The Escaped Travel brand is proudly owned and managed by Gary Sargent and through his expert team of travel consultants based around South and Central America.
Planning and booking with us means you deal with one person, your dedicated travel consultant, pay one company and then relax and let us deal with everything. We will book your pick-ups, transfers, tours, hotels & activities plus international or domestic flights if you wish.
Gary has spent nearly 20 years living, working and traveling in Latin America, most of which has been in Cusco and Lima, Peru but also 6 months in Mexico plus many visits, expeditions, treks and adventures to most of the other Latin American countries too. He and his staff have traveled to almost all the corners of the region, so they know it and love it. Recently Gary and his Peruvian wife Malka have been spending more time in Argentina and Chile (including two 15,000 km road trips to Patagonia and the Southern Highway), adding more of its attractions to our portfolio, and since September 2016 has been living in the lovely city of Salta in Northern Argentina.
Feel free to browse what our clients say about how look after them by visiting our main site or reading about us on Trip Advisor. Read our blogs to find out what we have been up to and get useful info about Latin America in general.
Please feel free to click the Contact Us link to send us an email, we have a toll-free number, a Skype name and a chat feature on our websites.
Most of us are from the “West”, from countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada or the USA so we work with a combination of Latin passion and a modern work ethic. What does this mean for you?
Expert Local Advice:
Most of us have worked as tourism managers and tour leaders in Latin America so we have vast experience in this field. We know what visitors on tour like and feel comfortable doing, because we have personally accompanied thousands of people around the continent. You may already have a good idea of what you would like to see and do, but if you do not you can rest assured that we can best advise you and adjust your plans to make them perfect.
Many companies claim to be local experts we think that is an exaggeration because most of them are not even based in South America. Our offices are located in Peru and Panama, with our sales and operations base found around the corner from Machu Picchu. We always have the most up-to-date information on everything from the weather, through local festivals, to the price of a beer. Having lived here for a long time we have also seen how things work on a day-to-day basis and have an understanding of daily life that just cannot be achieved without experiencing it first hand.
We have stayed in or visited many of the hotels, taken the range of tours on offer and even eaten in most of the restaurants that we recommend to you. There is nothing better than a personal recommendation in our opinion. Guidebooks are out of date the minute they are published and while a US or UK based operator may have visited once upon a time, their recommendations cannot be up to date in the same way that ours can.
When you book a tour with Escaped to Latin America you can relax safe in the knowledge that we are always here to help. Before departure we provide you with comprehensive travel information, containing 24 hour numbers for us in Cusco and of all our local operators who will be looking after you around your route. Our network of operators can can sort 99% of any minor issues straight away. We also include our 24 hour back up number just in case you have something that cannot be resolved so easily and need to speak to your travel consultant or anyone else in our office.
We pride ourselves on our response time. In the fast pace of modern life, with people often writing to us from their tablets on the subway or laptops at the airport, we know time is of the essence. We aim to answer all your queries as quickly as possible, from your initial contact right on through to after you get home. We want you to be able to feel confident enough and have had such a nice time that you will come back to us to visit somewhere else in Latin America for your next tour.
Custom made tours:
Go where you want
We can arrange tours to anywhere in Latin America, you tell us where and we will make it happen. Many of our clients choose to combine a number of countries in one great tour, our Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu and Machu Picchu tour is a very popular choice for example. Or perhaps you prefer to concentrate on just one country, they often have much more to offer than you have free days anyway!
Go when you want
Perhaps you are restricted to school holidays, perhaps you prefer to travel low season or have set dates for your honeymoon. Maybe you want to visit Rio Carnival or schedule your Machu Picchu tour to see the famous Holy Week parades in Cusco. As all our tours are custom made you can start and finish any day you choose.
Do what you want
Trek the Inca Trail, dive in the Galapagos, sail among icebergs in Antarctica or perhaps something less active like beach time in Costa Rica. We can make your tour as active or as relaxed as you want, and we do not tie you to a set tour, allowing you to choose all the variables and modify as you wish.
Choose your travel style
Everyone has a different budget and different priorities. Perhaps you want to see as much as possible for your money or maybe you want to pamper yourself with many top of the range, luxury hotels. Maybe you enjoy meeting other random travelers along the way and would prefer shared day tours, or perhaps you like the personalized attention of a private tour guide, or stick within your family or friend group. We can choose hotels and experiences to suit your needs, whatever they are.
Read some of our client testimonials here to see what previous clients have to say about our service.