"We love developing and running trips. Each one is a creative act, merging logistics, people, activity and nature into a fulfilling and happy adventure."
Dag Goering

"To take people to one of our very special destinations, and to see them touched by the same magic that draws us back there – this is one of our greatest rewards."
Maria Coffey

Consumer Protection BC

About Us



The Founders

Over the last 25 years, Dag Goering and Maria Coffey have pursed their passion of exploring the world. During many long, adventurous expeditions they have collected a treasure trove of gems, which they assemble into unique, beautiful journeys to share with their guests. This couple brings a wide breadth of experience to their calling. Dag is a veterinarian, and an internationally published photographer. Maria is a journalist and the award-winning author of twelve books, who reached the Holy Grail for writers: an interview with Oprah Winfrey! Find out more about Dag and Maria’s books here.

Dag and Maria have now established Elephant Earth Initiative, to support wild elephant conservation and captive elephant welfare. www.elephantearth.org



The Team

Close to two decades of developing and running trips has resulted in a Hidden Places 'dream team' – a close network of like–minded operators, local services providers, trip leaders and guides – people who have become close friends and share the same ethics and ideals.



The Guests

Dag and Maria have nurtured an ever–growing circle of Hidden Places guests with whom they have shared many wonderful adventures. Typically these guests return again and again, and often end up bringing their friends and relatives into the fold.



The Company

Hidden Places Travel, incorporated in 2000, is a fully licensed tour operator and travel agency based in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Our mission at Hidden Places is to provide exceptional travel experiences in the world’s most spectacular and inspiring destinations. Our support of local communities and grass-roots conservation projects offers our groups unprecedented access and authentic cultural exchange, ensuring that our trips are meaningful and joyful for our guests and life-enhancing for the local communities and the ecosystems in which we operate. See more about our commitment to communities and the environment in Saving Places