Karin Betts

Karin Betts is one of our most versatile Trip Leaders, a veteran guide for us in Asia as well as other parts of the world. She grew up in Indonesia and earned a degree in International Studies from Vassar. Karin has been traveling ever since, making coral reef surveys for the World Wildlife Fund in Indonesia, leading hikers across the Continental Divide in the Canadian Rockies, visiting longhouses in Borneo, and hunting for thumbnail-sized chameleons in Madagascar. The life of a Trip Leader suits her. “It’s a gift to spend people’s vacations with them, and to be part of making those travels the most fascinating, magical, and rewarding experiences they can be. And to do this in some of the world’s most extraordinary areas—among the hill tribes of Yunnnan, with the dragons of Komodo, along the empty coast of Burma—is worth each and every second.” She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works with a regional transportation planning agency when not guiding trips.

Upcoming Trips:

The Arc of the Sacred Symposium: Sacred Sites of Java and Bali , January 25-February 8, 2015
Borneo Expedition, April 18-30, 2016

Client Testimonials:


Karin was fabulous. She chose wonderful hikes and adventures. Shari C., Menlo Park, CA
Adventure in the Canadian Rockies
Karin was an excellent leader. I had a wonderful trip! Sue T., Malden Bridge, NY
Adventure in the Canadian Rockies
Karin was an excellent guide with a great sense of humour. Miko and Nobuko K., Pittsfield, MA
Adventure in the Canadian Rockies
Karin's vibrant spirit combined with her love of Madagascar, its people, and nature was contagious. Isaac A., Martinez, CA
Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path