TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

I met a whole bunch of like minded travellers from across the globe who just like me were excited about seeing new places, meeting new people and learning about this amazing country– Susie

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Susie – UK

I have only just returned to the UK following the 2-week Colombia All In trip. I’m definitely suffering with post holiday blues, and am very cold! However, I am still warmed by the amazing memories that I have from the trip. The guides (Steve and Júlián) were super knowledgable and passionate and were clearly focussed on giving us the best Colombian experience. But even better, they both felt like another one of the group members… banter off the scale, in-jokes and terrible (sorry Steve) dancing! I met a whole bunch of like minded travellers from across the globe who just like me were excited about seeing new places, meeting new people and learning about this amazing country. I will never forget this trip. Not only because of the country itself, but because of the experience that Other Way Round gave me and the other group members. It was a trip of a lifetime and you will be missing out if you don’t just book it!

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Nicola – UK

Colombia has been on my wish list for a long time and I was so glad I waited until ‘Other Way Round’ had been set up! I’ve travelled a lot and had some amazing experiences, but never quite so many in one place in such a short space of time! From the exquisite coffee farm experience to the private boat around the Rosario islands to the rum tasting with the best of the business and the ‘Chivarumbera’ for a true Colombian experience, I can honestly say I’ve fallen in love with the place. The reason I decided to go with a small group tour rather than by myself, was initially due to time and the fact that you get to experience so much of the country, but it became so much more than that. It might sound like a cheese-filled arrepa, but by day 3 I was sure the other people on the tour had been handpicked for me – one of them is on the way to visit me as I write! It also meant that all decisions on excursions and accommodation were organised for me which was so worth it in itself, knowing that the planned experiences were exactly how I like to get to know a country, from dancing and hiking to arrepas by the side of the road. I was slightly worried beforehand that as a Spanish speaker I wouldn’t get to speak Spanish but the fact that one of our tour guides was Colombian and the locals were so friendly, I got to speak Spanish every day! If you’re the sort of person who likes to experience the true essence of a country, learn about its history, meet the locals, try the food (and drink!) and give something back, then frankly what are you waiting for?! There are various tour companies that may offer some similar experiences, but none quite so personal and with quite so many bants I’m sure.

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Lindsay – USA

I went on the Medellín-Jardín-Guatapé trip in July 2019, and I can truly say this was the very best trip I have ever been on! I even had another international trip the following week, but it just didn’t live up to the wonder that was Colombia. The biggest difference was that I planned the other trip myself; in Colombia, I had the expert guidance of the Other Way Round team. This was my first time going on an organized group trip, and it by far exceeded my expectations! Every worry of logistics planning was in the very capable hands of Steve and his OWR team. However, it still felt incredibly personal because unlike the other large travel firms, Steve, Julián and the OWR team intimately know the Colombian cities, people and experiences. I felt like I was getting more than the average tourist – instead, I was being immersed in the Colombian culture. Every step of the way, we had hyperlocal guides who helped enrich the experience – from learning to play Tejo and attempting to salsa dance, to sipping café at a coffee finca and touring historical sites. But there was still ample time to explore the area independently and do my own thing (with great WiFi if you too find you need to do a bit of work). Thanks, Other Way Round, for such a wonderful, well planned, flexible, and magical time. I look forward to joining the Cartagena-Bogotá tour in the future!

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Sara – Spain

I really liked OWR travelling approach and having done some research about Colombia before hand, the itinerary covered what I had in mind and more – in addition to having everything arranged for me. The activities planned covered the tourist spots that you want to see, and others that introduced you to the culture of the country and would not be easy to experience without local knowledge. We also had days/spare time in between visits where we could explore at our own pace. We rode the Metrocable in Medellin, went on an amazing boat ride in Cartagena, got to the highest point in Bogota and, hiked in Tayrona! All the hotels we stayed at were very good quality and the ones in the cities were close to shops, restaurants, etc. The restaurant selection was excellent and we got the opportunity to try the typical dishes from each region. Travelling within the group makes you feel like you are with a bunch of friends and Steve and Marcela are very friendly and easy to get along. They were really helpful and attentive for the whole trip. I 100% recommend this trip if you like to merge with locals and learn about different cultures.

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Emma – Ireland

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Sarah – UK

I had an absolutely brilliant time on this tour! I joined the tour for the second week (cartegena to Bogota). we did so many things, everyday was great! so hard to pick highlights but the things that stick out the most are the speed boat around different islands in cartegena, rum tasting followed by a party bus (so much fun!), the trek through Tayrona national park to reach a gorgeous beach (followed by a horse ride back) and the bike tour in Bogota (we had the most hilarious tour guide!). The group on the tour were really great and we had a lot of fun together ….non-stop laughs! Most of all, Steve and Julian were the best your tour guides – super organised, helpful and lots of fun!! Thanks again for a fantastic trip!! 

