Meet the People who make Veloso Tours a leading tour operator and look after your holiday in person and behind the scenes
Whether our team of expert consultants in London, researchers in the field or first-class guides who look after you face-to-face, everyone shares a passion and enthusiasm for Latin America.
We ask questions, we train people, we convey our requirements and develop long-lasting partnerships with excellent travel professionals and together we form the Veloso Tours Organisation, looking after your holiday. This first-hand knowledge puts a wealth of experience and insight into the process of creating superb itineraries.
Our London Team
Our consultants travel extensively throughout Latin America, researching, exploring and selecting the best places, activities and accommodation available. Each person in our London team is an expert with essential knowledge to produce high quality holidays.
Born in Portugal, Paulo studied photography, design and business studies and has lived in London since 1976. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French fluently and has worked in the travel industry for 21 years covering hotels, ground agents, flights, tour operation, training and business administration. Over the last 30 years Paulo has travelled extensively in Latin America researching and assessing hotels, lodges, guides, transport and services.
Senior Travel Consultant
Nick was born and brought up in the UK but has long standing links with Latin America, often visiting family there during his childhood. After graduating from King's College London with a degree in French and Spanish, he lived for a year in Chile, working as a translator and English teacher. Nick subsequently worked as a hiking tour guide in Europe, gaining a good understanding of what goes into running a successful holiday. Since joining Veloso Tours he has travelled extensively throughout South America, testing the Self Drive itineraries and indulging his love of fine restaurants.
Victoria Silva was born and raised in London and discovered Latin America after finishing her degree in Politics. Having planned only a tour around South America she then fell in love with Peru and after establishing a career in tourism decided to settle there for couple of years. She has travelled around South America extensively and has also visited Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador and Chile. She has also travelled throughout Europe and speaks fluent Spanish.
Administration & Marketing
Berenice has lived in many places in the world as her parents were diplomats, including six years in Moscow. She later settled in Paris, where she studied Tourism and Hospitality Management and worked at an international tour operator. She speaks fluent French, English and Russian and is learning Spanish. She works in our events and administration departments, as well as taking care of our social networks. Berenice has recently travelled to Uruguay, Belize, Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica and is our specialist on the French Caribbean.
Andresa was brought up in Rio de Janeiro where she studied Business Administration and Personnel. She knows her native Brazil well and has explored the Chapada dos Veadeiros, the Amazon, the Pantanal and Salvador. Andresa is such an important member of our team concentrating on working in our accounts, administration and software maintenance, that she has very little spare time to fulfil her love for dancing, diving and most of all horse-riding.
Margarita graduated in Business Administration in Quito where she developed her Tour Operating career in reservations, planning, sales and marketing, allowing her to travel extensively in Europe, Central and South America. She lived in Paris and Belgium where she worked in marketing. Margarita now uses her knowledge of ground services, operations and communication skills to contract our services and develop our organisation in Latin America.
Web Designer & Developer
Filipe is responsible for our digital strategy, web development and digital marketing activities, he also has degree in International Business. He spent most of his childhood holidays visiting family in France and Portugal. More recently he has travelled to Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador and the Galapagos to extending his knowledge and expertise of the locations and services available in Latin America.
Jenny was born and brought up in Colombia. She became involved in Latin American Tourism after completing a degree at University and spending years working for a specialist travel agency. Jenny joined Veloso Tours in 2005 and has recently gained a Masters degree in Air Transport Management. She is our flights specialist. Having travelled to Peru, Brazil, Argentina and the Galapagos Islands, she has gained a wide knowledge of Latin America. She has most recently travelled to Southern Patagonia.
Our Main Guides
Our Guides make the different to your experience on holiday. They are able to provide you an unparalleled insight into local life, people and culture, for a truly unforgettable holiday. We take great care in the selection and training of our guides, so that they understand our requirements and provide you with an authentic travel experience. We use more guides at times and in many other locations.
Eugenio was born in Rio de Janeiro and has worked as a guide there for over 15 years. A Kind and enthusiastic character with a good sense of humour and fun, he loves sharing his passion for Rio de Janeiro with visitors. In his free time Eugenio likes spending time with his family, as well as getting out of the city to explore the Brazilian countryside.
Paulo was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, making him a true "Carioca da Gema", with extensive knowledge of the city. He lived few years in the UK and the USA and worked at the South Africa's Football World Cup and the London's Olympic Games. Paulo is fascinated by the unique history of Brazil, particularly the part from 1808 to 1821 when the Portuguese Royal Family lived in Rio, and the reign of D. Pedro II who stayed in Brasil and kept the country united.
Alexandre was born in Maceió, speaks fluent English and Spanish and has taken the National and International Tourism Guiding courses. Sao Paulo is a city that requires intimate knowledge and Alexandre is an expert in the city's Museums, Markets, Art and Leisure activities that will take you "behind the scenes". He has a friendly personality, thoroughly reliable with a calm self assurance, that makes him a wonderful guide in a cosmopolitan, historic and vibrant city.
Carlos was born in Salvador and studied Tourism in Spain, travelled to US as an exchange student, learned Spanish in Majorca, French in Paris and German in Freibourg, before working for the Bahia Government Tourism Office. He has excellent knowledge of Salvador's history and culture with its unique blend of African and Portuguese heritage including a wide range of restaurants, art galleries and local markets.
