Chile trip, Paul Broussard (from USA) - December 10, 2012
We just got back home yesterday afternoon. The trip was wonderful! We did so much in the 3 weeks we were in South America. The wedding was a real experience. I can call it an extravaganza! Everything went very well. We were very pleased with all your efforts for our trip. The Hertz rentals went just as planned, the hotels were excellent, and our guide in Santiago was terrific. We got to be good friends with him and he might come over to visit the USA and stop by to see us.
Thank you and LatinDiscover!
Chile trip, Sebastian Pusch (from Germany) - November 27, 2012
how are you ?
All the pick up services were perfect, all were on time, so I cant complain about that.
The accommodation Cuernos is good and I liked the hotel Torres del Paine a lot....you can easily recommend the hotel to anyone.
After Torres del Paine I did the cruise! You were right ...it was awesome well worth each dollar! The best of my trip, I just loved each single day on the boat and staff were so nice.....incredible.
Tierra del Fuego was nice, but I think I stayed there one day too much......the hotel was really good!
Then I went to El Chalten...the hotel is nice. Fitz Roy was wonderful...I was lucky with the weather ..sunshine!
Calafate was really cool...I liked the Perito Moreno Glacier...really impressive and the mini trekking was cool. The hotel is perfect...I loved it a lot. But maybe it is for some people important to know that it takes about 10 up to 15 minutes by taxi to reach the city centre...I mean for example if you want to go out....for me this was not a problem.
The hotel in Buenos Aires was awesome....highly recommended!
Thanks again for your great job!
All the best
Chile trip, Carla Christopher (from South Africa) - March 14, 2012
Mr Alexander had a great time. He loved all the hotels, he didn`t like Santiago very much (the city that is). But all in all, everyone was very friendly, very lovable and gave him lots of hugs especially the young policeman in Valparaiso.
Once again, a job well done. Thanks for all your assistance, all tour operators, hotels and service was very good. Mr. Alexander will return to Chile but combine it with Argentina Alps and make it a much slower itinerary.
Sure Gold Travel
Chile trip, Jeff Fouts (from USA) - February 22, 2012
We just returned from our 5 week trip to South America. Our Atacama experience was interesting. Let me say up front that logistics of the trip went very smoothly, the guides were good, the people were friendly and the hotel was quite acceptable given the remote location of the town. I would not hesitate recommending that hotel. In fact, it was probably the nicest hotel we saw in all of San Pedro de Atacama. Dining is a little limited, but we were comfortable there.
When we booked this part of our trip we really didn`t know quite what to expect and it ended up being a unique experience. Not easy or relaxing, but unique. We are 62 years old and in decent shape, but the the altitude bothered us some made the entire four days a tiring experience.
Some of the excursions go over some incredibly primitive roads, rough bouncing, and dusty. Two plus hours each way to go 30 miles.
We did not meet any other Americans during the 4 days. Mostly people were from other South American countries, Germany, France, & Britain. I''''''''m sure there must have been other Americans in the town, but not many. Also, we did not see any people any older than us. Most were younger by 10 years or so, and a lot of younger backpacker types staying in hostels.
The sights are interesting and somewhat dramatic, but maybe we expected a little more. We live in Arizona and have traveled in the West here, seen and explored many deserts in the Mid-east and Australia, so other than the fact that you are in Chile and at a high altitude, the sights didn`t seem all that spectacular or unique to us. Others, perhaps, might be very impressed with the sights there.
So, it was a unique international experience that we don`t regret at all, but not the highlight of our South American experience.
I was pleased with the LatinDiscover experience and would not hesitate to use your services again or to recommend it to others.
Chile trip, Scott Kalb (from USA) - February 3, 2012
Everything was perfect and in fact, the hotels we stayed at were nicer than I thought they`d be! :) The rental car did the job and the paperwork speed us through customs both going into Argentina and returning back to Chile.
There are a couple things that might help the trip for future reference, although they didn`t affect the outcome of our trip at all. These are based totally on personal experiences and might not apply to all travelers, but knowing some of these might have helped a bit.
1 - Hotel Las Torres - From the entrance to the park to the hotel is quite a ways and it`s all dirt roads. Make sure to leave time to explore the park on the way.
2 - At Hotel Las Torres you can book excursions on horseback, by van or on foot to see glaciers and all the wonders of the park.
