About Us

 
A2A Safaris introduced the African safari to Asia and over a decade later we unveil our handcrafted luxury journeys to Latin America and Antarctica.

Since opening our doors in 2002, A2A Safaris has grown and we now have offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila and New York City. We also have representatives in China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as in Paris, Santa Fe and Cape Town.

After introducing the luxury African safari to Asia in 2002, A2A Journeys is the second chapter in A2A Safaris' own journey. 

A2A Safaris' founders Jose Cortes and Victor Dizon began laying the foundation for A2A Journeys many years ago and slowly but surely they acquired an intimate knowledge of the continent and its vibrant cities, its wild places and rich cultures, and a strong passion for another continent was ignited. 

A2A Journeys specialises in bespoke, luxury trips to Latin America as well as small and intimate cruises to Antarctica. Led by Claire Betts, A2A's Head of Latin America and her deep understanding of the continent, we work with a carefully curated portfolio of luxury hotels and properties and handpicked specialist guides across the continent's most pristine wilderness areas and its the most vibrant and colorful cities.

We offer a personal touch and specialise in a highly individualised service. Our clientele consists of business owners and entrepreneurs, senior executives, professionals, honeymooners and retirees who are keen to go on an exciting 'adventure' without sacrificing their creature comforts. For most people, a trip to Latin America or Antarctica is a once in a lifetime experience and our clients know we are always ready to go the extra mile for them and their families.

We don't take a one-size fits all approach. We offer full flexibility when planning a trip. Every single A2A journey is designed with our clients' preferences in mind including the length of their holiday, the type of scenery, culture, wildlife, food and wine and other experiences they are after, who they are travelling with, and of course their budgets.

We look forward to sharing our passion for Latin America and Antarctica with our clients and travelers in Asia.

Our Team

Our Team

Co-founder
Jose Cortes

Jose cut his teeth in the jungles of Wall Street and eventually hung up his gloves as managing director of a global investment bank in Asia – while moonlighting as a 'dream maker' for A2A's clients. He is a keen photographer and he has photographed most of the wild places in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. When not out exploring and researching new destinations for A2A's clients, Jose spends most of his time in Cape Town with his wife Kitty and their hounds Bella and Lucca.

Co-founder
Victor Dizon

Victor is an ex-investment banker who has lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia. He has always had a passion for travel and that is what led him to co-found A2A Safaris. He travels to Latin America regularly with friends and family.

Head of Latin America
Claire Betts

Claire's passion for Latin America was awakened when at the age of 12 her father was relocated to the Dominican Republic and she fell in love with the vibrant, colourful nation. Hooked on the region, she travelled through Central America and spent time volunteering in Ecuador. Later, she found her home in the north of Chile where she lived for two years. Claire worked for a leading Latin America tour operator in the UK for six years, travelling from Mexico down to Patagonia, exploring the Andes, Amazon and most bits in between. She loves using her knowledge to work together with A2A's clients to design their perfect trip.

Travel Consultant
Matthew Tow

Born and raised in South Africa, Matthew grew up travelling on family road trips across Southern Africa. Since moving to Singapore more than a decade ago, he has also travelled around Latin America and throughout South East Asia. A nature and wildlife lover and an aspiring photographer, he has an unstoppable enthusiam that helps him create life changing experiences for his clients.

Travel Consultant
Cherine Lum

Senior A2A Consultant Cherine has worked in the corporate world for many years before turning her passion in travel into a career. She has travelled extensively around the globe and loves the experience of seeing new places and understanding diverse cultures.  Cherine enjoys planning custom holidays and is eager to create memorable experiences for her clients.

Travel Consultant
Ailin Mao

Ailin’s taste for adventure has seen her tracking mountain gorillas in the forests of Rwanda, dodging hippos in the thousands as she canoed down the Zambezi River, and pursuing big cats on foot in Mana Pools National Park. A champion for responsible travel, she was first drawn to Africa and now Latin America for its forward-thinking operators and eco-friendly luxury lodges, in awe of their ability to comfortably host guests in some of the planet's wildest and most pristine corners. Ailin looks forward to introducing clients to these exceptional continents, taking special care to handpick destinations and lodges that transform each journey into a veritable experience of a lifetime.

