6 independent reviews for South America tour, coast to coast

Reviews for South America tour, coast to coast

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review 2 Sep 2015

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

So many parts, Rio, Iguacu falls, Machu Picchu, Amazon

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

Just do it and the Andean Explorer

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

Yes, many locals benefited including guides, drivers and especially the local Infierno community and environment in the Amazon

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

Brilliant, amazing and so informative and well organised by our guide Etienne

review 14 Feb 2014

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

For me it was a life long goal to see Machu Picchu, which no picture or video can replace the memories logged in my head of the sheer size and awe of this place. But also whilst traveling through other countries, the beautiful landscapes just amaze you.

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

Make sure you take some US dollars with you (at a good rate preferably) :) Be prepared for a couple of boring bits but it is a long way.

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

Didnít really get that vibe, some suspect things along the way but I'm sure tourism is paying its way in many of the economies

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

An obvious high for me at the end (matchu Picchu) but overall some exciting cultural countries, with spectacular views along the way.

review 11 Apr 2012

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

Every day was a wonderful experience during our stay in Brazil and Ecuador but I guess the Galapagos will be the most memorable. We felt very privileged to be there and our guide and crew on Anahi (Journey 1) were excellent.

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

Be prepared to live out of a suitcase and enjoy traveling. Not for people who just like to sit on a beach all day. If you like exploring and want to learn about different countries then this vacation gives you more than you can imagine.

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

It certainly made us more aware of the work people are doing in conservation and hopefully benefited local people. There still seems a lot to do in making local people more aware of ways in which they can take more care of their environment particularly on the more populated Galapagos Islands.

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

We have travelled to many countries all over the world and enjoyed finding out about different countries and cultures but this vacation tops the lot not just for the experience but for the help and guidance received from the tour operator. Sophie, their bespoke specialist, was superb in tailoring this package for us. All flights and transfers were first class (even though we flew economy). All hotels were excellent and conveniently located. Would definitely recommend for anyone considering a trip to Latin America.

review 13 Feb 2012

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

There were so many! - Rio, Cusco, Iguacu falls, Machu Picchu, the rainforest, etc. Overall a brilliant cross section of South American sights and culture.

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

None, really! The operator provided quite accurate tour information.

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

I am not quite sure how local people benefited other than by enlightening us in their culture and selling us their wares.

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

Great.

review 12 Dec 2011

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

Rio, Iguzu Falls, Bolivia, Machu Pichhu.

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

Beware high altitude sickness.

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

Did not notice and positive or negative impact.

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

Excellent.

review 5 Feb 2010

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

This is a tough one to answer. We started with the Iguazu Falls and were worried that we had hit the highlight of our trip in the first two days. Not so...many more amazing sights awaited us; the Peruvian jungle, the Uyuni salt flats, walking the Inca trail from the top of the Pisac ruins down to the town of Piza, and the list goes on.

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

Go with a reputable agency. We arrived in Cusco just as the area was being ravaged by rains and flood waters. Although we could not visit Machu Pichu our tour guide and the local operator arranged alternate areas to visit. When we were speaking to some tourists traveling with other companies they reported that they were essentially abandoned, told they might as well go home. Not so with our operator.

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

Yes in as much as a tourist can judge how the benefits trickle down. Certainly local guides, drivers etc were used at each stop.

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

Our vacation met our expectations and we had a wonderful time. Now we'll recoup and plan the next one. We have booked several tours through the responsible travel website and have been pleased each time. Thank you

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