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Margoth Rico

I have seen how Colombia has evolved from a dangerous destination to a safe, welcoming, and upcoming destination, and I am therefore extremely passionate to be part of my country's tourism resurgence.

I was born in Colombia and grew up in a family of entrepreneurs that have started successful travel businesses. I moved to Canada where I earned a degree in International Economic Development from McGill University, and I then worked in the hospitality and event management industries in London. I also worked in the tourism industry in Colombia for many years, and I have had the opportunity to travel extensively around the world. One of my last ventures was pursuing an MBA at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where I focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. I then decided to follow my passion and dedicate my life to ensuring that travelers that visit Colombia, have a fantastic time in my home country and are able to experience all the wonderful things that Colombia and its people have to offer.

I provide superb customer service and have traveled extensively around Colombia and continue to do so. I have the know-how to design unforgettable Colombian experiences. I treat each of my travelers as a VIP Client, and I will go above and beyond to make sure your trip is perfect.

My philosophy of Luxury Travel is to offer a personalized service that seeks to provide clients outstanding and authentic experiences in Colombia. I focus on tailored trips and work with professional and outstanding local partners in all regions across Colombia to design and plan trips that combine exceptional experiences. From diving to trekking, to relaxing on a beautiful beach, to tasting Colombian coffee and flavors, birdwatching, interacting with excellent local guides and storytellers, or hiring your private boat, I design once in a lifetime trips.

I look forward to taking care of you and making sure your trip to Colombia fulfills all your expectations and is filled with the most memorable experiences.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in creating truly personalized trips that are designed for each traveler or group. The main destinations I cover are Cartagena, the islands of Cartagena, Bogota and surroundings, Medellin, Guatape and surroundings, the coffee region, Santa Marta, Tayrona and surroundings, the Amazon rainforest, and San Andres and Providencia. However, I cover all of the country and can plan a trip to any destination you want or that I believe you will like.

I enjoy planning trips for couples, families, independent travelers, for those wanting to relax, for those seeking to learn and immerse in the Colombian culture, for city lovers, nature explorers, beach fans, foodies, coffee lovers, for the ones that love music and dance — for everyone that wants to visit Colombia! I specialize in boutique and 5-star hotels, but I love being creative, and every trip I plan is tailored to your wants and interests!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"My grandmother and parents have run successful travel businesses, and from a very young age, I have been exposed to the wonderful world of travel and to the tourism and hospitality industry. This allowed me to travel around the world, making travel one of my passions in life! I've also lived, worked and studied in different countries including South Africa, Canada, Brazil, France, Colombia, and the UK. I am passionate about seeing Colombia fulfill its potential as a world-class holiday destination, and I look forward to helping you plan your trip!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Traveling to the coffee region of Colombia for the first time, was an unbelievable experience! I never thought we'd have such a beautiful, peaceful and unique destination in Colombia, different from any other place I've visited in the world. This area is a hidden gem for many travelers, and I encourage you to visit it and see for yourself the marvelous coffee fields of Colombia, where you will meet some of the most charming, welcoming and hard-working people on earth.

The coffee farm tours I did and recommend are not touristy, but more off the beaten path, and the farms' main interest is still producing excellent high-quality coffee, as opposed to doing tours. I was very lucky to be able to do a private specialized tour of different farms' facilities, their fields, and coffee crops and understand the entire process that a coffee bean goes through. Being a coffee drinker, it was extremely interesting to interact with the farmers and the people behind recognized coffee brands and learn about good coffee directly at its origin. I also did two excellent coffee tastings and got to try some of the most delicious coffee in the world.

In addition to coffee, I was able to stay in a beautiful boutique hotel in the middle of a cocoa and coffee farm where I was able to try delicious creative restaurants with fascinating food recipes and drinks. This region combines, coffee, nature, good food, nice people, an opportunity to relax, to learn, to swim in thermal waters, to go for a canoe trip on the river and see the tallest palm trees in the world. I had a fantastic time full of surprises, and I encourage you to visit as well. "

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Recent trip reviews for Margoth

Our unforgettable trip to Colombia
Colombia | Mar 31 - Apr 14, 2024

Mathew
Mathew S.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024
From the moment we were connected with Aracanto Travel through KimKim, our Colombian adventure transformed into an extraordinary experience. Their commitment to excellence and attention to detail was amazing. Margoth designed an awesome itinerary that blended culture, nature, and adventure from the vibrant streets of Bogota and Cartegena, to hiking in the Medellín Cloud forest and Tayrona National Park, and scuba diving in Santa Marta. Aracanto took care of every aspect of the... Read more

From the moment we were connected with Aracanto Travel through KimKim, our Colombian adventure transformed into an extraordinary experience. Their commitment to excellence and attention to detail was amazing.

