Second time using Zicasso to create a vacation. Overall, enjoyed our experience. 3 out of the 4 hotel choices were outstanding, the problem with the fourth was the hotel's water which was not potable and had an odor.
Separate tours: Wine tour - outstanding. Santiago city tour, not. Santiago tour guide was not the best. On two of the tours, we were the only english speaking people and missed out on much of the descriptions etc.
Travel from Argentina to Chile was by public bus - a mistake in many ways including wasted time.
Argentina Experience Buenos Aires, Tango show, winery tour Buenos Aires, everything Mendoza, Colonia Uruguay.
We would pick a different hotel in Ushuaia, pick a few different tours, definitely FLY from Argentina to Chile.
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Many thanks for your positive review Paul. I am delighted that you and your daughter enjoyed your trip.
The issue with the water in the Los Acebos hotel of Ushuaia affects all hotels during that period – see post: Tap Water in Ushuaia
I would like to advice for those coming from August till October (springtime) that water in Ushuaia will come brown from the tap. It is so much water coming down from the mountains because of the snow melting that the water come with a lot of mud. We are so used to it, that we think is perfectly fine! And I understand tourist will find it a bit uncomfortable. I know it is drinkable and even healthier that any tap water from any big city - it is coming right from our mountains.
Regarding the tour guide in Santiago, as I said to you personally, I apologise for his lack of enthusiasm and made it known that I do not wish to his services on any future Santiago tours.
As I explained to you when designing your itinerary, to travel from Mendoza to Santiago there are two options: One is to fly which takes about 1 hour over the Andes. The other option is to take a “private” coach trip which you did that takes 8 to 10 hours depending on the checks at the border crossing. Despite the extra time, many clients prefer this option as you get to travel through the mighty Andes and see it from a closer perspective. I am disappointed that you did not enjoy this option and saw it as a waste of time. However, I am glad you enjoyed the Argentina Experience Buenos Aires, Tango show, winery tour, everything in Mendoza & Colonia, Uruguay. If you ever decide to travel this way again, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you in whatever way I can.
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