7 independent reviews for South America tour, coast to coast

Reviews for South America tour, coast to coast

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review 8 Nov 2022

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

Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls, although everything was memorable - even the long coach journeys (very comfy and amazing scenery).

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Other than ones already given by the tour operator (sun lotion and insect repellent), try an all you can eat meat buffet in Brazil, and a medium rare steak in Argentina.

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

To a small extent. Good use of local guides. The attempt to avoid buying plastic water bottles - would have been easier if there were more places to get filtered water refills. I was fine as I already had a filter so just refilled from each hotel.

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

10 out of 10 - an amazing holiday.

review 14 Nov 2018

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

Visiting the Iguazi Falls absolutely stunning from both the Brazilian and Argentina sides. The ferry crossing on Lake Titicaca and of course Machu Picchu.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Most of the restaurants and shops accepted dollars so have them as a back up. Visa cards were a problem in some of the restaurants as the machines couldn't connect to the wifi, no problems with Mastercard at all on this trip.

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

Yes. According to our guide the upkeep of the archaeological sites was due to tourists income which also provided work for the local community. 80% of families in Cusco are involved in tourism.

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

Excellent. it was a very well planned trip that included all the main tourist attractions. As a taster for 4 countries in 19 days very good.

review 5 Jul 2018

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

There were many, each day seem to surpass the previous - I loved walking along the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, and visiting the Sugar loaf and Corcovado Mountains, the Iguassu falls were incredible, floating above the crowded chaotic streets of La Paz in the cable cars,was almost surreal, I really enjoyed the magnificent Lake Titicaca and the walk on Sun Island, I was amazed at the Uros reed islands, but the best for me was climbing the last steps of the Inca Trail, passing through the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time bellow me bathed in the afternoon sunshine, that was truly memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

An old traveller's tip: take half the clothing and twice the money The weather wasn't as cold as I had anticipated and tipping and drinks cost more than I had budgeted for.

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

Yes it definitely benefited the locals, hard to say whether it reduced environment impact or not or supported conservation

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

This was a well planned and well conducted trip, the hotels were were all good or very good and all in close proximity to the local attractions, bars and restaurants; our guide was excellent, as were the local guides. It was fast paced and at times tiring but oh so well worth it. I have travelled quite extensively over the years, as a couple, in small and in larger groups and I would rate this trip as one of the best ever.

review 9 Jan 2018

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

Difficult to say. We saw some amazing places and scenery. We enjoyed the idiosyncrasies of South America -just everything really.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go for it!

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

Our spending must have helped local people - not sure about the rest.

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

Excellent even with the disappointment of not getting to Buenos Aries.

review 18 Feb 2016

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

La Paz was very exotic and unexpected but its hard to compare the wonder of Iguazu Falls with Machu Picchu or Rio.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You need to be interested in a whistle stop - taster - of many different hotels/cities/landscapes - dont have time to just chill out really.

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

Not especially but a little bit.

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


review 2 Sep 2015

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

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

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Just do it and the Andean Explorer

3. Did you feel that your holiday 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 holiday 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 holiday?

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 travelling through other countries, the beautiful landscapes just amaze you.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

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 holiday 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 holiday overall?

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

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