Kimkim Trip Reviews for Chile

4.7
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Read 94 verified reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim. You can also read reviews about kimkim on 3rd party sites including Google, TrustPilot and Yelp.

Amazing trip!
Chile | Aug 10 - Aug 20, 2022

Sergio
Sergio S.
Brushy Creek, TX | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Great trip and amazing guides throughout our time in Chile!! Highly recommend!

Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Thanks, Sergio. Really nice pictures!! It was my pleasure to assist with your trip to Chile with Stacy.
Best always,
Lorena

so fun, drivers were timely, hotel(s) were gr...
Chile | Aug 5 - Aug 11, 2022

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MATTHEW K.
Greenburgh, NY | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

so fun, drivers were timely, hotel(s) were great and it was all reasonably priced. Love it and I'll be back! read more

so fun, drivers were timely, hotel(s) were great and it was all reasonably priced. Love it and I'll be back!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Portillo
Los Andes
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Hotel Boutique Le Reve
Santiago
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Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Thanks, Matt! I am very glad your trip to Chile was a success. It was our pleasure to assist!
Cheers,
Lorena

This is your sign to go to Chile (and more)!
Chile | Jun 11 - Jun 20, 2022

Vivian
Vivian S.
South Kingstown, RI | Reviewed on Jul 05, 2022

Wow, this was honestly the best trip we’ve been on! All our guides were so knowledgeable and went above/beyond to give the best experience. We have so many unique photos to look back all thanks to this. Our guide in Santiago was the BEST in terms of being personable and just down to earth. Kudos to him! The winery tour was memorable and this coming from someone who didn’t really like wine! I found that the reds and whites were so different and I kept myself open to the overall experience. My... read more

Wow, this was honestly the best trip we’ve been on! All our guides were so knowledgeable and went above/beyond to give the best experience. We have so many unique photos to look back all thanks to this. Our guide in Santiago was the BEST in terms of being personable and just down to earth. Kudos to him! The winery tour was memorable and this coming from someone who didn’t really like wine! I found that the reds and whites were so different and I kept myself open to the overall experience. My partner Nathaniel liked the lagoon and how we got to float effortlessly. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience!!! Not only will we be going back to Chile, but now we have started thinking about going to Brazil. Emilce made this whole process a breeze and I will go through her in the future.

Hotel Reviews
Pullman Santiago El Bosque (Ex Atton)
Las Condes, Santiago

The view from the our room was so beautiful, to see the sun coming up over the city and through the mountains. The included breakfast had the freshest fruit, so much better than anything back home.

Tips for future travelers

Get an idea of your surroundings! You’ll find that there are tons of restaurants and cafes within walking distance.

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Altiplanico Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

The private room/dwelling was wonderful with the terrace and grounds to walk around. The breakfast was delicious and the staff were so friendly.

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Fauna Hotel
Valparaíso

The hotel was in a nice location and we could easily get around from it. Our room was unique and beautiful! The restaurant was fantastic and they had great views

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Activity Reviews
Half day Maipo Vineyards - Concha y Toro Winery: El Marqués Tour
Santiago

The grounds, the tour, and the attention to detail was perfect! This was our first tour and it set an awesome tone for the rest of the trip.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
He was kind, friendly and we would recommend him!!
Transport
Rainbow Valley & Petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas
San Pedro de Atacama

With the change in altitude and how dry it was, our guide did a great job of providing a tour that didn’t completely wear us out! He was so funny and took lovely pictures of us.

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San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley
San Pedro de Atacama

Our guide gave us a once in a lifetime experience! We walked on a dune and it was tough, but I would recommend it to everyone. I appreciated that he provided the tour but gave us space to explore.

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Cejar & Tebinquiche Lagoons
San Pedro de Atacama

The lagoons and seeing where life may have started was amazing. Plus we saw some wildlife and got to float in a lagoon!

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Local specialist: Emilce Alonso
Emilce
Emilce Alonso
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Jul 05, 2022

Hi Vivian,

Thank you so much for the feedback and for letting me be part of this wonderful experience. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip around Chile! I looking forward to welcoming you again to discover more about South America and about wine! :)

It was a pleasure assisting you!
Best wishes!
Emi

Fantastic!
Chile | May 13 - May 30, 2022

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Jerry G.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Lorena was fantastic at (a) tailoring the trip to my preferences; (b) taking on feedback and adjusting the schedule dynamically; (c) highly responsive and going above and beyond on service.
Thoroughly recommend!

Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Thanks, Jerry! I am so happy to know that you enjoyed this special trip to Chile and Argentina... you got to visit so many different locations and try a variety of activities, it was my pleasure to assist with it all! Best of luck and hope you keep your adventurous spirit everywhere you go.
Cheers,
Lorena

Chile from every angle
Chile | May 17 - May 27, 2022

Chris
Chris J.
Denton, TX | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2022

Cannot give enough thanks to Lorena, she was continuously available both during the trip and for months before. There was no day where she did not get back to us when we had questions or concerns, which made our first trip to South America much more smooth. She has many contacts to connect you with in the area and knows what she is doing. Trust her and her group entirely to plan your trip.

All tours and activities were authentic and had locals and experts guiding them. Each of these... read more

Cannot give enough thanks to Lorena, she was continuously available both during the trip and for months before. There was no day where she did not get back to us when we had questions or concerns, which made our first trip to South America much more smooth. She has many contacts to connect you with in the area and knows what she is doing. Trust her and her group entirely to plan your trip.

All tours and activities were authentic and had locals and experts guiding them. Each of these local contacts and guides were also easily reachable and went out of their way to make sure they met our needs when possible.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Boutique Le Reve
Santiago
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Hotel Costaustralis
Puerto Natales
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Hotel Lago Grey
Torres del Paine
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Hotel La Casa de Don Tomás
San Pedro de Atacama
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Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2022

Hi Chris! I am super happy that Emily and you had a great time visiting Chile. It was my pleasure to assist before and during your trip and offer unique tours to experience our culture from within. Best of luck to both of you and keep on traveling!!

Chile Travel Filled with Beauty, Culture, & Wonderful People
Chile | Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2022

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Daphne P.
Rosemount, MN | Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Lorena developed an amazing itinerary that allowed us to experience as much as possible during our time in Chile. Beginning our trip at Gloria and Leo's home for an amazing dinner, ambience, and conversation was the perfect welcome. Our tour guide Felipe was a wealth of knowledge about the area, the history, and social issues impacting the country, which greatly added to our experience. We spent a day seeing the beautiful sights of Santiago and experiencing a signature Chilean completo for... read more

Lorena developed an amazing itinerary that allowed us to experience as much as possible during our time in Chile. Beginning our trip at Gloria and Leo's home for an amazing dinner, ambience, and conversation was the perfect welcome. Our tour guide Felipe was a wealth of knowledge about the area, the history, and social issues impacting the country, which greatly added to our experience. We spent a day seeing the beautiful sights of Santiago and experiencing a signature Chilean completo for lunch, complete with talented street musicians playing in the background. We enjoyed a memorable day exploring the fun port city Valparaíso. Felipe and our van driver Gabriel worked together to make sure we could experience as much of the city in the time that we had, with the perfect combination of walking the narrow passageways and stone streets, riding the funiculars (hillside elevators), and driving. Our final day in the Maipo Valley didn’t go quite as planned because of traffic. However, Felipe quickly came up with an alternate plan to stop for ceviche and hike Mirador de Cóndores, which ended up being one of my daughter’s favorite experiences of the trip. We visited a couple of the breathtaking local wineries. The entire team expertly managed all the details and any last minute adjustments that needed to be made. For example, our flight was delayed, which was already being monitored by the team, and the necessary adjustments were made to our schedule. “Gabo” and Felipe were so personable and delightful. By the end of the trip we were able to enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner reminiscing and laughing about our adventures with our new Chileno friends. We made so many amazing memories on this trip and would highly recommend using this group.

