I did a very enjoyable mountain holiday in Aconcagua. I am one of the five people who reached the summit in our group (we were 16...... MoreZhengwei Lu» Aconcagua, 360 Traverse; Argentina
I did a very enjoyable mountain holiday in Aconcagua. I am one of the five people who reached the summit in our group (we were 16 people in total). In my opinion, the 360 route is an excellent route for non-technical climbers, the landscape is far more than the normal route. So, the whole ascent can be treated as the highlight, especially from the end of approaching day 2 (when you first see the Mt. Aconcagua) to Camp 3. The summit day was tough, and the temperature was extremely low (below -30 to -40 celsius is very common including wind chill). You have to insist on, otherwise, you may easily give up. In Mendoza, the facility of hotel is very good, and reception staff can speak very good English. The food was good and enough. We had 4 guides, all of them were very good. South America is a magic land, it is my fourth time to visit there, but definitely I will go back again and again.
Unforgettable holiday,another world! So different, lovely people and rich proud culture, beautiful architecture and stunning scenery,...... MoreA Murphy» Cuba's Revolutionary Trail; Cuba
Unforgettable holiday,another world! So different, lovely people and rich proud culture, beautiful architecture and stunning scenery, an amazing history and beautiful weather, who could ask for more!
"The trip was fantastic. The 2 boys and I had a great time. ...... MoreSusan Lloyd, US, May 2014» Uyuni Salt Flats, 4wd.; Bolivia
"The trip was fantastic. The 2 boys and I had a great time. "Your reps did a great job of taking care of us in La Paz. I have to praise Leonardo especially. When we found we had missed the plane, he did some fast phone work and got a great driver, Ronaldo, and we had an adventurous, informative drive to the north of the salt flats. Both men had to give up there Mother's day plans for us."The Takya Hotels and our hotel in Uyuni were beautiful. We were so glad to stay in them."Throughout the trip, the food was fantastic, all the guides and drivers were informative and fun. They all took great care of us."You did a great job of working within our time constraints. The Salt Flats may have been over-scheduled, but this was the highpoint of my younger sons trip (the purpose of the trip actually) but our guide and driver were able to accommodate him after a day or so of driving to lagoons."Thank you again Tom. The boys and I will always remember this trip."
The guide’s extensive local knowledge added to our enjoyment. He went to endless trouble to take care of everything we...... MoreM Woodman» North Argentina, Bolivia Uyuni, Chile Atacama Highlights; Argentina
The guide’s extensive local knowledge added to our enjoyment. He went to endless trouble to take care of everything we needed. But he kept looking for more to do. We got several treks more than were scheduled, and couldhave had another on the final half day in San Pedro but we were quite exhausted by then. Our walks around the Lagunas made one of the best days, but the river wade and the canyonwalks and the hot springs took some beating. Also, the assistant and driver were excellent, as were the Bolivian driver and mountain guide. We have nothing but praise for everyone’s services and attention to detail.
Well, we had an AMAZING time. What a brilliant country. I'd probably say among many highlights, the best surprises were: ...... MoreSteven» Peru Highlights; Peru
Well, we had an AMAZING time. What a brilliant country. I'd probably say among many highlights, the best surprises were: - Peruvian food. We had no expectations whatsoever really - we went to Cuba a few years back, and whilst the country was fantastic the food there was pretty ordinary, and if anything we assumed Peru would be similar. But the range, quality and distinctiveness of what we found in Peru was amazing. The relative cheapness meant we were able to 'splurge' at really nice restaurants a number of times, which was great - but even the food at buffets on tour/coach trips and on the Inca Trail was excellent. We're on the hunt for a good Peruvian cookbook now! - Arequipa and (particularly) Cusco. Beautiful cities - and in the latter case, probably one of our favourite ever anywhere we've been. - The Tambopata Research Center. Thanks so much for organising a longer stay in the jungle with a trip to TRC as well as Refugio Amazonas. Both were great - but the time we spent at TRC, with fewer other tourists and lots more rare wildlife, was really outstanding, not least thanks to our guide Jhin (much more about him below). Both of us - but particularly Clare, I know - loved the working/research nature of the place and the more in-depth contact with the wildlife. - Colca Lodge. Thanks for the heads up, which as far as I could tell went down very well indeed. With regards to our guides/organisation, everything - pretty much without exception - ran like clockwork: we were picked up in every place, never had to wait or were left wondering what to do (even though having travelled independently a lot before we occasionally fretted needlessly). That's about it - if 'it' can cover what an amazing trip we had...I hope that's useful. Needless to say, we're very happy indeed with Andean Trails and we'll be recommending them to our friends and family. By the way, you might be interested to know that the things that initially really sold the trip over other agencies were: - the really detailed level of information you provided at the initial enquiry, esp the info about Tambopata and the Inca Trail. - the fact that the trip was planned to slowly acclimatise to altitude from Arequipa to Colca to Lake Titicaca to the Trail, before ending with Tambopata; this confused us originally because so many other tours (bespoke and non-bespoke) seem to have other routings - e.g. going straight to the Inca Trail after a night or two in Cusco - but your itinerary in retrospect made perfect sense, and ending with the jungle was the icing on the cake. Thanks very much again, and who knows? We might be in touch again regarding another South American trip in the future. We reckon Canada next year though...
I write you to thank you for organising the trip for us. Everything was perfect, we didn't encounter any problems whatsoever. We...... MoreRobert Mihalache» Paine W Classic Trek; Patagonia
I write you to thank you for organising the trip for us. Everything was perfect, we didn't encounter any problems whatsoever. We also appreciate the choice of accommodations, they were pleasant and comfy. We would definitely recommend you and Andean Trails to our friends.
The holiday went really well, we both enjoyed ourselves so much. It is very difficult to chose a highlight as the whole experience...... MorePat Farrant» Sagitta; Ecuador
The holiday went really well, we both enjoyed ourselves so much. It is very difficult to chose a highlight as the whole experience was wonderful. One of the marvellous things was that the wildlife are not scared of humans and didn’t try to hide as soon they saw us. The cabin and food were very good. We had three guides, two of whom were excellent. I wouldn’t do anything differently next time (what next time? – I wish!). I think staying for two weeks was good as we experienced most of the different terrains and wildlife.
A lovely climb outside Arequipa. The guide paced it well, and all who set off from basecamp - seven of us - got to the top. The clouds...... MoreTom Shearman» Chachani; Peru
A lovely climb outside Arequipa. The guide paced it well, and all who set off from basecamp - seven of us - got to the top. The clouds lifted, and we had some great views over the city of Arequipa, the penitentes and the other big volcanoes in the area.
Being vegetarian on this trip was extremely easy and I appreciated everyone accommodating us. The Iwokrama River Lodge staff were...... MoreAllison Thomson» Guyana Nature Experience; Guyana
Being vegetarian on this trip was extremely easy and I appreciated everyone accommodating us. The Iwokrama River Lodge staff were exceptional, and overall I thought the guides everywhere were fantastic.
Firstly, we need to say thank you - the holiday was everything we could have wished for, and more! It was extremely well organised and...... MoreNicola Skudder» The Inca Trail & Galapagos Islands; Ecuador
Firstly, we need to say thank you - the holiday was everything we could have wished for, and more! It was extremely well organised and we were looked after (spoilt even) from the day we arrived in South America. Secondly, WOW! What a fantastic holiday! Thank you Tom for all your help, we were amazed you put everything together on our tight budget and with good hotels, great reps and guides - thank you so much!
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