Unique Adventure Specialists with Kiwi Spirit!
Our carefully crafted journeys are all about travelling with a small group of like minded people, where you really feel that you are part of the countries and cultures you are visiting.
We take into consideration all aspects of the trip, not just the sights. For example we realize you’ll need time to acclimatise to higher altitudes in Peru and Bolivia, so more two and three night stays are included. Its all about the experience, so enjoy a more relaxed style of travel, less one night stays and plenty of “Unique Experiences”.
These could include a cooking class in Buenos Aires, enjoying our succulent beach bar dinners in the Galapagos Islands, or staying at a special boutique winery in the heart of the Chilean wine country.
At S.E.T we endeavor to create these unique tours where great friendships are formed, and memories of a lifetime are taken away. So come on over and experience great times and the S.E.T difference!
“We just got back to Queenstown this afternoon, we are absolutely speechless! What an amazing holiday! The trip went off with out one single hitch – it was like a well-oiled machine. The guide was amazing (Pepo), actually that is an understatement, that guy needs a massive pat on the back. I could carry on writing for pages but you get the drift. Once again thanks for an amazing life-changing trip.”
Giulio and Ruth – Galapagos
“Wow, the most amazing trip, all we could have asked for and more. In fact, can’t think what could be better in Europe. Don’t need to go back!
Great hikes, great company, well organised. Exactly the right amount of time at each destination. Perfect mix of hiking with city stops. Can thoroughly recommend this to anyone.”
Robyn & Kevan – Tranzalpine
“Silvana was an amazing guide; energetic, tolerant, patient and entertaining. Her in-depth knowledge of the places we explored was an absolute asset. Whether we were making connections with local trains or cable cars, to speaking the local language, she was a real gem.
Spending time walking through each of these country’s alpine villages in a small group, was a great way to experience the local culture and cuisine. Thank you for organising a well-planned, action-packed trip. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys walking!”
Val – Invercargill
Meet Our Experienced, Globetrotting Team
Co-director, sales & marketing – Originally from Canterbury, Silvana studied Zoology and Marine Biology in Christchurch, before heading overseas and living in Switzerland, the US and Latin America. As co-owner of SET, she manages sales, reservations and marketing in New Zealand. Fluent in Spanish and German (her parents are from Switzerland and Austria), she loves getting out and leading trips. Especially to Patagonia, Costa Rica and
Founder and co-director – Originally from Central Otago in New Zealand, Nick now spends most of his time in Ecuador, both in Quito and the Galapagos. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he runs the Galapagos side of SET and is has a passion for the outdoors and fitness. You can find him leading the Peru Galapagos adventure, or putting together and leading many of our
Tour leader – Andrea comes from Switzerland but now spends most of her time in Ecuador or New Zealand. Speaking fluent Spanish and English along with her native German, she our multilingual leader. You’ll find her on the European Alps, Greek Islands and South American Sojourn trips.
Costa Rica guide – Marcos is a Costa Rican Tourism Institute certified guide. Over his 15yr experience, he has devoted himself to excellence not only in naturalist guiding, but facilitating a better overall understanding of Costa Rica for all of his clients. Marcos understands travellers’ needs since he has traveled to over 25 countries (and is still counting!). He is fully bilingual and is a dual
Tour leader – Lenin was born in Quito – Ecuador, where he began as a local guide, working at different archaeological projects. Then, he became a Tour Leader at the age of 23, all over South America and Cuba, always travelling with his guitar. Ancient knowledge and music are his big passions. He’s always curious about local cultures, so he’s the right person to ask about
Italy operations & tour leader – He was born and raised in Cava de’ Tirreni, a town with a rich history located between lush green hills in Southern Italy. He grew up having as backyard the wonderful Amalfi Coast. He has walked some of the best trails in the world and thought to share his homeland’s paths and Italian “way of life” with the travelers from
Greece & Africa tour leader – Karen has lived in in Switzerland, Africa and Greece, though now is settled in NZ. She is very passionate about travel and everyone who travels with her loves the relaxed and flexible style Karen has made her trademark. The tours are a perfect blend of leisurely walks and fascinating cultures. You’ll find Karen taking the Africa tours which offer private game