Karen H.Columbus, GEORGIA, United States
My partner and I toured the Medellin area with Juan for two days. He is one of the best guides we have ever had the pleasure of touring with. He is a consumate professional, highly skilled and knowledgable, considerate and flexible. He worked to understand our needs, customized the tours to accommodate our wishes and delivered. If you are considering a trip to Medellin, you will be in good hands with Juan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen, you are too kind. Thank you very much for your graciousness and patience, both of you... I hope you leave Medellín with a balanced perspective. Keep enjoying your travels!, Cheers
Jonathan JaskelUnited Kingdom
Juan was s pleasure to be with and picked us up from and took us back to our hotel. He made everything we did interesting and made adjustments to suit the weather and the pace we were comfortable with. Highly recommended.
Jonathan JaskelUnited Kingdom
Informative, helpful, sensitive and interesting. Juan adjusted the tour to accomadate our wishes. Highly recommended.
Kirill YudovskiUnited States
Juan is extremely knowledgable and accommodating. We learned a lot about the places and the people of Medellin and Colombia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Kirill. I am glad you enjoyed the city!
I had contacted Juan to set up a photo scouting trip of a few days. working with Juan was a bliss! excellent response time, perfect understanding of my requirements, excellent locations and flexibility to adapt to weather or road conditions, knowledge of the environment. I was a true pleasure to work with Juan, who I now count amongst my friends and my Colombia guide for years to come!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Phillip, Thank you very much for your kind words. The pleasure was mine!
Jay FriesUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Juan. Perfect for anyone interested in ecology or urban issues.
Stephanie GellerUnited States
The best tour guide we ever had in 60 years of traveling.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stephany, You are too kind. I thank you for your words. It was my pleasure to guide you here in Medellín. I hope you continue to have an interesting stay in Colombia.
Annette BamundoUnited States
Juan has created an informative, entertaining, well thought out and comprehensive tour which provides great insight into this wonderful city. We are thrilled with the experience and recommend it highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Annette, I am glad you enjoyed the day, and I hope you continue to have a great time in Colombia.
Debra McmanusAshgrove, QLD 4060, Australia
Wow! What an amazing time we had! Thankyou Juan for giving us the best expierence possible. So knowledgeable and a great personality. Juan made our tour unforgettable!! Thankyou.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Debra, Thank you so much for your kind words. It will be unforgettable to me as well. Special circumstances aside. You and your family really are a blast. Fine and elegant humor, intelligent, compassive, understanding and educated. One cannot ask for a better traveling group. It was an honor to guide you here.
Laurie Beth MoralesUnited States
THIS IS THE GUIDE TO HAVE IN MEDELLIN! We have taken many tours by locals across the globe and Juan Camilo is excellent. Juan Camilo planned an incredible tour including the Botero museum, Comuna 13 (escalators) and took a cable car to Arvi Parque where we hiked and went to a farmers market ( ate fresh empenadas, fruits, local foods). He is a Masters level professor at the University of Medellin, specializing in global-conscious environmental urban development hence, is very knowledgable @ the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Laurie, Thank you for such kind words. I have to say that I enjoyed the day very much and learned a great deal from you and your family. After talking to you all day about many interesting subjects, I went and got a book you recommended, that I am reading and will certainly serve me a lot, to use in my own clases So your wisdom and knowledge will be now transferred to others here in Colombia. That is the best part of tourism. Please say hi to you your husband and kids. cheers, Juan
Juan prepared a wonderful tour for us. We didn't know what to expect from Medellin but the city was really interesting and also charming. Juans topic "urban transformation" was on the point. the places in change have been much more interesting than the classic tourist spots. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sigrid, thank you for your kind words.
Joseph RosadoUnited States
Juan treated my wife and me as though we were family. He listened to what my wife's desires were for the day and he was flexible enough to accommodate her specific needs, wants and desires while maintaining a pleasant and charming disposition. He is a gem of a human being and guide--I strongly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Again, thank you very much Dr. Rosado. I want you to know that the feelings are mutual. I feel lucky to have guided you here in Medellín. You wife deserved all the attention. She is such a sweet and nice lady. Please send regards to Dr. Theresa. You guys are so charming and elegant, it is a pleasure to be a guide to people like yourselves.
Joseph RosadoUnited States
Juan Camilo was a splendid tour guide and human being! He was quite knowledgeable and provided spectacular insights of what we were seeing and what was happening in real time. Highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dr. Rosado. Thank you for your kind words!. I had a lot of fun talking to you and I learned many new interesting things from you and your wife. You will always be welcome here.
Guy BlackUnited States
Wow, awesome transformational tour. Juan really has a passion for Medellin and the Colombian people. He has the ability to connect and transmit the Paisa spirit. He also has a deep knowledge of the city and was a pleasure to have conversations with. Juan was even able to make the tour fun for our curious six year old. He picked a wonderful restaurant for lunch. We also really appreciated his helper Alejandro who was able to be on time, gracefully navigate complicated traffic and keep our things safe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Guy. I am glad you and your wife liked the tour. I certainly did!. It is always a pleasure to talk to educated and fun people. You son is smart and a little gentleman, so it was also very special to show him around on this, one of many trips he has ahead of him. Cheers! You guys are the best!
Juan was a very knowledgeable guide. Showed up exactly on time. Know this town extremely well. Really gave me the information I was looking for and very flexible about our itinerary. This is my first time ever in Colombia and Medellín. I very much wanted an orientation to the area so I wasn't floundering on aimlessly. And he certainly provided that. I can't recommend him enough. When I return to Medellín, and I will, I will certainly engage him again.
