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Lisa Calabrese

There is so much to see and discover in this amazing country! And I am so thrilled to help inspire people to travel to Colombia and experience its incredible beauty and diversity the same way I first did.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"All types of tourism! From discovering the bustle of big cities to the charm of small towns."

How did you get involved in travel?

"After my first trip overseas to study abroad, I haven't stopped traveling and exploring this beautiful world of ours. It inspires me to see new places and experience new cultures, and travel has become my biggest passion. After working in education abroad, I realized what I loved most was encouraging people to visit amazing new places. After arriving in Colombia as a traveler, I quickly learned it was the place for me to put down roots and encourage others to come visit."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My trip deep into the coffee region of Antioquia honestly made the decision for me that Colombia was the place for me to stay. The incredible greenery and nature that surrounds that area took my breath away, and the kindness of the people is something truly unforgettable. "

Featured trips & expertise

A sample of Cartagena's beautiful colors and architecture.
Discover Colombia's Cities - 10 Days

Perfect for travelers who love urban energy and culture, this fast-paced itinerary highlights four awesome Colombian cities: Bogotá, Medellín, Santa Marta, and Cartagena — each with their own special qualities and vibes. Too much city? You'll visit a coffee farm in the Andes and hike through a rainforest for a dose of beach and Caribbean Sea to round out this fun adventure.

Cartagena & Tayrona Park - 5 Days

This fun 5-day adventure hits two major highlights along Colombia's northern coast. First, you'll experience the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, an inner-walled city oozing with colonial architecture and history, not to mention hip hotels and rooftop bars. Then drive east towards Santa Marta to spend a few days at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (Tayrona Park) for a slice of South America's prettiest coastline. Explore on your own or take a guided tour of the park's hiking trails and exotic beaches.

Cartagena & the Caribbean Coast - 10 Days

Experience stunning highlights along Colombia's northern coast in this active 10-day adventure. You'll soak in the romance and colonial history of Cartagena's Old Town, hike in Tayrona National Park, 4x4 through remote jungles, wander majestic sand dunes, visit indigenous cultures, and go birdwatching in Minca at sunrise. Circle back to Cartagena and end the trip with a relaxing beach day in the Rosario Islands.

Street scene in Cartagena.
Bogotá, Caño Cristales & Cartagena - 9 Days

Sandwiched between Colombia’s mountainous capital and its romantic inner-walled city on the northern coast, this scenic 9-day journey highlights one of South America's most beloved ecological gems: Caño Cristales. After completing this two-day river adventure, you’ll fly back to Bogotá to visit the salt mines before heading north to Cartagena. Here, you'll have two days to explore the sites, culminating with a speedboat ride to the Rosario Islands.

Recent trip reviews for Lisa

Cartagena and tayrona, Colombia - Mar 16 - Mar 19, 2018

Traveler: Frank L. - Local specialist: Lisa Calabrese

All of the services were provided just as promised.

The boat ride from Taganga to Playa Cristal was quite unpleasant. (The return trip was OK.) The sea was quite rough. My wife and I felt like we were being tossed around in a clothes dryer for close to an hour. We were bounced very hard on wooden benches with no cushions. I felt very sore for several days after the boat ride. You should warn people about how unpleasant the journey can be.

The drive between Cartagena and Santa Marta was also a bit scary at times, as the drivers tried to pass trucks.

Lisa Calabrese, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Frank,
Thank you very much for your feedback! We will make sure to take your comments into account for future travelers. It was great working with you and I hope you enjoyed your time in Colombia!
All the best,