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Tim Antill review 27 Aug 2008
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Iguassu Falls the Uyuni salt flats and the Inca Trail.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Donít go with this operator and donít worry about the language barrier.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
In parts but I think it could have been better in particular on the Brazilian leg (I did the southern cross with this operator) where I donít think there was any effort to interact with the locals.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Overall it was an amazing experience I think the trip needs a few tweaks and if Iím honest Iím not completely impressed by the operator but having said that Iíve done some incredible things and met some great people.
Read the operator's response here:
This is a long tour (45 days) and there is so much included on this tour. The Brazil leg of this tour starts in Rio de Janeiro in which you are fully immersed in the city. Then it travels to Paraty and Ilha Grande, these are smaller towns. These communities are welcoming and embrace tourism. So it would be difficult not to interact with locals in either place. The tour then travels to Iguassu Falls, which is a tourist destination. In Bonito, there is a local Bonito guide who would proudly show their town. The Pantal, the next stop on the tour, is remote, and imagine some form of local interaction almost impossible to avoid. Interaction is a two-way street, and requires travellers to make an effort to interact with locals, as it takes us to deliver them to local places.