About Global Encounters


We have no other word to describe the past twenty years of our lives. We explored South America for several years before turning our passion for travel into a career by founding CAT (now Global Encounters) in Lima in 1997. We started out with great hopes, little money and no clients at all, but with lots of energy and a mad belief that we would be able to build this company and share our passion for South America with other travelers.

Year by year, brick by brick, our company grew from a tiny office in a living room, to the company we are now; with six local destination offices, one direct sales company and our IT company.

Our scale might have changed, but our original intention holds true – to share with others the incredible experience of discovering South America, and to do so with heart, providing unique adventures and authentic experiences to each and every person trusting us with their dream.


Relationship First

We always strive to be the best we can be – looking at ways to add value and to make things run more smoothly. We make sure that we take the time to really get to know what you are looking for and to tailor our service to suit your needs. We’re truly in it for the long haul, and we’re committed both to crafting incredible trips and to helping you to serve your customers more efficiently.

We Innovate & Adapt

At the core of Global Encounters is a team of dedicated travel professionals who are true veterans of the industry. We’ve always got an eye on what’s happening around the world and on how we can adapt and evolve with the changes. The driving force behind all of our efforts is simple – to be able to offer you better quality, better value and better service.

We Have Your Back

We understand that your image lies in our hands. We will make sure that we do our best to.

The Best of Both Worlds

We strive to make sure our visitors have the best experience and at the same time we work to make sure our local partners thrive and learn as well.



Keep it Local

By working with small, locally owned businesses we not only make sure your tour is authentic, but we also make sure your visit benefits the local community. We make sure the money spend on your tour, stays in the region and will strengthen quality of life.



Responsible Tourism is all about trying to travel in a way that benefits the people who live in the places we visit and by making sure we minimize the impact we have on the environment and landscape.


Building Bridges

We value the unique contributions each person makes. We believe in diverse backgrounds, ideas and perspectives and believe by building bridges between our cultures we will learn, understand and essentially become a better person.



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