Alana Lewthwaite

Travel Specialist

My first experience of South America was in 2006 on a 14-day group tour that seemed to just flash past my eyes – all I remember from that trip was that it made me determined to go back. And two years later I was there, this time for 9 months. I fell in love with Argentina, its people, its music and its food.  I would travel away to other parts of the continent but found myself always returning to Argentina.  My choice of favourite city is a close call between Bariloche and Buenos Aires – I can’t help but love a good steak and a glass of red!  As for next time … I think it will definitely be Chilean Patagonia.

Along with South America, Antarctica really stood out as a place that was incomparable to the many others that I had been too. The wildlife and landscapes were simply unforgettable.


Places Visited

Argentina: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Bariloche, Cordoba, Salta, Mendoza, El Calafate, Ushuaia, El Chalten (Los Glaciares National Park)

Brazil: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Paraty, Buzios, Fortaleza, Salvador, Natal, Ilha do Mel, Ilha Grande, Iguassu Falls

Bolivia: La Paz, Uyuni (Salt Flats)

Chile: Santiago, Valparaiso/Vina del Mar, Atacama Desert, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Punta Arenas

Cuba: Havana, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey, Trinidad, Santa Clara

Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Cuenca, Amazon Rainforest & Galapagos Islands.

Mexico: Mexico City, Taxco, Playa del Carmen, Tulum.

Peru: Lima, Cuzco, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Puerto Maldonado, Puno & Lake Titicaca.

Uruguay: Montevideo.

Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Lemaire Channel, Gerlache Strait, Bransfield Strait (Antarctica XXI)