Special Events

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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  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    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.

  • Ben
    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.

  • Maggie
    Maggie Wilson - Travel Expert

    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

  • Juliet
    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

  • Chris
    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.

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