The typical Andean delicacy "cuy" (guinea pig), is best eaten roasted. Stop enroute from Cotopaxi National Park to Riobamba to try this tasty South American rodent!
Trekking in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary at night is an eerie experience, but a real must for the more adventurous visitor.
Really try to embrace Colombian hospitality and the way of life whilst you're out there. You will find the Colombians to be some of the friendliest people in South America.
For a truly unique dive experience, make sure you visit the Blue Hole, located just off Ambergris Caye.
Penguins are very curious and if you take the time to sit close to a colony and watch they will often come to you which is both a fantastic experience and great for photography.
It is hard to miss the breathtaking scenery Peru offers visitors, but your experience will also be enriched by taking time to engage with the charming and friendly Peruvian people.
The conditions for photography can be quite challenging so make sure to keep a lens cloth with your camera so that you can keep your lens clean and ready to go at all times.
Placencia is a great place for whale shark snorkelling during the full moon periods and for manatee spotting in the Placenia lagoon.
On The Arctic
Polar Bears are magnificent animals but you will have to keep your distance so travel with a good camera and a long lens.
The indigenous people of Guatemala are friendly and welcoming, but they are a little camera shy so be sure to always ask before taking their picture.
The food in Peru is fantastic, whether dining in simple local restaurants or upmarket fine dining establishments, so why not try a traditional Peruvian delicacy like Quinoa, Cuy or Alpaca.
Travelling overland is an absolute must in Mexico to fully appreciate the diversity of landscapes this country has to offer.
Don't miss out on a visit to Caracol. It is the largest Mayan site in Belize, and undoubtedly one of the most impressive.
On The Arctic
The wildlife of Spitsbergen, including its polar bears, make it the most popular Arctic cruising destination, but if you fancy something a bit different and want to see whales and massive icebergs, then Greenland is the place to go!
Richard travelled, lived and worked throughout Latin America between 2005 and 2007, developing a passion and interest for its diversity, geography and culture. His highlights include heading off the beaten track in Colombia, the wildlife of the Amazon, scuba diving at the famous Blue Hole off Belize, the salt flats of Bolivia, and the Inca ruins in Peru. The second year of his Latin American experience was spent managing a hostel on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala where he developed a real love for the country and its people. Upon returning to the UK Richard found an outlet for his enthusiasm for Latin America here at Audley where he now works as a Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize specialist. Since starting he has revisited South America spending time in Peru and Ecuador and viewing the spectacular wildlife of the Galapagos Islands and he has also been sent to research and explore Mexico, Guatemala and Belize to help develop Audley's knowledge of these fantastic Central American nations.
My Most Memorable Experience
"Visiting the Galapagos Islands is an amazing experience for many reasons: the magnificent landscapes and geology, the uniqueness of the local species and the utter fearlessness with which they approach visitors. As a keen swimmer and wildlife enthusiast it does not get much better than snorkelling with Galapagos sealions who are very inquisitive."
My Favourite Destination
"Having spent 12 months on Lake Atitlan during my travels every day was a highlight. Waking up to stunning views out over the water and the three volcanoes that dominate the skyline was breathtaking and I never tired of taking a morning swim when the lake was at its calmest.
It was, however, not only the scenery that made my stay so special, but also the local people who were friendly, generous and kind, and who contributed hugely to making my time on the lake my most memorable travel experience."
My Favourite Accommodation
"On a recent trip to Mexico I was fortunate enough to stay at the beautiful Hacienda Temozon located about an hour's drive from Merida on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
This stunning property has been renovated in keeping with its colonial origins when it was a working sisal plantation and it has managed to retain many of its original features adding to the property's character and charm.
Not only is this an excellent base from which to explore the local area, it also acts as a wonderful place to relax with stunning gardens, an excellent spa and one of my favourite swimming pools in Mexico.
Another real bonus for those staying at this hacienda is the support that Temozon has provided for the local people by creating much needed additional employment for the area's population."