Lara’s first time leaving her hometown Christchurch was when she was 21 years old to visit Sao Paulo, and from then she had the wanderlust. Having travelled to latin America and Africa many times, Lara’s experience and specialist knowledge will assist you in planning the trip of your lifetime!
Spanish speaking Lara says she tries to get away to some new exotic destination at least twice a year. Countries that she has travelled extensively through include, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia just to name a few. Next destination on her list is Patagonia.
The atlas has always been the most prized book on the shelf for Tig, an avid travel addict since a young age. She took her solo trip to the UK at 14 and since then she’s visited 60 countries in 15 years. After university she booked a one-way ticket overseas, backpacking the length of South America before living in the USA and the UK for three years.
In 2014 Tig fulfilled a lifelong dream to be an overland leader like her Dad was in the 1970s. For four years she led groups around South America, from Colombia down to Ushuaia and up past Rio to the less travelled Guianas – clocking up over 160,000km on the road. The best bits according to Tig? The majesty of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the fascinating daily life of an 8-day Amazon river boat trip and the indescribable chaos of Rio Carnival!
Now the proud owner of an awesome niece and nephew, she’s decided it’s time to unpack her backpack, buy furniture and settle down in Sydney. Despite this the travel to-do list remains full – next up is Iran, Uzbekistan and Botswana and hopefully one day Antarctica.
Blake’s love of the natural world has taken him to all over the globe. The first time he left Australia to travel, he didn’t come home for almost 2 years!
Blake has worked in the travel industry since 2010, taking time off only to work as a scuba diving instructor and of course to travel more. He has lived on the coasts of Mexico and Egypt’s red sea (among others places) and has had the chance to explore many regions in depth – both on land and underwater. As an animal lover, Blake is lucky enough to have swam with whales and sharks, but recalls having somersault competitions with sea lions in the Galapagos as his most fun underwater experience.
Having travelled all the way from Chile to Colombia, Blake rates the deserts of Chile and Bolivia, the jungles and mountains of Peru and the coast line of Colombia as some of the most stunning places on Earth. While Mexico may always be at the top of Blake’s list, he has some high expectations for Brazil which is next in sight.
Blake’s first hand knowledge and passion for travel will have you visiting all the places on your bucket list as well as exploring some hidden places you’ve never heard of!
Originally from Slovakia, Lenka lived in London for 4 years before moving to Australia. She always dreamt of being a travel agent – imagining the excitement of planning holidays and learning about different destinations around the world.
Since starting in the travel industry 10 years ago, she hasn’t looked back. It was after her first trip to Africa that she decided to specialise in this incredibly diverse continent and she joins the Eclipse team with 5 years of African travel experience.
Her first trip to Africa took her to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda- where she got to meet the amazing mountain gorillas. On subsequent trips to Africa she has explored South Africa and Zimbabwe. When asked, the thing Lenka loves most about Africa is that the experiences you have there are like nowhere else in the world. “You get to see amazing wildlife up close (sometimes closer than you would like!), experience some interesting cultures, meet lovely locals and see some wonderful and unique landscapes.” Next countries on Lenka’s Africa list would be Botswana, Namibia and Madagascar!
Whether it’s your first trip to Africa or you are already hooked and looking to discover another part, Lenka looks forward to sharing her passion with you and helping you plan your next unforgettable adventure.
Vivien was only 18 years old when she left her home country Germany to go backpacking around Australia, New Zealand and Thailand on her own. From this moment travel was no longer a side factor in her life, it became a passion. She decided to stay in Australia to complete a diploma in tourism and when she got her first job offer from a travel wholesale company based in Sydney she realised very quickly that she can now call Australia her new home.
She started as a Documentation Consultant, proceeded to be a Reservations Sales Agent and finally got promoted to Product Specialist. In 2016 Vivien realised it was time to tick off a lot of destinations on her bucket list before her daughter would start school, so she took her back then 4-year-old daughter and they travelled 6 months around the globe. Her highlights included the Capilano Suspension Bridge National Park in Vancouver, the biggest Rodeo on earth – the Calgary Stampede, the beautiful scenery of Banff and Jasper, the Niagara Falls in Toronto, a Disney Cruise in the Caribbean (Bahamas, Jamaica & Mexico), enjoying the beach life in Miami, cruising around the Greek Islands, driving around Italy with a campervan, a desert safari in Dubai and of course her absolute favourite destination South America where she travelled on her own. Vivien spent 6 weeks in South America and absolutely fell in love with it and realised she will need to come back as 6 weeks are way to short! Highlights included a Galapagos cruise, the salt flats in Bolivia, mountain biking the death road – the world’s most dangerous road, hiking the 5-day Inca Trail and climbing up the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain in Peru. Vivien has travelled to many countries and she joined us because she has an absolute passion for the destinations we specialise in and can mirror herself in Eclipse Travel!
Luke has lived, worked and travelled extensively throughout the world and these experiences give him the perfect opportunity to use his expert knowledge for the benefit of his clients.
Luke began his career in the travel industry back in 2004 with a ski company in London. After several years of travelling in Europe and North Africa, he spent some time backpacking through South East Asia before moving to Canada. From there a one way ticket to Mexico gave him his first taste of Latin America which left a lasting impression. This trip also took him through Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia and Chile, before ending in Argentina some 7 months later. He has since returned to spend more time in Peru and Argentina as well as Ecuador and Colombia.
When asked Luke says it’s hard to pick a favourite place, but says Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, the Amazon in Ecuador and the Caribbean coast of Colombia are right up there! Next up Luke says he would love to get back over to explore Patagonia, Antarctica and do some more snowboarding in the mighty Andes.