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Harry in The Galapagos Islands

Harry, Latin America & Polar Specialist

I have always had an appetite for adventure but it wasn't until I graduated college that I had the change to indulge it outside of the US. Latin America had always intrigued me and being fond of the outdoors, I was drawn to the opportunity to hike bigger mountains and see different places. This inspired me to grab a backpack and fly to Costa Rica on a one-way ticket. I explored many beaches, mountains, jungles and cities from Costa Rica down to Peru on that first trip South and fell in love with Latin America.

I was fortunate to get a job with Audley upon my return to the US allowing me to continue to indulge in my passion for travel and adventure. I have been able to revisit Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Colombia. I was perhaps most excited to have the chance to head to both the Arctic and Antarctica something I could have never dreamed of only a few years ago. Being able to share these experiences and send others on amazing trips feels more like fun than work and this was only enhanced with the opportunity to add the Caribbean to my regions of expertise.

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Audley Travel dotted every I and crossed every T. We saw the entire country of Costa Rica and never had to worry if we missed something.

Costa Rica water rappelling

Jeff and Jill H traveled to Costa Rica for 13 days in January 2016, organized by Harry S

This was the first time my wife and I have used Audley Travel, and we know it won't be our last. Harry S was our specialist and he did an outstanding job. He listened to what we wanted out of our adventure, and boy did he deliver! He picked out great hotels, locations and excursions. The white water rafting trip was the most fun that I've ever had. Additionally the El Ramanso Eco-lodge on the Osa Peninsula was a once in a lifetime adventure. Between the food, the wildlife, and the waterfall rappelling, it was more than we ever expected. Audley Travel dotted every I and crossed every T. We saw the entire country of Costa Rica and never had to worry if we missed something. Thanks again to Harry and Audley Travel.
Land Iguana, Galapagos Islands

I recommend visiting - The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are truly the islands of the creature, not the man. The amazing wildlife (Frigids, Marine Iguanas, Giant Land Tortoises, Fur Seals, Sea Lions, and various Booby species) barely flinch as you get near them and do not see people as a threat. You can see giant land tortoises (some over 700 pounds) that can get as old as 200 years! The area also boasts backdrops of centuries old volcanic rock, beautiful white, red and black sand beaches, and oceans so clear you can see the fish swimming from the top of Bartolome Island. 

The snorkeling and diving is world-class, the history of these islands is fantastical, and the fact that the guides go as far as making you shake off the sand before you leave the islands makes the Galapagos Islands an ecological paradise that will never lose its charm. Going on a cruise is the best way to do it, as you can navigate multiple islands in a little amount of time, while gaining a whole lot of information you otherwise wouldn’t have known. The islands are a place where all ages can enjoy, and no matter your age you won't be lacking in things to do. Growing up on the beach, I cannot help but favor the coastline, and the Galapagos Islands could be the most beautiful place I have ever been.

Playa Cativo, Costa Rica

I recommend staying at - Playa Cativo

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Although not the easiest place to get to in Costa Rica, I absolutely fell in love with Playa Cativo in the Osa Peninsula. The Osa Peninsula, with Corcovado (and Piedras Blancas) National Park, is one of the most biologically diverse places on this planet, with loads of monkeys and tropical birds. Playa Cativo is a seven room Eco lodge that opened its doors very recently. With no front desk, the place caters to you like it’s your own lake house. The lodge has all wood furnishings, an open window concept to catch a good breeze as you overlook the water, and a pool to cool off after a humid day. The part that stands out is the sustainability they are creating with their farm. Currently, 45% of the food they use in their delicious restaurant has been grown on the property, and they are aiming towards 100% in the near future. That eco stamp, along with collecting energy through solar panels and water plants, makes Playa Cativo a special property. They have an amazing Farm-to-Table tour, allowing you to hike over to their farm and pick some food to eat for dinner later. Also, any fish you catch with the local fisherman, you can help cook with the ever-friendly kitchen staff. The whole place has no restrictions, allowing you to stroll freely as if it was your own home, and that’s what I truly enjoy about this peaceful getaway in southern Costa Rica. Playa Cativo offers an escape from the bustling crowds, and a type of service that is solely focused on you.

I'll never forget when…

Nothing can excite you more than your first up close sloth interaction. The first few times I encountered a sloth, they would do little more than sit in the tree with their eyes closed. After all, sloths are said to sleep up to 20 hours a day, and some may only move about 300 meters in a whole month. One day, however, we spotted a three-toed sloth at the bottom of a tree near Tortuguero National Park. We walked through the crowd snapping pictures, and that was when the sloth turned it's head very slowly, smiled at me, and began to make his way up the tree. It was such a strange creature -- moving like molasses up the massive tree, and I couldn't help but grin and bask in the wonderful wildlife experience.

Photos of Harry

  • Harry taking in the view from Monserrate Hill in Bogota, Colombia Harry taking in the view from Monserrate Hill in Bogota, Colombia
  • Harry atop a viewpoint at Brown Base Station, Antarctica Harry atop a viewpoint at Brown Base Station, Antarctica
  • Harry in Cuba Harry in Cuba
  • Harry with Gentoo penguins, Antarctica Harry with Gentoo penguins, Antarctica
  • Harry after a hike near Arenal Volcano Harry after a hike near Arenal Volcano
  • The beautiful city of Quito The beautiful city of Quito
  • Before ziplining in Arenal Before ziplining in Arenal
  • Enjoying Machu Picchu in Peru Enjoying Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Harry on a trip to Las Cajas National Park Harry on a trip to Las Cajas National Park
  • Harry in the Arctic Harry in the Arctic
  • Harry standing in Plaza Mayor in Villa de Leyva, Colombia Harry standing in Plaza Mayor in Villa de Leyva, Colombia