Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber Travel Consultant

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

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Lemaire Channel

Sophie first visited Latin America on a year abroad in Santiago as part of her university degree, where she studied Spanish at a local university and spent the holidays backpacking around as much of South America as possible. After completing her degree in Spanish and French in the UK, she returned to Central America and travelled from Mexico to Panama overland. Her love of travel then took her to China where she taught English for a year before returning to the UK to join our holiday sales team. Her flair for translating clients’ individual preferences into exceptional, personalised travel experiences quickly came to the fore. One of our most popular, well-travelled and articulate consultants, she is now a Team Leader in the sales department. For Sophie, it is the mixture of wildlife (she has visited the Galapagos Islands three times!) and nature combined with local culture and heritage that continues to draw her back to Latin America.

This was my fifth travel project planned and booked with Sophie's help and guidance.  As ever, her suggestions were spot on and the booking service immaculate. She kept me updated where necessary so there were no nasty surprises.

DM, Nottingham Aug 2020

What Is Your Favourite

Place:

One of my favourite places is the Lemaire channel in Antarctica which is beautifully scenic in itself; however, the second time we passed through the channel we were surrounded by about 30 whales of 3 different species – minke, humpback and orca. It was incredible!

Hotel:

Explora Sacred Valley in Peru. Explora truly is out of the ordinary in every sense, from its fantastic location to the experience-driven ethos. The hotel has a menu of excursions for different lengths and abilities so there’s something for everyone and often we were the only tourists doing the excursions which was very special.

Excursion:

Trekking in El Chaltén is unforgettable. I went in April and knew the weather could be varied and on the second day woke up to torrential rain and howling winds so we decided to wait and set off after lunch when the rain wasn’t quite so bad. The higher we climbed on the trek the more snow there was but then, a few hours later, we were hiking in glorious sunshine with stunning views towards Fitzroy Mountain!

Top Travel Tip

When at altitude, make sure you acclimatise slowly. It may sound obvious but it makes such a difference to your experience – don’t try to rush things even if there’s a lot you want to fit into the holiday!

Colca Canyon

Top Packing Tip

For trekking in Patagonia and the Andes, pack layers of clothes as well as a good quality waterproof/windproof jacket. Many of the treks I’ve done over the years have such varied weather in just one day!

Chile Atacama

My Destination Highlights

Papagaio

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