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Sidrah Qureshi

When I travel, I look for the best way to experience local culture! Apart from visiting the must-see places, I go off the beaten path and learn about the country's history and its traditions by engaging with the locals, visiting traditional neighborhoods and of course I try typical foods and dishes as much as possible. My approach towards travelling is trying to make the culture my own.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Adventure and authentic experiences in Colombia!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"Destiny took me to the world of travel. I was raised in a multicultural environment, and I was exposed to bilingualism at a very young age. As I became older, my interest in learning foreign languages grew. At some point I just knew that getting to know more of this world, travelling and speaking more than two languages would be a big part of the rest of my life. I have studied in Scotland and in Spain, I gained valuable work experience in Peru, and now I am living my dream by working in the travel industry in Colombia."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"When I was travelling from London to Bogotá, I met an old Colombian gentleman at Heathrow airport. He only spoke Spanish, so when we had to go through customs, I tried to make it as easy as possible for him by translating everything the customs officer said, into Spanish. He was so relieved and thankful. We then talked for hours while waiting for our flight to Bogotá. When we finally arrived at Bogotá airport, I couldn't change my euros into Colombian pesos, because the exchange rate was too low. It was 04:00 am, we were so tired after the 11-hour long flight, but this gentleman stayed with me at the airport and insisted to arrange a reliable taxi service for me, PLUS he gave me 100000 Colombian pesos for the cab and to spend for myself in the city. This experience gave me a wonderful impression of the Colombian people. I will always remember this man's kindness. "

Featured trips & expertise

Explore the region by kayak and look for dolphins.
Colombia's Wild Pacific Coast - 10 Days

South America's undiscovered region of El Chocó on the Pacific Ocean takes center stage in this unique 10-day itinerary. You'll begin (and end) the trip in Colombia's dazzling up-and-coming city of Medellín before flying to Bahía Solano where you'll explore the massive Utría National Park. Then fly to Nuquí for three days of canoe rides, hiking, cooking with locals, and soaking in hot springs, all the while looking for humpback whales, dolphins, and sea turtles close to shore.

Bogotá, Amazon & Cartagena - 10 Days

In just 10 days, this exciting tour of Colombia covers a great deal of ground including four nights in the Amazon region, sandwiched between two world-class cities. You'll start off exploring the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá before flying south to Leticia; from here, take part in a series of unforgettable days via foot, canoe, and other small boats in Colombia and across the border in Peru and Brazil. Then fly north to the Caribbean Sea and wander Cartagena's romantic inner-walled city before culminating with a speedboat ride to the Rosario Islands.

Iconic skinny wax palms in Zona Cafetera (Colombia's coffee region).
Colombia's Best Cities & Coffee Region - 10 Days

Check off three unforgettable cities on this whirlwind 10-day tour starting with Bogotá's Spanish colonial sites and buzzing nightlife. You'll then fly to the heart of Colombia's Zona Cafetera for an overnight at a coffee farm where you'll hike the green mountains of Cocora Valley, dotted with impossibly tall palm trees. From here, head to Medellín — a city with outdoor art and spring-like weather — before ending on the Caribbean coast where you'll explore the romantic streets of Cartagena's Old Town.

Where to Stay in Cartagena - The Best Boutique Hotels

Cartagena is one of South America’s most enchanting colonial cities. Enticing boutique hotels are already a feature of the Centro Histórico (walled city), with newer properties starting to appear in hip, artsy Getsemaní. Most hotels feature an elegant colonial Spanish theme (in keeping with the city's history), but with plenty of individual touches and splashes of modern art, and there are even swish, contemporary options to consider.

Recent trip reviews for Sidrah

Colombia trip, Colombia - Mar 10 - Mar 16, 2018

Traveler: monica r. - Local specialist: Sidrah Qureshi

Our trip in Columbia was wonderful. great country, very safe. We had exceptional experience with Aventura Columbia. The organization of the trip was impeccable.
The only bad part was flying with Avianca. All flight we took in Columbia were delayed.

Sidrah Qureshi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Monica,

Thank you for your trip review! We are very happy to hear that you all enjoyed your holidays in Colombia. Hope to see you again soon!! You are welcome back any time.

Best regards from Medellín,
Sidrah

Colombia trip, Colombia - Mar 12 - Mar 23, 2018

Traveler: Geetu P. - Local specialist: Sidrah Qureshi

Sidrah - was amazing as our tour coordinator. She worked with us and accommodated our requests for changes as we had some last minute scheduled business meetings. She was really on the ball- and proactive in checking with us and making sure we were ok with all arrangements. She was wonderful to work with and very responsive and prompt. The only problem we had was with the arrangement of the islands tour in Cartagena- we had planned to have a English speaking guide, however that request was... read more

Sidrah - was amazing as our tour coordinator. She worked with us and accommodated our requests for changes as we had some last minute scheduled business meetings. She was really on the ball- and proactive in checking with us and making sure we were ok with all arrangements. She was wonderful to work with and very responsive and prompt. The only problem we had was with the arrangement of the islands tour in Cartagena- we had planned to have a English speaking guide, however that request was lost in communication with Sidrah. As a result of this- we cut short our trip as we were unable to understand the captains of our boat and were not able to learn/ enjoy our trip with them.

Bogota guide- Tatiana- We rated her 6 out of 10- as her English and the accent was hard for us to understand. She was really polite and flexible,however lacked the organization and knowledge that we were looking for. For example- she did not budget enough time for lunch and we almost missed our Graffitti tour. Otherwise- she was really flexible and helped us with things ourtside of the tour as well.

Coffee region Guide- Juan David- 7/10- Was really knowledgeable and great to have around

Cartagena Guide- Densy- 9/10- Her knowledge of the city and history was amazing. She was passionate and really knowledgeable. The only negative about her was her English accent as the children had a hard time understanding her.

Sidrah Qureshi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Geetu,

Thank you so much for trusting our services! It was great working with you. I hope you and your family left Colombia with many many beautiful memories. You are welcome back any time!!

Best wishes,
Sidrah