Andean Trails: South America Tours Specialist

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Kat Dougal

Ecuador, Bolivia, Galapagos, Families, Peru

About Kat Dougal… I caught the travel bug from my older sister and set off on my first backpacking adventure …

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Tom Shearman

Galapagos, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Patagonia, Colombia

About Tom… Venturing out of the Forest of Dean at a young age on a bus to Gloucester set me …

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Alan Lyall

Chile, Patagonia, Argentina, Guyana

About Alan… I was born in Zambia to Scottish expats and first set foot in South America as a 5-year-old, …

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Kathy Jarvis

Trekking, Peru, Climbing, Bolivia, Patagonia, Ecuador

About Kathy… I first set foot in South America in Chile in 1994 and spent the next four years guiding …

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Andean Trails office staff and our partners in South America

Our UK office, and headquarters is based in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. However, all of our staff have lived and travelled extensively in South America over the last 20 years.

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Yurts, Patagonia Camp, Patagonia, Chile

The Best Eco Camps and Lodges in Patagonia

We’ve compiled a quick guide to some of the best eco camps in Patagonia, from eco-friendly domes to lodges and refugios, perfect for your Patagonian holiday. With many places filling …

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Testimonials

Quotation Mark

Our Galapagos Island Hopping Tour exceeded my expectations. I loved it!!!! Haley and I had the most amazing trip anyone could ask for. I was so favorably impressed with every aspect and couldn't have asked for more. The tour guides were wonderful, especially Andrea and Valerio in Puerto Ayora. I would endorse Andean Trails without question and for travelers to stay in close contact with their travel adviser. Tom Shearman was so helpful and gave me many useful bits of advice. I was able to witness how the residents are recycling and doing everything within their means to maintain a healthy environment for future generations. Thank you for making this the most memorable vacation we'll most likely ever have. I treasure these photos.

Tamara Weldon, USA, June 2019

Quotation Mark

Hi Alan - Yes, home safe and sound and a wonderful trip.  Feel greatly relaxed and looking forward to planning another trip sometime in the near future. And now for some feedback......   - What was the highlight of your holiday? Was there a low point?

  • The highlight was definitely the Iguazu Falls and generally the service everywhere was exceptional and staff were overly helpful.  The low but not so low point was the Hotel Loi Suites - great lobby and the rooms were great but the bar was in the pool room and full of kids and the restaurant wasn’t great. Equally, the Time Suites in Santiago were definitely past their prime and in need of a bathroom upgrade.
  - How would you rate accommodation/ food/ guides/ overall organisation?
  • Everything worked extremely smoothly. All pickups happened and all the guides and drivers were knowledgeable, friendly and willing to go out of their way to give us a good time.
  • In Mendoza, the hotel offered us a better rate than the company that organised our transfers
  • And its possible that the other 5* hotel (Frank will give you the name) was nicer than the Hotel Casa de Uco - but this hotel was very nice too.
  • Hotel Terra Atacama was amazing and although expensive was definitely worth the money.  I hadn’t realised that all food, drink and tours were included so that was a lovely surprise.  All staff and tour guides were amazing and the food was delicious.  Would definitely recommend to others.
- Did you feel you benefitted the local communities?
  • Not sure - only in the sense that tourism brings in money.
- What would you like to do differently next time?
  • Enjoyed it all
-   Out of interest why did you choose the places you visited and why Andean Trails to organise your trip?
  • Recommended by a friend.
 

A Strasser, Australia, May 2019

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