The adventurous Estrada travels for six months out of the year, and plans about 100 custom trips per year, as well. These range from multi-country, three-week tours across Africa (typically combining areas such as Cape Town, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Congo, Kenya or Tanzania for safari, the southern Omo in Ethiopia, and ending in the Seychelles) to diving expeditions in Raj Ampat, in Indonesia and rural Colombia to experience the country’s incredible biodiversity (an aspect of the South American nation that Estrada feels is still largely unknown).
In the past year, Estrada has traveled to Africa four times, including to some of the remotest parts of the continent. Recently, she planned a custom itinerary for a client that began in Sudan’s Nubian Desert; it continued on to the Vokera Mountains in Cameroon, the historic coastal city of Ouidah in Benin, Kakum National Park in Ghana, and ended with a tour through Morocco (including visits to Marrakech and Ouarzazate). She’s also planned travel to Madagascar for over a decade and has noticed a sharp uptick in interest to the island nation off Africa’s east coast, known for its incredibly unique wildlife—there are over 150,000 species that are found nowhere else on the planet.
"I have traveled on journeys created by Starla Estrada to far-flung areas throughout the world for the past eight years. Based on one’s interests, Starla designs adventures that “tell a story” of the location, and that address its history, culture, wildlife, ecosystems and provide meaningful opportunities to interact with local people. Her connections open doors that make the trip truly unique, and each journey allows one to step out of the ordinary to include activities that feature the destination’s magic. She is also skilled at zeroing in on amazing accommodations that might range from tents to unique boutique properties. Upon returning home, I am always grateful to Starla and to her attentive colleagues, both at GeoEx headquarters and locally — as well as their excellent guides, who provide an ongoing gift of remarkable and long-lasting memories." - Diana Parker