This was my first time travelling with group of people and I can not say enough good things about this fantastic company Other Way Round. It was very well organised, plenty of things to do and see and the Steve, Marcela, Julian and Paula are really just the most kind, fun people to travel with. They really took very good care of us, becoming part of us. It felt like travelling with group of your friends. I loved the fact, I did not have to take care of anything and I was taken care of even when I got a bit sick at the end. We visited the best places of the country and they let us experience the authentic Colombia, showing us the Colombian way of everything, which I would not experience if I would travel there alone. I highly recommend to try this experience with them. Great memories, awesome Colombian NYE, food, trips, people, itinerary…. from me they have 5 stars!

Just back from an absolutely awesome trip with Other Way Round. I cannot recommend Steve, Marcela and Julian enough as tour hosts/guides – knowledgeable, fun and friendly – they feel more like new found friends on the tour than tour guides. They’ve thought of everything to make the trip memorable for all the right reasons, and I was lucky enough to be joined by a like-minded group for the 2 week trip. I would also highly recommend Colombia for an unforgettable holiday – friendly, colourful, hospitable and I never once felt unsafe. If you’re considering joining a group tour to Colombia, my only advice would be to book with OWR and have an adventure of a lifetime.

What I loved about this trip was that it didn’t feel mass produced and touristy. There was a sense of originality to it and uniqueness about the trip and the itinerary. – Noella

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Noella – Ireland

Two weeks in Colombia with people that you don’t know. Yes the idea seems frightening at first but as soon as you get there all that fear turns into excitement and absolute awe. Colombia is a stunning , beautiful country that is a must on the bucket list for all travellers looking for amazing beaches , beautiful colourful town and streets , great music and ambiance as well as wonderfully friendly locals and great food and plenty of activities. Being in Colombia was in visiting 5 different countries all at the same time. From the intense humidity in Cartagena to horse riding in Parque Tayrona. What I loved about this trip was that it didn’t feel mass produced and touristy. There was a sense of originality to it and uniqueness about the trip and the itinerary. Steve and Julian were absolute gents throughout the whole trip. We were able to build a connection with them and in the end they were fellow travellers with us rather than our tour guides and that made the experience even more personal for me. As a group we gelled so well that it felt like we had known each other for more than two weeks.There is an activity that suits everyone from hikes to playing Tejo to sun bathing. I would highly and strongly recommend this trip. By the end you will be so gutted to be leaving. My favourite part of the trip was Chiva Rumbera a lot of music, a lot of dancing so much fun. Colombian history is completely misunderstood and this trip helps to put what the country has to offer in context and gets rid of that stigma so Come to Colombia You will LOVE IT.

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Liana – UK

Having been on numerous group holidays with more than 5 different companies, my standards are high and I can honestly say that Other Way Round is head and shoulders above all of them. The people, the places, the activities…. I really couldn’t ask for more … but what takes this company from great to phenomenal are Steve, Marcela and Julian. They are a wealth of knowledge and even when there were questions they couldn’t answer (I asked a lot!), they would go out of their way to find out. If one of us mentioned we wanted to see or try something, it wouldn’t be long until they found a way to deliver. They totally spoilt us. The itinerary was packed with great activities. We got to experience the local culture and I learned so much about the history of Colombia. We had a wild boat ride (possibly one of the scariest and most thrilling rides of my life), enjoyed beautiful beaches, ate the most amazing food and let’s not forget the incredible coffee! Every day was an adventure and, other than friendly encouragement to overcome our fears, there was no pressure to do anything we didn’t want to. Steve, Marcela & Julian are the nicest, most helpful people who care about you experiencing Colombia and coming to love it as much as they do. They are also a lot of fun and had great energy every day no matter how late they had gone to bed or how early they had woken! I was impressed with their customer service from the start with Steve answering all my concerns and even sending me different suggestions for flights and insurance. When some of the group’s flights were delayed, Julian and Steve made sure that one of them was still there to meet them and get them to the rest of us. Nothing was too much hassle … it took me weeks to adjust to the real world without Steve or Julian sorting everything out! Colombia is an incredible country and I really cannot recommend Other Way Round highly enough …. my only criticism is that they do not offer more locations so that I can go away with them again! Thank you Other Way Round for a fabulous holiday – a truly wonderful experience that I will never forget.

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Gillian – Australia

The memories of my trip to Colombia will stay with me for a very long time. I didn’t know much about the country or what to expect, putting my full faith in my tour guides, and was continually impressed by this amazing country (and the tour guides!). Everyday was a new and different adventure: from city and countryside walking tours, to salsa dancing, planting trees in Parque Arvi, trying all the local foods, being welcomed into the home of a local coffee farmer, and the thrill of playing the indigenous (and very explosive!) game of Tejo. Every step of the way the tour guides Steve, Julian and Andrew chose the most interesting and vibrant things to do, places to visit and local, knowledgeable guides. They were always willing to give tips and advice, particularly when I wanted to practice expanding my limited language skills. They also provided free time so we could wander the towns to soak in the atmosphere, sip some coffee or wine and do some shopping. And it all came together smoothly for a stress-free trip. I can’t stop raving about Colombia and this brilliant tour. Everyone should do themselves a favour and visit Colombia before the rest of the world finds out how wonderful it is…and remember to bring your appetite!

