2 independent reviews for Highlights of Patagonia vacation

Reviews for Highlights of Patagonia vacation

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review 22 Jan 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Pucon- range of activities, accommodation, general situation by lake, mountains and volcano.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for long days traveling in truck (bus). Unless you need a sleeping bag another time on your trip it is best to hire one as it is only required for 3 nights and takes up space in your luggage.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Supported local economy but did not feel there were any other benefits.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very enjoyable. Stunning scenery, variety of activities, truck was fun, driver was great. It is pity that the tour leader was not a Chilean or Argentinian national as the one we had did the bare minimum and had no local knowledge.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments; we are very glad you enjoyed your time in Patagonia. To further explain our responsible travel efforts, we support the local economy by staying at locally run hotels and assisting with the upkeep and protection of national parks with our entrance fees. This tour is also part of our carbon off-set program which, to date, has raised 90,000 for the World Land Trust leading to the purchase of various tracts of land in South America to protect against logging and human settlement. Our tour leaders are also trained on responsible travel procedure when visiting and staying in national parks including removing and disposing of rubbish and ensuring we use existing campsites to avoid damage to flora and fauna. Our tour leaders in South America are a mixture of local and non-locals depending on who we find is best for the job and are generally very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Your comments have been noted and passed on to our South America regional manager, but as this tour leader is no longer employed by Tucan Travel there will be no further action.

review 22 Apr 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the Moreno glacier and hiking in Torres del Paine.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you have appropriate footwear (hiking boots). There is no need to bring a sleeping bag as these can be hired at the time (and they are good sleeping bags).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The only benefit to local people would be the custom of staying in hotels/eating in restaurants. We did make a conscious effort not to leave rubbish and I suppose 30+ people using 1 bus instead of various means of transport is environmentally friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Amazing vacation. Very varied and interesting with a good mix of people of all ages and nationalities. We saw all of the top sights in the area and good trips were organised e.g. horse riding.

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