Latin American Floral Journeys
Inspired by our Inca Garden that we will be displaying at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show we started to think about flower-related holidays all over Latin America. So, here’s Journey Latin America’s favourite holidays with a floral twist!
En route to Salta by Cachi you’ll find National Park, Los Cardones is peppered with hundreds of giant cactus – a unique view that’s a memorable part of any holiday to Argentina. You’ll begin to see these hardy plants in a whole different light and angle as there’s fantastic trekking in this area too!
With the largest number of orchid varieties in the world a guided hike into Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is an amazing opportunity to get close to wildlife, nature and flowers. Frequently found swathed in mist, which encourages the growth of mosses and ferns and creates a magical fairyland feel, this protected park in Costa Rica is where the many indigenous mammals and birds can thrive undisturbed, and observation of many of these is more or less guaranteed.
Our Colombian-born travel consultant Lina Fuller knows all about this 10- day festival that takes place in the first week of August in Medellin, Colombia. During the festival the whole city blooms; streets, balconies, terraces and gardens are flooded with flowers. There are also horse parades, live music including the national ‘trova’ songs, classic car parades and exhibitions of orchids, birds and flowers at the botanical gardens. You should also visit the Sanalejo handicraft market and the vibrant street parties which take place in every neighbourhood of the city come highly recommended! We have a great itnerary, so that you can time your holiday in Colombia with this vibrant festival.
Boasting the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids this sought-after destination offers more than its location: sitting on the doorstep of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. One of the most magical natural environments in Peru, you can discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public. The Waqnaki orchid promises to engage and enchant if along with all of the tales and legends surrounding this magical place.
Chris Moss, travel journalist from the Telegraph declared the Ruta de las Flores in his top five attractions in El Salvador. The flowers along this magnificent road bloom from October to February, so in order to take in this floral explosion of colours and scents you should time your holiday in El Salvador within these months. However if you miss the flower season you won’t be disappointed by the scenery of mountains, sugarcane, coffee plantations and volcanoes which are year-round vistas for whatever the time of year.
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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.
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.
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.
Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert
Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.
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.
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.