Margoth designed an awesome itinerary that blended culture, nature, and adventure from the vibrant streets of Bogota and Cartegena, to hiking in the Medellín Cloud forest and Tayrona National Park, and scuba diving in Santa Marta.

Aracanto took care of every aspect of the itinerary, from all the transport, and tours to the accommodation – even making our restaurant reservations for us! The personalized approach and thorough planning meant we did not have to worry about a thing! The Aracanto team set up a WhatsApp group a few days before we arrived in Colombia and this worked so well – someone from the team was always available to answer any of our questions or make any last-minute changes – a huge shout out to the team (Margoth, Felipe, Juanita, Marcela, Fabian and Sebastian)!

Our guides across the cities we visited were also excellent – big thank you to Joel (Bogota), Andras (Medellín), Cesar (Santa Marta), and Ana (Cartegena) for making our trip so special.

Colombia itself was spectacular in its people, culture, nature and history – the amazing street art in Bogota, the history and vibrance of Comuna 13, the lush forests and beautiful beaches, the spectacular food (yes, including all the interesting stuff too – ants, beetle larva and guinea pig), and the amazing, friendly people.

In summary, Aracanto Travel provided an exceptional service turning our dreams of visiting Colombia into a reality. They are certainly a passionate team, and we would highly recommend them to anyone planning a trip to Colombia. Thank you Margoth and Team!!!

Activity Reviews
Guatape and El Peñol
Guatape and El Peñol
Colombia
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Half Day City Tour of Cartagena
Half Day City Tour of Cartagena
Cartagena
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Chorro Campana Hike
Chorro Campana Hike
Medellín
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Chicaque Natural Park
Chicaque Natural Park
Bogotá
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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The Best of Medellín City Tour (with Comuna 13)
The Best of Medellín City Tour (with Comuna 13)
Medellín
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Half-Day Coffee Farm Tour
Half-Day Coffee Farm Tour
Medellín
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Tayrona National Park Tour
Tayrona National Park Tour
Colombia
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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Apr 23, 2024
Hola Queridos Mat y Alishia, Thank you very much for making us a part of your trip, and for taking the time to leave your comments and valuable feedback. We will always remember you, and thank you so much for sharing your fantastic pictures with all of us!!! :) hahahaha I am amazed to hear that you tried our ants, beetle larva and guinea pig ;) And great to hear that you had a great time and that you enjoyed meeting our people, culture, nature, history and diverse destinations. I will... Read more

Hola Queridos Mat y Alishia,

Thank you very much for making us a part of your trip, and for taking the time to leave your comments and valuable feedback. We will always remember you, and thank you so much for sharing your fantastic pictures with all of us!!! :)

hahahaha I am amazed to hear that you tried our ants, beetle larva and guinea pig ;) And great to hear that you had a great time and that you enjoyed meeting our people, culture, nature, history and diverse destinations.

I will share your comments with the team, with your local guides and everyone that was part of your trip. It was a pleasure for all of us to have you in Colombia, and we hope you stay in touch.

Our very Best Wishes and we hope you stay in touch!

Margoth and the Aracanto Team

Fabulous trip to Colombia. Margoth and her t...
Colombia | Mar 12 - Mar 23, 2024

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Sandy B.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Apr 04, 2024
Fabulous trip to Colombia. Margoth and her team were fantastic. The communication with Margoth during the planning stage was excellent. She worked with our rough outline for the trip and made suggestions and listened to our feedback. We chose a 12 day trip that included time in Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena. The team recommended hotels in each of the locations and even suggested restaurants that catered to our dietary needs (we are pescatarians). As we approached our departure date,... Read more

Fabulous trip to Colombia. Margoth and her team were fantastic. The communication with Margoth during the planning stage was excellent. She worked with our rough outline for the trip and made suggestions and listened to our feedback. We chose a 12 day trip that included time in Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena. The team recommended hotels in each of the locations and even suggested restaurants that catered to our dietary needs (we are pescatarians). As we approached our departure date, the team set up a WhatsApp group to make our communication with them seamless.

