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Carmen Schaffer

Minneapolis, Minnesota Travel Agent
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Carmen Schaffer

Carmen Schaffer

Minneapolis, Minnesota Travel Agent
Viva La Vida Travel, an independent agent with Travel Leaders Roswell, GA
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Costa Rica Specialist

Costa Rica is home to the spirit of "Pura Vida" or pure life. At first foot step on Costa Rica's soil, one will feel a difference in ambiance. Lush rain forests, impressive volcanoes, dramatic beaches and mountains lay the landscape for a country that offers any traveler an opportunity for adventure and/or relaxation.

My Travel Specialties

Mexico Travel Specialist

Capulapam, Oaxaca children's band.
I have traveled multiple times to Mexico, visiting different states in Mexico in order to understand and promote the culture and experiences that each state offers travelers. Mexico is a large country with 32 states. The geography of Mexico is as... Read more from my Mexico Travel Specialist bio.

Guatemala Expert

The Mayan Ruins of Tikal in Guatemala.
My love for everything Latin America began a long time ago when I was working as a social worker. I'd met so many fascinating people from all over Latin America. Their kindness and generosity intrigued me. I am bilingual in Spanish... Read more from my Guatemala Expert bio.

Costa Rica Expert

The most perfect place for relaxation.
My first experience with Costa Rica was way back in my college days when I decided to continue my Spanish studies in Costa Rica with a 2 month study abroad program. I spent two months living in a suburb near San... Read more from my Costa Rica Expert bio.

El Salvador Travel Expert

La Laguna Verde, Apaneca, El Salvador.
I recently traveled to El Salvador for a travel trade show, putting me face to face with El Salvador's top tour operators and hotels. For 4 days prior to the trade show, I traveled around the country of El Salvador... Read more from my El Salvador Travel Expert bio.


I have studied extensively on Nicaragua and just recently spent 10 days touring around the country. I met with hoteliers and tour operators to learn all about the opportunities for travelers to have while traveling in Nicaragua.    I explored Managua, Granada, Massay,... Read more from my Nicaragua bio.

Adventure Travel Specialist

Andes Mountains, Peru
I specialize in creating meaningful travel itineraries that exceed my clients expectations, leaving them relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired in both mind, body and spirit. My passions lie in planning travel to Mexico, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.... Read more from my Adventure Travel Specialist bio.


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Certified Active and Adventure Travel Specialist
Chile Specialist
Magic of Mexico Specialist
Peru Specialist training
Magic of Mexico Specialist
Peru Specialist
Ecuador Specialist
Costa Rica Specialist

My Travel Stories

La Paz
Water clearer than anything i've ever seen .
La Paz, Baja California Sur

Bolivia: Part 1

Many moons ago, when I was in college and crushed hard on a Bolivian singer in a reggae band, I became instantly intrigued with a country so exotic and so far away. My love and intrigue for this far off land started with meeting someone from Bolivia and from then on,... Read more from my Bolivia: Part 1 story.

The Magic Town of Tepoztlan, Morelos.

arrived in Mexico City bound for my first stop on my Mexico whirlwind of travel, punch drunk from having only two hours of sleep the night before, yet fueled by my unending enthusiasm for exploring a "new" destination in Mexico : Tepoztlan, Morelos. Tepoztlan, Morelos lies about one hour south of... Read more from my The Magic Town of Tepoztlan, Morelos. story.

Jungle living

I recently went to Costa Rica for a trade show and followed the trade show with a trek into the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica with a local tour company. The journey south towards the Osa Peninsula was beautiful ~ filled with meandering roads through the cloud forests and then as... Read more from my Jungle living story.