What Is Your Favourite
One of my favourite places is the Lemaire channel in Antarctica which is beautifully scenic in itself; however, the second time we passed through the channel we were surrounded by about 30 whales of 3 different species – minke, humpback and orca. It was incredible!
Explora Sacred Valley in Peru. Explora truly is out of the ordinary in every sense, from its fantastic location to the experience-driven ethos. The hotel has a menu of excursions for different lengths and abilities so there’s something for everyone and often we were the only tourists doing the excursions which was very special.
Trekking in El Chaltén is unforgettable. I went in April and knew the weather could be varied and on the second day woke up to torrential rain and howling winds so we decided to wait and set off after lunch when the rain wasn’t quite so bad. The higher we climbed on the trek the more snow there was but then, a few hours later, we were hiking in glorious sunshine with stunning views towards Fitzroy Mountain!
Top Travel Tip
When at altitude, make sure you acclimatise slowly. It may sound obvious but it makes such a difference to your experience – don’t try to rush things even if there’s a lot you want to fit into the holiday!
Top Packing Tip
For trekking in Patagonia and the Andes, pack layers of clothes as well as a good quality waterproof/windproof jacket. Many of the treks I’ve done over the years have such varied weather in just one day!