About Us

Doing business with Local Experts

whl.travel is all about local connections. We believe that only a locally owned and operated company can have the depth of knowledge, appreciation and expertise necessary to showcase their destination. Brazil is way more than carnival, samba, soccer, caipirinhas, and bronzed beach bodies. Brazil offers an incredible wealth of history, culture, and world-class natural treasures. Brazil is pure diversity. Only a local company can provide you with the information, insight and support to make your trip to Brazil a fulfilling, informative, and very real travel experience. All of our whl.travel destination booking portals are owned and operated by carefully selected and well-respected travel agencies and tour operators working in their destinations.

To become a whl.travel Local Partner, these companies were evaluated via a selection process that considered the quality of their services, their reputation in the destination, and their ability to bring local suppliers into the online market (with a focus on small, medium, and micro businesses). Commitment to whl.travel network quality standards such as 24-hour customer response, maintenance of site content to keep it current, and inclusion of Caring for the Destination products to highlight suppliers focused on sustainability is also a key criterion.

Our partners’ local knowledge and their love and respect for their destinations coupled with whl.travel’s global online technology creates the perfect tool to help us fulfill our goal of connecting travelers to the world. With whl.travel you deal with people who really know the destination!

Why Book with Locals?

Nobody else is doing what whl.travel does. Our philosophy of having a local connection in every destination where we operate differentiates us from other travel sites. Apart from enabling our local partners to offer unique online content and products, this model helps our destinations build local capacity. It allows us to offer the traveller a wide variety of accommodation and service providers which would normally not be available or bookable online. And because you are booking with local businesses, the money you spend remains in the destination you are visiting and supports sustainable tourism there.

Our Brazilian Team

In Brazil, whl.travel maintains a regional office in Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, responsible for supporting the current network of live online destinations and for seeking out new local partners in Brazil.

Since its opening in March 2008, the regional office has built a solid support structure and strong relationships with each of our local Brazilian destination partners. Together we are building a group of the best and most knowledgeable local travel agents and creating a unique and reliable source of tourist information, both in already well-known and in new, out-of-the-mainstream destinations. We share a common concern about sustainability and are constantly seeking out activity and accommodation providers who value their responsibility of building and maintaining a harmonic relationship with nature and with our local communities.

This focus makes whl.travel a truly different online travel service provider. Our core value is to enable real connections between global travellers and local communities and foster a kind of tourism that invests in the future, preserving our historical, cultural, and natural treasures for the generations to come.

We want to guarantee that your trip to Brazil is an absolutely unforgettable experience while you help us achieve our goals!

Some feedbacks from our partners customers

"Blue Ocean was excellent. I would recommend them. They promptly replied to every email in 24 hours. And they were able to accomodate my airport transfer when my flight was delayed."

- Mr Ben B. - United States on 13 May 2011, about Blue Ocean, our local partner in Rio de Janeiro.

"I was very happy with Renata's responsiveness, her ability to answer all my questions and provide very excellent service! Definitely a very good experience to cooperate with your local coordinator in Florianopolis."

- Ms Andrea N. - Slovakia on 28 Sep 2010, about Brazil Trails, our local partner in Florianopolis.

"All my emails were answered straight away, and no question was too hard. Even after i bombarded them with question after question, all answers were extremely helpful. The web page was easy to navigate and had very relevant information and links."

- Ms Jennifer L. - Australia  on 29 Jul 2010,
about Special Parana our local partner in Curitiba.

"Very good, fast and knew what they were talking about. Very friendly, was like you were talking to a friend rather than someone paid to give out information. Flavia, our travel agent was excellent. We would definitely recommend her and TRIP Naronha to anyone considering a trip to Brazil!"

- Mrs Olivia J.
- United Kingdom on 27 Feb 2010,
about Trip Noronha our local partner in Fernando de Noronha.

"Patricia was absolutely brilliant. She was really patient and helped us with every step of our trip. She did a tremendous job and we had a fabulous trip. Also we did a boat trip with Rafael, he was very informative and we had a great day out. Really great staff - very welcoming, helpful and overall assisted us with everything!"

- Ms Nathalya Marisa Yvone M. - United Kingdom on 6 Jan 2011, about Rota Tropical, our partner in Morro de São Paulo.


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