Gary in Manchu Pichu, Peru

Gary Tombs Product & Marketing

Having travelled extensively across the rest of the world in his twenties, it wasn’t until he was nearly 30 that Gary finally discovered what he had been missing with his first foray into the wilds of Latin America. He has been addicted ever since and, in his role as Product Manager, now combines this personal obsession with many years of industry experience to help ensure that other travellers will fall for the region every bit as much as he has.

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Antarctica Penguins

As a 5-year-old boy, when asked by his teacher to tell the class what he wanted to be when he was older, Gary proudly stood up, looked around the room at the wannabe footballers, lawyers and doctors… and announced that he would like to be a penguin. While he has sadly fallen short of that particular ambition, his love of the comical waddlers, wildlife, and nature, in general, has never left him. He has now been lucky enough to visit his extended “family” on separate trips to Antarctica and the Falklands and, while travelling through Central and South America, has also picked up a particular fondness for sloths, llamas and monkeys.

Whilst wildlife might be his first love, some of Gary’s most memorable travel moments have come from other natural wonders, such as the otherworldly landscapes of the Bolivian salt flats and the ferocious fires of Guatemala’s unpredictable volcanoes. The captivating human history of the area is another reason Latin America continues to draw Gary back repeatedly. The majesty and mystery of such sites as Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza, when layered on top of the vibrancy and hospitality of the locals of today, have helped make the Latino corner of the world his home away from home.

Favourite Place

I have been fortunate enough to have seen polar bears, blue whales, mountain gorillas, and the “Big” and “Little” Fives of Africa. I have seen the northern lights, erupting volcanoes, the Amazon rainforest and the polar ice caps. I have seen the temples of Angkor, the markets of Marrakech and the hills of Hollywood. But nothing. Nothing at all. Has ever absorbed me into its story and captured my every sense, as much as the living wildlife documentary known as the Falkland Islands.

Gypsey Cove, Falkland Island

Favourite Hotel

I am a strong believer that the travel industry must play its part in helping to protect and serve those in and around the communities that it touches. Fortunately, there are a great many lodges and hotels in Latin America that are fully invested in the ‘responsible travel’ model, with Hotel Sol y Luna – in Peru’s Sacred Valley, just one example of a property that plays a huge role in improving the lives of the local people.

Hotel Sol y Luna – in Peru’s Sacred Valley

Favourite Excursion

The white water rafting in Costa Rica is some of the best on the planet. Not only is it fun and exciting, but when you aren’t traversing your way around enormous boulders and down fast flowing rapids, you will be drifting through phenomenal scenery, past river dwelling wildlife which you would otherwise miss out on.

Pacuare River Rafting, Costa Rica

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