Daniele Binaghi

As part of our Meet The Tour Leader series, we introduce you to Daniele Binaghi who has been leading our tours for over 8 years.

Which tour do you lead?

During the time I've spent with Journey Latin America, I've been leading most of the tours, both in Central and South America, including some 'guinea pigs' (first times) tours. I still miss a few of them, as we have many, each one showing a slightly different aspect of such a special part of the world.

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When did you join Journey Latin America?

That's a very good questions! I had to check my archive as it was quite a long time ago... 2012 with a Penguin tour in Chile, 16 travellers (two of which I'm still in touch with). And I've been coming back to Latin America every year since, spending 4 to 5 months a year exploring every corner of such a large and intriguing part of the world.

When was your first visit to Latin America?

The first time I got to Latin America was in 2005, during my 30-months round-the-world trip. I actually overstayed my flight back to Europe, spending a year and half wandering around, meeting new people, improving my Spanish and learning Portuguese, climbing volcanoes and camping among Moai, watching a football match at the Maracaná stadium and eating my first Argentine asado, trekking national parks and floating on a boat over the Amazon river...

What's your favourite place in Latin America?

I'm afraid I don't have an answer to this question. In fact, I never have. There are so many different things that make places special for one reason or another, the people, the culture, the smells, the tastes, the history, the colours... It's just impossible to isolate a single one.

Valparaiso, Chile

What makes Latin America special?

I think my previous answers says it all. There's a variety of things that engage all your senses, your brain, heart and soul too, which makes you want to experience more and more.

Where would you say has changed the most in Latin America?

Infastructure, in most cases. Take the internet access for instance, when I was going around the first time I got there, the only chance to send an email was visting a local (often scrappy) internet café, no, if you find one you should take a picture of it as they've almost disappearred, replaced by free WiFi, mobile phones, fast internet etc. Hotels, roads, transports have improved a lot during the last years. Our staff has managed to keep up the pace and really get the very best of our itineraries.

Santiago, Chile

You've been travelling in Latin America for so long, you must have so many memorable stories?

I've been blessed with fantastic groups during the years, and therefore with fantastic memories. One of my favourite is probably the sunset after-dinner time spent with one of those groups outside the Refugio Torre Central in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, casual chat, occasional wit, good wine, astonishing view of the 3 towers in the sunset light, great friendship (long-lasting - we still see each other every now and then).

View of Vilarrica Volcano

What would you say are the benefits of travelling with a group?

Joining a group allows you to do things that you potentially might not consider if travelling alone. As well as taking care of the practicalities and logistics, in my opinion being with a group of great companions gives your heart and mind new ways to experience the world.

Where's your favourite place to eat?

I must admit, I'm a big fan of Argentine and Brazilian meats, so every time I'm planning a tour through those countries I find myself in the middle of a pavlovian effect storm. Every country's cuisine has something to offer, and being an Italian I can only appreciate the food variety and quality.

Vineyard in Mendoza

A question we often get asked in the office is, is Latin America safe?

In my experience, Latin America is much safer than most people would think. Sure big cities will their share of petty crime, but nothing more than the usual we're already used to in European cities. And travelling as a group surely makes things much safer, as there are more eyes to watch your back.

Join Daniele on most of our Group Tours including Weaverbird: Spirit of Colombia, Andean Flamingo: Andes laid bare, Nandu: Peaks and plains of Patagonia and Gaucho: Vintage Argentina .

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Real Latin american experts

  • Charlotte
    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.

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    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.

  • Hannah
    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.

  • Sophie
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • 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.

  • Mary
    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.

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