Working together with Footprint travel, bringing tourists to the Guianas!
By: Tania van Velthuizen
Tourist can travel on their own time, and enjoy their vacation without worries with Footprint travel and Pejego. I’ve started my tourism business, Pejego Tours, in February 2015, sending tourists to Suriname (my home country) while I was living in Slovakia. As you can imagine getting in contact with tourists was a tricky one!
While traveling leave only footprints behind!
After becoming a business officially I started looking for companies based in the Netherlands with the same motto: ”While traveling leave only footprints behind”. In 2016, I found Footprint Travel based in Utrecht/the Netherlands on the internet. In my eyes, they were the perfect fit; a medium-sized company, with a heart for the locals and tourists who should gather experiences rather than pictures!
We planned a face to face meeting in Utrecht. I was a little bit nervous in the morning but thought No guts, no glory, and decided to go to the meeting with my partner who lives in Suriname and was on vacation in the Netherlands. To my surprise, they welcomed us as if we were long lost, friends. Ferry (one of the owners of Footprint Travel) visited Suriname in his college days and wrote a book; “Backpacking in Suriname”. His partner, Pauline, had a Surinamese dance teacher, so the country Suriname was known to them. Good for us! They liked the fact that we both are Surinamese, born and raised, know the history and culture of Suriname including the resorts in the Amazon Jungle.
We did it!
After a year of taking care of the necessary logistics; such as adding more resorts, hotels, countries, and activities, the country of Suriname was added on the list of Footprint travel. In February 2017, Footprint Travel went live with Suriname as their new vacation Destination! Excitement all over! At that time Suriname was the 7th vacation destination Footprint Travel offered travelers.
Working together now for 4 years!
Now, in 2019 there are 9 countries on the list, Sri Lanka and Myanmar were recently added. In the meantime, Pejego Travel changed partners and the management team has grown to 3 people. Take a peep on our website in section; About us, and see who we are! After a slow start in the beginning and receiving an 8,3/10 out of 17 reviews in February 2019 I can proudly say; We did it!
Our social project
Since the beginning, of our partnership, we initiated a social project. Hereby we donate school stuff to the elementary school of Semoisi named the Kapitein Mango school. Our guests can also donate to our social project. But experience learned that guests donate stuff and money after they visited the authentic village of Semoisi!
“Wherever you want to go in the Guianas, Pejego Tours makes it possible!”
Pejego Tours takes care of you from airport to airport! Do you want to visit all the 3 Guianas; Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana? Or only Suriname? We arrange everything for you; hotels, one- day trips, multiple day trips, and airport service in Suriname.
Just give us your wishlist and Pejego Tours will take care of it.
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Tania van Velthuizen is the owner of Pejego Tours. She was born and raised in Suriname. She studied Surinamese law and loves to travel. Before going to Europe, she worked at the Ministry of Regional Development, so she visited every bit of the Amazon rainforest. At the time, she fell in love with everything it had to offer, including the Amerindians and the Maroons, the fauna and flora. She also wrote a book on the land rights of Indigenous people and the descendants of the Maroons.
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