Travel Consultant
Yessa Caparas

An ex-fashion buyer, entrepreneur and indoor cycling instructor when she’s not designing trips, Yessa is not one to shy away from adventure and pursuing the road less taken. Her philosophy in travel is to get out of your comfort zone, with luxury and style.

Travel Consultant
Carmen Fawaz

Carmen has many years of experience crafting trips to Latin America for the European market.  "Let us create this unique journey for you and your family, and you will want to discover more next time! And for the connoisseurs, just enjoy the moment again, together with nature."  Carmen is currently based in Paris.

Creative Director
Tracie Anglo Dizon

An art director, artist, Latin America afficionado and former Manhattanite, Tracie thought New York City was the center of the universe, until she went on a honeymoon safari to Africa with her husband. As A2A's creative director, she still wears black, but never on safari. 

Travel Consultant
Yu Ling Loh

Yu Ling's passion for travel and wildlife began from the tender age of nine with her first copy of National Geographic. An avid traveller herself, Yu Ling's ultimate goal is to customise the perfect itinerary for each and every client. Her excellent customer service skills makes her a favourite with clients.  Yu Ling is currently based in Zurich.

Travel Consultant
Rob Henares

It took Rob 12 long years to realize that he belongs to the great outdoors and not in the concrete jungle of the corporate world. A safari experience is like eating a box of chocolates... you never know what you’re gonna get.

Travel Consultant
Jeremy Sy

Jeremy is A2A's bachelor businessman cum travel junkie and foodie. Passionate about his restaurants and other enterprises, he says there is nothing he loves better than seeing his clients' faces light up when they come back from their trips.

Managing Partner New York
Edwin Gayla

Edwin was an avid client of A2A Safaris before joining the team in 2013 and he is spearheading its expansion into New York City where he has lived for over 20 years with his wife and daughter. Like Jose and Victor, he has traded Wall Street for wildlife. Previously voted by institutional investors as a top-ranked equity salesperson, Edwin’s new goal is to be a top-ranked safari specialist!

Travel Consultant
Nicole Fernandez

Nicole’s lifelong passion for globetrotting began early. As the daughter of a diplomat, Nicole was brought up living and traveling between the US, Brazil and Portugal. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Biology she spent a semester in Kenya where she was involved in a sustainable wildlife research program.  Since then Nicole has devoted almost 2 decades to creating life changing journeys for her clients to Africa and Latin America. She lives and breathes safaris and travel to wild places and has a diehard loyal following of clients (now friends) because of her highly personalized, detailed and knowledgeable style.

Travel Consultant
Lieze Engelbrecht

Lieze joined the A2A team with a slate of diverse work experiences and was ultimately drawn to eco-tourism because of her passion for nature and exploring new places. A native of Cape Town, Lieze looks forward to planning unforgettable safari experiences for clients, and hopes that they enjoy the magnificent wildlife and breathtaking views that her home continent has to offer. Lieze has traveled around the United States and currently lives in New York, a city she loves for its vibrant culture and diverse culinary scene. 

Travel Consultant
Aireen Navarro - Khauv

Aireen is an adventure enthusiast who has worked in the travel and nonprofit sectors. Having travelled extensively, she enjoys customizing itineraries and hearing her clients’ memorable experiences. Aireen currently lives in California with her husband and daughter.

 

Head of Booking and Reservations
Marc Marcelo

Marc has been working at A2A Safaris since early 2013 and it’s been a blast. Travelling and football are two of his passions. However, he's no Lionel Messi so he did the smart thing and chose the travel industry instead!

Booking and Reservations
Camille Matias

Camille is a citizen of the world and a thrillseeker, and she enjoys trekking, wake boarding, surfing, karting and diving.  She is fascinated with other cultures and she loves meeting people from around the world. A nurse in a previous life, Camille enjoys taking care of other people and she is able to apply her caring nature helping A2A's clients plan trips to exotic places.  Her motto is "to travel, see more of the world, and learn more about the people in it.

