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Roxy Dukes

Roxy Dukes

  • The Americas

My Favourite Countries

  • Ecuador
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Galapagos Islands
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Spitsbergen

I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.

Through my work, I discovered unexpected and unheard-of experiences existed; new places to see, new people, to meet, new food to taste. The travel bug was itching. I have worked in travel for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to explore great swathes of Africa, north and south America and the icy arctic regions to add to my early travel days. The variety of experiences have been endless from haphazard capoeira dancing in Brazil, to kayaking with humpbacks in Canada to herding cattle with the Chagra cowboys of Ecuador. I have had the pleasure of sharing these life-changing experiences with my clients to shape and mould their personal adventures. Nature and wildlife at its rawest remain my biggest prize and passion and the chance to travel to a remote location is an opportunity I grasp with both hands. I yearn for empty space, the privilege and solitude that it brings of being somewhere few others have set foot. Of the chance to be a pioneer in this modern age.

Jaguar
Jaguar

Where Jaguars Roam

Brazil is home to the exquisite jaguars that are increasingly pressured by human and climatic changes. The Oncafari project is one of the leading conservation groups, set in the southern pantanal partnering with Caiman Ecological Refuge. Travelling by vehicle, I explore the wildlands of the farmlands encountering the armadillos, capybara, macaws and anteaters along the way… along with Felino and Nusa.

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Kayaking, British Columbia, Canada
Kayaking, British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia: My Favourite Place on Earth

Diving back into British Columbia, I am back into the land I love. Mountain peaks shrouded by clouds rise from the blue waters of the Pacific. Teeming with wildlife, Dall’s porpoise can be seen dancing in the wake of our boat as we head out in search of my greatest prize – bears!

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Sloth, Amazon
Sloth, Amazon

A Day in the Amazon Playground

Exploring the treasures of the Yasuni National Park as it strives to hold its place as a precious ecological destination in a world pressured by sourcing fossil fuels. Paddling through the waterways flanked by tangled trees and twisted branches, a sloth can be seen nestled against the trunk. This is natures greenhouse, an abundance of flora and fauna that is being protected by the efforts of these local guides.

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My Most Memorable Experiences

Hiking Angel’s Landing

One of the more arduous hiking routes in Zion National Park. At 38 degrees it was less than enjoyable marching the switch backs in the sunshine. The view from the top however was one of the most sensational I have experienced in the US, looking straight out across the orange rock faces flanking Zion’s valley floor.

Flying over the Alaska Range

This is when the vast scale of Alaska hit me. Flying what felt like mere meters above the mountain tops and witnessing the blanket of peaks spreading out as far as the eyes could see.

Sea Lions of the Galapagos

The reality of having sealions come up and play with you is an incredible moment to capture. Encountering wildlife on such an intimate experience when out of your comfort zone really is spine tingling.

Sailing in Canada

A journey that may never be beaten. Sailing through the dramatic fjordlands of the Inside Passage and experiencing my first up-close encounter of a grizzly bear, just meters from my boat.

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Roxy was incredibly good at assessing what we wanted from our trip to Alaska, and advising us of exactly where to go and when.

Destination: Alaska
Travel Expert: Roxy

I could not have wished for a better and more efficient itinerary in terms of both the destinations we visited and how the timing coincided. Plus, the communication from Roxy was excellent throughout.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

All the way through the process - from us explaining what we wanted through to the programme that Roxy created - everything was excellent. Roxy understood our requirements perfectly and created a trip that exactly fitted the bill.

Destination: USA
Travel Expert: Roxy

From my first conversation with Roxy, it was clear that her knowledge was very good indeed. She listened to our ideas and created a fantastic bespoke holiday for us, and the pre-trip information was first class.

Destination: USA
Travel Expert: Roxy

Everything went smoothly with minimum effort on our part. We really felt Roxy take all of the arrangements off our hands, making our trip so easy, allowing us to completely concentrate on enjoying the experience.

Destination: Alaska
Travel Expert: Roxy

Knowledgeable, approachable, enthusiastic, and keen to make sure we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I was so impressed with Roxy's hard work.

Destination: Alaska
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy recommended that we should add on a trip to the Amazon ahead of our Galapagos Islands journey, and what a brilliant addition it was. We loved every moment of our time in both places, and were impressed with Roxy's advice.

Destination: Amazon & Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy did a truly wonderful job at arranging our itinerary, which was very unique.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy was FANTASTIC at recommending the best place and season to go to see bears in Canada. We saw 47 in total, and 3 of these were up close and personal. Roxy was very professional and helpful, especially when my friends circumstances changed.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

All I can say is “everything was perfect”.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Roxy

What a wonderful trip. I especially enjoyed snorkelling with playful sea lions, swimming with penguins, seeing a huge manta ray and spotting the occasional shark.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy was excellent at knowing what we needed from our family trip to the Galapagos Islands. Despite booking it with little time to spare, everything was seamlessly arranged with very little effort from us.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

Meet the Americas & Polar Experts

With a combined total of more than 180 years working in travel, we are a small and immensely knowledgeable team of experts. Having driven vintage cars in Havana, climbed granite domes in Yosemite, snorkelled with sea lions in the Galapagos and camped in Antarctica, our passion lies in curating bespoke journeys for our clients, balancing our in-depth local knowledge with a penchant for picking up on the little details that make you tick.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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