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Meet The Experts

Meet the Experts at Cox & Kings

Do you ever wonder about the voice on the other end of the telephone when you call Cox & Kings? We thought so, and decided it was time for an introduction. Below, you'll learn about members of our Inside-Sales Team, who are ready to help you plan your next trip.

  • Ignacio Vallin — Senior Destination Manager, LATIN AMERICA & ANTARCTICA

    A true adventurer and an expert in luxury and exotic travel in Latin America, Ignacio has decades of experience developing world-class travel programs. He specializes in digging deep to find authentic experiences that can inspire and amaze even the most veteran travelers. Fluent in Spanish, Ignacio has traveled through Latin America to countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama finding the best properties and unforgettable experiences along the way. Email:

    “Personally, I want to commend you on your excellent customer services, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile. I was most impressed with your knowledge, patience and professionalism.”
    - Sonia Walton, Vacations By Sonia

  • Seema Prakash — Senior Destination Manager, INDIA & THE SUBCONTINENT

    A native of India, Seema began her travel career with Singapore Airlines before spending more than a decade designing exciting travel experiences in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for an Indian tour operator. After moving to the United States, she joined Cox & Kings in 2008 and has been crafting and managing innovative itineraries to India and the subcontinent ever since. Her knowledge and understanding of India allows Seema to provide a distinctive perspective on the country’s many diverse regions, as well as design exclusive and unique experiences for Cox & Kings travelers. Email:

    "I LOVE Seema!!! She is amazing!! REALLY!! I wish we could clone her!! Her customer service level is way beyond anything I have ever experienced!!!"
    -Laura O., The Travel Authority

  • Meggan Lopez — Senior Destination Specialist, Africa & Middle East

    After spending 10 years as a Corporate Travel Consultant for Prestige/American Express Travel, Meggan decided to focus on her passion: Africa. As a Destination Specialist for Ntaba African Safaris, she worked closely with the owners to produce high end FITS for discerning and adventurous travelers. Her great enthusiasm and love for Africa have only gotten stronger during her many extended trips throughout the southern half of the continent. Meggan enjoys helping her clients find — or design — their perfect African adventure. Email:

  • Danalee May — Senior Destination Specialist, Africa & Middle East

    As a native South African, Danalee May has a natural passion for Africa, her people, the culture and the incredible wildlife. She has traveled extensively, even beyond Africa. She loves to custom design trips that make her clients feel like they belong -- not as outsiders looking in. She will often ask her clients to promise to put down their cameras and not stare at the destination through the lens of a camera. She will urge guests to "Eat the food, drink the wine, bang the drum and revel in all!" With 18+ years' experience she prides herself on creating smooth flowing, well-paced carefully crafted journeys. Danalee loves to travel and she returns to Africa frequently. Email:

  • Rebecca Rhyan — Senior Destination Specialist, LATIN AMERICA & ANTARCTICA

    Rebecca loves to explore Latin America, searching for authentic experiences to include in every custom itinerary she creates. Her extensive travels throughout the region have given her the opportunities to craft the perfect journey for each client's interests and tastes - she particularly enjoys building multigenerational journeys for families to explore and learn together through cultural interactions. Among Rebecca's recent favorite destinations in Latin America: Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Email:

    “All I can say is Wow! What an amazing trip of a lifetime! Thanks so so much.” - Ms. Chung

  • Ashley Rudnansky — Senior Destination Specialist, EUROPE

    Ashley’s passion for travel was instilled in her at a young age when she initially got a taste for adventure on her first out of country trip to Mexico. Her travels around the world continued until she settled in Finland for a short period of time to study, allowing her the privilege of traveling throughout Europe during school breaks and summer. During her career in the travel industry, she has explored more than 20 countries and worked in a number of luxury hotels abroad. Never one to stay still too long, Ashley packed her bags and once again settled in Thailand where she lived and worked for three years. At Cox & Kings, Ashley employs her experience to help her clients select, customize or design their own European dream trips. When she’s not working, Ashley enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and learning about the traditions of different cultures. Email:

  • Vinni Bernal — Destination Specialist, ASIA & THE PACIFIC

    With more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, Vinni joined Cox & Kings to focus on providing truly personalized service for our discerning clients. Her passion for travel arises not just from visiting new destinations, but also from meeting fascinating people along the way who help broaden her horizons and offer different perspectives on the world. She has traveled to Asia, the South Pacific, Europe and South America — and she plans to visit Africa and the Middle East soon! Email:

    “I truly appreciate you helping me with this VIP client. You are so good at what you do and your expertise has made everything so easy for me. This couple travels all the time and they are very attentive to details so I am confident that your company will meet their needs so we can continue growing our business. I look forward to work with you in the future and I thank you for your assistance.” - Yojany Mathis, Travel Consultant/Rennert Travel

  • Pamela Palacios — Destination Specialist, ASIA & THE PACIFIC

    Pamela Palacios was born in Peru and moved to the United States when she was seven years old. Pamela was exposed to adventure at a young age and encouraged by her parents to travel throughout Central and South America, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, and Costa Rica. More recently Pamela went on an adventure to Japan where she discovered the empowering nature of solo travel and human connectedness across continents. Deeply moved by and connected to culture and language, Pamela studied Art and Sociocultural Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her education and passion inspires her to create for her clients deeply enriching cultural experiences wherever they may travel. Email:

  • Ana Teracine — Destination Specialist, EUROPE

    Ana's 25 years in the travel industry has enlightened her greatest passion, traveling and sharing her experiences with others. Originally from Brazil, her career began when friends requested her assistance in planning their trip to Brazil. Realizing that exploring new destinations and cultures could enrich the lives of others in travel, she enjoyed enhancing her expertise during a decade with American Express and then on to other major companies. In her wanderlust she fell in love many places such as Tahiti, Ireland, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Greece, Eastern Europe, South America, Thailand and the Caribbean. With her travel experience, attention to detail and extensive network access in luxury travel she can exercise her passion to create life enhancing experiences for others. Her favorite pastime is thinking of where to go next. Email:

  • Dania Weinstein — Destination Specialist, Africa & Middle East

    Dania was bit by the travel bug from a very young age, as she was lucky enough to tag along on her fathers' documentary film shoots around the globe. In 2010, she embarked to a new and unfamiliar part of the world, east Africa, and it changed her life more than she ever expected. After spending two months volunteering in Tanzania, the experience led to a sincere passion for African culture & exploration. She has since been in the travel industry, continuing to fuel her Africa obsession with every trip she embarks upon. In recent years, she has traveled through the continent and experienced some of its most thrilling activities, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, tracking rhino on foot in Namibia, and getting up close and personal with elephants in Botswana. Most of all, Dania is excited to craft fun and authentic custom journeys that will blow her clients away.