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Hi Holly,

On behalf of my Friends, I would like to sincerely thank you for organizing our Chile tour. The trip was fantastic and we enjoyed the warm welcome of people, the culture and mostly the verities of the country's landscapes. We also would like to thank TravelArt for making our tour comfortable and pleasant and for providing us with tour guides who are knowledgeable, informative and helpful. I would also like to thank Nick for his assistance.

Regards,

Salem

Salem and group

Dear Nick

I wanted to thank you again for an amazing journey.

I am sorry I had not reached out since our return. But I did put in a review on Trust Pilot today.

Really everything worked out to the T

My mind is filled with images of Colome, Salta, Atacama and I wear my ponchos on those cold California nights ( ok there are few of those).

I highly recommend the Turrell museum on the Colome estancia Winery grounds. We even got a private tour from Donald Hess the owner/ world famous art collector who happened to be there the day we went to Seclantas searching for our poncho weavers. Seclantas was a treat for people into Loom Weaving. However that road is a treacherous and dangerous: many narrow portions, on edge of cliffs with trucks driving recklessly around curves. I am glad we decided not to drive from Salta to Cafayate through the Park of the Cardones, it would have taken 10 + hours of dust/rocks and deadly curves lol .

The shorted 5-6 hours from Cafayate to Seclantas was enough for me. but the state park you cross on the way is spectacular --> Quebrada de las Flechas Salta province was well worth the headache and high altitude, beautiful tour to Saline Flats ( bit long in one day but headache was shorter lol) The drive from Salta to Cafayate was spectacular. We stopped so many times that the 3 1/2 hour drive took us 6 hours. But Amazing pictures and gorgeous skies, red rock formations and cacti fill my mind .

Atacama was all that and more. The hotel was perfect; the service and food were all great. Excursions super fun, and glad we trekked all the way to that bright recess of the planet.

Santiago was fine as a city. Luciano K hotel was perfect for the night. The Anthropology museum in Town was a treat. I recommend trying Peumayen Restaurant regional cuisine near Luciano K super tasty.

Valparaiso initially did not appeal, the drive in goes through really depressing run down areas. But once we settled in Hotel Zero with amazing staff/owner we discovered the fun side of the city; Graffiti tour, cerros stairways, art galleries and yes a poncho store with amazing work.

Matetic vineyard was lovely, dinner amazing, sampled their many wines. Incidentally, Tierra Atacama used their wine for house wine, so we were familiar with them by then Weather was foggy and cool but the property looks to be spectacular with sun.

Anyway Thank you Again

Cyril and Brent

Cyril and Brent

Hi Holly, Coby and I are just back from a long ride back to El Calafate from the EcoCamp. I must say that everything about the EcoCamp exceeded our wildest dreams and we had a wonderful time indeed. It helped, of course, that we had perfect weather, minimal wind, sunny skies and no rain. We were lucky indeed, as a few days before that, weather was not so good. The only glitch in the entire trip was some anxiety about our pickup at the hotel for our departure. But it all worked out fine - it seemed the driver might have forgotten, as he was very rushed. Everything was flawless from there on. Well, I suppose one could grumble about the long delay at the border, and fortunately you had advised us that such delays are possible. We now feel very glad that we took your advice to book our last leg of the trip to Bariloche for tomorrow. As it happened, someone switched their bus ticket with another person, so the assigned rider wasn’t on the bus driver’s list. That led to all sorts of confusion and delays, but we made it. All’s well that ends well. It is so good to be off the grid and just soaking up the spectacular environment. Time seems to melt into something amorphous and one just enjoys each moment. The people, without exception, at the EcoCamp are excellent. They treat their visitors wonderfully, take very good care of us and meet our every wish. I would give a special shout out to the guides who really make the various excursions special. I developed a cold yesterday, so had very little energy for our last “soft” trek, but our guide was patient and unbothered by my slow pace. The guides share some of their detailed knowledge and understanding of the environment we’re in as well as their deep affection for Patagonia. It has all been a wonderful experience and on we’ll relive over and over. Thanks again for everything you did to make it perfect! Best, Joyce (and Coby!)

