While exploring Chile in the early 1990’s, travelArt founders Elke Hausdorf and Carsten Bengelsdorff discovered a country rich in culture and with a dramatic, unspoiled natural environment – a true traveller’s paradise. At the time, though, Chile was largely unknown as a travel destination, due to the lack of high-quality natural, cultural, adventure, and special interest tour operators in the country.
In 1994 Elke and Carsten launched travelArt to fill that gap. Starting as a small agency in Puerto Varas (in the southern Lakes Region), their enterprise grew rapidly, soon becoming a leading specialist in the Chilean tourism market. For two decades now, travelArt has crafted personalized, tailor-made travel plans and exclusive group programmes for major international tour operators. In addition to our wide range of cultural, environmental, wellness, and car tours, we also organize corporate incentive travel and manage day trips for cruise ship-based visitors to Chile.
Today, travelArt has its primary office in Santiago, while maintaining support branches in several key tourist regions. More than 30 permanent staff members – our “travelArtists” – are ready round the clock to assist our guests with any conceivable issue that might arise, ensuring the smooth, nuisance-free enjoyment of even the most unusual travel routes. Every year, our travelArtists visit the many different regions of Chile to conduct quality spot-checks and training sessions, to search out new, interesting tour possibilities, and to locate and sample the most spectacular hotels and outstanding restaurants – even in the remotest corners of the country.
With this support, and the assistance of our team of friendly, enthusiastic, highly-qualified tour guides, travelArt delivers the finest possible travel experience: unique, exhilarating, and with memories (and photos) to last a lifetime!
• The highest quality standards, guaranteed by our Quality Management team
• Exceptional programme design
• Outstanding destination knowledge
• Highly-qualified, enthusiastic tour guides
• Regular training for staff members, guides and suppliers
• Support offices in key tourist regions
• 24h emergency phone assistance , 365 days a year
travelArt is a member of Turismo Chile, the Chilean tourism board, of LATA (Latin American Travel Association), of USTOA (United States Tour Operators Association), of ATALA (Australian Travel Association for Latin America) and of LATC (Latin American Travel Concept), a network of tour operators providing a unified, continent-wide travel planning experience.