Why book a holiday with us
We love Latin America.
From iconic cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires to ancient civilisations and cultures of Machu Picchu, and Easter Island, from stunning beaches to fabulous natural wonders of Iguassu Falls, Patagonia, Torres del Paine and the Amazon, not forgetting rich wildlife areas in the Galapagos, the Pantanal or Costa Rican rainforests, we are enamoured by this wonderful continent.
A truly bespoke service.
When we create our itineraries we listen to you throughout the entire process. We don’t have any set trips or itineraries, simply suggestions, and we can amend your trip as many times as you like prior to confirming everything to make sure you get the holiday you want.
Our contacts are second to none.
Because we specialise in Latin America we have built up a fantastic array of contacts throughout the countries and we use this to our advantage to obtain clients free hotel upgrades wherever possible. The suppliers we use are friends as well as colleagues.
You are not just a number.
We are a small independent company and because of that each and every booking is very important to us. We want every client to have the best holiday possible which means you receive a very personal service. You are not just another number in a sales target.
You are fully protected.
We are ATOL bonded and members of the Travel Trust Association, providing full financial protection for your holiday.
Don’t take our word for it.
Read what our clients think about Humboldt Travel by viewing our testimonials.
What we do
Humboldt Travel specialises in private, tailor-made holidays, honeymoons, sporting trips and group tours to Latin America.
What this means is that we arrange the whole trip for you including flights, the accommodation, tours and transfers, however giving you as much freedom and independence as you wish.
Many clients arrange their own international flights or wish to use air miles, however as we are ATOL bonded we can easily do this too. Our idea is to take over the stress of organising your holiday so that on arrival in the country, you are eased into your holiday with some guidance along the way.
Latin America is enormous and there is a huge diversity of things to see and do. As experts in the destinations, we love nothing more than putting together a dream trip.
Below is a guideline of how the booking process works with us.
Step 1 – You contact Humboldt Travel by phone or email.
Step 2 – We discuss your holiday plans to learn more about you, any specific interests you may have, how long you plan to travel for and the sort of standard of accommodation and services you are looking for.
Step 3 – We create a detailed itinerary for you with day to day plans, flight schedules and descriptions of hotels and tours. The itinerary is then emailed to you for review.
Step 4 – Most clients will tweak some of the itinerary and as all our holidays are tailor-made, anything can be changed. We can amend the itinerary so that you achieve the perfect holiday for you.
Step 5 – Once we have finalised an itinerary we will inform you of a deposit amount to secure the holiday.
Step 6 – Two months prior to departure you will need to pay the balance payment for your holiday.
Step 7 – A month prior to travel we will post to you a comprehensive travel dossier with all your travel documentation and luggage tags (pictured below). You will also receive an access code to use our App which offers a holiday countdown, a day-by-day breakdown of your trip and holds digital copies all of your important documents.
Step 8 – You go on holiday!
Humboldt Travel started life with Bespoke Brazil, established in 2011 by director Simon Williams. Humboldt has grown from the roots of Bespoke Brazil, expanding to Humboldt Travel to offer more countries in this fabulous continent. Simon’s aim has always been to bring travellers in touch with a part of the world that he holds dear. He first visited Latin America in the year 2000 as a frugal backpacker and a six month trip took him round a great part of the region, including a journey along the entire length of the Amazon river.
Since then Simon returned on a number of occasions, often through his role as South American operations and product manager for a UK tour operator. Whilst in this role, aside from creating exciting new trips to, Simon would annually take a group of over 200 people to Rio carnival arranging the smooth running of the trips on the ground to ensure everyone had a good time. It was from this experience and during one of these many trips to Brazil that the idea for the company was born.
Meet Our Travel Specialists
Simon founded Humboldt Travel, growing from the original brand he created in 2012, Bespoke Brazil. Although Simon is hugely passionate about Brazil he has travelled extensively around the whole of Latin America from the top of Colombia to the bottom of Argentina plus much of Central America too. Simon is an avid photographer and is always lumbering around the continent with his camera gear in tow. His most memorable travel experiences in Latin America include a night time encounter with Colombian river police on a journey down the Amazon, sleeping in the aisle of a Bolivian bus when a local stole his seat and trying out his GCSE German in Filadelfia, Paraguay. Nowadays he’d much rather be sitting outside of Awasi Patagonia with a glass of red, watching the sun go down over Torres del Paine National Park.
