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.
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.
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.