Our travel specialists have a passion for organizing life chaning trips. Because they have experienced the joy of traveling, the specialist who designs your trip will understand what makes a journey meaningful. They understand how it is possible to fall in love with a particular place and develop a lasting relationship. Through first-hand experience, you can see how a deep relationship blossoms over time. This combination of passion and knowledge is what will allow them to find the travel experiences they cherish and enjoy sharing with you.
PTS (Platinum Travel Solutions) was established in 1974 by the Magallanes – Pinto family, and incorporated in Sao Paulo. Mr. Magallanes changed direction in 2002 onboarding his nephew Mr. Jonathan Pinto, changing the name of the company to Authentic Travel, Mr. Magallanes continues to be the chairman and CEO up to the day. Juan grew up in Rio de Janeiro and as a young man, was working for one of the largest tour operators in the world. He started PTS immediately after coming to the United States and in a mere couple of years, the company grew to be one of the largest specialists to South America, and had been known as the top luxury specialist tour operator to the region until the early 1980s. By the middle 1980’s the company had expanded its office around the continent, and as a result of these efforts, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Galapagos have become some of Authentic Travel most important destinations. More recently, Antarctica became a major destination for the company.
My move to Buenos Aires changed my entire life. I was excited, nervous, and didn’t know what to expect. I fell in love with the city as soon as I entered it. I was immediately smitten with the beauty and chaos of Buenos Aires and knew I had found my’soul place’. I made Buenos Aires my home for many years, my children grew up here and I took every opportunity to travel visiting other areas of South America. With each trip, my enthusiasm and connection to Latin America increased, I was happy to find my roots back in Rio de Janeiro, but my love is for the region as a whole. I am still amazed at the variety of landscapes and cultures throughout the region. No matter where I live, Latin America will always be home to me.
I left my career in finance and Authentic Travel has given me the opportunity to explore every corner of this magical region. I have learned so much about the cultures and the stunning natural beauty of these islands since joining. I can’t contain my love for these areas, no matter what I do. As a logistics Specialist, it’s my privilege to share this passion with others who plan trips to Latin America.
Flavia was six months old when she took her first trip to Fiji. Flavia was born in Georgetown, Guyana. She has lived in London, UK, and spent two more years in Western Canada. Before moving to Wilmington, Delaware, she is now a resident. Flavia has been working in the travel industry since 2010. She has held various sales management positions in the wholesale, retail, air, and insurance sectors. Flavia has traveled to 26 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East, South Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Renee has an intense passion for adventure, and has been on numerous overland trips in Europe and the Americas. Flavia loves to travel and enjoys snowboarding, hiking and sampling the local cuisine.
Although I was born in Rio de Janeiro I grew up in the Midwest. My parents made sure that my life was filled with adventure. I was raised by my parents to be curious and eager to explore, whether it was hiking through the dunes or driving to the local Rodeo Festival. My first major journey into the unknown was to go to Orlando as a Disney child. This was followed quickly by semesters in Australia and Ireland, with weekends spent traveling throughout Europe. After college, I was employed by the Moscow’s (Idaho) Children’s Theatre. My tour partner and I were married and spent six years travelling the globe bringing theatre to children in places like Guantanamo bay, Cuba, and Anjung-Ri (South Korea). Authentic Travel was my first choice after leaving my nomadic life. My children and I travel a lot together in Idaho, so when we aren’t planning trips, I love to share the adventure with them. My wife is from Quito and we spend at least 3 months every year in Ecuador.
I am one of the experts of choice for the Galapagos, and I would love to help you plan a trip today!
My many years spent in Peru (first Cusco, then Lima) gave me the opportunity to travel the country, learn more about the culture and people and the differences between the regions. There are so many experiences to be had here, including dining at some of the best restaurants in Lima and kayaking on Lake Titicaca. Night walks through the Amazon jungle can also be enjoyed. It is home to my two children, who were both born here. My husband is a Peruvian chef and leads one of the top Latin American venues in Charlottenburg, we are constantly visiting family in the Sacred Valley.