Joe Sandillo


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Sandillo specializes in itineraries that bring the improbable to life, like arranging for a top emerald dealer to travel from Barranquilla to Cartagena for the day to show a visiting New York couple some rare cuts not found in boutiques. His privately guided Colombia itineraries, ideal for families, feature strong cultural and historical elements balanced with natural excursions.

Recently, Sandillo planned a trip for a group of young professionals who wanted to learn about Colombia’s political history and to meet with local businesspeople. Sandillo also arranged a sit-down with a boutique hotel owner at her family’s estancia outside Bogotá.

"Latin America has been my passion dating back over 25 years," Sandillo says. "I learned the region's history, began speaking Spanish and Portuguese fluently, lived in Brazil and traveled extensively throughout the region. I first visited Colombia a decade ago at the invitation of a friend from Bogotá, and fell in love with the warmth and resiliency of its people given its turbulent history, as well as the incredible and diverse natural beauty. I've traveled all over the country through numerous trips the last 10 years, scouting new hotels and interesting private experiences to help our clients see a Colombia they never imagined."

A property that's caught his eye: the new Sofitel Barú outside Cartagena. "This has been a game changer for clients wanting a luxury beach resort at the end of their Colombia trip," he says.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Average Daily Spend: From $650 per day

Trip Planning Fees: $250; can be applied to total trip cost

Contact Info | 813-682-1959 | Tampa, Fla.


"Joe Sandillo and his team did an amazing job planning my week-long trip to Cuba. I told him the dates I was available and what I hoped for, and he took care of the rest. He arranged everything flawlessly with a wonderful team on the ground to help expedite airport procedures. One highlight was the Presidio Modelo. I was able to spend two days photographing the site. I had a guide with me at all times, so I really didn't have to worry about a single thing. I highly recommend Joe and look forward to working with him again in the near future." - David L.

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