My parents encouraged me to study science, practice outdoor sports (diving, mountain climbing, trekking, etc. ), and visit all kinds of places. I became a marine biologist in my country and then went to further my studies in the US, where I learned English, got a master's degree and assimilated into the culture. I lived, worked and studied in the US for over 10 years and eventually became a US citizen. Besides the United States I have had the opportunity to visit more than 30 countries in the past 20 years, always looking for "the road not taken" like in Robert Frost's beautiful poem. I actively avoided tourist traps and learned from the locals, that the best places to visit are those you least imagine, and are usually just around the corner. During my years in the US, I also became an apprentice in wine tasting. My mentor--a famous 'wine guy' in Florida--taught me about the art of wine appreciation, and together we created a small company called "Winetreks". For a few years, we took affluent clients to remote destinations in Chile and Argentina to visit boutique wineries (big and small) and taste the most heavenly wines South America has to offer, while enjoying the awesome landscapes and peoples of both countries. We customized tours for our clientele and went to great measures to keep the traveling experience, as independent and flexible as they required… The same thing I will like to offer you here in Colombia, and particularly in my home town of Medellín. I am very knowledgeable about the local history and geography, as well as the natural environment of this mega diverse region. I always show the travelers both the good and the bad in this and all respects, so visitors get the real Colombia and the real world: "the state of the science", as they certainly deserve. Over the years as a teacher, lecturer, and a guide, I have learned that all these activities are exactly the same. The only thing I enjoy more than guiding and teaching, is learning from travelers like you, about all aspects of life, places and cultures. In a way, guiding smart and educated travelers, is like traveling yourself. I am at your service and hope you will have an unforgettable stay in Medellín and Colombia.
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Juan was excellent! We had a half day tour of Medellin set up. He was waiting for us when we arrived at our hotel. He is a native of Medellin, very knowledgeable and passionate. We drove, walked and took the subway during our half day. Covered a lot of ground. He was informative, easy going and very flexible. Highly recommend Juan!
I am a Marine Biologist from the UJTL University in Colombia, My undergraduate degree research thesis was about the kleptoparasitic behavior of Frigate Birds (Fregata magnificens, Mathews, 1914), on a small island in the Caribbean. I also have a Masters Degree in Marine Affairs and Policy from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami in Virginia Key, Florida. My master's research emphasis was on macro and micro algae. I have a diploma in GIS and Digital Photogrametry. I currently give lectures on Climate Change and the Global Environmental Crisis at Universities and Corporations around Colombia and the region. I am also a university teacher. My class is about Environmental Conflicts and my students are getting a masters degree on Sustainable Development. I hold an advance Paraglider Pilot's license (sorry, no tandem flights). Diplomas and lecture certificates are available for verification. It will be a pleasure to share my credentials with you!.
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