Kirsty has always been fascinated by other people and cultures, something instilled in her from a young age. She graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) which further developed her passion for languages and travel. Following university, she worked wherever she could using her languages, often travelling the world. The travel industry was the obvious place to settle and she joined her husband Simon as director of Humboldt Travel, channelling her passion into creating tailor-made holidays. Some of her Latin American highlights include dancing Samba in Rio, getting soaked at Iguassu Falls, snorkelling with sharks in Belize, spotting jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal, trekking on Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier and doing Machu Picchu in style on the Belmond Hiram Bingham train.
Clara got the bug for travelling whilst studying for her degree in Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge. Specialising in Spanish and Portuguese, her studies gave her a passion for Latin America’s melting pot of cultures, fantastic art and architecture, and its complex colonial history, including some particularly obscure indigenous poetry… Having spent her third year abroad living and working in Brazil and Bolivia, she fell head over heels in love with the stunning landscapes and vibrant cities of Latin America and joined Humboldt Travel after graduation. Some of her favourite memories from her travels include playing with spider monkeys in the alpine cloud forest, stargazing on the salt flats of Uyuni, trekking alongside alpacas in the Andes and tasting her first ever choripán.
Ellie has loved travelling all over the world from a young age, but it was only a few years ago that she went to South America for the first time. Her degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) allowed her to travel abroad for a year and she chose to live and work in Chile’s capital city, Santiago. During her year there she travelled extensively up and down Chile, visiting the big sites such as Patagonia and the Atacama Desert as well as the less-travelled locations such as Chiloé Island and Elqui Valley. It’s safe to say she knows Chile like the back of her hand, and she will always consider it her second home. Since then she’s travelled around six other South American countries and is still eager to see more and more. As a great lover of the outdoors, her favourite memories in South America are hiking the W-Trek in the Torres del Paine National Park, kayaking with blue whales in Chiloé and watching the sunrise above the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia.
Marline is our resident Carioca and has always been in love with tourism, so much so that at 11 years-old she had already decided to be a flight attendant because of her interest to travel. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Marline is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Marline has been working in the tourism industry for more than 15 years and has great expertise through her experiences of working with some of the best Incoming Tour Operators of Rio. She has travelled extensively throughout Brazil and some of her most unforgettable experiences in the country include visiting the amazing archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, the Chapada Diamantina National Park and Jericoacoara beach with its famous sunset dune. After marrying a British citizen she moved and settled herself in England and became part of the Humboldt team.
Who we work with
To ensure you have the best possible holiday we only work with Latin American companies and suppliers that we know and trust. Because of the close relationships we have established, we are able to guarantee that the services we offer are of the highest quality.
Our network of contacts enables us to guarantee that if something goes wrong on your holiday there are people close at hand to resolve any issues straight away which is not always so easy to do independently, especially if your Spanish or Portuguese is limited. To put your mind further at ease, when you book with us, we will provide you with a 24/7 emergency number allowing us to help out if any real problems arise.
Due to the number of destinations we offer, it is impossible for us to have personally inspected all the hotels we recommend however the colleagues we work with in Latin America have done and we are working on doing so ourselves! You can therefore trust our recommendations; after all, trust is such an important aspect when booking your holiday.
Where possible we try and recommend locally owned hotels rather than international chains. You will see from our sample itineraries that many of these are boutique style properties offering a real charm and the sort of attention to detail for which we aim.
We also prefer to recommend hotels which do not negatively impact on their environment. Latin America is a fabulous destination for the responsible traveller with a flourishing ecotourism industry. There are a number of hotels at the forefront of sustainability projects creating environmentally low impact properties which mould into their surroundings.
Click on the link to view our Responsible Tourism Policy.
All the guides we use are fluent in English and the majority of transfers we offer will feature an English speaking driver where possible.
Humboldt Travel and our suppliers always aim to provide you with a quality service to make your holiday to Latin America a memorable one.