Latin America is probably the most vibrant continent on the globe. Its populations, a splendid mix of indigenous and immigrant cultures, are immensely proud of their heritage, and show it off at any opportunity. Celebratory festivals, music, theatre, sport and artistic events sit alongside more serious but equally exuberant religious ceremonies; always drenched in colour, always featuring the effusive enthusiasm of their participants.
Some of these events occur regularly, others may pop up at any time to recognise a particular anniversary or contemporary event including football finals, and motor racing and rallies. These are not usually exclusive: visitors from anywhere in the world are welcome; local participants are always eager to share their traditions. In many cases, if you like, you can even join in.
Beside the cultural occasions, phenomena in the natural world are also celebrated in Latin America. Some are a bit unpredictable, such as volcanic activity you can view from up close, mass turtle hatching, glacier calving. But others are known about years or even decades in advance, and it’s possible to be there to experience them. Foremost among these are solar eclipses, always dramatic but all the more so with a backdrop of extreme Latin American landscapes – mountains, deserts, lakes.
You can watch these events on Utube, but nothing compares with actually attending: though for these popular events it isn’t always easy to organise a visit independently. That’s where we come in – wherever possible, we can arrange for you to be there. Specialised Journey Latin America holidays are built around the most notable events – the Rio Olympics and World Cup have been and gone, but Rio’s flamboyant Carnival takes place every year, as do Mexico’s exotic Day of the Dead celebrations.
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Real Latin America Experts
Jamie Swan - Travel Consultant
Jamie backpacked across Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil before joining us; he has a degree in politics and is also a keen sportsman..
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
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 Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant
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 team.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.