Whereas once, to travel was to experience a different culture and in some respects it still is, today, to find that authentic cultural experience means going that little bit further. Within Latin America is a huge range of cultures, whose ancestors are still there today; Mayan, Aztec, Inca, Aymara, Quechua and Mapuche to name but a few and to get the opportunity to meet them in an authentic and unique environment has become increasingly difficult.
The first step is to use local guides, which we do. Expect to be met on arrival in any destination by a Peruvian, a Brazilian or a Guatemalan. This is one of the best ways to understand a country, its history and its traditions and more often than not they will go out of their way to help you experience their country. Whether it is visiting a local home, taking you through some of the lesser known markets or finding an experience which makes you feel like you are the first, this is what they do.
Beyond the interaction with the locals is also the in-front-of-your-eyes history of a region and this takes the form of small colonial towns and cities with monuments to the past. No-where has the amount of colonial architecture, cathedrals and churches that Latin America has and by simply walking the cobbled streets of certain towns, you have the opportunity of looking through the window of a lost world.
We have always felt that to travel is a privilege and whilst doing so you are a guest in someone else’s culture. Please try and adhere to their way of life and respect their traditions. If taking photographs of people at close quarters please ask first and always do as they do. By doing this you will be welcomed and find yourself more immersed in their culture.
We have tried to give you some suggestions here for cultural interaction however we can arrange specific ideas for you, which can give you a fascinating insight into any given way of life and local traditions.