in 2007 Peter Hofman created a platform for adventurists tired of soaking up culture in Magaluf, strolling La Rambla or getting a teint in Cyprus. The world is full of amazing places but we are destined by large tour operators. Sequacious, because mass tourism means affordable prices. Meanwhile all touristic destinations are likewise and it’s difficult to experience local cultures. The local population doesn’t always share in the enormous revenues. Many hotels are owned by large (Western) European multinationals. In fact, they are in charge of the touristic destinations. Cash flows directly from the Western tourists to the Western investors. Ryce Travel wants to break this spell. If you travel with Ryce Travel you’re not going on vacation but you’re definitely travelling. You’ll experience local cultures, you’ll see amazing and undiscovered places and your expenses will stimulate local economies. I have tried to catch this in one sentence: “The world is ours but we also belong to the world. If you don’t understand the world, you don’t know who you are”.
The world is ours but we also belong to the world. If you don’t understand the world, you don’t know who you arePeter Hofman, founder of Ryce Travel
Maksat AitkulovManager Kyrgyzstan
Maksat Aitkulov is the manager of the Ryce Travel branch in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. He has years of experience as a mountain guide and has completed the 'Guiding School' in the city of Karakol. Maksat started the subsidiary in Kyrgyzstan together with Peter Hofman. This started with a ski rental and every year it was expanded with new activities.
Aynazik KubanıçbekovaAssistant Manager Kyrgyzstan
Aynazik has worked for a local restaurant for many years. She was our favorite employee and because of her language skills and eagerness to learn she quickly became part of our Ryce family. Nowadays she is responsible for all administration and finances of Ryce Travel Karakol and she also regularly guides groups. We wouldn't want to live without her anymore
Tornike MatsaberidzeManager Georgia
Tornike is our Georgian guide in the Caucasus Mountains. He was born in Racha and prefers to stay in rugged mountain landscapes. He still has to be in Tbilisi regularly for his studies. He guides almost all our trips in Georgia and we are very happy with his insane enthusiasm for Georgia.
Ruslan AsanaliyevManager Kazakhstan
Ruslan Asanaliyev is the manager of the branch in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He guides tours to all corners of Kazakhstan and has been doing that for Ryce Travel for 4 years. Ruslan was born in Karakol (Kyrgyzstan) but has lived in the largest city of Kazakhstan for many years.
Bardhosh MorinaManager Balkan
No question is too crazy for Bardhosh and no task is difficult enough. He rags with Pistenbullys through the snow and always ensures that we have transport in the Balkans. In addition, he skips everyone out, studies and runs a hostel in the town of Peja. That's what we call a handyman.
Lauren TamborynContent Manager
Lauren is the Flemish language wonder of Ryce Travel. After several seasons in the French Alps she comes to help us with creating content. With her knowledge of other languages and cultures, she is an absolute asset. Moreover, it is a treasure of a human.
Bardh SanajaGuide Kosovo
Bardh is the ecological guardian angel of Ryce Travel. He works on several projects in Kosovo to preserve animals from extinction. You can read his articles in various scientific journals. In winter he works as an all-rounder in the Macedonian and Kosovar mountains.
Peter HofmanRyce Founder
Peter Hofman is the founder and director of Ryce Travel. His goal is to offer 'once in a lifetime' experiences. He has worked as a snowboard instructor in Austria, as a climate researcher in Seattle, as a branch manager in Australia and as a contract manager in France.
Aleksey BalybinGuide & Ski instructor
Aleksey Balybin is one of the best skiers in Kyrgyzstan and regularly competes in Central Asia. In winter he works as a ski instructor for the Karakol ski area. In addition, he guides tours of Ryce Travel. In summer, Aleksey works as a mountain guide in the Tien Shan Mountains.
Jorrian Hop is the secretary of Ryce Travel. He has traveled extensively in recent years and he is a great added value for Ryce Travel. Strengthening local economies by providing resources and knowledge is his goal.
Akay RyspaevGuide Horseback riding
Akay Ryspaev is our guide during the horseback riding tours in Kyrgyzstan. After completing his Communication studies at the KGUSTA school in Bishkek, he started working with Ryce Travel. He now has his own company Horserider Kyrgyzstan, but we are happy that he still wants to guide our travels
Ferda van VaalsBrand manager
Ferda van Vaals looks at improvements in the processes and travel experience and is happy to go on a trip to develop or make journeys even better. She has worked several seasons in the French Alps during winter
Raimon LomanProject manager
Raimon is our project man and commercial expert. He has started businesses in South Africa and the Netherlands and has traveled to exotic destinations in the Indian Ocean, South America and Asia. After a complex shoulder luxation, he unfortunately stopped snowboarding.
Ruslon BelyiPhotographer & Editor
Ruslon Belyi is our local photographer in Central Asia. He took some amazing photos during our travels and we are very happy to have him on our team. He makes a huge contribution to the promotion of Ryce Travel in the Netherlands and abroad.
Wim is our experienced treasurer. He takes care of our budget and finances. No expenditure will be made without his approval. This makes it transparent for both our guests and ourselves. Wim is also responsible for local initiatives to create more awareness.