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1. A Dip in the Sea Ice

Antarctica

“Without a doubt, the most memorable moment of my trip would have to be swimming in the Antarctic Ocean! Being given the option to strip down to my boxers and immerse myself in Antarctic water (albeit geothermally heated Antarctic water) wasn’t the most appealing of prospects but I’m so glad I did it. It was a bit like trying to dip your toe into a piping hot bath while someone was throwing iced water at you. I had thought Antarctica was all about penguins and ice but there’s so much more…”
Simon Doran, Systems Manager.

2. A Whale of a Time

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“We were out on zodiacs, cruising around the icebergs, when a female humpback whale and her calf swam close by. They passed under our boat and came fluking up, almost close enough to touch. Everyone immediately reached for their cameras, trying to get the best shot. I soon gave up trying to capture it on film and sat back to watch the magnificent creatures. Unforgettable.”
Sophie Barber , Travel Consultant

3. The Never-Ending Day

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“It never gets dark during the Antarctic summer. The sun sets, only to rise again a short while later. On the night we arrived in Antarctica we went out on deck after dinner as the fading light turned the mountains, icebergs and ocean an incredible shade of purple. It seemed unreal, but in Antarctica everything was new. I remember never wanting to go to bed in case I missed something.”
David Nichols, Product Manager

4. The Thrill of the Chase

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“One of my most abiding memories is of being ‘chased’ by a leopard seal while racing back to the ship in a zodiac – it kept pace with us easily and sometimes looked as if it might actually leap into the boat. It was a pretty scary experience as I hadn’t quite realised how big the animals are, nor how sharp their teeth look.”
Lina Fuller, Travel Expert

5. Where the Penguin is King

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“Volunteer Beach in the Falkland Islands is a pristine 3km-long white sand beach backed by a grassy bank and a deep blue lagoon. This stunning location is the year-round home to a noisy colony of about 500 pairs of strikingly beautiful king penguins and their fluffy brown chicks. Seeing the most elegant and photogenic of the penguin family up so close was made all the more magical for being one of only four tourists there.”
Ben Line, Travel Consultant

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    Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert

    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    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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    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!

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    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    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 a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    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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    Alex Walker - Travel Expert

    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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