Santiago Maciel Cámara

Position in the company: CEO
IG: @travel.smc

Ever since I can remember, I have had an immense passion for geography and nature, and have had a strong desire to travel and explore the world.

I was born, raised, and have lived my entire life in Mexico City. At age 8, I memorized all the capitals, borders, forms of government, landforms, and flags of every country in the world. During that time, I also started a vast collection of numismatics and banknotes from around the world.

In 2016, I worked for a travel agency while simultaneously collaborating with some other agencies on optimizing their business processes. However, I decided to leave my job to volunteer in Zambia for a semester, where my passion for photography, the African continent, and my advocacy for the environment and our planet was born.

In 2017, I founded ALAI Travel together with my brother Poncho, with a deep conviction that traveling can be transformational to people’s lives and their cultural growth.

I find it fascinating to think that many people cannot remember what they ate the day before, but can remember in detail a good meal on a trip that occurred 20 years ago. That is how transformative travel is for a human being! It will always stay in your memory no matter how much time has passed.

Currently, I have had the opportunity to travel to 90 countries and as CEO of the company, I oversee all the operations, structure and processes of the company. Each itinerary goes through a team of expert designers and a comprehensive process to become the perfect and most personalized travel experience that you could dream of.