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Kathryn Rhodes

Kathryn Rhodes

Kathryn Rhodes

Travel Consultants
After graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in Philosophy and French, Kathryn decided to head for South America and backpack around the continent. She began her trip in Mendoza and has fond memories of cycling through the region’s vineyards. She then spent six months exploring Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before deciding to set down her backpack for five months in Cusco, where she worked in a hostel as the bar manager.

She loves Latin America for its scenery, wildlife, history and locals, whom she thinks of as the warmest and most fun-loving people on the planet! A favourite memory is of stumbling across a carnival-esque procession in Arequipa and being dragged in by enthusiastic locals – she spent the next three hours in a crowd of hundreds spraying water and foam over everyone before being invited to lunch in the town hall!

My favourite place in Latin America

One of my favourite places in Latin America is the Sacred Valley in Peru. It somehow manages to have quite a surreal, peaceful vibe at the same time as giving the impression that an adventure is just around the corner! The scenery is simply beautiful and you really feel as though you are a million miles from anywhere.

My top tips

1.

Most small-medium towns and some larger cities have a single central plaza (often called Plaza de Armas or Independencia) so if you’ve just arrived and are unsure where to start, it can be a great spot to get your bearings and soak up some of the city’s unique character before you start exploring.

2.

Local market halls are great if you want to try truly local food – everything from seafood stews in Chile to chicken and rice dishes in Bolivia. San Pedro in Cusco also has amazing fresh fruit juices which are whizzed up in front of you.

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