Colombia is the only South American country to border both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, and has recently emerged from a traumatic and rich history. Expect stunning scenery, sophisticated culture, and vibrant eco-systems.

Located at 8,600 feet with 360-degree views, Bogotá should bookend any Colombian itinerary. Home to the country’s top chefs and designers, this posh city also touts dozens of local universities.

Medellín is the subject of cocktail chatter thanks to the hit series Narcos. Considered the world’s flower capital (we’ll book a tour of the flower farms located just outside the city), this vibrant city dances with trendy nightlife and live music. Its pleasant, year-round climate has lassoed Medellín’s “Eternal Spring” nickname.

Cartagena hugs the Caribbean Sea and is home to famous scribe Gabriel García Márquez. This charming, walled-in city allows visitors to wander cobblestone streets for table- and boutique- hopping. And don’t miss The Rosario Islands for a fun, sun-kissed day.

Lauren Maggard to create an unforgettable escape to Colombia.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Ski all Summer in South America

If a ski holiday is not in the cards this North American ski season – save the steep and deep for a trip down to Argentina next summer. July is peak ski season and Cerro Catedral in Bariloche offers some of the best snow conditions in all of South America.  

Named for the gothic cathedral looking granite spires, Cerro Catedral features not only the largest lift-accessed ski area in Argentina and Chile (and 3000 acres of off-piste terrain to explore for the more expert skier), but provides easy access to the city of Bariloche just eight miles away.  The Swiss influenced village of Bariloche sits right on Lake Nahuei Huapi – so if a day off the slopes is in order, there is plenty of optionality with abundant après-ski activities (well, eating and drinking mostly!) in this northern Patagonia region.

A convenient flight from Buenos Aires, Bariloche makes a natural addition to a more extensive Argentine itinerary including sophisticated city stops and vineyard visits.

To learn more please email Lauren Maggard.



Cartagena: A coastal, fortified city I have longed to visit for years – and now I am here.

Surprisingly, this Columbian seaside retreat feels very familiar, and I find that reassuring. It is almost like a memory game where I think, “I have seen this one before.” But where?  Cartagena has the soul, spirit, and energy of New Orleans, complemented by a Spanish sophistication and historical grandeur found in many Andalusian villages like Córdoba. Is it the many gelaterias flanking the quaint passages that introduce a flavor of Italy as well? The sensation I experience in strolling the cobble-stoned streets and admiring the boldly painted façades with overhanging balconies reminds me of Verona….

What is it about traveling and discovering that causes us to seek parallels from past experiences? I am only too grateful to have so many to reference! Here’s to adding to the portfolio. Bucket list: check.

If you would like to check Cartagena off your bucket list, contact Julia Douglas at today.