Costa Rica trip, Merle Hodgkinson (from USA) - April 8, 2012
We have used Mauricio at Latin Discover for 2 trips so far . Last year was 3 weeks in Peru and this spring 11/2 weeks in Coast Rica . Both trips were very well organized and arranged .
We seen what we wanted to do and also what Mauricio suggested . It all worked out perfect!!
Thanks again Mauricio
Argentina trip, Norman Countway (from USA) - March 30, 2012
If you visit the end of the world there are a couple of really greats attractions in Ushuaia you don''''''''''''''''t want to miss.
Do walk to the Glacier at the foot of the Mountain. The view is outstanding as you look out over the Beagle Channel. You can take a chair lift part of the way, but you still have to walk an hour to get to the actual glacier.
Take a boat tour of the Channel, you will see lots of marine life including seals, birds, and potentially whales. Although we did not see whales while we were on the tour.
Go to Ramos bar for a beer or deserts, They have a great local Beagle channel micro brew. The atmosphere is excellent with lots of old antiques from years gone by. You may also run into folks returning from trips to Antarctica which makes for great conversation.
While you are downtown you can get your passport stamped at the visitor center with an end of the world stamp. There is another location to do this inside the national park too.
We were there as part of a Latin Discover 15 day adventure so we only had 2 nights and a day there, but you could easily spend a week there if you like outdoor activities. LatinDiscover.com did an excellent job of planing the entire trip and ensuring that you were met by knowledgeable and helpful tour guides and staff. I cant say enough positive things about the LatinDiscover service.
Mauricio took care of all the organization, including hotels, flights, tours, and reservations. I would highly recommend him for any South American tours.
Visited March 2012
Thanks so much!
Argentina trip, Norman Countway (from USA) - March 20, 2012
Thank you again for planning an outstanding and adventurous experience for Melanie and me. It was truly amazing! I will definitely recommend you and Argentina to my friends and to my Trip Adviser readers.
We visited the Glacier as part of a LatinDiscover.com tour. It was one of the highlights of the entire trip. El Calfate is a great little town in the middle of the dessert where it can be unbelievably hot!! Then you drive for about 1.5 hours to the Glacier where the temperature is perfect and trees and mountains surround you. The Glacier is so amazing! We stopped and did a short boat tour for approximately 1 hour and then went to the park center where there are three different hikes you can take to view the Glacier by land.
Some of the area is wheel chair accessible, but other parts can only be done on foot. Be prepared to take lots of pictures. It is truly amazing. I didn''''t find any of the walks overly difficult. Do bring your own water and snacks if possible as there store is quite pricy.
There is so much to do in EL Calafate you could spend a week there too. Most of the things are outdoor oriented such as hiking and rock climbing. The town is growing and I highly recommend seeing it before it turns into a Banff like town in Canada. You can already see the high end stores, restaurants and hotels popping up. I can’t say thanks enough.
Visited March 2012
Chile trip, Carla Christopher (from South Africa) - March 14, 2012
Mr Alexander had a great time. He loved all the hotels, he didn`t like Santiago very much (the city that is). But all in all, everyone was very friendly, very lovable and gave him lots of hugs especially the young policeman in Valparaiso.
Once again, a job well done. Thanks for all your assistance, all tour operators, hotels and service was very good. Mr. Alexander will return to Chile but combine it with Argentina Alps and make it a much slower itinerary.
Sure Gold Travel
Argentina trip, Ron Harms (from USA) - March 2, 2012
Overall we had a very good time, and the services provided through Latin Discover were also very good.
First - airport pickup and delivery service in all locations was very good. We greatly appreciated the assistance in dealing with travel delays experienced by two of our travel mates in their arrival from the United States.
Second - the tours in Buenos Aires were very good, and we enjoyed the people who served as our guides.