Claire GrossmanUnited States
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!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Claire, Warren, thanks for your kind words! Hope you had a good trip and enjoyed the wedding. Cheers!
Maria Isabel HeilbronPanama
Juan Camilo is a very knowledgeable guide. He was excellent and provided a most rewarding experience during our tour of Medellin. It truly was a "tour by locals" which enlightened our understanding of this beautiful city and its history. He was always aminable to our interest and it made our day most fulfilling. We recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maria Isabel, Muchas gracias por tus palabras, yo apredí mucho mas de arte ese dia que nunca antes en tan corto tiempo, me gusto mucho saber que el Museo de Antioquia haya estado a tu altura. Saludes
We had the best day we could ever ask for with Juan as our guide. He was flexible, informative, knowledgeable and picked the best places for us to visit and easiest way to get around the city. We see our day with him as a highlight of our trip to Colombia and will recommend him to friends and fellow travelers. He was a perfect fit to our interests and the whole experience was just amazing. It felt like he and his wife Lena our driver were long time friends- their warmth, friendship-so wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glenna, Thank you for your kind words. We also enjoyed the day as much as you did. Getting to know educated, well traveled, fun people is always a pleasure... and a privilege. Cheers.
Juan was waiting for us and ready to start a most amazing day touring Medellin as soon as we entered baggage claims.
John SprieserUnited States
An excellent guide with totally fluent English. Enjoyed my tour completely, esp. tour of the biosphere park where Juan Camilo had been instrumental in its startup and knew well the various personnel within the park, adding to its charm. You can't go wrong with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: John, Thanks for your kind words!. I Enjoy the day as much as you did. I will argue that you can't go wrong with you as a traveler also!.
Juan was very knowledgable, spoke fluent English and was pleasant to spend the day with. This tour provides you with a look behind the curtain on Medellins amazing transformation. Juan is flexible to individual needs and timetables. We recommend this tour to anyone interested in not just seeing the city but feeling it to. 12 out of 10 for this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rob, Thanks for your kind words. I hope you and your traveling party continues to have fun in Colombia and will come back at some point in the future. cheers!.
Pierre Olivier MartelMontreal, QUEBEC, Canada
Paragliding over Medellin was without a doubt the coolest thing we've done on our Colombian trip. Juan took care of all the logistics, and even invited us for coffee back at his house. He's got the cutest dogs! He also took us around different parts of the city. Juan is very knowledgeable and generous. You won't regret this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pierre, Alex, Thanks for the kind words, I hope you got back to Big Canada well. Cheers!
Wonderful experience with a great guide. Highly recommended. Juan picked us up, right on time. He was very caring, knowledgeable and a social person. The tour exceeded our expectations. We visited a small plantation and met Carlos, a special farmer with a mission. He is passionate about coffee and his farm produces high quality coffee beans. The ride on mules and horses was fantastic as was the traditional lunch at the creek. It was a full day, filled with great experiences. We enjoyed it tremendously.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joseé, Patrick, Arindale and Zita, Thank you for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Colombia.
Andrew KellySalisbury, CONNECTICUT, United States
Juan was one of the best guides I have ever had anywhere.As a native of the city,he knows Medellin and all its complicated history, and the particularities of its neighborhoods, thoroughly.He took me through the recent history of Medellin and demonstrated for me the ways in which the city has changed,grown and improved from the 1970's till now.Medellin is truly a wonderful and amazing place and I am fortunate to have had the services of Juan to show me his city.He is a charming,intelligent,an expert guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andrew, Thanks a lot for your review. It encourages me to keep up the great job of showing travelers from around the world our transforming city and country. Cheers.
My first trip to Colombia and Juan Camillo provided a wonderful experience of Medellin. He is engaging, educated and friendly. We wend to some barrios and central area. He flexibly planned a tour that was personalized to me. I especially liked the way that he creatively improvised during the day. He wasn't following a script. I don't usually go on tours, but this one was spectacular.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dr. Day, Thanks for your kind review...
James KusterUnited States
If you're looking for a tour that covers the bars and clubs in el Poblado and Pablo Escobar's house, then this tour is not for you. If instead, you'd like to see and understand the ongoing transition that has taken Medellin from near chaos to one of the most innovative and resilient cities in the world, then Juan's tour will far exceed your expectations. He is both informative and entertaining and has genuine street cred through his work on several important projects in Medellin. Highest rating!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: James, Cindy, boys... Thank you very much for your gracious company and illustrated conversation. It is obvious that you are savvy travelers.. It was a real pleasure to meet your family. Even though it was a special, but difficult day for touring (good Friday and rainy Friday), you were understanding and that made the endeavor very easy to accomplish. Thanks also for your review, you have a friend here in Medellín. Cheers
James CunninghamUnited States
Juan is outstanding. He has an intimate knowledge of Medellin's history and places of interest. Juan designed a tour based on our interests and then proceeded to go beyond our expectations in educating us and guiding us through our tour. Thank you Juan and thank you Tours by Locals for making Juan available to make our Medellin tour memorable.
Karlyn PhillipsUnited States
This was one of the BEST tours we have ever taken anywhere! Juan has a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm, plus a great love for his city and country. We learned so much and have taken away many wonderful memories. This is an essential tour to take in order to understand both the past and the present of this dynamic city. The entire tour was done using public transportation (metro, cable car, escalators). Don't miss it.