Ali Andino

San Diego Office

Latin America has always held a special place in my heart. My relatives are from Central America and even though I grew up in the US, I was always surrounded by Latin culture. My first experience to South America was when we moved to Venezuela in 2001. Here is where I really learned Spanish and met people from all over the world!

I didn’t know it then but I had been bit by the travel bug. As soon as I was old enough to travel on my own, I did. I’ve had so many unforgettable travel experiences, and I knew that I eventually wanted to get back to South America to see even more of the continent and pursue a career in travel. Some of my favorite countries that I have been to include Guatemala, Belize, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Ecuador. 

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Travel nuggets

  • Mosquitos love the color black (I learned this the hard way)! Avoid wearing black pants and shirts while in the Amazon. Try to wear light colored clothing that can be layered.

  • When you’re going to visit the Christ Redeemer, I recommend getting there as soon as it opens to take the train up. You’ll be able to escape the crowds and snap a great picture without anyone else in the way.

  • The Pantanal in Brazil can be visited year round, but the best time of year to go for Jaguar spotting is July-October when the water levels are lowest.

  • If you’re heading out on Lake Titicaca, bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen! The sun is very strong at that altitude and the sun reflects off the lake increasing your chance of a sun burn.

  • If you’re traveling by yourself, leave your device at the hotel and post up in a local café with a book. It’s a great place to people watch and to enjoy the world go by.

My hot picks

Hotel Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley, Peru

The views here are insane! Sol y Luna has one of the best views of the Andes anywhere. They surround the hotel from every angle. It’s indescribably beautiful.

Patagonia Camp, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

This camp is so comfortbale and unique. It looks directly onto the lake and is close to the entrance of the National Park.

Pousada Literaria, Paraty, Southern Coast, Brazil

Though the exterior of this hotel appears to be just a simple colonial building, inside is full of amazing surprises. The rooms are gorgeously decorated with a modern twist on Brazilian style and it even has its own kitschy little library!

The Vines Resort & Spa, Mendoza, Argentina

With cozy and luxurious rooms, this is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some wine and spectacular views.

Uxua Casa Hotel, Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil

This hotel is incredible! It was designed by (fashion label) Diesel’s former creative director, and stylish touches are everywhere, from its airy, clean aesthetic, to the organic use of reclaimed wood. When in Brazil, you have to stay here.

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