About Blue Parallel

Blue Parallel is a bespoke travel boutique whose mission is to take discerning, time-constrained travelers to the most spectacular natural and cultural wonders of both Latin America and the Mediterranean. We create private, tailor-made journeys designed around the themes of:

  • World Heritage destinations
  • Breathtaking outdoor adventures
  • Gourmet regional cuisine
  • Exclusive lodging
  • White glove service
  • Unprecedented insider access

We have been selected as an A-list Top Travel Advisor by Travel + Leisure every year since 2009. Blue Parallel is also part of Virtuoso, the by-invitation-only leading luxury travel network in the industry. Blue Parallel has hosted numerous eminent travelers since its inception, and is frequently featured in prestigious publications.

The Blue Parallel Difference

Insider Access

Blue Parallel opens exclusive doors according to our travelers' interests. Our team travels year-round throughout Latin America and the Mediterranean, seeking out the most intriguing insider access experiences, and developing invaluable relationships with esteemed scholars, acclaimed artists, Olympic athletes, renowned chefs, directors of historical and natural landmarks, as well as with local leaders in politics and business, to name a few.

White Glove Service

Blue Parallel travelers are assigned a dedicated team comprised of:

  • A personal travel expert in our offices
  • A personal host in each destination
  • On-site personal expert guides and scholars
  • Behind-the-scenes logistical experts to monitor every step of the journey

We are on call for our travelers 24-hours a day during the trip, ensuring a worry-free experience. Whatever happens, our team is one step ahead, and we provide the flexibility to change the program during the journey, if need be.

Privacy

Whether it is staying at your own fully-serviced estate in the Uruguayan countryside, chartering a yacht in the Galapagos Islands, exclusive private access to historical monuments such as the Alhambra in Spain or the Hagia Sophia in Turkey, a helicopter transfer to your own private luxury camp in the Sahara Desert, or even taking a private train to the Devil's Throat at Iguassu Falls, Blue Parallel will always provide the ultimate private experience.

Outdoor Adventures

Blue Parallel journeys feature breathtaking outdoor adventures, lead by expert guides or even accomplished athletes. Whether it is scuba diving in the Belize Reef, biking through olive groves in the Dalmatian Islands, ice-trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking along the awe-inspiring caldera in Santorini, rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica, or playing polo in Buenos Aires, we take great satisfaction in designing custom-made adventures of a lifetime.

Our Story

Blue Parallel was founded in 2002 by Emmanuel Burgio. Emmanuel is French, was born in Holland and raised in the South of France. After his studies at the London School of Economics, he worked in investment banking in New York City. Later, he decided to take a year-long sabbatical to explore the world and his experiences inspired him to share his passion for adventure and discovery, by creating Blue Parallel.

The company initially launched with exclusive long weekend escapes from New York to Machu Picchu. While in Peru, our travelers would explore the Peruvian Andes, hike the last portion of the Inca Trail, visit the ruins of Machu Picchu and discover the fascinating city of Cusco.

The encouraging feedback on our original Peruvian adventures led to the gradual expansion of our offering across the key natural and cultural World Heritage destinations of South America. As part of this expansion, we were fortunate to work on a multi-destination project with world-renowned National Geographic photographer Bobby Haas, where Blue Parallel planned the logistics for his dizzying aerial photographic book of Latin America (Through the Eyes of the Condor).

In 2007, Blue Parallel solidified its position as the go-to travel service for top-of-the-line Latin American experiences, through extending its reach to Central America with journeys to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, as well as Guatemala, Belize and Costa Rica.

In 2013, building on our success in Latin America, and responding to the demand of our loyal clientele, we embarked on a new chapter and expanded into the Mediterranean; a fascinating region rich in cultural and natural wonders. Emmanuel's deep family roots and strong personal contacts throughout the Mediterranean made the region a natural addition to our portfolio.