Hotel Review
Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago Kennedy
Santiago
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We would have preferred to be closer to the city center to have more options for seeing the city during our free time. However, I understand the safety concerns and why you booked us in Vitacura.
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Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Dear Daphne,
Those are some amazing pictures and beautiful memories of your trip to Chile, thanks for sharing and also for your super sweet words!! I am so happy you and Madeline were able to enjoy the country and see it from an insider's perspective. I hope you will both enjoy many more world adventures to come.
Best always,
Lorena

Chile
Chile | Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2022

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Rob F.
Live Oak, TX | Reviewed on May 11, 2022

My wife and I had a wonderful time in Chile. Emilce did an excellent job setting up pick-up times, transfer, flights and hotels. Everything was efficient, and we were able to maximize our time on the trip. We especially enjoyed our stay at La Casona. The winery was beautiful and relaxing. The sommelier was knowledgeable, and the food was delicious. We felt comfortable during our entire trip, and Emilce and her team were responsive to any questions or needs. We would highly recommend kimkim... read more

My wife and I had a wonderful time in Chile. Emilce did an excellent job setting up pick-up times, transfer, flights and hotels. Everything was efficient, and we were able to maximize our time on the trip. We especially enjoyed our stay at La Casona. The winery was beautiful and relaxing. The sommelier was knowledgeable, and the food was delicious. We felt comfortable during our entire trip, and Emilce and her team were responsive to any questions or needs. We would highly recommend kimkim and Emilce and look forward to planning our next trip.

Hotel Review
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
Lagunillas
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Vinolia: Wine Tasting
Santiago
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Local specialist: Emilce Alonso
Emilce
Emilce Alonso
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Hi Rob,
Thank you very much for your kind words. :)
I am happy to hear you had a nice time in Chile at that everything went well and according to your expectations :D
It was a pleasure assisting you!
Look forward to receiving you in the rest of SouthAmerica in the future!
Best
Emi

Kimkim is reliable Travel agency and Leandro ...
Chile | Apr 3 - Apr 8, 2022

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Kim B.
Bainbridge Island, WA | Reviewed on May 04, 2022

Kimkim is reliable Travel agency and Leandro is amazing Travel Agent. We used Kimkim for our trip to Chile, our first trip ever to explore South America.
Leandro is very friendly, knowledgeable and always reachable. He is also very flexible when it comes to customising the trip. We had little issue with the tour operator and Leandro helped us to resolve the issue instantly. Lots of people do not see the value of travel agency and think they are overpriced!! You pay for the convenience and... read more

Kimkim is reliable Travel agency and Leandro is amazing Travel Agent. We used Kimkim for our trip to Chile, our first trip ever to explore South America.
Leandro is very friendly, knowledgeable and always reachable. He is also very flexible when it comes to customising the trip. We had little issue with the tour operator and Leandro helped us to resolve the issue instantly. Lots of people do not see the value of travel agency and think they are overpriced!! You pay for the convenience and stress-free holiday.
I would always recommend Kimkim and Leandro to all of our friends and would contact them again next time I want to travel and explore other parts of the Earth!
Thank you so much for all your help Leandro! You are super star!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel NOI Casa Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

Amazing from service, from the room to facility, to the service. Foods and drinks are delicious! Location is amazing (only 5 mins to the main road with lots of bar, restaurants and shops).

Tips for future travelers

Nope

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Hotel NOI Casa Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

Amazing from service, from the room to facility, to the service. Foods and drinks are delicious! Location is amazing (only 5 mins to the main road with lots of bar, restaurants and shops).

Tips for future travelers

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Activity Review
San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley and Death Valley Excursion
San Pedro de Atacama
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Capricornio Expediciones has done a great job from communicating to taking care of us during the experience. They are very reliable! And I like them because they did not go behind travel agency back and tried to steal clients from travel agency (by telling us to book straight with them to save 2/3 of the cost).
Guides, drivers and staff
Paloma was amazing, she is knowledgeable, responsible, reliable and very energetic. She helped us enjoy the Atacama to the fullest
Transport
On time, easy to communicate, reliable.
Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno
Leandro
Leandro Zamprogno
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on May 04, 2022

Thank you very much, Kim, for such detailed feedback!! Super useful and informative!

I'm glad you had a nice time with us in Chile I hope to have the opportunity to arrange another trip for you in the near future either in Chile or Argentina. Pity the weather in the south ruined your plans for the Marble Caves, but nature is unpredictable, more out of season :(
You need to return for a second chance :) !

A million thanks and HIGHLY recommend!!!
Chile | Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2022

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Jessica L.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

We just got back from a week in Chile and could not have done it without Lorena! She was there every step of the way - helping curate the itinerary, updating us on covid protocols and requirements, answering any and all questions and so much more! She made herself so available to us and was extremely responsive and communicative.

As for our trip… it was fantastic! Kind, patient, educative guides and drivers. Everyone went truly above and beyond to make our trip wonderful and memorable. We... read more

We just got back from a week in Chile and could not have done it without Lorena! She was there every step of the way - helping curate the itinerary, updating us on covid protocols and requirements, answering any and all questions and so much more! She made herself so available to us and was extremely responsive and communicative.

As for our trip… it was fantastic! Kind, patient, educative guides and drivers. Everyone went truly above and beyond to make our trip wonderful and memorable. We enjoyed our day trip to Valparaiso and getting acquainted with the history of Santiago. But the highlight of our trip by far was Torres del Paine. We did a beautiful (albeit challenging) hike and saw the beautiful glaciers. I cannot wait to go back and will most definitely be using Kim Kim/Lorena for my future travels.

A million thanks!

Hotel Review
Hotel Boutique Le Reve
Santiago

Beautiful hotel, friendly staff. Gorgeous courtyard. A little far from the downtown area but a lot to do around Providencia. Felt very safe. Rooms could use a little updating.

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Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Thanks, Jessica!! I truly enjoyed crafting together your perfect vacation to experience the best of Chile and I am so happy it was what you expected plus a little more. Stay well and keep traveling the world!

Cheers,
Lorena

Best trip ever thanks to this marvelous team !!!!!
Chile | Mar 10 - Mar 20, 2022

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Elena P.
Hialeah, FL | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Let's start by saying that due to Covid restrictions we could not go to Easter Island. But instead our wonderful local specialist Lorena had us travel to the Lakes region, which we would have never thought of it. It was a beautiful part of Chile where we got to tour lakes and towns around them, up to a volcano. It turned out to be even better thanks to Lorena!! We then toured the south, where we were booked in very nice hotels and tours.
My husband and I have been traveling for the past... read more

Let's start by saying that due to Covid restrictions we could not go to Easter Island. But instead our wonderful local specialist Lorena had us travel to the Lakes region, which we would have never thought of it. It was a beautiful part of Chile where we got to tour lakes and towns around them, up to a volcano. It turned out to be even better thanks to Lorena!! We then toured the south, where we were booked in very nice hotels and tours.
My husband and I have been traveling for the past 20 years, mostly on our own, but after this trip and the attention given us by the specialist, we will continue to travel thru an agency!! I would like to specially mention the special treatment we received from our guide in Santiago, Leonides and in Puerto Varas by Joaquin. They treated us like family and gave us a deep introduction to the country and it's customs.

Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Gracias, Elena!! We finally made this trip happen after rescheduling two times and changing most of the itinerary. So happy you got to experience our beautiful country. I hope you come back to visit Easter Island one day!
Best regards to you and Evaristo :)
Lorena

Chile Mar 2022
Chile | Mar 20 - Mar 26, 2022

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Ravi S.
Bay City, MI | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Lorena understood our travel priorities (more outdoor-oriented) and was very helpful in organizing and navigating the Chilean requirements for travel (Mevacuno) and local testing for return to US. The accommodations and internal travel/transfer options were well laid out. Lorena took extra care to accommodate some late changes and was responsive to all our queries and concerns throughout our travel, including making local flight reservations. Would highly recommend her as your travel... read more

Lorena understood our travel priorities (more outdoor-oriented) and was very helpful in organizing and navigating the Chilean requirements for travel (Mevacuno) and local testing for return to US. The accommodations and internal travel/transfer options were well laid out. Lorena took extra care to accommodate some late changes and was responsive to all our queries and concerns throughout our travel, including making local flight reservations. Would highly recommend her as your travel consultant/organizer. The only recommendation would be for Kimkim to provide more info about local tour providers/contact numbers so we did not have to rely on Lorena as much.

