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Laura Joy Bowman

I have traveled to, and have lived in many countries, but Colombia completely stole my heart. The people make you feel so welcomed and at home, the landscapes take your breath away, the music and the dancing fill you with joy, and the food makes you come back for more. I can't wait to help you plan you trip here, and make you as excited about Colombia as I am!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Colombia "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was 2 weeks old the first time I got on a plane, and I have never stopped since. I come from a family of travelers and it has always been part of my life. I absolutely love traveling and discovering new places, meeting new people, speaking different languages, trying out new foods. I studied International Hospitality Management and am now helping travelers book unforgettable experiences in Colombia. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"A magical experience was on Isla Grande near Cartagena, when I swam with bioluminescent plankton! It was truly incredible..
Tayrona Park was spectacular, Caño Cristales left me in awe, and Cali got me dancing all night! "

Laura Joy is part of the following groups: Colombia Travel Agents
Dancers in Barranquilla during the Carnival
Vibrant Colombia: The Caribbean to Cali - 10 Days

This diverse, action-packed itinerary covers a lot of Colombian ground in two weeks. The trip starts on the northern Caribbean Coast with time to explore Tayrona's beautiful national park, sandwiched between the turquoise sea and rugged mountains. From here, you'll visit Colombia's carnival city, Barranquilla, and spend a few days in the stunning inner-walled city of Cartagena before taking a flight to Cali, the salsa capital of the world.

Charming Cartagena
Discover Colombia's Cities & Islands - 12 Days

This 12-day trip highlights four of Colombia's most exciting cities—perfect for travelers who love urban energy and culture. Start off with tours in Bogotá and Medellín, two cities with their own treasures to discover, then head north to Cartagena for colonial romance, art galleries, and rooftop bars. End your trip with two nights on the San Bernardo Islands, including picture-perfect Isla Múcura.

Green coffee beans ripening on the vine
Colombian Coffee & Colonial Towns: Bogotá & Zona Cafetera - 6 Days

This trip starts in the capital, where you'll discover colorful neighborhoods and museums on a walking tour, along with famous restaurants and nightlife. Then, fly into the heart of the Zona Cafetera and spend the night at a working coffee farm. Visit nearby Salento, a colonial town that wears its exuberance on its sleeve. While here, hike the unspoiled green mountains of the Cocora Valley, dotted with towering wax palms.

Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, near Pasto
Journey Across Colombia's Cities: North to South - 15 Days

This diverse, action-packed trip starts on the northern Caribbean Coast with time to explore Tayrona National Park. From here, spend a few days in the inner-walled city of Cartagena and hop a flight to Medellín, with its thriving arts and culture scene. Then, you'll visit a coffee farm before heading to the vibrant capital of Bogotá. Continue the journey with a visit to the famous salt mines and end the trip in Cali, the salsa capital of the world.

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Colombia Adventure: Zona Cafetera, Tayrona Park, & Caribbean Coast - 15 Days

Depending on personal preference, some folks like rugged activity on their vacation while others prefer relaxing on white-sand beaches fronting crystalline waters. Others opt for the museums and nightlife found in more cosmopolitan destinations. We wonder why not enjoy it all? That's just what this itinerary offers: city life, culture, the great outdoors and plenty of time to relax.

View of Cartagena's marina at sunset
Colombia's Caribbean Coast and Islands - 13 Days

A big draw of Colombia's Caribbean coast is its large amount of diversity in a relatively small space. Over just a few hundred miles you're in close proximity to Spanish-colonial architecture, the towering mountains of the Sierra Nevadas, white-sand beaches, running rivers, arid deserts, and biodiverse marshland. It's the ultimate tropical adventure.

Recent trip reviews for Laura Joy

8 days in Colombia · Colombia - Feb 9 - Feb 16, 2020

Traveler: Weston L. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Laura and the rest of the KimKim staff were incredible and easy to work with throughout the planning phase of our trip and the trip itself. They were flexible in planning as we wanted to spend less time in the large cities and more time in the countryside. Salento was the major highlight for our trip and our guide, Christian, was a pleasure to spend two days with. We highly recommend the Cocora Valley and the surrounding towns including Filandia. Our guide, Carlos, in Medellin was... read more

Laura and the rest of the KimKim staff were incredible and easy to work with throughout the planning phase of our trip and the trip itself. They were flexible in planning as we wanted to spend less time in the large cities and more time in the countryside. Salento was the major highlight for our trip and our guide, Christian, was a pleasure to spend two days with. We highly recommend the Cocora Valley and the surrounding towns including Filandia. Our guide, Carlos, in Medellin was efficient and friendly in showing us the highlights as we only spent one afternoon there. While in Colombia, we were able to communicate with Laura and her colleagues through WhatsApp to make some last second changes to our itinerary. We highly recommend KimKim and will absolutely be using them for future travels.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Weston!