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Edlyn – USA

Hands down the best trip I have taken..the itinerary was set up in the best way possible to experience everything about the culture.The tour guides were excellent and very professional at their job. During the whole vacation I visited Cartagena,parque Tayrona (santa Martha) And Bogota in which I felt super safe and the hotels are highly recommended. Thanks to Steven and Julian for helping me learn about the amazing culture that Colombia can give..I loved it Soo much that I’m planning to go back,this time is “Medellin”and off course that I will do so with the OTHERWAYAROUND team.Thank you for your professionalism!

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Jenny – UK

I did the one week trip from Cartagena to Bogotá, it was an amazing trip with some lovely people. Steve and Julian are so involved in the whole trip and that makes it a unique experience, and you will definitely love Colombia! The food was amazing, the rum and party bus and the places were beautiful especially the spa retreat that you stay at when visiting Tayrona national park . Only wish I did the two week tour! Will definitely be visiting Colombia again.

Iain – UK

I’ve recently returned the Cartagena, parque tyrona and Bogota trip and I cannot recommend anyone to do the same enough. The whole trip was outstanding from the moment I got there. My only regret is not booking the all in tour instead.

Allison – USA

Recently went on the Cartagena-Parque Tayrona-Bogota one week trip – highly recommend OWR. It was a great time – highlights include rum tasting and dancing in Cartagena, amazing views at the park and walking tour/art in Bogota. Lots of variety – relaxing time on the boat/beach and city exploring time, which can be hard to come by, especially when you’re traveling in the winter. I’ve been on other group tours and what is especially great about OWR is that the tour guides are also your age. They really feel like they are part of the group – just the super organized ones who handle all the details and know the local places to go!

“Do I recommend Other Way Round? Yes yes yes!” – Courtney

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Courtney – USA

Do I recommend Other Way Round? Yes yes yes! If you’re reading the reviews you are probably where I was, on the fence about where to go, how to do it (group travel?!?), & if so, with what travel company. I did the 2-week All-In trip and had the most amazing, unforgettable experience! I had never done anything like this—a group travel nor had I been to South America! So adventure all around! These are like-minded travelers and I must say being in a group allowed me to do things I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do on my own. Not to mention all the laughing, stories, pics, & inside jokes that formed!!! A great thing specifically about OWR, the group is small enough that when you’re going to a place you don’t necessarily stand out too much or unnecessarily have to wait in lines. That no waiting thing also has to do with the awesome planning done behind the scenes from rides planned out to restaurants to tickets already purchased. Steve & Julian work great together in making sure you are taken care of. I 100% am glad I went! And I can cherish this travel adventure with me always! ❤️ Favorite place-Jardín and/or Rosario Islands Favorite food- was surprised I liked all of it! Favorite night-rum tasting & chiva rumberra.

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Dave – UK

I looked at a lot of tours in Colombia with various companies before booking. I thought that the itinerary of the two week OWR tour looked very promising, and well thought through. This proved to be the case, with many memorable activities and places enjoyed along the way. It certainly exceeded my expectations. Given that OWR is a fairly new company, and tourism is not fully established in Colombia (at least in some parts), I was expecting there to be a few hiccups along the way, but everything on the tour was extremely slick, and went like clockwork. This was down to the hard work that Steve (and Julian) put in behind the scenes, as well as the fact that the local guides that are used at various points on the tour are all of high quality. It really is difficult to pick favourite parts of the trip but I loved Jardin and Parque Tayrona. Also the rum tasting and the Champeta class for pure comedy value! Many other tours in Colombia visit Salento and the Cocora Valley. Having also done this on my own after the OWR trip, while it was certainly worth a visit, I would say that Jardin is the better option. I found it to have more charm than Salento which is much more touristy. We also had an excellent mix of people within the group and we had a lot of laughs along the way! More generally I would highly recommend visiting Colombia. It is an extremely interesting and varied country. In my experience the people are also very friendly and welcoming towards foreigners. I would be surprised if there are many (if any) tours better than OWR, especially in a similar price range.

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Jo – UK

As someone who has always been hesitant to book a group tour owing to my nervousness of being around people for that length of time, let alone people I do not know, I can honestly say my experience with OWR has completely dispelled my fear. 2 weeks in Colombia with an awesome group of people (Steve, Marcela and Julian included in that) was the perfect way to start 2020. The tour was well planned and organised and provided such an incredible insight into the diversity of the country. I honestly cannot say which bit was my favourite as every place had such individual character and a charm and vibrancy of its own. Colombian people could not have been more welcoming from the quaint boutique hotel staff to the residents of Comuna 13 and all the other locals we met along the way. I cannot emphasise how highly I would recommend a visit to Colombia and particularly with OWR and their awesome itinerary and personal touches to enhance the experience and provide an authentic Colombian experience.

