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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
Street Market in Cartagena
Explore Colombia's Cities and Nature - 11 Days

This tour combines Colombia's vibrant cities of  Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena with trips to colorful villages like Guatapé, a hike to La Pierda Rock, and a beach day on Barú Island. Visit unique sites such as the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá, the views atop Monserrate Hill, and the port city of Santa Marta, which is known as the first Spanish settlement in the country. Relax at a 5-star wellness hotel for a day at the spa, and spend an afternoon exploring Cartagena's food scene inspired by the literary works of Gabriel García Márquez.

The colorful architecture of Cartagena
Explore Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena - 8 Days

On this eight-day excursion, you'll visit Bogotá, the largest city in Colombia and a melting pot of people from around the country. Travel to Medellín and see with your own eyes how it's transformed from one of the most dangerous cities to a fascinating destination. Then explore Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean ocean, and go on a trip to the beautiful beaches and islands nearby.  

Tayrona National Park
Colombia Highlights: Bogotá, Coffee Region, Medellín & Cartagena - 14 Days

This journey begins in Bogotá, a melting pot of people from around the country. You'll then head to a nearby small town to witness a spectacular salt cathedral, one of Colombia's most visited attractions. Afterward, head east to the Coffee Region where you'll tour small towns, visit a coffee farm, and see the tallest wax palm trees in the world. The adventure continues in Medellín, Tayrona National Park, and Cartagena.

Wax palms in the Cocora Valley
Explore Zona Cafetera - 5 Days

Experience a taste of Colombian culture on this 5-day trip to the Coffee Triangle. You'll go to the heart of the country's coffee region in charming Salento for an overnight at a working farm and hike through the picturesque green mountains of the Cocora Valley (and the famous wax palms). Then, head to Manizales, the most adventurous of the three cities that make up Colombia's coffee triangle, where you'll visit the Rio Blanco Nature reserve.  Like the coffee this region is known for, this trip is designed to awaken all of your senses.

Isla Grande off the coast of Cartagena
Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Islands - 11 Days

An enticing draw of visiting Colombia's northern coast is close proximity to culture, mountains, beaches, and islands for the ultimate tropical adventure. On this 10-day itinerary, you'll start off in Santa Marta with two days of hiking around Tayrona Park. Make an overnight stop in Minca to visit a coffee finca before continuing on to Cartagena where you'll explore the city's quaint narrow streets with historic palaces, churches, and mansions painted in pastel colors. Then speedboat to the Rosario Islands for swimming and snorkeling before finishing the trip with one more night in Cartagena's romantic Old Town.

Coffee Country and Trekking Los Nevados - 10 Days

This 10-day intrepid adventure covers a lot of ground. Starting in the reinvigorated city of Medellín and it's surrounding Antioquia countryside, you'll journey to Colombia's central Andean region. Go from fast-paced city culture to dense tropical rainforests and up to cool highlands and snow-capped volcanoes. Through it all, you'll experience local culture and traditions in colorful mountain towns and remote villages.