Founder and Director of KonTour Travel
Travelling has always been one of my passions and it led to the founding of KonTour Travel. I grew up in Colombia raised by Swiss/German parents and thus combine a Colombian heart with Swiss heritage to ensure we offer unique Colombian experiences that run like clockwork. Understanding European’s expectations and knowing what can be really be done in Colombia allows me to design a product portfolio tailored to the discerning traveller. This approach is key to our success: know whom to sell, know what you sell and sell what you know. And since I still love to travel and explore I’m always on the lookout for new experiences. So drop me a mail if you’d like to know about really off the beaten track tours in Colombia.
Inbound Tourism Director
Working in tourism has given me the opportunity to realize that Colombia it is a very complete and attractive destination: the history of Cartagena, the colonial architecture of Barichara and Villa de Leyva, the archaeological wealth of San Agustín, the contact with the nature and communities in the Amazon region, to name just a few of the many activities to be undertaken and places to visit. In addition to this, we have the human warmth of its people and the quality of service that has positively been surpassed in a relatively new industry.
I love to ensure that the wishes and expectations of the clients are met and even exceeded, as well as communicate with different people from different backgrounds, who allow you to learn from other cultures and improve professional skills with limiting situations that puts you to the test, so there is always room for innovation.
Sales and Marketing Advisor
Born and raised in Colombia I had the chance to live its beauty from childhood on. Thanks to extensive journeys I learned much about the country and could marvel at its incredible variety of landscapes, flora and fauna. The joyful and hearty Colombians do the rest to confirm my fondness for this country.
With my bicultural roots and a degree in sociology and intercultural communication I am fond of bringing together people from diffrent cultures and thereby hopefully share the passion for this wonderful and exotic country.
I have started travelling, and combining travelling and working, about 10 years ago and haven’t stopped since. I have lived in different countries throughout the world such as Spain, France, Latvia, United Kingdom, Iceland, Kenya and Mexico. I came out to Colombia in beginning 2015 just as to visit friends and planning to stay for a few months. It has been more than 2 years now… and counting! I’m Spanish and have a Degree in Tourism with a Postgraduate in Ecotourism field. I’m truly convinced that travelling is the perfect way of knowing a country and to learn about its culture.
My involvement in KonTour is mainly as operations coordinator, but also helping out in marketing, sales department and as everything I can offer to this company.
What I love the most about Colombia is the warmth of its people, their joy of living life and of course being able to travel and experience such different ecosystems and landscapes in just one country: the dramatic Andean mountains, the Caribbean beaches, the Pacific coast, and the Colombian Amazon.
Juan Sebastián Durán
Inbound Tourism Advisor
I am a professional of Hotel and Tourism Management, my studies provide a global approach about how tourism goes, based mainly on field researches in Caribe and Andean region. I believe that the best way to reduce the gap of poverty and inequality is the tourism, based on transparent policies. Due to these reasons, I understand that the right meaning of tourism is the activity which encourage the social and economic development of local people.
I consider myself as a fanatic of nature and adventure tourism, since these experiences provide the best part of the life. As I say: “It is the experience which provides something like peace while you feel the adrenaline from the acceleration of the boat in a river or the wind after a jump in bungee”. Moreover, my country (Colombia) has wonderful, magical and uncover destinations to get to know so I believe in tourism as a tool to change the international image of the country to magical realism.
My role in Kontour is as receptive tourism assessor, where I am constantly looking for incomparable experiences to show to the tourist who wants to fall in love with Colombia.
Administrative Assistant and Accountant
I am from Barichara, the prettiest little village in Colombia. I am a woman proud of being Colombian and proud of the stories which are told through the cobblestone streets. I grew up always surrounded by people who are aware of an environmentally friendly culture. I admire the great biodiversity that this country has to offer as well as the breath-taking landscapes which I can enjoy while on my favourite road trips through Santander and Caribbean regions. I always looking forward to discovering new places yet to be explored.
I love Colombia because I am sure that it will be a traveller with a great smile in every corner of the country, he/she will be kindly attended and will be shown the beauty of this country of colours. So as it is said.. The risk of coming to Colombia is wanting to stay!
I arrived to Bogotá searching for new experiences and that was when I became part of Kontour Travel team. My role in the company is as Accountant and Administrative assistant. Together with accountant work, my commitment to the company is related to Ecotourism and to help with business sustainability practices.
The cooperation with people and getting to know other cultures have always been very important to me. Which is also why I decided to do my tourism studies. A great chance to unite passion for people, culture and nature and to experience “travelling” from other perspectives.
After my journeys inside Europe and to New Zealand, a non-western country should follow – my choice happened to be Colombia! A quite diverse country which unites coast, mountains and Amazonas. No matter how much time you are going to spend here, there is always more to see and learn about this country.