Laura, South America Specilaist
Growing up with parents who loved to travel, I was lucky to visit some far-flung parts of the world from an early age. By the time I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015, I had, without a doubt, caught the ‘travel bug’, which prompted a three-month backpacking trip to Central America after I’d finished studying. In exploring the region, I fell in love with so many aspects of Latin American life.
My most recent trip took me to Peru and Ecuador, where I discovered even more of the Latin American culture that I had previously fallen for: the colonial cities, lush national parks, hospitality of the local people, intriguing wildlife, and the culinary experiences. It also gave me the chance to explore the unrivalled natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands, which was a unique experience in itself and one that I’ll certainly never forget.
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I'll never forget when…
Waking up to see the sun rising from behind the mountains of the Colca Valley in Peru was a pretty special way to start a day, but it only got better as we drove west into the canyon to see Andean condors nesting at Cruz del Cóndor. Each bend in the road gave way to sweeping views of pre-Inca terraces lining the precipitous valley. And then, when we arrived at the viewpoint, we were lucky to see over 15 condors in flight, circling majestically and then landing below us to nest. It was one of the best ways I can imagine to start a day.