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Over 40 years ago our founder followed the footsteps of his hero Charles Darwin to take a dream job as a naturalist guide on sailing yachts in the Galápagos. The experience was to shape his future.

Select Latin America was the founded by David Horwell who lived, travelled and worked in the Galapagos Islands as a naturalist guide when tourism in its infancy. Afterwards he travelled across the vast continent of South America from its mountainous peaks, scotching deserts and steamy jungles all the way to Ushuaia, the most southerly town in the world.

When he arrived back in the UK he discovered that no other company was offering authentic bespoke tours to the region or cruises on smaller vessels so he created Galápagos Adventure Tours offering unique wildlife tours to the mainland and archipelago.

The company took off very quickly offering bespoke and group adventures to Ecuador and the Galapagos with expert naturalist guides. David led and continues to lead many of adventures to the country as well as others in South America. He was commissioned to write a number of articles and books on the Galapagos including the Bradt guide 'Galapagos Wildlife'. He has also be featured on radio and TV programmes and worked as a photographer for the BBC. He can now be found creating trips for clients at the Select Latin America HQ in London but still finds time to explore the four corners of the Latin America.

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The company changed it's name to Select Latin America in keeping with the varied tours and holidays created all around South and Central America. Personal service and attention to detail has always been important to the company and that hasn't changed since 1986. Many clients return time after time to explore the many regions of the continent and through recommendations the company has a loyal client base. Now nearly 30 years after the company was founded it's still run by David and a group of Latin America travel enthusiasts.

From our headquarters in London we now have people on the ground throughout Latin America; we are constantly in touch before, during and after your trip to maintain the highest standards. We belong to the Latin American Travel Association and were a founder member of their scheme to improve health and safety of hotels and transport throughout the region.

Our dedicated travel consultants are passionate about Latin America, well travelled and can advise you on all aspects of your trip. You will benefit from our extensive travel experience, detailed local knowledge, and enthusiasm. We create truly bespoke journeys designed around your needs, wants and budget.

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