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Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

Travel Consultants
A graduate in Spanish and European Studies, Nicola’s love of Latin America has defined much of her adult life, beginning with a university year abroad spent in Mexico. After a stint as an English teacher in Peru and further travelling in the continent, Nicola then joined the Journey Latin America team. Initially in the office and then took the opportunity to return to Latin America as one of our tour leaders. A free and footloose two years saw her lead tours all over the region, sharing her passion – and quirky restaurant tips – with hundreds of clients. In 2011 Nicola returned to the London office, where her exceptional ground knowledge and first-hand experience make her ideally placed to keep our tours running without a hitch.

Hailing from Devon, Nicola feels a strong pull towards the great outdoors and loves camping, cycling and long walks beside the sea, whether at home or abroad. Many of her favourite regions of Latin America reflect this theme: from the wild beaches of Mexico to the fishing villages and national parks of Ecuador’s dramatic Pacific coast. She is also entranced by Nicaragua, a country she describes as rustic and raw, with a fascinating – though double-edged – heritage in both historical and political terms. However, if Nicola could live in any city in the world, she would choose the non-stop cultural whirlwind of Buenos Aires.

My favourite place in Latin America

There are so many but I would have to say that Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua holds a special place in my heart for its rustic beauty and incredibly friendly people. In one visit you can expect to see almost a complete microcosm of Central America: wildlife, history, adventure, natural beauty, local culture – it has a bit of everything.

My top tips

1.

In Peru look out for a type of restaurant known as a picantería, where you can try traditional Creole food while listening to folkloric music. A relaxed meal in one of Arequipa's great picanterías while soaking up the sun would make for my perfect Sunday afternoon.

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When in Central America make sure to try the delicious seafood, cooked in coconut, garlic and lime, accompanied by a glass of sweet dark rum with ice and local juicy limes: each country (apart from El Salvador) is a proud producer of some of the finest rums in the world.

3.

The resurgent neighbourhood of Lapa is now undisputedly the place to go for music, nightlife and dancing while in Rio. Crowds of locals spill from every samba bar onto atmospheric streets lined with crumbling colonial façades, centring around the distinctive aqueduct Arcos de Lapa.

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