About Us - Cohen Family in Panama City, Panama

About Us

South American Vacations is a U.S.-based boutique tour operator specializing in personalized private and small group tours and cruises to South America, Central America, and Antarctica. Our tailor-made itineraries to some of the most fascinating places in the world provide you with the flexibility to travel when you want and in accordance with your interests and budget.

  • I had a great time and everything worked out perfectly. You guys were amazing, esp with helping me rearrange my plans in the middle…Thanks again & best regards,

    Benjamin Schwarcz
  • We had a wonderful vacation! Thanks for all your help. Jay’s favorite part was the Amazon, Megan’s favorite was Machu Picchu and my favorite was the Galapagos.

    Rajit Jhaver
  • We loved the entire trip and were very pleased with all the guides and accommodations…Will recommend your company…Thanks.

    Roxanne Bottum

Why Book With Us

  • Excellent Value. Our tours are priced to provide you with excellent value.
  • Customizable Tours. All of our tours are customizable. You can choose your own departure date, select either private or small group tours, and can mix and match hotel accommodation levels. You can also arrange your own airfare or have us do it for you.
  • Destination Expertise. The principals of the company have over 50 years of experience in the leisure and corporate travel industry selling packaged tours and cruises to destinations around the world. We carefully select our local operators to ensure that your vacation services will be delivered as promised, and that you will receive assistance while in the country if a problem arises.
  • Personalized Service. You will receive personalized service from one of our experienced travel experts.
  • Reliability. We are licensed, insured, and active members of ASTA, IATAN, CLIA, IGTOA, and the BBB of Southeast Florida (A+ Rating). We have been in business since 2002 and have many Testimonials from satisfied customers.

Licenses And Memberships

  • State of Florida Seller of Travel License #ST35056.
  • ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents).
  • IATAN (International Airlines Travel Agent Network) #10667963.
  • IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operator Association).

  • Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida (A+ Rating). Read our Company Report here.
  • State of Florida Insurance License #E128410.

Meet The Team

Martha B. Cohen
Martha B. Cohen

Martha B. Cohen

Martha is the co-founder of the company, and is responsible for Operations and Sales. A native of Lima, Peru, she lived in Caracas, Venezuela for ten years before moving to Miami, Florida to establish the company. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has over 25 years experience in the leisure and corporate travel industry. Her interests include travel, world history, and spending time with her family.

Alan R. Cohen
Alan R. Cohen

Alan R. Cohen

Alan is the co-founder of the company, and is responsible for Sales, Marketing, and New Product Development. Prior to founding the company, he worked in real estate mortgage finance. Originally from the Boston area, he enjoys travel, swimming, and coaching his son’s recreational league basketball team. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BFA) and Babson College (MBA).

Mary Carmen Pena
Mary Carmen Pena

Mary Carmen Pena

Mary works on Operations and Sales. A native of Lima, Peru, she has lived in Venezuela, Mexico, and Brazil, and now lives in Dalton, PA. Prior to joining South American Vacations, she worked in both leisure and corporate travel. A graduate of ISUM Caracas with a degree in marketing, she is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. She enjoys traveling the world (21 countries so far), and spending time with her husband.