Colombia is South America’s access door to the world. Strategically located, this is the ideal destination for events, meetings, and international conventions.
Nestled in the heart of the American continent, over the equatorial parallel, Colombia has become one of the most distinguished destinations in South America. 365 days of paradise, tropical weather, biodiversity, and unimaginable contrasts. In the Caribbean, you dance Champeta, although Vallenato and Colombian Cumbia are also praised worldwide. One thing is certain — flavor and rhythm are always present in Colombia!
Hello, I'm Julieth LOPEZ
Julieth is a very joyous and proud Colombian, living in a country with beautiful landscapes and a varied climate — rich in flora and fauna — with celebrations full of beautiful and happy beings.
She is deeply passionate about nature and the environment, hence the reason for steering her studies towards these subjects. She has worked in public and private companies, and in 2011 she discovered her true passion when working in management and sustainability with an emphasis on tourism, travel, and events. She has since continued to extend her personal and professional expertise by obtaining a Master's in Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
Continuously going above and beyond, Julieth always seeks to add value and satisfy every client’s desires that render extraordinary and unforgettable results.
Today, Julieth is part of the IVI DMC family, a place known for fulfilling dreams in a significant way for both its personnel and clients, through its unique service.
Local Attraction: She loves Cartagena for its beach and romantic ambiance. Villa de Leyva with its beautiful architecture that features a variety of tourist and special activities, especially the Kite Festival in August and the sight of Christmas lights in December. In Bogota, she relishes Monserrate, Simón Bolívar Park, with its infinite variety of options to spend moments with friends and family, which all make it her ideal place to live..
Recreational Activity: Julieth loves gazing at sunsets, listening to music - especially the sound of the sax, going to the movies and theater. She also loves exploring new places when traveling and living each day to the fullest with her beautiful family.
Restaurant: She enjoys dining at a different restaurant every month alongside her husband, which in addition to giving them time as a couple, it also provides them the pleasure of enjoying Colombian cuisine. One of her esteemed restaurants is El Tambor, as it is the ideal venue to share with family while enjoying the fresh air on the outskirts of Bogota. In addition to El Tambor, she also fancies T-Bone located in downtown Bogota and GiGi's in Usaquen.
Hello, I'm Alexandra MONTAÑEZ
Regional Managing Director
Alexandra is a passionate, goal-oriented, social, trustworthy, and a Perrenque woman — as commonly referred to in her country. She is a Bogota native who began her professional career 19 years ago as an Airline Service Manager from Politecnico Grancolombiano University. She holds extensive knowledge in various software used to issue air tickets such as Sabre and Condor. Alexandra carried out her school internship at Avianca Regional Commercial Management and after graduating in 2005, she was offered a temporary position in Avianca's travel center located in Bogota, where she managed the travel schedules for Avianca's employees as well as maintaining the travel's policy structure. Alexandra enjoyed planning, checking, and booking travels in Amadeus' platform for airplane acquisitions and special missions, including the management and flight simulator control for the Operations VP, making sure it followed the quality standard procedures. She was also a leader in the process of commercial deals with hotels for Avianca employees.
Five years after working in this prestigious Airline, she chose to initiate a new path in the travel agency industry, and in 2012 she began working with Travels and Tourism Express by American Express (at that time) in Colombia and Cafam, one of the biggest companies in the country. She began as a corporate sales representative, managing cooperative travel schedules for National and International companies, and after seven months she was assigned to the Enel Codensa account which she excelled in service and time of response. Her biggest strengths granted her a two-year extension in her contract. Alexandra escalated in the company and after a selection process, she became a member of the commercial team, building and managing business relationships, prospecting new accounts, and the maintenance of current ones. She specialized in private biddings and worked with the team leader to sign corporate accounts for three-year contracts like Servientrega, Tgt Gamas and Pnud United Nations Program. In November 2014 Alexandra applied for a new internal position and was promoted to Rosales Office Manager handling monthly schedules for 3 branch offices, website administration, human resources management, customer vacation development, verification, indicators of satisfaction, and monthly budget. She managed to increase its company estimates by 37% in Q1 2015 in comparison to 2014.
