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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. "

Margoth is part of the following groups: Colombia Travel Agents
Start your journey in Cartagena, "Pearl of the Caribbean"
Explore Colombia: the Caribbean Coast & Zona Cafetera - 12 Days

This laid-back 12-day itinerary takes you through the highlights of Colombia's Caribbean coast, then detours south to explore the heart of the country's lush coffee-growing region. Stroll Cartagena's historic Old Town, swim in the turquoise waters of the Rosario Islands, and discover the pristine beaches of Tayrona National Park. Fly south into the Zona Cafetera for two days visiting coffee farms and hiking amongst giant palms in the Valle de Cocora, then return to Cartagena to end your journey with more culture and cuisine in the "Pearl of the Caribbean."

Panoramic View of Meissen District, Bogotá
Explore Bogotá and Cartagena - 9 Days

This tour of Colombia starts in the bustling capital of Bogotá, where you'll explore its trendy neighborhoods and culinary scene before hiking through the nearby nature reserves of Chicaque and Chingaza. Make your way to the coastal city of Cartagena for walking tours of its walled Old Town, then head to the Rosario Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Relax along the white-sand beaches, try your luck with sports such as snorkeling and kayaking, tour mangrove farms, and view the bioluminescent plankton at night.

Beautiful Cartagena
Best of Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena - 9 Days

Explore three of Colombia's most exciting cities on this 9-day adventure. Start in Bogotá, the sprawling cosmopolitan capital. Tour the colonial streets of the historic center, taste local cuisine, and visit museums. Then, transfer to Medellín to see street art and communal projects, and learn about Colombian coffee culture. The adventure ends in tropical Cartagena, where you'll appreciate Spanish forts and architecture, enjoy fresh seafood, and swim in the Caribbean.

The turquoise waters and lush mountains of Colombia's Caribbean coast.
Colombia's Caribbean Coast: Tayrona & Cartagena - 9 Days

This diverse 9-day itinerary showcases the highlights of Colombia's Caribbean coast. Start by soaking up the colonial charm, vibrant nightlife, and myriad attractions of Cartagena, then head north to the bustling Pacific port of Santa Marta. Spend your final three days immersed in the natural beauty of Tayrona Natural Park, where you'll hike through biodiverse rainforests, explore sandy beaches and volcanic coves, and tour the lush coffee farms of nearby Minca.

A place for adventure and reflection!
Experience Colombia's Amazon - 4 Days

This 4-day excursion into the Amazon will give you a taste  of one of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems in the world. This itinerary is the perfect introduction to the Amazon as it will bring you down the river, through the rainforest, and into various indigenous communities along the way. Take a boat cruise along the Amazon River, stroll through the eco-friendly village of Puerto Nariño, take a dip in the beautiful waters of Lake Tarapoto, and more.

The colorful architecture of Cartagena
Explore Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena - 8 Days

On this eight-day excursion, you'll visit Bogotá, the largest city in Colombia and a melting pot of people from around the country. Travel to Medellín and see with your own eyes how it's transformed from one of the most dangerous cities to a fascinating destination. Then explore Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean ocean, and go on a trip to the beautiful beaches and islands nearby.  

Recent trip reviews for Margoth

Colombia in a week
Colombia | Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2022

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Diana L.
Ocoee, FL | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Things turned out better than expected. Our guides were all fabulous, very knowledgeable and friendly. Laura is very sweet, we met in Bogota and took us to the Salt Mines which is impressing, among other things. Roberto in Cartagena was great, beautiful city. We had another guide that talked about Gabriel Garcia Marques who was great and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed very much our visit to Medellin with our guide Froi who was fabulous. We went to Peñol and Guatape which I personally... read more

Things turned out better than expected. Our guides were all fabulous, very knowledgeable and friendly. Laura is very sweet, we met in Bogota and took us to the Salt Mines which is impressing, among other things. Roberto in Cartagena was great, beautiful city. We had another guide that talked about Gabriel Garcia Marques who was great and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed very much our visit to Medellin with our guide Froi who was fabulous. We went to Peñol and Guatape which I personally loved the most. We also had a great experience in Comuna 13 seeing all the art, grafitis and music. The hotels selected were spectacular. The Drivers were all very nice and patient.
I used this company for the first time and will definetely use it again. They took excellent care of all the details.
My next trip will be Italy and hope it is as amasing as this one.

Hotel Reviews
Patio del Mundo
Medellín

Charming Boutique Hotel in a great location. Loved Luna, a golden retreiver.

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Hotel Casa Medina Four Seasons
Bogotá, Cundinamarca

Beautiful old charm.

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Sofitel Baru Calablanca
Cartagena

Very nice place to get away

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Hotel Casa San Agustin
Cartagena de Indias

Our room was HUGE, beautiful and super comfortable

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Right in the center
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Activity Reviews
Dinner Reservation at Harry Sasson
Bogotá

Food was superb

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Dinner Reservation at Alma
Cartagena

We did not go due to problems in the kitchen.

Welcome to Colombia!
Colombia

We had private tours every time which is great. We felt comfortable and secure always. We felt we were among friends all the time.

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All of them were wonderful!!!!!!
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There was always someone waiting for us. We did not waiste any time.
Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Tour
Bogotá

It is very impresive!!!!!

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

A lot of walking but worth it

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Dinner Reservation at Humo Restaurant (Sofitel Barú Calablanca)
Isla Baru

It was good.

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We walked because it is in the same hotel
Gabriel García Márquez Walking Tour
Cartagena

I forgot the name of this guide but he was so good that we felt we could almost see Gabo as he would describe his life. Wonderful and recommended.

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we walked
Dinner Reservation at Mistura
Cartagena

too tired and could not make it

Airport Transfer: {{start_location}} to {{end_location}} & Guatape and El Peñol Tour
Colombia

I thought I would not climb the rock but I got to the top!!!! Beautiful, Beautiful view. I loved the town of Guatape.

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Dinner Reservation at Leo Cocina y Cava - Please confirm on your side
Bogotá

Here was the only dinner I did not enjoy. Super, and I mean SUPER expensive. It is an experience but I did not like hardly any of the entries. They even gave us ants as part of a dish. I asked for the pairing which I thought was wine pairing but they gave us all sorts of hard licor. I finished drunk and forgot to check if they had subtracted the amout we had to pay when we made the reservation. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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Arrival to the Islands (Hotel Sofitel Calablanca)
Isla Baru

Everything went smoothly. Very pleasant stay

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Day at the Islands (Hotel Sofitel Calablanca)
Isla Baru

We rented a power boat that took us to most of the Rosario Islands. We had a great time

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Departure from the Islands (Hotel Sofitel Calablanca)
Isla Baru

We had a big private boat just for us.

