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Carolina at Canopy Tower at Sacha Lodge, Ecuador

Carolina, Latin America Specialist

With a multi-cultural family based across the world, travel started as a necessity in my life and quickly became a passion. My mother is from Uruguay and I have always been fascinated by South America, so on finishing my university degree I decided to return independently to learn Spanish, work and travel.

After a few months in Uruguay I was charmed by the culture and natural beauty that surrounded me, prompting me to visit Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Peru. The people, history and wildlife stole my heart. I returned home and worked for two years launching and running a website but finally decided to combine my passion for travel with my planning skills and joined Audley. In this role I have been lucky enough to return to South America to visit Peru, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, Chile and Bolivia where I was captivated by the traditions, wildlife and dramatic landscapes.

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Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru

I recommend visiting - Lima

While for some, Lima is only a stopover en route to Machu Picchu, this often-overlooked city has captured my imagination and is the one I love most on the continent. It has an dynamic food scene and two of the top fifty restaurants in the world. I’d recommend taking a culinary tour to see the markets, discover local food and learn how to make a Pisco sour and traditional ceviche. Don’t miss the grand colonial buildings in the historic heart of the city or a walk through the cliff-top parks along the coast to soak up the sun and the vibrant atmosphere.

Junior Suite, Hacienda Zuleta

I recommend staying at - Hacienda Zuleta

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A 17th-century farmhouse owned by the family of a former Ecuadorian president, Hacienda Zuleta still feels like a family home with personal service, individually-designed rooms, open fireplaces and communal meals served around an antique dining table. It’s a great spot to relax or go horse riding, cycling or trekking in the surrounding valley, or you can tour the organic farm or cheese factory on the estate. The hacienda also runs the Condor Huasi conservation project. Here you learn about the condor breeding program, see rescued condors and, if you’re lucky, may spot some spectacled bears in the distance.

I'll never forget when…

The Galápagos Islands look arid and inhospitable, so it's all the more surprising to see how prolific the wildlife is here. Each island is so different, and there are so many interesting creatures. I learnt about their behaviour and the adaptations that allowed them to survive, and at times found it hard simply avoiding them. Ignorant of the potential threat of humans and innately curious, they just approach you head on. I saw so many species in such close proximity, including sharks, fur seals and iguanas, but snorkeling with the friendly and curious sea lions was simply unforgettable.

Photos of Carolina

  • Carolina on Baltra Island, Galapagos Carolina on Baltra Island, Galapagos
  • Carolina on a culinary tour in Lima, Peru Carolina on a culinary tour in Lima, Peru
  • Carolina at False Equator at Cayambe, Ecuador Carolina at False Equator at Cayambe, Ecuador
  • Carolina at Lago San Pedro, Ecuador Carolina at Lago San Pedro, Ecuador
  • Carolina at Machu Picchu, Peru Carolina at Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Carolina at Peguche Waterfalls, Ecuador Carolina at Peguche Waterfalls, Ecuador
  • Carolina on Bartolome Island, Galapagos Carolina on Bartolome Island, Galapagos
  • Carolina with a giant tortoise at Galapaguera at Cerro Colorado, Galapagos Carolina with a giant tortoise at Galapaguera at Cerro Colorado, Galapagos
  • Carolina at the Pisac ruins, Peru Carolina at the Pisac ruins, Peru

Photos taken by Carolina

  • Excursion to Lake from Posada Amazonas, Puerto Maldonado Excursion to Lake from Posada Amazonas, Puerto Maldonado
  • Sunrise Excursion from Posada Amazonas Sunrise Excursion from Posada Amazonas
  • View from Canopy Tower, Excursion from Posada Amazonas View from Canopy Tower, Excursion from Posada Amazonas
  • View of Lake Titicaca, Puno View of Lake Titicaca, Puno
  • Traditional Methods to Dye Colours, Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas Traditional Methods to Dye Colours, Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Woman in Traditional Dress Washing Alpaca Wool, Chinchero, Sacred Valley of Incas Woman in Traditional Dress Washing Alpaca Wool, Chinchero, Sacred Valley of Incas
  • Moray Agricultural Terraces, Sacred Valley of the Incas Moray Agricultural Terraces, Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Pisac Ruins, Sacred Valley of the Incas Pisac Ruins, Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • View of Cuzco from Sacsayhuaman Ruins View of Cuzco from Sacsayhuaman Ruins
  • Tambomachay Ruins, near Cuzco Tambomachay Ruins, near Cuzco
  • Departing Sacha Lodge by Paddle Canoe Departing Sacha Lodge by Paddle Canoe
  • Sunset on Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands Sunset on Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands