Although Fenella’s love of languages was formed and nurtured in a classroom, it was developed into a true passion when she embarked on her year abroad in France, Belgium and Chile as part of her French and Hispanic degree at Nottingham University.
Having never set foot in South America, she seized the opportunity to travel extensively around Chile as well as taking time to explore Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Panama and Costa Rica. What drew her to Latin America was the geographical and cultural diversity of the continent and the opportunity to put her Spanish skills to the test, which enabled her to fully immerse herself in local life.
Since joining Audley, Fenella has been lucky enough to revisit Costa Rica and most recently, Cuba. Her highlights included, wildlife watching in Tortuguero National Park, galloping on horseback along a deserted beach in Osa Peninsular and salsa dancing in Havana.
I'll never forget when…
Tortuguero National Park is an ecological treasure trove consisting of a maze of canals and rivers teaming with all sorts of wildlife. I love the area for its jungle feel, abundance of animals and remoteness. For me my most memorable experience was an early morning canal cruise through the national park, where we glided through the ominous brown waters in search of wildlife. I'll never forget the time where we had the opportunity to see howler monkeys up close, jumping from tree to tree with their babies in tow, a lazy, smiling sloth making his way up the tree, a myriad of exotic birds screeching just a few feet away and a very well camouflaged caiman lingering in the swamps.