We are passionate about showing our travelers a Colombia (not Columbia) that is much more than Narcos and an infamous drug lord. We are passionate about showing the dynamic, stunning, culturally rich, and electrifying energy of a country whose resiliency shines through and whose people know how to throw one hell of a party. Learn more about your Colombia experts below.
Katalina Mayorga, Co-Founder
As the Colombian-American co-founder of Boutique Colombia (and founder of El Camino Travel), I never meant to get into the travel industry. A quick conversation (about drug cartels) with a taxi driver in Guatemala dramatically changed the course of my life and veered me from international development to hospitality and tourism. Boutique Colombia is a culmination of my experiences leading El Camino Travel, working extensively throughout Latin America for over a decade, and my creative side that is obsessively on the hunt for those locals that make a destination tick.
Us and our network of local experts are on the ground, working extremely hard to make sure you have the experiences of a lifetime. We have been working extremely hard to shake up the travel industry and do something special, and I am proud to say that passion has been recognized by others. I was most recently selected as a 2017 Tory Burch Foundation Fellow and has been featured in Marie Claire, Creative Mornings, and Project Entrepreneur as a thought leader on the topics of travel and entrepreneurship.
Andres Zuleta, Co-Founder
As a co-founder of Boutique Colombia — and founder of Boutique Japan — I landed in the travel industry after a fateful conversation with Japanese surfers at a Tokyo tequila bar. I’d been living in Tokyo for years, having moved to Japan from New York City to study Japanese, and travel around the country (and, as I would discover later, become obsessed with onsen and izakaya!).
While my business helping Japanese surfers navigate California and Mexico’s waves never took off, it led me into the travel industry - where I discovered the value of my extensive travel — and Japan-specific — expertise. In 2013, I launched Boutique Japan, an unpretentious luxury travel company with a culinary and cultural focus. We have had the fortune to help hundreds of amazing travelers from around the world experience Japan in a truly personal and immersive way.
As a Colombian-American (both of my parents are Colombian), I was lucky to be able to visit Colombia on a yearly basis growing up, traveling around the country to see relatives in Bogota, Medellin, Cali, and beyond.
But it wasn’t until 2017 that I took my first trip to Colombia as a “traveler” (i.e., not expressly to visit relatives) - on an El Camino journey. I’d always loved Colombia and known how special and appealing it is, but it wasn’t until this trip — and countless inspired discussions with Katalina — that I realized I could bring my extensive luxury travel experience with Boutique Japan to the country of my heritage. And thus, Boutique Colombia was born.