Travel + Leisure A-List Travel Agent Joe Sandillo

Joe Sandillo


This Spanish speaker organizes once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Cuba. A few past itineraries include a trip to Havana focused on genealogy, a corporate retreat to a family-owned organic farm on the outskirts of the capital, and an art-buying vacation with appointments at some of the country’s top galleries. “Our clients want access to experts who can offer a deep-dive on their areas of interest,” he says. Sandillo credits his expertise to his extensive travels within the country and his undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies. He’s also lived in South America and leverages his extensive network there to organize bespoke itineraries to his other specialty areas of Colombia, Panama, and Peru. Some of the newer hotels that have caught his attention recently include the Amarla hotel in Cartagena, “a great option for clients who want to steer clear of the larger luxury options,” he says. Another, in Medellin’s trendy El Poblado neighborhood, is the Click Clack Hotel, which Sandillo calls “very cool.”

ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: Colombia, Panama, and Peru

Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese, and Spanish

Minimum Daily Spend: From $600 per day

Trip Planning Fees: $250; can be applied to trip cost

Contact Info | 813-682-1959 | Tampa, Fla.


"Joe Sandillo and his team did an amazing job planning my week-long trip to Cuba. I told him the dates I was available and what I hoped for, and he took care of the rest. He arranged everything flawlessly with a wonderful team on the ground to help expedite airport procedures. One highlight was the Presidio Modelo. I was able to spend two days photographing the site. I had a guide with me at all times, so I really didn't have to worry about a single thing. I highly recommend Joe and look forward to working with him again in the near future." - David Leventi