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Varsha – UK

I can’t recommend Other Way Round enough. I have never travelled as part of a tour before, preferring to arrange my own itinerary. However, I was tempted by OWR, as their itinerary was varied, they stay in nice accommodation and the 25-45 age range. I travelled with my cousin and two friends and we all loved it. The rest of the group were all really nice and easy to get on with. The hosts were amazing and very passionate about Colombia. They have clearly put in a lot of work to make this tour enjoyable, providing great excursions and using experienced guides. Another bonus for me was the food. I am vegetarian and sometimes this can restrict me trying local foods as I don’t know what I can and can’t eat. However on this trip, I had a great variety of food and was able to taste lots of traditional Colombian food. This holiday exceeded my expectations and I am hoping OWR expand to include other destinations so I can join them again. Please feel free to get in touch if you are looking to book and have any questions.

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Laura – Australia

I must admit I was a little worried that the group wouldn’t be a good fit or that we’d get stuck doing the more obvious touristy things. However very soon after arriving my scepticism totally disappeared as it became clear this was going to be something different. I normally prefer to organise trips like this myself but am so happy that this time I chose Other Way Round as they took us to places and lined up experiences which we could never have planned by ourselves. And I love the fact that they give back to the community by donating to local charities – a must do for me! I will forever hold my Colombian trip as one of my most memorable and if you get the chance to do this trip don’t hesitate, just GO!

Janet – UK

I recently returned from the 14-day Colombia All-in trip, and had a such a fantastic time! The 2 weeks were jam-packed! We explored picturesque little towns & big cities, we hiked, we boated, we swam, we danced, and we ate our weight in food! I would thoroughly recommend OWR for your Colombia trip. Their passion and expertise on the country are second to none!

Emily – UK

Biggest thanks to Other Way Round for hosting the most wonderful and memorable trip. I was looking for a more authentic Colombian experience but after a hectic few months at work also wanted something equally fun and relaxing. And boy did you deliver! From the yummiest of food, to eye-opening comuna visits, to lazy afternoons by the pool, to countryside rendezvous, to late-night salsa – this trip had it all. Not to mention those Colombian drinking games! And the best part: although it’s all super-well organised, it still manages to maintain a very informal feel which never really feels like being on a ‘tour group’. The group dynamic worked great as there was an interesting mix of couples and singletons all with a similar outlook on travel. I couldn’t recommend this trip highly enough.

“It was an amazing trip and as a group we laughed so much. I’d never been on a group tour before but I’d definitly do it again. I only hope others are as enjoyable. “ – Clark

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Clark – UK

Having never heard of the tour company I decided to contact them and ask a few questions before hand. The responses were quick and reassuring which put my mind at ease. I went ahead and booked to go on the November trip for the full two weeks. It was an amazing two weeks with a great bunch of people and guides. It was a pretty jam packed tour with lots going on. The tour of Comuna 13 by Doc was amazing. You really got to see the vibrant part of the city whilst also gaining an understanding of how it came to be, the communities struggles and how its transforming itself. This part of the tour wasn’t the most appealing aspect to me when I booked but my opinion of it really changed and I’d say it’s one of the best parts of the entire tour. I also really enjoyed visiting the coffee farm and learning about how it is grown. The farmers were really knowledgeable and welcoming and loved answering all our questions. We even got to pick our own and watch it get processed. Another part I enjoyed was the tour of Bogota and learning about the cities history from Camila. She took us up Monserrate, through old town, told us all about Bolivar and we even got to try some of the indigenous drink Chicha! Camila was really knowledgeable and told the story of the city without being boring or taking up too much time. I’d have liked a to find out a bit more about the history of the cities of Medellin and Cartagena in a similar way and feel the tour could benefit from this. However, this doesn’t detract from the overall tour experience which I still highly recommend. If like me you’re not the most energetic person then I’d also recommend renting a horse for the Parque Tayrona hike back as the hike to the beach was exhausting. Riding horseback with other members of the group was also an hilarious experience with lots of laugh out loud moments! In our free time in Medellin Steve managed to arrange for us to go on a Pablo Escobar tour which is run by an ex cop called Carlos. He was a really enthusiastic guide and helped tell the story of Colombia through one of its most difficult periods. He didn’t glorify Escobar and gave his first hand account of some of the atrocities that he witnessed during his service. This aspect of the tour was amazing and really interesting. Carlos also arranged for us to meet Escobar’s brother and visit the family museum. This was in addition to the core tour run by Carlos. Whilst I wouldn’t recommend this part, as it is incredibly biased and glorifies Escobar, it’s a testament to Carlos that he would even speak to the brother of the man who put his life at risk and caused the deaths of many of his fellow cops. He really allowed you reach your own conclusions and offered to show you both sides of the story – if you do want to learn more about this period in Colombian history Carlos is your man. Overall it was an amazing trip and as a group we laughed so much. I’d never been on a group tour before but I’d defiantly do it again. I only hope others are as enjoyable. I highly recommend Other Way Around Travel and visiting Colombia. It’s a truly diverse country with so many sites and climates. Steve and Julian really bring the energy and help you navigate a country which is still in the early days of international tourism. They helped simplify the experience of travelling around a country that’s yet to experience mass tourism and managed to make Colombia accessible to people like me who could never have navigated it alone.