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Sunset Drinks Suggestion at Café del Mar
Cartagena

We went too early and the sun was killing us, so we left. But it is a nice place

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Guides were not needed
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no transport needed
Dinner Reservation at Candé
Cartagena

Place was crowded. It had live music and dancers. Ambiance was nice.

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walked
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City Tour of Cartagena (Half Day)
Cartagena

Roberto was great. He talks alot and time flies

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Mangrove Tour with local Fisherman
Cartagena

Great, we went in a wooden conoe through the mangroves and saw how they fish.

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Suggested Salsa Dancing at Cafe Havana
Cartagena

too tired to go dancing

Dinner Reservation at OCI.Mde
Medellín

Very nice.

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City Tour of Medellín (with Local Market and Comuna 13)
Medellín

We had a great day and managed to see evan more things. It was very interesting and we enjoyed the art, the grafiti, the music and our guide.

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Dinner Reservation at El Cielo - Please confirm on your side
Colombia

This was really a great expirience I highly recommend!!!! Good from start to finish. We had a wine pairing and we enjoyed it very much. Place is very preaty also.

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Depart Colombia
Colombia

It is sad when it comes to an end. We made new friends and had a wonderful time

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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
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Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Hola Diana,
Muchas Gracias por esta recomendación y un placer conocerte! Thank you so much for visiting Colombia, and for trusting us with your trip. I will pass on your feedback to your guides, and thank for taking the time to write about each of them. And I also love el Peñol and Guatape and very glad you had a great time there, and in Colombia! We look forward to helping you with your next trips and sending you my very best wishes to you and your family!

Margoth

Perfect holidays
Colombia | Sep 2 - Sep 17, 2022

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Renaud C.
Canada | Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Margoth was incredible during the planning process, selecting destinations, hotels and even restaurants according to our preferences. On site, her team was amazing in making the logistics completely seamless and were always available within a few minutes for any question we had, regardless of place and time. The guides were fantastic, the transfers on-time, comfortable and safe Unforgettable holidays were we had to think of nothing else than enjoying ourselves, from beginning to end.... read more

Margoth was incredible during the planning process, selecting destinations, hotels and even restaurants according to our preferences. On site, her team was amazing in making the logistics completely seamless and were always available within a few minutes for any question we had, regardless of place and time. The guides were fantastic, the transfers on-time, comfortable and safe Unforgettable holidays were we had to think of nothing else than enjoying ourselves, from beginning to end.
Muchas gracias por todo !

Hotel Reviews
Calanoa Lodge
Leticia
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El Cielo Hotel
Medellin
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Senda Watapuy
Santa Marta
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Hotel Sophia
Cartagena
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The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection
Bogotá
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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
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Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Thank you for making us a part of your trip Renaud, and a pleasure meeting you and Sandra! Our guides, team and everyone involved spoke so highly of you both and we will always remember you and your beautiful and skillful way of writing! MUCHAS GRACIAS for sharing this experience with us, and we hope you come and visit Colombia again! Hasta muy pronto, Margoth

Trip of a lifetime! My husband and I decided ...
Colombia | Jul 24 - Aug 1, 2022

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Amy F.
Torrance, CA | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Trip of a lifetime! My husband and I decided to go to Colombia for our 15 yr anniversary. We didn’t know much about the country and decided to try KimKim. This was a huge game changer!! Margoth was absolutely amazing in the planning. She knew we wanted to see the coffee region and suggested we try Hacienda Bambusa. With only 8 rooms it can fill quickly. From there the rest of the trip was planned.
We started in Bogotá and had the most knowledgeable tour guide Byron. Being a history major... read more

Trip of a lifetime! My husband and I decided to go to Colombia for our 15 yr anniversary. We didn’t know much about the country and decided to try KimKim. This was a huge game changer!! Margoth was absolutely amazing in the planning. She knew we wanted to see the coffee region and suggested we try Hacienda Bambusa. With only 8 rooms it can fill quickly. From there the rest of the trip was planned.
We started in Bogotá and had the most knowledgeable tour guide Byron. Being a history major he knew the city well. Even showed me the best spots for picture taking. If you are into hiking I highly recommend taking one of the hikes in Chingaza. The local guide was able to give us such a deep understanding of the indigenous Colombian people.
In Armenia we had the best hospitality. Cocoa tour, horseback riding. So many surprises along the way. Our guide and driver here were top notch talking us to some amazing coffee shops and restaurants off the main tourist streets.
One of the best parts about Kim Kim was having amazing guides and drivers in each city. We were able to cover so much ground and have a deeper cultural experience. It completely changed my outlook of foreign travel. Thank you Margoth!!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Casa Medina Four Seasons
Bogotá, Cundinamarca

So comfortable and charming. This hotel was absolutely stunning. We loved the breakfast each morning in the lovely atrium style restaurant. At night we chatted it up with the bartender who taught us more about the local area and drinks. His English was great and we were able to practice our Spanish. Spa services were great too!! Liked that it was in a safe neighborhood.

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Hacienda Bambusa
El Caimo

This place makes you feel like royalty. They greet you by name from the moment you arrive. Even staff members I had not met were able to greet me by my first name, so impressive. The rooms were beautiful with hammocks and hummingbirds. The flora and bird watching made me want to stay forever.

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Loved everything!
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Close to airport but they need to work on the roads.
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Greeting us by name. Waiting with fresh cool towels when we arrived back from excursions. Surprise picnic table and drinks in the bamboo forest.
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El Cielo Hotel
Medellin
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Loved the turn down service with the yummy treats.
Activity Reviews
Lunch Reservation at Abasto (Usaquén area) and Coffee Shops
Bogotá

This was one of my husbands favorite meals in Colombia and he is a foodie. Cute patio. Seafood soup and Sangria are recommended.

Chingaza Natural National Park Tour
Bogotá

Hands down the most informative hike I have ever done. Our local guide Gabrielle was from Muisca descent. His love for the culture and environment was inspiring. We hiked to the infamous lagoons, touched the sacred rocks. Loved it despite the rain and mud. We stopped for lunch in Guasca. Felt good to discover the smaller cities with so much culture.

