The daughter of a sailor and pilot, Carley was introduced to travel at a young age through summer trips with family to Europe and the Bahamas. These inspired her to pursue a major in International Relations at Tufts University, where she discovered a love of Latin America and added a second major in Spanish. Her studies led her to spend her junior year abroad in Santiago, Chile. That year, she lived with a local family, honed her language skills, and travelled throughout Chile and beyond.
After graduating, Carley was eager to help others have incredible travel experiences. She joined Audley first in the operations department before transitioning to the Latin America team. On her most recent trip with Audley, she kayaked on Lake Titicaca, watched condors soar through Colca Canyon, and marvelled at the moai on Easter Island. Outside of work Carley enjoys hiking, cooking, and live music.
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Carley Minkler was amazing, attentive to detail, responsive and all around terrific!
Valparaiso was amazing. We loved the street art, La Sebastiana, and fireworks on New Year's Eve. We also loved the cooking lesson where we made Chilean cuisine. The visit to the Kingston Family Vineyards was magical and the lunch at Casas Del Bosques was amazing. Carley Minkler was amazing, attentive to detail, responsive and all around terrific!
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On a recent trip to the Sacred Valley, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a women's weaving cooperative in the small town of Huilloc. I witnessed all stages of production of their colorful garments, from spinning the wool, to coloring it with natural, plant-based dyes, to finally weaving it into intricate designs inspired by Andean imagery. I was paired with a woman who taught me how to use her drop spindle and later very patiently walked me through a simple bracelet design. It was really special to sit with the women and hear their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges posed by the recent rise in tourism to the area and learn what sustainable tourism meant to them. I also walked away with a much deeper understanding of the skill, time, and effort that goes into the wool scarves, sweaters, and table runners that Peru is famous for.