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Tara Davis

My love story with Colombia is a family tradition. My father, a writer, fell for the country's magical realism and wrote a book; I fell for the country's music and started a cumbia band. It's amazing to see what Colombia inspires for travelers.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

" Adventure sports with Colombia's top expert guides, active fun holidays for the whole family, scientific exploration and birding in the rainforest, indigenous cultural exchange, music and food festivals"

How did you get involved in travel?

"As I young girl, I loved hearing stories about Colombia told by my father, who traveled to the country as an anthropologist and botanist for National Geographic. The same indigenous communities in the Amazon and the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta he worked with in the 1970s now work with me to create unique and rare experiences for adventurous travelers."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In the same day I rafted and hiked the Rio Verde Canyon- I found myself in a sunset salsa dance class, savoring every bite of my favorite dish, "consuelo de mariscos", and going out to a local music festival in Medellin. After such a great, packed day- it was about time to relax with my Arhuaco friends in their beautiful village by the sea."

Featured trips & expertise

Colca Canyon Trek - 4-Day Itinerary

For people who enjoy backpacking in the mountains and beautiful hot springs, this is the ideal multi-day trek. You'll have a local guide who will help you discover Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, with stunning views of the Andes.

Colombia’s Top 5 Bird-Watching Destinations

Colombia is one of the world’s best bird-watching destinations, containing more bird species — roughly 1,950 — than any other country on the planet. On top of that, 79 species are endemic to Colombia. Here is a list of the top 5 places to go birdwatching in Colombia.

Wax palms in Colombia

5 Main Regions of Colombia: A Guide To Planning Your Trip

Colombia is a land of diversity. From the Andes to the Amazon, from its Afro-Caribbean roots to remote cultures that make their home in the deep Amazon, you’ll discover Colombia has a place for everyone. Best of all, Colombia has emerged onto the travel scene after decades of violence and instability with its authenticity intact and pristine nature yet untouched by mass tourism.

Looking out over Medellin

Outdoor Adventures Around Medellin

Medellin is not only the city of eternal spring, but also the city of eternal adventure. Despite a short but refreshing rainy season, great weather can be found year-round. The following top 5 adventures are readily accessible from Medellin, and take in some of the most beautiful rivers, mighty cordilleras, and best day adventures in Colombia.

Cartagena

Best Places To Visit In Colombia

Colombia’s diverse culture and geography attract visitors from across the globe. You’ll discover an incredible range of places and people. Everywhere you go, you’ll enjoy the unmatched hospitality and warmth of Colombia’s people.

Tayrona Parque, Colombia

Best Time to Visit Colombia

Colombia is the ideal year-round destination: warm, tropical weather and a generally stable equatorial climate. One of South America’s most geographically diverse countries, it’s one of the most culturally diverse, as well. Whenever you plan your visit, you’ll have a variety of experiences to choose from.

Recent trip reviews for Tara

Colombia june trek 2017, Colombia - Jun 25 - Jul 2, 2017

Traveler: Anica M. - Local specialist: Tara Davis

I absolutely loved my (2) treks with Expediciones Colombia (in partnership with the other two companies my guides were from). To make the trip better, I would have liked to hike with others. I was alone with my guide and was hoping to make some new friends! So, that was disappointing. I'm not sure why Expediciones couldn't find more trekkers since I made the reservation months in advance for that purpose (of finding other trekkers). The trek itself and the scenery were excellent. Thank you!... read more

I absolutely loved my (2) treks with Expediciones Colombia (in partnership with the other two companies my guides were from). To make the trip better, I would have liked to hike with others. I was alone with my guide and was hoping to make some new friends! So, that was disappointing. I'm not sure why Expediciones couldn't find more trekkers since I made the reservation months in advance for that purpose (of finding other trekkers). The trek itself and the scenery were excellent. Thank you!

Tara's emails were excellent, but I was corresponding with Jules. On the day I needed to contact him, he was held up in an area that didn't have good reception (returning from his rafting trip). It would have been helpful to have had Tara's phone number or my guide's (Erwin's number) so I could speak with someone else instead regarding packing and logistics for the following morning.