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Cocora Valley,  Salento, and Coffee Farm Visit
Colombia

This was a bit of a drive from our hotel but well worth it. We were lucky to see the Colombian condor close up. The walk was easy and breathtaking. Fun picture spots. Salento was colorful and had great shopping.

Cacao Tour
Colombia

Loved this tour and learned a lot about cacao farming. My only wish is that the tour was a bit longer so it could include the end stages of cacao production and to actually taste some of it. Cacao tour without actually tasting any chocolate was a little disappointing. Best part was hands down the guide. Sebastian was informative and easy to talk too.

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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
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Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hi Amy,
Thank you SO much for your review and it was amazing to meet you and Zach, and to have you in Colombia! And thank you for celebrating your anniversary in Colombia! Your feedback is extremely valuable and thank you for taking the time to write your comments and review. We hope you stay in touch and it will be a pleasure to have you again in Colombia in the future. All our Best Wishes to you and your beautiful family and stay in touch,
Margoth

We love Colombia! Thank you Margoth.
Colombia | Jul 1 - Jul 10, 2022

Carolyn
Carolyn K.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

We love Colombia! It was a romantic, elegant cultural experience that gave us 10 days of non stop fun. Margoth was incredible. She planned a trip that was customized to us. I was not an easy client. Due to illness I had to cancel a big hike and Margoth saved our trip. She gave us smaller hikes including one up a rain forest river, a beautiful raft down a remote river and 2 nights in an elegant resort on exotic Baru. She chose incredible restaurants, found us the best guides and made... read more

We love Colombia! It was a romantic, elegant cultural experience that gave us 10 days of non stop fun. Margoth was incredible. She planned a trip that was customized to us. I was not an easy client. Due to illness I had to cancel a big hike and Margoth saved our trip. She gave us smaller hikes including one up a rain forest river, a beautiful raft down a remote river and 2 nights in an elegant resort on exotic Baru. She chose incredible restaurants, found us the best guides and made every airport pick up a pleasure. I felt we got incredible value. The hotels were just lovely. Margoth went above and beyond on so many occasions I can’t imagine ever going to Colombia without her. I can’t imagine ever travelling again without her - I am spoiled. She was always available to answer questions and ensure we were on time.

This trip opened our minds and our hearts to this stunning country. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank you so so much Margoth. When you come back to Canada and I would love to meet you.

Hotel Reviews
Patio del Mundo
Medellín
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Hotel Terasu Salento
Salento, Quindío
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Kawa Mountain Retreat
Salento
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It’s incredible. Bugs are there. We got used to it.
Sofitel Baru Calablanca
Cartagena
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Nacar Hotel Cartagena, Curio Collection by Hilton
Cartagena
Activity Reviews
Welcome to Colombia!
Colombia
Dinner Reservation at OCI.Mde
Medellín

Best food in a restaurant in Colombia hands down.

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Raft Down the River ‘La Vieja’ (and local Picnic Lunch)
Colombia

Rosco was fun. Laura our guide was fantastic

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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
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Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Carolyn it was a pleasure meeting you, and we loved having you and Colin in Colombia! THANK YOU for taking the time to write this review and we hope you come back to Colombia. Stay in touch and Best Wishes, Margoth

Colombia: Under-appreciated Gem.
Colombia | Jun 18 - Jul 1, 2022

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Scott R.
West Hartford, CT | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

The trip planning and customization was easy and well managed. The overall trip plan was organized well. The itinerary was well thought out, covering some of the most essential areas of the country given our interests. The plan and communication around hotels, drivers, daily activities and travel were all communicated well. Most of the local guides were excellent. One, in Medellin, seemed a bit less well-versed and enthusiastic than the others, but was sufficient for the tours.

The... read more

The trip planning and customization was easy and well managed. The overall trip plan was organized well. The itinerary was well thought out, covering some of the most essential areas of the country given our interests. The plan and communication around hotels, drivers, daily activities and travel were all communicated well. Most of the local guides were excellent. One, in Medellin, seemed a bit less well-versed and enthusiastic than the others, but was sufficient for the tours.

The country and its people are amazing. The natural beauty, culture and the Colombian spirit are inspiring.

Our one criticism was about the communication of what Tayrona Park promised to be versus what we experienced. For us, as experienced outdoors people who relish the solitude and wild aspects of natural places, the park was not what we had anticipated. It is a walk to several beaches, not a wilderness experience. To be fair, we arrived on a 3 day national holiday, so the park was full. But, we were quite unhappy with the day. Our local guide, with support and approval from our Kim Kim liaison made things right by swapping out an alternative for us. We had one other wrinkle, when bad weather prevented us from visiting one of the islands off Cartagena. Our liaison changed the itinerary easily for us to make sure we were happy.

This is our second trip with Kim Kim. In the end, they work hard to give you the experience you want and to take over the heavy lifting. They are solid communicators who work at those goals.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Boutique Sazagua
Pereira

Incredibly tranquil oasis with peaceful, lush grounds. The staff are amazing! So warm and ready to give you what you need. SO friendly. Take a cooking class with the chef. It's a blast. Get a massage. Your body and spirit will thank you. Our room was beautiful, clean and peaceful. This is a place we will come back to for sure.

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The quiet setting.
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Villa Playa
Magdalena

The tranquility of Villa Playa make it a small slice of heaven. We could have sat all day looking from beside the pool at the river, ocean and nearby rain forest. It is spectacular! And, the staff are truly wonderful. Whatever you need, they are right there to provide. The food, drinks and hospitality were all fantastic.

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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
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Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Hi Scott,
Thank you very much for your review and your feedback is extremely valuable for us. It is great to hear you had a good time in Colombia and that you enjoyed your time with your local guides. Regarding your feedback about Tayrona Park, we really appreciate your comments to continue improving and ensuring all the experiences covered in kimkim meet and exceed our travelers' expectations. Thank you once again for traveling with kimkim and for visiting another one of our destinations.

Sending you my Best Wishes to you and your family,
Margoth

Margoth was wonderful to work with! She was q...
Colombia | May 28 - Jun 4, 2022

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Megan B.
Brandon, MN | Reviewed on Jun 05, 2022

Margoth was wonderful to work with! She was quick to respond to every inquiry and so helpful. She took care of every detail so that we could just focus on enjoying our vacation. She even surprised us with a few extra thoughtful gestures. read more

Margoth was wonderful to work with! She was quick to respond to every inquiry and so helpful. She took care of every detail so that we could just focus on enjoying our vacation. She even surprised us with a few extra thoughtful gestures.

