Thanks for visiting our travel team page where you can learn more about the people who really make the difference at SouthAmerica.travel. Our travel consultants are the heart and soul of everything we do here and they would love to help you plan the perfect South American adventure. With team members coming from 11 countries across three continents, there’s no doubt that your trip will be in good hands with any member of our team. This travel blog is written by experienced travel writers who have been there, done it, and know what they’re talking about when it comes to traveling in South America. The staff has traveled extensively throughout the continent and all share a passion for the people, places, culture and heritage.
Jürgen Keller, President
President Jürgen Keller was born in Southwest Germany and has studied in his home country as well as Spain, Portugal and Brazil. He wrote his Masters Thesis at the World Bank library in Washington, D.C. Even while studying, Jürgen began taking American, Canadian and Brazilian high school students and adults on multi-country tours throughout Europe. While working as Export Manager for an international company, the itch to share his love of traveling inspired him to found SouthAmerica.travel in 1999. Jürgen is a frequent guest on talk radio shows and podcasts. Check out our Radio & Podcast page in order to listen to all of the great travel advice and insight he has to share and be sure to give his blog posts a read as well.
Bradley Nehring, Vice-President
Co-founder & Vice-President Bradley Nehring was raised near Seattle and studied at Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet in Tuebingen, Germany, as well as in Spain. Following work at a trade bank in London, Bradley became a Tour Director for EF Educational Tours in 1991, and was appointed Regional Manager for Central & Eastern Europe, where he saw the volume grow three-fold in six years. He has also worked for international tour operators Kuoni, Insight, GoAhead, Gate1, Passports, ACIS and DER. Throughout the 1990s he escaped the chilly northern winters by traveling through the diverse landscapes of South America. Check out Bradley’s blog posts for more on his unique insight into the great continent.
Christina Schranz, Travel Consultant
Christina was born in Vienna, Austria. After graduating high school, she moved to San Diego, California to pursue an undergraduate degree in international business before graduating with a Masters in Marketing. After working as a real estate consultant in San Diego, she decided to pursue her ultimate dream: learn Spanish in South America. She moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina and fell in love with the country. Now she combines her three passions: travel, sales & learning about new cultures! Christina has traveled Argentina, Antarctica, Brazil, Peru, Colombia & Chile. Her highlights include a trip through Patagonia, which featured a cruise to Cape Horn (the End of the World), for the chance to see Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate. Another favorite memory was watching the sunset in Salvador, Brazil while sipping agua de coco! There are still many places she would love to visit and explore. At the top of the list are a visit to the Pantanal to spot a Jaguar and a trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia. You can email Christina and read her blog posts to learn more about her wide array of South American experiences.
Izabela Zielińska, Travel Consultant
Diego Silva, Travel Consultant
Jason Mayo, Travel Consultant
Jason is an American from Connecticut currently living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied at Colgate University and received a degree in Philosophy. After college, he realized that he had spent most of his life in an environment where people had very similar experiences and ideology. He had traveled with his family to Europe and Canada, and to Jamaica with his friends in college, but he knew that he understood very little about the world and other cultures. He traveled to Buenos Aires without speaking a word of Spanish and found the beginning of an incredible journey. Traveling throughout South America has forever changed his life for the better. His favorite places in South America up to this point have been the Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. He looks forward to continuing on his journey throughout South America and helping anyone who has a similar dream. You can email Jason in our Buenos Aires sales office.
Tye Rogerson, Travel Consultant
Tye grew up in Santa Barbara, but has lived in Seattle long enough to consider the northwest home. He earned his degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Washington. An early trip to Peru piqued his curiosity, and a spate of globe-trotting soon followed, with a ski trip to Italy and “voluntouring” in Ecuador during his college years. Since then, Tye has worked in England, Wales and Australia, filmed a documentary in Greece and hitchhiked around Iceland. Returning to South America, he traveled over-land through every country in the continent, from Chile to French Guiana while writing a long-form travel blog about each place. His top three destinations are Rio during Carnival, going anywhere in Bolivia, and exploring Tayrona National Park on Colombia’s Caribbean coastline. He recently returned from a trip around the Indian Ocean, writing about Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, Madagascar, and other island nations. Tye looks forward to speaking with you about making your own trip to South America a reality. You can email Tye and read his blog posts, which feature some of his favorite locations.
