Janet brings the experience of over twenty years in the travel industry, along with years of international travel and marketing operations with her. Most importantly, she brings her innate sense of curiosity, true love of sustainable adventure tourism, hospitality, and need to connect with the local culture. Janet is right at home designing and guiding adventure tours. As the new owner of Canyon Calling Adventures for Women, Janet has been an active participant in all of the Canyon Calling tours, immersing herself in the operation, meeting the outfitters and personally experiencing the activities, and most importantly touring with the guests. Janet’s maturity, knowledge, and keen desire to ensure her guest’s safety and comfort will have you in excellent care.
Carla is Swiss and we met her when she was guiding a kayak trip on a river in New Zealand. We were so impressed with her inter-personal skills that we invited her to guide our Swiss Alps trip. Carla has been guiding around the world for eight plus years and her English is excellent. She is a passionate mountaineer and she climbed Denali in May 2009. Carla is a rafting, kayaking, and climbing guide and has also taught climbing, skiing and snow-boarding. She helped us tweak the schedule slightly to bring the local culture to the top and so that our customers enjoy the best experiences that her beautiful country offers. You’ll have fun with Carla –she’s a real “people” person.
Marisol Velasco Espinoza
Marisol leads us on segments of the Peru itinerary such as Machu Picchu and in Cusco. She is a Spanish speaker and is fluent in English and French. Marisol has hiked the Inca Trail over 360 times! We’ve nicknamed her “Mighty-Mouse!” She has wisdom and empathy way beyond her years. Marisol LOVES Machu Picchu and her pride in her Inca ancestors shines through as she leads us through ruins and museums throughout Peru. A University graduate with a degree in tourism, Marisol is a shining example of Peru’s commitment to growing a vibrant and responsive tourism industry.
Jesse lives in Boise, Idaho where she teaches violin/fiddle and mandolin to students of all ages, but (luckily for us and for you) she takes time out to lead our tours in Idaho and Wyoming. She fell in love with the mountains and hot springs of the west at a very young age. A travel bug and a desire to explore the world took her all over the United States, Brazil and several trips through Europe. After living in Florida for 5 years and being tortured every night by dreams of being back in the mountains, she returned home, got married, and had a beautiful daughter named Fern. Some women might be slowed down by having children but not this momma and baby. Fern has already seen more of the mountains of Idaho and been to more hot springs than some people who have lived in Boise their whole lives. Jessie’s passion for the mountains is contagious…you’ve been warned!
An admirer of the native people and the stunning beauty of Arizona, Cheryl has lived in Sedona and led trips to over eighteen worldwide destinations. Cheryl grew up hiking and camping in the mountains of New Zealand with the Girl Guides and boating with the Sea Rangers. She graduated from Outward Bound in New Zealand and considers this her best training for her role as Trip Leader. “Outward Bound pushes you to physical and psychological extremes in the outdoors and teaches you how to effectively interact under duress to ensure the success of the group. Leading adventure tour groups is a walk in the park in comparison!” she says. Cheryl will be leading our two New Zealand adventures in 2015 providing an insider’s view and personal travel experience for our guests.
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