Hotel Reviews
Nacar Hotel Cartagena, Curio Collection by Hilton
Cartagena
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Marriott Resort Playa Dormida
Santa Marta
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Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jun 05, 2022

Hi Megan,
Thank you so much for your review and comments, and thank you for making us a part of your trip!! We hope you come back and sending you all my best wishes!! Margoth

Our trip to Colombia exceeded all of our expe...
Colombia | Apr 21 - Apr 27, 2022

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Rebecca C.
Milton, MA | Reviewed on May 21, 2022

Our trip to Colombia exceeded all of our expectations. My mom and I took a week long girl's trip to Cartagena to learn the history, see the beautiful city, and experience some of the local culture. Our specialist, Margoth, was so helpful and responsive when setting up the plans for trip. We somewhat expected that we would be on our own once we had paid for and landed in Cartagena, but Margoth and her team were beyond helpful and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Any questions or... read more

Our trip to Colombia exceeded all of our expectations. My mom and I took a week long girl's trip to Cartagena to learn the history, see the beautiful city, and experience some of the local culture. Our specialist, Margoth, was so helpful and responsive when setting up the plans for trip. We somewhat expected that we would be on our own once we had paid for and landed in Cartagena, but Margoth and her team were beyond helpful and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Any questions or concerns were immediately addressed and we ended up loving all of the activities that Margoth had planned for us. Each restaurant reservation she made was perfect, we especially loved Mistura for the delicious food and great live band. We also absolutely loved our local tour guide, Manu. We spent a few days with him as he brought us to various sites (San Felipe de Barajas, the local mangroves, and the bird sanctuary) - he was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and we were sad to say goodbye at the end of the trip. He truly made us feel welcome by introducing us to the locals and sharing his personal experiences growing up in Cartagena. I can't thank Margoth and her team more - I was beyond impressed with the service we received both before and during our trip, thank you so much for making this such a wonderful experience!

Hotel Review
Hotel Capellan de Getsemani
Cartagena de Indias

The hotel was clean, comfortable, and an excellent location. Ray, one of the hotel staff, was beyond accommodating and kind. Our only concerns were the bathroom and the pool area. Our bathroom had a leak in the ceiling and the pool didn't look especially clean, we decided not to use it during our stay. We loved the breakfast included with our stay.

Tips for future travelers

I'd check out the photos on Trip Advisor before staying here. I had looked at a lot of them so I knew what to expect, but my mom wasn't thrilled with the lack of privacy with our only windows looking out to a public courtyard. If you want bright sunlight and a view, this isn't the best option.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Being across from the park, walkable to walled city, close to main square in Getsemani
Staff
The staff were so friendly and accomodating - Ray made our stay extra special
Cleanliness & Comfort
The AC, size of room, and breakfast included with our stay
Activity Review
Sunset Drinks Suggestion at Café del Mar
Cartagena
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on May 21, 2022

Hi Rebecca,
It was great to have you and your mom in Colombia and thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! I just passed on your comments to Manu and he sends you both his best regards and that he hopes to see you both again in Cartagena! We also hope you return to Colombia and it has been a pleasure meeting you! All my very best wishes to you and your mom and please stay in touch. Thank you for visiting Colombia!! :) Muchas Gracias, Margoth

Solo Trip to Colombia
Colombia | Apr 24 - Apr 30, 2022

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Nefeli C.
Greece | Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Thanks to Margoth my trip to Colombia was more than amazing! It was my first time traveling solo and after my experience I would’ve done it again & again. Thanks to all the team and especially to Margoth who made this an experience of a lifetime.

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Hi Nefeli, thank you so much for your review and it was a pleasure helping you with your trip. It was also great to meet you and thank you for visiting Colombia! Stay in touch and sending you my best wishes! Margoth

Amazing trip and customer service. Highly Recommend!
Colombia | Mar 14 - Mar 23, 2022

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Elizabeth D.
Rutland, VT | Reviewed on May 06, 2022

Amazing trip and customer service. Our family of 3 had the most incredible 9 days in Colombia - split between Cartagena, Tayrona and 4 days hiking the Ciudad Perdida trail. Margoth fielded my numerous questions in advance patiently and graciously! And then once there we were still able to reach out and make tweaks to our itinerary. We ended up catching a bug on our penultimate day, and Margoth and team had the driver show up with gatorade and extra hydrating drinks. So thoughtful! We... read more

Amazing trip and customer service. Our family of 3 had the most incredible 9 days in Colombia - split between Cartagena, Tayrona and 4 days hiking the Ciudad Perdida trail. Margoth fielded my numerous questions in advance patiently and graciously! And then once there we were still able to reach out and make tweaks to our itinerary. We ended up catching a bug on our penultimate day, and Margoth and team had the driver show up with gatorade and extra hydrating drinks. So thoughtful! We would love to return to Colombia and will definitely use Margoth and team again. Absolutely loved Colombia and its people. We felt totally safe and it was so relaxing to have everything set up front (drivers, guides, restaurant reservations) so we could just sit back and enjoy!

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on May 06, 2022

Hi Elizabeth, thank you SO much for your review and for your kind words and incredible attitude when visiting Colombia! It was a real pleasure meeting you and being part of your family trip to Colombia! Thank you for visiting our home country and we hope you all come back! Sending you our Best Wishes to you and your family and stay in touch. Hasta pronto y muchas gracias, Margoth

The best trip…
Colombia | Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2022

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Adam W.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Mar 05, 2022

Dear Margoth.
We are back home 😔 after a fabulous visit to your glorious country.
I wanted to express our gratitude for your exceptionally attentive, helpful and timely help in organising the trip.
We simply loved our stay at Calanoa in the rainforest & have taken away such wonderful memories that will last a lifetime
The logistics all ran so smoothly thanks to you 🙏
Your are an absolute star ⭐️ thank you so so much.
You have two happy fans !
All the best
Adam & Lola read more

Dear Margoth.
We are back home 😔 after a fabulous visit to your glorious country.
I wanted to express our gratitude for your exceptionally attentive, helpful and timely help in organising the trip.
We simply loved our stay at Calanoa in the rainforest & have taken away such wonderful memories that will last a lifetime
The logistics all ran so smoothly thanks to you 🙏
Your are an absolute star ⭐️ thank you so so much.
You have two happy fans !
All the best
Adam & Lola

Hotel Review
Calanoa Lodge
Leticia

Amazing Lodge, in a spectacular location run by the loveliest of people

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Boat Ride to Peruvian Margin to see Pink Dolphins and the Sunset from the River
Calanoa Lodge, Leticia
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Herman was excellent
Transport
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Mar 05, 2022

