Life before Swoop

Ali, Swoop Travel in Antarctica

In Antarctica

For as long as I can remember, my family and I have travelled and explored Patagonia. It was always a mix of wonder and excitement! Camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing and everything we could do to explore nature, we did. I believe that those family trips are the reason behind my passion for nature and wildlife. We used to live in a big city, but 20 years ago, we decided to move out to Patagonia, for this very reason.

I spent many years exploring the mountains and rivers and hidden gems of Bariloche and its surroundings while guiding horseback riding tours for travellers from all over the world. After that, I moved on to Llao Llao, one of the most luxurious hotels in Patagonia, where I worked in customer service.

A few years later, I began teaching - yes, I know, a huge pivot, right?! I taught in different places and to different age groups, but for the most part, I was a primary school English teacher. This was one of the biggest learning experiences for me; I learned to be extra patient, multitask, and focus on people’s needs above all.

Why I love travelling

I believe that travelling is a way of investing in ourselves. You get to meet new people, taste different flavours, explore, and learn from different cultures. It makes you see the world from a different perspective, and in the end, you figure out that our incredible world is like a book, the more you travel, the more pages you want to read!

I am always ready with my backpack and passport for a new adventure...

Ali, Swoop Travel in Antarctica

In Antarctica

My Antarctic experience

Ali, Swoop Travel at Portal Point, Antarctica

Cruising amongst icebergs, Antarctica

There’s nothing like witnessing the breathtaking sight of icebergs and glaciers up close, watching penguins waddle their way down snowy slopes, or whales breach as your zodiac cruises through one of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet.

My first wow moment was when I saw a giant tabular iceberg; it made me feel so small! It was awe-inspiring and utterly magical; there is no way to anticipate the unique beauty of the ice until you see it in person.

I still look back at the photos and can't believe I was lucky enough to experience such an amazing adventure.  I believe that to visit Antarctica is to become an ambassador for a remote and distant place that most can only dream of experiencing for themselves. I felt profoundly connected with nature and even more inspired to protect our planet.

Day to day at Swoop

From my home in Bariloche, Argentina, I work as part of the Customer Experience Team. My mission is to make sure every traveller can experience this magical region on their own terms. I focus on the details and support customers in any way necessary, making their experience unforgettable!

Ali, Swoop Travel at Cuverville Island gentoo penguin colony, Antarctica

Cuverville Island gentoo penguin colony

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What our customers think of Ali

The information, advice, and a great webinar were all so very helpful. To top that off, working with Ali was a dream. She answered any of my questions quickly and accurately. (Even how to exchange money in Buenos Aires.) Swoop is an incredible company and I'm thrilled to have found you! Thank you for a trip of my lifetime! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Wendy Williamson - USA

The Swoop team (Molly, Ali, and Isi) were incredibly helpful in making this trip happen. Thank you! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Michelle Leen - USA

10/10 - Ali kept us informed as to the trip details and made sure that we had all ducks in a row. Everything was as described and the coordination with our ship was seamless. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Jeremy Hellman - USA

10/10 - Alicia and Molly were great to work with. They responded quickly and answered questions thoroughly. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Chris Poli - USA

Alicia was a great person with whom to interact and prep for the trip. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Chris Poli - USA

10/10 - Alicia Roitman and Sarah Orson were always in touch as a reminder of our amazing trip with updates, documents needed and were VERY patient when some of the ship's information wasn't quite clear. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Leslie Viens - USA

Swoop prepared us for the trip and cared for any doubts we may have had. Alicia and Brandon were there for us, every step of the way! Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Jesse Kehoe - USA

John and Ali were both amazing and helped A LOT to make this trip come together. I really appreciate their efforts making things comfortable and special for our big group of 17 people. They were detail oriented and executed amazingly. Great communicators too. I appreciated being matched to them and working with them. Thank you both!! Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Niki Agrawal - USA

The team and in particular, Alicia, did a great job. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Wilhelmina Wilkins - Canada

Our agent Ali was able to arrange through travel partners detailed planning for before and after including arranging shuttles and hotels. This was great as we did not have to stress while on our own in Argentina. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Jennifer Crews - Canada