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Last updated on July 31st, 2018 at 01:34 pm

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.

 

rebecca-travel-consultantRebecca 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 or read about her travels in her latest blog posts

 

annica-gaitherAnnica Gaither, Travel Consultant

Annica Gaither found her way to SouthAmerica.travel in 2009 while she was living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She worked at SouthAmerica.travel for 4 years before going on a 3 year hiatus. Now she is back and more excited than ever! She loves learning about new hotels, new things to do in each destination and she loves the camaraderie at SouthAmerica.travel. In her free time, you can find Annica walking her 2 adorable pugs, exercising and of course traveling. You can email Annica and read her blog posts to learn more about her wide array of South American experiences.

Charlotte Lebouvier, Travel Consultantcharlotte-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.

christina-travel-consultantChristina 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.

 

clara-travel-consultantClara Tort, Travel Consultant

Clara was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the city she loves and wishes everybody could visit! She graduated with a degree in Tourism Administration in Argentina before moving to England to work on her English and continue her education with a Postgraduate course at the University of Birmingham. After traveling Europe and getting used to fish and chips for lunch instead of the traditional Argentinean “asado”, she came back to her home country in 2008 and started working in the Tourism industry, as a travel consultant for SouthAmerica.travel. Being a travel enthusiast, she can’t stop touring her home continent, from the breathtaking Galapagos Islands, to the powerful Iguazu Falls, and her favorite, the Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia. Send Clara an email and check out her blog posts to share in her South American adventures.

 

Claudia Corona, Travel Consultant

Claudia is the eternal dreamer, born and raised in a little village on the beautiful Island of Sardinia, Italy. Her curiosity of the rest of the world and anything extraordinary inspired her to travel from an early age, with a huge passion for different cultures, languages and new destinations – thus her degree in Foreign Languages and Communication. She first traveled extensively in Europe, studied in Berlin, and spent 7 years in London, before exploring more distant countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, before ending up strolling around South America. She fell in love with this lively, passionate and colorful continent, and decided to try her luck in Buenos Aires. Being a travel consultant allows her to help people fulfilling their travel dreams while continuing to travel around the Latin Continent! She is a big fan of spontaneous decisions. Don’t take her to a non-Italian pizzeria, unless they have got flan as dessert and nice red wine to make up for it! She absolutely loves the scenery of Patagonia, the colorful Bolivian costumes and traditions, the musical scene of Colombia and the tranquility of Uruguay. Her next country to explore more fully: Brazil! If you would like to get in touch with Claudia, you can send her an email! 

 

iza-travel-consultantIzabela Zielińska, Travel Consultant

Izabela was born in Poland and has a European background, but a South American soul. As a multi-language speaker (English, Italian, Spanish) educated in international tourism, she decided to follow her dream and discover South America by listening to her inner voice that was always whispering “your place is there.” In the spirit of St. Augustine’s words, “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page,” she started her South American adventure. She has visited extensively Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Colombia and currently lives and works in Bogota. Izabela still has several destinations remaining on her list including seeing Machu Picchu emerge from the clouds and listening for the call of a toucan during an Amazon cruise. You can read her personal travel blog, Momentos Captados, send her an email, and check out her blog posts for SouthAmerica.travel too.  

jason-travel-consultantJason 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 or read about his travels throughout South America in his blog posts!

 

Jon Hillstead, Travel Consultant

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.

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. Email Martin if you would like to plan a trip to South America or read some of his blog posts for more information about South America!

 

Millie Davies, Travel Consultant

Born in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, Millie comes from an artistic background, achieving a degree in Graphic and Communication Design. After graduating, an adventure was in order: first to New Zealand and Tahiti, before arriving on Easter Island and the Chilean mainland, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil – South America had captured her heart! Following some time working in the design industry in Portsmouth, London and the Greek Islands, the mighty travel bug took hold again and she found herself back in the beautiful lands of South America, returning to discover more odd and wonderful gems, including Ecuador and Colombia. Currently living and working in Buenos Aires, Millie loves the vibrancy of the continent and the melting pot of people and cultures, food and lifestyle and the experiences and adventures which South America offers. Some highlights have been trying (and often failing) to dance Samba amongst the Cariocas at Rio’s Carnival, an adventure on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and cycling the terrifying ‘estrada de los muertos’ on the outskirts of La Paz in Bolivia! You can send her an email to inquire about a trip to South America!