Adam and Lola Thank you!!! It was amazing to have you both in Colombia and I am very glad you enjoyed your Amazon experience! Thank you for trusting us and I hope you come back to Colombia! All my very best wishes!!! Hasta pronto, Margoth

Family Adventure in Colombia
Colombia | Dec 26 - Jan 5, 2022

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Nicole G.
Wilmington, NC | Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Thank you Margoth, Felipe, Martin, Juan Carlos, Jaruen, Jose, Maria, and drivers for a fantastic trip to Colombia. Thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us. Margoth put together a wonderful trip fitting in everything I asked for at a busy time of year. Our trip included Cartagena, Santa Marta, Rosario Islands, Tayrona, Minca, Medellin, Guatape, Rio Claro, Tabio, and Bogota. The guides were very passionate about their cities and taught so much about the places and culture. They... read more

Thank you Margoth, Felipe, Martin, Juan Carlos, Jaruen, Jose, Maria, and drivers for a fantastic trip to Colombia. Thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us. Margoth put together a wonderful trip fitting in everything I asked for at a busy time of year. Our trip included Cartagena, Santa Marta, Rosario Islands, Tayrona, Minca, Medellin, Guatape, Rio Claro, Tabio, and Bogota. The guides were very passionate about their cities and taught so much about the places and culture. They were also very patient with our kids (8 and 12). Thank you for the gifts, help with a sick child, dinner reservations (yum), and transfers. Our trip exceeded our expectations and we definitely plan to return. Margoth and Felipe kept in touch and made sure everything went smoothly.

Hotel Review
Movich Hotel Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias

Location was great. Breakfast delicious. Great vibe with rooftop pool and bar. The people managing the front desk of the hotel were outstanding.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Front desk especially, but everyone was great
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Sunset Drinks Suggestion at Café del Mar
Cartagena

Great location with spectacular sunset views and good drinks.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Hi Nicole, thank you so much for your review and Wow… fantastic pictures! Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures with us! I will pass on your comments with Felipe, Martin, Juan Carlos, Jaruen, Jose, Maria, and drivers, and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your family trip to Colombia :)

Family trip to Colombia 12/25-1/1
Colombia | Dec 25 - Jan 1, 2022

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Dave F.
Waterbury, CT | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2022

Family of 4 (kids ages 9 and 11), 1 week in Colombia (Bogota and Cartagena), Margoth arranged an amazing trip. Everything was seamless from pickup/dropoff at the airports, to all tours with local English guides, and reservations at top restaurants. It was my eldest daughters birthday and she arranged a very special day for her with treats and birthday celebrations throughout the day. There was constant communication throughout the trip and nothing was left to chance. They even arranged a... read more

Family of 4 (kids ages 9 and 11), 1 week in Colombia (Bogota and Cartagena), Margoth arranged an amazing trip. Everything was seamless from pickup/dropoff at the airports, to all tours with local English guides, and reservations at top restaurants. It was my eldest daughters birthday and she arranged a very special day for her with treats and birthday celebrations throughout the day. There was constant communication throughout the trip and nothing was left to chance. They even arranged a nurse to come to our hotel for the obligatory Covid test to come back to the US. 10/10, I've already recommended them to other friends.

Hotel Review
Hotel Casa Medina Four Seasons
Bogotá, Cundinamarca
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2022

Hi Dave, thank you for visiting Colombia with your family! I am glad you had an amazing trip and it was great to be a part of your experience in Colombia! I hope you come back soon, and thank you for recommending us to other friends! Best wishes to you and tour family! Margoth

Amazing experience with Kim Kim - especially our advisor (Margoth!) and guide (Juan Manuel)
Colombia | Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2021

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Sumi M.
Broad Ripple, IN | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2022

I want to preface this review by saying that I've traveled to almost 50 countries, so I've had my fair share of trip planners that I've worked with. Margoth has by far been the most efficient, professional, responsive, and thoughtful one I've ever encountered!

We just got back from a trip to Medellin last week. There were 8 travelers, all with different arrival and departure dates. Margoth seamlessly planned around each individual and crafted an itinerary that best fit our needs and numbers... read more

I want to preface this review by saying that I've traveled to almost 50 countries, so I've had my fair share of trip planners that I've worked with. Margoth has by far been the most efficient, professional, responsive, and thoughtful one I've ever encountered!

We just got back from a trip to Medellin last week. There were 8 travelers, all with different arrival and departure dates. Margoth seamlessly planned around each individual and crafted an itinerary that best fit our needs and numbers on any given day. We had a mix of requests for her - from adventure to food to relaxing days - she was able to meet them all, offering several suggestions that helped make the most members of our group happy. She always responded within a few hours of our requests (often much sooner), even over the holidays! There was never a time when I felt something would not be taken care of because we had that much trust in Margoth. She is amazing!

Beyond Margoth, the trip we took was so great , in large part because of our tour guide, Juan Manuel. His English is perfect - he was able to describe to us in detail about the history of all we were seeing, often bringing in vivid imagery to bring home his commentary. He was patient and helpful - from e-biking to waterfall hiking (where his patience was needed in spades!) to our various questions about everything - he could always be relied upon to help! There was one day our car had issues (small!), but he made up for them by getting another car ASAP. I could not have imagined a better guide for us on this trip.

Overall, we loved Medellin, and we are so happy that we used Kim Kim to book it. I researched thoroughly before choosing a trip provider, and we chose Kim Kim due to a combination of reasonable pricing, great offerings, and the responsiveness of Margoth. Thank you for a great trip!

Hotel Review
Sites
Medellin

Sites was good for our needs - we had three different families, so it was nice to have a common area to hang out in while in our rooms. The amenities were nice and clean and modern. The cleaning staff was amazing. We appreciated the on-site laundry and breakfast each morning. The pool and workout facilities were also good for our needs. The dinner at the hotel restaurant was fantastic! What we think could have been better: --Lighting - it was so dark everywhere. Some brighter lights would have added to the cheeriness of this place --Breakfast - we had to make a reservation to go down in the morning, but if we didnt let them know in advance, we would not get the timeslot we needed. We are used to being able to go down at anytime for an included breakfast, especially considering that the meal was the exact same, EVERY SINGLE DAY (no variation at all). --The elevator was very very slow, and there was only one on site. We often walked down or up the stairs to get anywhere. --All of the above wasn't a huge deal to us. We are not too picky when it comes to hotels, and we would not even complain about the above. But the biggest problem for this hotel was bad wifi. Only if you were in the lobby or floor 12 was it good. In our room (floor 6), our wifi came and went constantly. If it was connected, it was very fast. But for the most part, it rarely connected, and we could not even get 3G or LTE service, so we were often without internet for our entire stay. In nice hotels these days, to not have reliable wifi, especially for international travelers who don't have local phone plans, is tough.

