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Natalie Paiva

Natalie's Colombian-Brazilian heritage combined with a year spent living in Mexico gives her a diverse perspective, helping her to identify the perfect tour for each of our clients.


Natalie Paiva

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Natalie is able to offer a unique insight into Latin America, having a Colombian mother and a father from the Brazilian Amazon. She also spent a year living in Mexico, where she became integrated into the local culture and took the opportunity to perfect her fluent Spanish. 

Natalie loves fine South American wine and is partial to a Brazilian feijoada or a Mexican tostada, not to mention a spot of salsa on the dance floor. Her passion for Latin America stems from its incredibly varied scenery, welcoming people and dramatic history, combined with the melting pot of cultures and customs reflected in her own diverse heritage.
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My favourite place in Latin America

In a far flung corner of the continent, with one foot culturally in Latin America and the other in the Caribbean, is the former British colony of Guyana. It’s a frontier country which offers a diverse mix of ethnicities and is very environmentally conscious. Bizarrely, even in the middle of the jungle, you’ll always stumble across English being spoken and maybe the odd cricket match as well!

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A great place to try mojitos in Havana is at the lobby bar at Hotel Ambos Mundos: a refreshing pick-me-up in these atmospheric surroundings gives an insight into what Cuba must have felt like during its heyday.


When travelling in Guyana, pack as light as possible; usually the internal flights are in light aircraft which will only allow 10 kilos for all luggage. Take minimal clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and plenty of plastic bags to compartmentalise dry and damp clothing. 


In places with no light pollution such as the Bolivian Salt Flats or the Galápagos, I would definitely recommend taking a glow-in-the-dark star map for stargazing on clear nights. 

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