Karen Chapman

London Office

I’d always dreamed of visiting Latin America and seeing the famous sites such as Machu Picchu and Iguassu, after seeing them on the covers of the National Geographic magazines. I finally made it out there in my third year of university when I spent a year in Ecuador, studying, working and travelling around the country and through all of Central America.

I’ve been back to the continent nearly every year since, volunteering as an interpreter, tour leading, backpacking and more recently taking my two young children to see their family in Colombia.

I love the culture, the diversity, the history and the incredible scenery of Latin America and no matter how many times I’ve been there I still want to go back and explore more.

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What my guests have said

"Scott Dunn's service to the client is excellent. Never did a phone call/email go unanswered. Karen Chapman was extremely diligent and knowledgeable of every aspect of the area and/or accommodation we selected. Even while abroad, calls to the office were handled professionally, referring us to another agent whilst ours was out of the office and making changes to travel plans quickly and easily."

"The service we received from initial contact, various phone calls to final receipt of travel documents was faultless."

"Karen Chapman was superb - advice and arrangements fantastic. We had the best holiday of our lives-we could not have been more delighted with the arrangements."

"We had a really great holiday - thank you Karen for arranging it for us"

"Karen was super to deal with. We were very impressed with Scott Dunn!"

"Many thanks to Karen for excellent advice and attention to detail"

"Thanks for all your hard work to make our honeymoon so memorable."

Travel nuggets

  • Colombia is the next up and coming place to visit. The people are so friendly, there is beautiful colonial architecture in Bogota, Cartagena and Villa de Leyva, and the country is still largely undiscovered by tourists.

  • Plan a visit to Guatemala at Easter, it’s one of the main festivals in their calendar. The towns are a riot of colour and alive with celebrations.

  • Try to visit Machu Picchu as the site opens first thing in the morning. It’s a struggle to get up early and an uphill hike if staying in Aguas Calientes but well worth the effort.

My hot picks

Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

The setting is sublime, the accommodation first class and the guiding excellent. Spend the day trekking in the park and return to a jacuzzi, a gourmet dinner and an incredibly comfortable bed.

Lapa Rios Lodge, Southern Osa, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Stunning views over the forest and across the ocean and you’re surrounded by native wildlife. The first time I was there we spotted a puma whilst hiking one of the trails. She stood there and peered at us through a forest clearing whist we took photos.

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