I made my first trip to South and Central America prior to university and have been back several times since. I loved the wildlife, scenery, cultural sites and sense of adventure, but it was the language and the history of the region that led me to study history and Hispanic studies.
After working in Puerto Rico for a year and then in the USA, I moved into the travel industry. Since joining Audley in 2015, I have had the chance to revisit Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia and should be far better at salsa by now than I am.
My personal highlights of these countries include the food and historical tours around Mexico City, wildlife watching in the Colombian wetlands, and releasing baby turtles onto a deserted Costa Rican beach at sunrise.
I'll never forget when…
It was early morning at Bosque del Cabo, a lovely lodge on the Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. It was nearing the end of the whale watching season so I didn't hold out much hope of a sighting, but kept an eye out to see if I would spot anything as I lay in a hammock on my terrace. After 20 minutes I saw a fluke appear and disappear, before later seeing the whale emerge, blowing water into the air. I then went up for a cooked breakfast and a swim: a pretty exceptional start to the day.