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Lucy Hayward
Product Consultant

Phone:0843 636 8128
My Travel Blogs

I have worked in the travel industry for over 10 years, and joined Steppes after living and working for 5 years in New Zealand. I have travelled to many parts of the world including a variety of countries in South America. My highlights include monkey spotting in the Amazon Rainforest, walking amongst the ruins at Machu Picchu, swimming with sealions in the Galapagos Islands and watching a La Boca soccer game in Buenos Aires.

What has been your favourite travel experience?
Eating and staying with a family in a remote village in Northern Vietnam. Even though we couldn't speak the same language we had a great evening singing Beatles songs, that was all they knew in English!

The best hotel/lodge that you have stayed in?
Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, in the shadow of Cotopaxi volcano, Ecuador.

What has been your most remote travel experience?
Staying in a small teahouse on the Annapurna circuit in the Himalayas, 10 days walk from the nearest road.

Most embarrassing travel experience?
Leaving my passport and travel documents in the safe of a hotel in Cape Town on day 1 of a 7 month trip and having to get the shuttle bus to go back for them.

Your one luxury when you travel?
Jar of marmite.

What’s your best piece of travel advice?
Don't worry about the little things, take a sense of humour, some patience and enjoy the experience.

Where you would like to visit next and why?
Venezuela, in particular Mount Roraima. I love mountains and trekking and would like to experience the totally unique flora and fauna that has evolved there.

Alternative Suggestions

  • Otovalo local ladies, EcuadorEcuador
    A beautiful jagged expanse with unique wildlife opportunities.
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