Joyce and Coby

Nick, Holly Thank you for making the arrangements for our wonderful visit to Brazil which we have just completed. The guide, Marcelo, provided in Rio was excellent, advising us on how to make best use of our other two free days as well as providing a good introduction to the city. We then travelled to Christallino lodge which provided first class accommodation and service for our visit to the Amazon. Barra Mansa was the place we enjoyed the most. It was, I guess, the most authentic establishment- a working farm which also catered for tourists. The conditions were challenging at the lodge given the rudimentary air conditioning and the fact that whilst we were there the temperatures were well over 40 in the heat of the day. The accommodation is clean but not luxurious and the owners and staff both helpful and friendly (albeit with limited English - but that did not matter at all). The activities on offer included walks, canoeing, horse riding, motor boat and vehicle safaris. We were with a private guide, Victor do Nacimento, who as we found out had a terrific reputation not only at Barra Mansa but also at Caiman- and with good reason. Please thank who ever selected him because his knowledge, hard work and experience matched anything we have had from a guide anywhere in the world. So onto the Caiman Lodge which provided first class accommodation with good staff and good guides. We did see jaguar (at both Barra Mansa - a rare sight- and Caiman. The trip to the Iguacu Falls went well, the guide showed us the Argentine side, and it provided a perfect end to a great holiday. Certainly the extraordinary high temperatures made this a challenging holiday but the sight, sound and the people of Brazil made it a really enjoyable and worthwhile visit. Thank you for support, organisation and help in making the trip possible. Also thank you for airport lounge in Rio as this made very long trip home more bearable. David and Linda


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David and Linda

A huge thank you to Nick and the whole South American specialist team. They put together an amazing trip for my husband and me. We saw many different parts of Argentina, and every place we stayed was beautiful, comfortable, and accommodating. A special treat was Puerto Valle - a resort beyond compare in the wetlands.

It is a great pleasure to be able to recommend Nick so enthusiastically!

Debby and Lew

Hi Holly

Thanks for getting in touch. We have been back a few days now. The trip was great in every way. All the arrangements worked perfectly and each of the four hotels/lodges we stayed in was excellent. The highlight was probably Rincon del Socorro and the Ibera wetland (great guides, birds, exotic animals, and food etc) but the trip from Salta to Cafayate and back was a very close second (and the driver was great, and accommodation in both Salta and Cafayate equally so).

So all in all we were very happy and you could safely recommend all that we did to others. Iguazu Falls are of course spectactular but we were glad just to have a limited time there as crowds are not our thing – but definitely worth seeing and again the hotel there was perfect for us.

Ideally we would have had a bit longer in Salta but that wasn’t possible on our schedule – if we go again we would head north towards Bolivia which sounds from all accounts to be beautiful.
And then we had a week in Uruguay before coming home.

So thank you so much for all your help and advice.

Best regards,
Paul and Sara

Paul and Sara

Hi Holly,

Yes it was a fantastic trip. We especially enjoyed the Ibera wetlands and the Puna on the way to Tolar Grande!

Specific comments:
- the travel arrangements went without a hitch. It was great to find a driver waiting after every flight, and they were always on time to pick us up from hotels - something we weren't quite sure would be the case in laid-back Latin America. So full marks to your travel partners for arranging reliable pickups! And also thanks again for the restaurant reservations :)
- the Socompa guide, Adolfo, was fantastic. The accommodations were about what we had expected in the Puna, and the guide was willing to discuss options regarding route and sites of interest. In hindsight, we should probably have split the tour into 2 x 2 days, one south and one north, but it was a fascinating and memorable trip.
- the Legado Mitico in BA is a nice hotel and the staff were friendly & helpful; breakfast was a bit of a let-down but by the end of the trip we realised that Argentinians don't really eat much in the morning!
- Finca Valentina in Salta was lovely - very relaxing.
- the car hire was good, but they were obviously local to Salta and they had to send someone overnight by bus to collect the car from Corrientes. We got personal service, but I did wonder what would happen if we had a problem towards the far end of the trip - would they need to send someone all the way from Salta? On the last day I had to phone and negotiate a specific deal for them to fill up the car on pickup instead of me (power cut, no pumps in Corrientes the previous night), so it felt a bit unprofessional - not sure I would give them 5 stars although the car was fine and they were prompt and helpful on the phone. Overall, if you need to do something similar again I would suggest using a national rental agency instead of a local one.
- Hotel Alondra in Corrientes was also great. Hard to find, but fantastic once we got inside - an interior courtyard and pool, with lovely big rooms.
- Estancia Rincon del Socorro is an amazing location and stumbling over capybaras and armadillos on our way back to the room was an unforgettable experience. We understand it has recently (November) changed management in preparation for the land to be handed over to the national park service. The guides were all new, young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and the wildlife was stunning. Meals were very tasty but no choice and the service was slow; I went to bed the final night after waiting half an hour in vain for someone to turn up to accept my payment :) Not a big deal, and they were happy to take payment in the morning but I got the impression their in-house staff were overworked. One thing to note if you send anyone else there - it's just under an hour's drive from the hotel to Carlos Pellegrini.