Tara Davis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Anica,
Thank you so much for you thoughtful feedback and I am so happy to learn that you absolutely loved the two treks you did! Expedition Colombia is completely on the same page as you. After your trip, our team did some reflecting on how your trip went, and we decided to hire an additional full time staff member in Medellin to look for other adventurers to join solo traveler trips & to call our guests.

This new staff member will always be available to communicate on the... read more

Hello Anica,
Thank you so much for you thoughtful feedback and I am so happy to learn that you absolutely loved the two treks you did! Expedition Colombia is completely on the same page as you. After your trip, our team did some reflecting on how your trip went, and we decided to hire an additional full time staff member in Medellin to look for other adventurers to join solo traveler trips & to call our guests.

This new staff member will always be available to communicate on the phone with incoming guests about their logistics, even if all this information has been communicated in an email. This way, in the event that a guide can only call the upcoming guest the evening prior to the trip departure date, due to an unnplanned delay on a previous expedition, the guest will always be able to speak on the phone with someone in Medellin at the guest's convenience.

If you get the chance to return for an adventure with Expedition Colombia, I hope you are able to meet this new staff member! He is Colombian and loves trekking throughout the country. If you have a chance to return for a hike, he'd be sure to find other trekkers for you trip. I'm glad to see in the photos that you met some hikers along the way :) It was too bad that we also had a last minute cancelation by another traveler for this trek. Next time, there will a lot more trekkers booked on the trip. Thank you again for your feedback and we would love to bring you back to trek with other trekkers in Colombia!

Northern colombia, Colombia - Jun 10 - Jun 18, 2017

Traveler: Julianne E. - Local specialist: Tara Davis

It is truly difficult to put into words how amazing our trip to Colombia was! When my friend and I initially decided to travel to Colombia, I did some research and found that there were SO MANY places that looked amazing, but some of them were a little off the beaten path and it seemed like going with a guide would be the best option. I had previously done a private tour with a local guide in India, and it was such an amazing experience that I was hoping to find something similar in Colombia.... read more

It is truly difficult to put into words how amazing our trip to Colombia was! When my friend and I initially decided to travel to Colombia, I did some research and found that there were SO MANY places that looked amazing, but some of them were a little off the beaten path and it seemed like going with a guide would be the best option. I had previously done a private tour with a local guide in India, and it was such an amazing experience that I was hoping to find something similar in Colombia. This is when I found Kimkim and was connected with Jules.

Jules, Tara, and their team really went above and beyond helping us plan the tour. They were very responsive to our questions (and there were a lot of them), and they worked with us for at least a month, going back and forth with different tour options until we had planned a trip that fit our budget and our desired itinerary. I'm sure I drove them a little crazy, but they were extremely kind, patient, and professional throughout the entire planning process. Jules was so enthusiastic about all of the places that we wanted to visit, and it was obvious that he was very genuine and excited for us to be experiencing a side of Colombia that a lot of tourists never see.

Since Jules had another obligation, he set us up with Nico, one of his teammates, as our tour guide for the majority of our tour. Nico was super laid back and fun (and funny!), and we had an amazing time touring with him to La Cienaga Grande/Nueva Valencia, Taironaka Reserve, La Guajira, and Medellin. He was very knowledgeable about all of the places we went, and he was also kind enough to share with us some personal stories about his life and about growing up in Medellin, a city I really never thought I would visit, but one that ended up being really vibrant and beautiful, and that I am so glad I was able to visit. During our 4 days with Nico, we visited a village on stilts in the middle of the swap, cooled off in a peaceful river after a very hot day and spent the night at an archaeological reserve, drove through La Guajira desert and interacted with the Wayuu people, swam in the Caribbean at the most insanely gorgeous beach (that we literally had to ourselves) in Cabo de la Vela, saw Flamingos in the wild, and toured a coffee plantation in Medellin! Every single place we went was incredible in its own way.

After we left Nico in Medellin, we lucky enough to go on a 2-day rafting trip on the Rio Verde, with our guides Mael and Lucho, who were also super cool guys, and who obviously love what they do. It is hard to pick my favorite part of the trip, but the rafting trip was definitely up there. The drive to the town of San Francisco was beautiful, and the 3-hour hike through the mountains down to the river was some of the most beautiful, lush green scenery that I have ever seen. We camped in the jungle that night, and saw fireflies, shooting stars, butterflies, birds, and even a monkey! The next day we rafted for about 3 or 4 hours, swam in a gorgeous waterfall, and just enjoyed the beauty that surrounded us.

