With over 40 years experience, no-one knows Latin America like we do
Experience something extraordinary
As our name suggests, we are single-minded about Latin America. This is what sets us apart from other travel companies – and what allows us to offer you not just a holiday but the opportunity to experience something extraordinary on inspiring journeys throughout Mexico, Central and South America.
Having exclusively dedicated ourselves to the region since 1980, we’re still the UK’s leading specialist in travel to Latin America.
When you travel with us, you gain access to over 40 years of experience and expertise, knowledge and know-how, not to mention a friendly team of travel experts who all have extensive first-hand knowledge of Latin America and great enthusiasm for sharing it.
Over forty years ago two British visionaries, Brian Williams and Chris Parrott, met while teaching in Rio de Janeiro. During their time there they travelled all over South and Central America. This was the 1970s, when only a few hardy backpackers set foot there.
Once back in London, capitalising on this experience, they founded Journey Latin America in 1980. As the name implies, it was to be a travel company dedicated to helping others explore this most fascinating of continents. The two-man one-telephone operation quickly grew. Flight sales and escorted group tours were supplemented in the 90s by our greatest innovation in the region: tailor-made holidays, where a growing team of Latin America travel experts create private itineraries to fulfill individual dreams.
Now, with some 50 staff in our UK office, a dozen or so roving tour leaders and a network of trusted partners across the continent, we have assembled a truly dedicated team. . All our staff have lived, worked or travelled extensively throughout Latin America and some have been with us for over 30 years.
But we don’t rest on our laurels: our knowledge is refreshed with frequent trips to inspect what we know and seek out new places to visit, places to stay, and things to do. We’ve always shared one ambition, to be the most insightful group of professionals anywhere in the world in travel to and within Latin America.
To that end, over four decades, we have consistently chosen to be single-minded about Latin America. Other travel companies offering trips there come and go, but few can offer our wealth of first-hand experience and such a broad portfolio of experiences and adventures. As we grow and progress, our ever increasing bank of knowledge and expertise shines through.
Our founders have earned their retirement; we have new partners now, but our close-knit team continues to operate with the freedom and independence which has always sparked our imagination and defined our brand.
We are the UK’s No.1 specialist in travel to Latin America and have been creating award-winning holidays to every corner of the region for over four decades; we pride ourselves on being the most knowledgeable people there are when it comes to travel to Central and South America and passionate about it too.Learn more
Real Latin America Experts
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
How We Travel
Whether it’s a Tailor-made Holiday crafted from scratch, a Pre-designed Holiday or a Group Tour, our experts will listen to your requirements and create an incredible holiday experience based on your personal preferences.Learn more
Providing authentic experiences, promoting responsible travel and developing worldwide relationships are all part of our vision for sustainable tourism. Since we were founded over 40 years ago, we have always endeavoured to protect Latin America’s incredible places and people.Read more
Here you’ll find the practical information and handy tips you need before you travel, all in one helpful location.Read more
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
"Hotel Casa del Balam (Mexico) was one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in. Staff wonderfully friendly and helpful and all great characters!”CC, London
Our experience at Patagonia Camp was the most memorable part of the trip. Everyone at the camp really cared for the place and the experience they were providing for their clients, from the restaurant staff to the reception staff to the guides. They were all delightful to deal with and the guides in particular deserve special mention for their knowledge and commitment to the preservation of the TdP National Park and the ethos of the camp.RE, Knutsford
Your edit for Latin American inspiration
Our exciting range of articles on Latin America explore everything from iconic destinations and lesser-known cultural gems to delicious traditional recipes. You’ll also find exclusive travel tips, first-hand client reviews and the chance to get your personal questions answered by our travel experts.View Extraordinary Inspiration