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Clark Kotula

Founder and South America Portfolio Director

I resided in Cusco, Peru for 10 years – working as a freelance guide and operations manager for numerous local and international tour operators; leading whitewater rafting trips, trekking expeditions, luxury FIT groups and journalists on assignment throughout Central and South America.

After moving to San Francisco in 2007, I worked for the award winning tour operator, Geographic Expeditions, for five years. In my role as Managing Director for Latin America, I was responsible for trip development, sales, and marketing of all trips in Central and South America while leading new cutting edge departures for the company.  During my tenure at Geographic Expeditions, I was fortunate to be recognized, three years consecutively, by Conde Nast Traveler as the world's top travel specialist for Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.

Together with my wife Jacqueline, we founded the non-profit organization “Dental Project Peru” in 2001.  The charity provides free emergency dental care and education to the poorest indigenous communities of the Peruvian Andes.

I studied at Prescott College in Arizona where I obtained a dual degree in Latin American Studies and Outdoor Program Administration.

Between frequent travels, I reside in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife and two young boys.  I am an avid traveler, surfer, kite-boarder, mountain biker, scuba diver and filmmaker.


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Kirsten Gardner

CENTRAL AMERICA PORTFOLIO DIRECTOR

I started my career in travel in 2007, as an agent & marketing manager for Frontiers International, a Virtuoso agency.

In 2010 I began to focus exclusively on Latin America when taking the role of South America Director for Wildland Adventures in Seattle.  

After calling Seattle home for seven years, the romance of the open road beckoned and I moved into a Sprinter Van that my partner and I had converted. While we explored North America in pursuit of recreation and a new place to call home, I continued to design trips to Latin America as an independent contractor for Evergreen Escapes but also began to work closely with Clark to create web & social media content, blog posts and newsletters.

I have a B.A. in History & Anthropology and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and spent the Fall 2005 semester sailing the world with the Semester at Sea program.  

While in Seattle, I served as Chair of Seattle Inspiring Connections Outdoors and am passionate about providing all youth with the opportunity to play outside and engage with nature.

I'm also an avid mountain biker, a mediocre climber, an enthusiastic skier and am excited to now reside close to Lake Tahoe and the beautiful Sierras with my fiance and our dog, Max. Gardening, fly fishing, cooking, community engagement, Latin American literature and writing round out my other interests and musings from my 16 month road trip can be found at www.amblesthroughamerica.com