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Paul Sarfati

I love Latin America in general, and I am a travel expert in Mexico & Peru! I fell in love with the people, amazing landscapes, history, food, and the amazing travel opportunities that you can have. My biggest passion is to be in the outdoors, to interact with nature as much as I can, and to meet and learn from the local people when I travel. These are the types of experiences that I am passionate about and the types of trips that I love planning for my clients. My personal travel philosophy is that travel is a great opportunity for personal growth. It's all about opening ourselves up to new experiences, it's about introspection and loving and enjoying life.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialize in making sure that the experience is flawless. We love nature, we love real connections with the locals, we love going off the beaten path and taking you to places that not many people know about. Our focus is always on making sure that you have an experience that you will never forget. We specialize in hiking trips, cultural adventures, visiting highlights with a special touch, visiting waterfalls, and visiting ancient sites.

In Peru, we can take you anywhere from Lima, to Paracas, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, The Amazon Jungle, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and other great adventures. We are local official operators for hikes like the Inca Trail, Salkantay, Lares, and many other alternative treks and we love what we do!

In Mexico, we can guide you in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Isla Holbox, amongst other great adventures in the north such as Huasteca Potosina, Copper Canyon, San Miguel de Allende and La Paz."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Like any person who has the travel bug, I set off for my gap year straight after highschool. I was able to travel and experience all 7 continents on many different adventures, and quickly realized that this is what I wanted to do with my life!

I had the opportunity to go hiking in Nepal, took a diving course in Egypt, experienced a 10 day silent meditation course in India, and took a Thai massage course in Thailand. I also volunteered with kids in Tibet, just to name a few of the many life-changing experiences I've had. And of course, all throughout, I've had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people that forever changed my life.

I went to college in Boston, at Babson College, and decided to create a new venture that was to operate adventure trips in Mexico. After finishing college, I found funds to start my business and so I got involved in the travel industry!

I have explored over 70 countries and my favorite activities are hiking, skiing, jumping waterfalls, spending time in the jungle, and most importantly now, hanging out with my wife and girls."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I was 19 years old and traveled to India with my friend Pablo. We had just finished a 10 day Vipassana meditation course and learned that there was a big Kumba Melha festival with more than 120,000,000 people congregated in a small town outside of Varanasi. We decided that we should go! It was supposed to be a 2-hour ride, and we were crowded on top of people on the bus for more than 7 hours. When we were getting there, we stopped for a short bathroom break but as I was headed back to the bus, they all started moving. So I lost my bus, my friend and was left with no passport, no money and only my toilet paper in the middle of the biggest festival in the world. I walked and walked, and walked and walked, with no access to cars, no access to anyone and crowded as it can be, I was lost in the middle of everything from 5:00 a.m until around 11 p.m. It was a crazy story, that I can tell you at some other point, but I was able to reach the train station at that time, only to find my friend sitting down on top of our backpacks. It was one of the hardest, but most memorable moments of my life. "

Paul is part of the following groups: Mexico Travel Agents
Tulum ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea
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