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Lisa Calabrese

Getting to help others have unforgettable, unique travel experiences is my main goal. I'm thrilled to be able to encourage people to visit this beautiful world of ours!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I spent the better part of two years living in Medellín and organizing trips for travelers to come and experience Colombia for themselves. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"After my first trip overseas to study abroad in Italy, 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 one of my biggest passions. After working abroad in both Turkey and Spain for a few years, I realized what I loved most was encouraging people to visit amazing new places. I arrived in South America as a traveler, but immediately fell in love with the warmth and beauty of this place and its people, and have worked here in tourism ever since- mostly in Colombia and now in Peru."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first time I ventured outside of the big city of Medellín when I was in Colombia, I visited the village of Jardín. Four hours on a winding bus ride and my face my glued to the window the entire time- incredible mountains and greenery, coffee and plantain farms- the views were like nothing I'd seen. Finally arriving in the colorful village, I knew immediately that I'd be staying in Colombia for a while. It was like being transported to another time. We took a tuk-tuk to visit a local coffee farm and the family there treated us like old friends. Over a year later, I went back to Jardín and was able to find the visit the same farm- they greeted me with open arms and the same kindness as ever. Colombia is beautiful in so many ways, and the warmth of its people is definitely one of them. "

Featured trips & expertise

The colonial town of Barichara
Highlights of Colombia: Cities, Coast, & Colonial Highlands - 15 Days

Visit Colombia's cities, countryside, and coast on this comprehensive tour. Visit charming colonial towns like Barichara and Villa de Leyva, the modern metropolitan city of Medellín, and the colorful village of Guatape. Visit a working coffee farm and learn the entire process that goes into your morning cup. Once you reach the coast, you'll spend a few days exploring Cartagena and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Rosario Islands.

Shades of blue of the Caribbean sea
Highlights of Colombia: Cities, Caribbean Coast, & Tayrona National Park - 15 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this classic Colombian itinerary starts in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá and then travels north to the Caribbean Sea. Along the route, you'll visit the rolling green hills and colorful colonial houses of the coffee region. Once you reach the coast, you'll spend a few days exploring Tayrona National Park before heading to the romantic inner-walled city of Cartagena and jetting off to the San Bernardo Islands.

Colombia's uncharted Pacific coast
Luxury Colombia Eco-Adventure: Amazon Rainforest & Pacific Coast - 15 Days

This high-end itinerary starts in the capital of Bogotá before heading deep into the heart of the mighty Amazon River—from here, you'll head out on a series of unforgettable days via foot, canoe and other small boats. Then, fly to Medellín to explore the history and vibrant modern culture of the city before flying to the Pacific Coast, a dense rainforest where you'll explore tiny villages and partake in a variety of activities including hiking and soaking in hot springs.

Undeveloped coastland near Nuqui
Bogotá, Medellín, & the Pacific Coast - 13 Days

Colombia's wild and undiscovered region of Chocó on the Pacific coast takes center stage in this 13-day itinerary. The adventure starts in the country's capital city and nearby national parks. From there, visit Medellín, take in the dazzling views from a hike around lakeside Guatapé, and taste Colombia's coffee at the source. End in Nuquí, a dense rainforest where you'll spend three days exploring tiny villages and partaking in outdoor activities.

Tayrona National Park
Colombia's Caribbean Coast: Tayrona, Cartagena, Rosario Islands - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary explores the diverse Caribbean coast of Colombia, from the sand dunes of La Guajira desert to the mountain village of Minca. Start in Cartagena, with its charming streets and markets, before a tubing excursion on a jungle river in Palomino. Next, you'll hike through Tayrona National Park. Your adventure finishes back in Cartagena and ends with a relaxing day trip to the beaches of the Rosario Islands.