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Greg Benchwick

A longtime travel writer, Greg has rumbled in the jungles of Bolivia, trekked across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, interviewed presidents and grammy-award winners, dodged flying salmon in Alaska and climbed mountains (big and small) in between. Greg's guidebook work includes Lonely Planet guides to Mexico, Yucatan, Cancun Encounter, Chile, Alaska, Colorado, Puerto Vallarta & Pacific Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Malaysia, Kaua’I, USA, Southwest USA Trips, Central America on a Shoestring and South America on a Shoestring. He also worked on LP's coffee table books, including Bluelist, USA Book and Great Adventures.

Greg has written guides for Fodor's to Costa Rica, Guatemala, California, Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

He is an expert on international development, food, wine, Latin America, sustainable travel, skiing and adventure sports, and has also contributed as an authoritative expert for such media outlets as Newsweek, The Washington Post, BBC Radio, Rick Steve’s Radio and Let’s Travel Radio.

A former commissioning editor for Lonely Planet, Greg wrote Lonely Planet's first guidelines on sustainable travel writing, and his work has been featured in more than 40 major publications worldwide, including National Geographic Traveler, Conde Naste Traveller and Wild Blue Yonder. When he's not on the road for LP, Greg writes speeches for the United Nations, hangs out with his baby girl, and tries to have a new adventure every day. Follow Greg on Instagram at

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"All of Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, the US West and Africa. Basically the world. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I became a travel writer after working at the Bolivian Times. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. "

Night view of Miraflores
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The ruins of Kuélap are a great destination that receives few visitors
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View of the ancient ruins of Kuélap
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Parque Nacional Cotopaxi in Ecuador
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Howler monkeys in a Costa Rica rainforest.
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