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Atacama To Paine TDP

Visiting: Chile
Tour Duration 14 Days
  • Valley of the Moon
  • Testing the water!
  • Magdalena Island Penguin colony
  • Lake Nordenskjöld, Torres del Paine
  • Chilean Lake District
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Standard
 

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10 Rosemary Juliano, 11/04/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Having a glass of Chilean, wine and nibbles by the van in the Atacama whilst watching the sunset and the full moon rise over the Andes mountains! Or, hiking up to bathe in hot pools. last, but not least, watching the geysers steam and bubble in the chilly dawn of the Atacama while a picnic breakfast and hot drinks were being prepared by our local guide and driver

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10 Marion Poulton, 11/04/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The highlight of this tour was experiencing the sun set overlooking Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert. As the sun set, the distant volcanoes changed colour from brown to purple and pinkish. Our driver at that moment brought out wine and nibbles. A few minutes later we watched the moon rise from behind the volcanoes in the east...it was magical.

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10 , 15/08/13

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John Price

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Several - a dip in the hot pools at the end of a reasonably sweaty trek in the Atacama, enjoying the one-horse town of San Pedro, the absolute lifelessness & starkness of the desert. The charm of Chiloe island, and seeing a way of life that seems generations old. Great walks in Torres del Paine, with absolutely stunning views at every turn, and the beauty of Grey Glacier. Love the Condors too.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Ricardo was a good organiser and leader, knowledgeable, with a good sense of humour. He deferred to local guides, but was always there to give input, except one time in Valparaiso. Partly our own fault, but we lost guide Hernan on a walkabout. too busy looking at wall art and buildings, did not notice the rest had gone into a church. We wrongly assumed they had continued downhill. A panicky hour ensued, but found us in the end-quite a relief.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Money - US dollars essential, and change at good rates in the airport, some more remote areas have poor rate. Sterling not liked anywhere. Clothing - layers to cope with desert +30 C, to -10 C higher up, and in the South ranged from warm to very cold & windy. Food - sometimes local delicacies are not brilliant, meals are usually large, sharing is cheaper & more healthy. Take some wine from the supermarket into Torres, hotel very expensive.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

An early morning puma hunt with a local park ranger could be possible in Torres(met a group that had seen 9!!), means an extra night in the park? Santiago is a big City and not our favourite, also our friends had a bag stolen, so BEWARE. Personally felt safe, but there are thieves the world over, so take necessary precautions. The group was a reasonable mix and got on reasonably well - group dynamics are always fun though.

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

John Price

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Several - a dip in the hot pools at the end of a reasonably sweaty trek in the Atacama, enjoying the one-horse town of San Pedro, the absolute lifelessness & starkness of the desert. The charm of Chiloe island, and seeing a way of life that seems generations old. Great walks in Torres del Paine, with absolutely stunning views at every turn, and the beauty of Grey Glacier. Love the Condors too.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Ricardo was a good organiser and leader, knowledgeable, with a good sense of humour. He deferred to local guides, but was always there to give input, except one time in Valparaiso. Partly our own fault, but we lost guide Hernan on a walkabout. too busy looking at wall art and buildings, did not notice the rest had gone into a church. We wrongly assumed they had continued downhill. A panicky hour ensued, but found us in the end-quite a relief.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Money - US dollars essential, and change at good rates in the airport, some more remote areas have poor rate. Sterling not liked anywhere. Clothing - layers to cope with desert +30 C, to -10 C higher up, and in the South ranged from warm to very cold & windy. Food - sometimes local delicacies are not brilliant, meals are usually large, sharing is cheaper & more healthy. Take some wine from the supermarket into Torres, hotel very expensive.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

An early morning puma hunt with a local park ranger could be possible in Torres(met a group that had seen 9!!), means an extra night in the park? Santiago is a big City and not our favourite, also our friends had a bag stolen, so BEWARE. Personally felt safe, but there are thieves the world over, so take necessary precautions. The group was a reasonable mix and got on reasonably well - group dynamics are always fun though.

 
10 Peter, 18/03/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The highlight was to see a stunningly beautiful country from the desert in the north, to the vineyards around Santiago,then the lake district before the mountains of Patagonia and finally the straits of Magellan. All the time with a backdrop of snow covered volcanoes forming the Andes range.With historically so many European immigrants and a strong economy, Chile did not feel like a developing country.

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Our Response

An occasional breakdown of a vehicle is always a possibility, especially given some of the terrain our tours cover.  But more than one on a single departure is a matter of concern, and we are urgently following this up with our local agent to ensure that our operating procedures in relation to servicing and maintenance of the vehicles used are being adhered to.

 
10 Raymond John /Jennifer Anne Tuck, 17/01/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Seeing Torres del Paine from all angles including the hotel we stayed in there. We also had an exceptional local guide full of information. Just prior to going there we had viewed the Ottaway Sound penguins which was exceptional - don't know why this side trip had vanished off the itinerary as it was a magical experience. The highlight to us was the incredible variation of the areas we visited. The tour covered this very well.

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6 Mary, 07/01/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The country itself was just beautiful top to bottom. The most memorable places were San Pedro and Torres Del Paine

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Our Response

Our optional tours often do cost more than those which can be purchased locally.  This is because every service provider we use has been audited by us for safety purposes (standards of drivers and vehicles, equipment, health and safety), and must also demonstrate that they carry full liability insurance.  Our customers are of course free to book their own activities with providers who do not meet all these standards, but we are unable to assist them in doing so.

 
 
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