José Irauzqui – President and Co-Founder
Born in Peru, José traveled from a young age with his parents around Latin America and later went to boarding school in Switzerland and traveled extensively around Europe and Asia. In 1990 José earned a law degree in the UK and went back to Peru until 1998 when he met Monica, his future wife and co-founder of Yampu, during a trip to New York; their first trip together was to Machu Picchu. It turned out to be a life-changing experience. Shortly after, José and Monica were married, moved to New York City, and began to create their travel website.
Monica Irauzqui – Vice President and Co-Founder
Monica is the co-founder of Yampu Tours with her husband José Irauzqui. Monica is an expert in family travels, always bringing her kids, ages eleven and thirteen on her trips; Monica loves what she does and being able to do it with her family! Monica is the authority at designing themed itineraries including culinary, spiritual, adventure, experiential, girls’ trips, and sightseeing tours. All tours are compiled with well-trained and knowledgeable experts leading the way. Monica also has a refined eye and memory for special places, hotels, eco lodges, and boats that will thrill the pickiest of travelers.
Karolina Guilcapi – General Sales Manager
Karolina was born in Warsaw, Poland, and emigrated to Brooklyn, New York at a young age. This trans-Atlantic crossing has inspired her to take any opportunity to explore the world. She graduated with honors and a degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. An ecotourism program in Guatemala solidified her desire to work for the travel industry, and she has been managing the Sales Team at Yampu Tours ever since. Her passion is family travel as she brings her husband and children along on her adventures. Her expertise is Latin America and she spends her days supporting her sales team and assisting her return clientele with their own journeys.
Stephanie Rudolph – Regional Sales Manager & Groups Coordinator
Stephanie has worked in travel for over 18 years and during that time has collected a wealth of experiences and knowledge. Whether driving solo across South Africa, trekking in Peru, snorkeling with sharks in Ecuador, learning to weave in Bali or dancing the night away in Rio, she continues to collect insider tips and ideas that she can share with her clients and groups to make each trip unique. She crafts once in a lifetime trips for her clients, fine-tuning each itinerary to specifically fit each traveler’s own individual travel-style. Stephanie is also Yampu’s Galapagos expert, and group guru, so whether you are interested in the local art scene or exploring the great outdoors, she will work with you to create the perfect experience.
Linda Gardner – Air Coordinator
Linda has been working in the travel industry for several years. At Yampu Tours she is the primary flight contact using resources to find the best flights available to match the client’s itinerary, schedule and budget.
Lance Caron – Marketing coordinator
Lance was born and raised in rural Vermont where he has always had an itch for adventure, travel, and culturally rich experiences. In high school, Lance took part in International Club taking several trips throughout Europe. While in college, studying Media Arts, he spent some time studying throughout France and was selected by his school’s Visual Art Staff to attend the International Symposium on Electronic Art conference in Dubai. He has since traveled independently to several major cities around the world and is now living happily in Los Angeles with his Fiance. With photography being his passion, he naturally loves to document and create based on his global experiences and is always in the midst of planning trips to new destinations.
Samuel jay- Training and Support Supervisor
Samuel was born in Bristol, England and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and across the US. He has also explored Africa, South America and Southeast Asia and is always searching for exciting trips and destinations to explore! In 2015, Samuel moved to Vermont with his wife, Lynne, whom he met while working in Greece. After a year with Yampu, Samuel moved to Los Angeles to work at the head office, where he is now the Training and Support Supervisor. Samuel’s passion for world travel is at the heart of his work, where he enjoys customizing tailored trips which provide once-in-a-lifetime adventures to Yampu clients.
KAY WEBSTER- OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
Kay was born and raised in South Florida where she grew up minutes from the beach. She moved to Orlando for college and graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in Health Sciences. An interest in travel was sparked during a post-college trip to Europe. After visiting 12 countries in three months, she fell in love with learning about and experiencing new cultures. Continuing her search for new adventures, Kay moved out to Los Angeles last year and fully intends to continue exploring the world – one city at a time.
Camille Frigillana – Executive Assistant
Camille was born and raised in Los Angeles by two immigrant parents. Making sure not to lose her cultural identity, her parents started trips to the Philippines when she could barely walk, engraining her love for travel at a very early age. While she was getting her bachelor’s degree in journalism, Camille spent two months in Kolkata, India, doing volunteer work and took several trips to Mexico for the same reason. Her current travel goal is to visit all 50 states with her mother. When not working, Camille enjoys eating her way through L.A., listening to music at an alarmingly high volume, and people watching at Disneyland.
Richmond Te – Operations Assistant
Richmond was born in Manila, Philippines and was raised in a mixed Filipino and Chinese family. His father lives in Taiwan and Richmond grew up in Manila with his mother. At the age of 19, he joined the BPO as a chat support representative, he excelled in the role and received several awards and recognitions. Every year Richmond gives himself time to explore local destinations to witness and experience the different traditions and cultures outside of Manila. A year from now, his goal is to start exploring internationally. First in his list is Japan. Outside of work you would find Richmond playing basketball and hanging out with his friends. He screams, Y.O.L.O.! and is always on the lookout for new adventures.
Josefa (Jo) Rodriguez – Air and Operations Assistant
Jo is a native to Manila, Philippines. Her greatest influence is her mother. She is a certified tour consultant with 9 years of experience in the industry. She was able to work with one of Dubai’s top travel agencies in 2017. She loves spending time and traveling with her friends. She also enjoys karaoke and eating. She plans to buy her own house in the future and to save up some money so she can travel more. Her dream destinations are Turkey, Netherlands, Pakistan, Thailand, Iceland, and Japan.
Jose Mari (Ping) Benigno – Team Leader
Ping grew up in Manila, Philippines. His parents are both Ilocano which is an ethnolinguistic group that originated from a region in the northwestern part of Luzon, Philippines. At the age of 27, he joined the BPO industry as a customer service representative and then became a team leader after a couple of years. He supported several teams from billing, sales, and chat support from 2011 onwards. He enjoys culinary arts and listening to EDM music. He finds spending time at the beach recharging and his dream destination is Egypt.
Venus Nevado – Sales Assistant
Venus was raised in Manilla where her mother owns a tailor shop and her father is a supervisor for a construction company. She started working in 2011 as a marketing assistant for a trading business and then she became a real estate agent in 2013. She joined the BPO industry in 2018 as a customer service representative and a travel consultant. She likes watching movies during her free time. She hopes for financial freedom in the near future. Going to Maldives and Korea is part of her bucket list.