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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.

Whitesand beach on Isla Baru
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.

Explore Tayrona National Park - 4 Days

If you only visit one place on Colombia's northern coast, make sure it's Tayrona National Park. You'll pack a lot of activity into this short itinerary—arrive in the colonial city of Santa Marta before spending two days hiking to some of Tayrona's most secluded beaches and the Pueblito Ruins.

Recent trip reviews for Nicolás

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!