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KARINA BASANTES

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

DESTINATION SPECIALIST

I have enjoyed traveling to different places in the world since I was a child, when my father showed me the Amazon and I had the pleasure of exploring it. I discovered the wonders of the Amazon: its flora, its fauna, its people, and its customs and beliefs. I realized that communication between cultures appeals to me, and I knew that my mission would be to understand and learn about history, art, nature, architecture, fashion, and customs in every country I visited. I've always had a passion for travelling to and discovering new destinations. I am passionate about old cities. To me, their architecture is surreal. Visiting old places takes you back in time and gives you memories that last a lifetime. I have traveled to at least 14 countries. I always try to do things that the locals do, since it gives a better understanding of the culture.

My favourite places

  • Gaztelugatxe, Spain

    UK Europe

    Gaztelugatxe is a short drive from Bilbao. It is an islet connected to the mainland of Spain by a constructed bridge. On top of the island there is a religious retreat like a little church. To get to the top, you need to go down a hill, cross the bridge, and climb up the stairs.

  • Quilotoa, Ecuador

    Central & South America

    Quilotoa is a deep crater lake located about 1.5hrs from the capital city of Ecuador, Quito. To get to the parking lot of Mindo you need to drive there and to get to the crater lake you need to go down the hill. Its water colour is unique, which is caused by the minerals disolving into the water.

  • Venice, Italy

    UK Europe

    Venice has everything. It has romance, history, magic, and gorgeous art and architecture. In Venice, there are many things you can do to feel like a local. You can have pasta at a restaurant, sip Aperol Spritz on a patio over-looking the canals, or navigate the city in a gondola.

  • Israel

    Africa & Middle East

    From the moment you arrive in Tel Aviv, you'll be transported to a totally different world. There is so much to learn from this country, its religion, its people, and its kibbutz. The country is full of beautiful places enriched with history. If you want your skin to feel like a baby's, go for a swim in the Dead Sea.

Did you know?

  • In Spain, cider is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple juice. A bottle costs about 2 EUR.
  • Biarritz is a beautiful beach town in France's Basque country that's located 40 min north of San Sebastian.
  • Peru is the home of Alpaca wool. There are many breeds of Alpaca that are bred for their fibre and colours.
  • Quito is known as the City of the Eternal Spring. Its temperature sits around 20°C throughout the year.