Beth's lifelong interest in rich and colourful cultures led her to study Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle. During this time, she took the opportunity to spend a semester in Spain at the Universidad de Salamanca specialising in Latin American Studies and learning Spanish.
The minute that she graduated, Beth was off to explore the amazing continent that she had been learning about for herself. After numerous months of exploring in Central and South America she had been inspired to use her linguistic skills to teach Spanish and returned to the UK. It wasn't long before she was planning to return to South America for another dose of the incredible countries.
Eventually she found Audley and a department that shared her enthusiasm for all things Latin American. As a Peru, Chile and Argentina specialist, she has revisited these countries with Audley and is as enamoured as ever of everything from the awe-inspiring Andes to wind-swept Patagonia!
My Most Memorable Experience
One of my most magical moments was aboard the Navimag Ferry sailing through Chilean Patagonia.
After hours of sailing, just as dusk was creeping in, we arrived at the Pio XI glacier. Seeing the size of this icy formation and experiencing such tranquillity was extremely memorable.
My Favourite Destination
The diversity of South America is part of its huge attraction. Peru and Chile certainly reward the traveller with a vast range of delights, making it very hard to choose a favourite place.
The incredible length of Chile makes it a slice of South America that provides a taste of much of what the continent has to offer, including the wine! From the surreal sights of the Atacama to simply admiring the surrounding stars, vineyards and volcanoes.
Peru is a beautiful country which boasts lush green valleys and deep, dramatic canyons. It offers the perfect backdrop for handfuls of indigenous markets and ancient ruins. The jewel in the crown is, of course, the mighty Machu Picchu.
My Favourite Accommodation
A place that really stands out in my memory is the family-run Hotel Landhaus San Sebastian in the Chilean Lake District. This area of Chile has a reputation for the cakes that were introduced by German settlers.
No sooner had I arrived, I was met with a wonderful smell of baking and given a warming cup of tea to accompany the traditional afternoon 'onces' that consist of freshly-made breads, biscuits and cakes. It was just what I needed after a long journey.