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Rafaja Hanna Bertele

I started working in tourism more than seven years after finishing me degree in history and spanish language in Germany. My responsivities within the agency include travel planning as well as tour guidance throughout the country. For me it is the perfect combination, because me experiences traveling around the country let me to life the travel experience first hand. So part of my time I'm in the office and the other time out in the field. Even though I have traveled a lot through the country, there is always something new to discover and it is always exciting. I was particularly impressed by the Caribbean, which is why I also declared the colonial city of Cartagena my new home.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I plan and organize trips throughout the whole country. The best is a good mix of city trips, nature, beach and culture. I personally recommend to focus on nature, as Colombia is the second country with the highest level of biodiversity. The best way to connect to nature is through hiking or trekking in one of the many national parks, this where my specialty lies. Colombia has so much more to offer than the beaten track, so I really like to be challenged with special requests and uncommon destinations, such as the Llanos or Amazonas region. I am also an expert for the Caribbean coast, because this where I have been living during the last seven years."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Seven years ago, when I first traveled to Colombia for a semester abroad, the country's tourism office was advertising with the slogan "The only risk is that you want to stay". I probably took this sentence a little too serious, because from the first day I fell in love with this fascinating, vibrant, colorful and contrasting country and I stayed."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One of my many unique travel experiences in Colombia was a few years ago at the pacific coast in Colombia during the whale season. At the first approach by plane to the municipy Nuqui the locals where already pointing the location of some whales by their water fountains. After arrival at a beautiful Ecohotel we went out by boat and after a while a humpback whale jumped out right next to the boat, I had goose bumps all over. But that was not the end of the show, a few minutes later the whale jumped again. The boat driver said ok, let’s go back, but then the whale jumped again and again. At the end we counted six jumps, even the local where impressed."

Rafaja Hanna is part of the following groups: Colombia Travel Agents
Bogotá, Caño Cristales, & Highlands Tour - 8 Days
Bogotá, Caño Cristales, & Highlands Tour - 8 Days

This itinerary highlights one of Colombia's beloved ecological gems: the Caño Cristales. During certain months, the Guayabero River turns shades of rainbow colors in a vibrant natural display. Enjoy swimming holes and waterfalls before flying back to Bogotá, checking out a salt mine cathedral, and visiting Villa de Leyva, one of Colombia's most charming Spanish colonial villages.

A sunset in Colombia
5 Great Day Trips from Cartagena

Cartagena has long been Colombia's top tourist destination. This is no surprise—it's one of the most well-preserved Spanish colonial cities on the continent. But what do you do once you've exhausted all the culture within the city's ancient ramparts? Let this be your guide to the best day trips outside Cartagena.