About  us

Behind every great brand is a great story, we are no exception…

Long story short

I remember signing up far a hike to the seven waterfalls in the foothills of Sucre, Bolivia. I was excited about the hike and prepared well for it. The day was to start at 8am and the hike would take all day. I brought my camera and was excited to be doing this.

What the tour operator actually delivered was a trip to a museum in the morning where we sat through an hour’s BBC animation about dinosaurs. We then looked at some plastic models of what dinosaurs might have looked like. After 3 hours we took a bus to the waterfalls. Some of these were 10 foot tall and some were 2 or 3 ft. The area was littered with bottles and rubbish, we were home by three. Needless to say, it was a real disappointment.

On another occasion, I booked up to visit one of the floating reed islands inhabited by the Uru indigenous people on Lake Titicaca. What was delivered was a floating wooden platform held up by coke cola bottles and covered with straw. You paid to get on, the we were forced to buy a fish dinner and had to pay to get back off.

I laugh at it now, but tourism is often done so badly and what you get can be so very different from what you imagined or signed up for. I wanted to make travelling Bolivia with vAMMos different. We offer adventure holidays for real adventurists.
We can cater for differing fitness levels and disability (although I don’t believe there is such a thing). In the main we will go at your pace, but be prepared adventure can be hard. Sleep can be difficult and comfortable accommodation non-existent. The main attribute that you will need to enjoy an adventure with us is a positive character. Everything else we can work through.
So set your expectations, Bolivia runs at a slower pace and things have a habit of changing around us. We cannot legislate for the weather, changes in local laws and customs. Plus of course wildlife doesn’t always do what we want and it may not always be possible to see every animal that we set out to see. Because we offer true adventure, there will be moments of exhaustion. However we know these will be mixed with moments of utter wonder and exhilaration.

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Our Team

A small but perfectly formed team help build and execute the perfect Bolivian adventure trips, bespoke to your wishes.

Dave
Director

Dave was born in Bolivia and spent 14 years growing up here. Having lived in Tarija, Potosi, Capinota and Cochabamba as well as working for the last 8 years in the Bolivian Amazon with the Andean Medical Mission charity (which Dave founded) he has a broad knowledge of this amazing country. Dave has a passion for the outdoors and loves photography and wildlife. A keen sailor Dave has crossed the Atlantic and has spent many years on the south coast of England pottering about in boats before returning to Bolivia full time in 2017.

Hasneyth
Director

Hasneyth grew up in Santa Cruz Bolivia before moving to England. Hasneyth has great experience of living and travelling in the Santa Cruz district.

She manages the logistics for some of the medical trips and has visited many villages in the Amazon as part of this work. Hasneyth speaks English and Spanish.

Sahiar
Team Member

Sahiar is a fundamental member of the vAMMos team. Sahiar carries out much of the logistics of getting equipment and gear into place so that you don’t have to. When you turn up to a campsite and a fire is roaring and coffee on the go, tents are up and chairs ready for you to sit in, that’s because we have Sahiar. He gets things done. Although Sahiar speaks mainly Spanish, if you can talk rugby you will get along just fine.

vAMMos manage the logistics for AMM – Andean Medical Mission trips.

vAMMos have organised the complex logistics for the Andean Medical Mission for over seven years, giving you the confidence that we have the experience to make your adventure  a trip of a lifetime.

Andean Medical Mission
vAMMos supports the work of the Andean Medical Mission (AMM) in their efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness in Northern Bolivia. The amazing AMM surgeons travel every year to remote villages where they carry out sight saving operations free of charge for the many blind people living in the Amazon. Speak to us about fundraising for AMM.