Thank you so much for your kind comments, I will definitely be passing them over to my team.

I'm really happy you enjoyed Colombia!

Warm regards from Cali,

Laura

10 extensive days in the beautiful Colombia · Colombia - Nov 14 - Nov 22, 2019

Traveler: Chen G. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

We had a great experience planning our trip with Laura and the KimKim team.
All our drives we're nice and polite the vehicles were very clean, in all cases except once our drivers arrived on time.
Our guides were great and we got to ask them about their daily life and learn a lot more about Colombian culture. In general the tours outside the city were more comprehensive then the city tours. We especially enjoyed our in and around Valle de Cocora tour with the wonderful Mauricio, who was full... read more

We had a great experience planning our trip with Laura and the KimKim team.
All our drives we're nice and polite the vehicles were very clean, in all cases except once our drivers arrived on time.
Our guides were great and we got to ask them about their daily life and learn a lot more about Colombian culture. In general the tours outside the city were more comprehensive then the city tours. We especially enjoyed our in and around Valle de Cocora tour with the wonderful Mauricio, who was full of knowledge kindness and joy.
I wouldn't hesitate to plan another trip through KimKim as it really takes the hassle out of planning it yourself.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chen!

Thank you for taking the time to talk about your experience with my team and I. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tours, and will definitely pass on your comments regarding Mauricio!

Warm regards from Cali,

Laura

Wonderful 10 days trip to Colombia · Colombia - Nov 14 - Nov 22, 2019

Traveler: Tal G. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

We had a wonderful 10 days trip to Colombia. From start to finish our experience with Laura in Kim Kim was perfect. She gave us plenty of options and listen to our feedback and needs and answered all very promptly and kindly.
I would highly recommend using her services.
The guides were good and I wish to particularly mention Mauricio who walked us through the Valle de Cocoa and Salento. His knowledge, energy and beautiful way made it the favourite part of our trip!!!

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tal!

Thank you very much for these kind words, I'm so happy you and your family enjoyed your time in Colombia!

Kind regards from Cali,

Laura

A memorable trip due to amazing Colombians · Colombia - Nov 1 - Nov 9, 2019

Traveler: Juliette S. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

A few comments.

Perfect Hotels ! Authentic , clean , good breakfast , very nice service. ( Bantu and Punta Faro at Isla
Mucura )

Uncomfortable feeling in transfers and overall pick ups as I did not have direct contact - until I asked for WhatsApp contact and even with that not always responded to in real time. I ended up talking to Laura once as we planned - internet communications is uncomfortable as I can’t reference back as I can with emails.

Overall all transfer were fine, as was... read more

A few comments.

Perfect Hotels ! Authentic , clean , good breakfast , very nice service. ( Bantu and Punta Faro at Isla
Mucura )

Uncomfortable feeling in transfers and overall pick ups as I did not have direct contact - until I asked for WhatsApp contact and even with that not always responded to in real time. I ended up talking to Laura once as we planned - internet communications is uncomfortable as I can’t reference back as I can with emails.

Overall all transfer were fine, as was the Cartagena city tour with Ingrid.

The fishing village was a disappointment . Both the trip and the guide. Inexperienced young kid , poor English and the trip itself - was not clear for us. We expected something else hence a real disappointment. All tourist should be aware this is a very poor place , where I was afraid ... and full of bugs , mosquitos etc.... definitely not for us Had we understood.

Isla Mucura is a unknown paradise. It was a amazing choice and we should have spent more brights there and less in. Cartagena. Had Laura knew us better , she may have advised us as such.

Thank you again for the opportunity.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Juliette!

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your trip with us!

I'm really happy you enjoyed Cartagena and Mucura Island! Again, very sorry La Boquilla didn't meet your expectations, thank you for the comments regarding the tour.

Kind regards from Colombia,

Laura

The trip to Colombia.... · Colombia - Oct 21 - Oct 29, 2019

Traveler: Crystal S. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

The trip to Colombia was planned out very well. Laura Joy was available to address any concerns or answer any questions. She was helpful and flexible. She worked together with us to plan the trip that we wanted. Will use kimkim again in the future.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Crystal!