3 - Customs on both sides - The customs agents were more willing to help people in cars than those in tour groups on buses. Go inside and ask around and they may either shuffle you to the front of the line or better yet, take you in back and process your car and passports personally. :)
4 - Hotel Temauken in Puerto Natales is not where Google Maps says it is. It`s further up the hill.
5 - Filling the tank with gas - "llenar" means to fill the tank. There are several places to fill the tank right on the outskirts of Punta Arenas.
6 - I would make the recommendation to stay two nights in Torres del Paine National Park.
7 - Not too far from Punta Arenas there is the Seno Otway penguin colony that is worth the short side trip.
Thank you so much! That was an awesome trip and my dad and I had a wonderful time! It truly was a week of seeing some of the most beautiful sights that Patagonia has to offer.
I`ll send some pictures when I filter through them. :)
Chile trip, Brian L (from USA) - January 16, 2012
Overall the trip was wonderful, we enjoyed it immensely and would recommend a similar trip to our friends and family. We loved the hotel that I had chosen in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina: La Casa de Eugenia – a very friendly and homey hosteria in a historic house with great hosts. I would recommend this to other guests who like a more intimate hotel (the Landhaus San Sebastian in Pucon that you had recommended was also a very lovely more intimate place to stay). That being said, we did like very much the hotel in Puerto Varas, so we are not opposed to nice larger hotels too. As I am sure you already know, Puyuhuapi Lodge was just magical, especially over Christmas where they prepared such a nice dining room experience both on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Hacienda Los Lagos is very special!! Beautiful area of Chile, beautiful accommodations with very lovely and accommodating staff. The excursions there (including the horseback riding) was spectacular. However, like Puyuhuapi, the distance from Balmaceda airport to the hotel is far – about 4hours of driving (over 5 with stops for photos or lunch). We LOVED Hacienda though in all other ways!!!
Best regards, Brian
Chile trip, William Hill (from USA) - December 26, 2011
The Self-Drive tour that you arranged for us, we could not be more satisfied with the arrangements. The larger car and the hotel accomodations really made the trip one of the best we have taken. On the drive to Lago Grey, we experienced a major flat tire which left us with only the ones on the wheels and we thought that we would have to drive all the way back to Puerto Natales for a replacement but the staff at Lago Grey were incredibly helpful in finding a new tire in their garage which they provided for us, thus making the rest our our trip a safe and totally enjoyable experience. We found El Calafate quite a surprise and full of life and good food.
William Hill/King Lam
Chile trip, Lindsay Wise (from UK) - December 15, 2011
We have just returned home after a great holiday which included our trip to the Lakes and Mountains in Chile, we had a great time and the guides were very good. They spoke good English and gave us a wealth of intresting information about the places we visited. The trips were well planned and good.
Chile trip, Gregory Ivanov (from USA) - October 5, 2011
Our journey is complete. Everything was great, we had no big problems. We were happy to see a new country and cities. Thank you for your service and support, we will recommend you to our friends. If we have the opportunity, we want to travel again to Latin America. Greg Ivanov
Chile trip, Liem S (from Singapore) - May 24, 2011
We had a great time at Torres del Paine. The Explora staff at the hotel were very professional and I throughly enjoyed our visit there. The hotel is very comfortable and the food superb. The weather also held up well.
Chile trip, Nitin Gaur (from USA) - May 16, 2011
Just wanted to drop a note to THANK YOU for all your hard work and making my trip to Atacama a memorable one. ; )
I had a great time and you delivered everything you promised. Thank you once again for accomodating my requests and changes. I appreciate all you did for me.
Now I am client for life for Latin America trips, as I have had 2 wonderful experiences with your team.
Chile trip, Catherine Jomard (from France) - March 14, 2011
The trip was really great : very good choice of hotels (good location, comfortable, kind service) and good planning of the different stages.
Chile trip, Wojciech Kisielnicki (from Poland) - February 28, 2011
Everything went smoothly. We found Don Thomas Hotel as very convenient and San Pedro is a charming place to stay. All trips went as per the agreed program and we enjoyed it very much.
Let me once again thank you very much for your support.
Chile trip, Marie-Jo G (from France) - February 28, 2011
Chile trip, Amy Skalmusky (from USA) - November 5, 2010
The trip went well and the places we visited were unforgettable!
Excellent hotels. Wonderful rooms and fantastic locations. I was very pleased with every place that we stayed. The car was a good choice. Very comfortable and not too bad on gas mileage. All the paperwork was in order and we had no problems at the border.