Our travel agency organized our 18 day trip in November 2015 to Chile and Argentina. My wife and I traveled usually with a driver and a guide often in a private vehicle. We crossed the border 4 times starting in Santiago and ending in Torres del Paine. We had an outstanding time!
Accommodations were clean, comfortable and excellent overall. These boutique small hotels served delicious, mostly local fare with a gourmet flair. Hotel staff helped us with travel logistics, printing boarding passes for flights, organizing hikes and side trips and were extremely friendly and fluent in English. (My Spanish is spotty.)
The local guides were also outstanding...friendly, fluent and fun!
We had timely transfers and flights and always felt the local company had our backs.
It was a pleasure planning the trip with this travel agency and would highly recommend them and plan to use them again when traveling in the south.
Every place we visited had its highlights:
Santiago-view from San Cristobal hill
Mendoza-hiking in a nearby valley and seeing the vineyards
Puerta Varas-volcanoes, lakes and national park
Bariloche-lake crossing, views of lakes, mountains and glaciers
El Calafate-glacier walk using crampons, view of glacier
Torres del Paine-hike to the towers, views of mountains, lakes, glaciers, guanaco and condors
Loved the trip as it was!
Bottled water was not always free and available without asking
At the Torres del Paine hotel the day trip descriptions could have been more detailed. I should have asked but we were not aware the Full Day tour included a half hour hike to the boat to tour the glacier for two hours then a half hour hike to return. It was rainy and blustery that day and we decided to pass on that part of the trip as did most of the others on the tour.
Also at the same hotel we had asked a female behind the desk to help us print boarding passes and she would not, but a young gentleman who worked at the hotel and was off duty did print the passes.
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