After short trips to Europe and Central America as a kid, Jeff's interest in international travel really hit its stride as a student at Semester at Sea, visiting nine countries in Latin America over the course of a summer. After graduating, he ventured out on what was supposed to be a three-month trip to Europe, but ultimately wound up covering more than thirty countries on five continents over the course of nearly two years. Since then, he's made several shorter trips back to South America, living for months in Santiago and Buenos Aires; tromping across the Atacama Desert, the Bolivian altiplano, and the Patagonian Andes; and visiting Antarctica.
Since joining Audley, Jeff revisited Chile and Argentina to explore the wine regions of Mendoza, Colchagua and Cafayate and the vibrant estancia culture of the Argentinean pampas, as well as a rare chance to see Patagonia in the height of winter.
I'll never forget when…
Visiting Torres del Paine at the height of winter, when conditions higher in the massif cool enough to push massive numbers of wildlife down into the lower reaches of the range, coinciding with a period of extremely low numbers of visitors in the park. Watching the first rays of sunlight hit the Torres massif behind hordes of grazing guanacos while Andean eagles cruise lazily above is an experience I'll never forget.