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Julie Ligny

I consider travel as a true experience of life, as an implication in a local way of living. Travelling is staring at reality. Travelling is sharing. Working in the travel industry is a dream becoming reality. What's better in life than advising travelers about realizing their dreams?

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Colombia is THE most contrasted country of Latin America. From the Andes Cordillera to the Amazon, through the colonial city of Cartagena, the small "pueblos" in Boyaca & Santander, whale watching on the Pacific Coat, Caño Cristales, the Coffee Region... Colombia has an infinite ways of being discovered! Tell us who you are, why are you wishing to travel around Colombia... we will create a tailor made trip, just for you."

How did you get involved in travel?

"In 2004, I decided to establish myself in South Africa working for a big french company in Johannesburg. After a few months, I bought a 4x4 and drove from Johannesburg to Nairobi during 6 months! A great experience and my first step into travel! After that, I lived in Cusco (Peru), La Paz (Bolivia) and now in beautiful Colombia!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"5AM. Flight from Bogota to Yopal.
7AM. 5 hours 4x4 driving to a small lodge in the Casanare region, in the middle of... nowhere!
1 PM. Welcome to the Llanos... this huge part of Colombia stuck between the Cordillera & the Amazon. Horse-riding with my guide (a real Colombian cowboy), oh look at the anaconda over there... Jaguars, festival of birds, capybaras, caimans... where I am?!"

Featured trips & expertise

Cartagena

Best Places To Visit In Colombia

Colombia’s diverse culture and geography attract visitors from across the globe. You’ll discover an incredible range of places and people. Everywhere you go, you’ll enjoy the unmatched hospitality and warmth of Colombia’s people.

Tayrona Parque, Colombia

Best Time to Visit Colombia

Colombia is the ideal year-round destination: warm, tropical weather and a generally stable equatorial climate. One of South America’s most geographically diverse countries, it’s one of the most culturally diverse, as well. Whenever you plan your visit, you’ll have a variety of experiences to choose from.

The town of Villa de Leyva

Colombia's Central Andes and Coastal Tour - 9 days

After exploring the markets and culture of Bogota, head to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, famous for its Salt Cathedral located 200 meters underground. Afterwards, enjoy the majestic views of Chicamocha Canyon before heading to Rosario Islands for a taste of the coast.

The lush coffee region of the Cocora Valley

Bogota, Cocora Valley, Medellin and Cartagena - 9 days

On this 9-day tour, you'll get to explore the historical and cultural side of Bogota before heading to the wax palm forests of the Cocora Valley. After spending some time on a local coffee plantation, head over to the beautiful city of Medellin, the home town of the famous Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. Finally, head north to the Pearl of the Caribbean, the colorful town of Cartagena.

Colombian Adventure: Summit to River - 9-12 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.

Recent trip reviews for Julie

Columbia vs peru, Peru - Jul 21 - Jul 27, 2017

Traveler: Jonelle S. - Local specialist: Julie Ligny

Hotel Retablo had no heat. We arrived the first night and the people tried to get the heat working, we survived. On our return journey the warmest they could get the room was 14.5 C We were so cold. We slept in fleeces and scarves, long pants, etc. The staff only offered extra blankets as if everything was ok. We didn't even want to take showers it was soo cold. The rest of the trip was great. We liked Edwin, he was an amazing tour guide. I think we should have done Wayna Picchu vs... read more

Hotel Retablo had no heat. We arrived the first night and the people tried to get the heat working, we survived. On our return journey the warmest they could get the room was 14.5 C We were so cold. We slept in fleeces and scarves, long pants, etc. The staff only offered extra blankets as if everything was ok. We didn't even want to take showers it was soo cold. The rest of the trip was great. We liked Edwin, he was an amazing tour guide. I think we should have done Wayna Picchu vs Macchu Picchu Mtn. It was too much of a hike after the rest of the days activities. Also, the last day in Cusco, we felt like we were wasting time until our flight, maybe we could have done a different city. Not sure though with travel arrangements if it were possible