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Hollie Harwood

  • The Americas

My Expertise

  • USA
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Peru

Amongst my favourite memories are stargazing on the top deck of a yacht in the Galapagos Islands, listening to the eerie sound of howler monkeys in the Amazon, hiking the Ciudad Perdida in Colombia and the overwhelming enchantment of hiking to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

I try to travel with little expectations and an open-minded attitude and have found that, when travelling through Latin America, this approach never disappoints. I first fell in love with the Latino lifestyle on a solo backpacking trip through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Speaking very little Spanish (and mistakenly ordering tuna empanadas rather than the vegetarian option), I quickly realised the value of a great local guide.

Having lived in Chicago for four years, I developed an attachment to the United States – it was there that the travel bug first bit during a month-long road trip between the west coast National Parks. The diverse landscapes of the USA still amazes me. Two of my ambitions include becoming fluent in Spanish and stepping foot on every continent!

My Most Memorable Experiences

Discover Machu Picchu

Journey to the iconic UNESCO site of Machu Picchu, either on foot via the Inca Trail or by rail journey.

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Stay in Colombia’s Coffee Region

Stay at beautifully converted haciendas in the heart of vast areas of the coffee growing country.

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Canoe the Amazonian Rivers

Weave through the rivers of the Amazon Rainforest in a guide-steered canoe, looking out for hundreds of species of birds as well as giant river otters and lurking caiman.

Charles Darwin Research Centre

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about the biology, ecology and conservation of the archipelago.

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My Hand-Picked Holiday Ideas

Scroll to discover my pick of great journeys in the Americas. From sailing around the enchanting Galapagos Islands to road-tripping through the United States’ National Parks, I hope that this small selection of holiday ideas inspires an adventure of your own.

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With a combined total of more than 180 years working in travel, we are a small and immensely knowledgeable team of experts. Having driven vintage cars in Havana, climbed granite domes in Yosemite, snorkelled with sea lions in the Galapagos and camped in Antarctica, our passion lies in curating bespoke journeys for our clients, balancing our in-depth local knowledge with a penchant for picking up on the little details that make you tick.

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