Scarlet Macaw Trips, based in the USA and Colombia, excels both in local expertise and understanding of what today's travelers seek. We believe in the global ripple effect of intercultural exchanges and are proud this experience will continue to resonate with you after you return home. We champion and partner with local organizations to craft a variety of inspiring, eye-opening, and rewarding experiences in the region.
WHY WE'RE HEAD AND FEATHERS ABOVE THE TREES
We are inspired to design hand-crafted itineraries for you, constantly remixing partners, opportunities, and travelers for the most fruitful and impactful experiences.
We value conversation + collaboration, perspective + exchange, transparency + respect, accountability + education, and fold these tenets into our trips; we believe in travel with purpose - fun is a given.
Our friends + associates are also committed to sustainable travel, and in supporting each other's projects, products, and endeavors. We are always looking for opportunities to lift our friends up and shine the light on their accomplishments.
Half of our team...is a local. We are committed to serving as a conduit between the travel sector and local organizations or individuals and finding mutually beneficial opportunities for visibility and support within current and future projects.
We never tire of seeing the region through your eyes and work so that when folks ask you "What's Colombia really like?" You can really tell them...
I spent the first three years of my life in Cali, Colombia, before moving to San Francisco, California with my family. The pull of Colombia was always strong as I was growing up in the Bay Area. After college, I returned to Cali to teach English and live with extended family. After 6 years in New York City, where I studied photojournalism at the International Center of Photography and worked in digital media, I was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Cartagena to work with a group of women in the situation of internal displacement. I learned more in intimate and extended personal conversations than in years of academic settings. I fully believe it is our responsibility to teach one another empathy, to look out for, and to bring out the best in one another. I am committed to dovetailing the tourism sector and social sector via creative projects and cross-cultural collaboration.
© Christie Hemm Klok
I was born and raised in Cartagena, Colombia. Since working in international tourism, I've had the privilege of meeting folks from all over the world and have been able to show them, with great pride, the beauty and complexity of this country. Through their eyes, I’ve been able to see my country with a fresh point of view and want to continue to share that sense of awe and excitement with others. There are thousands of birds that call Colombia home but the ‘guacamayo,’ or macaw, has always called to me. In hindsight, I suppose it’s no surprise that I’d find a way to incorporate the spirit of the macaw into this enterprise. The ‘guacamayo’ is big and beautiful, bright and regal. The feathers of the scarlet macaw, in particular, represent the colors of the Colombian flag. The macaw, for me, is a symbol of adventures to come, and of the pride and passion I feel for this company and my country.
See you soon!