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Paul Bird

  • The Americas

My Favourite Countries

  • Ecuador
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Galapagos Islands
  • USA
  • Canada

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.

Having travelled extensively throughout South America it is a privilege to now be able to send so many people to experience the continent for themselves. It is a continent that you could travel to over a hundred times and still experience something new. Whether wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, dazzling salt flats in Bolivia, the world’s most impressive waterfall at Iguazu, or the archaeological ruins left behind by the Incas, this is a continent of an eclectic mixture of experiences. It is hardly surprising that our clients tend to visit the continent more than once.

Maras Salt Terraces, Cusco, Peru
Maras Salt Terraces, Cusco, Peru

Secrets of the Sacred Valley

Although photographs have daubed many international travel magazines and much has been written, nothing can fully prepare you for just how spectacular, awe inspiring and mythical this place really is. Naturally, when presented with the opportunity to return, I was both delighted and eager to marvel at this great wonder once again. On this trip I spent some days within the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, and what I discovered highlighted just how much a visit to the area can offer.

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Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

Nature's Superstructures

‘It’s falling’ someone shouted, as I turned to see a sizeable chunk of the front of the glacier breaking and crumbling into the lake below. Quite a sight to watch as huge lumps of ice fell creating large waves across the lake below. Oh to be quicker with one’s camera but I was not disappointed, it was great to have witnessed this, a memory that won’t be forgotten.

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Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest
Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest

Yasuni National Park

Ecuador is perhaps not the first country that comes to mind when thinking about a visit to the Amazon, but on a recent trip I discovered a region that is quite possibly the most pristine biologically diverse on earth. The Yasuni National Park is situated in the middle-eastern part of the Ecuadorian Amazon between the Napo and Curaray rivers. Over 2,450,000 acres, over 173 mammal species, 567 bird species, 83 reptile species, 97 amphibian species and 249 fish species can be found.

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My Most Memorable Experiences

Night Walking in the Amazon

Walking along narrow trails of the might Amazon Rainforest gave me the sense of truly in one of Earth’s most remote spots. Using torch light, the night safari brought millipedes, frogs, tarantulas, ants, stick insects and many other inhabitants to my attention.

Crampon Walking the Perito Moreno Glacier

The western base of the Perito Moreno Glacier is where I equipped myself with crampons ready to walk across a tiny section of this vast glacier. From here it looked like a smooth wall of ice, with the edges meeting the water with a completely vertical face, but on top of the glacier you can see jagged peaks and bottomless crevices with an astonishing shade of deep sapphire blue.

Peruvian Markets

One of the biggest draws to Peru and to the Sacred Valley in particular is the wonderful display of handcrafted clothing, jewellery and ceramics on offer at several of the village markets. In Pisac, I found the cobbled streets are lined with artisan creations that are often extremely colourful and superbly made.

Salt Terraces in Peru

One extraordinary place I discovered in Peru was the small village of Maras. High in the Andes where natural sources of salt seem impossible, the area was cultivated by the Incas to form salt ponds from a natural spring.

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As always, Paul married his knowledge with our preferences which resulted in a superb trip.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

Not only is Steppes an excellent organisation, but the friendliness, great advice and superb attention to detail provided by Paul meant that we had a seamless booking experience and a wonderful trip to Canada.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

Paul excelled himself in putting together our unusual itinerary to the Amazon Rainforest. He was conscientious, listened to what we liked and made excellent suggestions.

Destination: Amazon
Travel Expert: Paul

We had a truly amazing trip and everything was so very well planned by Paul - this trip will be hard to beat.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

As usual all aspects of this trip went like clockwork, even thought we were in South America where timings can be different to other parts of the world! This we put down to the work done by Paul and his knowledge of the country.

Destination: Ecuador
Travel Expert: Paul

Meet the Americas & Polar Experts

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.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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