We are a high-quality tour operator company founded in 2001 base in the USA and Mexico. TME specializes in providing meaningful customized cultural and one-of-a-kind adventures in different locations around the world including North, Center and South America, Asia and Europe.
Our name Terra Matter Expeditions came from a combination of Latin and English languages and translates to “The earth matter”. This relates to our mission to provide unique travel experiences while awakening the capacity for wonder and understanding of how humans’ function as part of the whole living organism “Terra” and the impact that a person has along with their life. Large or small everything we do has a positive or negative impact on the world around us and it does “Matter”.
When Mela was in college Terra Matter got founded in 2001 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, as a dream that Terra Matter will add to the wellbeing of both, earth and humans. With no starting financial investment, she developed the company along 4 phases, relying on a network that she built during her many years as a professional mountain climber. In 2001 Terra Matter kick-off was with a one-month trekking expedition in Patagonia. From then until 2014 the company remained conducting private tours in the south area of Mexico. In December of 2016, TME received seed capital and the addition of a new business partner, David Lincoln, increasing the operation in Yucatan Peninsula. In 2018 TME expand its operations into the U.S.A. Over these 20 years, Terra Matter has accomplished to become a high-standard tour operator and mature thanks to its work with communities and partners.
We aim to perform in the industry as a bridge to a healthy balance between conservation and development.
We commit to providing one of a kind experiences for each traveler while engaging with the host communities and the environment in a positively impactful way.
Aware of the heritage that we have received and that we will leave, our values are a fundamental tool from the desk to the field:
Bridging – ability to provide an authentic connection
Transformation – improve the quality of life for the communities and the traveler
Wellbeing – care, do what you love and honor the source.
Creativity & Responsibility – ability to resolve a conflict focusing on a positive impact for the community and the traveler.
Since she was a little kid, Mela shows her intense love and energy for nature. Restless, creative, and free-spirited she trained as a professional dancer, photographer, and mountaineer. At the age of 21, she climbed Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina and set the record in 2001 as the youngest Mexican woman to summit. As a licensed guide, she has lead tour groups and expeditions around Mexico, central and south America since 2001. She started to work in the tourism industry in 1996 and founded Terra Matter Expeditions in 2001. She is a passionate entrepreneur that believes in “do what you love” as the key to happiness and success, and also a way to make our world a better place.
He is an avid adventurer who enjoys everything the outdoors has to offer from camping trips to day hikes, it’s a great way to disconnect from the busy stressful life we all lead and recharge ourselves. As an adventure sports enthusiast, he enjoys snowboarding, white water rafting, and off-road mountain biking. From a young age, he has been a hardworking entrepreneur often taking on jobs for neighbors and developed his construction business from the ground up in a “boot-strap” fashion. One of the most important things he learned as a small business owner is you must be willing to wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats look good on you and some don’t but if you want to be successful you must wear them all with a smile.
We team with several Mayan communities in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas. Where we promote sustainability and wellbeing. When doing an activity with us you are directly leaving income into the villages and estimulating the work activityin the area.
The core part of the expeditions abroad are the local service providers, such as communities, local guides, arrieros in Patagonia, Sherpas in the Himalayas, among others. Thanks to them is easier to travel.
When you book an expedition multi-day with any of these destinations you are supporting and leaving a positive impact into their communities.
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