As we arrive in 2012, we welcome Dave Orrock to the Pura Aventura team. He joins us a travel consultant so is here to help you plan your holidays to both Spain and Latin America.
Dave?s passion for Latin America began at an early age, with a 5 week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos when still a teenager.
This spawned a love of wildlife, big landscapes and South America in general. Subsequent trips to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina over the next few years found him trekking, rafting, biking and looking after some rather stroppy capuchin monkeys.
There was also time spent trying to ?save the cloudforest,? although Dave always found it a bit strange how much this incorporated chopping bits of it down.
He embarked upon a degree in Hispanic Studies, largely due to the fact that it was a four year course with the third year spent abroad. Spurning the more obvious charms of Spain, he divided the time between Santiago in Chile and Cusco in Peru, soaking up the atmosphere and trying to do some research on the Incas. After his third trip to Machu Picchu, he concluded that they were pretty cool.
Happily Spain?s charms did catch up with Dave eventually, and he spent 6 months as a tour leader in Andalucia, taking groups around cultural treasures such as the Alhambra and walking in the mountains. Along the way he developed a serious love affair with jamon.
For the last 5 years Dave has worked in sales and product for a well-respected tour operator, giving him the opportunity to discover even more Latin American countries along the way.
He’ll be writing more about his travels here in the near future but for now, he’s here on the end of the phone 01273 676 712 to answer your questions and help you arrange that perfect holiday to Latin America, or Spain.
In the meantime, here’s his top tip for Latin America, drum roll please….
“My single favourite journey in South America has to be crossing the altiplano from San Pedro in the Atacama Desert of Chile to the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. I?ve yet to discover anywhere with more dramatic, spectacular and plain surreal scenery.”