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“An authentic family experience in Medellin and coffee country”

True Colombia Travel
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Ranked #54 of 165 Tours in Medellin
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: True Colombia Travel specializes in fully customized and unique experiences throughout the country of Colombia. We are Colombia-based, bilingual, and focused on making sure you have a trip to Colombia you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life. We pride ourselves on showing the ‘true’ Colombia: history, culture, cuisine, and natural beauty that make this such an incredible place to visit. In addition to fully customized trips we offer: TRUE AROMA - The worlds best coffee experience TRUE MEDELLIN- The best and most comprehensive Medellin day-experience TRUE GRAFFITI - An exclusive look at art and change in north Medellin TRUE ORIENTE - An exclusive coffee experience and trip to Guatape
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Our family (2 adults, 4 kids from 9 to 17) spent five days in Medellin and in the coffee country around it with True Colombia Travel. It was an extraordinary, authentic, beautiful, fascinating trip. The two coffee plantations we visited deep in the highlands were among the most interesting and beautiful places we've ever seen. Our Colombian hosts on each farm were welcoming, wise, generous, and shared their lives and work with us. We spent time with coffee workers and learned the coffee culture, but also had time for beautiful walks and delicious fruit and juices. In Medellin itself, we saw sides of the city it's hard for tourists to see: a visit to the fruit stalls at Minorista market, and then a gondola ride up to Communa 1, where we spent the day with a welcoming, fascinating graffiti and hiphop collective. All throughout, our Colombian guide Ana was passionate and interesting and incredibly competent. Plus, we stayed at great hotels.

Thank DavidPlotz
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Brian S, Owner at True Colombia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi David, it was such a pleasure having your family in Colombia, thank you so much for visiting and traveling with us! We hope you come back again to see more.

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

We had an excellent experience wit True Colombia Travel. Brian, Santi and Ana made the rip memorable. We visited Medellin, Guatape, Jerico, Santa Fe de Atioquia and Cartagena. They were with us all the time, had local guides come with us to enhance the experience.Talking with people from the comunas, very talented artists helped us understand where they were coming from, all the obstacles they have had to overcome and the future outlook of the country. True Colombia travel provides an authentical Colombian experience with excellent service. They plan and cater the trip to your interests. From the moment I contacted them, Brian called us to see what our interests were, what we wanted to get and do with our trip.
Thank you again Brian, Ana and Santi. Good luck on your Eco hotel

Thank cwj1959
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Brian S, Owner at True Colombia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

Clara, thank you so much for traveling with us! It was really fun and an honor to have you here in Colombia; we are thrilled that you got to see so much. We hope you come back soon!

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

My experience in Medellin was unforgettable thanks to Brian at True Colombia Travel! Brian was super friendly, knowledgable, and accommodative. I would feel confident recommending True Colombia Travel to everyone I know - they tailor an itinerary to your budget and preferences and deliver an incredible experience filled with top-notch recommendations for food, lodging, sights, and activities.

I was only in Medellin for one weekend, but I wish I had planned a longer stay so that I could have taken advantage of all of the activities Brian proposed!

Thank William J
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Brian S, Owner at True Colombia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Julian, thank you for the kind words, very glad you enjoyed, it was great having you guys here. Please come back anytime!

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

We had an absolutely perfect experience with True Columbia Travel. Some background--both my partner and I are experienced travelers -- in general and in Central/South America in specific. My partner speaks fluent Spanish. We even know how to drive stick shift! For this reason, we rarely use touring companies when we travel. BOY am I glad we did this time. Despite all this, there is no world in which we could have organized for ourselves anything like the incredible trip that Brian and Ana of True Columbia Travel arranged for us.

They took us through beautiful and fascinating small towns, gorgeous countryside, and to two incredible (and very different) coffee plantations. Every step of the experience exceeded our (high) expectations. The incredibly complex logistics were perfectly handled. They managed to switch us between different type of vehicles appropriate for different conditions, to have delicious food at the ready at just the right moments, to calculate the right time to arrive at different locations without a hitch. AND they dealt with our constant demands to stop for ever more photos with aplomb (everywhere they took us was so beautiful!) They even had rain gear at the ready for us when it started to drizzle!

They were able to answer every one of the approximately 10 billion questions we asked them about Columbian history and current events, about coffee making, and anything else. The experience they organized was perfectly designed to match our interests and fit with the time we had available in Columbia. We worked with them in both Cartagena (where we went snorkling, took a boat tour, had lunch, and visited a village) and Medellin (where they took us on a an absolutely gorgeous multi-day tour of several coffee plantations and surrounding countryside.)

In addition to the sheer majesty of the things I saw--the wildlife, the gorgeous fincas, the views of the mountains, the waterfalls, the fields of coffee--and tasted--the delicious juices, the coffees and cascara tea, the tasty breakfasts and dinners--the trip gave me a sense of what life is really like in Columbia. I HATE feeling like I'm stuck in a tourist trap. That was the exact opposite--personalized, intimate, and authentic to Columbia.

I cannot recommend True Columbia Travel enough. The work they did was worth every penny.

Thank Brookes B
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Brian S, Owner at True Colombia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Brookes! Thank you so much for the kind words, it was really an honor to have you all here, it was so much fun for us to show you are this beautiful country! Very glad you had a great time, thank you again!

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

My friend and I had a fantastic experience with the True Colombia Travel. Our itinerary included paragliding and visiting Finca Cocondo - the only organic coffee farm in the Antioquia region.

While the paragliding was amazing (the views were surreal, the team was professional, and we were finished with the experience in record time due to amazing weather), the highlight of the trip was our visit to the coffee farm with Brian and the owners: Don Emilio and Doña Fabiola.

The trip was chock-full of amazing views, even better company (Don Emilio, Doña Fabiola, and of course Brian), and tons of fun education on how an organic coffee farm runs (it is a lot of work that they clearly find great joy in taking on) and coffee in general. The entire time that my friend and I were on the farm we were grinning and looking at each other saying "wow". Everything that we did was a highlight, so here is what we did: tour of the coffee farm, coffee tasting (and different ways of making it – MUST try the tea made from the outer shell of the bean), tour of the coffee production, night time drinks and snacks watching the sunset over the jaw-dropping valley, gorgeous regional meals/cuisine, a hike through the jungle, and the "outdoor spa".

While all of Colombia is fantastically gorgeous, the experience wouldn't have been as lovely as it was without the people providing the experience: Don Emilio, Doña Fabiola, and Brian. Don and Doña are such lovely people for sharing their home with us and taking care of us to ensure we had a great experience.

Lastly – Brian. Brian made our entire trip through the few days we spent with him. He is passionate about ensuring that visitors to Colombia both have a fantastic time on their trip, and also receive an authentic experience of Colombia's gorgeous and rich culture. The people are very friendly in Antioquia, and Brian fits the part. Although he's American, (which was obviously helpful making us feel comfortable) we heard several people ask him if he's Colombian. The warmth Brian receives from the people he interacts with transferred over to us having a lovely experience.

I could write on this for much, much longer, but the moral of the story is to work with these guys when you are planning your vacation to Colombia. You will receive an exceptional experience that you could not receive anywhere else, an authentically-Colombian experience, and receive world-class service.

Thank Will T
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Brian S, Owner at True Colombia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Will, thank you for the kind words. It was awesome to have you guys here and we hope you come back soon to check out the other farms!

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