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THE TEAM

We’re a great blend of North Americans, South Americans and Europeans who all ended up living abroad. Since we believe just going somewhere isn’t really travel, we’ve made it our collective mission to turn your trips into “above and beyond” experiences.

We live in the destinations we offer! That means we know the differences between a typical tourist package and how the locals enjoy what their country has to offer. We send you to our own favorite restaurants, make sure you visit Machu Picchu or Patagonia during the best times to avoid crowds, and would only put you in the same hotels we recommend to our visiting mamas.

THE TRIPS

Anyone can book you a flight to Central or South America. We’ve built incredibly designed trips and authentic itineraries based on local knowledge and over 20 years experience. See what you’re made of crossing mountain landscapes, watch your child’s face light up on the beach, or work your way through a continent of mouthwatering food. There are many ways to enjoy each destination! Just tell us what you want.

Why Choose Class Adventure Travel?

Amita Guha
from the United States to Brazil, Argentina & Peru

Dear CAT Travel,

Thank you for a superb vacation in Brazil, Argentina and Peru. I had weeks of discussions before finalizing our trip and your suggestions and tips were invaluable and helped me ...

Annalena Burbridge
from the United States to Argentina

Dear CAT Travel,

We had a most wonderful time in Argentina. Working with Marcos was a real joy.  He proved to be very helpful and knowledgeable about his product ...

Choy Ping & Anne
from Singapore to Brazil & Peru

Dear Sarah & JP,

Thank you for arranging such a wonderful itinerary for us. We enjoyed the tour very much especially the good hotels, wonderful guides you have assigned ...

Christella & Gloria Ritchwood
from the United States to Peru

Dear Marc,

My mother and I just returned from Peru and we had a fabulous time! I have travelled many places and I have to say it was the ...

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Meet Your Local Specialists

U.S. and Latin American Offices

Our eight offices across the U.S. and Latin America allow us to be in the destinations we offer.

Travel Experts

Marc Harrison
PROUD OWNER AND TEAM LEADER
Marc Harrison is Class Adventure Travel’s Team Leader, overseeing the CAT Travel destination specialists right across Central & South America. Originally from Austin, Texas, he has spent the past fifteen years working his way down through Latin America, exploring nearly all of the countries in the region along the way. His career in the travel industry began in Peru, living in both Lima and Cusco, and continued to live our destinations having been based in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Belize...having returned to the USA only recently, he continues to travel as much as possible, along with his dog Shelby, and always finds time to find some beach time, especially in his favorite city, Rio de Janeiro.
    • Favorite Destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazú Falls, Cusco
    Marcela Mariscal
    LATIN AMERICA TRAVEL SPECIALIST
    Marcela is a proud Colombian that has seen more of the world than most. Having lived in England for 10 years, Marcela fell in love with the travel industry working for an overland tour operator in Egypt. After a month’s traveling in the Middle East, Marcela found herself in Lima, following her dream, working whilst travelling as a tour leader. For over two years she toured the whole of South America from top to bottom. For the past 4 years she and her daughter call Medellin home and from there Marcela has been working to bring her greatest passion to life, to show South America off and to make you all fall in love with it.
      • Favorite Destinations: Cartagena, Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, & Buenos Aires
      Alex Radtke
      CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA TRAVEL SPECIALIST
      While Alex will always feel a close connection to the grand old state of Texas, she knew early on that travel was her passion and purpose. That’s why she headed off to school at American University in Washington, DC to study International Relations. She wanted to travel the world and still does, but her passion became a little more focused once she studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year. Nothing like pura vida, tropical beaches and volcanoes in the distance to make an impression. Since then she’s fallen even more deeply in love with the region by traveling to Peru, Brazil and Panama to visit friends. Now,soaking up the glorious food and culture of Buenos Aires has also given her the chance to further her travels in South America. Latin America is where her heart is and she loves sharing that passion with CAT clients.
        • Favorite Destinations: Nicoya Peninsula, Tortuguero & Arenal volcano surrounding
        Laryssa Toroshenko
        SOUTH AMERICA TRAVEL SPECIALIST
        As CAT’s only Canadian team member, Laryssa is proud to have bridged the Americas North to South! As a child, Laryssa developed her passion for travel by the dozens of road trips taken with her parents and younger sister in their 1988 Chevy Pacemaker van. Having seen all of Canada’s 6000kms - coast to coast - she set her sights on...the rest of world! With its incredible bio diversity and cultural variety, Laryssa has been particularly captivated by Latin America for the past 2.5 years. She spent 6 months backpacking across the continent before finally settling in the magical Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Here she spends her days improving her Spanish, venturing into Portuguese, cooking her way through South America’s immense gastronomy and tasting every Malbec she can get her hands on! Laryssa dreams of one day making the pilgrimage back to Canada by land, exploring the flavours and rhythms of Central America along the way...
          • Favorite Destinations: Argentina wine regions (Mendoza & Cafayate), Buenos Aires