We encountered travel issues on our journey to Colombia and Margoth and team were very responsive to our delayed arrival. We alerted them of our new schedule through the WhatsApp group and they got in touch with the hotel to ensure that we kept our reservation even though we would be a day later and they cancelled our dinner reservation. They modified our airport pickup and shuffled the schedule to accommodate the changes.

Our time in Bogotá included a trip to Guatavita and the Salt Cathedral one day and an extensive tour of Bogotá the next day. Our guide, Juan, was great. He was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He had a lot of enthusiasm and love of what he does. We stayed at the Artisan D.C. Hotel, which was excellent and in a great location. We had nice dinners at the hotel bar, Crepes and Waffles and at La Mar. All terrific choices.

In Medellín, we had an excellent guide, Veronica. Her love of Medellín and desire to share it with us was evident from the beginning. When we first arrived we spent the afternoon at a local, family-own coffee farm. This was a very interesting and educational experience. The next day we toured the entire city, including the cable cars and the Comuna 13 district. The transformation of Medellín is something to behold. The following day we went to Guatapé and El Peñol. This was a fun, active day which included climbing 704 steps to the top of El Peñol. In Medellín we stayed at the El Zarzo hotel which was in a fabulous location. We dined at Kaime, Mistura and Il Castillo - again all great choices.

In Cartagena, we stayed in the fascinating old city. One day, we took a day trip out to a beach resort on the Tierra Bomba island. We had some fabulous meals in Cartagena at Cande, Juan del Mar, Lobo del Mar and El Jardin - all great options. We stayed at the Bastion Luxury Hotel which was outstanding. The staff was very welcoming. The room was excellent, as was the location. The roof top deck and pool had great views of the sea and the city.

Margoth and the team were constantly available when needed and extremely helpful. We had issues with a cancelled flight on our departure date. Margoth reacted immediately, finding us a hotel for the night (even though is was the beginning of Semana Santa) and setting up a driver to get us back to the airport the next day.

The trip was terrific in large part due to all of the work and attention from Margoth and team. Their knowledge and love of Colombia were evident in every interaction. We highly recommend working with them.

Hotel Reviews
The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection
Bogotá

The Artisan D.C. hotel was great. Terrific location. Great breakfast. Friendly helpful staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
In a very safe neighborhood, close to many good restaurants
Staff
The breakfast staff was terrific.
Cleanliness & Comfort
El Zarzo

The experience was good. The location is great. The rooftop deck and the breakfast was great. However, the rooms are dark with only 1 small window.

Authenticity & Character
Vibe was a little dark for us.
Location
In a very safe neighborhood near many good restaurants.
Staff
The staff was very helpful. Especially when we had no hot water in our room. They moved us to another room but that one also did not have hot water. This persisted for 2 (weekend days) before being fixed.
Cleanliness & Comfort
No hot water for 2 days.
Bastión Luxury Hotel
Cartagena

This hotel was excellent. Fabulous location in the old city. Staff was very welcoming and friendly. Room was spacious and beautiful, included a outdoor patio area. Rooftop restaurant and pool were superior. Breakfast was excellent.

Authenticity & Character
Location
In a very safe neighborhood near excellent restaurants.
Staff
Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Especially Katherine at the front desk and Jorge in the rooftop restaurant.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Excellent
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Apr 05, 2024
Dear Sandy,
MUCHAS GRACIAS! Thank you for trusting us with your special trip, and for making us a part of your experience in Colombia. It has been amazing to meet you, and great to hear that you had a fabulous trip :)!
Thank you as well for taking the time to write this review and to send us your feedback, as this is extremely useful for us and we greatly appreciate your comments. We will pass on your message to your guides and everyone involved, and it has been a pleasure meeting you... Read more

Dear Sandy,
MUCHAS GRACIAS! Thank you for trusting us with your special trip, and for making us a part of your experience in Colombia. It has been amazing to meet you, and great to hear that you had a fabulous trip :)!

