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Co-Founder/Operator

Ryan Stimmel

Born and raised in the suburbs of North Texas it took effort for this responsible travel expert to become aware of the wider world. Since then though, adventure travel and ecotourism have become central themes to his life. Now he works to connect the bold responsible traveler to the world with that same sense of purpose.

Formally educated in Sociology, History and Philosophy Ryan is passionate about the cultures and communities in the developing world, confident in his ability to connect one adventurous spirit to another.

Combined experiences studying abroad in Spain and language immersion in Guatemala as well as practice in the kitchens of Texas, the roads of Mexico and hostels and organizations in destinations like Uruguay and Argentina have afforded Ryan a fluent command of the Spanish language and many of its dialects.

Through-hiking The Appalachian Trail and The John Muir Trail as well as the multiple trips trekking to the tops of Guatemalan volcanoes as an adventure travel guide add up to nearly 3000 miles of trail under his hiking legs and a superlative capacity for maintaining health and safety during outdoor adventure activities. Add to this a Wilderness First Responder Certification from the National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Medicine Institute and there is no situation he cannot respond to.

To round out his ecotourism and sustainable development experience he threw himself into the stormy mix of the international NGO humanitarian aid and sustainable developmental organizational environment in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. In response to the damage caused by Hurricane Stan he founded, managed and administered a primary education based not-for-profit organization and its one room schoolhouse program.

These rich and various experiences have turned him into a social entrepreneur with a hearty mix of adventure traveler. This bricolage of the school of life has molded Ryan into a different kind of responsible travel expert - just the kind to trust to take you out into the world!

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p: 512.522.7016

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