I have been a regular visitor to Latin America since high school when I took a trip to Mexico and fell in love with being in a foreign country. My interest in cultural nuances and language differences between countries led me to complete a Spanish degree from SUNY Geneseo, studying in Costa Rica and working as an intern in Buenos Aires.
After college I moved to Chile and lived for four years in Santiago working as an English teacher, and later spent eight months as a caretaker on a sheep ranch in Patagonia. I have always had a passion for helping people travel to South America, so working for Audley was a natural transition.
I have recently returned from trips to Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay where I explored the iconic views of Machu Picchu, drove along the gorgeous coastline of Uruguay, had the gaucho experience at a typical estancia, and navigated the Patagonian fjords of Tierra del Fuego.
I'll never forget when…
Stepping out of the car along the Ruta del Vino from Salta to Cafayate in Argentina, the cold, fresh mountain air was the initial thing I felt. I walked along the road the gravel crunching under my boots, mountains towering over me and valleys rolling out in front of me to reveal tiny towns with simple chapels, smoke rising languidly from chimneys and neat fences guarding sheep and cattle. It was enthralling. As the light changed the Andes transformed revealing new pockets and grooves etched into the mountainsides. Every time I return I feel humbled all over again by the immensity and timelessness of this landscape.