We are a new destination management company that was created by two leading companies with over 25 years of experience in receptive tourism. Management and board members for both companies quickly realized that by joining forces they could complement each other’s needs; offering the client a more personalized and complete experience.

In short, this strategic merger, allows for Southbound to be present throughout various regions and to assure that we ourselves handle passengers dreams from start to finish. Southbound offers decades of experience,specialized segments, and a strong presence. Our focus is on products, marketing and technology. We assure our clients that we will listen to them and we will adapt ourselves to meet their requirements.

  • Jens Häussermann – Southbound Director & Protours Chile Founder

    • Born and raised in Stuttgart/Germany
    • Studied foreign trade and over 35 years’ experience in the travel trade industry
    • Has lived in different Latin America countries throughout the last 28 years
    • Professional cabinet maker, passionate blues fan and guitar player

  • Alberto Gana Pepper – Southbound Director & Latitud 90 Founder

    • Over 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry
    • Experience in sales, marketing and tour operators in Latin America
    • Founding partner and creator of Patagonia Camp
    • Former president of Turismo Chile and the Chilean Chapter of YPO

  • René ten Berg – Southbound Founder & General Manager

    ▪︎ Born in Holland
    ▪︎ MBA graduate and world traveler of over 60 countries
    ▪︎ Resident and admirer of Chile since 1993
    ▪︎ Long standing work history of over 20 years in receptive tourism

  • Carolina Emhart – Southbound Director & Latitud 90 General Manager

    • Civil engineer graduate
    • More than 15 years’ experience in the tourism industry
    • Recipient of the 2016 Top 100 Woman Leaders in Chile
    • Member of Chiles Premier Global Leadership Organization

  • Eduardo Doerr – Commercial Manager

    • Originally from Curicó (wine country)
    • Studied law building his current career from the ground up
    • Loves the outdoors and is passionate about the travel industry, its people and power it has to help develop a country
    • Speaks Spanish, English and French

  • Felipe Howard – Latitud 90 Founder

    • Over 20 years working in product development and operations
    • Founding partner and creator of Patagonia Camp
    • Endeavor entrepreneur whom has given over 300 motivational speeches
    • Travel and Chile expert, passionate about whales and their environments

  • Susanne Hentschel - Product Manager

    ▪︎ German university business graduate
    ▪︎ Living and working in Chile since 2006
    ▪︎ Wide portfolio of work experience in different tourism areas
    ▪︎ Firsthand knowledge of Chile, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia

  • David Gil Gil - Market Manager

    ▪︎ Born in Spain, raised in the Netherlands, citizen of Chile
    ▪︎ Studied tourism management and over 20 years’ experience in the industry
    ▪︎ Speaks several languages
    ▪︎ Makes the best lasagna ever (according to his kids)

  • Luis Yagi – IT & Tourplan Manager

    ▪︎ Born and raised in Chile
    ▪︎ Computer Engineer by trade
    ▪︎ Photographer and beekeeper by hobby
    ▪︎ Loves nature and enjoying Chiles landscapes

  • John Walbaum - Operations Manager

    ▪︎ Outdoor enthusiaist, loves multi day trekkings in the south of Chile.
    ▪︎ Passionate about travelling, cooking and local organizations that work towards Sustainability.
    ▪︎ Born in Chile, has also lived in England, Argentina, the south coast of Chile and Patagonia.
    ▪︎ Over 8 years focused on building strong operational teams.

  • Laurent Devlieger - Sales Manager

    ▪︎ Born in France, living in Chile more than 30 years. Fluent in French, English and Spanish.
    ▪︎ Environmental management graduate working most of his life in the tourism industry.
    ▪︎ Had traveled Chile & the world (still missing Africa), love food and cooking, photography, and outdoor fan, trekking the mountains and diving the oceans.
    ▪︎ Passionate about welcoming and showcasing Chile and South America to travelers.

  • Xavier Jaramillo - Finance Manager

    ▪︎ Originally from Quito, Ecuador
    ▪︎ Tourism Business Administrator
    ▪︎ Bachelor Degree in Business Administration Management (New Jersey, USA)
    ▪︎ Experiences in Finance & Human Resources in Ecuador-USA-Chile
    ▪︎ Speaks English and Spanish
    ▪︎ Enjoys cycling, nature and good wine

  • Luz Nilo - Sales Group & MICE Manager

    ▪︎ Born and raised Santiaguina, Luz’s aim has always been to enjoy life.
    ▪︎ As an active person she loves nature, to bike, hike, dance among others.
    ▪︎ She is a perfectionist by nature and is passionate about Tourism in Chile.
    ▪︎ Luz is a professional with more than 24 years of experience in this area.

Our mission is:

to inspire people to travel and explore the farthest reaches of South America. We do this through:

  • Close contact to our clients
  • Transparency and fluid communication
  • Personalized segments
  • Specialized sales representatives and supervisors
  • Innovation
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Sustainability
  • Efficiency
  • Knowledge
  • Wide assortment of products
  • Tailor made itineraries
  • Traditional packages
  • Luxurious experiences
  • Soulful connections
  • Active outdoor adventures
  • Self-drives
  • Cruises
  • Trips beyond borders
  • Excursions
    • Southbound is as a dream shared by multicultural owners with the passion of travel, love for Chile and respect for doing business right.

      “So much of who we are, is where we have been”.