Director for the Americas
Natalie discovered her love of travel while spending a semester abroad in Italy. She shifted her history, writing, and photography studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, to Leonardo da Vinci's homeland and an insatiable desire to explore new places and expand her knowledge of the world was sparked.
Natalie loves everything about travel, from researching destinations to exploring them in person. Since joining GeoEx in 2008, she has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America. Her four-month Latin American sabbatical had her working on an organic farm in Costa Rica, trekking through the Andes in Peru, and tangoing through Argentina. Most recently she delved into remote regions of Patagonia and Ecuador in search of the most authentic experiences, and saw Cuba on the doorstep of change. Natalie is especially fond of the Galápagos Islands. “Nowhere else do you see so much wildlife in one place and up so close,” she says. Her passion, regional expertise, and ability to negotiate complicated logistics enable her to advise travelers on the best Galápagos options and to plan complicated, customized itineraries. She explains, "I take care of all of the details and logistics, so that you can focus on the fun."
Natalie especially gets a kick out of surprising folks who have traveled with us before. For one couple, for example, she arranged a candlelight dinner and wine pairing in a Sacred Valley wine cave. And for another guest, whose business and passion was high-end home goods, she orchestrated a unique visit to a weaving community in Peru, suspecting that the textiles would offer the traveler new inspiration. (She was right!)
When she’s not packing her suitcase for the next trip south, Natalie enjoys the wonders of San Francisco and beyond: swimming, hiking, relaxing at Lake Tahoe, or strolling the beaches of Marin.
“Natalie was particularly friendly and very knowledgeable on all aspects of South America. Every query was answered promptly and in great depth with lots of suggestions and alternatives. Once we decided on the final itinerary, the booking, confirmation, and payment process was smooth and seamless. Natalie kept us informed at every step so we were very confident that no detail had been overlooked. In fact, it this attention to the small details and sourcing the BEST people that put GeoEx in a class of its own. Thanks, Natalie, for a WOW trip!” – Ian R.