trip planning and expeditions, and this naturally led to Expedition Colombia. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Bay-hopping off the coast of Parque Tayrona from a chartered sailboat with Santa Marta’s greatest captains and explorers. We hiked in Parque Tayrona and visited the archeological sites, but when the tourist groups crowded the park, we escaped to sea kayak, scuba-dive, and snorkel off our boat!

What makes Colombia so magical, and why I am so grateful to call it my home, is how you can go from the black sand beaches of the Pacific Coast to the snow-capped summits of the Sierra Nevada, or from the desert of La Guajira to the rainforest of the Amazon, and always make a Colombian friend. The people are just so friendly and there are simply a million ways to share unforgettable memories. "

Featured trips & expertise

Coffee Country and Trekking Los Nevados - 10 Days

This 10-day intrepid adventure covers a lot of ground. Starting in the reinvigorated city of Medellín and it's surrounding Antioquia countryside, you'll then journey to Colombia's central Andean region. Go from fast-paced city culture to dense tropical rainforests and all the way to cool highlands and snow-capped volcanoes. Through it all, you'll experience local culture and traditions in colorful mountain towns and remote villages.

Colombian Adventure: Summit to River - 9 Days

From the ice-capped summits of the Sierra Nevada glaciers to the lush tropical rainforest, discover Colombia's astounding biodiversity and contemporary cultures. This tour takes you from city culture to scenic mountain landscapes to the famous coffee region. Finally, experience Colombia as few do, on a river rafting expedition through lush forest.

Beach at Tayrona Park
The Real Colombia - 9-Day Adventure

In nine days, explore the ice-capped summits of the Sierra Nevada to the white sand beaches of the tropical Caribbean coast to discover a range of indigenous and contemporary cultures, as well as astounding biodiversity. Drive across city centres and take scenic mountain roads through the famous coffee region. Experience Colombia’s warm climate and culture by river and sea on rafting and sailing expeditions. 


Plaza Bolivar in Colombia's capital city of Bogotá
How kimkim Trips Work in Colombia

Planning a trip to Colombia? Here's a quick introduction to kimkim, how our trips work, and what makes us unique. We'll go over how our itineraries are customized to your interests, and what to expect during your trip.

Explore Colombia's Amazon, Andes, and Caribbean Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day adventure will take you through the best of Colombia. You'll travel from Bogotá to the Amazon, the rolling hills of the Zona Cafetera (coffee region), the beaches of Tayrona National Park, and the colonial fortress city of Cartagena. The most exciting part of your trip? A visit to the little-known region of Guaviare, with its mixture of jungle, indigenous communities, red rivers, and ancient rock art that dates back 20,000 years.

Top 10 Things To Do with Kids in Cartagena

With its colorful street life, intriguing colonial history, and tons of museums, Cartagena is fun for the whole family. The cobbled streets of the Walled City echo with the memories of conquistadores, as well as the calls of palenqueras (Afro-Caribbean women selling fruits). Here are some ideas that will guarantee a happy family holiday in Cartagena.

Recent trip reviews for Jules

The real colombia - 9-day adventure, Colombia - May 19 - May 29, 2018

Traveler: Jamie G. - Local specialist: Jules Domine

While we really enjoyed our trip overall, I would not book with Kimkim again without there being more transparency on the costs. We spent nearly $6800 with Kimkim for only about 9 days of services including one internal flight for 2 people.

Jules did a pretty good job communicating with us but he did say the following about providing us with some tips on packing but he did not provide this detail, even after we followed up with him inquiring about this. He later apologized saying he was on... read more

While we really enjoyed our trip overall, I would not book with Kimkim again without there being more transparency on the costs. We spent nearly $6800 with Kimkim for only about 9 days of services including one internal flight for 2 people.

