Tell us about a recent adventure.
I spent an unforgettable week in the Ecuadorian Amazon with the Sapara people. The experience included jungle treks, long swims down the Rio Conambo, healing rituals, fishing with poisonous roots, hunting with blowpipes, meditation, dream interpretation, lessons in botany and traditional ceremonies. The journey will form part of our new transformational travel experiences.
Favourite restaurant in South America?
Good food and drink is a key component of our journeys. Don Julio in Buenos Aires was my second home when living there. I saw it transform from a word-of-mouth neighbourhood dive to one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Latin America. Lo de Pepina, in Cartagena’s Getsemani, is a family-run bolthole of 8 tables and stunning Caribbean food. Lucifer, in Garzón, Uruguay, run by Mallmann protégé Lucia Soria, is a gem. Long lunches at Rio’s buzzing Braseiro da Gávea. Lima and Bogota deserve their own chapters.