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Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Chris met fellow company founder Brian Williams while they were both teaching in Rio, and through a shared sense of adventure and a curiosity about what was then a little-travelled part of the world, they formed the friendship which is still at the heart of Journey Latin America. Chris first set foot in Latin America as part of a degree in Latin American Studies. He chose to spend his year abroad in Mexico, where it transpired that the university was unfortunately not quite up to European standards! Having obtained an attendance stamp from the university, Chris opted to spend his remaining time hitch-hiking around Mexico and Central America. After graduating, it did not take much deliberation for him to decide to return to Latin America. Tickets were expensive, so this time he got a job – teaching history, geography and PE in Rio. 
Chris’s love for Latin America has not diminished with the decades, and in the years since his first visit in 1967, he has now been to every country in the region and long since lost count of the number of separate trips he has made. After all this globe-trotting, Mexico is still one of his favourite countries. He was lucky enough to get to know it well before it made its way onto the tourist circuit (indeed, Cancún did not yet exist!). He also rates Bolivia highly for its indigenous cultures and authenticity, and having lived in Brazil for a number of years, the sole Portuguese-speaking nation in Latin America also has a place in his heart.

My favourite place in Latin America

Yaxchilán mayan ruins, overlooking the Usumacinta river in Mexico; Torres del Paine national park in Chilean Patagonia; Lake Onelli in Argentine Patagonia; the road from Uyuni to Potosí in Bolivia. Ask me next week and it’ll probably be four different places.

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