Thank you as well for taking the time to write this review and to send us your feedback, as this is extremely useful for us and we greatly appreciate your comments.

We will pass on your message to your guides and everyone involved, and it has been a pleasure meeting you both. We will always remember you, we hope you stay in touch, and I hope we can meet face-to-face next time.

We are very passionate about what we do, and it is great to hear that you had a great time and enjoyed exploring this country!

Hasta pronto amigos y Muchas Gracias,
Margoth and The Aracanto Team

Memorable Colombia trip with team Kimkim and Aracanto
Colombia | Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2024

sudha
sudha v.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Apr 04, 2024
Though we had a slight apprehension to visit Colombia (because of the country's history) , however after seeing different reviews from other travellers , we still wanted to visit Bogota, Cocora Valley and Medellin, in 7 days.
Margoth designed the entire trip keeping our special requests , interests , strict Vegetarian diet and budget in mind. We had a very comfortable, safe and a memorable trip. Right from the beginning she went above and beyond to accomodate everything we were looking for...
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Though we had a slight apprehension to visit Colombia (because of the country's history) , however after seeing different reviews from other travellers , we still wanted to visit Bogota, Cocora Valley and Medellin, in 7 days.
Margoth designed the entire trip keeping our special requests , interests , strict Vegetarian diet and budget in mind. We had a very comfortable, safe and a memorable trip. Right from the beginning she went above and beyond to accomodate everything we were looking for from this trip. We were pleasently surprised by the food options and restaurants that were chosen for us, we had great vegetarian and vegan options in almost all the restraurants that were recommended.

Margoth and her team made us feel very comfortable during the entire trip. We were connected via WhatsApp group and got the information/help immidiately. Though we don't speak spanish or understand much, it was never a hurdle due to the arrangements made by the team and special thanks to all the guides that were assigned to our trip. And the team also took care of some of the immigration paper work which made our travel very convenient.

On the first day of the trip, on landing in Bogota, I had very bad altitude sickness and a severe headache. Team took good care of me .When we checked into the hotel, they had already arranged for electrolytes (Since I threw up and was not able to eat). They were ready to arrange for a doctor too , immediately. Fortunately it was not needed, I felt better after a night's rest.

It was very thoughtful of team Aracanto to have a welcome gift for us in the hotel , we loved the goodies they had for us.

Our guide in Bogota - Oscar Diaz was very caring and made sure we had good experence in Bogota. We were having a great day on Day 2 , tasted all the exotic fruits and snacks in Paloquemao market , Oscar was sharing all the amazing facts about the local market and people. I wish I was more prepared for handling the high altitude. I started to have a headache again after reaching Monserrate Hill,and as a result we had to cut short the day tour . Oscar took us to a local pharmacy to get medicine for my headache and after taking that I felt better almost immediately. Thanks a lot to Oscar for the recommendation.

We then visited Pereira , our guide there was Claudia and she was extremely knowledgeable about coffee production and farms. She explained it all so well that we felt like we were with a professor in a classroom. We had a very authentic coffee farm experience and she made sure we learnt a few new skills! :)
Next day we visited Cocora Valley, Salento and Felandia with her, she was patient with us and went above and beyond to make sure we had a memorable time there.

And our last destination was Medellin. Sebastian was our guide for three days and he made sure we had the best experience in Medellin. Our most memorable moment was in Commune 13, Sebastian and another local guide Tatyayini showed us around , made sure we experienced best of everything there. Next day, we also visited El pinol, Guatape with Sebastian. He made sure the drive of almost 2 hrs was entertaining, he was playing the role of a DJ playing different music mostly best of Colombia, keeping our taste in mind. :)

We have been travelling for many years now and worked with many amazing tour complanies and guides, however what stood out this time was the extra care we got. The team was checking on my health regularly and made us feel very safe and comfortable.

Especially ,Sebastian is a very kind and amazing human being, he was with us all the while on the last day in the airport helping us with the bags checking and other formalities, at one point we forgot that he was our guide, he made us feel like a family.