Overall, I can't thank you enough for all your help arranging this trip! If some of the above sounds negative it is really only nit-picking and had no impact on the trip as a whole - just things I hope might help when arranging something similar for others in the future. We had an absolutely wonderful time and came back feeling rested and enriched. You can't ask for more than that!

Thanks for the offer of posting photos - we're still culling them but I may get back in touch when we have picked our favourites.

Best wishes and thanks again.
Simon

Simon and Joanna

Hi Holly,

The trip was great! Chile has such diverse climates and cultures that it felt like six mini-trips. We loved each area. However, my favorites were the stay at the Matetic Vineyards with the horseback ride among the vines. I also loved the picnic in the garden at the Emiliana Winery. Patagonia Camp was also great – we loved staying in the Yurt and the hikes were designed so that you could pick from easy, moderate and difficult. You did a great job coordinating this trip for us. Everything went very smoothly thanks to you. We will recommend you and The South America Specialists to any of our friends who plan a trip to Chile.

Thanks so much.
Connie

Connie and Jerald

Holly,

I've been meaning to email you. We had a great time and everything worked out perfectly. Thanks for all your help and suggestions. We really loved Hotel Antumalal and the lakes region. Would certainly go back there. Also, thanks for the recommendation on Zapallar... much better experience than if we had stayed in the Valparasio area. Hotel Isla Seca was nice. They could make a couple improvements however...the lack of screens on the windows is an issue as the mosquitos do come into the room.

All in all it was a fantastic trip and we appreciate your help in coordinating it. I would definitely recommend your company to others.

We have lots of photos, so I'll look at posting some when I get a few moments.

Thanks again,

Scott

Scott and Lisa

Hi Holly,

I apologize that this has taken so long to give you feedback. The trip was outstanding.

Noi Blend Colchagua - Beautiful property and the staff was so kind and generous. The breakfast spread was amazing. I do think they were a little inexperienced, but they more than made up for it with their kindness. The dinners were good, but we enjoyed some of the ma and pop places in town. 7/10

http://en.lapostolle.com/clos-apalta-winery/visits/

Really beautiful facility and we enjoyed the wine. It was great having the driver from Noi Blend take us. 7/10

http://www.montgras.cl/en/visit-us/

We did the lunch picnic. It was a highlight and it was fun to explore the grounds on our own. 8/10

http://www.santarita.com/international/casa-real-hotel/

The place is amazing. We loved biking around the property and the dinner was spectacular! Definitely our favorite part of the wine country. 9/10

http://www.ecocamp.travel/en

By far our favorite part of the trip! We were just devastated to have to leave. The staff, food and accommodations were all incredible. Vicente was our guide and he was awesome. We wish we would of had more time there. We will definitely be back! 10/10

http://www.noihotels.com/hotel/noi-indigo-patagonia/default-en.html

We loved Puerto Natales and Indigo. Really cool hotel and the town was so charming. We really loved that the town was walk-able and had a number of really good restaurants. 9/10

http://www.patagonialine.com/

I would encourage you to reach out to Ben at Patagonia Line. We had an amazing day with him. He is a true pro! 9/10

Santiago - We were a little lazy the first two days there, but we enjoyed the city. It was really smoking from the forest fires. Living in Los Angeles, it felt surprisingly familiar. We enjoyed our time more at the end of the trip. We had more energy and the air had cleared. 7/10

Thank you and your staff for helping us plan a trip of a lifetime!

Nick and Ashlea

Nick and Ashlea

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