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.
A travel passionate and adventure seeker, Paula is behind the Operations and Logistics assuring everything happens as incredibly as you imagined. When not in the office, you will find her scuba diving in Komodo!
Driven by a desire to bring joy and fulfillment to others, Mafe combines her expertise as an Operations Specialist with her love for art, food, and travel to make your adventure a dream come true!
With over a decade of experience in the world of tourism, Cyn has turned her passion for travel into her way of life—exploring, savoring, and constantly learning. She adores sharing this incredible journey with others so they can experience the same joy.
Noe is passionate about marketing and communication, and loves traveling and learning about new cultures. With more than 10 years of experience in luxury hotel marketing, she is in charge of branding and communication for JSB.
“Jean and her fabulous team at JSB Journeys planned two of our recent (2022 and 2023) trips - an adult (two couples) trip to Peru/Colombia and our family trip (2 adults and 2 kids aged 11 and 15) to Costa Rica. From the beginning, we were impressed with Jean's acute focus on our interests and priorities. She tailored each trip (one very different from the other) with all of our “wants” and “don’t wants” - all while taking into account our proposed trip budget. From start to finish, these trips captured all of the things that I love about traveling - unique itineraries, culinary delights and local experiences. A shaman ceremony in Peru, a local lunch at a Colombian coffee plantation, surfing in a tiny Costa Rican coastal town - just a few examples of favorite adventures curated by JSB Journeys. All local guides were top-notch and we loved that Jean finds unique hotels, superb restaurants and ultra-local experiences for our trips. Her team also provided What’s App support while we were traveling in country - to assist with questions, itinerary changes and restaurant info. I can't wait to see where JSB takes us next ...”
Stephanie from Washington
“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 had a great time Everything went very smoothly. The highlight for both of us was seeing Machu Picchu. We especially liked our guide Juan Carlos and driver in Machu Picchu. They took very good care of us. Would also highly recommend the Sol y Luna hotel in the Sacred Valley. Beautiful grounds in a very serene setting. We also really enjoyed the cooking class in Lima. Everything went well. Thanks for planning an amazing trip for us! “”
Mary & Randy from Newport Beach, California
Our team is based in Ecuador and Argentina.
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