Colombia is very different now from what many people still think is. This is the most beautiful, colorful , vibrant country and people are very warm, friendly and kind. Not even once we felt unsafe anywhere.

And we would definelty recommend Kimkim and Aracanto for a perfect trip to Colombia.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Coco
Bogotá

Very friendly staff, room was cozy , comfortable and located in a prime location. Breakfast was amazing.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Movich Hotel de Pereira
Pereira

Hotel was grand and luxurious. Room was very spacious, location was excellent. Staff was very helpful. Many options for vegetaians in the breakfast buffet.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Faranda Collection Medellin
Medellin

Staff was very friendly room was just okay, could have a been a bit spacious. We stayed there three nights, breakfast was good on one day had many options for vegetarians, however last day we didn't have many. Dinner on the rooftop restraurant on 15th floor was delicious.

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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Apr 05, 2024
Dear Sudha,
We were so happy to read your feedback and comments, and Thank you for visiting Colombia even though you were slightly apprehensive.
It was a pleasure meeting you, and helping you organize your trip, and you were so amazing with your attitude even when you were not feeling 100%.
It is great to hear that you enjoyed the food options and restaurants, that you felt very comfortable and supported throughout your trip, and that you had a great time exploring Colombia with your... Read more

Dear Sudha,
We were so happy to read your feedback and comments, and Thank you for visiting Colombia even though you were slightly apprehensive.
It was a pleasure meeting you, and helping you organize your trip, and you were so amazing with your attitude even when you were not feeling 100%.

It is great to hear that you enjoyed the food options and restaurants, that you felt very comfortable and supported throughout your trip, and that you had a great time exploring Colombia with your local guides!

I will pass on your comments to Sebastian, Claudia and Oscar, as well as the Aracanto team and everyone involved in your trip.And o behalf of all of us, Muchas Gracias for visiting our home country, for recommending us, and for being such lovely travelers and human beings.

Sending you and your family all my very Best Wishes,
Margoth

This was our first visit to Columbia. FANTASTIC
Colombia | Mar 15 - Mar 23, 2024

maynard
maynard L.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Mar 24, 2024
This was our first visit to Columbia. Margoth and her team made the experience easy. They are available 24 hrs a day via WhatsApp. Every detail is handled from airport pickup to tours to dinner reservations. Very Grateful for everything. Dr Joni and Dr Maynard Luterman Read more

This was our first visit to Columbia. Margoth and her team made the experience easy. They are available 24 hrs a day via WhatsApp. Every detail is handled from airport pickup to tours to dinner reservations. Very Grateful for everything.

Dr Joni and Dr Maynard Luterman

Hotel Reviews
Calanoa Lodge
Leticia

It’s an ecolodge in the rainforest. We had the treehouse. Everyone is very helpful. Its beautiful. It places you in the jungle with the nighttime sounds being magical. Our room had a quiet, Bed withfly nets a small fan and a bathroom. There is No where to hang cloths. Food was excellent and consisted of fish mostly and some chicken. the food is all local. Beer wine and soft drinks can be purchased. It’s hot and very humid. It is the Amazon so be prepared. I would bring no cotton clothing as everything gets damp. There is a lot of walking, Balance and core strength are tested daily so be prepared. There are tours to local areas twice a day. Boat trips are. It was a once in a Lifetime experience.

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Location
Staff
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It’s hot and humid and not much relief so be prepare d
The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection
Bogotá

Modern hotel in financial district. Rooms were on the small side, Front desk staff do not speak English. It was the small items like our room had one bathrobe for my wife and I….great Location and overall very nice

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Casa Pestagua Relais Châteaux
Cartagena de Indias

Perfect location service was impeccable and the place is beautiful

Authenticity & Character
Location
In the old city
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Walking Tour of Cartagena Old City
Walking Tour of Cartagena Old City
Colombia

Our tour guide Anna Maria was lovely spoke perfect English and was a joy to hang with. Tour was fun and well done

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Drums and Music Workshop
Drums and Music Workshop
Cartagena

Pure joy and fun. I think the people doing the workshop would have done it for free just to have been able to teach and play. They use there music to support the children and to get them off the streets and get them to work together and it showed. The kids were great. The teachers were great. We had so much fun playing all the drum types. No experience necessary I have none lol….

