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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Real Latin America Experts

  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • JimAshworth
    Jim Ashworth - Travel Consultant

    Jim first caught the Latin American travel bug in 2001 when he decided at the last minute to join a friend travelling around Central America – he hasn't looked back since.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    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.

  • Jamie Swan
    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..

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