Tips for future travelers

Do not stay here if you need reliable wifi

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
'La Miel' Waterfall and Hike Tour
Medellín

So much fun to hike along the river, but not for the faint of heart!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2022

Dear Sumi,
Thank you for your kind words and comments, and it was a pleasure for all of us to meet you all and have you in Colombia. Thank you as well for taking the time to write this review, I really appreciate it. Your guide Juan Manuel had a great time with all of you and spoke highly about you. He called me today to make sure you had all arrived safely back home, and sends you his best wishes as well!
We really hope you come back to Colombia, and sending you my very Best Wishes for this year, Margoth

Where to even begin! First, I believe Margoth...
Colombia | Nov 9 - Nov 17, 2021

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Carly M.
Columbia, MD | Reviewed on Nov 19, 2021

Where to even begin! First, I believe Margoth deserves a lot of credit for her resilience in assuring me a safe and very special experience for my first ever international trip outside of the US! Having never even left the country before, I always had major doubts in myself, but something in my gut told me to go with this..
I didn’t want to do anything really typical. I didn’t want the all-inclusive resorts with lots of other US tourists. I wanted to be plummeted into another culture and... read more

Where to even begin! First, I believe Margoth deserves a lot of credit for her resilience in assuring me a safe and very special experience for my first ever international trip outside of the US! Having never even left the country before, I always had major doubts in myself, but something in my gut told me to go with this..
I didn’t want to do anything really typical. I didn’t want the all-inclusive resorts with lots of other US tourists. I wanted to be plummeted into another culture and embraced by love and beauty and freedom. And what better way to spend than on my birthday, 11/11, which also happened to be Independence Day for the beautiful Cartagena. We danced and celebrated in the streets, I felt at home and very embraced.
I took a chance on a country everyone often questions.. as a solo FEMALE traveler, for the first time in my life. And i loved EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT.
From Margoth, Felipe and the rest of the Aracanto team, to Manuel, my tour guide.. Martin, my driver. The infectious Carolina at Oh La La Bistrot! The hotel staff and my lovely Island Boys at Rosario, to the locals ON Rosario Island i met during my Mangrove tour, to the local Cartagena vendors who I’ve been texting on Whatsapp every day because I’ve genuinely made deep connections with several of them. And on my own, even! The Hotel Sophia team who basically treated me like a princess all week. Christina and Juan, and the bartenders at the Arsenal Rum Box who introduced me to all the Colombian rum. To Dyllan, my super handsome salsa guru.. to all the staff and servers at all the restaurants (and my goodness, i never changed a single recommendation for dinner because y’all made some very impressive reservations!!)
I could not have done this without the help and extra push from Margoth and Aracanto Travel! They have really set the tone for me and i have already intrigued so many of my friends here in the states.
Many conversations i had ended up being about me traveling there alone and for my first international adventure, leaving many locals shocked, yet impressed with my choice… and continuously thanking me for trusting their home enough to come see it for myself.
I spent all my money on locally-made items, I had no reservations against supporting the bracelet/gift vendors because they took such good care of me all week! Like i said, I’ve left with many local friends!

The first night, I spent with a group from Medellin who were heading home after a fun weekend together in Cartagena. However, after an hour at Cafe Del Mar sunset with them, we decided it was imperative that i come back and make Medellin a necessary stop!
On my last morning, a street bracelet vendor who actually ended up taking me on a casual walking tour of the entire walled city the day before, stopped by my hotel just to give me a gift he made… simply because i let him take me on a tour and trusted him every step of the way.
I fell in love with myself AND Cartagena. I plan to be back before you know it…
I would recommend KimKim for anyone who needs help with traveling; especially solo travelers! And definitely plan to be an advocate, specifically for Colombia, as I hope the positive image of this beautiful country can replace anyone’s initial doubts about experiencing it. Aracanto team is FIVE STAR!!!

Until we meet again…¡ muy bacano!

Carly M

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Nov 19, 2021

Muchas Gracias Carly!!! It was amazing having you in Colombia and being a part of your trip! It has also been a pleasure meeting you and we have truly enjoyed seeing all your videos and pictures. We hope you come back to Colombia and we send you our best wishes! Stay in touch, Margoth

In one word "EXCELANT". I would like to say...
Colombia | Oct 22 - Oct 30, 2021

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Simon K.
Maple Shade, NJ | Reviewed on Nov 03, 2021

In one word "EXCELANT".
I would like to say as a traveling person, the trip that we had to Colombia was more than what we expected. Other than the beautiful sites that we visited, it was organized so well that all 4 of us were very happy from all the organization that Margoth and Felipe arranged.
They took care of all the reservations for the hotels, restaurants and even they made all the flight check ins for us. We did not waste even one minute for any arrangements.
The local guides Oscar... read more

In one word "EXCELANT".
I would like to say as a traveling person, the trip that we had to Colombia was more than what we expected. Other than the beautiful sites that we visited, it was organized so well that all 4 of us were very happy from all the organization that Margoth and Felipe arranged.
They took care of all the reservations for the hotels, restaurants and even they made all the flight check ins for us. We did not waste even one minute for any arrangements.
The local guides Oscar in Bogota and Daniel in Medellin were great. Other than their knowledge of the places, they were very attentive of where we were and showing us all the realities of Colombia.
It was a great decision to have the trip with them and we were very satisfied and I believe we did the maximum that we can in the 8 days that we were in Colombia.
Thank to all the team, thank you Margoth and ViVa Colombia.
I hope we will be back soon.
Simon

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Nov 03, 2021

Hi Simon,
Thank you so much for your "Viva Colombia" message! And it was a pleasure having you all in Colombia! And we do hope you come back soon! We have passed on your feedback to Daniel and Oscar and all the people involved, and we all love to hear that you had a great time in our home country! thank you as well for sharing your amazing pictures with us. Bienvenidos a Colombia whenever you want to visit us, and stay in touch. Best Wishes, Margoth

An Absolutely Amazing Experience - First But Not Last Visit to Colombia
Colombia | Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2021

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Todd W.
Belmont, CA | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

