I started talking to Paul at this South American travel agency in the early stages of planning the trip. Paul listened carefully to what we were looking for and came up with an outline itinerary and costing that was the best match for our requirements,
We were planning, what for us would be the trip of a lifetime, to experience South America.
We finalised the itinerary and nailed down the costs fairly quickly and a fully detailed tour of five countries over 30 days was produced. Paul and the team of experts in each location were fantastic. Always on-time, enthusiastic and helpful.
Although there was a leap of faith involved in forwarding the funds we needn't have worried as everything we had agreed was booked and paid for in advance. To maximise value for money Paul had booked us a flight that was going to get us into Rio a little later than we wanted. On discussion it transpired that I could book a more convenient time through a UK travel agent at a better price so that's what we did. That flexibility was greatly appreciated.
The whole tour went extraordinarily well with every item of the tour being fulfilled. Paul even took time out of his evening to pop in and say hello when we were in Cusco.
Everything about the tour was an experience and things were difficult to compare.
The top locations were:
Iguazu Falls walk and boat on both Brazilian and Argentine sides.
Bus trip over the Andes for the sheer scale of the mountains
Machuppichu for its literally breathtaking scenery. Breathless after climbing the steps at that altitude.
The top cities were:
Santiago Chile with a backdrop of the Andes
Montevideo for its lovely riverside beaches
Cusco for its historic centre and market
Rio well it was Rio
Great experiences were:
Cooking class in Cusco was a fantastic introduction to South American food
Wine tasting in both Chile and Argentina
Buenos Aires Tango evening (I really wasn't expecting anything but it was great fun)
I might have considered adding in an overland journey in the Rio to Cusco leg as it effectively took a day and a half to complete by air. We might have been able to see Bolivia.
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