Thank you for your comments! I'm really glad you enjoyed your time in Colombia!

Kind regards,

Laura

Rebecca

Laura was terrific! · Colombia - Oct 21 - Oct 29, 2019

Traveler: Rebecca R. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Laura was a pleasure to work with! Every detail of our trip was planned to our liking and she was very responsive to any changes we wanted to make or questions we had. During our travels, when minor issues arose she (or her coworkers) was readily available to sort it out. She suggested places I would not have known to go for instance beyond guatape, we loved our overnight in San Carlos. I would unhesitatingly recommend Laura for your next trip to Colombia.
Thank you, Laura!

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rebecca!

Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm so happy you both had a great time in Colombia! It was a real pleasure to organise your trip!

Kind regards from Cali,

Laura

Trip cartagena medellin and cocora valley · Colombia - Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2019

Traveler: Anne H. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

We planned a trip to Colombia and got advice from Laura. We have seen wonderful places in Colombia and had excellent hotels. Also the city guides we booked seemed the best in town with a lot of knowledge and fun in doing their job. We had a short trip of 2 weeks, and it was worth in experience 4 weeks plus!

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anne,

Thank you very much for your kind comments, I'm really happy you enjoyed your trip here!
Hope you went back to the Netherlands with lots of fun memories!

Warm regards from Cali,

Laura

11 days in Colombia · Colombia - Aug 3 - Aug 14, 2019

Traveler: Linda S. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Laura and Natalia were our travel coordinators.
Many emails were exchanged and many questions were asked and they responded with their knowledge and experience. We were a group of 2 couples requesting specific experiences. The vehicles used were in good condition , clean and comfortable. The guides were informative , flexible and punctual. In particular Victoria, our guide in Bogota was able to gauge our interests and adapted the tours accordingly. Taking us to good restaurants and joining... read more

Laura and Natalia were our travel coordinators.
Many emails were exchanged and many questions were asked and they responded with their knowledge and experience. We were a group of 2 couples requesting specific experiences. The vehicles used were in good condition , clean and comfortable. The guides were informative , flexible and punctual. In particular Victoria, our guide in Bogota was able to gauge our interests and adapted the tours accordingly. Taking us to good restaurants and joining us for meals to help us order authentic Colombian dishes. In Cali, Natalia our young Colombian guide was excellent and passionate about showing us her hometown , she gave us a history lesson and made it fun.
Overall, the trip was well planned and organised.
A tip, be very specific and explanatory about the type of experience you want so that Kimkim can match you with the best guides and tours and the style of hotels.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Linda,

Thank you very much for your kind comments regarding your trip to Colombia with us, I'm really happy you all enjoyed it!

Kind regards from Cali,

Laura

rob

Bogota, Cocora Valley, Medellin and Cartagena - 9 days · Colombia - Jul 15 - Jul 24, 2019

Traveler: rob P. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Excellent trip. Hotels were well selected, transfers were all in decent cars and activities all went to plan. Medellin for me was the best location with Salento a close second.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rob!

Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about your trip, I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed your time in Colombia!

Warm wishes from Colombia!

Laura

Cartagena & Tayrona Park - 5 Days · Colombia - Jul 8 - Jul 14, 2019

Traveler: Martha V. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Every aspect of our trip was spectacular. Laura and the kimkim team did an amazing job both on the ground and before our trip to make it simply unforgettable. All of our guides were wonderful including our drivers. I would definitely recommend and use kimkim again for future holidays.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Martha!

I'm really happy to hear you enjoyed your trip with us, I hope you went home with lots of fun memories! Your photos show it all!:)

Looking forward to welcoming you again!

Laura

Bogota, Cocora Valley, Medellin and Cartagena - 9 days · Colombia - Jul 15 - Jul 24, 2019

Traveler: Debora N. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Excellent. Thanks.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Debora,

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip here!

Thank you for your feedback!

Laura

Ligia

Planning Your Family Trip To Colombia: Best Tips & Advice · Colombia - Jun 1 - Jun 22, 2019

Traveler: Ligia M. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

I traveled with my two boys 10 and 12 years old, we visited Bogotá, Sta Marta, Tayrona, Cartagena, Isla Baru and Cali, everything was so smoth transportation always on time, accommodations, Tayrona trip with the guide, Wilson was excellent my boys learned so much, in regards of organizing our intynery? Laura was always patient, worked with our budget, and always very professional and understanding of our needs. I definitely recommended it.
Ligia
Louisiana, USA

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ligia!