In May 2015, SuperDestination, a travel agency from Colsanitas holding group offered Alexandra their Commercial Director position, which involved handling the most prestigious accounts from Colombia. She designed strategies to renew their brand, manage their corporate accounts more efficiently, through business meetings, workshops with vacation promotions, and massive mailing tactics. She was in charge of vendors and empowering teamwork alongside them by rendering a strategic selection, evaluation, and following up of the services offered to ensure customer requirements and company travels policies, in this way her commercial and vendor process was of the utmost quality, all which led to the certification of quality. The hotel rate improvement was one of the main interests of their corporate core as well. She was in charge of the travel agency's brand refinement and the development and operation of the vacation schedules for corporate customers. In September 2016, First in Service Travel opened an office in Colombia, with headquarters in New York, where she was fortunate to join as Latam Commercial Manager, managing corporate, MICE, and leisure trips for the company's organic clients, for Colombia and Mexico. In those almost 4 years she learned more about the market in the various branches, the company grew by the first years.
Three years ago Alexandra received her certification as a Transformational Coach. She has also obtained her International Business Management certification and she now joins IVI DMC Colombia to promote the inbound and outbound market for the MICE segment.
Local Attraction: She loves exploring Colombian touristic sites, such as the coffee axis ideal for families, Guajira's amazing orange beaches, Tayrona Park in Santa Marta, and Villa de Leyva, a romantic spot near Bogota where visitors can enjoy kite festivals in August and the famous candles day on December 7. She treasures Bogota's unmatched winds ideal for flying kites with the family, Monserrate Mountain, the exquisite gastronomy, The Savannah Touristic Train, the perfect getaway for locals and foreigner visitors in Bogota as it will take them to the Salt Cathedral 180 meters underground.
Recreational Activity: Alexandra adores the beach, ocean, the sound of the rain, watching movies, traveling, reading, visiting different restaurants, and providing new alternatives to her clients.
Restaurant: Alexandra considers herself a devoted foodie. Her recommendation when dining in Colombia is Bogota Black's best restaurant, a great place to gather and drink cocktails with friends or business partners. Another is the delectable cuisine of Chef Leo Espinosa. Harry's Cartagena at Charleston Hotel, El Cielo in Medellín, and the Platillos Voladores Restaurant in Cali.
Fauna and Flora Biodiversity
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world and confirmed as the first with an avifauna of 1865 species — not to mention we have from 45 to 55 thousand flower species. It is home to 20% of the bird species in the world, 17% amphibians, 8% reptiles, and many more unimaginable animals.
Gastronomy varies throughout every region of the country. You can find the freshest seafood in the Caribbean and Pacific, delicious soups and creams in the center of the country, bandeja paisa, ajiaco, and more than 150 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and dishes.
We are the second happiest country in the world — joy and happiness are what distinguish Colombia among other countries in South America. Colombians are very different from each other as our flowers and fruits — we are a blend of physical features, races, and accents.
With the perfect location, the country is settled between two oceans, each with its unique characteristics and landscapes that give way to approximately 300 beaches. We have Providence Island in the Caribbean where you can find a coral barrier beyond 19 miles in length. Also the third biggest reef in the world and in the pacific islands you can find the spectacular humpback whales sing. If that wasn't enough the seven colors sea in the Rosario Islands and Colombia´s Rainbow River
Weather and Landscapes
We don’t have seasons in Colombia, however, the weather and temperature vary just as the landscapes. In many areas of the country, you can find mountains like the Andes Snow Peaks
and Volcanoes, though, this is not everything; we also have the Amazonas Rainforest and the Caribbean and Pacific shore. There is something that will amaze you at any location you choose.
You can find the works of distinguished artists and museums known to the world in Colombia, but as locals enjoy the works handcrafts you´ll also encounter flower structures made by farmers from Antioquia, knitted bags by Wayuu natives and mud structure models by hand.
Festivals, Fairs, and Celebrations
There is always a good time to celebrate, it doesn't matter the time of the year. Some of the most prominent carnivals and events in Colombia are The Black and White Carnival in Pasto, The Iberoamerican Theater Festival in Bogota, The Flowers Fair in Medellin, and the Barranquilla’s Carnival.
Colombian architecture is very diverse as the country itself. Modern buildings and structures in cities like Bogota and Medellin depict the evolution of the country and places like Salento Quindio, Villa de Leyva Boyaca, and San Felipe Castel in Cartagena display the Colonial heroic history along their streets.
In this country, we have countless musical rhythms. In the Caribbean, you can dance Champeta or enjoy in the Pacific Salsa Choque. Marvel yourself with the harp from Llanos Orientales or the accordion from the City of Cesar, show off your salsa moves in Cali, or swing your hips dancing the Colombian Cumbia.
The Best Coffee
Coffee is one of the national symbols of Colombia and the beverage with a fascinating history, culture, and evolution. Known to produce some of the best coffee in the world, Eje Cafetero is one of the most visited tourist zones in Colombia. Here you will have the opportunity to learn more about the complete coffee production process.