Rio Mutum in the Pantanal region of Brazil left a huge impression on me. The area has a vast array of bird species such as macaws and toucans and exploring the river left me humbled. The beauty of the wetlands and the opportunity to see caiman chasing piranhas, a curious giant river otter and a family of capybaras grazing on the grass nearby was way beyond my expectations. Lucky visitors may even get to spot the elusive jaguar. This region is a highlight for anyone who appreciates wildlife, though the creatures you see can be very different between the wet and dry season.
Michael, Latin America Specialist
I have loved all things travel from a very young age. Studying other cultures fascinated me, which led me to the Catholic University of America where I studied international business. While there I spent a semester in Italy and got the chance to travel extensively throughout Europe.
After university I decided to travel some more and this time headed off to Brazil to visit friends. When there, I fell in love with the country and returned twice more to explore the jungles and beaches and experience the local cuisine.
I decided travel simply had to be a part of my career and Audley was just the place to work to help others feel that same excitement that I did. My first trip with Audley was to Peru and Brazil, which gave me a deeper understanding of these countries and a drive to share my experiences with others.
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If visiting Machu Picchu is on your list, then the Inkaterra Machu Picchu does a great job of blending conservation efforts with five-star facilities. Upon arrival the atmosphere shifts from bustling railroad town to tranquil cloudforest paradise. The grounds feature a network of waterfalls and fountains along with a bird sanctuary, private tea plantation and an orchid garden with more than 300 species. It's a very quiet spot with great privacy and the secluded pueblo-style houses are extremely comfortable. From here you can also take a trip to learn about the property's spectacled bear conservation efforts.
I'll never forget when…
One night, as I was reading in the outside lounge at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu, I heard some rustling in the bushes and watched as two tapirs trundled out of the jungle. They are such elusive creatures normally that it was a real surprise. To see two of these gentle, shy animals up close felt like such a privilege as I had previously only seen them at the Bronx Zoo when I was growing up. Being there in their habitat and seeing them wander so naturally into view was truly a treat.