This trip was truly unforgettable, thanks to Jules, Tara, Nico, Mael, and Lucho, and also the wonderful drivers that we had for different parts of the trip. I only wish I could have stayed longer! Thank you all SO much!! It truly was a magical experience that exceeded our expectations. There is really nothing better than swimming in the Caribbean on a beach that you have almost entirely to yourselves and seeing Flamingos in the wild.

Tara was very friendly, quick to respond to my messages, and also very helpful in tailoring our trip to make it fit our budget and desired itinerary. I really appreciate her help with adjusting our plans when one of our friends was unable to come on the trip due to work.

Thank you, Tara!

Tara Davis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Julianne,

Thank you, Julianne for sharing this magical experience and adventure with us. Reading this put such a bright smile on my face. From the whole team at Expedition Colombia (Jules, Nico, Mael, Lucho, and myself) thank you for experiencing a side of Colombia that a lot of tourists never see and sharing with other readers about how many natural, beautiful places there are.

Our passion is to not only take people to Colombia’s most wild places, but to also protect them. We want... read more

Hello Julianne,

Thank you, Julianne for sharing this magical experience and adventure with us. Reading this put such a bright smile on my face. From the whole team at Expedition Colombia (Jules, Nico, Mael, Lucho, and myself) thank you for experiencing a side of Colombia that a lot of tourists never see and sharing with other readers about how many natural, beautiful places there are.

Our passion is to not only take people to Colombia’s most wild places, but to also protect them. We want the world to discover and value Colombia as one of the planet’s richest countries in terms of cultural and biological diversity.

I hope it inspires you to know that by joining us on our active holiday, you directly contributed towards grass-roots river conservation in Colombia. With the goal of contribute towards the responsible development of tourism in Colombia, Jules and I started a foundation with the help of influential local, leaders to keep places, like the Verde River where you rafted, wild & cared for.

I hope it makes you inspired to know that your trip directly protects the fireflies, butterflies, birds, and even the monkey you saw, as we work with local lawyers, though our river conservation foundation Yumana, to ensure this critical ecosystem and its rivers are kept wild, clean, drinkable, and fishable!

By taking legal action against threats to the local environments of these tropical jungle paradises, by supporting local microeconomic projects & grassroots community events, such as our annual Samana Fest, we are building a community within Colombia to call for conservation of some of the country’s last remaining wild rivers. You coming, and sharing your experiences with your international network, makes this a global call to action. Together, through responsible tourism, we’ve experienced how our voices are being heard in Colombia– by government, big corporations and the media.

It was truly a pleasure to plan your adventure, and I hope you know none of the adjustments or changes felt at all like work because we’re working together on the same team with the goal of discovering and sharing the places you were able to go to: La Cienaga Grande/Nueva Valencia, Taironaka Reserve, an archaeological site, La Guajira desert, Cabo de la Vela, a pristine Caribbean marine environment and beach, a Flamingo ecosystem!

I’m also so happy to hear you had meaningful interactions with Colombians. It sounds like you had an incredible experience visiting the indigenous Wayuu people. Also, it sounds like you had special moments to speak with our knowledgeable guide, Nico, about what it was like to grow up in Medellin and see the city transform into a progressive, vibrant, beautiful city while keeping its rich culture and coffee tradition.

Again, from everyone here at the Expedition Colombia, thank you for coming to Colombia and having a “magical experience that exceeded expectations”. This is what sharing Colombia is all about and why we love what we do. I’m sure we’ll stay in touch!

