Chief Travel Consultant
Joanne is half American/half Chilean and was born in Peru. She has over 8 years of experience in local, regional and international development affairs. She has lived and worked in the USA, Europe and Latin America. She holds a bachelor in Business Administration from Lake Forest College (USA), a MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics (UK). She is bilingual in Spanish and English with working knowledge in French, Italian and Portuguese. Joanne evaluates each activity and ensures their sustainability and low impact to the environment while supporting the local people. Joanne has traveled the world and decided to join the team when she traveled to Venezuela, fell in love with it and married Mario Castillo in 2008.
Founder & CEO
Mario was born in Maracay, Venezuela and has over 12 years of experience in the tourism business. He has owned his own business since 1998. Mario oversees the administration and operation of the agency. He keeps check on the quality of the activities and destinations we book for our clients and oversees the development of our programs and tours. He speaks Spanish and has working knowledge of German and English. When Mario created Turpial Travel and Adventure, he had one goal in mind: “To create the most unforgetable travel experience in Venezuela! He wished that once his clients returned home they remembered their vacation as an unforgettable experience…a true dream!”