I had my first taste of Latin America after finishing school when I visited Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The trip sparked a love for exploring the diverse continent and its many treasures. Highlights were visiting Machu Picchu for the first time and the surreal landscapes of the Southern Altiplano in Bolivia. I returned to South America to undertake research for my undergraduate dissertation, exploring the impact of women's empowerment initiatives on female coffee farmers. After graduating from the University of Reading, with a first class degree in human geography, I moved to Madrid where I spent a year teaching English. I then decided to follow my love of travel and started work at Audley. Since joining, I have had the opportunity to return to Peru and Ecuador, and visit the Galapagos Islands for the first time.
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I'll never forget when…
Seeing Machu Picchu for the first time is etched in my memory. Walking up to the ruins from the valley below and catching my first glimpse of the vast Inca city bathing in the light of the rising sun was unforgettable. The city's dramatic location between towering peaks, intriguing history and intricate detailing gives it a highly charged atmosphere that does not seem to diminish on subsequent visits. Arriving in Machu Picchu for the second time I experienced the exact same reaction, and I imagine I will every time I return.