After spending some time living in France, her wanderlust was put on hold for a few years due to the demands of a busy career in London. Finally, at a more advanced age than some, she took herself off for a gap year to the Latin continent in search of high mountain peaks and alpacas. This ignited – nearly two decades ago – an enduring passion for this diverse and colourful continent and the Latino love of life.
Since then she has been privileged to reach the White Continent, see polar bears up close in Canada and explored some of the most unexplored reaches of Latin America – although there are, of course, a few unchartered corners still to be discovered.
Louise’s personal favourites:
Ask Louise to choose between city, desert, jungle, ocean or mountains, and she finds it hard to opt for one over another – although at a pinch, mountains would probably just about clinch it.
Not that Latin America has a shortage of unforgettable things to offer on any of the above fronts. From spotting pink river dolphins in the Amazon, to swimming with marine iguanas, turtles and sea lions in the Galápagos. From sampling the Peruvian delicacy of guinea pig, to attempting the tango in Buenos Aires or being serenaded by mariachi in Veracruz; from sipping maracuya caipirinhas on Copacabana beach while listening to a local samba band, to spotting jabiru storks and kingfishers at sunrise in Corriente; or even voyaging to the White Continent and taking a dip in the Antarctic Ocean.
Her many treasured experiences in Central America include volcanos, dazzling wildlife, sparkling lakes, local artisans, Caribbean Islands and Mayan history from Costa Rica to Nicaragua. Even after 6 visits (and counting) Machu Picchu still never fails to take her breath away and she is never happier than when outdoors hiking or biking in the wilds of Patagonia. Louise has a wealth of treasured Latin American experiences that she loves to share.