Hotel Review
Hotel Vendaval
Puerto Natales
Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Thanks, Ravi. I thoroughly enjoyed planning this trip for your family and seeing the amazing pictures you took. I also appreciate the feedback, in fact, Kimkim is moving to a new system in April in which much more information will be given for providers at each location, so it will be much easier for everyone.
Best wishes to you and family and many more adventures to come!!

Chile
Chile | Mar 11 - Mar 20, 2022

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Katherine W.
Westminster, MD | Reviewed on Mar 25, 2022

Lorena was very responsive to our questions and concerns throughout the trip. Very helpful to ensure we had everything we needed. The team in Chile was also prompt and informative. read more

Lorena was very responsive to our questions and concerns throughout the trip. Very helpful to ensure we had everything we needed. The team in Chile was also prompt and informative.

Hotel Review
Noi Vitacura
Vitacura, Santiago
Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Mar 25, 2022

Thanks for the nice review, Katherine. It was a joy to plan this trip for you and friends and I am super happy to know you all had a great and memorable time. Stay well!

Biking Aventure in the Desert
Chile | Mar 5 - Mar 11, 2022

Jason Patrick
Jason Patrick B.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Top notch! Leandro was very responsive, communicated well, and chose excellent guides for my biking adventure in San Pedro de Atacama. Thanks again!

Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno
Leandro
Leandro Zamprogno
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

OMG, Jason! What an adventure the one of yours. It was a pleasure for me to help you arranging that biking circuit in the altitude of Atacama desert.

Hope to see you again soon!

Best mother son bonding trip ever!
Chile | Mar 2 - Mar 12, 2022

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Marsha M.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

The trip was truly exceptional. The Amazon is a great adventure for anyone traveling with teenage boys. Our guide Robert was patient and able to help us spot monkeys, sloths, spiders, birds and caimans. The next stop was visiting the Sacred Valley. Our guide Dennis gave us a great foundation in Incan history prior to us heading to Machu Picchu. He made looking at the tiered potato fields interesting by talking about the debunked theories around their existence - such as meteorites and... read more

The trip was truly exceptional. The Amazon is a great adventure for anyone traveling with teenage boys. Our guide Robert was patient and able to help us spot monkeys, sloths, spiders, birds and caimans. The next stop was visiting the Sacred Valley. Our guide Dennis gave us a great foundation in Incan history prior to us heading to Machu Picchu. He made looking at the tiered potato fields interesting by talking about the debunked theories around their existence - such as meteorites and UFOs. We of course went to Machu Picchu with Marcellino - the most patient, fun and informative guide on the planet. And we finished with Arturo and Dennis in Cusco. The chocolate making class is so fun. But ultimately the time I was able to spend connecting with my son was the most valuable part of the trip.

Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Breña | Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Thank you for your kind words Marsha and I am so glad we were able to make a trip of memories for you both. To be enriched by living joyful shared moments with our children is surely one of the crescendos of parenthood.
We hope to see you again soon!
Regards,
Jason.

We have never had a travel advisor like Loree...
Chile | Feb 13 - Feb 26, 2022

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Norm P.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Mar 03, 2022

We have never had a travel advisor like Loreena with KimKim. We had many issues with government forms and procedures and Lorenna went way beyond the call of duty for us. Her itinerary for our trip to Chile belongs in the travel hall of fame. 10 stars for her and Kimkim.

Norm and Lynda
Colorado read more

We have never had a travel advisor like Loreena with KimKim. We had many issues with government forms and procedures and Lorenna went way beyond the call of duty for us. Her itinerary for our trip to Chile belongs in the travel hall of fame. 10 stars for her and Kimkim.

Norm and Lynda
Colorado

Hotel Review
Hotel Boutique Le Reve
Santiago

We loved this boutique hotel in Santiago, Chile. The staff was great and we loved the outdoor patios and location! Excellent!

Authenticity & Character
Location and layout. Like a bed and breakfast.
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Pedestrian street with restaurants!
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Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Mar 03, 2022

Thanks for the kind review, Norm. It was exciting to make this amazing adventure a reality, enjoying the best Chile has to offer and to celebrate Lynda's special day. Wishing you both many more travel adventures to come!

Chilean tour experience by the Aiellos
Chile | Jan 14 - Jan 29, 2022

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Richard A.
Middletown, NJ | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2022

Our city guide Philllippe was knowlegable, informative and was always there to help with any local questions we had. Fernando, our Andes mountain guide, was very knowledgeable about the mountain however the tour we received (5k trek and hot springs) was not the tour written in the itinerary. Leo, our Santiago driver, was great in understanding all of our city activities. The meal at his home with his wife Gloria was a wonderful experience. Jose provided a well guided tour through Maipo... read more

Our city guide Philllippe was knowlegable, informative and was always there to help with any local questions we had. Fernando, our Andes mountain guide, was very knowledgeable about the mountain however the tour we received (5k trek and hot springs) was not the tour written in the itinerary. Leo, our Santiago driver, was great in understanding all of our city activities. The meal at his home with his wife Gloria was a wonderful experience. Jose provided a well guided tour through Maipo vineyards. Valparaiso was very nice but were hoping for more of a beach experience. Our vineyard stays were a special treat. Matetic had exceptional food/wine pairing and we especially enjoyed the bio dynamic tour of the vineyards given by JP. Casa Silva had a very nice restaurant but was only open for lunch. No other restaurants open for dinner in the area. Thus, one night at Casa Silva would have been enough. Remaining time was on our own and Lorena was very helpful setting up wine tours for us. Overall, we loved our trip and the complete experience.

Hotel Review
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
Lagunillas

Very spacious room, surrounded by vineyards, excellent food and wine pairings, great bike ride, wonderful bio dynamic tour

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Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2022

Dear Rich and Carol,
It was my pleasure to plan and coordinate this truly diverse trip to Chile for you! I am very happy to hear you enjoyed it and I appreciate the feedback. Wishing you both a great rest of the year and many more world adventures to come!
Best,
Lorena

Introduction to Argentina Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia
Chile | Jan 10 - Jan 20, 2022

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Michael L.
Mililani Town, HI | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

It took a couple of years to organize this trip because of the pandemic. Serena and Lorena put together an excellent ten day itinerary that introduced us to Argentina Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.
We spent three night in Ushuaia. This was sufficient time to tour the town and vicinity, visit the prison museum, tour the National Park, cruise the channel and experience the penquins on Martillo Island, and tour the Haberton Ranch.
We spent four nights in El Calafate which was plenty of time... read more

It took a couple of years to organize this trip because of the pandemic. Serena and Lorena put together an excellent ten day itinerary that introduced us to Argentina Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.
We spent three night in Ushuaia. This was sufficient time to tour the town and vicinity, visit the prison museum, tour the National Park, cruise the channel and experience the penquins on Martillo Island, and tour the Haberton Ranch.
We spent four nights in El Calafate which was plenty of time to tour the town, visit Perito Moreno glacier (boardwalk and boat tour), boat tour of the other glaciers, and Nibepo Aike ranch, including 3 hour horse back ride.
The next stop was three nights in El Chalten. I was able to trek to the lagoon of Fitz Roy, tour the small town, trek to the lagoon at the base glaciar Huemul and take the boat tour of the nearby lake.
We stayed in the Fuegueno hotel in Ushuaia. It was a nice hotel but noisy at night. Our room was facing the mountains; we had to endure a lot of noise from the street below.
In El Calafate, we stayed at the Kosten Aike. This is a nice hotel but it is noisy at night. After the first night we switched rooms from the street side to the court yard side of the hotel - which was very quiet. The staff is excellent!
In El Chalten, we stayed at the Destino Sur. This was a very pleasant hotel and a grade above the others.
There were a couple of glitches. My transit never showed up at the bus stop in El Chalten. I had a ten minute walk to the hotel. On the transit from El Chalten to El Calafate, the driver stopped for about an hour at the airport outside of town to pick up another passenger, but the passenger was a no show.
Ryan's Travel itinerary was vague. They should provide more detail of the daily activities.

Lorena is excellent. Down the road I am sure that I will use her travel agency again.

Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro

I was totally blown away with the service I r...
Chile | Jan 9 - Jan 24, 2022

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sam j.
Grant, NE | Reviewed on Jan 29, 2022

I was totally blown away with the service I received from Lorena, she had booked a pre and post cruise plan that was excellent. When the cruise cancelled she got right on making plans to fill in the days, basically she saved the trip and turned it into an excellent adventure last minute. She went above and beyond not only making hotel reservations but everywhere we went a driver was waiting to pick us up and deliver us to our hotel. All tickets and passes were waiting, with never a glitch.... read more

I was totally blown away with the service I received from Lorena, she had booked a pre and post cruise plan that was excellent. When the cruise cancelled she got right on making plans to fill in the days, basically she saved the trip and turned it into an excellent adventure last minute. She went above and beyond not only making hotel reservations but everywhere we went a driver was waiting to pick us up and deliver us to our hotel. All tickets and passes were waiting, with never a glitch. There is no way I could of done it without her knowledge of where to go and how to get there. Lorena is definitely an invaluable member of your team. 5 stars are not enough.
Sam and teresa

Hotel Review
Noi Vitacura
Vitacura, Santiago

great hotel with good restaurant on the roof, friendly staff

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Jan 29, 2022

Dear Sam and Teresa,
These are very sweet words, thank you!! It was my pleasure to assist with your trip and help out when your cruise was canceled at the last minute. Your trip pictures are amazing, glad you got to enjoy Iguazu, Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Santiago.
My best regards to both of you!
Lorena

Chile, Patagonia and Argentina
Chile | Jan 6 - Jan 21, 2022

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Lisa K.
Jupiter, FL | Reviewed on Feb 04, 2022

The trip was amazing, start to finish. We enjoyed every aspect of this trip and felt we had a good mix of city and nature experiences. Santiago, Chile was a welcoming city with beautiful historical landmarks, parks, neighborhoods and museums not to be missed such as Sky Costanera, Cerra San Cristobal, Barrios Bellavista and Lastarria, Museos Chileno de Arte Precolumbino and La Chascona. The views from Sky Costanera and Cerra San Cristobal were eye popping and really gave you a sense of the... read more

The trip was amazing, start to finish. We enjoyed every aspect of this trip and felt we had a good mix of city and nature experiences. Santiago, Chile was a welcoming city with beautiful historical landmarks, parks, neighborhoods and museums not to be missed such as Sky Costanera, Cerra San Cristobal, Barrios Bellavista and Lastarria, Museos Chileno de Arte Precolumbino and La Chascona. The views from Sky Costanera and Cerra San Cristobal were eye popping and really gave you a sense of the city largess. The museums were a moving historical and cultural experience. We walked the neighborhoods and used the local subway daily, located safe and convenient from our hotels. The Atacama desert was incredibly beautiful and greatly exceeded our expectations. The guided desert tours with José Miguel Ruiz-Tagle were very well done, the mountains, salt flats, lagunas, geysers, natural flora and fauna made this feel like an other worldly place. Hoteles Altiplanico accommodations were peaceful and the manager Oscar was very helpful. Puerto Natales, the national park tour of Torres del Paine and the full day hike to the base of the Torres were both great outdoor experiences. The hike was not difficult but long at 9.5 hours round trip and definitely requires endurance, strong legs and knees. Mauro, our hiking guide was patient and paced the group well. Hotel Noi Indigo accommodations were perfectly located with incredible mountain views. If we could do it over again, we would have spent more time there. We also visited the beach towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, a great place to find a unique artisan gift, dine overlooking the pacific ocean, and experience the beaches. Loved Buenos Aires, Argentina and the trip to Iguazú Falls, both Argentine and Brazil falls and took a fun boat tour to feel the falls up close. Once there, not hard to understand why this is a Unesco World Heritage site. Buenos Aires was beautiful, very large, impossible to see in the short time we were there and we would love to go back again. Really enjoyed walking the city, the many city parks and mature trees lining the roads. We visited Museo Evita, a great tribute to her societal contributions and place in history, as well as MALBA, Ecoparque, Puerto Madero, Palermo Soho and Hollywood, easy walks from our hotel.
The people of Chile, Patagonia and Argentina were warm and welcoming. Emilce, Clementina and all of our ground support/guides (Jose Miguel, Fernando, Vitor, Natalie, Lauren, Mauro and Vitor) were great, particularly during this period of COVID, helping us navigate the testing, locations and timelines. Go and have fun!

Hotel Review
Altiplanico Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

Exceeded our expectations. A peaceful place, a 10 to15 minute walk to town, comfortable accommodations with beautiful desert landscape. Oscar, the manager was very helpful and morning breakfast was more than adequate to get you started for the day with coffee, breads, croissants, pastries, fruit, yogurt, eggs, ham, cheese. The accommodations were great, large bed, large bathroom, sitting area, large luggage storage and great indoor (hot and cold) and outdoor cold shower.

Tips for future travelers

It's a desert climate, warm during day, cool at night. If you can't live without air conditioning or don't want to walk ten minutes to town, don't stay there. There was a small grocery store to pick up any necessary items you might have forgotten to prepare for this trip or for extended stay travelers.

Authenticity & Character
desert landscape
Location
10 minute walk to town
Staff
Oscar was the best.
Cleanliness & Comfort
room taken care of every day
Local specialist: Emilce Alonso
Emilce
Emilce Alonso
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Feb 04, 2022

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for taking the time and sharing your experience.
I wanted to thank you in name of all the team, too not only for trusting us but for being flexible while planning and through all the trip!
Thank you for your wonderful pictures, comments, and your time to give us such extensive feedback on your experience in Chile and Argentina. I am very happy to know that the trip exceeded your expectations, that you enjoyed your time, and that you received excellent attention from all the... read more

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for taking the time and sharing your experience.
I wanted to thank you in name of all the team, too not only for trusting us but for being flexible while planning and through all the trip!
Thank you for your wonderful pictures, comments, and your time to give us such extensive feedback on your experience in Chile and Argentina. I am very happy to know that the trip exceeded your expectations, that you enjoyed your time, and that you received excellent attention from all the staff, making this a unique experience for you. We hope you have a great year to come! My best wishes and warm regards from Argentina!
Emi

Chile & Patagonia AMAZING experience
Chile | Dec 19 - Jan 8, 2022

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Daniel F.
Narragansett, RI | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

We had an AMAZING time in Chile & Patagonia - Lorena (our kimkim local specialist) got us started with the highlights and helped us customize the trip to a perfect fit. With her guidance we were able to squeeze in spectacular stargazing in the Atacama Desert, living like a local in Santiago, rock climbing and breathtaking views in Patagonia. Whenever we hit small bumps, Lorena was there to smooth things out, making course corrections and ultimately saving us days on our trip. We never could... read more

We had an AMAZING time in Chile & Patagonia - Lorena (our kimkim local specialist) got us started with the highlights and helped us customize the trip to a perfect fit. With her guidance we were able to squeeze in spectacular stargazing in the Atacama Desert, living like a local in Santiago, rock climbing and breathtaking views in Patagonia. Whenever we hit small bumps, Lorena was there to smooth things out, making course corrections and ultimately saving us days on our trip. We never could have done all this (three weeks of constant adventure) without the planning and help provided. We've never booked though any sort of travel agent before — and while it was initially a little scary to have someone else in the driver's seat, the ultimate trip was one of the best we've ever done. 🎉🎈💯

Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
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Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Thanks, Loren & Dan. It was my pleasure to plan and execute such an exciting adventure for the two of you, it was one of the most active itineraries I have crafted! I really appreciate your kind words and wish you both many more fun trips ahead to keep exploring the world. Best always,
Lorena

Lorena is amazing!
Chile | Jan 2 - Jan 6, 2022

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Rachel K.
Durham, NC | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2022

Lorena was a super duper help before and during the trip. She was flexible, accommodating, super responsive and very available. She arranged for us to have the best tour guides and we loved the hotel she arranged for us. Everything was the best of the best and would recommend to anyone!

Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Sugar Land | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2022

Aww you are the sweetest, thanks Rachel! I am so happy the family enjoyed the custom trip prepared for you all. I'd be more than glad to host you again in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia or Ecuador!! Have an amazing rest of your year.

The whole process was easy, and seamless.
Chile | Dec 10 - Dec 22, 2021

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Howard R.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

The whole process was easy, and seamless. Everything was done through online communication and the response time was often less than one day. Overall our trip was seamless and the only areas that brought up any concern had nothing to do with the travel planner but more with the Covid situation. read more

The whole process was easy, and seamless. Everything was done through online communication and the response time was often less than one day. Overall our trip was seamless and the only areas that brought up any concern had nothing to do with the travel planner but more with the Covid situation.