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Leslie – USA

I did an eight-day group tour of Medellin in November. What an amazing experience! I started the planning process months in advance and felt a little nervous about the trip given Colombia’s sordid past. The palpable sense of vitality and optimism in the region, however, soon revealed itself to me, and I realized that the only risk of this trip was not wanting to leave! I regret my decision to do a one-week tour of Colombia instead of the “All In.” It was excruciating to leave behind some great new friends knowing that they would continue on without me to fantastic experiences in Cartagena and Bogota. My reluctance to leave testifies to the trip’s high level of coordination. I don’t speak Spanish, and I wanted to go with people who were knowledgeable and familiar with the area to watch out for me and my safety. I cannot stress enough how secure and relaxed I felt on the entire trip. Steve was extremely accessible and even stayed at the same hotel. I could text him any question, day or night, and receive an immediate response. Julián, who accompanied Steve, assisted with translation and offered wonderful suggestions to complement our action-packed itinerary. The trip was orchestrated to perfection, with every t crossed and every i dotted. I lacked for not a single snippet of necessary information: “it’s all in your travel packet.” Plus, Steve sends nightly messages by WhatsApp on local weather conditions and recommendations on what to wear for the next day’s activities. For myself, with a demanding job in New York City, this detailed logistical planning and efficient organization was such an asset. I could just show up and enjoy the trip! This stress-free mode of travel exceeded my expectations. I had many fun adventures (and lots of laughs), but for me the highlights of the trip included our trip to Comuna 13 to see the bold and intricate graffiti lining the walls of what used to be Medellin’s infamous danger zone. The vibrant colors—yellow, pink, and turquoise—make this section the most photogenic place I’ve ever been. It’s impossible to take a bad photo when there’s beautiful art at every turn. Speaking of photos, Steve takes a lot and shares them, so I could experience each moment instead of worrying about capturing it. Besides the many breathtaking views, I appreciated that the tour incorporated interactive elements. The Comuna 13 tour was led by the street artist “Doc,” who allowed our group to create our own graffiti and learn about the craft. I felt similarly about visiting the coffee finca. While the sprawling coffee fields and lush surroundings are out of this world, we also picked coffee berries and were educated on the coffee-making process, from beginning to end, by lovely and passionate coffee farmers. It made me realize how much hard work goes into one cup of coffee. I now appreciate my morning brew even more! Although brief, my introduction to Colombia and meeting new people was such a positive experience. I thoroughly enjoyed a balanced week of travel that included city adventures, salsa dancing, local cuisine, and culture, as well as guided and independent excursions. I had never done a group tour before, but this kind of travel will certainly be part of my future plans. I only wish Other Way Round did more group trips in South America!

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Kate – UK

I was lucky enough to be a part of the most recent trip – and what an experience it was. Steve, Marcela and Julian were exceptional hosts – and the huge amount of thought that had gone into the activities was evident. The two week trip exceeded all my expectations and really opened my eyes to what a phenomenal country this is. For me, it had the right balance of physical activity, history, culture and free time. The group I was with were fantastic. All different in our own ways, but with the same like-minded approach to the trip. This meant a lot of fun and laughter along the way! I can 100% recommend OWR. I’ve done trips with similar tour groups before, but this one really had the personal touch. Thanks to you all for giving me an unforgettable experience! Thinking Colombia? Think Other Way Round. You won’t regret it 

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Stephen – Ireland

I can’t speak highly enough about Colombia or Other Way Round. The country is amazing and having been to various places in the world I can honestly say Colombia was my favourite experience. As good as Colombia is Steve, Julian and our group made the experience even better. Julian is a proud Colombian who gives a perspective of what it’s like to live and work there and Steve might as well be Colombian given his passion for the country and it’s people. They were professional and friendly and you could definitely see the pride they have in the country and this is a passion for them as much as it is a business. The fact our group WhatsApp from the tour is still active is a testament to the atmosphere the guys helped to foster.

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Mike – Canada

Travelling to Colombia with Other Way Round was hands-down the most unique travel experience I’ve had. I’ve always wanted to visit Colombia and as a solo traveller the idea of going on a more tailored small group trip had a lot of appeal. I loved the sheer variety involved and had a whole host of highlights. The colourful streets in Guatape, climbing La Piedra, rum tasting in Cartagena, the breathtaking beaches in Parque Tayrona. There’s so many carefully planned little details along the way which make every moment feel extra special. And while I absolutely loved our group, I also really liked that I could venture off on my own from time to time. It also made getting back together in the evening all the more fun. Truly amazing experience, do it!

I visited Colombia with Other Way Round in October/November 2018 and had a jam-packed two weeks seeing 4 different areas of this varied country, chatting to locals, learning about the country’s past, hiking, dancing, eating delicious food and exploring the country with like-minded and interesting people! The group was really good and Steve has included a good range of different activities in the itinerary so there really is something for everyone! My personal highlights include Cartagena where we had a private speedboat to take us to the white-sand Caribbean Islands, dinner in the women’s prison, Comuna 13 in Medellin and the salt cathedral in Zipaquira, Bogota. The salsa and champeta lessons were also super fun, despite being quite apprehensive about them!