In Bogota, I was very pleased with my guide Mafe, as well as the driver(s), and my guide Lina for a game of Tejo.
In Medellin, I was also extremely happy with my driver Claudia and my guide Daniel, as well as my guide Flako in Communa 13.
What made the tours of both cities go so well, is that having one guide the whole visit means they know what you have done so far and have not done yet, so if/when schedules or interests change, they can be flexible without being redundant or missing... read more

In Bogota, I was very pleased with my guide Mafe, as well as the driver(s), and my guide Lina for a game of Tejo.
In Medellin, I was also extremely happy with my driver Claudia and my guide Daniel, as well as my guide Flako in Communa 13.
What made the tours of both cities go so well, is that having one guide the whole visit means they know what you have done so far and have not done yet, so if/when schedules or interests change, they can be flexible without being redundant or missing something.
Every pick up and drop off was on time and I was able to absorb a tremendous amount of information about the country, people, and culture.
The entire trip, Margoth and Felipe were checking in and making further recommendations and adjustments that I asked for. I never felt alone, and knew I had them looking out for me. They went above and beyond expectations.

Hotel Review
Hotel Casa Medina Four Seasons
Bogotá, Cundinamarca

Gorgeous hotel with clean and spacious room. The breakfasts were amazing! Would definitely stay here again on my next visit!

Tips for future travelers

Order the breakfast areppas!

Authenticity & Character
Beautifully-restored building.
Location
Good central location, but not a whole lot to do in immediate area.
Staff
Friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Hi Todd,
It was a pleasure meeting you! And all of your guides and drivers have spoken highly about you and felt fortunate to have the chance to meet you and spend time with you in their cities. Thank you for visiting Colombia and we are very much looking forward to having you back! All our Best Wishes for now, Margoth and the Aracanto Team

Cartagena & KimKim
Colombia | Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2021

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Claudia L.
El Paso, TX | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

We had a great time in Cartagena, all the activities planned by Margoth were thoroughly enjoyed. She hit on the nail with all her suggestions. Caro our chef was informative and fun, can’t wait to use the recipes we practiced. Manu was the perfect guide for our Mangrove experience, and Martin was so knowledgeable and courteous. Our Rum tasting with Jesus was super fun, not to mention our coffee tasting class “bautizo”, I guess I didn’t know much about coffee ☕️, great experience.
The... read more

We had a great time in Cartagena, all the activities planned by Margoth were thoroughly enjoyed. She hit on the nail with all her suggestions. Caro our chef was informative and fun, can’t wait to use the recipes we practiced. Manu was the perfect guide for our Mangrove experience, and Martin was so knowledgeable and courteous. Our Rum tasting with Jesus was super fun, not to mention our coffee tasting class “bautizo”, I guess I didn’t know much about coffee ☕️, great experience.
The restaurant reservations were the top, we loved the cuisine, especially at Cuzco’s.
kimKim was definitely the way to go.

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Hola Claudia,
Wow! Lovely pictures!
Thank you so much for your detailed review and it was a pleasure meeting you and your family!! Stay in touch y hasta pronto! Un abrazo a todos,
Margoth

Best vacation ever!
Colombia | Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2021

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Neil M.
Philadelphia, PA | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2021

I visited Colombia from 8/28-9/4 and used the trip planning service kimkim and Margoth was my agent.
I planned to go with my son but he was unable to go due to work so I went solo. I did no research before I left and just knew I wanted a very active trip and made sure Margoth knew that.
Margoth suggested I visit Bogota and Medellin and did a great job of offering me different options for daily activities. I knew I wanted to hike, bike and go white water rafting and Margoth found me great... read more

I visited Colombia from 8/28-9/4 and used the trip planning service kimkim and Margoth was my agent.
I planned to go with my son but he was unable to go due to work so I went solo. I did no research before I left and just knew I wanted a very active trip and made sure Margoth knew that.
Margoth suggested I visit Bogota and Medellin and did a great job of offering me different options for daily activities. I knew I wanted to hike, bike and go white water rafting and Margoth found me great options for all three. I told her I wanted to drink a lot of good Colombian coffee and with the help of my guide Pablo she me found me a great coffee farm to visit.
The guides Oscar in Bogota and Pablo in Medellin are great guides and terrific people. They made sure I got to all my planned adventures and made my trip special. I did all my activities with them except whitewater rafting and they were ton of fun to hang out with.
Oscar took me on a bike tour of Bogota and explained the historical significance of many of the buildings and the general history of Bogota. We hiked in the National park with a park ranger and it was awesome. The city tour included the graffiti district, the marketplace, the Fernando Botero museum and the monserrati church on a hill overlooking Bogota . All great activities.
Oscar is a professional coffee taster and took me to a cafe to sample different coffees and tutored me in the proper way to analyze different coffee blends. This was so cool and I learned a lot. He also took me to traditional Colombian restaurants that were delicious.
Margoth arranged my flights from Bogota to Medellin and got me free upgrades to business class.
In Medellin my guide Pablo took me on a city tour which included riding in a gondola to get a great view of the city. We visited Communa13 which is a shanty town built on a hill and Pablo explained the significance of the areas troubled history that was fascinating. We toured much of downtown Medellin and Pablo explained the significance of different buildings and some of the politics and history of the city..
The following day I went whitewater rafting with grade 3-4 rapids and it was a blast! The guides were very professional and I felt safe.
Pablo took me to cafe de la cima and I had an amazing coffee experience. The owners are a wonderful family and I got the chance to pick the organic coffee beans and watch the coffee beans be shelled and roasted and then was offered a coffee tasting.
Everything they served me for lunch is grown on their farm and is delicious.
My last day with Pablo and Luis our hiking guide we hiked up cerro bravo 8600ft. I asked Margoth for super active adventures and she delivered. This was a very challenging hike through jungle and forests that was so amazing and beautiful. Luis is a great hiker and guide and pointed out different birds,trees and insects along the way. I swung from vines to cross muddy parts of the trail which was cool. The vistas from the top were amazing. Pablo as always made sure I had a delicious lunch and plenty of water.
Margoth arranged for me to stay in great hotels in Bogota and Medellin and got me daily dinner reservations in the best restaurants. Never ate so well in my life!
I had an amazing Colombian vacation due to the help of Margoth guides Oscar and Pablo and the drivers of the cars that took me to these activities and safety brought me back each day. I recommend using their services if you visit Colombia because they made my vacation amazing!

