Alter Experiences LLC was founded in 2016 by Shantel and Rami Abdel. We're a glamping and nature travel company, based out of the San Diego Backcountry - Mount Laguna. We have been operating in the the Cleveland National Forest since 2018, under the USFS Outfitting and Guide program. We are the first glamping outfitter in the state of California and the first major glamping operation in San Diego County.
We currently manage several sites in Laguna Campground and Burnt Rancheria Campground. We also offer mountain bike rental services and event outfitting services at El Prado, Horse Heaven and Wooded Hill campground.
Shantel and Rami have a deep passion for nature travel, outdoor recreation and eco-tourism models. As USFS outfitters, they are also very much dedicated to responsible travel and environmental stewardship. Shantel and Rami are both native San Diegan's and love showcasing their beautiful hometown. They currently live in Julian and have been involved in much of the region's destination marketing and tourism development in the San Diego Backcountry.
In the 6 years since the company founding, they've emerged as the leading glamping destination in Southern California and continue to be one of the top experiences in the backcountry. They’ve set off some exciting new hospitality and outdoor recreation trends, with over a dozen new glamping business that have emerged since their founding.
As San Diego’s premier glamping destination, Alter Experiences continues to be at the forefront of outdoor hospitality trends. They have recently expanded into Baja California and are working on a host of new experiences and projects.
Through their destination marketing campaigns, community enhancement projects and volunteer efforts - Shantel and Rami continue to support economic and tourism growth in our San Diego Backcountry.
Alter Experiences LLC is the result of an ever-evolving dream, very different from the busy modern day world. It’s a vision of a simpler place where life is basic, grounded & in resonance with nature. It's this dream that's inspired our business model and tourism approach.
We believe in the curative effects of nature healing and therapy, forest bathing and outdoor recreation for overall health and well being.
This is why we strive hard to create comfortable spaces and meaningful experiences in nature.
Meet The Team
Shantel is the founder of Alter Experiences LLC and your host extraordinaire. She is our nature and wildlife whisperer, who designed all the little touches that make up our hallmark outdoor hospitality experience.
Her real passion is wildlife interaction and she looks forward to introducing you to her friends in the wild.
Rami is the company co-founder with his wife Shantel. He oversees company development, business planning and managing growth.
He's an avid outdoors man, environmental activist and tech entrepreneur. He's been working in the international hospitality industry for over 15 years and has a deep passion for nature and wildlife travel.
Our Operation Queen
Kayla was born and raised in the San Diego Backcountry. She was our first official team member and has been on this journey with us from the very beginning. Her personal touches and creativity influenced much of our staging and she was an integral part of helping us establish our signature hospilaity experience. She oversees much of the day to day operation and making sure your stay is nothing less than a 5 star experience.
She's a very talented and creative individual with a great passion for nature and the outdoors.
She enjoys hiking, photography and travel. Kayla also operates her own business - Mountain Graze. You may have tried one of her amazing charcuterie boxes during your stay with us.
Kayla has been working in the Julian service and hospitality business for many years, as well as with the Julian School program. She's one of the best and most respected individuals in the Julian community. She built an impeccable reputation for herself working with the children in our community through the after school program.
She was the first person we hand picked to join our team and it's been the best decision we made for this company.