My wife and I recently returned from 3+ weeks in Chile and Argentina. We started in the Atacama Desert area of Northern Chile, (staying at an all-inclusive), then on to Torres del Paine (staying at the Atacama's sister hotel), then to Estancia Christina, then to El Calafate (staying at a chateau), then to El Chalten, Mendoza (staying at a Wine Lodge), and Buenos Aires. Our primary objective was to experience the rugged beauty and hiking through Patagonia while enjoying a true first-class travel experience. WE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE THRILLED WITH THE TRIP. IT WAS PERFECT IN ALL RESPECTS. Our trip planner and his travel team delivered the most amazing experience imaginable. If you are thinking of traveling in Patagonia, you MUST stay at the all-inclusive in Atacama and Patagonia. Five-star service, food, rooms, guide services, and more. We hiked over 100 miles in the 12 days of hiking and enjoyed gourmet meals and exquisite rooms/service.
Not only did this travel team do a superior job planning our trip, but they also followed up with us every day or two to ensure we were thrilled with our trip. Every transfer went off without a hitch. The trip planner and his team are totally committed to delivering an incredible experience. I give them the highest recommendation. You will NOT be disappointed!
Finally, a word of praise for Zicasso. We have used them 3 times to assist in matching us with in-country trip planners: Australia/New Zealand, Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos, and Argentina/Chile. We have had consistently superior experiences as a result of their guidance! I recommend using them to plan your next high-end private tour.
The list of incredible experiences is too long to list, but I will give you a few examples:
1) Hiking Torres del Paine - This iconic hike is part of the famous three-hike "W" setoff hikes. They are very challenging but well worth the effort and thrilling to complete.
2) Hiking on Perito Moreno Glacier - having never worn crampons before, this was a unique and awe-inspiring experience.
3) Wine tasting/exploring in Mendoza - We stayed at a Wine Lodge in the heart of the wine region. It is beyond belief in quality, beauty, and service. With only 17 private "lodges", make your reservations early. The travel team arranged for us to visit 3 totally different wineries, each with a different philosophy and approach to winemaking. I have taken these types of tours in California, but these were more informative than what I have experienced before. At the winery in Luján de Cuyo, our planner arranged for us to have a private outdoor meal involving 3 separate grills, 5 courses, each matched with a special wine. It was an incredible highlight.
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