Iguazu Falls were marvelous, and I would encourage all of your Argentine travelers to include that destination in their travel plans. After being there and speaking with guides, we would also advise that travelers are well served by only doing the Argentina side of the falls, and not to bother with Brazil unless they have lots of time for making such a trip. The vast majority of the "views" of the falls are on the Argentina side, and the guides indicated that crossing the border to Brazil can be challenging. As you know, we opted NOT to go to Brazil and opted for the forest experience (zip line and rappeling - which was great!) instead - a good move on our part.
Our Mendoza experience was also very good, and we thoroughly enjoyed our guide (Shayelle?) and our cycling escort (Santiago). All of the wineries were fabulous. We were tremendously impressed with our dinner at 1884, and our lunch/wine pairing at Ruca Malen. As to the cycling, everything went well - good equipment, enjoyable routes
The hotels were fabulous, especially Loi Suites in Iguazu. The "boutique" hotels in Chacras and at Postales were great - we enjoyed the more intimate settings and the interaction with the staff at both places.
As you can see from this long email - we had a great time, although a few things could have been better. We would definitely consider another Latin American trip using your services.
We have yet to review our thousands of pictures from the trip - I`ll send some along once we edit out all the bad shots!
Mexico trip, Dorothy Courtney (from Israel) - February 23, 2012
The tour was wonderful and everything was as we expected. Thanks for all your help, we will recommend your services. And send us other Latin America trips, we will definitely use your services again!
Hagit & Dorothy
Peru trip, Donald McLaughlin (from USA) - February 23, 2012
We were very happy with your selection of hotels, especially Sol y Luna, but also the others. The guides were very good, too. And the information on your website and your responsiveness to our inquiries was very good.
We will definitely recommend your website for anybody planning to visit Peru.
Thank you, Don McLaughlin
Peru trip, Akil Lila (from Canada) - February 23, 2012
The entire peru tour was fantastic. We enjoyed the tours thoroughly as well as the hotels. The only change we would have made would be to stay in ollantaytambo rather than away from town. The el Hacienda hotel was very nice but would rather have been in town rather than in remote location.
Thanks again for all the help and will definitely recommend you to friends.
Brazil trip, Agathoklis Papadopoulos (from Cyprus) - February 23, 2012
Every was perfect and well organized! You did a splendid job!
Thanks again for the wonderful trip!
Chile trip, Jeff Fouts (from USA) - February 22, 2012
We just returned from our 5 week trip to South America. Our Atacama experience was interesting. Let me say up front that logistics of the trip went very smoothly, the guides were good, the people were friendly and the hotel was quite acceptable given the remote location of the town. I would not hesitate recommending that hotel. In fact, it was probably the nicest hotel we saw in all of San Pedro de Atacama. Dining is a little limited, but we were comfortable there.
When we booked this part of our trip we really didn`t know quite what to expect and it ended up being a unique experience. Not easy or relaxing, but unique. We are 62 years old and in decent shape, but the the altitude bothered us some made the entire four days a tiring experience.
Some of the excursions go over some incredibly primitive roads, rough bouncing, and dusty. Two plus hours each way to go 30 miles.
We did not meet any other Americans during the 4 days. Mostly people were from other South American countries, Germany, France, & Britain. I''''''''m sure there must have been other Americans in the town, but not many. Also, we did not see any people any older than us. Most were younger by 10 years or so, and a lot of younger backpacker types staying in hostels.
The sights are interesting and somewhat dramatic, but maybe we expected a little more. We live in Arizona and have traveled in the West here, seen and explored many deserts in the Mid-east and Australia, so other than the fact that you are in Chile and at a high altitude, the sights didn`t seem all that spectacular or unique to us. Others, perhaps, might be very impressed with the sights there.
So, it was a unique international experience that we don`t regret at all, but not the highlight of our South American experience.
I was pleased with the LatinDiscover experience and would not hesitate to use your services again or to recommend it to others.
Argentina trip, Richard Butori (from USA) - February 10, 2012
thanks again for your help. we were very happy with our trip to argentina, booked with latin discover. laura put together a great itinerary and was very helpful when we had trouble with a flight. she suggested a flight on lan airline that kept our trip on schedule. I will use there sevices again in the future. sincerly richard butori
Chile trip, Scott Kalb (from USA) - February 3, 2012
Everything was perfect and in fact, the hotels we stayed at were nicer than I thought they`d be! :) The rental car did the job and the paperwork speed us through customs both going into Argentina and returning back to Chile.
