Travel has the power to dismantle generalizations, and reflect one's truth back at oneself.
Just as anything into which time, money, and energy is invested, travel must provide a return on value. The only way this can happen is with a clear intention for its purpose, and how one will engage with the people, places, and things that they will encounter.
Travel is an effective classroom. Itineraries that are carefully crafted in a way that facilitate authentic, immersive experiences in a sustainable way, present themselves as a place for experiential learning, and opportunities to witness theories and concepts in real life.
Ronnell Perry helps tourists elevate their travel by providing custom itinerary curation and culturally immersive experiences. He specializes in developing itineraries that center Afro-descendant communities in Latin America, focusing on community development and sustainable tourism.
He began AfroBuenaventura Transformative Travel in 2016 after a trip to a remote fishing village on Colombia's Pacific coast. There, Ronnell witnessed youth celebrating the pride they have for their African roots during a folklore festival.
The spirit of that moment charged him with helping Black communities in Latin America tell their stories through sustainable tourism.
More than 20 years of international travel have taught him many lessons in my pursuit of being a better global citizen.
Ronnell is fluent in Spanish, and holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in International Business and Spanish from Dillard University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay and Costa Rica, and has visited over 15 countries.
His passion for travel and learning is underlined by his role as member of the board of directors for an international education non-profit.
Ronnell holds a certificate in Tourism & Hospitality Management from Florida Atlantic University.
He splits his time between Brazil, and the United States.