About us:

We, Ben Verhoef and Susanne Lijmbach, have our travel agency since 2005 well established in the village of Samaipata and its beautiful setting in the foothills of the Bolivian Andes.

We have chosen the name Kaleidoscope Travel because Bolivia is one of the most diverse and colourful countries in the world, with an endless variety of nature; flora and fauna, landscapes, climates, people, religions and traditions.

When you travel (a part of) Bolivia, you will get an enormous lot of impressions, images, colours and aromas by just travelling on.
Therefore Bolivia has a similarity with the intriguing instrument the kaleidoscope, that, by turning it a bit around, offers you a complete other composition of colours and shapes.

We have here all thinkable landscapes: jungles, deserts, mountain ranges, highland, pampa, volcanos, lowland, which makes that we also have a huge variety of mammals, birds, insects etc. 
Except for the well-known highland population with the bowler hats there are a lot, less known, communities with their own characteristics.
Altogether, a very interesting country that keeps you fascinated.

 

 

We will explain how and why we came here. Back in the year 2000 we met in our home country Holland. We both loved travelling; Susanne wanted to return to South America where she spent half a year already and Ben had the wish to go back to Nepal where he had been doing trekkings over several years. We decided to combine both in one year time, from October 2002 until October 2003. The first half year we spent in Asia, India, Nepal and New Zealand and then we crossed to Mexico and travelled down to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

After this year full of experiences we returned to Holland and found a new job, but the idea to find ourselves a life somewhere else had taken form. Our favourite countries were New Zealand, Laos and Bolivia.
Between those three we choose Bolivia as our new home country because of the language that would be easy to learn and the possibilities to start a business of our own.

In April 2005 we arrived in Bolivia with just two backpacks and a suitcase. During half a year we travelled back and forward through Bolivia to find the best place to settle down.
This time our choice to be made was between Sorata, north of La Paz, Entre Rios in the Tarija area and Samaipata.
The political situation in that time made us decide not to settle down in Sorata because of strikes and blockades. Entre Rios only received about 20-30 foreign tourists a year so that wasn't a good option to start a business either. It had to be Samaipata.

We lived in hostals for 4 months. At the end of 2005 we started doing tours with backpackers from the hostal we were staying.
From January 2006 we rented a house. We bought a computer, built our website, designed our brochures and started to receive backpackers from all over Samaipata.
At the end of that year we bought our place. In February 2007 we moved in after the reconstruction of it into an office and home.

Over the years Ben Verhoef Tours got well-known.
From 2008 on we organize tours and travels with individuals, couples, families and groups throughout Bolivia.
In 2011 we also started offering tours in Peru as well.
In 2013 we added the individual combination trips through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru to our offer. Since years already we can count national, Dutch, Belgium and other abroad travel companies among our customers.

In 2015 it was time for another change; the increase of work made us decide to found our company Kaleidoscope Travel S.R.L. A new organization, with a new name, but with the same good quality and service and with the same people at work for you.

We hope you got a good impression of our activities and that we can be helpful to book a tour or compose your travel!

Ben & Susanne