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Jim & Ginny Walker

"I have now traveled six times with Journeys International.  Your firm's itineraries and services have been consistently outstanding.  Travelers enjoy visiting the large cities that travelers of course want to see, with in-depth walking tours and visits to outstanding cultural attractions such as museums and cathedrals. 


Journeys International Inc. travel also offers planned opportunities to experience a region as its residents do.  Our travel on Medellín's extraordinary public transportation system was such an experience.  And, with prior trips, I recall a visit to a native market in Cuetzalan, Mexico, a market visit in Salvador, Brazil (with appropriate security), a daylong cruise on a tropical bay in Brazil, with no other foreign tourists present, a Favela tour in Rio, a windery in Catalonia, and another in Portugal, an many more.  Travelers frequently visit small towns and villages off the beaten tourist trail, providing additional cultural insights into daily lives...


Travel organized by Journeys International Inc, combines the best aspects of entertainment, cultural enrichment, and interactions with everyday life for travelers who love to learn and don't want a "canned experience."


David E. Butler 

"I highly recommend Rosa Carlson and Journeys InternationaI.  Over the past twenty years, we have worked together to organize and lead over a dozen international museum patron trips to Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia on behalf of the Museum of New Mexico, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, and the Denver Art Museum. 


These custom trips have been arranged to study the local history, art, architecture, and culture with lectures by specially-trained scholars and guides drawn from Rosa's unique connections in the various countries.  Rosa is a delight to work with and on the trips she is often known by the nickname of "Mama Rosa," since she takes such good care of her travelers!"


Dr. Donna Pierce

Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art

Denver Art Museum


"I have gone to Rosa Carlson to put together over a dozen trips of history, art, and culture in six countries and three continents.  Everyone of those trips have been memorable for the most pleasant of reasons and I, in fact, intend to continue drawing on her expertise and attention to detail."


Dr. Thomas Chavez

Former Director of the New Mexico History Museum


"Thank you Rosa.  Never dreamed someone could combine real learning, great eating and fun all in one trip!  We were amazed at the depth of your knowledge in the local culture and history." ​  


Jim & Ginny Walker - (Portugal & Spain 2015)


"Dear Rosa, Peru is a wonder - splendid in every respect.  It's the closest thing to a "National Geographic" experience I ever hope to have.  Thank you for making "room" for me and for being the caring person that you are.  Your ability to deal with "chaos" is impressive.  I am looking forward to our reunion and to another adventure with you at the helm." 

Dona N. - (Peru 2003)


"Thanks for all you did to make the trip a success.  Our lives have become so enriched since sharing your trips.  Wishing you continued success and fun!"

Sue & Terry Gibbs - (Peru 2003 | Northern & Southern Spain 2006 | Morocco 2008 | Italy 2010 | Mexico 2012 | Colombia 2014)


"Rosa, life with you as a tour guide is a wonderful experience.  I am so glad I went to Morocco.  It was truly and eye opener and once in a life time adventure.  Thank you for all of your efforts to make this trip a memorable one."   

Sue Dietrich - (Morocco 2008)


"Thank you for all you did to make our trip to Peru and Bolivia so great.  We had a wonderful time.  And to see such beautiful country was special."

Susi and Jack Krutsinger - (Peru & Bolivia 2007)


"Rosa, what a fabulous trip! Of course it was all due to your excellent ability to make all look easy.  You have so much patience.  I definitely plan to keep in touch with you and would love to hear of further journeys."



"Thank you for the great trip.  Your arrangements made the days and nights go smoothly.  I am almost ready to go back."

Robin and Larry


"The trip to Colombia was fantastic! I had a wonderful time.  I appreciate all the efforts you put into to  make it such a great trip.   Thank you so much for the little extras you did for me.  With warmest regards!"



"Rosa, Many thanks for another wonderful trip.  With you as our leader Colombia was perfect.  I always enjoy your capable, gracious ability."

Fran G - (Peru 2007 | Morocco 2008 | Colombia 2014)


"Rosa, thanks so much for all your hard work to make our Morocco tour a great success.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and all our fellow travelers."

George H - (Peru 2009 | Morocco 2010 | Colombia 2014)


"We thank you for making our trip so memorable.  We can't stop talking about our adventures."  

Sue & Harry

Dr. Thomas Chavez
Dr. Donna Pierce

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