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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.

Hike and sunbathe in Colombia's Tayrona Park.
Explore Medellín & the Caribbean Coast - 10 Days

This cultural, yet outdoorsy Colombian adventure starts off in one of Latin America's most striking and up-and-coming cities — Medellín — safe for travelers after a turbulent past. Enjoy the constant spring-like weather while exploring vibrant neighborhoods by foot and gondola before flying north to the Caribbean coast. From Santa Marta, relax on the beaches and trails of Tayrona Park and then head for the cobblestoned streets of Cartagena's inner-walled city, oozing with Spanish colonial romance and history.

Stay two nights in Barichara's charming colonial village.
Colombia's Culture & Nature Tour - 14 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this smart, action-packed itinerary begins in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá and then makes its way to the Caribbean coast. Along the route, you'll drive through the Andean highlands visiting preserved colonial towns, fly to the up-and-coming city of Medellín — and then hike through Tayrona Park to get to white-sand beaches and turquoise sea. Spend your last three nights in the romantic UNESCO-listed Old Town of Cartagena, founded in 1533.

Ciudad Perdida (Lost City)
The Lost City & Tayrona Park Adventure - 10 Days

This rugged 10-day trip is ideal for those who want to focus on nature and the outdoors, as it highlights two of the country's biggest natural attractions. Start with a four-day trek to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a mountain range close to the Caribbean sea. Dubbed 'the new Machu Picchu', this challenging journey reaches the archaeological ruins of Teyuna -- accessible by steep climbs and several river crossings. Continue the adventure with a sailing trip in the Caribbean Sea, and then spend two days exploring Tayrona National Park. Finish the adventure with a relaxing float on the Don Diego River.

Recent trip reviews for Lisa

Jardin, salamina, and cartagena, Colombia - Aug 13 - Aug 20, 2018

Traveler: nidhi d. - Local specialist: Lisa Calabrese

We visited Colombia in August and traveled through Jardin, Salamina and Cartagena. Our travel specialist Lisa Calabrese, did an outstanding job in arranging everything including transfers between the towns, tours and our choice of hotels. We were looked after every step of the way right from the booking. Initially I wasn't sure which places I wanted to visit but Lisa helped me through and after week or two we finalised an itinerary. Lisa always answered my query promptly.
We even got to meet her in Medellin. I will certainly book more tours through her.

Colombia's caribbean coast - 8 days, Colombia - Aug 18 - Aug 25, 2018

Traveler: Alice B. - Local specialist: Lisa Calabrese

My cousin and I booked our trip through kimkim and I could not have been more pleased! Lisa, was our specialist, created our itinerary, took care of us, and tackled any concerns that we had. We had expert tour guides with us on several excursions that made all the difference. I felt completely safe and was able to have a stress-free experience in Colombia. Our trip was truly memorable!

Tayrona National Park was amazing we were able to see lots of monkeys and other wild life. Our... read more

My cousin and I booked our trip through kimkim and I could not have been more pleased! Lisa, was our specialist, created our itinerary, took care of us, and tackled any concerns that we had. We had expert tour guides with us on several excursions that made all the difference. I felt completely safe and was able to have a stress-free experience in Colombia. Our trip was truly memorable!

Tayrona National Park was amazing we were able to see lots of monkeys and other wild life. Our guide, Jaruen, was really stealthy at finding all kinds of creatures. He came equipped with a laser pointer so we were able to easily spot, what would have been camouflaged animals and birds, with ease. I think other people on the hiking trail were jealous. Our guide also held our table at the restaurant once we made it to the beach-which was really helpful because the line for lunch became soooo long! My cousin and I were able to just walk right in. At this point, YES, the other hikers were definitely jealous! Bug spray is a must.

In Santa Marta, I highly recommend Lulo Cafe Bar for a FABULOUS cocktail and great service! Lots of great restaurants on the same street as well. Also some fun street entertainment on the street and at the square-it’s the teenage boys dancing that steals the show! It was also waaaay nicer as far as restaurants go than at the lackluster beach so stick to the square! Bug spray is a must if you are eating outside.

Our day trip to Minca for waterfalls and a coffee bean farm tour had a great guide named, Fidel. He was very knowledgeable about birds and wildlife in this area. My cousin and I swear that we thought we were following Mowgli into the Jungle! He really knew his stuff and LIVED this lifestyle. He took us to several waterfalls and was able to identify all kinds of amazing humming birds. The best part was that he took us to an authentic roadside “barbeque”. They had a huge, open brick oven with slabs of meat roasting in it. My guess is whatever animal was in there was alive not too long before we ate it. I have no idea what I ate exactly, but it was good! Great views of the mountain side too! Bug spray is, again, a must.

