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Marilyn McManus review 6 Jun 2007
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Visiting the salt flats - they were beautiful, and totally original. A real experience!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Insist that your tour leader comes with you on the 3 day tour of the Uyuni 4x4 tour - the drivers are completely irresponsible (drinking beer at breakfast, driving dangerously, driving the vehicles when they are not roadworthy), and rude (not listening to the group's concerns regarding the above, and threatening to leave people stranded in the middle of the tour), that it is imperative that the tour leader is there to take control.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
It provides jobs for the locals, and no obvious negative impact on the environment
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Bolivia is a beautiful country. Our tour leader was excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful. The locations we visited were great. The big disappointment was the drivers looking after us on the salt flats trip (and the food on the salt flats was not great either - we did the Inca Trail in Peru a few weeks earlier, and the service from our porters and the food was excellent, so it can be done!)
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for your comments. It is pleasing to learn you had an enjoyable time overall, however, obviously the commentary in relation to the drivers in the Salt Flats is of concern. Please rest assured we are reviewing this with our contracted parties in this area and shall take corrective any actions necessary.