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Slow down and enjoy the differences…. you’ll be back home with the familiar soon enough.
Enjoy being away
Here are some of our suggestions on how to get the most out of your trip to South America.
It makes a lot of sense to start enjoying your holiday even before you leave home. We suggest you do some reading and learning about where you are off to, by tapping into the many sources of information that are out there, books, blogs, travel web pages, maps and so on. If you spend some time learning about the places and cultures which you are going to come across – it can only enhance your experience.
If you don’t speak any Spanish why not sign up for a language course before you go. If you make the effort to meet and talk to the local people in their own language it will add to your understanding and enjoyment. If you are off to highland Peru then you could try learning a few words of Quechua – that will impress the locals.
We suggest you are sensitive to the behaviour, beliefs and customs of the local people.
If you want to take photographs of people, always ask first, they may not like it. It is worth remembering that you are just one of many visitors.
Laws of land ownership and access may be different from your home country, so don’t assume you can walk anywhere you like. Always ask.
Also of course we recommend that you respect the laws of the country you are travelling in.
Witches market, La Paz
We always try to support small local businesses and therefore to support the local economy, rather than large chains. If you buy local produce then you will be helping the local economy, drink locally made beer or fruit juice rather than imported brands and buy and eat locally grown food.
There may be some flexibility in prices when buying crafts, especially in local markets. Some haggling will be expected. But we recommend you haggle with humour and not aggressively.
You may encounter some begging. We suggest, rather than giving directly to individuals, donating through a charity, clothes, goods, money will always be welcome, and there are many worthwhile organisations that would welcome any help at all. Many kids do not have access to dentists so please don’t give out sweets.
Most South American countries do have a tipping culture, so bear that in mind. Some people rely on tips.
Do try to minimise your environmental impact.
There is very little recycling in South America, so try to minimise use of plastic, single use batteries etc. Turn off lights, power, air conditioning etc when not in use. Resources are limited.
Follow guidelines at popular sites in order to help preserve local wildlife and habitats. Stick to footpaths and don’t buy products made from plants or animals.
Mountain streams are often drinking water so avoid using soap and washing in the water. Carry all rubbish out with you form the mountains,
Do not pollute or bathe in rivers. Often those streams will be someone’s drinking water source further down river.
Never leave rubbish, pack out what you bring in, leave no trace, and even better leave a campsite in as good or better state than you found it.
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Highlights - everything really but probably Isabela.
The island was so beautiful, lots of areas to explore on your own - the walk to Muro de las Lagrimas, lagoons, beach, watching the pelicans diving for fish around sunset. Los Tuneles was probably our favourite snorkelling trip. Kicker Rock would be a close second, we have some fantastic footage of hammerheads.
All the breakfasts were fresh and enjoyable as were the lunches provided on the trips - especially the ceviche on Los Tuneles tour. Andrea, our main contact was great always on time, very friendly, lots of useful information. Overall organisation was excellent - no problems.
Thanks again Tom - it was worth the wait!!
Neil and Julie Buckley (U.K.), Jan 2020
» Galapagos Island Hopping
To be honest I don't have the words to describe the Galapagos. Breathtaking!!
Thank you so much for the excellent organisation, planning and support. The flights, boat, crew, guides, food and itinerary were excellent and worked really well. The wildlife was simply amazing and the weather perfect.
No low point. Highlight - everything, but in particular seeing a part of our planet that has not been ravaged by humans.
We wished to see as much of the Galapagos as possible and the boat made this possible. We chose Andean Trails because they responded very quickly and efficiently to our original request. Tom has been excellent and we would highly recommend Andean Trails again.
Mark Clixby (U.K.), Jan 2020
» Aida Maria, Galapagos Cruise Boat
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6th March, 2020 5:05 pm
COVID 19 Page updated on 1 April 2020 (by Kathy Jarvis, director) We would like to extend a huge thanks all our UK staff and our numerous partners throughout South America for their help in getting all of our customers home safely in March. Our partners in South America are also helping enormously with offering to reschedule tours and services for all of our customers who can no longer travel on their chosen dates due to Covid 19, so many thanks to them for that at a very difficult time. We would like to extend our thanks also to …
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