          Customer Care

          Felix Saenz
          CUSTOMER CARE SUPERVISOR
          Traveling has always been a passion for Felix Saenz, which is why moving to South America a year ago was an adventurous challenge he decided to take on. Born in Lima, Peru but being raised in San Francisco, California, taught Felix to appreciate and embrace different cultures from around the world. It´s that experience that led Felix into the tourism industry. With over 10 years of experience in customer service, he has decided to take over the responsibility of ensuring all of Class Adventure Travel passengers´ enjoy their trip throughout Latin America and go home with nothing but wonderful memories and experiences.
            • Favorite Destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Patagonia
            Orlando Carranza
            CUSTOMER CARE SUPPORT
            As part of a passionate travel loving family, Orlando knows well the magic of sharing the company of loved ones on an exciting escapade. Graduated in Hospitality Management and with more than 4 years of experience in customer service, he is eager to share this experience with the customers of Class Adventure Travel. It is here that he has found the space to develop his skills while dedicating to his passion. His favorite destinations are as variate as the vibrant and multicultural city of Miami, and the mystical and culturally significant cities of the Peruvian jungle, in the Amazonas. Now, being a father of a young little girl, his interests are focused on finding a way to transmit to her, and of course to everyone linked to the CAT family, his love for discovering new places and getting to appreciate the social and cultural significance of our diverse Latin America.
              • Favorite Destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls
              Sarah Page Maxwell
              CUSTOMER CARE SUPPORT
              Sarah Page has always loved to travel, which is why she found herself uprooting her previous life in the United States to purse that wanderlust in South America. After some time honing her travel skills around Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, she chose to settle in the lovely Buenos Aires. Sarah Page took some time to get to know the city and its people teaching English for a while, and then found a home at Class Adventure Travel coordinating trips for all you lucky people! In her spare time you can find her eating and cooking her way through the city or, conversely, at a yoga class.
                • Favorite Destinations: Morro de Sao Paulo, Chapada Diamantina, Rio de Janiero, Patagonia

                Peru & Bolivia Manager

                Matilde Miranda
                REGION MANAGER FOR PERU AND BOLIVIA
                Born and raised in Lima, Matilde has a deep connection with Peru and neighboring Bolivia, and understands the two countries better than most. She initially studied medicine in the Dominican Republic before switching career and returning to Lima to study tourism. Matilde started out as a trainee at CAT Travel and her talents were clearly visible from the start. It wasn't long before she began to take on more and more responsibility, working her way up to Region Manager. Matilde believes that traveling is all about experience, and great travel experiences come from discovering new cultures. She loves her culture and she loves the fact that through her work she gets to share it with others. Matilde's energy and warmth make her a fantastic Region Manager and an invaluable member of the CAT Travel team.
                  • Favorite Destinations: Colca Canyon, The Inca Trail, Cusco

                  Cusco Operations

                  Rossie Meza
                  Operations Executive - Cusco
                  Rossie was born and raised in Cusco where her passion for travel and tourism started early. In 2000 she graduated as a Professional Tour Guide from the Tupac Amaru Institute, and went on to complete courses in English at the ICPNA Institute. Rossie then began giving guided group tours, her first being along the famous Inca Trail. Rossie also traveled extensively around the United States improving her knowledge of the country, as well as fortifying her English language skills. She knew that the experience would hold her in good stead for her career in tourism by helping her to communicate and share her culture with more people. Rossie continues to work as a guide as well as functioning as CAT's Operations Executive in Cusco. Rossie loves her work, her country and her culture and concentrates her efforts on providing all visitors with an unforgettable Peru travel experience.
                    • Favorite Destinations: Machu Picchu and Cusco

