Bernd was born and raised in Venezuela. In his early youth, Bernd began to take an interest in travelling and by the time he was 15, he used every opportunity to explore Venezuela with interurban buses. Inspired by a book written by the naturalist Brewer-Carias, he organized his first expedition when he was only 17 years old.
After completing his studies in Germany he returned to Venezuela and founded Cacao Travel Group, now extended to Panama and Colombia. Bernd has built and owns several jungle lodges and boutique hotels in Venezuela. He is a true pioneer of nature tourism in Latin America and a specialist of the international tourism market.