Northern colombia, Colombia - Jun 10 - Jun 18, 2017

Traveler: Kendal J. - Local specialist: Tara Davis

Jules, Tara and the staff at Expedition Colombia helped us to plan an AMAZING itinerary, but once we began our active holiday, the places we went and sights we experienced were beyond anything I could've dreamed. The entire trip was truly extraordinary. I figured Colombia was a beautiful place, but everything far surpassed all of my expectations! A great big thanks to the team of wonderful and charming people at Expedition Colombia! The knowledgeable and charismatic guides for our adventures... read more

Jules, Tara and the staff at Expedition Colombia helped us to plan an AMAZING itinerary, but once we began our active holiday, the places we went and sights we experienced were beyond anything I could've dreamed. The entire trip was truly extraordinary. I figured Colombia was a beautiful place, but everything far surpassed all of my expectations! A great big thanks to the team of wonderful and charming people at Expedition Colombia! The knowledgeable and charismatic guides for our adventures (Nicho, Mael and Lucho) and drivers made our experience that much better. I highly recommend an active holiday with Expedition Colombia for anyone who is looking for a truly memorable, once in a lifetime experience in Colombia. Thanks again for such an incredible time!!!!!

Tara was incredibly friendly, knowledgable, helpful and responsive while coordinating with her to plan our amazing itinerary in Colombia. She is an absolute pleasure to work with!

Tara Davis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kendal,

Thank you very much for sharing your travel experience you had with Expedition Colombia with others here on Kimkim trip reviews. The fact that you mention that our active holiday was beyond anything you could've dreamed of, extraordinary, and that it was a once in a lifetime experience, means that a lot from everyone at the team at Expedition Colombia !

We love to read that you made so many memories on your adventures with our knowledgeable and charismatic guides and that you... read more

Dear Kendal,

Thank you very much for sharing your travel experience you had with Expedition Colombia with others here on Kimkim trip reviews. The fact that you mention that our active holiday was beyond anything you could've dreamed of, extraordinary, and that it was a once in a lifetime experience, means that a lot from everyone at the team at Expedition Colombia !

We love to read that you made so many memories on your adventures with our knowledgeable and charismatic guides and that you had a pleasure working with me to plan what you found to be an amazing itinerary! It was also an absolute pleasure to work with you and your friend as you planned one of the most memorable trips of your life in Colombia. This is exactly what we want for you, for our visitors, and it is why we do what we do.

We hope your trip inspires other travelers to get off the beaten tourist path and truly discover the natural beauty and astounding cultural diversity in Colombia . Thank you!

Tara & Expedition Colombia
Colombian Kimkim travel specialist

Rafting and hiking, Colombia - Apr 22 - Apr 23, 2017

Traveler: Hilary W. - Local specialist: Tara Davis

You guys provided a great itinerary, but I think it also would have been nice to know some other details beforehand. i.e., the walk down to rio verde is rigid and pretty long, wear good shoes. There are no showers or sinks at the camp site. Bring plenty of water, etc.

I put in the passport for that one person from our group was a vegetarian and there was no vegetarian dinner option. :(

For future groups, I would recommend providing a luggage requirement. We were told in the van on the way... read more

You guys provided a great itinerary, but I think it also would have been nice to know some other details beforehand. i.e., the walk down to rio verde is rigid and pretty long, wear good shoes. There are no showers or sinks at the camp site. Bring plenty of water, etc.

I put in the passport for that one person from our group was a vegetarian and there was no vegetarian dinner option. :(

For future groups, I would recommend providing a luggage requirement. We were told in the van on the way to the river that there would be limited space in the dry bags. It would have been nice to know ahead of time so we could have packed minimally instead of having to re-pack bags on the side of the road and leave things in the van.

Tara Davis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hilary,

Thank you so much for coming to Colombia and for the valuable feedback. In the future, I'll make that I tell potential guests about how long the Verde hike is, and that they will need good walking shoes. I'll also let people know there are no showers / sinks at campsite + to bring plenty of water. I'll also let people know of a luggage requirement.

I'll also tell the local guides that explaining all of this to clients is also super helpful to guests. They normally provide... read more

Hilary,

Thank you so much for coming to Colombia and for the valuable feedback. In the future, I'll make that I tell potential guests about how long the Verde hike is, and that they will need good walking shoes. I'll also let people know there are no showers / sinks at campsite + to bring plenty of water. I'll also let people know of a luggage requirement.

I'll also tell the local guides that explaining all of this to clients is also super helpful to guests. They normally provide guests with plenty of water, so I'll will make sure this ALWAYS happens on future trips!

I am so sorry Janese did not have a vegetarian dinner option. We will work better as a team to pay closer attention & make sure this does not happen to future guests.

Thank you again for coming to the beautiful country of Colombia.