Hotel Review
The Singular Patagonia Hotel
Puerto Natales

One of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in anywhere in the world. The property was beautiful, the facilities were wonderful, the dining room was excellent, and the staff was gracious. Everything was comfortable and easy.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno
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Leandro Zamprogno
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Dear Howard,

It was a huge pleasure to have arrange that lovely trip for you and your partner and I'm very happy you enjoyed your time in Chile! Hope to have you back in the future :)

Chile is a wonderful country and we will lik...
Chile | Dec 11 - Dec 19, 2021

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Srini N.
Summit, NJ | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Chile is a wonderful country and we will likely go back there soon. While we enjoyed the trip very much, there were quite a few short comings. I would have planned the trip a lot better myself. Chile is extremely strict on Covid protocols. We appreciate the strictness and made us extremely safe traveling to the country.

We spent couple of days in Santiago, but much of the time was spent sitting in the hotel room. We arrived on Saturday morning. We could not leave the room due to... read more

Chile is a wonderful country and we will likely go back there soon. While we enjoyed the trip very much, there were quite a few short comings. I would have planned the trip a lot better myself. Chile is extremely strict on Covid protocols. We appreciate the strictness and made us extremely safe traveling to the country.

We spent couple of days in Santiago, but much of the time was spent sitting in the hotel room. We arrived on Saturday morning. We could not leave the room due to quarantine until about 4pm. Our Santiago tour guide arranged a trip to the city only in the afternoon on Sunday. The Santiago tour guide (local) was nice and the van carrying was very nice. We never got to the see the famed Mercado Central and Mercado La Vega. Out of more than 48 hours spent in the city, our tour guide spent about 4 hours taking us around.

Our trip to Punta Arenas was on Monday, with the flight leaving at 11am. There were flights leaving earlier in the day, but we were only booked on the flight that left later in the day and with a hop. This killed more than half the day.

More wasted time in Puerto Natales. The trip to Balmaceda and Serrano Glacier was supposed to be for a full day (9 hours). But the trip was done within four hours. We never stepped foot on the land anywhere. Overall, lots of time was wasted. For a trip that cost us a lot, we would have used the time better.

Finally, our hike to the base of Torres Del Paine was supposed to be on Thursday initially. This was changed to Friday after we arrived in Chile. We did not want to do the hike to the base as we were not sure we would not have enough time to recover as well as time to take the covid test before hopping back on the flight back to the US. We wish the planning was better.

To our surprise, we never met Lorena, our travel agent. We thought we are meeting with a travel specialist based in Chile, not Houston.

Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro

Great Trip to Chile - February
Chile | Feb 5 - Feb 14, 2020

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Alice H.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 04, 2020

Great Trip to Chile - February

Nicholas helped us to organise a great itinerary in Chile at very short notice due to a change in holiday destination!

During our trip we visited Santiago, Vina del Mar, the Atacama desert and then down to Patagonia;. The tours and guides were all fantastic and we managed to fit a lot in in the 10 days we had available and felt like we had seen a lot of Chile by the end of our trip.

The stand out experiences were seeing the geysers in Atacama, visiting... read more

Great Trip to Chile - February

Nicholas helped us to organise a great itinerary in Chile at very short notice due to a change in holiday destination!

During our trip we visited Santiago, Vina del Mar, the Atacama desert and then down to Patagonia;. The tours and guides were all fantastic and we managed to fit a lot in in the 10 days we had available and felt like we had seen a lot of Chile by the end of our trip.

The stand out experiences were seeing the geysers in Atacama, visiting Magdalena Island with the penguins and viewing amazing glaciers in Patagonia.

Nicholas was always extremely helpful and available to answer any questions we had; the expert planning meant that everything went really smoothly - overall a big thumbs up!

Chile is such a vast country that next time we visit we would plan to focus on Patagonia and spend some time hiking in the national parks.

Thank you,
Alice and Andy

Local specialist: Nicholas Colombo

Chile March 2020
Chile | Mar 5 - Mar 12, 2020

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Bruce R.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

This is the 14th day of my isolation. I left Santiago. a city then filled with smiling friendly people going about their chores and lives. to return to a place filled with fear and going deeper in civic shutdown, where some are even being encouraged to tell on one another for alleged breaches of the new normal. And I am so thankful for the ten wonderful days we spent in Chile with all of you looking out for us.

I can truly say that our visit owes much of its magic to the care and... read more

This is the 14th day of my isolation. I left Santiago. a city then filled with smiling friendly people going about their chores and lives. to return to a place filled with fear and going deeper in civic shutdown, where some are even being encouraged to tell on one another for alleged breaches of the new normal. And I am so thankful for the ten wonderful days we spent in Chile with all of you looking out for us.

I can truly say that our visit owes much of its magic to the care and thoughtfulness of our handlers and hosts. So I want to thank Maria and Lilia and Across Argentina for planning and organizing our Desert and Wine Tour. Your itinerary and accomodation selections were spot on . The local Tour operators Chile Roads and CI Mundo were very professional and always prompt. The tour guides were very friendly and so very helpful. We learned so much from them all, But I want to especially recognize Nelson Silva, a warm and caring person. We came to appreciate his efforts greatly, In general the tour guides (four guides) were enthusiastic about their work and very knowledgeable Their employers should be very pleased with their work Without the guides and drivers such as these, a tour is empty. And ours were full of life and captivating.

Thank You all Please be sure that you share our gratitude with them all

Local specialist: Maria Barciela

chili with a corons sauce on top
Chile | Mar 7 - Mar 10, 2020

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Rene V.
France | Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

so here we are
not yet home
but almost with these strange circumstances..........
a big thank you to Vi for organising this trip already last summer
long before Corona hit while we were in Chile
how shall i start
good things first
txs for the arrngments and the support
pucon was good
the climbing was though and guides ( Eduardo ) very helpfull and comprehensive
HuiloHuilo was super
puerto varas was not so good as hotel .... but the Corona was laready there
chiloe we missed ( and this would... read more

so here we are
not yet home
but almost with these strange circumstances..........
a big thank you to Vi for organising this trip already last summer
long before Corona hit while we were in Chile
how shall i start
good things first
txs for the arrngments and the support
pucon was good
the climbing was though and guides ( Eduardo ) very helpfull and comprehensive
HuiloHuilo was super
puerto varas was not so good as hotel .... but the Corona was laready there
chiloe we missed ( and this would heve been very far away of Puerto varas to get back on the plane)
but Vi made it work
we stayed one day longer and the left for Santiago just to make shure
we could change the flight tickets with the help of the hotel and backed up efficiently by your emergency nr personel
txs again
renting the car in Europ car is always somehow a desilusion
the car promised was ( of course...) not available
the altenative was not what we had expected
these companies always flaw you one way of the other !
the highway billing system is somewhat crazy
we had no cash when leaving Temuko
so the billed us 5€ for the first 500 m highway as we had to get on the usual way tp Pucon
and around Puerto varas one had to pay every single time we hit the highway
not so expensive but not fair i felt ! at least unexpected
but then again chili is super scenic and very friendly and helpfull people
just this coronoa infection busted it up
txs for having us here
thank you for your dedication Vi !
rgds
rene and chantal on our way out tomorow we hope

Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli
Virginia
Virginia Crivelli
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Rene, thank you for your kind words.
I'm happy that overall you had a good experience in Chile and more considering the circumstances.
I'm sorry about the experience with the rental car but, I'm happy to know that you did enjoy the stunning landscapes Chile has to offer :)
I hope you had a nice flight back home.

Best regards, Vi

Chile Lake District Trip
Chile | Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2020

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Lori S.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Guides and activities were outstanding! Hotel in Puerto Varas was fine, but not exceptional -- very much enjoyed the hotel in Pucon. We had to defer the trip for a year after a preceding trip to Antarctica was deferred -- Oxana was extremely helpful in working with us on those changes. We did have some confusion with internal Chile airline reservations -- caused by different requests within the travel group -- also some confusion with final payments (likely caused by the fact that we had to defer). Overall, it was a very positive experience.