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Mar 24, 2024
Dear Dr Joni and Dr Maynard, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review, and on behalf of our team, and everyone involved in your trip, we want to Thank You for visiting Colombia, immersing in our local culture, exploring our country, and helping different social projects in the country like the Drums and Music workshop, as well as the social foundation supported by your Lodge in the Amazon. It has been a pleasure meeting you and your daughter, and thank you for sharing... Read more

Dear Dr Joni and Dr Maynard,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review, and on behalf of our team, and everyone involved in your trip, we want to Thank You for visiting Colombia, immersing in our local culture, exploring our country, and helping different social projects in the country like the Drums and Music workshop, as well as the social foundation supported by your Lodge in the Amazon.

It has been a pleasure meeting you and your daughter, and thank you for sharing these pictures and for sending us your feedback. We are very passionate about what we do, and we are very grateful to all our travelers, and especially to travelers like you, that with an adventurous spirit and a very positive attitude, explore off-the-beaten-path locations in our country.

We hope you stay in touch, and return one day to our country, to explore places like the mountains, hikes, and birds of the coffee region and Tayrona park, and to do some diving.

Sending you our very Best Wishes!

Many Thanks,
The Aracanto Team

gréât guide in Bogota and Pereira , knowledge...
Colombia | Feb 17 - Feb 29, 2024

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Amanda W.
Switzerland | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2024
gréât guide in Bogota and Pereira , knowledgeable and also interesting. Margoth and her team are amazing, everything planned went exactly as expected and our experiences such as rhum tasting and a boat trip were great . I truelybreicmmwnd colombia and the agency Aracanto Read more

gréât guide in Bogota and Pereira , knowledgeable and also interesting. Margoth and her team are amazing, everything planned went exactly as expected and our experiences such as rhum tasting and a boat trip were great . I truelybreicmmwnd colombia and the agency Aracanto

Hotel Reviews
The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection
Bogotá

Great location great breakfast , lacks light in the bathrooms .

Authenticity & Character
Location
nice neighborhood
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Boutique Sazagua
Pereira

The place of the spa is very noisy

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
nice beds
Sofitel Baru Calablanca
Cartagena

Too big , not enough chairs at the pool or beach available in the shadow, people reserve and then leave their towels for the day , this should be forbidden

Authenticity & Character
very modern
Location
Great views. very windy and need to hike up
Staff
Speed of serving
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Casa San Agustín
Cartagena de Indias

Rooms too dark

Authenticity & Character
the building
Location
Staff
very attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
great linen and cushions
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Mar 01, 2024

Dear Amanda,
Thank you very much for your feedback, and for traveling with your family to Colombia! It has been a pleasure meeting you, and I hope you stay in touch. On behalf of all our team, we wanted to send you our Best Wishes and Muchas Gracias for making us a part of your trip! Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review and send us your feedback, and we really appreciate this.

Best,
Margoth

Margoth's Team was Outstanding
Colombia | Jan 16 - Jan 30, 2024

Joan
Joan M.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Feb 18, 2024
This is Joan and John Merriam’s review of their trip to Colombia from January 16-30 2024 which was planned and arranged by the KimKim team. We cannot say enough positive things about Margoth and Felipe and the rest of their team. During the planning stage and throughout our days in Colombia they were always quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had. Our trip consisted of four days in each of Medellin, the Coffee District and Cartagena concluding with a two night stay in Bogota.... Read more

This is Joan and John Merriam’s review of their trip to Colombia from January 16-30 2024 which was planned and arranged by the KimKim team. We cannot say enough positive things about Margoth and Felipe and the rest of their team. During the planning stage and throughout our days in Colombia they were always quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had.

Our trip consisted of four days in each of Medellin, the Coffee District and Cartagena concluding with a two night stay in Bogota. Our accommodations were in beautiful boutique hotels in the first three locations and a very comfortable first class hotel in central Bogota. And each location included restaurant recommendation that were always superb. Our guides - Diego in Medellin, Felipe and Mauricio in the Coffee District, Gabo in Cartagena, and Maria in Bogota were all very knowledgeable and could not do enough to make our tours both educational and enjoyable.

