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Nicolás Díaz

Living in Bogotá and growing up in Medellin, I’m a Colombian guy really proud of his roots and Latin culture. I've had the opportunity to live outside of Colombia a couple of times, and it reinforced my love for my country and awakened a hunger to discover every corner of Colombia, a country with many different regions. I made a personal resolution to do my best exploring my country, and so I decided to work in tourism, showing others the happiest face of Colombia, it's breathtaking landscapes and captivating flavors of this amazing country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I definitely love the beach! Once a year I go to the Colombian Caribbean to try and find new and wonderful places. At the same time, I grew up in the mountains, in an Andean landscape and I know well the geography of that changeable region. I specialize on tailor-made trips for those who want to be surprised by the “Colombian experience” and its population, our most precious treasure! "

How did you get involved in travel?

"During my university education, I had the opportunity to live outside of Colombia on two occasions, learning a lot about different countries, cultures and different kinds of people. After my second trip, I found out that there were many foreigners who knew Colombia better than me and that I actually didn’t know that much about the territory where I was born and grew up. As soon as I returned, I started to explore the different regions of this wonderful place, and at the end I understood that Colombia has too much to offer not only for locals but for the entire world. From this moment I decided to contribute to show off the beauty of the landscapes, but also what makes this country special: its people!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first time I traveled by myself in Colombia a great part of the journey was in Capurgana, a remote area in the middle of the jungle next to the border between Colombia and Panamá. As I didn’t know that much about the area and how to get there I took the worst path to get there… After many hours on a bus (11 or more,) I took a boat for 3 hours to Capurgana. There I found one of the most beautiful places on earth I've ever seen: quiet beaches, exuberant nature and a real connection with myself. Also, I made really good friends who, like me, were traveling alone and coming from different countries (Colombia, Poland, and Italy). "

Featured trips & expertise

Colombia's Food & Culture Tour - 15 Days

On this 15-day culinary tour, you're never far from the flavors that comprise Colombian culture. You'll dive right in, sampling exotic fruits, savory street food, and local rum. You'll even participate in cooking classes and prepare some of the nation's most famous dishes. In between food-related adventures, take time to relax on some of Colombia's pristine beaches in Tayrona National Park.

Colorful streets of Getsemaní in Cartagena
Cartagena's Magic and Culture - 6 Days

Anyone who thinks you can't get to the heart of Cartagena, Colombia in six days is obviously not familiar with this itinerary. In a little less than a week, you can discover every inch of this well-preserved Spanish colonial metropolis, from the most off-the-beaten-path street markets to the trendiest cocktail lounges. You'll visit ancient fortresses and learn to dance like a local in a professional salsa class. You'll even be able to work in a little Caribbean beach time, too.

Plaza of Villa de Leyva
Colonial Colombia - 11 Days

If you want to experience the heart and soul of colonial Colombia, you can't do better than this 11-day itinerary. Leaving no cobblestone unturned, you'll venture from the epicenter of Spanish colonialism in the Andes—the capital city of Bogotá—to the expansive central plaza of Villa de Leyva, a gem of the Andean highlands. Then it's off to Barichara, a throwback pueblo so charming that it was named a National Monument of Colombia. Last but not least you'll visit the granddaddy of them all, Cartagena de Indias to walk its ancient ramparts.

Bogotá & the Colombian Highlands - 8 Days

With this outdoorsy, yet culturally rich 8-day tour, you'll explore the historic and cosmopolitan side of Bogotá before heading north through the scenic Colombian highlands towards two of the country's most photogenic cobblestoned towns. Here, you’ll visit the underground salt mines, hike the Iguaque Lagoon, bike the Suarez Canyon, and finally explore the Spanish Colonial wonder that is Barichara — oozing with charm — before flying back to the capital's buzzing restaurants and nightlife.

Discover Colombia's Cities & Beaches - 8 Days

This fast-paced 8-day itinerary highlights three of Latin America’s most exciting cities. You'll start off in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá to explore the thriving food and art scenes, then fly to scenic Medellín, a hip metropolis making a comeback after a turbulent past. End the trip in Cartagena's Old Town, a romantic inner-walled city with colonial history. Too much city? You'll spend an outdoorsy day visiting Tayrona National Park for a dose of rainforest and the Caribbean Sea.

Colombia in September: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

If you want to visit Colombia during the lull between peak tourist seasons, September is a good time to do so. You'll experience all the famous sights and places without having to contend with masses of tourists—plus, there are seasonal activities and events to enjoy.

