John Faithfull

It was on a 1991 jaunt through Ecuador that I first fell for the allure of Latin America, bumping from A to B on chicken buses and high-Andean railways (more often than not on the roof). Over the past couple of decades I’ve broadened my experience throughout Central America, discovering more comfortable modes of transportation and enjoying stays at some of the region’s luxury small boutique hotels and lodges while still running up volcanoes, clambering through caves strewn with Mayan relics and snorkelling whenever the opportunity arises. Neighbouring Caribbean also holds huge appeal for me and if you can detach yourself from its beaches, there’s an exciting world of historic, scenic, cultural, culinary and environmental interests to be explored. Not to mention a great selection of rums.

The place I would most like to return to?

Belize.

Your one luxury when you travel

A credit card and willingness to use it if that unforeseen budget busting activity or extra special place to dine crops up during a trip.

Your best travel advice

Research, prepare and seek advice before travelling. Pick the brains of your tour operator and ensure that you don’t miss out.