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Christina SchranzOur people make the difference

SouthAmerica.travel's energetic Team come from 11 countries across 5 continents, bringing diversity and a vast knowledge of cultures, of our customers' background as well as of the destinations we cater to. You'll find SouthAmerica.travel offices in Lima, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, the US & Europe.


SouthAmerica.travel LogoA name you can trust

First founded in 1999, SouthAmerica.travel celebrates 10+ years of delivering expert travel planning throughout South America. Read more about SouthAmerica.travel's President Juergen Keller and V-P Bradley Nehring .

SouthAmerica.travel LLC BBB Business Review

Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau

Since the BBB's inception of OnlineStandards in 2004, SouthAmerica.travel has met and exceeded the standards for trust, first in Washington DC, and since 2008 in the State of Washington (where we are "Bonded Sellers of Travel".)


.Travel Authority SouthAmerica.travelThe authority in South America Travel

Our website was awarded to us in 2007 by Tralliance, the authority in charge of assigning the internet domain names. With offices in Lima, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, as well as Europe and the US, Tralliance found us the best representative of the banner website of the Continent.


ASTA Member SouthAmerica.travelWe are proud members ASTA

The American Society of Travel Agents and have been since 2001, building trust amongst the networks of ASTA Travel Agencies.


USTOA Member SouthAmerica.travelWe are allied with USTOA

The United States Tour Operator Association, whose motto is "Integrity in Tourism." Accordingly, the association has established some of the highest standards in the industry.


SATA Member SouthAmerica.travelWe are proud members of SATA

The South America Travel Association. The goal and purpose of SATA is to provide and improve tourism by promoting awareness and education of South & Central America to travel providers throughout the United States.


SouthAmerica.travel Tourism AgenciesNational Tourist Boards Members

Our offices are each members of the National Tourist Boards of their respective countries: Peru, Argentina and Brazil.


Brazil Tour Operator Association Member SouthAmerica.travelWe are founding members of the BTOA

We are founding members of the Brazilian Tour Operator Association (BTOA), promoting Brazil as the exciting travel destination.


SmileWe love to smile!

Give us a call to start planning your South America trip, and you'll hear our smile on the telephone! Want to hear what others are saying? Check out our Testimonials.

History of Southamerica.travel

Nov 1999

Founding of Universal Understanding GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany, with mission of exploring culture ties to Brazil.

Feb 2000

Founding of Universal Understanding LLC in the USA, launch of our 4star Brazil Tours website promoting expert custom tour planning to Brazil

Dec 2001

Launch of Argentina Tours and Chile Tours websites, under the new umbrella website 4star South America Tours website - set for further expansion across South America


Founding of 4star Turismo do Brasil, Ltda as Brazilian Incoming Operator in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Peru Tours and Bolivia Tours added as travel destinations

Jan 2003

Purchase of Latin America destination flight consolidator Value Travel in Washington DC, relaunched as 4star SouthAmerica Tours


Ecuador Tours and Uruguay Tours added as destinations


Founding of 4 star Turismo del Peru as Peruvian Incoming Operator in Lima, Peru and 4star Turismo (Argentina) S.R.L. as Argentina Incoming Operator in Bs As, Argentina


Recognizing the decline in the flight consolidator business, Value Travel is spun off to allow 4starSouthAmerica to concentrate on its core Travel Planning business, and lands contracts with multiple flight consolidators to offer clients more choice at lower prices


Awarded coveted website www.SouthAmerica.travel by the .travel administrator Tralliance


Colombia Tours & Paraguay Tours added, as well as expanded Specialty South America Golf Tours, South America Wines Tours, South America Adventure Tours, South America Railway Tours, South America Cruises and Brazil Beach Resorts

Jan 2009

Consolidation of all 4star websites under www.SouthAmerica.travel website. Re-emphasis as 4**** & 5***** South America Specialists. Celebration of 10th anniversary as South America Travel

April 2012

Flagship US headquarters opens in Seattle, Washington. If you're in the Seattle area, come visit us! We'd love to take you out for a cup of coffee and help you plan your trip to South America.

August 2013

Launch of new website & corporate image for www.SouthAmerica.travel.

January 2016

New members of Travel Trust and ATOL, assuring UK based travelers protection.

Juergen Keller

Juergen Keller

Juergen Keller was born in Southwest Germany, and has studied in his home country, as well as Spain, Portugal and Brazil. He wrote his Masters Thesis at the World Bank library in Washington, D.C. Even while studying, Juergen began taking American, Canadian and Brazilian high school students and adults on multi-country tours throughout Europe. While working as Export Manager for an international company, the itch to share his love of traveling inspired him to found SouthAmerica.travel in 1999.

Bradley Nehring

bradley nehring

SouthAmerica.travel's co-founder & multi-purpose VP Bradley Nehring was raised near Seattle, studied at Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet in Tuebingen, Germany, as well as in Spain. Following work at a trade bank in London, Bradley became a Tour Director for EF Educational Tours in 1991, and was appointed Regional Manager for Central & Eastern Europe, where he saw the volume grow three-fold in six years. He has also worked for international tour operators Kuoni, Insight, GoAhead, Gate1, Passports, ACIS and DER. Throughout the 1990s he has escaped the chilly northern winters by traveling through the diverse landscapes of South America.

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