Meet the Experts

IMG_0265Geri has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America over the past 35 years.  From the lush rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama, to the stark landscapes of the Galapagos Islands, to the stunning site of Machu Picchu, and the endless expanse of Patagonia to the crashing waters of Iguazu Falls, Geri fell in love with “The Americas.” And, she fell in love with the warmth and honesty of their people. In 1985, Geri founded GL Tours, a tour company dedicated to providing life-enhancing experiences in Central and South America. Early on, Geri established lasting bonds with in-country guides and suppliers who shared her vision and who have partnered with GL Tours for over 25 years. Geri continues to explore the Americas as they evolve and grow. Geri’s continued mission is to evoke in travelers the lure of exotic destinations, the desire for exploration and the spell of adventure.

Theresa first discovered the allure of travel while working for a Chicago based company specializing in ski tours. Those opportunities to experience and explore the amazing Rocky & Teton Mountain resorts, a very different landscape from the Midwest, had her hooked on travel. She has spent many years traveling with family to homes in Ireland and Italy, getting to know those countries and their people. Her special love however began as she traveled Latin America with GL Tours. She continues to travel extensively though Central and South America looking for new and exciting itineraries. Most recently she visited Panama and explored the Canal Zone and Pearl Islands on a luxury catamaran. Some personal favorite destinations are Peru, Ecuador and Argentina. Theresa excels at creating unique itineraries for clients based on her experiences and the interests and budget of the travelers.

P9290603[1]Ginger joined GL Tours in 2002, bringing her strong attention to detail and experience in group travel to the company. She believes that travel planning is not just about tickets and timetables, but more about creating a personal connection and priceless memories. Her favorite part of traveling is getting in touch with the local culture and learning about an area through the eyes of those who live there. One of Ginger’s favorite personal experiences has been visiting a local village in Costa Rica where she met the school children, learned how to make traditional corn-tortillas on a wood-fire stove, witnessed the traditional practices of the local farmer and shared tico-style coffee while the hosts strummed their guitars and sang a farewell song. She has stood on the “edge of the Earth” at Cape Horn and swum with sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands. Ginger’s professional passion is to help make these life fulfilling experiences happen for her clients. She offers full-service consultation and travel planning expertise, specializing in family travel,  honeymoons and special interest groups.