Eli Hardcastle

London Office

Travel has always been in my blood and ever since I was much younger I have enjoyed taking trips to far flung destinations, which actually began with family adventures to Asia. My love for Latin America was sparked by a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos when I was 18, and it has grown from then on!

I have since been lucky to explore the continent in-depth, including trips to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Uruguay. It is a huge continent that never fails to amaze me with the variety of different landscapes, eco-systems, cultures and exciting cities it has to offer. There is something for everyone. Having studied Spanish at University, I have relished how this has allowed me another level of immersion and understanding of local cultures and customs during my travels. I am definitely a Latina at heart. 

Highlights of my Latin travels include visiting Chile’s remote Carretera Austral region in Patagonia, riding with gauchos in Uruguay, canoeing down the Peruvian Amazon, strolling through the colourful streets of colonial Cartagena and watching the sun rise on the other-worldly Bolivian salt flats.   One trip that will stay with me forever is my recent visit to Antarctica. It almost feels like a dream when I look back at the photos. The stark landscapes were unbelievable and I’ll never forget watching a pod of orcas swim alongside our boat as we departed the continent. Not to mention the pungent smell of the penguins!!   Working in travel, I love being able to share my experiences with others and helping to build exciting trips to this epic continent on a daily basis, as well as dreaming about where my next destination will take me…  
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What my guests have said

Still on a high from my best holiday ever. One needs a huge imagination to Imagine anything as good as that!

In the planning process, Eli is always incredibly responsive and keen to ensure that our every need is met and she returns emails and calls as soon as she is able to, which we really appreciate. Above all she is really focussed on shaping an itinerary which suits our preferences and does so with obvious care and attention to detail.

Eli truly is an asset to your organisation and we both just wanted to let you know of how highly we regard her skills and the evident care she takes on our behalf and to tell you that she is a key reason why we had selected you as our travel company of choice again this year.

Travel nuggets

  • Visit Patagonia in the mid to late Chilean autumn, which will allow you to enjoy the beautiful orange and brown colours of the trees as well as places like Torres del Paine when they are much quieter and rates are lower!

  • Hiring a car in North West Argentina is a fantastic adventure for those looking for something a bit different and allows you to explore the area and its unbelievable scenery at your own pace.

  • Head to Antarctica in January for a chance to see adorable newly hatched penguin chicks!

My hot picks

Bahia Bustamante, Bahia Bustamante, Southern Patagonia, Argentina

A small local sheep estancia, this place gets you truly off the beaten track and feeling seriously off grid.

&Beyond Vira Vira, Pucón, Chile

Vira Vira offers the perfect mix of luxury accommodation alongside exciting outdoor experiences and the most incredible food I have ever tasted!

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