My first experience of Latin America was a trip to Peru aged 16; I haven't looked back since. My initial intrigue evolved into a fascination with the culture, language and scenery of this magical part of the world as I returned over the following years.
While studying mathematics at Exeter University, I visited both Central and South America. My first trip was a 'chicken-bus' tour of Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala and then two years later I visited Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. Once I graduated, I returned to live in Latin America for two years where I taught English and attempted to perfect my Spanish and salsa dancing - with mixed success.
Ready to come home and share my enthusiasm for what I had experienced, I joined Audley and worked in multiple teams before becoming a Latin America specialist.
I'll never forget when…
My colleagues and I went on a horse riding tour in the remote Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. It's one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth and home to dense rainforest that supports everything from turtles and tapirs to pumas and poison dart frogs. We trotted and cantered our way through the rainforest spotting monkeys as they swung through the trees. The final stretch took us on to the beach where two scarlet macaws flew low and started to squawk above us, squabbling in the sunset. It was a truly wild experience befitting of the Osa Peninsula.