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
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.
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.
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.
Colombia's travel scene is booming as travelers discover this nation's endless appeal, from the physical beauty of the Amazon and Andes to its vibrant culture and sophisticated cities. Here’s the low-down on planning your visit, including visa issues, getting around, and where to stay.
With 10 days, your family can easily combine three or more areas of Colombia thanks to an inexpensive domestic air service. And with so much diversity—from the Amazon and the Andes to cosmopolitan cities and quaint colonial pueblos—there are plenty of options for a tailor-made stay.
Cartagena is a popular Colombian travel destination, boasting one of the country's liveliest dining scenes. Here you'll find seafood restaurants aplenty, plus many fine eateries serving cuisine from around the world. There's something for every member of the family in Cartagena—here are some favorites.