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko

Visiting the Lake District
Chile | Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2020

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Christine S.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Mar 08, 2020

Overall the trip to the Lake District was enjoyable with several hickups. We wrote to you about the discrepancy on Day 2 between what was originally quoted about lunch being included and still have not received any answer or verification of that. The original quote on which we paid stated lunch was included and then we found out it was not. The stay at Casa Karfu in Punta Arenas was not enjoyable. The hotel is very noisy, ALL the floor boards squeak, the walls are thin, and you can hear... read more

Overall the trip to the Lake District was enjoyable with several hickups. We wrote to you about the discrepancy on Day 2 between what was originally quoted about lunch being included and still have not received any answer or verification of that. The original quote on which we paid stated lunch was included and then we found out it was not. The stay at Casa Karfu in Punta Arenas was not enjoyable. The hotel is very noisy, ALL the floor boards squeak, the walls are thin, and you can hear people walking above you. If you don't have ear plugs you won't get any sleep. The staff was not particularly friendly except for one young lady at the desk who was helpful. It was a 15 min walk to town, which after a long day was not something we felt enthusiastic about. Thankfully there are 2 options down the street. Breakfast did not start promptly at 0700. Ronaldo, our guide in PA, was very good. He was professional and answered all our questions. All the activities were enjoyable.
Casa Estado in Pucon was very nice. The only complaint, if any, is it is far from town and costs about $12 each way in a taxi. You are pretty much stuck there without a car. Stefanie from Amity Tours was very nice. She was not good at keeping pace with the whole group on the hikes. One person was a fast pacer and she kept her pace with him. The 2 of them walked far ahead of the 3 of us. The 3 of us felt we could have just taken a walk together without paying for a guide. She should have considered the "pace of the whole group" and set that pace so all of us would have had the benefit of walking with the guide. This happened both days. Otherwise, the hikes in both national parks were beautiful. The thermal pools were enjoyable.

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko

A great experience with Vive Atacama!
Chile | Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2020

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Jacy C.
Cliffside Park, NJ | Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

We had a great tour with our guide, Rodrigo, and our driver, Oscar. The two had a great rapport and were both very friendly. Our favorite sight was the Rainbow Valley (which was not on the original itinerary, and we only ended up going because the Taito Geyser Field was closed), because Rodrigo took us on some paths that most tourists don't go on, and we had the whole place to ourselves. Additionally, Rodrigo has studied geology in university, so he was very knowledgeable on the rock formations and other geologic details we saw throughout the whole trip.

Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli
Virginia
Virginia Crivelli
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Hi Jacy! I'm super happy you had such a great time in Atacama and that your favourite place was Rainbow Valley! It seems that sometimes things turn out in a different way than expected and for better :)
My best wishes to you!
Vi

A Rabbit Out of a Hat...
Chile | Feb 3 - Feb 9, 2020

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timothy m.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on May 12, 2020

After finding myself en route to Santiago for work, a friend thought, "you should go to Patagonia and take some photos..." I hadn't thought about it until that moment... and with only 3 weeks out, I didn't think it remotely possible. That's when another friend passed along kimkim's info.
I truly didn't think it possible to put together such a well thought out, well planned adventure with so little time. But that's exactly what Erin was able to create... Essentially, pulling a rabbit out of a... read more

After finding myself en route to Santiago for work, a friend thought, "you should go to Patagonia and take some photos..." I hadn't thought about it until that moment... and with only 3 weeks out, I didn't think it remotely possible. That's when another friend passed along kimkim's info.
I truly didn't think it possible to put together such a well thought out, well planned adventure with so little time. But that's exactly what Erin was able to create... Essentially, pulling a rabbit out of a hat in a couple of weeks.
Given that my solo adventure was geared towards photography, my itinerary for 6 full days was tailored towards that experience. My journey took me from Estancia La Peninsula for a tour of an authentic Patagonian sheep farm, to portions of the W trek inside Torres Del Paines National Park including the French Valley and Mirador Las Torres hikes. From there, I was able to spend a couple nights in the Serrano River Valley outside the park, and mingle with the horses and herding pups at Pampa Lodge.
Finally, the culmination and the final day of my adventure was a private photography tour with an amazing guide, who took me to some of the great spots in Torres Del Paines as well as some hidden gems that only a true local would know about...
This experience was something that I will never forget. It was surreal and beautiful looking at the Andes Mountain range... meeting some amazing people in Refugias and along the trails... and it would never have happened without Erin and Julia. High fives to the two who made this whole thing so special and unforgettable.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Planning Timothy's trip was really fun and while it was quite last minute he was such a wonderful copilot in planning, was very understanding and trusting of the process and I couldn't be happier with how everything worked out. Thank you for trusting me, Tim! So happy that you had such a wonderful trip and LOVE your photos, you've captured some of my favorite places but also much of the essence of what life is like in Puerto Natales. Hope you are well and thank you again!

Best,
Erin

Nicholas planned the trip just right. We have...
Chile | Jan 18 - Jan 25, 2020

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Kajal M.
West Milford, NJ | Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Nicholas planned the trip just right. We have some issues on the first day (out fault, that I left the phone in a Cabify taxi). Our trip guide helped us a lot, and eventually, we have got it back the next day. The rest of the trip was good and enjoyable. Nicholas was always accessible, and the tour company made everything hassle-free. Thanks, Nicholas.

Local specialist: Nicholas Colombo
Nicholas
Nicholas Colombo
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Hi Kajal!

Thanks for your nice review, I'm glad that the phone issue got solved and let you enjoy the rest of the trip with no stress. It was a pleasure for us to organize your days in Chile!

Best regards,

Nicholas

Born Again Camper Does The W Trek
Chile | Feb 3 - Feb 7, 2020

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Courtney H.
Canada | Reviewed on May 12, 2020

This whole experience has been wonderful, start to finish. Everyone involved in the trip planning portion (Erin & Julie) were very attentive, informative and prompt. I would just like to say that I work in marketing for a tourism DMO and have been in the hospitality industry for 10+ years - Cote was one of the best guides I have ever encountered. She was organized, genuine, hospitable, knowledgeable and she intuitively knew what our group needed at all aspects of the trip. I cannot stress... read more

This whole experience has been wonderful, start to finish. Everyone involved in the trip planning portion (Erin & Julie) were very attentive, informative and prompt. I would just like to say that I work in marketing for a tourism DMO and have been in the hospitality industry for 10+ years - Cote was one of the best guides I have ever encountered. She was organized, genuine, hospitable, knowledgeable and she intuitively knew what our group needed at all aspects of the trip. I cannot stress enough what a unique and authentic person she is, she truly made the trek all the better.

Also, the staff at all the lodges (in particular our third stay at a Fantistico Sur) were so warm & welcoming. I’ll be spreading the word about this experience!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Courtney,

Thank you so much for the kind feedback! You all were fantastic to plan this trip with and thank you for your great communication, patience and kindness throughout the process. Thank you for the glowing review and we've made sure to pass this along to Cote :)

All the best,
Erin

AMAZING Experience!!
Chile | Feb 3 - Feb 7, 2020

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Stephanie o.
Canada | Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Cote our guide was fantastic! She set a great pace and made our time very enjoyable even through the more demanding parts of the trek. Most memorable is the lookout on grey glacier, French valley, and the secret lookout Cote took us for the towers, not busy at all which made it really great. 10/10 would recommend to family or friends that are interested!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on May 12, 2020

So glad that you enjoyed your trip! Cote is a wonderful guide and I've made sure to pass this positive feedback along to her as well. You all were great to work with in planning this trip, thank you for everything!

Smooth trip with Nicholas’s planning
Chile | Dec 25 - Jan 8, 2020

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Romkaew B.
Arlington, MA | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Nicholas’s trip preparation for us was fantastic. We got to see what we wanted from the lake region to Patagonia to Iguazu Falls within our budget. The local drivers who picked us up at various airports in Chile were on time, so we did not have to worry. The local guides were knowledgeable and attentive. We will ask for him if we will visit Chile/South America again!

Local specialist: Nicholas Colombo
Nicholas
Nicholas Colombo
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Hi Romkaew!

Thanks a lot for your nice words! It was a pleasure to organize this trip to this beautiful part of the world for your family. I hope you went home with many great memories that will last a lifetime.

