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Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts

Heart of Travel is a small women-owned business, born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture, and adventure. We offer small group Latin America tours with a focus on the local communities we work alongside. Founded by two friends and avid travelers, Chelsea from California and Chiva from Guatemala, Heart of Travel seeks to showcase the often undervalued and misunderstood countries of Latin America.


Chelsea was born and raised in California and first began studying Spanish at the age of 19. After more than a decade immersed in the language, along with her post-graduate studies in Spanish at CSU Sacramento, Chelsea is a fluent Spanish speaker and experienced language instructor. From 2012 to 2016, Chelsea worked in both tourism and language education (Spanish and ESL) while pursuing her M.A. in Spanish before moving back full time to Guatemala in 2017 to start Heart of Travel with Ana. Her own experience learning Spanish helps us provide you with the best tips and tricks to master the language. If she can do it, so can you!


Ana is 100% Guatemalan and a native Spanish speaker who happened to live in the U.S. for three years as a small child, allowing her to develop native speaker status in English as well. After graduating she decided to take go through a TEFL certification in Antigua Guatemala, with the dream to start teaching abroad. There she met Chelsea and the two became best friends. They split when Ana went on to teach English in Asia for 3 years before returning to Guatemala and entering the tourism industry in 2016. Ana, known by many as "Chiva" is dynamic, creative, and very dedicated to planning the most entertaining and useful lessons and trips for our student travelers. For Ana, the opportunity to share her country with visitors from around the world and engage in meaningful dialogue and teaching moments is a deeply meaningful and rewarding experience that she hopes to share with you soon!