'We share the beauty of the world'
“Uyuni, words will never do, I enter San Pedro trembling. Was this real? Did I REALLY experience this? An ultimate feeling of happiness, excitement but at the same time a lump in my throat. That it’s over. Nature, so breathtaking, pure and untamed. The starry sky, I had never seen it this immense. The jeep tears across unpaved roads and surprises us at every turn. Every 2 minutes a window opens because we can’t resist capturing this view on camera to share with the rest of the world.”
This experience has been a great inspiration for starting UYUNI travels with the goal of ‘sharing the beauty of the world’. A picture or words can’t convey the overwhelming feeling of a new travel experience. That’s why UYUNI wants to enable you to experience it yourself. We offer trips tailored to your need and make the beauty of the world accessible, for both the traveller and the local environment.
Born in Amsterdam, raised by the world!
My parents showed my brother and me all corners of Europe from a young age, by car, camping, skiing. I developed a passion for discovering new places very early on! The world remained fascinating and when studying Economics in Groningen, I organised an international study project in Malaysia. During summers, I worked for big mountain bike events across Europe and Canada. After my study, I travelled through Australia for a couple of months, after which I started working in marketing at a large multinational. I saved up my holidays there every year to go on yet another big trip; Indonesia, South-Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Thailand, New Zealand. I couldn’t get enough and decided to take a sabbatical late 2015 to travel around the world for a year.
The first 5 months were in South America, I changed my plane ticket 6 times, what an astounding continent! The Inca culture of Peru, the heavenly beauty of Bolivia, the volcanoes in Chile, the gaucho riding in Argentina, the diversity of Ecuador, the colorful culture of Colombia, the amazing hikes and glaciers of Patagonia and the swinging cities across the entire continent. And above all, the beautiful connections made with the local population and my fellow travellers. I continued my trip and went to New Zealand, West Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Nepal, where I built a school with a group of travellers in a village destroyed by an earthquake. During this year, I experienced how (sustainable) tourism can positively influence the life of the local environment. I wanted to do something with this. Sharing the beauty of the world is the principle for setting up UYUNI Travels. Planning, organising and sharing travel experiences is something I love and I look forward to sharing ‘the beauty of the world’ with you and the world around us!
Every year during the summer holiday, my parents would pack up the entire family and especially a lot of books into the car. We didn’t go to a camping site in Belgium or a beach holiday in Spain. No, we went to places with names like Novesmorevich (I think) in the Czech Republic where we perfectly entertained ourselves doing nothing at all. France was also a favourite. As a child, it was amazing to sleep in a small village on the farmer’s yard with kittens in the barn.
During my study of business sciences, I became a member of an organisation which organised events for exchange students in the Netherlands. There, I met people from all over the world. It was great to have a drink with a new Chinese friend or camp in Drenthe with a group of people from all over the world.
After my studies, I started working in marketing at a number of large multinationals. Here, I once again dealt with various nationalities and cultures. By now I’ve seen a little more of the world myself, especially Asia and America. I love advising the UYUNI Travels team!
Why travel with UYUNI Travels
- UYUNI Travels organise tailor made travel to South America
- We differentiate by our own experience and eye for detail
- We work with local partners with decades of experience and who are 24/7 reachable whilst you’re there
- We organise your entire trip tailored to your wishes and budget: activities, guides, transport, unique accommodations
- We would love to inspire you with culture, nature & local encounters
- ‘We share the beauty of the world’, with you and the local environment
How we work
We listen and like hearing which things give your energy and suit you. UYUNI Travels has a lot of knowledge of the many possibilities in South America and puts together a unique trip based on this. All kinds of things are possible; from active treks to tours with a driver, jeep safaris, local or private transport. In terms of accommodation, we offer anything from eco-lodges and budget accommodation to luxurious starred hotels. UYUNI Travels supports you both before, and during your trip.
With the intention that travelling can benefit both the traveller and local environment, we work together with local entrepreneurs (agents, accommodations, gastronomy and transport) to positively encourage the local economy, job opportunities, culture and wellbeing. We focus on sustainability and carefully select our local partners. We strive to keep ‘the beauty of the world’ intact. We do our best to offer our trips in such a way that preserves the natural living environment as far as possible, so humans and animals can continue to enjoy it.