'We share the beauty of the world'
“Uyuni, words will never do, I enter San Pedro trembling. Was this real? Did I REALLY experience this? An ultimate feeling of happiness, excitement but at the same time a lump in my throat. That it’s over. Nature, so breathtaking, pure and untamed. The starry sky, I had never seen it this immense. The jeep tears across unpaved roads and surprises us at every turn. Every 2 minutes a window opens because we can’t resist capturing this view on camera to share with the rest of the world.”
This experience has been a great inspiration for starting UYUNI travels with the goal of ‘sharing the beauty of the world’. A picture or words can’t convey the overwhelming feeling of a new travel experience. That’s why UYUNI wants to enable you to experience it yourself. We offer tailor-made South America travel to your need and make the beauty of the world accessible, for both the traveller and the local environment.
As a former marketing and sales professional in business and Tourism management expert with a great passion for travel, we have been able to experience several incentive trips as an employee and participant and have experienced how these trips strengthen the loyalty and motivation of the team. We now organize exclusive incentive trips worldwide.
Born in Amsterdam, raised by the world!
During my dynamic career in a leading multinational company I experienced how tailor made incentive travel can inspire, motivate and enlarge the loyalty to the company I worked for. And above all it was great for the team spirit, work became a fun place to be and that made us bloom to the max! Camp & squad ride in the deserts of Morocco, discovering Portugal by jeep and sailing boat, cook like a god on the islands of Greece, dressed like castle lords and ladies in ancient customs at Chateau Gerlach, discovering Rome by bike, a white beach party with over 100 colleagues….I feel lucky to have been part of that!
In my personal life travel has always been my biggest passion. My parents showed my brother and me all corners of Europe from a young age, by car, camping, skiing. I developed a passion for discovering new places very early on! The world remained fascinating and when studying Economics in Groningen, I organised an international study project in Malaysia. During these summers, I worked for big mountain bike events across Europe and Canada.
Throughout my career I went on different big trips; Indonesia, South-Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Thailand, New Zealand. I couldn’t get enough and decided to take a sabbatical to travel around the world for a year. The first 5 months were in South America, I changed my plane ticket 6 times, what an astounding continent! The Inca culture of Peru, the heavenly beauty of Bolivia, the volcanoes in Chile, the gaucho riding in Argentina, the diversity of Ecuador, the colorful culture of Colombia, the amazing hikes and glaciers of Patagonia and the swinging cities across the entire continent. And above all, the beautiful connections made with the local population and my fellow travellers. I continued my trip and went to New Zealand, West Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Nepal, where I built a school with a group of travellers in a village destroyed by an earthquake. During this year, I experienced how (sustainable) tourism can positively influence the life of the local environment. I wanted to do something with this. Sharing the beauty of the world is the principle for setting up UYUNI Travels as incentive travel specialist. Planning, organising and sharing travel experiences is something I love and I look forward to sharing ‘the beauty of the world’ with you and the world around us!
Sharmilla van Straten
Travelling, photography and discovering other cultures have always interested me and that is why I studied Tourism Management. During my studies I followed the latest travel trends, I visited travel fairs, the focus was on sustainability, customer orientation and discovering different destinations and cultures, so I was able to visit the beautiful Lapland and Dubai. Both countries each with their own unique experiences!
My parents used to often take me and my brother on car holidays in Europe. We found Croatia in particular to be a top destination, full of culture, nature and the beautiful coastline, we often returned here. Winter sports were also an annual tradition for us. I have been on skis since I was 3 years old, which I still enjoy to this day. I also visited Curacao and made a nice Mediterranean cruise. While traveling and/or the short trips I make, I really enjoy photographing and editing short videos and I am also trying to delve into this more and more. I can’t wait to discover even more of the world, to travel far and to record and share this with the world around me, with Indonesia, South Africa and North America high on my list!
I did my thesis at UYUNI Travels and the company culture and vision ‘Sharing the beauty of the world’ suit me so well that I didn’t want to leave! I can use a lot of my creativity, passion for travel and cultures while creating tailor-made travel proposals and inspiring clients with text, photos and videos. I especially like to show what you can experience as a team at a unique destination!
INCENTIVE TRIPS & VIP TRAVEL
Inspiring, motivating and rewarding your employees? That’s what incentive travel is for and what we’d love to help you with as specialist! The people that passionately work for your company are the ones you want to reward in a sustainable manner and bind to your enterprise. Incentive travel is one of the most effective ways to accomplish this. Show your appreciation by providing your employees with the experience of a lifetime; invest in them in an unforgettable way. You will strengthen the relationships within the group, which leads to better results at work. We’d love to sit down with you to discuss what suits you and your company best!
What’s the greatest challenge your company faces? Want to return from a team trip with new ideas and a new approach to achieve the desired results? Experience shows that coaching has a bigger impact and provides faster results in a new environment. We work with professional coaches that develop team building and challenges on site.
VIP/ relations trips
Invite your business relations for tailor made incentive travel to reward their loyalty for example, be together to strengthen your relations and/or to do business is a very efficient way that will quickly return its investment. A spectacular location definitely helps, we’d love to contribute!
As a former marketing and sales professional in business and Tourism management expert with a great passion for travel, we have been able to experience several incentive trips as an employee and participant and have experienced how these trips strengthen the loyalty and motivation of the team.
Our partners in the destinations have decades of experience in custom tourism, which provides a solid base for facilitating Incentive and VIP trips. Our joint experience and expertise enable us to offer custom trips that perfectly match your wishes. Groups are guided in their own language and our local partners can be reached 24/7.
With the view that traveling can benefit both the traveller and local environment, we collaborate with local entrepreneurs: agents, accommodations, gastronomy and transport to positively support the local economy, culture and wellbeing. We strive to keep ‘the beauty of the world’ intact. We do our best to offer trips, in such a way as to preserve the natural environment as far as we possibly can, so humans and animals can continue to thrive
One of our advantages of UYUNI Travels as incentive travel specialist is that we’re globally active, allowing us to think big. We’d love to help you find the perfect destination. We can easily combine a work congress or business event with an incentive trip of any size. We will make sure to facilitate all elements from connections, local transport, accommodations and meals to unforgettable activities. Groups are guided in their own language and our local partners can be reached 24/7.
HOW WE WORK
Are you interested, do you want to discuss your ideas with us in a non-binding manner, or do you already have concrete ideas for an incentive trip? Call or email us with your question. We’ll happily create a non-binding, customised schedule of the travel program with daily planning, budget and useful information.