South America

beyond the beaten path

Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, South America is the wilder of the Americas, and a continent of superlatives. The world's biggest rainforest and the largest river (Amazon),the highest mountain range outside Asia (the Andes), remote islands (Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil's Northeastern region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes (Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego), the world's tallest waterfall (the 979m Angel Falls, in Venezuela) and one of the largest (Iguaçu Falls, Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.
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La Merced, Peru by Hans Luiggi
Corrientes, Argentina by Celine Frers

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Justin Randolph
  • Argentina
  • Chile
I was born with a passion for the map's blank spaces. Exploring them is where I feel most alive and am filled with the greatest sense of wonder and intrigue for the world around.As Nabokov once said..."nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.” Shall we go forth?
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Silvia Pisci
  • China
  • Israel
I believe in the wisdom of nature and in the transformative power of Travel. We believe that our local communities hold the keys to create new,healthy and vibrant social systems. And that the time is NOW to drive all the right energies into a Change for the travel industry. I've has been working in luxury travel since the age of 25. Born and raised in Italy, I've lived in China, Israel, Peru, and am currently based in The Netherlands.
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Owen Gaddis
  • Argentina
  • Belize
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.
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Brophy Tyree
  • Argentina
  • Canada
I'm committed to building journeys and experiences that contribute to the regeneration of our natural environment and which spark stewardship for thenatural world.
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Earthtones Journeys
  • Chile
  • Colombia
At Earthtones, we believe that tourism — when implemented thoughtfully and intentionally — can be a force for regeneration in the world: regenerative to local economic,social, and ecological systems. Partnering with individuals, guides, and communities rich in natural capital — from farmers to community land trusts and ranches — we're co-creating a network of local-powered, immersive nature experiences.
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BARRACO LODGE
  • Chile
Located on 150 acres bordering Lake Tagua Tagua and the Puelo River, Barraco Lodge is ideally located to explore the natural treasures of northern Patagonia and the Pacific coast: wild rivers,waterfalls, hidden lakes, glaciers, volcanos, granite cliffs, and some of the oldest rain forests in the world. A typical Patagonian style lodge, with some of the best equipment and team in the region. Helicopters, motor boats, kayaks, river rafts, and horses. Professional guides are available for fly fishing, river rafting, hiking, camping, horseback rides, and heli-skiing. Among other experiences.
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Abraham Joffre
  • Peru
I’m a proud Peruvian, a world explorer. Love putting together epic adventures for those who have a zest in the authentic and meaningful travel.I’ve been working over 15 years in tourism, devoted to creating unique and perfectly-tailored journeys and emphasizing customer excellence. I’m based in Lima and one of my greatest passions is our local gastronomy. I also have an insatiable appetite for outdoor adventure and a zest on cultural encounters and supporting the locals. I set myself a challenge not to spend a single weekend in the city.
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Felipe Spath
  • Colombia
A passionate and energetic doer, Felipe is the co-founder of three social enterprises. The first, SOLE Colombia,has worked with more than 6,000 students in rural Colombia to improve learning aptitudes by emphasizing self-organized online learning. The second, Th1nk, works with organizations to conduct design thinking and visual thinking workshops. The third, La Juanita Finca Verde, aims to create a vibrant Colombian countryside by encouraging sustainable farming practices and creating dialogue through travelling cinemas and TEDx events.
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Max nelson
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
A habitual globetrotter has a passion for immersing himself in foreign cultures and working with emerging markets.He has traveled to nearly every Latin American country and some travel highlights include: hItchhiking across Eastern Europe, celebrating the Khmer New Year in Cambodia & volunteering with a surfing community in Peru. He founded Hastacuba 3 years ago and has become a member of the Cuban community and loves exploring the local landscape and developing exciting, new programs a.nd sharing them
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Edwin Espinoza
  • Peru
My name is Edwin Espinoza Sotelo, along with my parents (Marino Espinoza, Mercedes Sotelo) and my sister, Flor de María Espinoza Sotelo,we belong to the community of Mollepata, Soraypampa, where we begin to hike the Salkantay trek. In total, we are a community of 12 local families, from the start of the Salkantay route of the Peruvian Andes to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have the added bonus of understanding the culture and traditions of each family en route.
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Kellie Okonek
  • Albania
  • Antarctica
Kellie lives in Alaska, USA and is in love with the state. An active explorer, she's adventured around the state on skis, bikes, foot, packraft,and small planes. She believes Alaskan nature has the power to transform and wants to help adventurous travelers experience the 'real' Alaska. It doesn't take a cruise ship or expensive excursions to enjoy the grandeur of this place
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Silvia Pisci
  • Italy
  • Peru