Recent trip reviews for Nicolás

Mo

Colombia's caribbean coast - 9 days, Colombia - Mar 2 - Mar 10, 2019

Traveler: Mo M. - Local specialist: Nicolás Díaz

We had an amazing trip organized by Nicolás to Cartagena, Minca, and Tayrona National Park. One of our favorite experiences was touring the Bazurto in Cartagena with Chef Mely, since we were able to taste and explore the local cuisine with the help of an experienced guide. We also loved bird watching in Minca, and we even got to see a Toucan! It was so relaxing to have all of our transportation arranged ahead of time, and Nicolás was always available with a quick response whenever we needed... read more

We had an amazing trip organized by Nicolás to Cartagena, Minca, and Tayrona National Park. One of our favorite experiences was touring the Bazurto in Cartagena with Chef Mely, since we were able to taste and explore the local cuisine with the help of an experienced guide. We also loved bird watching in Minca, and we even got to see a Toucan! It was so relaxing to have all of our transportation arranged ahead of time, and Nicolás was always available with a quick response whenever we needed to make adjustments to the schedule. The most difficult day of our trip was when we were driving from Tayrona to Cartagena due to heavy traffic caused by protests. The local Colombians were protesting because they did not currently have electricity or clean water. This obviously could not have been prevented, but I do recommend that other travelers plan for a whole day of travel if they are also making this drive. Overall, we were very happy with Nicolás and the entire Kimkim experience!

Colombia's culture & archaeology tour - 14 days, Colombia - Feb 11 - Feb 13, 2019

Traveler: mahasti k. - Local specialist: Nicolás Díaz

Nichols was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable, great communicator, available at all times via WhatsApp, Kimkim site email, and personal cell. It was our first time traveling to Colombia and relying on a local host to fully arrange a trip to Providencia gave us comfort and reduced our burden of researching and planning. We saved days by going with Kimkim and following Nicholas’s recommendation. Providencia was the most memorable part of our trip and every suggestion Nicholas made was... read more

Nichols was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable, great communicator, available at all times via WhatsApp, Kimkim site email, and personal cell. It was our first time traveling to Colombia and relying on a local host to fully arrange a trip to Providencia gave us comfort and reduced our burden of researching and planning. We saved days by going with Kimkim and following Nicholas’s recommendation. Providencia was the most memorable part of our trip and every suggestion Nicholas made was worth it. Kimkim team, especially Yoos, was very helpful. I got sick two days before our trip and contacted Nicholas and Yoos and both very extremely supportive and gave me several options including cancellation with full refund. Luckily I got better and made the trip. If you are looking for trust worthy, easy to work with, knowledgeable, deliver as promise group KimKim is the best.

Nicolás Díaz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Mahasti
What a great experience you had with your sister. I'm really glad that you lived a remarkable experience in Colombia and that Providencia was the best part. Was a real pleasure for me helping you to discover this hidden treasure. We hope you'll be back soon discovering other regions and giving suggestions to your friends about Colombia :)

Trip to colombia, Colombia - Feb 7 - Feb 11, 2019

Traveler: Desiree C. - Local specialist: Nicolás Díaz

The Kimkim team was great in helping me plan this trip. I would give Nicolas 10 stars. He was so attentive and responsive to all my questions. Everything was as planned. Thank you Nicolas for helping us with this amazing trip. All the guides were great, especially Melissa from Foodies and also Enrique from the tour to Boquilla. I can’t thank everyone enough.

Desiree

Nicolás Díaz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Desiree!
Thank you so much for your review and you're welcome :)
We hope you'll be back in Colombia exploring new regions and giving us the chance to create great memories again.

Maria

Trip to colombia, Colombia - Jan 15 - Jan 26, 2019

Traveler: Maria F. - Local specialist: Nicolás Díaz

We loved our trip to Colombia, it completely surpassed our expectations. The country and people are so warm and vibrant!

Nicolas helped us to build a great itinerary and he was available for us to contact in country. There were a few issues where information seemed to be lost between Nicolas and the tour providers on the ground, but everyone worked quickly to rectify them and ensure we had a great trip.

All of our guides were very knowledgeable, friendly and keen to ensure we experienced the best of Colombia.

Nicolás Díaz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Maria,
I'm really happy to know that your experience in Colombia was really good.
Thank you so much for your review. It is really important for us in order to improve the experience our travelers are living.

