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Ben Westwood

I've worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years, specialising in travel. I worked on staff for the Daily Telegraph in London and have authored guidebooks for Rough Guides and Moon Handbooks. I lived in South America for over 5 years and have travelled to dozens of countries writing for British newspapers including The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru, South America, UK and Europe.
I particularly specialise in family holidays and single parent families. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I first started travel writing on a backpacking trip to Asia as a student. In 2000 I became a travel journalist and online travel editor at Telegraph Media Group in London. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Travelling to the Galapagos islands where most wildlife has no fear of humans and you can get within meters of wild birds and lizards - that is unforgettable. "

Featured trips & expertise

Family Travel in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands comprise one of the world's most extraordinary travel destinations, and the opportunity to observe the famous archipelago's native creatures is especially magical for children. This guide tells you all you need to know to embark on the family adventure of a lifetime.

The legendary ruins of Machu Picchu.

10 Days in Peru: 5 Suggested Itineraries

With 10 days in Peru, you can explore several regions by taking internal flights or get to know one region in more depth. The highlights of the Cusco and Machu Picchu region can easily be combined with Lake Titicaca or the Amazon jungle. Alternatively, head north to enjoy lesser-known archaeological highlights, spectacular treks and beaches. Another very popular route is to travel south into the desert, then up through the canyons to the high Andean plains. Here are five different itineraries to help you make the most of your trip.

Quito in the foreground with an erupting Cotopaxi volcano in the distance.

How Many Days Should You Spend In Ecuador

Ecuador is a country that packs enormous diversity into a small area so it's ideal to visit for a short trip. You can spend a long weekend exploring Quito and the mountains, stay for a week venturing into the Amazon jungle or cruising the Galapagos, or spend two weeks climbing volcanoes, exploring cloud forest and enjoying adventure sports before relaxing on the Pacific beaches. Whatever your preference, use this guide to help you make the most of your visit.

Colorful Carnival in Puno, Peru

How Many Days Should You Spend in Peru

No matter how much time you have in Peru, whether it's just a few days or a few weeks, this country can offer some unforgettable experiences. With just three or four days and good planning, it's even possible to visit the national highlights of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. With a week or more the experiences just get better, allowing you time for historic cities and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Use this guide to help you make the most of your visit.

Sea lion on the beach in the Galapagos.

Ecuador's Main Highlights: Top Places To Visit

Ecuador is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries: in this small but breathtakingly varied nation, you can visit tropical beaches, volcanoes, cloud forest and jungle all on the same day. Ecuador is also steeped in culture, with colonial Spanish churches, pre-Columbine archaeology, and bustling indigenous markets. The icing on the cake is the incredible Galapagos archipelago which belongs to Ecuador. From the Andes to Amazon, here are our main highlights.

Kids baking a chicken according to a traditional Peruvian recipe

Tips for Traveling with Your Family in Peru

Exploring Inca ruins, watching Amazon wildlife, riding dune buggies, rafting on river rapids, petting alpaca, learning to make chocolate - Peru has so much that will captivate children and adults alike. So if you want to explore this fascinating country with your family, this guide will tell you all you need to know - from the best destinations and activities, to how to prepare for challenging terrain.