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Visit Kourou Space Station
Tour the high-tech launch facility at Kourou's space station, incongruously planted on an impoverished stretch of equatorial coastline.
The jungle-strangled backwater of Kourou was propelled into the international spotlight in the 60s when it was chosen as the site for a French space station. Today the town is virtually unrecognisable, with modern facilities replacing the rusting shacks, and a fast highway to the capital where previously there had been no roads to infiltrate Kourou's isolation.
You can tour the Centre Spatial Guyanais to see the launch sites from which over 500 rockets have shot into the heavens, and to take a guided visit around the on-site museum, featuring film screenings and interactive installations.
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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.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
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.