Whenever you want to come back again count on me!
Best wishes

Nicholas

Very helpful!
Chile | Dec 8 - Dec 17, 2019

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Nicolas C.
Belgium | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Everything was already fully detailed on the planning but getting on the sites itself, it got way more spectacular!

You also get the help you need and everywhere I stayed, the people were very helpful and nice and welcoming!
Even if you have the slightest misfortune (a delayed flight) they came to check on me and to adapt the planning accordingly.

All by all, it is something I will do again and i would recommend.
It helps you travel but does not forget to give you enough free time where necessary!

Local specialist: Daiana Andion
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Daiana Andion
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Hi Nico!!
I am so happy to know you enjoyed your trip!

It was a pleasure to plan the trip for you. Thanks for choosing Kimkim and Say Hueque for your trip!

Have a great year!

Kind regards
Daiana

Overall, good experience
Chile | Nov 23 - Dec 2, 2019

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Mark C.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020

Overall, good experience
Emilce is knowledgeable of Argentina and provided great suggestions. The service provided was affordable and of good quality. The only improvement I would like to see is to be provided with a fully detailed and confirmed itinerary before we departed. We made this slightly more complicated due to some last minute flight changes but in today's digital era, an updated itinerary would be easy to provide via email. We did not know our exact itinerary for each location... read more

Overall, good experience
Emilce is knowledgeable of Argentina and provided great suggestions. The service provided was affordable and of good quality. The only improvement I would like to see is to be provided with a fully detailed and confirmed itinerary before we departed. We made this slightly more complicated due to some last minute flight changes but in today's digital era, an updated itinerary would be easy to provide via email. We did not know our exact itinerary for each location until we met the local guide at each airport. This included formal confirmation of our flight arrivals and hotels accommodations. This made for a mistake in pickup time at one of our arrivals and required us to make some calls to confirm our exact hotel and to take a taxi to get there (which they did reimburse us for). More than anything, this lack of explicit detail was just unnerving and can be easily fixed with a detailed itinerary.

Local specialist: Emilce Alonso
Emilce
Emilce Alonso
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020

Hi Mark,

Thank you very much for your Review! I'm really happy that you enjoyed your trip.

I'm sorry I didn't get to send you the updated itinerary just in time. I'm glad that despite having been an organized trip with so little time, everything went well and you had a nice experience in Argentina.

Your comments will encourage us to carry on designing life-time experiences for our guests! Thanks a lot and all my best wishes to you and Marguerite.

Thank you very much and it was really nice to e-meet you!

Emilce

Incredible Chile 2019
Chile | Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2019

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Melody B.
Tucson, AZ | Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019

This was our first trip to South America. We decided to visit Chile because our son had been on a 4 month study abroad exchange program in Vina del Mar, Chile and his time there was coming to an end. We did not really know how to tackle our vacation planning, so we scanned the Internet and found KimKim. We decided to go with this approach of travel because we wanted to plan our own agenda and did not want to be locked into a group tour. It was also an affordable solution for the quality of... read more

This was our first trip to South America. We decided to visit Chile because our son had been on a 4 month study abroad exchange program in Vina del Mar, Chile and his time there was coming to an end. We did not really know how to tackle our vacation planning, so we scanned the Internet and found KimKim. We decided to go with this approach of travel because we wanted to plan our own agenda and did not want to be locked into a group tour. It was also an affordable solution for the quality of service we received

Virginia Crivelli was our trip organizer. She did a fantastic job throughout the entire experience. She helped up plan and was in contact with us during our trip. She was very professional and gave us good advise. She even calmed my fears about traveling to Chile during this time of protest and unrest that started in October 2019.

Our time in Chile included the following locations: Santiago, Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, San Pedro Atacama, Casablanca Valley, Punta Arenas, and Puerto Natales. Virginia booked us wonderful hotels, fantastic tours and plane flights in country. We had local guides who spoke English and provided excellent insights into their country and location.

This was one of the best experiences we have had traveling...and we have traveled quite a bit. I would highly recommend KimKim and their local custom service model. We never felt like a tourist lost in the crowds. The local guides were friendly, knowledgeable and made us feel welcome. Thanks for the attention to details and making our trip to Chile a memory we will hold in our hearts forever!

Melody, Neil and Tanner Buckner

Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli
Virginia
Virginia Crivelli
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019

Dear Melody, I hope you're very well :)

Thank you very much for this beautiful review and for posting your pictures, you all look great. I'm more than glad to know you had such a good experience here in South America, specially in Chile.
Your happiness is the best reward I could get doing my job :)

Best Regards,

Virginia

Short and very well organized trip
Chile | Nov 25 - Nov 28, 2019

Jacopo
Jacopo C.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

Kimkim has been very helpful in organizing the trip while able to offer the best value for money service. Daiana has been very responsive also for small details. Huellas Del Desierto has been able to organize a short trip that was at the same time able to touch the most amazing areas in the time. The most beautiful one being the Altiplanos Lagunas.

Local specialist: Daiana Andion
Daiana
Daiana Andion
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

Hi Jacopo!!
I am so happy to know you enjoyed your trip!

I hope this experience stays in your heart and in your mind forever. Thanks for choosing Kimkim and Say Hueque for your trip!

Kind regards
Daiana

My son and I had a wonderful trip to Chile. ...
Chile | Nov 20 - Dec 3, 2019

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Mariellen S.
San Rafael, CA | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

My son and I had a wonderful trip to Chile. We travelled from the Atacama Dessert to the Lake District and finally to Patagonia. Isla de Magdalena and Torres del Paine National Park! Thanks to Nicholas, the trip was planned perfectly. We had a lot to see but we also had our down time and time to tour on our own. Ending in Patagonia was awesome!

Such a beautiful country with wonderful people. We hope to return someday and see more of the National Parks!

Thank you NIcholas!

Local specialist: Nicholas Colombo
Nicholas
Nicholas Colombo
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Hi Mariellen!

I'm really happy that you and your son had a great time exploring Chile! It's great that you got to experience such variety and had a good balance between activities and time and leisure.

Whenever you plan to come back count on me! It was a pleasure meeting in Santiago.

All the best,

Nicholas

GREAT trip to Chile!
Chile | Oct 13 - Oct 23, 2019

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David & Sarah K.
Griffith, IN | Reviewed on Nov 06, 2019

We recently came back from a great trip to Chile

While we had a general sense of what we wanted to see & do, we elected to utilize Kimkim to assist us in our planning

They put us in contact with Nicholas at TURISMO MILODON travel based in Santiago Chile who did an especially great job and promptly responded to all emails and text messages

Prior to our trip we inquired about some of the excursions that we were interested in (Santiago, Valparaiso, Atacama, Torres del Paine)

Nicholas came... read more

We recently came back from a great trip to Chile

While we had a general sense of what we wanted to see & do, we elected to utilize Kimkim to assist us in our planning

They put us in contact with Nicholas at TURISMO MILODON travel based in Santiago Chile who did an especially great job and promptly responded to all emails and text messages

Prior to our trip we inquired about some of the excursions that we were interested in (Santiago, Valparaiso, Atacama, Torres del Paine)

Nicholas came back with an assortment of suggestions that met our needs (especially since we can't stand some activities on the high elevation in Atacama)

We also needed some guidance on hotels. Again, he provided multiple options (at different price points). All the hotels met or exceeded our expectations. The Hotel Vendaval in Puerto Natalas deserves special attention. The staff was extremely accommodating, and the hotel construction was unique – natural wood, minimal carpeting and a large rooftop deck/lounge with great views

Roberto (our guide for the Santiago and Valparaiso excursions) was very knowledgeable on the history and various sites we visited. Language was not a problem as he spoke excellent English

One other excursion we had was a full day private tour at Matetic vineyard which included horseback riding, winery tour and tasting and a great lunch at their Restaurant (Equilibrio’s). Their Sovereign Blanc and Syrah wines were both excellent and are recommended

Our guide for the Valle de Luna excursion (Oct 16) was very thorough and gave an excellent tour

More importantly, a BIG THANKS to Nicholas who was proactive in monitoring the civil unrest situation that developed in Santiago during our visit and suggested we switch to a different hotel for our last night. He was able to get us a room at an airport hotel which worked out great since our return flight was moved up 10 hrs. to a morning departure

All in all, we had a great experience and highly recommend using Kimkim

We are looking forward to returning to Chile

Local specialist: Nicholas Colombo
Nicholas
Nicholas Colombo
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Nov 06, 2019

Dear Sarah and David!

