At Keteka, we believe in creating global empathy, building connections, and fostering empowerment through impactful travel experiences. Keteka is a travel platform where travelers can find, plan, and book genuine travel experiences with validated, local guides.
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The Keteka Story
Our Peace Corps Roots
Keteka was founded by two Peace Corps volunteers focused on helping rural and indigenous communities in Panama actually benefit from tourism. Kyle and Jack recognized that there were thousands of local guides and communities that needed, but lacked, direct access to travelers. At the same time, there were millions of travelers searching for off the beaten path experiences, yet lacked an easy way to find and book them. Eventually, by leveraging their connection to the Peace Corps Network, they began onboarding previously marginalized guides and communities, and offering travel experiences to a small group of friends and family.
Early Growth Start-up
The pair moved to Santiago, Chile when Keteka was selected to be part of Start-Up Chile’s Seed accelerator program. After finishing as one of the top 5 teams, Keteka was selected for the follow-on Scale program. Keteka has since been chosen to be part of Agora, which helps accelerate Latin America-based social impact startups, and Booking.com’s Booster program, which accelerates travel startups who aim to have positive social or environmental impact.
Onwards and Upwards
Today, Keteka has offices in Chicago, United States and Santiago, Chile. We are focused on growing our business and our team and to helping even more travelers find, plan, and book genuine travel experiences. We know that this is just the beginning of our journey.
How We Got Our Name
Keteka means “to get close to” in Ngäberre, an indigenous Panamanian language spoken in the community where Jack worked. The name reflects what we aim to do – to bring each traveler closer to the people, culture, and history of the destination they are experiencing.