Overall, our trip in Colombia was a great experience and one we look forward to recommending to our many friends. We think the country has much to offer to travellers and that the people of Colombia are among the warmest and friendliest people we have met on our travels in many countries all over the world.

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Feb 18, 2024
Dear Joan and John, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review and it is excellent to hear that you had a great time in Colombia. We are very passionate about what we do, and making sure that our travelers have a great experience in our country is our priority. Thank you for traveling around our country, and for taking the time to immerse in our culture and traditions, as well as enjoy what Colombia has to offer. I will certainly pass on your comments to everyone that... Read more

Dear Joan and John,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review and it is excellent to hear that you had a great time in Colombia.

We are very passionate about what we do, and making sure that our travelers have a great experience in our country is our priority. Thank you for traveling around our country, and for taking the time to immerse in our culture and traditions, as well as enjoy what Colombia has to offer.

I will certainly pass on your comments to everyone that was a part of your trip, and I hope you stay in touch. Thank you very much for recommending us and sending you all my Best wishes to you and your family and friends! Hasta pronto queridos amigos!

Best Wishes,
Margoth

Safe, delicious, and fun!
Colombia | Jan 6 - Jan 12, 2024

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Elizabeth M.
Canada | Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024
Margoth was an incredible planner. The trip, transfers, hotels, restaurants were all spectacular. The guides, Andreas, Daniellia, and Alejandro were knowledgeable, game and so much more. The food in Bogota was amazing, the market had so much to see and taste. Cartagena's charm did not disappoint. The Bastion Hotel in the heart of the old city was an oasis. Do not miss the drum workshop. In Cali, the salsa was amazing. Our class set us up to go clubbing, so much fun!
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Margoth was an incredible planner. The trip, transfers, hotels, restaurants were all spectacular. The guides, Andreas, Daniellia, and Alejandro were knowledgeable, game and so much more. The food in Bogota was amazing, the market had so much to see and taste. Cartagena's charm did not disappoint. The Bastion Hotel in the heart of the old city was an oasis. Do not miss the drum workshop. In Cali, the salsa was amazing. Our class set us up to go clubbing, so much fun!
Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Activity Reviews
 Tejo Activity (Colombian Local Game)
Tejo Activity (Colombian Local Game)
Bogotá

We both agreed this was a fun way to start our trip. We went right after the airport and it got us into the local culture straight off.

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Highlights of Bogotá City Tour (with Gold Museum, Local Market and Monserrate Hill)
Highlights of Bogotá City Tour (with Gold Museum, Local Market and Monserrate Hill)
Bogotá

The market was incredible. So much to taste and see! Flowers galore as well as fruits and vegetables we had never seen before. Tasting along the way made it all so much fun.

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Sunset with Drums and Music Workshop
Sunset with Drums and Music Workshop
Cartagena

This was a lot of fun. Drumming along with the band and dancing with the young dancers was a really wonderful experience.

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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Jan 15, 2024

Hi Elizabeth,
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this incredible and detailed review. It has been a pleasure meeting you and Mike, and we wanted to thank you for being so open-minded, and fully immersing in our culture and enjoying what Colombia has to offer!
I am very glad you enjoyed the drums and music workshop and there is a beautiful social project behind it so thank you for participating, and we are very glad you enjoyed the food in Bogota, had a good stay in Cartagena, and became expert dancers in Cali!

Sending you my Best Wishes and Muchas Gracias!

Best,
Margoth

Family trip to Colombia
Colombia | Dec 16 - Dec 23, 2023

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Jessel M.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2024

Our family of 4 had a fantastic trip to Colombia. Margoth and her team were terrific to work with. From the first moment we corresponded and throughout the trip they were a delight to deal with. We visited Cartegena and Medellin over 8 days. Each day was well planned and the recommended activities, hotels, restaurants, tours, etc were all to our liking. They stayed close to us throughout the trip and all our requests were handled promptly without issue. I would highly recommend Margoth and her team!

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Jan 14, 2024

Hi Jessel,
Muchas Gracias! It has been a pleasure meeting you and having you and your family in Colombia! And thank you very much for taking the time to write this review and for making us a part of your trip. We are delighted to hear that you had a great time in Cartagena and Medellin, and we look forward to having you back in Colombia one day!
Sending you and your family our very Best wishes for this year, and we hope you stay in touch.