Jules did a pretty good job communicating with us but he did say the following about providing us with some tips on packing but he did not provide this detail, even after we followed up with him inquiring about this. He later apologized saying he was on a trek in the Amazon but if he's unable to properly respond to people he should make sure someone else is monitoring his emails to do so. From Jules: "I will get in touch with you 15 days prior to the trip with the last details and a checklist for the things we recomend you bring on the trip (nothing too special, but like this you have a good idea on how to pack ! )."

Our Guides:
Nicholas was fantastic. We really loved him. 5 stars
Diana was also very good. We enjoyed the time we spent with her. 4 stars.
Qapac was okay. He spent too much time talking about politics and religion. He made assumptions about food that we would like. For example we went to a restaurant after a hike and he ordered us plates of spaghetti without consulting with us. I don't want spaghetti when I'm in South America. 3 stars.

Jules Domine, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for your reviews and I hope you really enjoyed your trip to Colombia. Diana and Nicholas are our favorite guide, and we are happy you could spend some quality time with them.

Regarding your comments, please let me know what would you like to know about cost and I'm always happy to give you all the details you need. We are always very intersted in knowing what part of the booking process could have been more transparent, or maybe since Kimly did most of the booking, you... read more

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for your reviews and I hope you really enjoyed your trip to Colombia. Diana and Nicholas are our favorite guide, and we are happy you could spend some quality time with them.

Regarding your comments, please let me know what would you like to know about cost and I'm always happy to give you all the details you need. We are always very intersted in knowing what part of the booking process could have been more transparent, or maybe since Kimly did most of the booking, you were not able to get the information you needed. In any case, feel free to let me know, please.

As for the missed email, I really apologies for that and it will not happen in the future again. Corey, our other specialist now has access to all my conversation and can fill in for me when I'm guiding.

We take note regarding Qapac, and will do more training on him before he can guide any other trips.

Thanks and have a great evening,

Jules

Cartagena, Colombia - Mar 24 - Mar 30, 2018

Traveler: Mark S. - Local specialist: Jules Domine

Our family of two teen boys + Mom & Dad had the best time on our trip to Cartagena and the Caribbean coast. Our guide Nicholas was amazing. Flexible enough to change things on the fly, but also got to every place on the itinerary. Jules and Nicholas put together a terrific itinerary based on our looking for a mix of city and country. We wanted some off the beaten path and we got it in spades! Colombia is a big country and we look forward to exploring more next time.

Jules Domine, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark ! Thanks so much for your review and traveling with us ! Nicholas is one of my favorite person to travel with in Colombia and I'm happy your family got the chance to see Colombia though his guidance ! It was such a pleasure to create with you this itinerary and find the perfect balance between the classics and the more secret places of the Coast ! We would love to have you back any time and explore an other amazing part of Colombia ! Maybe Medellin ;)

Have a wonderful return home and THANKS again for choosing Kimkim and Expedition Colombia for your holidays :)

Medellin tour, Colombia - Feb 16 - Feb 15, 2018

Traveler: Octavia J. - Local specialist: Jules Domine

We had a wonderful time on our 1 1/2 Medellin tour last week. Our guide couldn't have been more friendly and informative. It was abundantly clear he loved his city and his job! Despite the mix up with the itinerary at the start, everything was smooth and fun, especially the fabulous hike to Angel Waterfalls. Definitely recommend Kimkim Tour for any sort of tour and adventure! They are so responsive and professional from all the emails to their vehicles, thank you!!
Octavia Jones

Jules Domine, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Octavia ! We are so happy you enjoyed traveling with us ! Kimkim and expedition Colombia take great pride in providing quality experiences for our travelers and in sharing the wonders of Colombia with whom wants to experience this marvellous country! Please come back any time and thanks again for travelling with us in Medellin ! Jules

The real colombia - 9-day mixed adventure, Colombia - Dec 22 - Dec 30, 2017

Traveler: Kimberly G. - Local specialist: Jules Domine

Jules and his colleagues made the trip a wonderful and memorable one. We cannot speak more highly of their guidance, hospitality, support and knowledge.