Tom graduated from Nottingham University in 2003 with a degree in Management Studies with Spanish. Having lived and studied in Spain for a year as part of his degree he then went travelling around South America for a year, developing a passion for the continent and its wonderful variety of geography, peoples and cultures.
He briefly returned to the UK before getting a job as a Tour Leader which sent him straight back to Latin America. Over the next 4 years he led tours in Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile and Cuba (as well as a brief stint in East Africa).
Highlights include camping on a glacier in Patagonia and listening to its slow, creaking progress during the night, climbing Peru's highest mountain (Mount Huascaran) and playing volleyball (badly) with locals on Copacabana beach in Rio. Tom's first Audley trip saw him return to Argentina and Brazil to see the hotels we use and to meet the people who run our trips on the ground.
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I'll never forget when…
Recently, while on a trip to Argentina with Audley I was lucky enough to stay at Eolo, near El Calafate in Argentine Patagonia.
One morning I decided to hike up the side of the valley behind the lodge. After a couple of hours I reached the top and was rewarded with stunning views of icebergs floating across Lago Argentino on one side and the distant towers of Las Torres del Paine, in Chile, on the other.
As I stood there on my own enjoying the view, three enormous Andean Condors appeared out of nowhere, briefly circled just a few metres above me and then continued on their way. A minute later they were gone, and if it wasn't for the photos that I managed to take of them, it would have almost felt like I had imagined it!