I have always had a desire to travel and so as soon as university was over with, I was off to explore the world. Inspired by all things Latin, I left for South America, where I was lucky enough to spend 7 months exploring its vibrant cities, epic landscapes and heart-felt people. From then on, I was hooked and continued my travels to Asia and Australia.
On returning home and unable to sit still, a career working in the travel industry was the perfect antidote. With four years gone by specializing in Latin America, I have been lucky enough to return to many of my favorite places, which include Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, the Galapagos and more recently Mexico. I love sharing my experiences and passion with others and love hearing about others travel stories. No matter how many times I visit Latin America, the list of places to visit continues to get longer and longer as there is such a wealth of things to see and do here. It is an incredible continent and made for travel.
What my guests have said
"I had an excellent time, great trip and everything was very properly and professionally organized; I really enjoyed myself, shame I have to get back to reality!"
"On a vacation such as this (Peru), we moved around every few days, and it was wonderful to have all the transfers arranged for us. It took away any stress. The hotels you suggested were all superb, and the guides very knowledgeable and pleasant."
"We made a number of changes to our itinerary, even at late stages. Scarlett Richard dealt with it all efficiently and without complaint."
"The booking process was really personal and enjoyable. I really enjoyed the interaction and how individual the service was."
"We absolutely loved Brazil and had the most amazing vacation."
“We had a great time in Ecuador and the Galapagos. The guys on the ground were exceptional, very efficient and always on time. Top notch!”
“My family had a perfect stay in the Amazon over Christmas and we had an amazing time.”
"We loved our trip to Peru and had a great time. All of the hotels suggested were incredibly charming and personal. We loved Machu Picchu and we felt well looked after”
"We returned home last night from a fabulous trip. It was fascinating, educational, fun, thrilling, exotic and warm. All the ingredients for a great vacation which went along very smoothly. Thank you very much for all your efforts in putting it together for us."
"Our Vacation to Peru was just perfect! Every hotel, tour was perfect. Every single thing we did was a highlight and I would never heistate to use Scott Dunn on my future trips. Thank you!"
"Scarlett Richard is a star. She couldn't have been more helpful, and guided me in the right direction when making my plans. I'd have to say that she basically made my trip an absolute delight. This was the first time I used an agent, and to be honest, I couldn't have picked a better person to do it with."
"Everything was just fabulous and we could not fault anything. The hotels were all lovely, the guides were fantastic and everything well organized. We would definitely return back to Peru and South America"
"Scarlett is the reason we selected Scott Dunn over other companies. She brought the vacation to life and helped
us make all the right decisions"
Favourite places I've been
Take lots of photos! They are the ultimate souvenir. They don't cost anything, they are easy to share with others and will always make you smile.
When visiting a new destination, always try to do something different and get out of your comfort zone. Whether it be a new activity or sampling local cuisine, it will be these adventures that you will remember the most.
In many destinations in South America the weather can change dramatically throughout the day and so the key to packing is layers.
My hot picks
A complete paradise, The attention to detail and level of service is faultless. The rooms are beautiful and the property is set within its own reserve, where there are many walking trails, secluded waterfalls and natural pools to enjoy.
This is my favorite place in the world. Surrounded by two national parks, volcanoes, rivers, lakes and forest, Vira Vira offers an enormous range of activities. The food is impeccable, the staff are all lovely and the lodge interior is phenomenal.
This lodge is set in a beautiful and peaceful setting with the most amazing views of Mombacho Volcano. The service is outstanding and the food is very good. I loved the rooms and how the hotel aims to be 100% sustainable.
Playa Cativo offers the ultimate jungle experience. Set in the pristine and untouched rainforest it offers great wildlife viewing and an array of exciting activities.