I create tailor-made travel experiences throughout Brazil. I am originally from Canada but have been living in Brazil for the better part of 10 years after having fallen in love with this country, its people, its culture and its unique beauty while initially doing an internship. What I most enjoy about traveling is its ability to completely open our minds to the new and change our perspective of the world.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Adventure Travel in Brazil. We specialize in creating unique travel experiences that enable visitors to get in touch with the true essence of the country. These activities include trekking, multisport, culture and community, gastronomic experiences, beach and romance, city and architecture, Nature and Wildlife, Photography, and River Cruising. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"When I was 13, I flew for the first time, on my own, across my native Canada to visit my uncle. From that moment I was hooked on traveling. I didn't know what I wanted to do in life, but I knew it would involve travel. I loved the freedom and the excitement of exploring the unknown.
Shortly after that trip, I spent a year in the French part of Belgium as an exchange student, then backpacked around Australia, participated in study abroad programs in Cuba and Mexico during my undergraduate degree, spent some time studying and living with riverine communities in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazons during my Master’s degree, and travelled to other countries in Europe and South America.
I began my career in the travel industry working for an airline, first as a flight attendant and then for the company's tour operator. After having fallen in love with and having lived in Brazil for the better part of 10 years, I am able to combine my passions for sustainable development and travel to create tailor-made responsible tourism experiences for other travelers to fall in love with Brazil. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"For New Year's eve 2008-2009, a group of friends and I visited Alter do Chão, also known as the 'Carribean of the Amazon', in the state of Pará. This beach only exists certain months of the year when the river levels are low. The town and beach are surrounded by Amazon Forest. We trekked through the forest past gigantic 'samaumeira' trees to crystal clear water pools called 'igarapés'. We took a boat ride through the black water river and swam in the flooded forest. We camped out in hammocks (with LOTS of bug spray). We visited a native community and fished for piranhas. And finally, the highlight for me was trekking to the top of a big hill to get a panoramic bird's eye view of the Amazon's beauty and watch the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. The colors of red, orange and purple reflecting off the deep green of the forest cover is something truly spectacular only found in the Amazon. "
Featured trips & expertise
This weeklong itinerary is perfect for travelers who are visiting Brazil for the first time. First, you'll tour the most famous sites in Rio de Janeiro, including the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue, and experience the energy of Carnival before heading off to the nearby colonial town of Paraty where you can stroll through historic neighborhoods, learn how to cook with Brazilian flair, bike through tropical forests, and relax on secluded beaches.
This journey is ideal for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and culture enthusiasts. Start in Rio de Janeiro where you'll visit city highlights such as Sugarloaf and Corcovado peaks, and learn what the “Carioca lifestyle” is all about. Impressive architecture and delicious food await you in a joyful atmosphere, followed by the magic of Iguaçu Falls—the most extensive waterfall system in the world. Then it is off to Manaus, gateway to the Amazon, where you will visit the jungle and observe wildlife.
To visitors, Rio de Janeiro is an exotic city where color and music flourish. Although the Cariocas (residents of Rio) agree, they know there's much more to their "Wonderful City." Explore irresistible beaches, surf and wooded mountains, the world-famous landmarks of the Pão de Açúcar and Cristo Redentor, and more on this quick immersion into the magic of Rio.