Hope you'll be back soon exploring other regions of Colombia :)

Colombia's best cities & coffee region - 10 days, Colombia - Jan 10 - Jan 20, 2019

Traveler: Linda E. - Local specialist: Nicolás Díaz

Overall, we had a very nice trip. Nicolas prepared a diverse itinerary for us. We got to see a lot, although we all found the pace to be too rushed. My primary criticism is the car trip from Tayrona to Cartagena. We were told that the trip would take 4 hours but it took 7 hours due to heavy traffic.
I would recommend either flying to Cartagena or driving at night, if the roads are safe. As far as the guides, Jairo in Bogota was by far the best, due to his knowledge and enthusiasm. The... read more

Overall, we had a very nice trip. Nicolas prepared a diverse itinerary for us. We got to see a lot, although we all found the pace to be too rushed. My primary criticism is the car trip from Tayrona to Cartagena. We were told that the trip would take 4 hours but it took 7 hours due to heavy traffic.
I would recommend either flying to Cartagena or driving at night, if the roads are safe. As far as the guides, Jairo in Bogota was by far the best, due to his knowledge and enthusiasm. The guide in Bambusa was adequate and the guide in Cartagena was poor. The hotels were very nice- especially Bambusa, and Cartagena Sofitel. The setting of Los Naranjos in Tayrona was beautiful, but the meals were not very palatable. Bogota's EK Hotel, although very nice, charged for water, which left a bad taste in our mouth (no pun intended). Nicolas, although mostly responsive, did not receive our message that we were canceling trip to Rosario because we were too tired from long day of travel to Cartagena. He called us and woke us up early in the morning. Nor did the driver to the airport in Cartagena show up, so we had to order a taxi. We should be reimbursed for the boat excursion to Rosario. Overall, I would commend Nicolas for a job well done but urge him to take relaxation time into account when planning a trip.

Nicolás Díaz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Linda. Thank you so much for your feedback. It is really important for us in order to improve the experience of our travelers. Really sorry about this unexpected situation in your transfer from the Tayrona to Cartagena. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights between both destinations. Thank you so much for let me help you to live this great experience in my country and to give Colombia a chance to surprise you. It was a real pleasure working with you.

Ultimate guide to colombia's coffee region, Colombia - Dec 26 - Dec 28, 2018

Traveler: Greg G. - Local specialist: Nicolás Díaz

This was our first experience in Colombia and with KimKim. We worked with Nicolas while before our trip and he was very prompt and accurate in providing the detail level of information as well as customizing the entire trip for us.

The entire trip went very flawless and smooth as planned and committed. One thing to consider and be patient with is that there are several companies involved in the service chain including the KimKim, their domestic office, their local agent and their... read more

This was our first experience in Colombia and with KimKim. We worked with Nicolas while before our trip and he was very prompt and accurate in providing the detail level of information as well as customizing the entire trip for us.

The entire trip went very flawless and smooth as planned and committed. One thing to consider and be patient with is that there are several companies involved in the service chain including the KimKim, their domestic office, their local agent and their subcontractor which might make it a bit complicated but they planned all well. For example the driver picked us up on time from airport however he did not know the person who we had made the reservations, but everything went great.
The driver Anderson in charge of all transportation for the entire trip was fantastic, although he did speak almost none to minimum English, made every attempt to understand us and specially my limited Spanish.

The Coffee farm tour at Santiago's farm was amazing, the tour, lunch and their hospitality was amazing. Also the Cocora Valley and Finlandia tour guide Alberto was extremely knowledgeable and great company for the entire day.

Overall we were very pleased with the tour and highly recommend KimKIm company for Colombia and Zonacafetera visit.

At the end thank you Nicolas for this wonderful memory and experience.

Thanks
Greg G

Nicolás Díaz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Greg,
Thank you for your feedback!
We are really happy to read you had a great experience in the Coffee Region and in general in Colombia. Was a real pleasure for us helping you having this great trip and we hope to have you back in Colombia really soon. Happy 2019!

Colombia , Colombia - Nov 24 - Dec 1, 2018

Traveler: Tiffany J. - Local specialist: Nicolás Díaz

Thank you Nicolás for planning our trip on short notice and being so responsive to our questions! We had a great time and things went smoothly - from our transfers to our accomodations and our guides. We especially liked our accomodations in Cartagena and Tayrona. Our guides were also wonderful, particularly Jairo in Bogotá. He was very flexible and knew a great deal. I can't recommend him enough!

Nicolás Díaz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tiffany,
I'm happy to hear you had a great experience here in Colombia. Was a pleasure for me helping you with this nice trip. Thank you so much for your comment and hope you'll be back soon discovering more treasures :)
Kind regards!