Your Vantage Team
Experts to serve you, every step of the way
An experienced Vantage Adventure Leader will accompany your group from start to finish of your South America travel itinerary — leading sightseeing tours, sharing insights, and generally removing the barriers that exist between resident and visitor. You can count on your Adventure Leader to smooth the way, take care of the details, and turn your adventure into a truly memorable experience. If you have chosen our optional post-trip adventure, you will also enjoy the services of a Regional Expert at your Easter Island hotel, who can help you plan your exploration.
Adventure Leaders light your way
Your Vantage Adventure will be led by a seasoned Adventure Leader whose job it is to interpret the natural, historic and cultural treasures we explore, as well as to see to your comfort and satisfaction. Think of him or her as your "host," the person to turn to with questions about your itinerary, updates on the day's activities, reservations for optional tours, and so much more.
Meet Valerie Martin
Daughter of a North American father and South American mother, Valerie grew up bicultural as well as bilingual. She studied English Literature at Wellesley College and Journalism at university in Argentina, but considers that her best education was received traveling through Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas as she was growing up. She began her travel career working for airlines, but says her goal now is to “convey the boundless beauty, diversity and complexity of the countries in South America.” Her favorite place to lead guests is the Chilean fjords and Patagonia. In her free time, Valerie practices yoga and likes to write and travel, saying “any place I have not yet seen is worth a visit.”
Meet Patricio Thijssen
A native of Buenos Aires, Patricio has devoted most of his personal and professional life to travel, and is proud to have visited every continent before reaching the age of 30. After receiving a degree in tourism (and a private pilot’s license), he began his travel career as a flight attendant. But after climbing Machu Picchu, navigating the Amazon River, swimming with blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos, sailing around Cape Horn, trekking Patagonia, and snowboarding in Antarctica, he realized his true calling was as an Adventure Leader! Patricio loves to share his passion for discovery with his travelers and can do so in five languages. When not leading Vantage adventures, he loves to hit the slopes of major ski resorts such as Bariloche and Las Leñas, in his home country of Argentina.
Regional Experts in Each Port
No one knows a destination better than an insider, so in addition to your Adventure Leader, you'll enjoy the services of experienced regional experts in select locations during your included tours. Their deep command of regional history will certainly enrich your viewing of important attractions. But our "insiders" go a step beyond, sharing insights on behind-the-scenes aspects of local culture that ordinary tours usually overlook. How do families on this island get by? Why are local fishing boats painted a certain color? What is the most popular local dish? Your regional expert is eager to bring it all alive for you – in fluent English.