We liked the look of Other Way Round as it seemed perfectly geared towards people of our age and style of travel. It turned out to be a pretty epic decision! Colombia is such a cool country anyway, but to see it in this way through the lens of the people who live there was something else. Amazing trip filled with too many highlights to mention. For me hiking through the jungle in Parque Tayrona and staying at the hacienda in the hills of Medellin were absolute standouts. Very cool bunch of people to travel with and Marce and Steve felt very much like part of the group as well as being great hosts. They are a wonderful couple who love nothing more than to share their passion for life and Colombia with everyone they meet. Thanks guys, we won’t forget this trip!

“The company is very well run and extremely organised. The hosts Steve and Julian are friendly, welcoming and so much fun!” – Fran

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Fran – UK

I have just returned from the two week ‘All In’ trip offered by Other Way Round and I had an absolute blast! The booking process is really straightforward and Steve will answer all your questions promptly, no matter how silly they seem. The company is very well run and extremely organised; they have thought of everything to make your trip as stress free and run as smoothly as possible. Pre-trip communication was very good and the information pack provided before departure is very detailed and thorough. One thing that makes Other Way Round different from other trip companies is the personal touch offered. The co-founder of the company, Steve, is also the person who communicates with you, sorts out the itinerary and also comes on the trip with you. This personal service is much more welcome than a large, faceless international company and is one of Other Way Round’s strengths. The hosts, Steve and Julián, are friendly, welcoming and so much fun! Our group had so many laughs and jokes and Steve and Julián felt like part of the group, not our guides. The itinerary itself was a very careful mix of culture, nature and everything in between. I thought it was perfectly pitched to allow everything to be seen, but not felt like you were rushing. The very best highlights of Colombia have been handpicked and arranged in a manageable schedule. Free days and a few hours of downtime are also scheduled in to the itinerary so you can explore your own interests or just relax. Having everything booked and planned for you was also a huge plus factor for me. I usually travel DIY, where I arrange and book everything myself, and it was such a welcome change to have all that time and stress of booking the different elements of the trip taken away from me. All I had to think about was enjoying myself, which made me enjoy the trip even more. My highlights of the trip were visiting Comuna 13 (a notoriously dangerous zone which is now transformed with graffiti, music and a cool vibe), the absolutely stunning town of Jardín, nestled in the middle of beautiful mountains, and Parque Tayrona which is the most beautiful rainforest, with different flora at every turn. We also played Tejo (Colombia’s national sport involving gunpowder!), danced salsa and Champeta, picked our own coffee beans at a local finaca, ate the most delicious food and visited tropical islands. Such a varied and action packed couple of weeks which I’ll never forget. Just a quick word on Colombia itself – its chequered past is well documented but please don’t let that stop you from visiting this beautiful country. The people are so friendly and proud of their country and for good reason. It has so much to offer, both culturally and naturally. It is such a diverse place and should be on everyone’s travel list. If any preconceptions or worries are stopping you from booking this trip, or visiting Colombia in general, just book it. You won’t regret it.

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Kisha – USA

This was was first time doing a group travel and I had an awesome experience. Steven and Julian were very knowledgeable about Colombia and were awesome hosts and they provided knowledgeable guides from the town to provide historical backgrounds about the town. My favorite part of the trip was Cartagena, Old Cartagena was absolutely awesome. Walking through the town and seeing the different architecture of the building, from the graffiti to the hanging umbrella each street was so different. I also enjoyed the boat ride to Rosario island, snorkeling and going to the various beaches. I also like the enjoyed the rum tasting too. I highly recommend using Other Way Round especially if you travel solo because even though you’re with a group you don’t miss out on having a individual experience. The days were well planned out but you still have time for yourself and have the opportunity to take a day to explore Colombia by yourself or with a small group. I would absolutely go to Colombia again with Other Way Round.

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Caroline – USA

Just got back from a fabulous week in Colombia! We spent 3 nights in Cartagena, 2 in Parque Tayrona, and 2 in Bogota. It was my first trip to South America and was a little worried since I had read a lot of reviews from solo female travelers about harassment they had received or the robbery and crime toward foreigners and residents alike. I was relieved to find none of these negative reviews to be accurate. Steve and Julian were our tour guides / hosts / friends for the week. I can’t say enough about these guys…very professional and knowledgeable about Colombia. I thought I already knew a lot about the culture and found out I had a lot to learn.  All of the accommodations were fabulous and were special to the location. All of the transport was private and easy to go from one location to another. My favorite part of trip was Parque Tayrona, however, the 2.5 hours each way to the beach was pretty rough on me. I thought I was in shape but this hike kicked my butt. However, the beach was beautiful and like nothing I had seen before. Also, the private cruise of the Rosario Islands in Cartagena was a huge highlight. It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful local lunch on a small island. This tour left such an impression on me that I’m considering coming back for another tour with this company for the week in Medellin and Antioquia (which were places I would never have originally considered).

