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WE IMPLORE YOU TO EXPLORE YOUR SLEEPING SENSES.

To feel the resounding steps of two lovers entwined in the passionate rhythm of a captivating Argentine Tango; to witness the astounding panorama of Lake Titicaca’s serene waters speckled with rafts of reeds and set high in the Bolivian clouds; to touch the cool stones of Machu Picchu where Inca’s once worshiped their almighty Gods high in this sky’s temple; to feel the heightened senses evoked from the shrill screech of the scarlet macaw from within the tropical paradise of Costa Rica; and to challenge the dominating silence of ice blue glaciers and towering Andean peaks deep within the Chilean Patagonia.

Above all, we invite you to lose yourself in the gravity of Latin America’s finest asset…its people. To join in invigorated frenzy amidst the colorful Otavaleños and their bustling market; to learn the ancient wisdoms of the Rapa Nui people, still humble in the secret traditions of their ancestors who first inhabited Easter Island, and to share in the sensational beauty of the Ecuadorian rainforest in the welcome of its natives, the Achuar Indians.

This is Latin America; passionate, colorful and splendidly diverse in all it hosts. A stage where past and present, urban and remote, social and solitary meld into one harmoniously unique setting that promises to invoke a renewed vitality within every soul she touches. Dynamic in all it has to offer, Latin America presents a passionate mosaic to create ever impressive memories, and a curio of stimuli to inspire your coming chapters.

Welcome to Your Story of a Lifetime…

WELCOME TO ALLURING AMERICAS

The Allure

WHO WE ARE

Alluring Americas is an innovative, dynamic and experienced travel connoisseur of exceptional hand-crafted luxury trips for South & Central America. We custom design and operate bespoke journeys that introduce discerning travelers to Latin America’s colorful mosaic of engaging cultures, exotic wildlife, majestic landscapes and genuine traditional hospitality.

OUR APPROACH TO “A STORY OF A LIFETIME”

The Alluring Americas belief is that every traveler to South & Central America should enjoy the exclusive accessibility, the insider knowledge, and unyielding devotion to luxury travel that we pride ourselves in providing to our guests. An Alluring Americas trip reveals a revolutionary approach of creating “A Story of a Lifetime”.

Our approach to distinguished travel is rooted in a unique foundation built from experiences gathered through our extensive personal travels throughout the regions of South & Central America. Painted from our own wanderlust and professional tour operating experiences, the Alluring Americas approach is the product of our personal travel stories. Our chapters are defined by the lessons we have learned orchestrating numerous guest ventures and the valuable relationships forged in the process.

WHAT WE OFFER

Connected through core values and a dedication to our long-established relationships and our superior knowledge of the regions we operate, Alluring Americas offers the distinctive traveler a unique network of resources and a hand-picked portfolio of progressive and innovative destinations in South & Central America. The result is a wide-scope perspective to custom-tailored travel through a range of experiences, accommodations and special interest themes including, but not limited to: Archaeology & History, Arts & Culture, Beach Hideaways, Culinary & Wine, Expedition Cruising, Family Travel, Golf, Hiking/Trekking, Honeymoon & Romance, Multi-Sports Adventures, Nature & Wildlife, Spa & Wellness, Sports Fishing, Ski Destinations and Sailing Charters.

OUR AWARD-WINNING DESTINATION SPECIALISTS

Our trips don’t come off the shelf, there’s no set recipe – they’re tailor-made down to the finest detail. Our philosophy is a simple one. To offer you the best travel experience possible. We believe the only way to achieve this is to have genuine experts for each and every destination. We call them Destination Specialists. They’ll design a trip around you, your interests and tastes. They’ll show you the highlights in a different light and introduce you to places and experiences that others might miss.

Our Award-Winning Destination Specialists have an absolute commitment to quality. While many travel companies claim to have experts, we believe few, if any, match our own specialists for genuine first-hand knowledge. They work to the principle that the best advice is born out of personal experience, which is why they explore the Alluring Americas destinations time and again.

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.

Evelyn Rodela

Destination Specialist

Having lived and traveled extensively in South America, I have broadened my love for the region and am excited to share this passion with our guests. My background is from Latin America and I have been fortunate to personally experience through my prior residence in Chile. I have been in the travel industry for over 10 years. My experience is with luxury expedition cruises and adventure travel. I also enjoy planning cultural immersion tours which I believe is the best way to get the most local experience out of a trip. In my time off I enjoy discovering new hiking trails with my husband, my 2-year-old daughter and my yellow lab puppy. My other hobby includes attending as many cultural festivals in the area to get a glimpse of music, food and dance from around the world. I absolutely love discovering well-known and off the beaten path gems. I am fluent in Spanish and English and I hope to add a third language in the future.

Emma Fontanet

Managing 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 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!