Born and raised in Bogota, Diego moved to the cafetera region as a young adult to pursue his dream of becoming a professional cyclist. The region offers the best terrain for training on the bike and, as he quickly found out, some of the best hiking trails in Colombia. The Nevados National Park became his playground in the off-season as he used the challenging terrain and high altitude environment as preparation (his physical conditioning). After a successful cycling career including winning the MTB Pan-American Championship and participating in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he is now retired, and wants to share his knowledge and passion for the mountain he acquired over the past 15 years. That’s how Salento Trekking was born.
Vanessa brings over 10 years of experience in designing, planning and guiding cycling and hiking tours for US companies in France, Italy, Switzerland, and now Colombia.
She grew up in Switzerland and lived, worked, studied in California for 17 years before moving to Colombia. Vanessa raced at the top level of cycling in the US for the last 7 years and joined Diego training and hiking in Colombia over the winter for the last 5 years. She speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.