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Amy – UK

The holiday blues were real! I have been on many a trip in a group but this was different. At the welcome talk you heard the experiences of the hosts growing up, how different, colourful and amazing it is now, and then you spend the rest of the trip experiencing it. This is no corporate tour. It was like having lots of personal tour guides, not because they were paid to but because they were passionate about this amazing country. Steve, Julian, Paula and Marcela all felt like part of the group not like tour guides. They were amazing hosts and just wanting to share their love of an amazing place. Within hours of a being there it was obvious that this trip really lived up to , and surpassed, the website hype and photos. The places look even better in real life! The country is amazingly colourful and the people are just the friendliest. Just go! This is the best trip you will ever take.

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Paul – UK

If you’re the type of person who really likes to get under the skin of a country when you travel then this is the trip for you. I must admit to knowing very little about Colombia beforehand other than it seeming like an interesting place to visit, however I left feeling like i’d gotten a somewhat rare insight into what makes this vibrant country tick. Other Way Round trips are specifically designed to enable you to connect with the Colombian locals. You get to hear their stories, learn their struggles and experience their culture. Not by seeing some cultural demonstration manufactured for tourists, but by getting out there and experiencing the real deal. Exceptional trip, expertly put together, very well done to the Other Way Round team.

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Angi – Hungary

My 2 weeks in Colombia with Other Way Round were absolutely fantastic! Great group, great guides, visited amazing places, had the best adventures and nights out, we managed to see soooo much and got to know the people and culture of this diverse country. Absolutely recommend if you want an action packed holiday!

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Charlie – UK

Colombia wasn’t really on my radar until I read the trip notes and found out just how much I’d learn and discover about the country during this trip! And I really did! The places are beautiful and interesting, the people are warm and exciting and the history is everywhere. I went for both weeks and I would encourage anyone else to do the same. The two weeks are entirely different from each other and overall give you a real feel for the diversity of the country. I felt safe and secure and able to ask anything of our hosts. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten better on my travels either! All in all, do it!

The group on the tour were really great and we had a lot of fun together ….non-stop laughs! – Emma

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Emma – Ireland

I had an absolutely brilliant time on this tour! I joined the tour for the second week (cartegena to Bogota). we did so many things, everyday was great! so hard to pick highlights but the things that stick out the most are the speed boat around different islands in cartegena, rum tasting followed by a party bus (so much fun!), the trek through Tayrona national park to reach a gorgeous beach (followed by a horse ride back) and the bike tour in Bogota (we had the most hilarious tour guide!). The group on the tour were really great and we had a lot of fun together ….non-stop laughs! Most of all, Steve and Julian were the best your tour guides – super organised, helpful and lots of fun!! Thanks again for a fantastic trip!! 

Pavla – Czech Rep

This was my first time travelling with group of people and I can not say enough good things about this fantastic company Other Way Round. It was very well organised, plenty of things to do and see and the Steve, Marcela, Julian and Paula are really just the most kind, fun people to travel with. They really took very good care of us, becoming part of us. It felt like travelling with group of your friends. I loved the fact, I did not have to take care of anything and I was taken care of even when I got a bit sick at the end. We visited the best places of the country and they let us experience the authentic Colombia, showing us the Colombian way of everything, which I would not experience if I would travel there alone. I highly recommend to try this experience with them. Great memories, awesome Colombian NYE, food, trips, people, itinerary…. from me they have 5 stars!

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Sarah – UK

Just back from an absolutely awesome trip with Other Way Round. I cannot recommend Steve, Marcela and Julian enough as tour hosts/guides – knowledgeable, fun and friendly – they feel more like new found friends on the tour than tour guides. They’ve thought of everything to make the trip memorable for all the right reasons, and I was lucky enough to be joined by a like-minded group for the 2 week trip. I would also highly recommend Colombia for an unforgettable holiday – friendly, colourful, hospitable and I never once felt unsafe. If you’re considering joining a group tour to Colombia, my only advice would be to book with OWR and have an adventure of a lifetime.

I’ve been on other group tours and what is especially great about OWR is that the tour guides are also your age. They really feel like they are part of the group – just the super organized ones who handle all the details and know the local places to go! – Allison

Allison – USA

Recently went on the Cartagena-Parque Tayrona-Bogota one week trip – highly recommend OWR. It was a great time – highlights include rum tasting and dancing in Cartagena, amazing views at the park and walking tour/art in Bogota. Lots of variety – relaxing time on the boat/beach and city exploring time, which can be hard to come by, especially when you’re traveling in the winter. I’ve been on other group tours and what is especially great about OWR is that the tour guides are also your age. They really feel like they are part of the group – just the super organized ones who handle all the details and know the local places to go!

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Iain – UK

I’ve recently returned the Cartagena, parque tyrona and Bogota trip and I cannot recommend anyone to do the same enough. The whole trip was outstanding from the moment I got there. My only regret is not booking the all in tour instead.

Jenny – UK

I did the one week trip from Cartagena to Bogotá, it was an amazing trip with some lovely people. Steve and Julian are so involved in the whole trip and that makes it a unique experience, and you will definitely love Colombia! The food was amazing, the rum and party bus and the places were beautiful especially the spa retreat that you stay at when visiting Tayrona national park . Only wish I did the two week tour! Will definitely be visiting Colombia again.