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2021

Hi Neil, thank you so much for your comments and we are very happy you had a great time in Colombia! On behalf of Oscar, Pablo, and all the people involved in your trip, it was a pleasure meeting you, having you in Colombia, and assisting you during your trip. And thank you so much for your detailed comments. And we really hope you come back to Colombia soon!
Sending you all our Best Wishes,
Margoth

Fantastic family trip to Colombia
Colombia | Jul 29 - Aug 8, 2021

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Derek W.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

Margoth and team planned and delivered a fantastic family trip to Colombia. They know all the great spots, all the places to skip, and had everything planned perfectly. Knowledgeable, responsive, and dependable and delivered a great trip.

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

Hi Derek, thank you for your review and it has been a pleasure meeting you and your family! We are very glad you enjoyed your family trip to Colombia and we look forward to having you back.
Best wishes, Margoth

Cartagena and Santa Marta, Columbia: December 2020
Colombia | Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2020

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Sabena K.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

My friend and I had such a wonderful and memorable time in Cartagena and Santa Marta. Margoth did an amazing job organizing and suggesting activities, transportation, hotels, and restaurants. Everything went so smoothly. She was even available during our stay and would check up on us. She is very knowledgeable on creating out perfect vacation. I wanted to visit Cerro Kennedy which not many tourist hike and she was able to make arrangements last minute as I was not sure what traveling would... read more

My friend and I had such a wonderful and memorable time in Cartagena and Santa Marta. Margoth did an amazing job organizing and suggesting activities, transportation, hotels, and restaurants. Everything went so smoothly. She was even available during our stay and would check up on us. She is very knowledgeable on creating out perfect vacation. I wanted to visit Cerro Kennedy which not many tourist hike and she was able to make arrangements last minute as I was not sure what traveling would be like at a peak of COVID.

Juan Carlos was our tour guide and driver while we Santa Marta. I highly recommend him as well if you plan on visiting Santa Marta. He is very professional, kind and knowledgeable. The personal touches and details made a big difference.

Thank you both for an amazing vacation!

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

It was a pleasure helping you with your trip Sabena! And thank you once again for visiting Colombia! I am very glad you had a great time here, and enjoyed your time with Juan! All my Best Wishes to you and Layla!

Excellent Service
Colombia | Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2020

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Natasha C.
Australia | Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020

We cannot be more impressed with the exceptional service provided by Margoth @ Aracanto on our Colombia trip. We found her on kimkim.com to help us put together a 10-day itinerary. She promptly responded to our emails, eloquently answered every little query and request and gave excellent recommendations and options for every aspect of the trip. Our itinerary was unfortunately truncated by the COVID pandemic travel restrictions but we have nothing but praise for Margoth’s concern and support... read more

We cannot be more impressed with the exceptional service provided by Margoth @ Aracanto on our Colombia trip. We found her on kimkim.com to help us put together a 10-day itinerary. She promptly responded to our emails, eloquently answered every little query and request and gave excellent recommendations and options for every aspect of the trip. Our itinerary was unfortunately truncated by the COVID pandemic travel restrictions but we have nothing but praise for Margoth’s concern and support for us as we embarked on our tenuous four-flight journey home to Australia. We felt very well looked after from the first moment until arriving back on home soil. We highly recommend Margoth @ Aracanto if you are planning a trip to this beautiful, proud and wonderful country. We will be back! Thanks for everything Margoth!

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020

Hi Natasha, thank you for your review and it has been a pleasure meeting you and Ake!
And Thank You for visiting Colombia! We are very glad you enjoyed your stay in our country!
We look forward to having you back, and in the meantime please take care.
Best wishes, Margoth

Awesome family trip to Colombia
Colombia | Feb 23 - Mar 2, 2020

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Marianne V.
Panama | Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

We had an amazing family trip to Colombia thanks to Margoth and her team. We were a party of 7, including children and grandparents, and we wanted to get a taste of everything that Colombia has to offer in an 8 day trip. Already at the planning stage Margoth completely understood what we were looking for in terms of activities, culture, nature, hotels and comfort. She put together a great trip for us and we just had to click “yes” and everything was booked and organised for us. Our trip... read more

We had an amazing family trip to Colombia thanks to Margoth and her team. We were a party of 7, including children and grandparents, and we wanted to get a taste of everything that Colombia has to offer in an 8 day trip. Already at the planning stage Margoth completely understood what we were looking for in terms of activities, culture, nature, hotels and comfort. She put together a great trip for us and we just had to click “yes” and everything was booked and organised for us. Our trip took us to the coffee region, Cartagena and the Rosario islands.

Here are some of the highlights of our trip:

Coffee region:
- Cócora valley; a fantastic nature experience and hike with a private local guide and a visit to the beautiful village of Salento.
- Interesting visit to a coffee farm with a private guide including a coffee tasting.

Cartagena:
- Amazing city and great food. All the restaurant bookings that Margoth and her team had prepared for us, were great!
- Bovedas de Santa Clara: Super charming hotel with apartment like rooms fitting up to 6 people with a great location in the old town.
- Entertaining chocolate making workshop (particularly fun for the kids).
- Highly recomendable private cooking class for the whole family in an authentic French-Caribbean food restaurant in Getsemani.

Rosario islands:
- The trip out to islands was fun for everyone
- The natural aquarium is a “must see” for adults and children
- A nice bike ride and kayak trip with the children on isla grande

The colours, the food, the people and the service in Colombia are all fabulous.

We were so well taken care of by Margoth and her team and felt very safe throughout our whole trip. She contacted us every day to make sure we were happy. At every turn we had someone waiting for us to take us to our next activity and adventure. All bookings were made for us, and when we decided to change one night on the islands for one night in Cartagena, Margoth and her team did everything in their power making it happening for us on a few hours notice.

We will definitely use KimKim again and we warmly recommend Margoth and her team for anyone looking for a special and tailor made trip to Colombia.

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Marianne, muchas gracias! It is a pleasure meeting you and your family, and helping you with your trip! I really hope you come back to Colombia, and we wish you all the very best in the meantime! Margoth

Excellent. We really enjoyed all parts of our...
Colombia | Dec 29 - Jan 6, 2020

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Omar N.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2020

Excellent. We really enjoyed all parts of our trip. The tour guides were excellent and the trip was well planned and very enjoyable.

Local specialist: Margoth Rico
Margoth
Margoth Rico
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2020

It was a pleasure meeting Omar you and thank you for trusting us with the planning of your trip to Colombia! I am very glad you had a good time with the tour guides as well! All the very best and stay in touch, Margoth