Costa Rica







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!