Horse trail to Inca throne, Toro canyon, Salta, Argentina
Basically you saved the holiday. After the two day delay due to snow in London followed by the pilots strike in Paris you managed to move the whole trip internal flights,accommodation etc by two days which was great. The hotel in San Telmo was ideally situated and had a good level of service.The trips to Ibera and Iguazu worked out very well and the transfers were very smooth. The Ibera Lagoon is a really lovely spot for bird and animal spotting. Humming birds literally right next to you, Capybaras and Caymen to name but a few. The lodge was very comfortable, nice pool and good food. The guides were excellent and the trips were varied. The Iguazu falls are well worth the trip. The helicopter ride on the Brazilian side is not cheap but if you can afford it then it's a must do. The bike ride and canoeing were great fun and the speed boat ride under the falls is also a must do, just be prepared to get very wet. The hotel was functional as unfortunately we couldn't get the B&B we wanted which looked like it had more character. As you know the local agents at Iguazu didn't cover themselves in glory but once they sorted themselves out all ran smoothly. We've now used your services three times and as you know hope to use them again. It was lovely to see you. Hope we didn't bore you too much with the photos. Maybe next time in Columbia? Very best regards. Reviewed by Spencer Simmons
We arrived home safely in the early hours of Thursday morning. We had the most wonderful holiday in your country of Argentina. The highlights for us were: Boca v Colon - I'd be a Boca fan if I lived in Buenos Aires - and our Tango meal/show. The waterfalls at Iguazo - the birds at Iguazu - and the excellent bird guide Daniel Samoy. Hotel Territorio at Peurto Madryn was the best hotel and food - the whales, elephant seals sea lions and penguins on Peninsula Valdes. And the glaciers and birds at Calafate. Thank-you for organising such a great holiday for us - and for meeting us when we arrived. I will email you with all my comments / feedback - a few questions - and a few photos next week. Thank-you again for a wonderful holiday.
Reviewed by Bill and Betty
" It was a great adventure trek over the mountains (5000 m at one point!!)-absolutely fantastic- fairly 'hard' travelling, (no real "facilities" i.e washing in streams etc.) camping everynight, roasting hugh chunks of meat over open fires & quaffing argy wines under starry skies, amazing scenery particularly some of the frankly bizarre rock formations. Quite weird travelling just with 2 non english speaking gauchos and no one else... some days literally didn't see anyone & believe me you can see a long way... coming across these incredibly isolated villages in the middle of nowhere gave a glimpse of life in areas I wouldn't normally have got the opportunity to see. Overall a 4 to 5 star experience (on a scale of 5), well organized (Cristina from Latinamerica Journeys was incredibly helpful & friendly), the gauchos were professional and friendly (although I'm glad I spoke some Spanish!). Also the horses were good.
Reviewed by Richard Katesmark
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
We enjoyed it all but mainly the sensation of peace and space in the mountains.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
That it can be below 0° at night.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes and we appreciated it.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The five of us gave 4 to 5 stars (on a scale of 5).
Reviewed by Christine Dautheribes
"We're back in the foggy Orkneys...and we miss the sun and space!! But whatever these hollidays have been great and we do hope to manage for another trip in february. We enjoyed meeting you and appriciated the way you organized everything ! Hasta luego, Christine,JF and boys..."
" Yes the trip was fantastic! I loved every minute - great scenery, great food, Jose and the others we met along the way were very nice. One of the highlights of my holiday! Thanks very much for organising everything so well. Arturo even arrived with beer and empanadas when we finished the horseride. I'm back in Salta now catching up on sleep. I'm happy to come to your house with the balance tomorrow. I will drop my bags and get a taxi there. Could you please let me know the address? Unfortunately, I have already visited Peru so won't need another trip (although I will definitely recommend you to any fellow travellers)."
Thanks again, Ian
Reviewed by Ian Turnbull
" Sergio's care and hospitality through the trip were fantastic, and we cannot recommend him highly enough. The extra lengths to which he went to ensure our comfort, the "guided tours" during rest days and the little touches like adding decorations to our food was also far beyond what we expected from (essentially) a camping trip. Your handling of the booking has also been excellent and we appreciate all that you, Jose and Sergio have done for us in building this trip.... Just seeing the kind of terrain that our horses could cover was one of the most memorable parts of this holiday. The scenery was incredible, as was the attention that we received. We did this trip for 10 days and loved every minute, but a week would probably have been perfect - a shower at the end was one of the best parts. There is no question that this trip benefited local people and minimised environmental impact. The places that we were staying regularly had solar power (mostly to provide electric lights for the evenings). The only "non eco-friendly" part of this trip was getting to the start and end points. Other than this, even orange peel was cleared up, leaving no notable evidence of our travel. This was a 4-5 star holiday (on a scale of 5).
Reviewed by Stuart Whitby