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.
WHY WORK WITH US?
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.
OUR COMMITMENT TO
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.
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.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
400 clients visited Latin America with Eturia, thanks Encounter for all your efforts, support and cooperation. I look forward to our next years of collaboration and I hope that our business will grow even more successful. Thanks to all the Encounter team for the efforts to became better year after year.Sorin Stoica
We are working with Global Encounters for several years now. It’s a pleasure to have such a professional and cooperative partner in the destination, who is working together with us and who supports us to provide our clients unforgettable and authentic experiences in South America.Kathrin
Just called with party Antonia Bakker who is back in Holland after their trip. Just to inform you that they where overjoyed about our service. They loved the hotel in Buenos Aires, lovely people working there. And they loved the guide they had for the Buenos Aires tour! Compliments to her. Also they liked the other hotels and they where happy that Encounter helped them with the flight to Iguazu. Short.. They are very happy with Riksja and Encounter! One happy customer, Many more to go!
We just got back from Costa Rica. It was an incredible journey, we really loved it! We have seen so many wildlife and different places, with many highlights. We want to thank you for the great organization! Everything just worked out the way we planned it.
Dear Lucia and Ariel
we have to leave Buenos Aires in 2 hrs, looking back in having 4 weeks of great experience in Argentina and Chile. Being not always happy with the weather in Patagonia … – we were extremely satisfied with the service and support you’ ve booth plus CAT in general provided during our tour! A deep thank you all for that! A special thank you goes to Lucia, for her professional and smart on-going assistance. Hope to coming back someday – all the best
I wanted to contact you and let you know that the pax has contacted us to say what a wonderful time they had and how impressed with your services that they were. They loved the planning and everything ran so smoothly, they have asked me to thank you and to send their thanks to all of their guides who were great.