Planning a trip can be fun. But it can be overwhelming too. You might find yourself falling down an internet rabbit hole, wading through an inordinate number of travel websites, all of which leave you none the wiser. Let us pull you back to the land of the living.
As local travel experts living in South America, we do all our research first-hand. Which means our recommendations are personal. We’ve been to the hotels, eaten at the restaurants and have handpicked the guides that will join you on your journey. We want to cast a light on the true value of travel and celebrate the authenticity that makes these people and places what they are: unique.
JSB Journeys is a collaborative network of the best guides in the business and the finest travel designers, who team up to create one-off, experiential journeys. We’ll work with you to design a better, more enriching travel experience — one that goes beyond list-ticking, surface-level sightseeing.
We put plenty of thought and time into each and every trip we create. They are made-to-measure rather than off-the-rack. Because of this, we do charge a small per-person planning fee. But we promise you, just like a well-tailored suit, it’s worth the extra cost.
To craft the trip of your dreams, we want to get to know you and what sparks your passion. We only need 30-45 minutes for this stage. There’s no fee or obligation for this.
Next, you’ll receive a draft itinerary, complete with travel dates, hotels and experiences. Together, you and our experts will tailor the itinerary to outline the perfect trip. We’ll make adjustments and suggest activities and hotels as we refine the details.
If you’re happy with your draft itinerary, we can move forward with a proposal. We work diligently to get every detail right, so it may take up to 4 or 5 days. The proposal will detail your planned experiences and final pricing.
Now it’s time to start counting the days! You will receive your travel dossier full of exciting information one month before your departure.
JSB Journeys is a travel design company that connects discerning travelers with passionate locals to create unique, private, experiential journeys to South America. For more than 15 years, Jean — a US native — has worked in the travel and hospitality industry, and has done stints managing luxury hotels as well as working in the wedding and travel-planning sectors. Her enduring passion for travel and life-long love affair with all things Latin America led her to create this boutique travel company. She now splits her time between Ecuador and the US.
With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jean brings her knowledge and passion for Latin American culture to lead this unique team. She oversees the creation and design of your trip along with her wonderful collaborators.
We consider Ana the mother of Operations & Logistics. Based in Argentina, she oversees every detail of your trip to make sure it’s as perfect as you imagined.
Our Buenos Aires guru, Madi, knows everything about the one-of-a-kind Argentinian capital. A historian, Madi helps craft excellent itineraries for discerning clientele.
Jose is the mastermind behind your travel in the Patagonian city of Bariloche. Jose is a master whisky & beer connoisseur, and if you’re lucky, he might even surprise you with his bagpipe abilities.
Brian helps us create incredible journeys in Chile. From biking through vineyards to private dinners with local chefs, he's in charge of making all the magic happen in this beautiful country.
Based in Puerto Natales for most of the year, Fernando heads up the Adventure Team in southern Chilean Patagonia. Kayak amongst glacial icebergs? You got it! Private guide for a photographic journey? He's got the best spots!
“Peru was fantastic, The staff, from the drivers to the guides, were exceptional from the day we landed until the day we departed. Although we had a flight cancellation we felt very comfortable with no stress because of the professional staff and the way you all handled the situation. The logistics were fast but smooth and relaxing. The places we stayed at were perfect and very accommodating. We will certainly be visiting Peru again. In Buenos Aires, the condo was perfect for us and in a very good central location. The staff were very helpful. From this location we were able to get to all locations mostly walking with an occasional cab. We specially enjoyed the self guided dossier you sent us, it really helped us navigate through the city! Your planning was flawless and we will definitely be returning to South America with you! “”
David & Loan from Hayward, California
“We are finally settled back in - it was difficult getting back into the swing of things after vacation. :) Overall we were very pleased with the vacation. The guides were overall top notch! The ATM cave was definitely a highlight. The roads were a surprise but we got used to them. It was a great mix between the jungle and the beach! :) The food itself was pretty damn amazing! Really - it was an amazing trip and we are soooooo glad we did it with you. Our mind was blown many, many times!!”
Shannon & Derek from St. Paul, Minnesotta
“Hi Jean! I just got settled back into my office and you are the first person I decided to write. The trip was amazing. Everything was impeccable, a unique experience. It’s hard to find anything we would have changed or done better. The hotels you chose for us were impeccable and the ground staff were amazing. Juan Carlos was the best guide we’ve ever had! The 3 night Belmond train was absolutely amazing. To you, we dedicate and entirely separate paragraph. The surprise picnic you setup for us on that lake with those views and the amazing food was mind blowing. We were in awe at the amount of detail and heart put into it. Planinng this trip with you was an absolute pleasure and you have left us with a lifetime of memories. THANK YOU!”
Ruben & Ana from Buenos Aires, Argentina
We're based in the US and Ecuador.
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