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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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Puerto Varas, Chile

Guide to tipping and gratuities in Chile

  When and how much should you tip in Chile?   Tipping can be a confusing subject and many different nationalities have different tipping cultures. This outline should help smooth …

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Testimonials

Quotation Mark

Mary and I returned from our trip to Patagonia yesterday, and although we are very tired, we are extremely pleased with our journey. In a nutshell, you did a terrific job implementing our trip. It was clear that you had done extensive research to find the best resources for our trip. Transfers were handled professionally and smoothly. We had one glitch in El Chalten. There were two buses for El Calafate that day, one large and one small. The driver waited for the large one, but we were in the small one. It was not a long walk to the hotel, and it did not effect our trip at all. Every other transfer was perfect. The hotels were all excellent. They were expecting us, and the employees were universally friendly and helpful. Our guide in El Chalten, was a most wonderful young woman (Sol Giadorou). My wife and I both loved her. As a guide, she was knowledgeable, patient and flexible. As a person, she was one of the most impressive people we have ever met. We felt like a family by the time we left. I had been reluctant to add the extra expense of a guide, but my wife insisted. Wow, was she right about this. Patagonia was endlessly interesting and extremely beautiful. It was also quite challenging at times; we had days with very strong winds, rain, and sleet. We also walked more than we have in a long time. We are 65 now, and definitely past our prime. But this was a trip where the effort was rewarded many times over. Again, thank you so much! Greg and Mary Staples

G Staples, USA, 2019

Quotation Mark

Andean Trails put together an amazing 3 week adventure for us to take in Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Inca trails and history of the Andes, the rainforest and then a trip to discover the wonders of the Galapagos. Everything ran so smoothly with  luxurious accommodation, expert guides and fun activities such as cycling and white water rafting. Indeed, as we left the rainforest with just over a week to go we had already decided that it was our best family holiday ever… And that was when the airline cancelled our flight out of the jungle. Any good travel agent can sort out the holiday you want but its when things go wrong that the best agents excel. Missing the flight out of Porto Maldonado meant we would miss our two connecting flights to get us to the Galapagos. It was unclear if we would get on another flight out there as it was a busy time of year. Alan and the team worked tirelessly to resolve the situation and rerouted us through Quito (with stop off and a visit to the equator) from where they managed to get us on another flight to the Galapagos. They turned a potential disaster into another part of the adventure. There is no way we could have sorted it out ourselves. So we just wanted to say a massive thank you to Alan and the team and we are only too happy to recommend Andean Trails. It was epic!

K Aylmer, UK, 2017

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