When she traveled through Peru in the beginning of 2011, not only did she lose her heart to Guido, but also to Peru. Soon after, she would trade her life in the Netherlands, situated below sea level, for a life up in the Peruvian Andes. Next thing she remembers well is Guido showing her, due to his work with local communities, all the corners of the country.
Whether this was with public transportation (from rickety overcrowded minibuses to the back of any random truck), at the back of an off-road motorcycle or days of trekking, she really didn’t matter: she wanted to see and experience it all. From the coast through the Andes until deep into the Amazon rainforest: she became more and more fascinated by Peru’s people, culture, smells and colors.
After a couple of wonderful years living in the Andes, the desire for a destination closer to home arose, and so she moved back to Europe in 2015, not leaving Guido behind. She still dedicates her time to RESPONS and whenever there’s a chance to be in Peru for a certain period of time, she takes that opportunity! Always in for being with the colleagues again and for exploring more and above all, new destinations and experiences.
Thanks to two studies in tourism, guiding trips in Peru, the eagerness to work with people and make sure they experience the time of their lives, is that she still helps putting together original tailor made trips to Peru: everyone should experience what this unique destination has to offer!
That would be eating guinea pig (a very traditional feast meal), and the way it’s been showcased on plates, complete with head and all. Gives me goosebumps 😉
I was forced into it, haha! No, I started helping out with voluntary tasks first and rolled into the sales team quite fast afterwards.
Traveling is wonderful, it sets your mind free. But doing it the right way is tough for many people. As long as we can give them tools for their impact to be as positive as possible in the destination, the outcome of traveling is so much better. Not only for the traveler, but especially for the locals, their habitat and their well being.
Get into the details, be profound, don’t skip any questions they might have. Doing so with a personal, informal approach helps them to feel at ease and in good hands.