Alison Carey

San Diego Office

There's nothing that I love more than planning a new adventure! I'm the type of person who is always dreaming about my next trip and learning about new destinations and experiences.

There's nothing that I love more than planning a new adventure! I'm the type of person who is always dreaming about my next trip and learning about new destinations and experiences. Having been to over 35 countries on seven continents, I’ve traveled extensively. I've also logged over 5,000 nautical miles crewing on yachts. In fact, I’ve completed multiple international sailing voyages including a three-month crossing from French Polynesia to New Zealand and a one-month journey across the Gulf of Mexico from the United States to Belize.

I then worked in African safari operations for 5 years before setting my sights on Latin America and Antarctica. A place that truly has something for everyone, Latin America features incredibly diverse landscapes, climates, experiences, wildlife and cultures so that you’ll never be bored!

Most recently, my travels took me to Antarctica where I was lucky to experience the Great White Continent for myself  - and it did not disappoint! In the last few years, I have also been fortunate to explore Argentina's rich culture, Bolivia's surreal and unearthly landscapes, and Chile’s gorgeous scenery where I indulged my passion for photography. I have also been lucky to travel to Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico with Scott Dunn and cannot wait to see what comes next!

Alison's blogs

Top 10 Experiences in Bariloche, Argentina

Luxury on the Inca Trail

The Trail Less Traveled - Top 10 Wildlife Moments in Baja California Sur

Patagonia: Journey to the End of the World

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Meet Alison

What my guests have said

"Alison was excellent! She’s a very personable, genuine person and an excellent representative. Alison stayed on top of all the details and made sure everything was taken care of!"

"Alison’s passion for travel was obvious from the start. Not only is Alison incredibly hard working, but she approaches every task systematically, and with the kind of attention to detail that is extremely rare. In addition, Alison is very intuitive; always able to stay one step ahead."

"Alison is thorough and thoughtful, and I really enjoyed working with her."

"I would trust Alison to get me from point A to B in any country. I've experienced how thorough she is and know she works through any challenge."

"We LOVED our trip! Everything was amazing. My favorite aspect was the balance of outdoorsy adventure and luxury. It was definitely the best trip we have ever taken, so thank you to Alison for helping us to plan it!"

Everything on our trip worked out exactly as planned. All of the hotels were beautiful and overall the trip was perfect. Although the trip was costly it was totally worth it.”

“Let me start by saying that this was the best trip I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy, it was flawless. The execution was superb, and everyone involved was gracious, responsive, and amazingly professional.  And when I say the trip flawless, I mean everything was perfect - from the planning process, itinerary, travel logistics and hotels, all down to the last detail.”

“We could not have done this trip without Alison’s knowledge, experience, dedication, and energy. Her help, guidance, and patience with us will never be forgotten. I can say with no hesitation, Scott Dunn is very lucky to have Alison in the team. I am already recommending Scott Dunn, and Alison specifically, as the high end adventure travel specialist to work with.”

Travel nuggets

  • Always travel with lots of silica packets. I love tropical destinations but humidity can sometimes kill small electronics. Putting them in an air tight baggie with lots of silica packets overnight often revives them - it's better than rice!

  • Make time to relax! It's tempting to schedule loads of activities during your vacation but don't forget to leave time to unwind, especially if you're lucky enough to be in a place with amazing scenery.

  • In the Galapagos, don't be afraid to snorkel with the sea lions. When you're in the water, the sea lions are gentle, friendly and curious - it's incredibly charming!

  • Always carry a rain poncho in the rainforest and at Machu Picchu. In addition to your favorite rain gear, a poncho can be a real life saver because it covers your backpack to protect your valuables and electronics. It's also a second waterproof layer.

  • Most of Bolivia is at very high altitude, so if traveling there make sure to take it easy, drink lots of water and speak with your doctor about altitude medication prior to travel.

  • If traveling to Antarctica, a flexible attitude is key. Weather and sea conditions can literally change by the hour, so the expert ship staff is constantly adapting and updating excursion plans to maximize your visit.

  • One travel accessory that I never leave home without is a Buff; which is a versatile head and neck cover that can be used in both hot and cold climates. It is made of durable light weight material and can be worn as a hat, neck covering or headband.

My hot picks

Airstream Uyuni, Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

The intrepid Airstream Uyuni is simply the best way to experience the stunning Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia - with private staff to cater to your every whim!

Awasi Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Awasi Patagonia is the pinnacle of elegance in Patagonia and offers incredible accommodation, delicious cuisine as well as privately guided excursions.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru

This all-suite spa concept property is a serene oasis in the historical center of Cuzco, featuring the only outdoor pool in town.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

With a truly unique location immediately adjacent to Machu Picchu, this property delivers on comfort, excellent service and cuisine

Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa, Cuzco, Peru

With its dream-like courtyard, this property uniquely combines colonial architecture with modern interior décor and lux bathrooms

Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador

Easily Quito’s most luxurious hotel, the property features dramatic high ceilings, white marble bathrooms and complimentary daily tea service in the glass courtyard

Clos Apalta Residence, Central Valley, Santiago and Central Valley, Chile

Clos Apalta Residence is a gorgeous and sopisticated Relais & Chateaux property offering luxurious accommodation in combination with phenomenal cuisine and wines.

Eolo, El Calafate, Southern Patagonia, Argentina

The beautiful Eolo hotel offers unmatched accommodation in Argentine Patagonia, where panoramic windows take full advantage of stunning 360 degree views around the property.

Estancia Los Potreros, Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina

Get to know the REAL Argentina at the authentic Estancia Los Potreros, where you can learn about the gaucho way of life and horseback ride under the tutelage of the friendly and knowledgeable owners.

Faena Hotel Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires and the Pampas, Argentina

The Faena Hotel Buenos Aires offers some of the best outdoor spaces in the entire city as well as the acclaimed Rojo Tango show!

Hotel Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley, Peru

It’s extensive, beautiful gardens and eclectic rooms can't be beaten! Upgrade to a deluxe casita for an in-room fireplace - perfect on chilly evenings.

&Beyond Vira Vira, Pucón, Chile

Hotel Vira Vira is a destination in itself, set amongst verdant forests, mountains and pristine rivers. The staff here are fantastic and will ensure your stay is unforgettable!

M/C Petrel, Galapagos, Ecuador

The M/C Petrel is a luxury boutique catamaran offering personalized service and spacious cabins complete with private balconies.

M/V Magellan Explorer, Antarctica

The M/V Magellan Explorer is one of the newest and most luxurious ships in all of Antarctica, offering fly-cruise itineraries that allow you to skip the infamous Drake Passage.

Nayara Springs, Arenal, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Consistently rated one of the top properties in Costa Rica, this hotel has amazing facilities that include walking trails, spa, yoga rooms, multiple pools and restaurants.

Pacuare Lodge, Turrialba, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Only accessible by whitewater raft, this lodge has amazing adventure activities.

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