There are a couple things that might help the trip for future reference, although they didn`t affect the outcome of our trip at all. These are based totally on personal experiences and might not apply to all travelers, but knowing some of these might have helped a bit.
1 - Hotel Las Torres - From the entrance to the park to the hotel is quite a ways and it`s all dirt roads. Make sure to leave time to explore the park on the way.
2 - At Hotel Las Torres you can book excursions on horseback, by van or on foot to see glaciers and all the wonders of the park.
3 - Customs on both sides - The customs agents were more willing to help people in cars than those in tour groups on buses. Go inside and ask around and they may either shuffle you to the front of the line or better yet, take you in back and process your car and passports personally. :)
4 - Hotel Temauken in Puerto Natales is not where Google Maps says it is. It`s further up the hill.
5 - Filling the tank with gas - "llenar" means to fill the tank. There are several places to fill the tank right on the outskirts of Punta Arenas.
6 - I would make the recommendation to stay two nights in Torres del Paine National Park.
7 - Not too far from Punta Arenas there is the Seno Otway penguin colony that is worth the short side trip.
Thank you so much! That was an awesome trip and my dad and I had a wonderful time! It truly was a week of seeing some of the most beautiful sights that Patagonia has to offer.
I`ll send some pictures when I filter through them. :)
Costa Rica trip, Victoria Luckas (from Spain) - January 17, 2012
Buenos dias Mauricio,
Acabo de hablar con mis clientes, los Sumarroca, y están muy contentos de todo el viaje a Costa Rica. Los hoteles, actividades, la persona que coordinaba es una señora muy buena.
Gracias por todo!
Ferrer & Saret
Travel Advisors Paris 207 - 08008
Chile trip, Brian L (from USA) - January 16, 2012
Overall the trip was wonderful, we enjoyed it immensely and would recommend a similar trip to our friends and family. We loved the hotel that I had chosen in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina: La Casa de Eugenia – a very friendly and homey hosteria in a historic house with great hosts. I would recommend this to other guests who like a more intimate hotel (the Landhaus San Sebastian in Pucon that you had recommended was also a very lovely more intimate place to stay). That being said, we did like very much the hotel in Puerto Varas, so we are not opposed to nice larger hotels too. As I am sure you already know, Puyuhuapi Lodge was just magical, especially over Christmas where they prepared such a nice dining room experience both on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Hacienda Los Lagos is very special!! Beautiful area of Chile, beautiful accommodations with very lovely and accommodating staff. The excursions there (including the horseback riding) was spectacular. However, like Puyuhuapi, the distance from Balmaceda airport to the hotel is far – about 4hours of driving (over 5 with stops for photos or lunch). We LOVED Hacienda though in all other ways!!!
Best regards, Brian
Peru trip, Jocelyn Yan (from USA) - January 2, 2012
Our week-long trip to Peru was quite easily one of the best vacations for my family. We had so much fun and all the arrangements ran smoothly. The guides were very prompt in meeting with us and making sure our trip was comfortable.
Not only that, but the guides were extremely informative. We had a great time hiking up Wayna Picchu, which was the highlight of our trip. The only thing we regret is that we should''''''''ve stayed longer and seen Lake Titicaca and more cities in Peru. We had a minor mishap of our Star Peru Lima to Cusco flight being delayed for 2+ hrs. As a result, we missed the cathedral tour in Cusco. However, our guide for the day tour of Cusco the day after was more than glad to cover that for us.
My brother also forgot his day pack in the van, but it was easily retrieved as the hotel reception called the driver. There should be a culinary tour in Peru as Peruvian food is wonderful. Overall, a great trip! I definitely recommend using Latin Discover. And thanks to Mauricio for responding to my emails quickly and for being accommodating.