Latin America is probably the most vibrant continent on the globe. Its populations, a splendid mix of indigenous and immigrant cultures, are immensely proud of their heritage, and show it off at any opportunity. Celebratory festivals, music, theatre, sport and artistic events sit alongside more serious but equally exuberant religious ceremonies; always drenched in colour, always featuring the effusive enthusiasm of their participants.
Some of these events occur regularly, others may pop up at any time to recognise a particular anniversary or contemporary event including football finals, and motor racing and rallies. These are not usually exclusive: visitors from anywhere in the world are welcome; local participants are always eager to share their traditions. In many cases, if you like, you can even join in.
Beside the cultural occasions, phenomena in the natural world are also celebrated in Latin America. Some are a bit unpredictable, such as volcanic activity you can view from up close, mass turtle hatching, glacier calving. But others are known about years or even decades in advance, and it’s possible to be there to experience them. Foremost among these are solar eclipses, always dramatic but all the more so with a backdrop of extreme Latin American landscapes – mountains, deserts, lakes.
You can watch these events on Utube, but nothing compares with actually attending: though for these popular events it isn’t always easy to organise a visit independently. That’s where we come in – wherever possible, we can arrange for you to be there. Specialised Journey Latin America holidays are built around the most notable events – the Rio Olympics and World Cup have been and gone, but Rio’s flamboyant Carnival takes place every year, as do Mexico’s exotic Day of the Dead celebrations.
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Real Latin America Experts
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.