 

Carlos Toledo, Travel Consultant

Carlos was born and raised in the vibrant city of São Paulo, Brazil. While traveling to Argentina and Paraguay for the first time, he fell in love with visiting other places, meeting different people and experiencing new cultures and food. Since then, he has continued to travel and work all around the world to states in the US, Europe, Asia, and of course South America! After his extensive travels, he has made the beautiful state of Washington his home. He lives in Seattle with his family and customizes one-of-a-kind South America trips for his clients at SouthAmerica.travel. In the future, Carlos plans to explore South America further so that he can discover more unique cultures and learn about the history, native idioms, cuisine and landscapes that embed the massive continent.

 

Sean McBride, Travel Consultant

Sean hails from the hills of Donegal in North Western Ireland. A born traveler Sean studied Geology and worked in various positions on Ireland’s weather-beaten Atlantic coast before finally setting off into the World at the age of 22. He spent a year living in Australia and several months traveling through South East Asia but with its irrepressible Latin charm and majestic scenery, it was South America that made the most indelible of marks upon the young traveler. Now in his eight-year on the American sub-continent, Sean operates out of our Buenos Aires office happily providing his expertise and experience to our clients. You can email Sean and read his blog posts, which feature some of his favorite locations.

 

Simone Costa, Travel Consultant

Simone is a native of Rio de Janeiro, and is a true Carioca through and through. With a passion for life, travel and especially Brazil, Simone has traveled the world and had multiple positions in tourism, including working for Brazil’s legacy airline Varig, Liberty Travel in the US and BITourism in Rio de Janeiro. After several years as Operations Specialist, Simone returns to SouthAmerica.travel in the role of Travel Consultant, sharing her passion for South America with travelers around the globe. You can send her an email if you would like to inquire about a trip to South America!

 

Thomas Manchester, Travel Consultant

Thomas is British and lives in Devon in south-west England. His first visit to South America saw him backpacking through Peru aged 18. After studying biology at university, he traveled for several months through Central and South America. Since then he has worked for UK tour operators for about 11 years in sales and product roles, with much of that time as a Latin America specialist. He joined SouthAmerica.travel at the end of 2016. Since his first visits, he has returned to South America many times and has also traveled to Antarctica. Some of his favorite places are in Colombia, including the Caribbean island of Providencia, and the sleepy colonial town of Mompos, other favorites include northern Peru and the Salta area of Argentina. Send him an email and check out his blog posts to learn more about his experience.

 

tom-travel-consultantTom 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.

 

Gabe Scalise, Content Marketing Manager

Gabe serves SouthAmerica.travel with a background in data-driven Content Creation, both video and photo, as well as content management and optimization. A graduate of the University of Utah, Gabe has since traveled to 30+ countries all around the world, lived internationally for some time in Chile and South Korea, has been a representative to the United Nations in Chile, and is a published photographer with photographs and writing in magazines and outlets all across the web. Gabe is an east coast transplant to Seattle with a passion for photography, traveling, mountains, snowboarding, and art.

 

Saloni Gupta, Social Media Coordinator

Saloni was born and raised in India, she moved to the United States in 2014. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Christ University, Bangalore. Saloni has a passion for travel. She has been to countries like Thailand, UAE, Mexico, Canada a lot of USA and India. She plans on exploring South America in the near future. Send her an email if you have any marketing inquiries or check out her blog posts to learn more about her travels.

 

Margo Lynott, Marketing Assistant

Margo was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. She graduated from Seattle University, with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business. With a desire to travel, she left Seattle in 2015 to study abroad in Paris, France for a semester. During her time abroad, she went on weekend trips exploring England, Spain, Croatia, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Margo is a Marketing Assistant at SouthAmerica.travel and promotes her passion for international travel. She has explored Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile and cannot wait to explore more! 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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