Booking and Reservations
Karel Ijeda

To travel the world has been one of my biggest dreams since my teenage years. To explore God's breath-taking creations and to help others visit paradise like Latin America and Africa is a source of great satisfaction for me.

Booking and Reservations
Maribeth Vidal

Being in the travel industry for 7 years before joining A2A Safaris, Maribeth developed a passion for travel, food and culture. She loves discovering new places and meeting new people. She believes that to travel is to learn.

Head of Finance and Admin
Mark Raquinio

A2A's resident CPA, Mark is always mesmerized everytime he watches wildlife in their natural habitat showcasing their survival skills. And being with A2A gives him an extra ordinary shot of adrenaline as merging work and encounters with wildlife and other stunning gifts of nature is such a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Why Us?

Knowledge & Experience

We have extensive knowledge and first-hand experience gained from planning our own trips to all the major destinations in Latin America since 1999. Our founders, our Latin America Head and our travel consultants have travelled the length of the continent - from Mexico to Argentina/Chile and the sub-Antarctic Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula - and have arranged bespoke trips for hundreds of our clients in Asia.

Convenience

We are headquartered in Asia with a presence in most of its major cities. We offer our clients the convenience of dealing with a local company in the same country or time zone. We are familiar with the specific needs of our Asia-based clientele, such as visa requirements and optimal flight routes and current conditions in Central and South America, including weather, politics and wildlife movements. We understand client concerns from an Asian perspective, such as safety, sanitation and hygiene, as well as shopping and dining. We also offer a one-stop shop service for all aspects of our trips, including extensions to far flung destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Antarctica.

Latin America and Antarctica Specialists

We specialise in Latin America and Antarctica (and Africa through A2A Safaris) and we are very familiar with the products and services we recommend. We have been to all of the hotels and properties in our portfolio numerous times and during different seasons, so we know all these properties intimately. We keep up to date – on a daily basis – on developments in the various countries, cities, islands, oceans and hotels, vessels and other properties in our portfolio. We always continue to scout for new destinations and experiences for our clients, at the same time strengthening our longstanding relationships with key players around the continent.

Competitive Pricing

Given the complexity of organising a high quality trip, we provide FREE expertise and advice to our clients, drawing on almost two decades of experience in planning and arranging bespoke trips. We are independent and are therefore not obligated to recommend certain lodges and hotels, allowing us to concentrate on building the best possible experiences for our clients. Due to our strong links with our partners our clients benefit from our favourable rates and our access to promotions.

 

Our Partners

Aqua Expeditions
Attipica DMC
Australis
Alto Atacama
Awasi
Awasi patagonia
Aguas Arribas Lodge
Alvear Palace
Antarctica XXI
Bahia Bustamante
Cristalino Lodge
Candelaria del Monte
Caiman ecological refuge
Casa Gangotena
Coltur Peru
Colombian Journeys
Copacabana Palace
Costa Rican Trails
Crillon Tours
Ecoventura
Eolo Lodge Patagonia
Esencia Experiences
Esplendor El Calafate
Estancia Cristina
explora
Fazenda Catucaba
Galapagos Safari Camp
Gentian Trails
Hacienda Zuleta
Hotel B
Hotel Das Cataratas
Hub Porteno
Journey Mexico
Inkaterra
La Bamba de Areco
La Pinta Galapagos
La Sofia
National Geographic Lindblad
Lares
Lastarria
Mashpi Lodge
Matuete
Metropolitan Touring
Mountain Lodges of Peru
Ocean Adventures Galapagos
Ocean Expeditions
One Ocean Expeditions
Origin Galapagos
Patagonia Camp
Puema Hue
Polar Latitudes
Pousada Picinguaba
Quasar Expeditions
Quincho Casa
Rio Life Personalized Tours
Remota Patagonia
Singular
Tierra Atacama
Tierra Patagonia
Titilaka
Upscape
Viaventure
Vina Vik
White Desert

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We do not subscribe to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy. Sample itineraries and cost estimates are meant purely as a guide. To find out more, please contact one of our expert travel consultants to plan a customized itinerary based on your budget and interests.