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Laura Jara

I am a conservation biologist and specialize in ornithology and botany. I worked as a research scientist for some time but realized what I love is connecting people with wildlife, rather than doing research. I believe that the way to preserve nature and fight for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems is through tourism. People will not care to protect something they don't know and there is so much to see and discover in Colombia, so many pristine and undisturbed forests and ecosystems that a very important way to protect them is by showing them to the world in a sustainable way that benefits local communities.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in wildlife and nature tours all around Colombia. I know very unique places that most people don't know about, not even Colombians!
I also specialize in multi-sport tours. I am a very active person and enjoy all types of sports such as trekking, surfing, diving, biking, sport fishing and horseback riding.
I also specialize on luxury travel, foodie tours and cultural tours. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have traveled all my life and since I was very young I have had wonderful nature and wildlife watching trips with my family all over the world. Being raised in a big city like Bogota, I got used to leaving the city and being surrounded by nature every weekend or as often as possible. During my field trips to unexplored sited while working as a research scientist, I grew the need to show others the beautiful places I was visiting and realized that this was a key element for the conservation of the species I was working with."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One of the best travel experiences I've had was at the San Juan Islands on Washington State where we kayaked and camped on different islands during our 10 day trip with my family. On two occasions while kayaking between islands a pod of orcas swam by and we were able to see them a few meters close to the kayaks. One of the most exciting experiences of my life!!!! To see the orcas in their habitat, peacefully cruising next to us was unbelievable!

In Colombia, while working at a private reserve in the Amazon, I was lucky enough to have a wild Danta visit the campsite during a few days on the mornings. Since there hasn't been any illegal hunters or poachers in the area she was very comfortable around people. I sat on the ground and she came to sniff me and was inches away from me for a few minutes, and I was able to take great pictures of her. Will never forget this experience!"

Laura is part of the following groups: Colombia Travel Agents
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