Best wishes,
Margoth

Two fun weeks in Colombia!
Colombia | Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2023

Karla
Karla S.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jan 05, 2024
The team planned a fantastic two week trip for us! Everything was smooth and communication was great! We especially loved our guide in Bogotá, Byron, who had a whole fountain of information and historical context to share. And our time in Cartagena with Carolina was very meaningful; we loved the drum workshop and mangrove tour. All of the details were cleanly planned out and made for a relaxing and enjoyable time! Read more

The team planned a fantastic two week trip for us! Everything was smooth and communication was great!

We especially loved our guide in Bogotá, Byron, who had a whole fountain of information and historical context to share. And our time in Cartagena with Carolina was very meaningful; we loved the drum workshop and mangrove tour.

All of the details were cleanly planned out and made for a relaxing and enjoyable time!

Activity Reviews
Drums and Music Workshop
Drums and Music Workshop
Cartagena

For me, this was the highlight of the trip! It was so fun to learn about the history of Cumbia and other Colombian music. The entire drum workshop crew had so much energy. Don't miss this one!

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So much energy!
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Local Fruit Market and Street food Tour
Local Fruit Market and Street food Tour
Bogotá

Byron was a fantastic guide and made this super smooth and very authentic! This again was something we would have never been able to do on our own!

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Half-Day Coffee Farm Tour
Half-Day Coffee Farm Tour
Medellín

We learned so much about how coffee is grown and made! Great staff, and delicious coffee too!

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Mangrove Tour with Local Fisherman
Mangrove Tour with Local Fisherman
Cartagena

This was such a unique experience! The local fisherman showed us a whole different world in the mangroves. It was so nice to get off the beaten path and check out this area! We learned a ton, and would have never experienced this elsewhere.

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So unique!
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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Jan 05, 2024

Dear Karla,
It has been a pleasure meeting you, and thank you so much for writing this review.
It was amazing to have you in Colombia, and Thank you for visiting our home country. We are very glad you enjoyed your time with Byron and Carolina, as well as the Drums and Music workshop and your other experiences in Colombia.

Sending you our very Best Wishes for this year, and we hope you stay in touch!

Hasta pronto Dear Karla, un abrazo!

Best Wishes,
Margoth and The Aracanto Team

We had a wonderful, memorable trip to Colombi...
Colombia | Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2023

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Rachel A.
Darien, IL | Reviewed on Nov 12, 2023
We had a wonderful, memorable trip to Colombia focused on Medellin and the surrounding area. Margoth and her team checked in with us throughout the stay and made sure things went smoothly. When an airline maintenance issue caused us to miss our connection to Colombia we easily communicated to make sure our pick up at the airport was adjusted. The lodgings were well chosen for us. This was our first time in Colombia and thanks to our guide Diego and the great driving of Yiovanny we had a... Read more

We had a wonderful, memorable trip to Colombia focused on Medellin and the surrounding area. Margoth and her team checked in with us throughout the stay and made sure things went smoothly. When an airline maintenance issue caused us to miss our connection to Colombia we easily communicated to make sure our pick up at the airport was adjusted. The lodgings were well chosen for us. This was our first time in Colombia and thanks to our guide Diego and the great driving of Yiovanny we had a remarkable trip. They made sure we could stop and try local foods on our excursions and see things along the way to our destinations. They were always right on time and the communication was perfect. Diego is deeply knowledgable about the area and his exuberance for Medellin as a local is contagious. We didn't want to leave Colombia-- every experience was perfect!

Activity Review
City Tour of Medellín (with Local Market and Comuna 13)
City Tour of Medellín (with Local Market and Comuna 13)
Medellín
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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Nov 12, 2023

Dear Rachel,
It was amazing to have you and Anna in Colombia, and thank you for making us a part of your trip to Colombia! We will share your comments with the team, and with Diego and Yiovanny, and we are very happy to hear that you had a great time! Thank you very much for leaving a review and we look forward to welcoming you back to Colombia in the future.

Our very Best Wishes,
Margoth and The Aracanto Team