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Audley Specialist Rebecca

Rebecca

Central America Specialist

My initial love of travel was ignited during my first solo trip; a three-month volunteer programme teaching English in Sri Lanka. From the moment I landed the explosion of rich colours and overwhelming aromas of street food had me absolutely hooked on visiting far flung places and I have since been lucky enough to visit 42 countries.

Having studied Spanish at school, Central and Latin America was always high on my travel list and in 2018 I enjoyed a two-month sabbatical, backpacking from Peru through to Brazil, taking in some of the most impressive highlights Latin America has to offer, including Machu Picchu, the Uyuni Salt Flats and Iguaçu Falls.

After developing a true love for all things Central and Latin America, I have been lucky enough to return on two further occasions, spending time exploring Costa Rica, Guatemala and Belize and can’t wait to use my experiences to help shape unforgettable trips to these fantastic countries.

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Q&A with Rebecca

Los Angeles Cloudforest, Costa Rica

What's the one thing you always pack?

Central America can have unpredictable weather at times, so my most valuable possession is my waterproof poncho. It makes being caught in the tropical rain much more enjoyable as I know that me and my backpack are going to be kept dry and as the sun is usually just around the corner, it's easy to peel off and pack away again.

Antigua,Guatemala, at sunrise

What's your most vivid travel moment?

Having arrived in the Guatemalan town of Antigua in the dark, my guide recommended that I wake up early to catch the sunrise. So, I set my alarm for 5am and got an early night. After pouring a cup of fresh Guatemalan coffee, I made my way up to the roof terrace of my hotel and nestled up in an armchair. As the sun started to peek over the dramatic skyline, I sat completely awestruck as the sky turned a glorious shade of red and I was greeted with a majestic panoramic view of Agua, Acatenango and Fuego; the three Volcanoes that surround Antigua. It was truly a magical moment that I will never forget.

Ruins at Tikal

Where would you love to travel next?

I am keen to spend more time in the Petén region in the north of Guatemala, which is home to many largely unexplored Mayan sites. As ongoing excavations uncover structures that have been hidden deep in the jungle for hundreds of years, it's an incredibly exciting time to visit.