Still relatively untouched by tourism and mass market, Colombia is a place for authenticity-seekers to unleash their inner explorer. Home of Gabriel García Márquez, the birthplace of “Magic Realism”, mountains, cobbled streets, coffee farms, jungles, colonial architecture and indigenous tribes with an “of the land and sky” pride, Colombia has the alchemy for magic, delight, awe, discovery and deep reconnection.
We worked with anthropologists to put together a transformative trip which takes you to into the soul of Colombia and its people.
Our tour guide Caroline will take us to some of her favorite regions around Colombia. Fun fact: Caroline worked as an ethnographer, travelling to some of remotest areas in Colombia that haven’t been hit by conflict or drug trafficking. She supported local artisans, fishermen and cultures, ensuing they are represented and protected as part of Colombian heritage. It’s safe to say Caroline knows her stuff and we we’re in for a truly in-depth and immersive experience!
We travel off-the-beaten-path like true explorers.
Real connection with each other and the communities we meet.
Chase stories culture, heritage and discovery.
9 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS
TWIN SHARE (SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE)
10 BREAKFASTS /
7 LUNCHES / 6 DINNERS
You’ll explore Colombia with a group of women who’ll hike, laugh, support, dance and chop wood with you (if it comes to that!). We are here for adventure, connection and making a best-friend or two while witnessing the world anew.
Together we’ll learn about medicinal plants with a local woman guide, bird watching among wild fauna and snow-capped peaks (Colombia is the #1 country for bird species in the world), weave baskets with indigenous women, dine at local restaurants by local entrepreneurs, fish with local fisherwomen, listen to local stories, myths, life experiences, childhood memories, longings and thoughts by the fire. We’ll explore the “African corner” of Colombia, learn about the Caribbean heritage and the Colombian Caribbean musical identity. Skipping the tourist destinations, we’ll stay in Colombia-style hotels and handmade wood cabins by the Caribbean Sea and La Guajira desert, waking up to chirping birds and going to sleep with the lullaby of the ocean’s waves.
Get ready for extraordinary beaches, marshes and forests – and the perfect combination of ancestral wisdom, outstanding artisans, knowledge-transmission, deep awe and dance-into-the-night glee. Rum tasting, salsa lessons, street walk and photography are all on the table as we have real interactions and become absorbers tradition, culture and wisdom.
As I was working on my thesis, I had a chance meeting that changed the course of my life. I met a tour guide at a restaurant who was leaving Colombia. After a few beers, she thought I would be perfect to replace her! Weeks later I was on a plane to Peru for training. But it wasn’t the right time. The lady didn’t leave the company and I went to work in an NGO as an ethnographer. There, I travelled to some of the remotest areas in Colombia that haven’t been hit by conflict or drug trafficking. I worked with local artisans and fishermen to make the culture an official part of the Colombian heritage – we succeeded as they are now part of the UNISCO list!
After this achievement, came the opportunity to become a tour guide again. The timing was perfect. I was more knowledgeable about cultures in Colombia, and I was clear about my stand around the exploitation of the local people and desire to help.
Today, as well as being a tour guide, I live by the mountains and learn about applied anthropology and how it can be used in tourism. It’s funny – I would never have become a tour guide if it weren’t for that chance encounter.
My name Pal means a person who brings peace. I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I studied law but changed to history and anthropology where my passion lies.
In 2011 I moved to the biggest coal mine area in the world and became a social studies teacher for a reputed school in Colombia. While I was there, we created a program to help 16 local communities to engage in markets that aren’t dependent on mining. When our work gained attention, I started working in a museum to highlight the project. But due to corruption, the money for the museum went into politicians’ pockets. I quit and became a university anthropology teacher and started a travel community to continue helping locals create their own independent living. One of the most important leaders in Colombian Tourism saw that I was helping locals without taking advantage of them. “Help all the locals here and we will help you with your company”. He united all the projects that he thought were important to rescue for sustainable and community tourism in Colombia.
Today, I am a tour guide and a social entrepreneur.