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Rebecca in the Galapagos Islands

Rebecca, Latin America Specialist

After a first class degree in Classics, Rebecca worked for Ernst and Young (now EY) for six years. A trip to Brazil in 2005 then ignited Rebecca's interest in all things Brazilian — art, music, people, food and culture, and expanded to all things Latin American, helped by having studied Spanish at school.

In 2006 she embarked on a year of adventure with a three month project for Operation Raleigh in Costa Rica, before travelling solo throughout Central and South America. Since returning home and joining Audley in 2007, Rebecca has returned most years with Audley.

Rebecca is a specialist for the majority of South America from Peru and Ecuador/Galapagos Islands in the north to Chile and Argentina in the south, via Venezuela and Brazil. Arranging multi-country itineraries is her forte and she has extensive knowledge of hotels for all budgets/styles and strong personal relationships with our teams on the ground.

Rebecca has a real passion for all areas, from the best museums to the liveliest markets, the most interesting walks, treks, riding and rafting, to getting under the skin of an area wherever possible.

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The Sacred Valley

I recommend visiting - Sacred Valley

I would have to say one of my most memorable places in Peru is the Sacred Valley. It slowly reveals its nooks and crannies as you climb over the Andes from Cuzco — striking hills, wide flowing river, ripe maize crops rippling green below, and a stunning sunset every night. Not that it stops there. The night sky is a flood of brilliant stars, made all the more fascinating to me because it is a Southern Hemisphere sky with no light pollution.

The end of the wet season (April/May) is a great time to go as the valley is awash with greens, purples and yellows from the wildflowers and crops. It is a wonderful area to spend some time walking, riding, cycling or absorbing Andean life.

The people there are hard working and friendly and you can live in several centuries at once as you switch from varied Inca ruins, modern day rural living and the chic alpaca clothing now available — an ideal way to give back to the community.

Mansion Alcazar, Cuenca

I recommend staying at - Mansion Alcazar

First Class

This hotel was an oasis of peace and loveliness after a hard day on the road. I had the good fortune of joining a lively group, which included Audley clients (unusually we have a three day group trip on offer in Ecuador), travelling from Quito down the Avenue of Volcanoes to Cuenca.

We had a busy day, starting early with the Devil''s Nose train ride, a visit to a small community project where we tasted local pastries "comida típica" and then on to Ingapirca, once the dwelling of Atahualpa, the last king of the Incas. We arrived at our final dwelling in the early evening, contented but tired. I was shown to my room, a Junior Suite on the inner courtyard by one of the friendly staff. This turn-of-the-century mansion had been home to a former President''s son, before conversion to a boutique hotel of only 14 bedrooms, a reading room, living room, restaurant and bar.

After a wonderful dinner I returned to my room to find the bed turned down, the lighting a soft glow and, on using the little step to climb into the wonderful four poster I discovered the pièce de résistance, a hot water bottle perfectly placed for my feet, hidden under the bottom sheet. Never before had I felt so pampered.

I'll never forget when…

Despite its name, Pousada Picinguaba is a magical destination for many reasons.

Firstly you are driven there along a winding coastal road from where you get start to get glimpses of white sand beaches and stands of Mata Atlantica in Picinguaba National Park, one of the last remaining areas of primary rainforest South of Rio. As you arrive, sleepy from the drive, your bag is whisked away and you can follow gently up the path from the village, adjusting to the balmy heat.

The whole place is such an incredible experience — old fishermen mending their nets beside their weather-worn lean to, lithe youngsters playing football on the sand, vividly decorated boats and smart schooners at anchor in the little bay, the odd local propping up Picinbar, the art gallery and tiny church — and you will likely be one of only a few foreigners there. Everything is relaxed and welcoming.

After I had lunched by the pool and done my hotel inspection, the pousada bodyguard, a wonderful black dog, showed me the way to my kayak for a gentle paddle to a mile long beach of pristine white sand, where I sunbathed and slept for a couple of hours of precious solitude.

Photos of Rebecca

  • Rebecca in the Galapagos Islands Rebecca in the Galapagos Islands
  • Rebecca in the Lake Disctrict, Argentina Rebecca in the Lake Disctrict, Argentina
  • Rebecca in the east of Argentina Rebecca in the east of Argentina

Photos taken by Rebecca

  • Frailejones (Espeletia plants) in the Andean Paramo Frailejones (Espeletia plants) in the Andean Paramo
  • Frailejones (Espeletia plants) in the Andean Paramo Frailejones (Espeletia plants) in the Andean Paramo
  • Autumn Colours at Perito Moreno Glacier Autumn Colours at Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Heading to Perito Moreno Glacier for trekking Heading to Perito Moreno Glacier for trekking
  • Sierra Nevada National Park, Merida, Venezuela Sierra Nevada National Park, Merida, Venezuela
  • Buzios, Brazil Buzios, Brazil
  • El Calafate in Autumn (April), Argentina El Calafate in Autumn (April), Argentina
  • Pico Bolivar 5007m, Merida, Venezuela Pico Bolivar 5007m, Merida, Venezuela
  • Hill of Seven Colours, Purmamarca, North Argentina Hill of Seven Colours, Purmamarca, North Argentina
  • Lago Argentina, El Calafate, Argentina Lago Argentina, El Calafate, Argentina
  • Caiman, Los Llanos, Venezuela Caiman, Los Llanos, Venezuela
  • Jaguar on the river bank, Cuiaba River Jaguar on the river bank, Cuiaba River