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Our Team

Raj Sanghrajka

Founder, President & Destination Specialist

In 1992, a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and soon after to Peru and Argentina, provided me with an indescribable passion and enthusiasm to develop and promote luxury travel and enriching tourism to South & Central America. My numerous travels since, throughout Latin America allows me to gain extensive destination and insider access, build an expansive network of contacts and resources and remain well respected amidst the finest suppliers and travel hospitality industry executives throughout the sub-continent. Besides conducting numerous travel seminars on destination education and awareness on behalf of various Latin America airlines and tourist boards, I also served as President (2006 & 2007) and Chairman (2008 & 2009) of the South & Central American Travel Association (SATA). In 2011, I was truly honored to receive SATA’s highest recognition, the prestigious Oscar Lobo Award for my heartfelt commitment to promote travel and tourism to South & Central America. As Founder and President of Alluring Americas, I strive to ensure we have spectacular insight into little known regions and distinctive accommodations complemented by a sophisticated style of travel. I am continuously intrigued by the continent’s colorful mosaic of engaging cultures, exotic wildlife, majestic landscapes and genuine traditional hospitality. And if I am not somewhere, someplace in Latin America or at the office in beautiful Winter Park, FL, you will likely find me enjoying my next passion… golf!

Rachael Colbert

Vice President & Destination Specialist

My passion for travel, adventure and new cultures just grew from my first visit to Latin America at the age of 19! I never looked back and since 1999, I have traveled to Latin America virtually every year –Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru including the Peruvian Amazon, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Belize and Argentina to name a few. I have experienced many styles of travel, all of which have given me a wider perspective that is valuable to creating that specially-tailored trip for a guest. A crowning accomplishment was Travel+Leisure Magazine recognizing me as an A-List Travel Specialist for Costa Rica for 3 consecutive years! I believe personal experience is everything whether it is at a luxury hotel in a city or at an off the beaten path hideaway. Or whether I am immersed with a country’s people and their traditions, the scenery, the wildlife, the adventure, or its history. In order to truly customize a traveler’s Story of a Lifetime, I believe that knowing the destination first hand, and above all, knowing the client and being discerning of their needs and interests is priority. Most of the trips I design are once in a lifetime trips so turning a dream trip into a reality is probably what I love most about my role at Alluring Americas. And being able to make that happen for others is truly rewarding.  I am also a mother of 2 young girls. I love accompanying them to dance or soccer class, and traveling internationally with them. This also helps relate to families and plan better experiences for them.

Magen Wernli

Marketing Executive

Hiking, fishing, boating, being out in nature or on the water…I love being outdoors!  My travels in Latin America are a testament to these experiences. Whether it’s horseback riding along a sun splashed Costa Rican beach, zip lining one of the longest cable systems in the world, capturing the smiles of native children at a colorful Peruvian market or wading through knee high mud in the Amazon Rainforest. Learning about what makes a destination and its people so special and unique helps me to better understand and strengthen the close knit relationship Alluring Americas thrives on, not only with our travel agency partners but also with our local contacts in and outside of the travel industry. My strengths include being organized and always believing that there is a solution to every problem. While getting outdoors and experiencing the world around me is a constant passion of mine, in my spare time I also love reading and getting lost in the stories other create.

Nicole Franco

Digital Marketing Assistant

Although I was born in a town outside of Boston, I spent most of my life growing up in Orlando, Florida. I also had the opportunity to live in Austin, Texas – the live music capital of the world! Aside from living in different states, I’ve had the opportunity to travel within the U.S and overseas. Some of my travels include visiting family and friends in Medellin, Colombia, to swimming in a cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Each one of these experiences has been enriching as they have provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in cultures other than my own. Additionally, I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs with a focus in Latin American studies. I believe that my education and creative background allow me to develop unique and engaging content. Some of my hobbies include crafting, camping, and spending time with my fiancé and three pets – quaker parrot, mini lop rabbit, and a cat named Pumpkin!

Emma Fontanet

Director - Alluring Americas DMC

Prior to co-founding Alluring Americas Destination Management Company (DMC), my career has spanned various industry sectors such education, international trade, private projects and tourism. My diverse background and experience gave me a wider perspective of the possibilities within each sector and their relation with travel trade and tourism. Born and raised in Argentina, I majored in International Trade with an MBA and entered the travel industry in 2002, developing tourism products for the Patagonia region which helped grow the exposure for the region in the USA marketplace. I have traveled through all 5 continents, enriching myself with cultural and social experiences. In fact, I am in awe of the Indians on the Uros floating islands in Peru’s Lake Titicaca. My visit here was one of the most memorable. It gave me a perspective of the simple life some choose to live, surrounded of course by beautiful landscapes. The sense of spirituality combined with the peaceful natural landscape and harmony is a testament to the way of life I aspire to enjoy. Today, one of my favorite destinations in Argentina and where I often spend much of my time in is San Martin de Los Andes and Chapelco, an area which is beautiful year-round, and especially because I love mountains and lakes and the exuberant calmness of the Andes! Besides travel, I also have a fondness for exploring remote and off the beaten path destinations, experiencing the newest and trendiest restaurants and dancing!

Esteban Pratolongo

Operations - Alluring Americas DMC

I love traveling and have been doing so since 2010, for both business and for pleasure. Having majored in International Trade, my passion has always been to meet and interact with fascinating people from other countries. When the opportunity of working in tourism came my way, I did not hesitate to embark on that journey with Alluring Americas DMC. Based in Argentina, I have a tremendous love for what my country offers. My personal travel experiences include horseback riding and hiking past millenary glaciers in Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National park, tasting the best Malbecs at distinguished wineries in the Mendoza region, and birdwatching on a private cliffside estancia in the Península Valdés region with Southern Right and Orca whales passing by in the ocean below. I also have a desire to source and personally stay at the most unique properties. I am always driven to share with clients the firsthand experience of my travels and help make their journey of a lifetime an exceptional experience. My other interests include staying fit, spending time with friends and learning new languages. Besides being fluent in Spanish and English, I also speak elementary Chinese and some basic Portuguese.