I first learned to travel in Colombia and thought it was one of the greatest countries to discover. It's got so much diversity, in people, landscapes, and cultures, and one just feels welcome here. I'm really happy to be able to help other people come here and see for themselves all this country has to offer!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Colonial towns, the Coffee Region, and the Amazon!"
How did you get involved in travel?
"Colombia was my first trip across the ocean. I spent a year in Cali studying political sciences, and found a second home! I roamed a lot through Colombia and got the traveling bug. From then on I went on traveling and living abroad from time to time, but finally came back here to work in tourism. It made sense to work in travel."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"The Amazon in Colombia will always stay one of my most striking experiences. It's just another world, and one feels both lost on another planet and strangely at ease. It's a truly unforgettable experience. The way people handle cultural differences there is also quite special, as Colombians, Brazilians, Peruvians etc share borders within the Amazon and cross each other all the time."
Featured trips & expertise
Planning to spend a week in Colombia? Seven days is enough time for a solid exploration of one region, or you can divide your time between two cities. Where you go depends on your interests. Historic Cartagena and the beautiful Caribbean coast remain the most popular short trip. Bogotá and Medellín both offer excellent urban adventures, with side trips to quaint villages and coffee farms.
A great trip to Colombia requires at least five days to get a taste of one big city and its surrounding areas. The more days you can add the more opportunities to explore different pockets of the country - eight or nine days is enough for two or three regions. With two weeks you could tour the walled city of Cartagena, visit the capital Bogotá, explore the Amazon and do some activities along the way, including scuba diving or mountain biking. This article breaks down the possible itineraries, ranging from three to 14 days.
An active 8-day adventure along the northern coast of Colombia. You'll visit the beautiful Tayrona National Park, hike through the jungle, go birdwatching, and finish your trip with a relaxing trip to the Rosario Islands by private speedboat. This trip works especially well if you're flying in and out of Cartagena.
This tour takes you off the beaten path and truly epitomizes the diversity that runs through Colombia and its people. Colombia's mountains, jungles, Caribbean beaches, Spanish colonial architecture, rural and indigenous cultures combine to offer a quite unforgettable tour in one of the world's great (and yet uncharted) destinations.
Recent trip reviews for Marine
Ultimate colombia, Colombia - Apr 15 - May 4, 2018
Speaking no Spanish we found that we could not communicate with our drivers. We could confirm where we were going but that was it. Sometimes it would have been good to know a little about where we were on the road, if there was interesting facts about the area and if there were any good view points to take photos along the way. However, the drivers were always punctual and many times our plane or bus was late but the drivers were always there.
Floriane was constantly in contact with me to... read more
Bernardo, Colombia - Feb 2 - Feb 26, 2018
We've just returned from a wonderful four week trip to Colombia, and were extremely pleased with our local specialist, Marine, who was helpful during our detailed planning process and who was always in touch with us during our trip to make certain that everything went smoothly.
All of our guides, Remy, Guillermo, et al, were excellent - well informed and a pleasure to have on our adventure. We covered a great range of places in Colombia, from the beginning of the Amazon region in the south... read more
Colombia andes, amazon & caribbean - 14-day itinerary, Colombia - Jan 6 - Jan 23, 2018
Our tour of Bogota was fantastic, thanks to Katiana. She had all the patience and energy needed to give us real insight into the history and culture of Colombia. She really made the Gold Museum come to life with the backstory she provided. She’s probably the best tour guide we’ve ever encountered.
Susan also did a great job on showing us the sites in Villa de Leyva. What a beautiful setting.
We had both a translator and a guide in Barichara. Waste of time and money. We translated for... read more
Colombia , Colombia - Dec 28 - Jan 11, 2018
Just back from 13 days in Medellin, Tayrona and Cartagena, Colombia.
What a wonderful country, full of beautiful scenery, friendly people, good food, interesting (though somewhat tortured) history.
Of course, not all is rosy, and the guidance of the Kimkim team and Marine was crucial in keeping us safe and fulfilled.
Medellin, for example, has its rough spots, but we never felt insecure or vulnerable.
The day trip to Guatapé was great, as was city tour, Park Arvi. Staying near Parque... read more
November/december travel to colombia, Colombia - Nov 23 - Dec 17, 2017
Thank you Marine for all of the calls to check up on us. When our guide handed the phone to me, I knew it was Marine and could talk to her about how things were going.
Guides and transfers:
Every guide and transfer showed up on time or early. We soon learned that this country runs on time. Our first transfer was not an exception but was a bit of a shock when they arrived 30 min early and we were not quite ready. This happened to be the only bus trip we had.
The guides who stood out as... read more
Colombia, Colombia - Nov 10 - Nov 18, 2017
We needed to arrange this on very short notice. Marine was very responsive and we we got this planned quickly. We stayed in beautiful small hotels and ecolodges that were immersed in natural beauty. We went to Tayrona Park and Minca and our guides were very good, very knowledgeable. Unfortunately we were slightly disappointed that when in Minca we had car trouble early in the day, another car was not sent to continue our trip but to return us to town.
Cartagena is a beautiful historic city... read more
Bogota, cocora valley, medellin and cartagena - 9 days, Colombia - Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2017
We had a really great time in Colombia last October. The trip was adjusted to meet our various requests prior to departure, and everything was perfectly organized once there (visits, drivers, hotels...). We would recommend KimKim and Marine without hesitation. Thanks again!
Bogota, cocora valley, medellin and cartagena - 9 days, Colombia - Jul 28 - Aug 6, 2017
Most of the trip was very good and well organized.
The Cartagena portion of the trip could have been better. There was some confusion with our day trIp to Rosario island. We didn't have the right information as to where to go and were told we needed a voucher which we never received. Tour guides in Cartagena tried to change our tour times and insisted on taking us to emerald shops (twice) even after we said we didn't want to go there.
Taxi drivers always showed up on time. Most guides were very good. Our favorite tour guides were Angelica in bogota and David in the coffee region.