Guides

Below are some of our leaders and guides that will be leading or co-leading our tours.  Please read their bio’s and see their accomplishments and you will see why I chose to work with them.  Having the correct skills for the job is required and it is also essential that their personalities align with the leadership roles they embrace.  I have traveled and worked with all of them many times over the years and would do so again in a heart beat.  I think you will enjoy their company and be in good hands while exploring new worlds for yourself.

Sergio Ballivian

Sergio Ballivian at Perito Moreno glacier in Argentinian Patagonia, Los Glaciares National Park

Sergio Ballivian’s passion for nature, landscapes and photography began in his mind as a native-born son in La Paz, Bolivia.  He marveled at the magnificent, raw, and unique variety of Bolivia’s stunning geography spanning the Altiplano, Andes, Amazon, high-altitude deserts, Chaco lowlands, the Pantanal, and tropical rainforests.  His passion has taken him to all corners of Bolivia on personal and professional expeditions for magazines, TV and documentary film crews, NGO’s, outdoor equipment manufacturers and thrill-seeking adventurers.

His first formal training began at the University of Calgary’s Outdoor Pursuits Program where Sergio added a robust layer of outdoor skills in outdoor leadership, guiding, ice climbing, mountaineering, geology, nature-based learning, and conservation.  In 1991, the journey led him to embark on a professional job in the Photo Department at National Geographic Society (NGS) that lasted 5 years.  There, Sergio performed a liaison role between technicians and photographers that traveled the world doing assignments for National Geographic.  Those experiences added significant technical craftsmanship to his love of capturing the natural world on film and launched his career to developing his expertise as a world-class landscape photographer.

By 1994 Sergio was ready to put theory into business practice and launched his first adventure tourism company, Explore Bolivia.  He quickly developed “firsts” in mountain biking across the Andes, rafting class-4 Amazon rivers and the only one offering sea kayaking on Lake Titicaca.

By 1996 Sergio he launched another tour service, Sergio Photo Tours, specializing in photo tours to all corners of Bolivia.  Between 2015-2017 Sergio Ballivian spotted an opportunity to publish two books about the Bolivian regions close to his heart, leveraging his vast knowledge of the regions, their peoples and culture digging deep into his enormous portfolio of photographs. There was only one challenge, Sergio did not know anything about book publishing, nor did he have the funds to pay the industry to publish for him. In classic Sergio DIY style, he dove into learning about and acquiring all the skills to self-publish two coffee-table hardcover photography books, Altiplano: Where Earth and Sky Embrace and Madidi: An Uncertain Future

His love of adventure and exploration grows further and every time he sees a place he does not know on a map.  He has traveled far and wide in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Chile and to Spain, Nepal, and New Zealand.  

In 2019 the Covid pandemic shut down the travel industry and provided Sergio with energy and time to reimagine the photo tour business. Now, Sergio and his team are proud to launch the upgraded offerings of Sergio Photo Tours.  Today with travel doors reopened Sergio is leading as an expert adventure and photo tour designer and is relaunching a tailor-made adventure and photo tour operation concentrating on the regions of the Andean spinal cord and the magnificent Amazon lowlands.

The love he has for South America allows him to travel with clients for photography workshops, shooting documentaries and organizing expeditions to all corners of this gigantic continent.  His work can be seen at:  www.sergiophoto.com, www.sergiophototours.com

If you want to purchase fine art prints from Sergio click here

Oscar Ebert

Oscar Ebert

Logistics, Driver & Adventure Guide

Sergio Zapata

Sergio Zapata

Logistics, Driver & Adventure Guide

Javier Tellaeche

Javier Tellaeche

IFMGA Mountain Guide

Jose Camarlinghi

Jose Camarlinghi

UIAGM Mountain Guide

Ivan Albarracin

Ivan Albarracin

Adventure and Cultural Guide

Marcelo Arce

Marcelo Arce

Photographer and Nature Guide

Tanja Kaczmarczyk

Tanja Kaczmarczyk

Tailor-Made Tours & Guide

Walter Schmid

Walter Schmid

Adventure Guide & Chef

Steffen Reichle

Steffen Reichle

Photographer and Nature Guide

Sandro Valdez

Sandro Valdez

Birding & Nature Guide

Ovidio Valdez

Ovidio Valdez

Adventure and Nature Guide

Patricio Crooker

Patricio Crooker

Photographer Guide

Alejandro Sarage

Alejandro Sarage

Photographer Guide

Jonathan Derksen

Jonathan Derksen

Director - Art of Adventure

Mauricio Diez de Medina

Mauricio Diez de Medina

Master Coffee Roaster and Chef

Rodrigo Mariaca

Rodrigo Mariaca

Adventure & Nature Guide

Karen_Kasmauski

Karen Kasmauski

Photographer Guide

Bill_Douthitt

Bill Douthitt

Photo Editor and Art Director

Medford_Taylor

Medford Taylor

Photographer Guide

Kevin_Steele_Headshot

Kevin Steele

Photographer Guide

Jaime Balza

Jaime Balza

Adventure and Cultural Guide

Raymundo Nina

Raymundo Nina

Adventure Guide and Driver