                    Argentina & Chile Manager

                    Silvina Pereiro
                    Region Manager Argentina and Chile
                    Silvina started exploring her home country, Argentina, as a child, and over the years her fascination with travel grew and she developed a passion for getting to know different places and people. After high school Silvina studied Tourism and Hotel Management in Buenos Aires and during her last year of university joined an internship program in France. Silvina says that this incredible experience gave her the chance to get to know people from all over the world, and reinforced her love for intercultural exchange and travel. Following her internship in France, Silvina worked in hotels in two of Argentina's most important travel destinations - Puerto Iguazu and Bariloche. Following her graduation she started working for an incoming tour operator in Buenos Aires where she remained for four years before joining Class Adventure Travel where her professional attitude and enthusiasm were well received. Silvina is now Class Adventure Travel's Group Manager. Silvina likes to use her spare time to travel as much as she possible, especially within her home country.
                      • Favorite Destinations: Salta, Antarctica, Iguazú Falls

                      Brazil Manager

                      Montserrat Neira
                      Region Manager Brazil
                      After studying to become a travel agent at Belgrano University in Buenos Aires she worked in several different areas of the travel industry from agencies and hotels to within corporate groups. Montse truly enjoys working in an industry that is undergoing constant change and its adaptation allows for continuous learning. Being in contact with people, inspiring them to learn about new destinations, and assisting them to have the best possible travel experience is just one of the highlights she has found while working in the travel industry. Montse believes that travel is one of the best investments a person can make for their personal development, providing enriching memories that one can enjoy for a lifetime. Traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Montse fell in love with the ‘Marvelous City’ and in August 2014, she made her travel freams a reality moving from the Class Adventure Travel team in Buenos Aires to become the Regional Manager in Brazil.
                        • Favorite Destinations: Cusco, Salta, Morro de Sao Paulo

                        Costa Rica Manager

                        Eleonore Smits
                        Region Manager Central America
                        Born and raised in Amsterdam, the multi-cultural capital of The Netherlands, Eleonore’s fascination with getting to know different cultures and people instantly grew as she developed a great passion for travel, especially in Spanish speaking countries. At the age of fifteen, she developed a deep connection with Costa Rica, and nowadays being married to a Tico, truly loves and understands the country better than most. She studied Culture, Organization & Management in the Netherlands, but already during her studies spent most of her time in Central America. Eleonore started working in tourism as a travel guide, which made her able to work in close contact with people. After having her son, she transitioned to the Central America Regional Manager position for CAT Travel. With all of her valuable inside knowledge of the region and a good understanding of the unforgettable experience our clients seek, she is a great asset to our CAT Travel team. Her drive is to help CAT clients get the best quality and service possible and give them a real taste of that Pura Vida feeling.
                          • Favorite Destinations: Puerto Viejo, Rincon de la Vieja, Osa Peninsula

                          Colombia Manager

                          Juliana Loaiza Gonzalez
                          COLOMBIA REGIONAL MANAGER
                          Juliana was born in Colombia's beautiful coffee producing city of Manizales and grew up in the country's bustling capital city of Bogotá. After graduating from university, she started working in tourism and became a tour leader taking small groups of travelers to the most popular destinations of South America and covering the length and breadth of Bolivia, Chile and Peru. When she went to Buenos Aires for the first time in 2008 she fell in love with the city, and 6 months later she moved there and worked tailoring tours to Patagonia and Antarctica, specializing in customer service and sales. While enjoying her time in Argentina, she also led tours across the country taking small groups of travelers to see the highlights of the country and used the opportunity to also travel in Brazil, working for 3 consecutive years in the Rio Carnival. Soon after her return to Bogotá in 2013, she showed her love and knowledge of Colombia as a local guide doing historical tours in Bogotá, Guatavita Lagoon and the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá. She continued showing her passion for tourism working in a small travel agency before joining Class Adventure Travel where, she now has the opportunity to help Class Adventure Travel passengers have a unique experience and explore the best of Latin America.
                            • Favorite Destinations:  The Coffee Region, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena