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.
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.