Thank you very much for taking the time to talk about your experience!

I'm so happy to hear you and your boys had a great time in Colombia! It was a pleasure organising your trip!

Looking at the photos, I'm sure you went home with great memories!

Kind regards,

Laura

Gail

Sher/Bendelstein Colombia · Colombia - Apr 18 - Apr 29, 2019

Traveler: Gail B. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

We loved Cartagena and Medellin and the surrounding areas. The tour guide we had in Medellin, was particularly outstanding - Juan Manuel, I think.

Laura was very responsive when any issues arose, and they were promptly fixed.

This was our 2nd experience with KimKim and we'll do it again!

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Gail and Peter,

I'm very happy you enjoyed your trip here with us!

We're looking forward to welcoming you again!

Sher/Bendelstein Colombia · Colombia - Apr 18 - Apr 29, 2019

Traveler: Les S. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Our guides Juan and Anna Maria in Medellin were great. So too was Balthazar in Bogota. A pleasure meeting them all.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Les!

Thank you very much for your kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip here!

Hope you went home with lots of nice memories!

Kind regards,

Laura

5-day trip to some of Colombia's major sights · Colombia - Apr 9 - Apr 13, 2019

Traveler: Jason K. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Great trip that KimKim and the local team in Colombia managed to fit into my tight schedule. I had been worried that my short amount of time available would hinder my experience, but with the help of Laura and the whole Colombia team, I felt that I got a great view of the country in even just a few days. Everyone made my trip easy, smooth, and full of activities, even when a last-minute change had to be made. Great job! I plan to use KimKim for another trip in the future!

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jason!

Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm so happy you had a nice time in Colombia!

We're looking forward to welcoming you again!

Kind regards,

Laura

Bogota, Cocora Valley, Medellin and Cartagena - 9 days · Colombia - Feb 3 - Feb 7, 2019

Traveler: Naomi N. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

We only booked a portion of our trip with Kimkim and overall it went well, but there were a few hiccups throughout that I thought would have been organized through the service. For instance, it said we had a coffee tour booked, but the hotel was unaware and there was no English tour guide. Also the driver we had to Medellin didn't know the address we were going to, despite me giving it to the service beforehand, meaning we had to turn the data on our phone.

Otherwise went smooth and all parties turned up on time! Our guide in the Cocora Valley was great.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Naomi,

Thank you very much for your review!

I'm very sorry about the two issues you encountered during your trip here, I have taken note of them and will be looking into what happened. Thank you for the feedback!

I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Colombia!

Joyce

A mix of culture, adventure and wildlife · Colombia - Feb 7 - Feb 28, 2019

Traveler: Joyce T. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

We had a truly memorable trip to Colombia. Clearly there are some internal communication issues with the Logistics Department at Aventura Colombiana but Laura was very quick to initiate action to try to resolve situations as quickly as possible.

Two guides that really stand out are Alejandro who took us on a bird watching expedition. Very knowledgeable and personable. We had a great time. And Gian who took us on a really relaxed and interesting city tour in Cali. The biggest... read more

We had a truly memorable trip to Colombia. Clearly there are some internal communication issues with the Logistics Department at Aventura Colombiana but Laura was very quick to initiate action to try to resolve situations as quickly as possible.

Two guides that really stand out are Alejandro who took us on a bird watching expedition. Very knowledgeable and personable. We had a great time. And Gian who took us on a really relaxed and interesting city tour in Cali. The biggest disappointment was the guide for the Corcora Valley. He was due to meet us at the hotel at 8.30 but didn't show up. Eventually we caught up with him at 9.30am in Salento by which time no jeeps were available. Not only did we make a late start because his failure to be in the right place at the right time but he then cut short the tour which meant we had 4 instead of 6 hours.

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Joyce,

Thank you very much for your feedback!

I have taken good note of all your comments regarding the issues you encountered and also regarding Alejandro and Gian, I will let them know you enjoyed your tours with them!

I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Colombia!

Colombia trip · Colombia - Dec 16 - Dec 23, 2018

Traveler: Christina M. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

Had great time in Colombia! Trip was very well organized by Lisa! Thanks!

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Christina!

Thank you very much for travelling with us! We hope you enjoyed Colombia!

Laura