My first experience of Latin America was in Cuba and Mexico some 10 years ago, which introduced me to the passion and history the culture had to offer – not to mention the delicious tacos and burritos! Several years later I travelled to Peru in South America and hiked the Inca Trail, loving every minute of it. Although you’re following what has become a fairly well-trekked path, there is still room for you to experience your own special moments, appreciating the beauty and magnitude of the Sacred Valley. I loved Cusco, too, and the impressive examples of both its Inca and Spanish-colonial heritage and, with its laidback vibe, I happily found renewal there after the demands of a challenging trek. I continued to Buenos Aires in Argentina, then on to Ushuaia to join an unforgettable voyage to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Nature lovers, history buffs, geology enthusiasts; every one of them will be overwhelmed by what they see and I can highly recommend such an adventure – it really was a trip of a lifetime and anything in the future will struggle to match it.
Of course, I haven’t seen as much of South America as I would like– I’m itching to experience the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands and the splendour of Patagonia – but what I’ve seen so far has absolutely enthralled me and has only left me wanting more.
Argentina: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia
Cuba: Varadero, Havana
Peru: Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Puerto Maldonado Amazon Jungle.
Mexico: Riviera Maya, Tulum
Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands
South Georgia Island: Salisbury Plain, Stromness, Grytviken, St Andrews Bay
Falkland Islands: Port Stanley, West Point Island & Carcass Island