Ursula is our Tour Guide of Lima and is particularly in love with what her country can offer: She admires its culture, history, local life and people, that’s why she dedicates her life to be a guide. She has worked as a tour leader with the Peruvian Congress Palace and the Inquisition Museum for almost nine years, performing tours in 4 languages and leading all kind of visitors, from school students to high personalities involved in national and international politics.
Marvin Abanto was born and raised in Lima. In his adolescence Marvin quickly realised that guiding and sharing his knowledge of his country was his passion, and much more than just a career. Marvin has travelled and led groups around all southern Peru. He lived in Cusco for eight months, known as the navel of the world, where he learned a lot about the Andean culture, their History, their tradition and lifestyle.
Fernando lives in Cusco, and works as a guide within the city and the surrounding area of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and at Machu Picchu. While stillrelatively young, he has comprehensive knowledge and understanding of local history , the archaeological sites, and the Inca civilisation. Fernando's friendly character helps him to get on well with visitors. He previsouly worked as a journalist at one of Peru's most popular newspapers.
Ronald has been working as an official tour guide in Puno for couple of years: He loves his town and his country and describes Puno as a fascinating place for culture, dances, and way of life.... He is also very proud to have an Aymara's background. He is used to travel once a year to different places in Peru to learn always more about his country, in order to show his guests how Peru is an amazing place to visit and enjoy.
Vivel Romero was graduated from Tourism Management University of Bolivia, and now works as a tour guide for few years. She likes to share her knowledge and passion about Bolivian history, archaeology and culture. A young and enthusiastic person who enjoys hiking, cultural exchange and travel all over the world!
Elizabeth was born in Sucre, capital of Bolivia where she was raised and educated. Prior to becoming a Tour guide in Bolivia she spent a year living in Australia as an exchange student. She is a graduate in economics and has been a qualified tour guide for over 15 years. Liz speaks fluent Spanish, English and Quechua (the native Inca language) and she loves Bolivia, espcially its people, culture and history!
Emiliano has grown and was educated in Buenos Aires, and is fluent in English, French and Portuguese. Gained in depth knowledge and experience of guiding the capital city centre, the Parana River delta and the countryside areas, Emiliano is reliable, friendly and professional with proven success in the tourist industry, obtaining recognition from the Argentinean tourist industry professionals for his excellence.
Born and brought up in Patagonia, Gaby studied English Public Translation at a University in Buenos Aires and finished her studies in tourism at Nahuel Huapi National Park. She has done several courses on Patagonian native flora and history, and on adventure and outdoor activities. Before Gaby worked for twelve years as a stewardess for British Airways and other airlines. She speaks fluent Spanish & English and has a good knowledge of German, French & Portuguese.
Mauricio was born in Quito. He studied in Ecuador and has a Diploma in Law, and also in Tourism. He also lived and studied in the United States and travelled to many countries due to his father's diplomatic career. He is fluent in English, Spanish and has a basic knowledge of Italian. Mauricio is a licensed guide and has over fifteen years experience working in tourism as a tour guide and also as a tour conductor.
Randall has been sharing his passion and respect for mother nature and Costa Rica for more than 14 years. He took voluntary work during his holidays and tourism courses at the UACA (Autonomous Central America university) and INBioparque whilst guiding everywhere - from San Jose to the muddy trails of the fascinating Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Henry has worked in the tourism industry for over 20 years and has a great passion for the natural beauty of his native land, and loves walking in the forest both alone and with visitors. A kind and thoughtful character, nothing is too much trouble for Henry, and he also has a great sense of humour and many stories to tell about his experiences in travel and tourism.
Juan completed studies in Philosophy, Humanities and the History of Mexico, and was Professor of History at a local school. He has been a guide since 1985 focusing on cultural tours, and his new passion is the Archaeology of Mexico, having travelled extensively throughout the country. Juan’s favourite tour is “Las Misiones de la Sierra Gorda” in Queretaro. Outside work, Juan enjoys keeping fit, hiking and yoga, and most of all, being with his family.
Martha has been a tour guide in Cuba for eight years. Martha boundless energy and enthusiasm, having worked as an entertainer and as a piano teacher for five years, so music is one of her passions; she also loves dancing, traveling, reading history books and doing cross words.
Nathalie Rodriguez is a dancer and teacher of Argentine tango. Having studied dance as a child - ballet, modern jazz and contemporary dance, she stumbled across Argentine tango in the late 1990’s and the music, the beauty of the dance and the emphasis on the “here and now” resonated with her strongly and she decided to perfect this art form. She started her training in Tokyo, then in Europe and Buenos Aires, where she was blessed to train with world-acclaimed teachers and tango champions. In 2012, her partner and her opened Tanguito, which quickly grew to become one of London’s most established tango school and milonga. In 2015, they started organising Che London Tango festival, London’s only tango festival, drawing several hundreds of dancers from the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2018, Nathalie decided to relocate to Buenos Aires to further immerse herself in the culture and give into her passion for all things tango-related: tango music, tango culture, tango dancing. Nathalie is fluent in three languages, French, English and Spanish. She is well-known as an instructor for her well-rounded, no non-sense approach and as a person for her warmth, kindness, courteousness and professionalism.
Boris was born in Cusco, Peru and always liked to travel around, studying tourism as a means of keeping him out of an office job and to allowing him to keep discovering new places and people. Boris went on to complete a Masters Degree and trained for two years with the United Nations. He has worked in hotels, restaurants and travel agencies and has relished the opportunity to help Andean communities to improve their economy through tourism.