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Mary Anne Nelson

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Travel Consultants
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary has always had a particular fondness for the area. However, she grew up in the Chilean capital Santiago and also spent over 10 years living in Cali, Colombia. An enthusiast for outdoor activities, she enjoys rock climbing and walking up mountains.

Favourite places in Latin America include the salt flats of Bolivia and the colonial Caribbean city Cartagena in Colombia. She looks back on an unforgettable close-up encounter with a huge condor in Torres del Paine National Park as one of the highlights of her extensive travels, along with her first view of the southern ice fields of Patagonia; swimming fully clothed in the Orinoco during a monumental storm; and horse riding in the Atacama Desert

Mary's many years experience in the company led to her being appointed Team Leader in the Tailor-made Sales department, with emphasis on all our agency bookings.

My favourite place in Latin America

It may sound biased but I really think my home country of Chile is hard to beat. My absolute favourite place is the utterly captivating and beautiful Atacama Desert – I’ve been there countless times and would never tire of it.

My top tips

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Don't risk disappointment by passing too quickly through the Torres del Paine National Park – it is a spectacular spot, and with temperamental weather conditions, the longer you stay, the better. 

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Hiring a car abroad can be a bit daunting, but don’t allow nerves to get the better of you; driving in Chile and Argentina is easy and you will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery at every turn.

3.

When haggling in Chile it’s important to always be polite and courteous using phrases like: “me encanta, pero es muy caro” (I love this but it’s very expensive) and “y no me puede hacer una rebajita?” (can you give me a small discount?).

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