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After falling in love with Latin America and with teaching as an Instructor at Costa Rica Outward Bound in the mid-nineties, he settled down in Quito Ecuador. As an online media consultant in the small Andean country he became a pioneer in online travel marketing, E-government and E-business, finally settling on his passion for travel and the dream of creating a better travel guide. V!VA Travel Guides CEO Jason Halberstadt has a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm which he is thrilled to share with Bootcampers and aspiring writers about the web and travel writing, and the future of both.

  • Hometown


  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Travel philosophy

    Live life, and live to tell about it.

  • Bizarre experience

    Having a family in the rainforests of Costa Rica name their baby after me without knowing how to pronounce my name. His name is "Jeffr".

  • Dream destination


  • Traveled before

    Most all of Latin America, North America and Europe.

  • Going next

    Ecuador. Wait, that's home though...

Jason Halberstadt's Guide Book Entries



  • San Clemente

    Sep 12, 2011 - San Clemente, Ecuador

    San Clemente is the quintessential sleepy fishing village with long, expansive beaches and friendly locals that is only recently being ......

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  • Chillanes

    Mar 31, 2008 - Chillanes, Ecuador

    This small farming community located one and a half hours south of Guaranda is perched at the edge of the ......

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  • Quito

    Dec 01, 2004 - Quito, Ecuador

    Travelers worldwide are drawn to Quito for its spectacular mountain setting, its colonial historical center, near-by adventure travel opportunities, international ......

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  • Scalesia Lodge

    Dec 18, 2015 - Galápagos Island Visitor Sites, Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

    New in October 2015, the luxury safari-camp style lodging came to Isabela Island on the Galapagos. The modern main lodge ......

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  • Piman

    Apr 25, 2013 - Around Ibarra, Ibarra, Ecuador

    Located a half an hour outside of Ibarra, Hacienda Piman is an excellent example of an historical Ecuadorian hacienda, founded ......

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  • Palmazul

    Sep 12, 2011 - San Clemente, Ecuador

    Palmazul is simply paradise. Situated right on the beach of the tiny fishing village of San Clemente, this luxury hotel ......

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  • Restaurante Damiana Elena

    Jan 22, 2008 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    Experience unique, exquisite Chilean cuisine for a bargain price at Damiana Elena, one of Punta Arenas' finest eateries. With antique ......

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  • Ecuador & Galapagos Insiders

    Oct 10, 2017 - Quito, Ecuador

    Ecuador & Galapagos Insiders are just what their name implies: local experts with the inside scoop and local contacts to ......

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  • Scalesia Tours

    Dec 18, 2015 - Galápagos Island Visitor Sites, Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

    Scalesia Lodge offers 4 and 5 night tours to the hot spots around Puerto Villamil as an all inclusive \"luxury ......

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  • Galapagos Travel Center

    Mar 16, 2012 - Quito, Ecuador

    The Galapagos Travel Center is perhaps one of the best places to reserve your Galápagos cruise due to having one ......

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