“There’s so many carefully planned little details along the way which make every moment feel extra special” – Kerry

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Kerry – UK

Travelling to Colombia with Other Way Round was hands-down the most unique travel experience I’ve had. I’ve always wanted to visit Colombia and as a solo traveller the idea of going on a more tailored small group trip had a lot of appeal. I loved the sheer variety involved and had a whole host of highlights. The colourful streets in Guatape, climbing La Piedra, rum tasting in Cartagena, the breathtaking beaches in Parque Tayrona. There’s so many carefully planned little details along the way which make every moment feel extra special. And while I absolutely loved our group, I also really liked that I could venture off on my own from time to time. It also made getting back together in the evening all the more fun. Truly amazing experience, do it!

Collette – UK

I visited Colombia with Other Way Round in October/November 2018 and had a jam-packed two weeks seeing 4 different areas of this varied country, chatting to locals, learning about the country’s past, hiking, dancing, eating delicious food and exploring the country with like-minded and interesting people! The group was really good and Steve has included a good range of different activities in the itinerary so there really is something for everyone! My personal highlights include Cartagena where we had a private speedboat to take us to the white-sand Caribbean Islands, dinner in the women’s prison, Comuna 13 in Medellin and the salt cathedral in Zipaquira, Bogota. The salsa and champeta lessons were also super fun, despite being quite apprehensive about them!

Mike – Canada

We liked the look of Other Way Round as it seemed perfectly geared towards people of our age and style of travel. It turned out to be a pretty epic decision! Colombia is such a cool country anyway, but to see it in this way through the lens of the people who live there was something else. Amazing trip filled with too many highlights to mention. For me hiking through the jungle in Parque Tayrona and staying at the hacienda in the hills of Medellin were absolute standouts. Very cool bunch of people to travel with and Marce and Steve felt very much like part of the group as well as being great hosts. They are a wonderful couple who love nothing more than to share their passion for life and Colombia with everyone they meet. Thanks guys, we won’t forget this trip!

“We explored picturesque little towns & big cities, we hiked, we boated, we swam, we danced, and we ate our weight in food!” – Janet

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Janet – UK

I recently returned from the 14-day Colombia All-in trip, and had a such a fantastic time! The 2 weeks were jam-packed! We explored picturesque little towns & big cities, we hiked, we boated, we swam, we danced, and we ate our weight in food! I would thoroughly recommend OWR for your Colombia trip. Their passion and expertise on the country are second to none!

Laura – Australia

I must admit I was a little worried that the group wouldn’t be a good fit or that we’d get stuck doing the more obvious touristy things. However very soon after arriving my scepticism totally disappeared as it became clear this was going to be something different. I normally prefer to organise trips like this myself but am so happy that this time I chose Other Way Round as they took us to places and lined up experiences which we could never have planned by ourselves. And I love the fact that they give back to the community by donating to local charities – a must do for me! I will forever hold my Colombian trip as one of my most memorable and if you get the chance to do this trip don’t hesitate, just GO! 

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Emily – UK

Biggest thanks to Other Way Round for hosting the most wonderful and memorable trip. I was looking for a more authentic Colombian experience but after a hectic few months at work also wanted something equally fun and relaxing. And boy did you deliver! From the yummiest of food, to eye-opening comuna visits, to lazy afternoons by the pool, to countryside rendezvous, to late-night salsa – this trip had it all. Not to mention those Colombian drinking games! And the best part: although it’s all super-well organised, it still manages to maintain a very informal feel which never really feels like being on a ‘tour group’. The group dynamic worked great as there was an interesting mix of couples and singletons all with a similar outlook on travel. I couldn’t recommend this trip highly enough.

“Other Way Round trips are specifically designed to enable you to connect with the Colombian locals. You get to hear their stories, learn their struggles and experience their culture” – Paul

Paul – UK 

If you’re the type of person who really likes to get under the skin of a country when you travel then this is the trip for you. I must admit to knowing very little about Colombia beforehand other than it seeming like an interesting place to visit, however I left feeling like i’d gotten a somewhat rare insight into what makes this vibrant country tick. Other Way Round trips are specifically designed to enable you to connect with the Colombian locals. You get to hear their stories, learn their struggles and experience their culture. Not by seeing some cultural demonstration manufactured for tourists, but by getting out there and experiencing the real deal. Exceptional trip, expertly put together, very well done to the Other Way Round team.

Angi – Hungary 

My 2 weeks in Colombia with Other Way Round were absolutely fantastic! Great group, great guides, visited amazing places, had the best adventures and nights out, we managed to see soooo much and got to know the people and culture of this diverse country. Absolutely recommend if you want an action packed holiday!

Charlie – UK

Colombia wasn’t really on my radar until I read the trip notes and found out just how much I’d learn and discover about the country during this trip! And I really did! The places are beautiful and interesting, the people are warm and exciting and the history is everywhere. I went for both weeks and I would encourage anyone else to do the same. The two weeks are entirely different from each other and overall give you a real feel for the diversity of the country. I felt safe and secure and able to ask anything of our hosts. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten better on my travels either! All in all, do it!

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