An avid traveller since I have memory of myself, I’ve been working as a travel designer for high-demanding clients since the age of 25,travelling around the globe to deliver the finest tailored experiences – a luxury traveller by profession, and a backpacker by vocation. I called home places like China and Israel before my wandering soul fell in love with Peru. I then quit my previous job and decided to start a new path with a main focus on sustainability – a beautiful journey that’s taking me closer to inspiring pioneers in the industry, like-minded travellers, local communities, and Nature
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Everest Expeditions Nepal
  • Argentina
  • Austria
Everest Expeditions Nepal is an organization operated by dedicated professionals, properly prepared to meet the expectations of all trekkers, climbers,mountaineers, general visitors and tourists as well as those with special interests, for example geologists, earth scientists and anthropologists. We have great pleasure to be able to tailor make trips to suit your needs best.
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Helena Dávila
  • Colombia
This home hotel located in Quinta Camacho, one of Bogota’s premium neighborhoods, is surrounded by some of our best restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops.Casa Legado has a 50’s style, 13 rooms each with a different and unique style and 10 living areas that will make you feel right at home. Our family inspired service, and our love for detail will let you experience our history and an unforgettable stay.
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Magical Colombia
  • Colombia
We are a local tour operator focused on tailor made travel and luxury experiences in Colombia. We know classic itineraries and off the beaten path journeys.We are committed to sustainable tourism and responsible travel ideas through our magical country.
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RCRick Carassai
  • Mexico
  • Peru
With over 15 years of experience in Mexico & Peru, we aim to develop amazing travel experiences that allow the traveller to meet,interact and learn from the local communities they visit. We provide original experiences even when travelling beaten routes thanks to an ever-growing database of local partners. In Peru, we are hiking expert for Machu Picchu as well as the Rainforest, with our own amazing guides, we are able to provide personalised experiences all over the country. In Mexico we are expert in all sort of cultural and adventurous activities, from budget to high-range.
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  • Argentina
  • Chile
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Ashley Blake
  • Ecuador
  • Jordan
Traverse Journeys provides organized travel opportunities powered by social enterprises, community partners and impact-minded venturers.Our mission is to cultivate transformative experiences to unique destinations across the globe, fostering cross-cultural appreciation, environmental awareness and responsible tourism. We offer small group trips to 20+ destinations infusing people, planet and purpose into each experience, ranging from adventure, hiking, yoga, cultural and culinary itineraries 6-12 days in length.
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Carrie Back
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
Carrie Ann Back is a part-time travel writer and full-time globetrotter based in Southeast Asia. She’s been to over 30 countries,including living in the Amazon jungle in Bolivia and working for elephant conservation in Thailand. I love anything off-the-beaten path! Carrie continues to be a sought-after travel expert for digital media, print materials & magazines, and conferences all over the world. Carrie is also a digital copywriter for hotels and restaurants worldwide. When not traveling, she can be found sampling new wines, planning her next trip, or trying to perfect her
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Susana Anastácio
  • Colombia
  • Portugal
I'm a storyteller by birth default, so I write! Adding on to that, I'm obviously addicted to travel and to write wonderful stories about it.Strongly moved by nature and indigenous themes. I also work with digital marketing and social media management. I'm a paradox, book monster, a student, an adventurer and a passionate person.
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Kirsty Perring
  • Botswana
  • Ecuador
I also came to the realisation that offering cookie-cutter itineraries lacking individuality was not the way I want anyone to encounter Africa,be it on a first-time trip or one of many. My main vision when Traversing Africa was conceived was that I wanted to be an architect in providing customised, personal, gratifying and life-enriching journeys to Africa and beyond to those who desire the same. I am passionate about responsible and sustainable tourism and strive to make a positive impact in the world through deeper and meaningful travel experiences.
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Galavanta Colombia Tailored Travel
  • Colombia
Galavanta is a boutique travel company specialized in designing unique, exclusive, and authentic experiences for our guests in Colombia. We are a passionate,multidisciplinary team based in Cartagena, Colombia, with an undisputed love for traveling. Our customer service is superior, our knowledge of Colombia unprecedented, and our meticulous attention to detail elevates our trips beyond expectations.
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Tierra del Volcan Ecuador
  • Ecuador
We are Tierra del Volcan, a company established in 1999 as an inbound tour operator for Ecuador and the Galapagos and specialized in the Cotopaxi area.We offer unique opportunities to explore and live legendary moments in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Tierra del Volcan provides World-class adventures, family-focused journeys, and transformational experiences. We make sure you get personalized service in a welcoming environment while helping nature conservation and sustainable development in local communities.
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Gonzalo Fuenzalida
  • Chile
We are local experts of active travel in Chile´s pristine south - mindful to the details that will leave you with the greatest Patagonia adventure!

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