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Inspired by our Inca Garden that we will be displaying at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show we started to think about flower-related holidays all over Latin America. So, here’s Journey Latin America’s favourite holidays with a floral twist!

1. Cactus in Argentina

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En route to Salta by Cachi you’ll find National Park, Los Cardones is peppered with hundreds of giant cactus – a unique view that’s a memorable part of any holiday to Argentina. You’ll begin to see these hardy plants in a whole different light and angle as there’s fantastic trekking in this area too!

2. Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest

With the largest number of orchid varieties in the world a guided hike into Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is an amazing opportunity to get close to wildlife, nature and flowers. Frequently found swathed in mist, which encourages the growth of mosses and ferns and creates a magical fairyland feel, this protected park in Costa Rica is where the many indigenous mammals and birds can thrive undisturbed, and observation of many of these is more or less guaranteed.

3. Flower Festival, Colombia

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Our Colombian-born travel consultant Lina Fuller knows all about this 10- day festival that takes place in the first week of August in Medellin, Colombia. During the festival the whole city blooms; streets, balconies, terraces and gardens are flooded with flowers. There are also horse parades, live music including the national ‘trova’ songs, classic car parades and exhibitions of orchids, birds and flowers at the botanical gardens. You should also visit the Sanalejo handicraft market and the vibrant street parties which take place in every neighbourhood of the city come highly recommended! We have a great itnerary, so that you can time your holiday in Colombia with this vibrant festival.

4. Orchids in Peru

Machu PIcchu

Boasting the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids this sought-after destination offers more than its location: sitting on the doorstep of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. One of the most magical natural environments in Peru, you can discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public. The Waqnaki orchid promises to engage and enchant if along with all of the tales and legends surrounding this magical place.

5. Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador

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Chris Moss, travel journalist from the Telegraph declared the Ruta de las Flores in his top five attractions in El Salvador. The flowers along this magnificent road bloom from October to February, so in order to take in this floral explosion of colours and scents you should time your holiday in El Salvador within these months. However if you miss the flower season you won’t be disappointed by the scenery of mountains, sugarcane, coffee plantations and volcanoes which are year-round vistas for whatever the time of year.

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  • 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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    Jamie Swan - Travel Consultant

    Jamie backpacked across Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil before joining us; he has a degree in politics and is also a keen sportsman..

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    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

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    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    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 Sales team.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    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 Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

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