Our hotel in Cartagena was very nice and smack in between the old town and Getsimani so it was easy to mix it up within the city walls as far as exploring goes. Carlos, the guy who seemed to run the show at breakfast, was extremely personable! He showed us all the different native fruits as well as how they made coffee- taught me some Spanish as well! Carlos went above and beyond because he really didn't have to do any of those things for us- the breakfast was excellent as it was!

Our Cartagena city tour guide, Sergio, was also very friendly and informative. He had lots of insight into the history, and architecture of the city, as well as some current events and also what I felt was "insider" information! We found the BEST local artist-and both my cousin and I had been looking the whole trip- thanks to Sergio! The artist’s name is Fini. I really am impressed by her artwork and I’m currently in the process of getting it framed! Can’t wait to put it up!

We went to Casa del Farol at the Rosario Islands for a day of snorkeling and relaxation. The snorkeling was really surprisingly good considering that the weather was overcast. There was a lot of colorful coral, and seriously amazing fish! Lunch, as most every meal of our trip, was excellent. My only complaint is that the day was too short!

Overall, this was an amazing, exciting, bucket-list type of trip! Thank you, Lisa and kimkim!

Elizabeth

Honeymoon on the caribbean coast - 15 days, Colombia - Aug 4 - Aug 18, 2018

Traveler: Elizabeth S. - Local specialist: Lisa Calabrese

Working with Lisa and her team was amazing! Everything was seamless and wonderful - from the drivers to the hotels - we loved everything. I was hesitant to use a travel agent at first, but I am SO thankful we did and it was totally worth it. Lisa was really attentive and checked in every few days, which was such a nice touch. The hotels she helped find were lovely and all the service providers along the way were timely and friendly. There was only one experience that wasn't my favorite and... read more

Working with Lisa and her team was amazing! Everything was seamless and wonderful - from the drivers to the hotels - we loved everything. I was hesitant to use a travel agent at first, but I am SO thankful we did and it was totally worth it. Lisa was really attentive and checked in every few days, which was such a nice touch. The hotels she helped find were lovely and all the service providers along the way were timely and friendly. There was only one experience that wasn't my favorite and that was the boat ride to Playa Crystal. The ride was incredibly choppy and scary. The seas must have been particularly rough that day, which is out of people's control, but I felt it wasn't safe to take a small boat full of tourists out in it. Other than that, every single day exceeded all expectations. I only wish our trip could have been longer.... we'll definitely be back!

Thank you for helping us have such a magical honeymoon!!!

Lisa Calabrese, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much, Elizabeth! Aw it was honestly such a pleasure getting to plan your honeymoon and working with you guys! I'm so glad you had a good time, please come back and visit soon!
Thank you for everything!!
Lisa

Bogota, coffee region, and cartagena, Colombia - Aug 24 - Sep 2, 2018

Traveler: Gloria B. - Local specialist: Lisa Calabrese

Lisa was instrumental to the success of our trip. I would recommend to anyone interested in visiting Colombia for the first time or a repeat visit to book. I felt safe, informed, guided and assured. The guides were friendly and helpful and Lisa was able to track me thought the entirety of our trip.

Lisa Calabrese, local specialist, responded to this review:

Gloria, thank you so much! It was such a pleasure getting to work with you and having your family here. I love the pictures! I'm so glad you guys had a great trip, please come back and visit soon!
Best,
Lisa

Colombia's coffee region, Colombia - Jul 13 - Jul 15, 2018

Traveler: David B. - Local specialist: Lisa Calabrese

Lisa from Adventure Colombia was fantastic as our travel coordinator and advisor to the coffee region of Colombia. We flew from Cartagena to the city of Pereira where we were met by a private driver and van for the ride to Salento. Lisa had made reservations for us at the best hotel in right in the heart of the town. We were met by David our tour guide the next morning for a fantastic day of hiking in the Cocora Valley and touring OcaSa Coffee Farm. David has fantastic knowledge of the... read more

Lisa from Adventure Colombia was fantastic as our travel coordinator and advisor to the coffee region of Colombia. We flew from Cartagena to the city of Pereira where we were met by a private driver and van for the ride to Salento. Lisa had made reservations for us at the best hotel in right in the heart of the town. We were met by David our tour guide the next morning for a fantastic day of hiking in the Cocora Valley and touring OcaSa Coffee Farm. David has fantastic knowledge of the region and was extremely accommodating and enjoyable to be with.

Lisa also provided us with great information and ideas for our time in Cartagena, Bogota and Villa de Leyva.

Colombia is a beautiful country to visit. We felt safe everywhere we went and hotels, meals etc are extremely affordable when compared to traveling in Europe or the States. Although we do not speak much Spanish we found that many people had some English language skills.

KimKim and Aventure Colombia really did a great job in making our trip so fantastic.

David, Jan, Ryan and Lauren

Lisa Calabrese, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much, David! It was an absolute pleasure helping you plan your visit to the coffee region and I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your time here in Colombia. Such beautiful photos! Come back and visit anytime!
All the best,
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,
Lisa