Jon Hillstead
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Jon Hillstead

Jon Hillstead

Travel Consultant

On the team since

2015 (6 years)


Seattle, WA


English, Portuguese & Spanish


Jon was born in Los Angeles, California, raised in the Pacific Northwest, and currently calls Seattle home. His interest in travel and South America began while he was studying abroad in Ecuador. Living and working in the Ecuadorian Amazon, he became intrigued with the indigenous Kichwa culture and local way of life. This sparked his interest to continue to explore other parts of South America. From Ecuador, he traveled south to Peru from the northern beaches of Mancora to the southern tip of the country on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Since living in Ecuador he has traveled to Chile, Argentina, Peru, and spent a year living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he adopted the local Carioca lifestyle.

Some of Jon’s highlights traveling in South America include swimming with manta rays in the Galapagos, hiking the W trek in Torres del Paine, cruising the Amazon aboard the Tucano, and watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu. His ideal trip would include a combination of adventurous activities, wildlife, and time relaxing on the beach. With his love for adventure, the outdoors, and his passion for travel, Jon hopes to inspire others with his experiences to make South America their next travel destination.

Watching sunsets on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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