Alex Burridge

Managing Director

I’ve been described (among other things) as a “wildlife freak” by many people. My first trip to South America was to Peru in 1992 and it had to include a journey into the rainforest, the highlight being an overnight camp on an island in the middle of a river to see the macaws at a famous mineral-rich ‘clay-lick’ – there’s now a lodge nearby but it hadn’t been built at the time of my trip. I combined the rainforest experience with an extended Inca Trail trek which took in Salcantay Base Camp. That was the start of my long fascination with Latin America.

The Ecuadorian rainforest and the Galapagos Islands were the focus of my second trip and I came away with an interesting memento of that journey – a nice ‘kiss ‘from a sea lion that left a scar on the back of my knee! In 2002 I undertook the first of several voyages to Antarctica; while not strictly South America, the Antarctic Peninsula has geological links to the southern end of the Andes. The ‘White Continent’ became another obsession, along with the Falkland Islands and, my favourite, the magnificent island of South Georgia, home to over 100,000 pairs of King Penguins and, in my opinion, to the world’s most beautiful bird, the Wandering Albatross.

2013 took me back to Peru and Ecuador. It’s wonderful to see how places like Lima, Cuzco (in Peru) and Quito (in Ecuador) have changed – almost entirely for the better; for travellers and locals alike. Highlights of this trip include; Mashpi Lodge, Titilaka Lodge and Taquile Island and once again the Galapagos Islands. The highlight of my 2014 trip was Bolivia; stunning landscapes and traditional cultures.

 

Places Visited

Argentina: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, El Calafate, El Chalten, Ibera Marshlands, Perito Moreno Glacier, Salta & Ushuaia Trekked: Fitz-Roy

Brazil: Iguassu Falls

Bolivia: La Paz, Uyuni Salt Flats, Red & Green Lagoon & Lake Titicaca

Chile: Santiago, Chiloe Island, Atacama desert, Valparaiso, Puerto Varas, Torres del Paine, Carretera Austral, Punta Arenas & Easter Island

Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Cuenca, Banos, Amazon Rainforest, Mashpi Cloud Forest & Galapagos Islands Cruise

Peru: Lima, Cuzco, Amazon Rainforest – Puerto Maldonado, Manu National Park, Machu Picchu, Lares region, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Chachapoyas, Kuelap & Lares region Trekked: Inca Trail & Salcantay base camp

Colombia: Bogota, Medellin, Pereira (Coffee Triangle), Cartagena, Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta

Cuba: Havana, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos & Vinales

 

Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea, Snow Hill Island Emperor penguin colony

Falkland Islands: Port Stanley, West Point Island, Saunders Island, Bleaker Island, Steeple Jason and Carcass Island

South Georgia:: Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbour, Fortuna Bay, Stromness, Grytviken, Prince Olav Harbour and King Haakon Bay

View articles from Alex’s travels:
  • The Pantanal and the Amazon offer opportunities to view many of Latin America’s most beautiful animals and the Pantanal is easily the best place to go looking for Jaguars....

  • Old Portuguese charm can be found in several towns and cities in Brazil.  Paraty is better known and could be the ideal starting point to recover from the journey to Brazil ...

  • The Andean Spectacled Bear is the only surviving species of bear native to South America; they are much smaller and more docile in nature compared with their North American cousins. Spectacled bears are not a threat to humans (just like Paddington), their diet consisting mostly of plants and berries. This video was taken by guests staying at Hacienda Zuleta a beautiful property less than two hours from Ecuador’s capital city Quito....