Tom Maker, Travel Consultant
Tom was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He has always wanted to travel and experience new places, especially those that make his mother a little nervous. He studied international communications & anthropology at the university, taking time off to travel throughout. He has traveled around Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, the US, Canada, and South America. Tom was so infatuated with the beautiful chaos that is South America, that he came for a holiday and decided that he wasn’t ready to leave – with so much more exploring to do and things to learn. He currently lives in beautiful Buenos Aires. His favorite thing about traveling is the way that different places make you feel; the excitement and confusion of visiting somewhere new, and the warm, homely, fuzzy feeling you get when you are somewhere that you know. Tom’s other passions include music, food (mostly eating) and the outdoors. His highlights of South America (so far) include the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, the Caribbean Coast in Colombia, Central Argentina, and the Uruguayan Coast. You can email Tom directly in our Buenos Aires office or read some of his blog posts.
Jon was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the Pacific Northwest. His interest in travel and South America came to life while he was studying abroad during college. Living and working in the Ecuadorian Amazon, he became intrigued with the indigenous Kichwa culture and local way of life. This sparked his interest to continue to explore other parts of South America. He traveled from the Amazon to the Andes and from the coast of the Galapagos and into Peru. Traveling all by land from Mancora in Northern Peru to Lake Titicaca in southern Peru, gave him an understanding of the geography and culture of the country. Some of Jon’s highlights include snorkeling with manta rays in the Galapagos, trekking at 13,000 ft in the Cordillera Blanca, and watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu. With his love for adventure, the outdoors and his passion for travel, Jon hopes to inspire others with his experiences to make South America their next travel destination. Send Jon and email or read some of his blog posts.
Charlotte Lebouvier, Travel Consultant
Charlotte is originally from Normandy, France. She first traveled to South America in 2009 after receiving her degree in Audiovisual Communication. Charlotte fell in love with the continent and started working in tourism in Chile: first in Valdivia then in Santiago. She has traveled throughout South America and is particularly interested in the native cultures and ancestral medicine of this beautiful continent. Charlotte is now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and hopes to work from our Rio office one day, to experience the Carioca way of life. Some of her favorite places include: the lake region in Chile, northern Peru and the hidden treasures such as Chavin, Chan Chan and/or Kuelap, hiking in La Cordillera Blanca in Huaraz and seeing the sunrise in the middle of the valley surrounded by mountains. Colombia has wonderful food and the happiness of its people. Brazil for its mix of culture and its music, forro, bossa nova, samba. You can send her an email and read her blog posts to learn more about her adventures.
Rebecca Deering, Sales Support Manager
Rebecca Deering is originally from Wisconsin, USA and arrived in Argentina in 2008 looking for an adventure where she lived until 2014. She has traveled extensively through South America and continues to explore new places and cultures within South America and the world. Her favorite areas of South America (so far) are the Peruvian Amazon, the Atacama Desert, the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding areas, and Parque Tayrona, Colombia. She also has done a 9-day cruise in Antarctica. She currently resides in Austin, Texas and is our Sales Support Manager. You can contact her by email at Rebecca@SouthAmerica.travel.
Martin Kaleta, Travel Consultant
Martin was born and raised in Chicago, IL before relocating to Seattle, WA. As a student of urban geography, he was captivated by the liveliness, hospitality and diversity of South American cities while studying abroad in Buenos Aires and traveling across the continent. This exposure, combined with his passion for guiding and motivating others, inspired him to help others explore South America’s landscapes and cultures. Some of his favorite experiences in South America include visiting the abandoned resort town of Villa Epecuen, Argentina, discovering local music venues and bands in Buenos Aires and completing the Salkantay trek in Peru.
Jacob Muniak, Travel Consultant
Jake grew up in Ohio. Since graduating from the University of Dayton he has spent time traveling throughout Latin America for both leisure and for international development organizations. He was drawn to SouthAmerica.travel because he has the ability to share his love and passion for the beautiful people of Latin America with others and help them plan their exciting adventures to see these amazing countries! Jake’s favorite country is Colombia, he loves the vibrant people and the welcoming culture. Next on his list is Brazil, he looks forward to relaxing on the beach in Rio de Janeiro and exploring the Amazon Rainforest.
Michelle Beetham, Marketing Manager
Michelle was born and raised in Washington State and attended college in Los Angeles, California where she studied Communications and Political Science. Her passion for traveling came after she spent 5 months traveling throughout South America, she spent time in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. Some of her highlights include trekking through the Peruvian Andes to the mysterious Machu Picchu, exploring Patagonia’s enchanting national parks and lounging on the beach in Brazil. She has recently joined the Buenos Aires team and couldn’t be happier. Send her an email if you have any marketing inquiries or check out her blog posts to learn more about her travels.
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