I'm glad you had a safe flight back to the US. I'm really grateful for your kind words, indeed it has been a pleasure for me to help you with the trip planning!

Thankfully the situation of the last few weeks didn't damage your experience in this beautiful country!

Whenever you want to come back, I'll be happy to assist again, Chile has so many more destinations to be explored!

I wish you all the best,

Nicholas

acatama trip
Chile | Oct 7 - Oct 18, 2019

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lawrence p.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 08, 2019

Edwuardo was good, at times a bit condescending. I think he needs to show more background info on the trips he guides in other words plants and animals. Trips were to short. Back to the hotel by 14:00. I paid a lot of money not to have short days. On one day we did the geyser basin plus the 10km hike that was to be schedule the next day. back to hotel by15:30. because of this I pointed out to my guide that I had an empty day. We ended doing a hike up this volcano. Again back early. Your... read more

Edwuardo was good, at times a bit condescending. I think he needs to show more background info on the trips he guides in other words plants and animals. Trips were to short. Back to the hotel by 14:00. I paid a lot of money not to have short days. On one day we did the geyser basin plus the 10km hike that was to be schedule the next day. back to hotel by15:30. because of this I pointed out to my guide that I had an empty day. We ended doing a hike up this volcano. Again back early. Your rep. Santiago should have met me, not talk on the phone and give me a number to contact. You should REALLY stress with your clients in Chile not to lose their PDI and were to get a replacement. This will avoid challenges I had to put up with hotel manager in San Pedro(19% surcharge on hotel cost if I could not get one by the end of my stay)

Local specialist: Mery Morelli
Mery
Mery Morelli
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Nov 08, 2019

Hi Lawrence!

Thanks for your feedback!

Say Hueque stands out as a leader in local operator for more than 20 years, and our main goal is to create and to offer to our passengers a personal and authentic Experience.
According your request, we arranged 10 days trekking in San Pedro de Atacama, with one of our best guides in the area, Eduardo.
From our side we worked hard to do everything humanly possible for giving you the chance to have a memorable experience in our beautiful South America.... read more

Hi Lawrence!

Thanks for your feedback!

Say Hueque stands out as a leader in local operator for more than 20 years, and our main goal is to create and to offer to our passengers a personal and authentic Experience.
According your request, we arranged 10 days trekking in San Pedro de Atacama, with one of our best guides in the area, Eduardo.
From our side we worked hard to do everything humanly possible for giving you the chance to have a memorable experience in our beautiful South America. We really care, and it is our main concern, your opinion. So, of course, we highly appreciate you take the time to write to us.
I will give your feedback to our local supplier, to work in improve their experience in the area.

Regarding PDI, I sent you the copy same day that you lost it, thanks that our support team 24x7 it is always ready if a problem arises and we support operationally and in logistics in all destinations during your trip.

I hope that among this, you have had a great time in Chile!
I remain at your disposal for any other comment,
Warm Regards,
Mery

Chile 2019 Trip
Chile | Jun 28 - Jul 8, 2019

Soumava
Soumava A.
Beaverton, OR | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2019

It was a great pleasure working with Daiana. She replied to all my questions throughout the planning phase and helped me customize my trip. I will give her a wave on top of the 5 star rating.

Atacama:
1) Our private guides Alejandra, Frank, and Javier (driving us) to the Moon and Mars Valley and the Rainbow Valley were absolutely fantastic. They had the passion and experience to match that of ours. They took pleasure answering our questions or even look up the internet to do so.
2) The... read more

It was a great pleasure working with Daiana. She replied to all my questions throughout the planning phase and helped me customize my trip. I will give her a wave on top of the 5 star rating.

Atacama:
1) Our private guides Alejandra, Frank, and Javier (driving us) to the Moon and Mars Valley and the Rainbow Valley were absolutely fantastic. They had the passion and experience to match that of ours. They took pleasure answering our questions or even look up the internet to do so.
2) The group tour guides for the Cejar Lagoon and Tatio Geysers were great too but were not of the same quality as those on our private trips. They were friendly an responsive though. Although not too knowledgeable about the geology and scientific facts that they were explaining.
3) Star grazing was out of the world, I wish we could do more.
4) Location of the Hotel, friendliness of staff, proximity to major restaurants an town center was great.

Easter Island:
1) Stunning group tours at Easter Island. Great organization, improvisation when it started raining to add two trips into one helped us see everything planned.
2) Durande (might be butchering his name), our tour guide was a native Rapa Nui with the great depth and breadth of knowledge that impressed us.
3) Private tour to watch sunset at Tahai need not be a guided tour. All we needed is a vehicle to go to the spot. The tour guide was friendly and did his job, but there were not much to guide.
4) Location of the Hotel was too far from the town center. I would recommend giving us a choice even that makes a price difference. One option should be near town center or near beach the other option could be the one where we stayed.

Overall a 5 Star experience. Appreciate Daiana's willingness to help, good organization of the tours, and reasonably priced for the value we got.

Will highly recomment Kimkim and Say Hueque and will use them for our next trip to South America.

Best regards,
Soumava Adhya
s_adhya@yahoo.com

Local specialist: Daiana Andion
Daiana
Daiana Andion
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2019

Hi Soumava!!
Many thanks for your feedback! I loved all your photos!!! I am so happy to know you had a great trip

I loved the picture of the sunset and all those landscapes!! It looks amazing

We are glad to know that you have had good guides and we really appreciate the feedback, that makes us improve our services through your experience.

Thanks for trust in us and we hope you trust in us in your next adventure!

Warm Regards from Buenos Aires,
Daiana

Norte Grande/Norte Chico trip
Chile | Jun 9 - Jun 27, 2019

Stanley
Stanley W.
Santa Fe, NM | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2019

Chile is an outstanding travel experience. I have traveled extensively in the world and I believe the country of Chile is one of the best. The scenery is stunning and the people are warm and friendly. My wife and I returned from a three week trip yesterday and are basking in the afterglow.
Our guide and driver in the Santiago and the Elqui valley areas were Alejandro and Luis. There can be no better guide than Alejandro with Senderos Nativos and no better driver than Luis.
Alejandro is a... read more

Chile is an outstanding travel experience. I have traveled extensively in the world and I believe the country of Chile is one of the best. The scenery is stunning and the people are warm and friendly. My wife and I returned from a three week trip yesterday and are basking in the afterglow.
Our guide and driver in the Santiago and the Elqui valley areas were Alejandro and Luis. There can be no better guide than Alejandro with Senderos Nativos and no better driver than Luis.
Alejandro is a personable individual whom I immediately felt comfortable with on an interpersonal level. I feel privileged to be shown the country of Chile by a person of his stature. He is brilliant in his knowledge of all aspects of Chilean culture, history, flora, fauna, and landscape etc. Luis is likewise easy to get to know and is extremely efficient and dependable. He has raised the level of driving to an art and I never once felt uncomfortable with him behind the wheel.
Travel to the Atacama area is a must. It is a travel experience that is singularly unique and powerful.
Our guide and driver in this area was Javier with Huellas del Desierto. Like the two individuals just mentioned, he is easy to communicate with and is completely knowledgeable of the Atacama area. He went above and beyond to make our experience in San Pedro both fun and informative. He is a professional in every sense of the word.
Our guide in Valparaiso was April who was perfect in every sense. Valparaiso is another must visit travel destination. April brought the city alive in a manner that would have been impossible without her.
Mery ( primarily) and Daiana (backup) worked hard to make our travel experience happen the way I wanted. Mery was critical to the success of the trip and she came through perfectly. Daiana also provided assistance at critical moments. Everything that was arranged happened as planned and occurred like clockwork. I have friends and family considering a trip to Chile and Argentina and I would not hesitate to recommend either one of them for travel assistance.
All of these individuals are complete professionals and are excellent at their respective skills. I have never written a review before but I can honestly say if you are planning a trip to Chile and/or Argentina, you can have complete trust and confidence in them to provide an unforgettable first rate travel experience.

Local specialist: Mery Morelli
Mery
Mery Morelli
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2019

Hi Stan,
As I have commented to you before, I really happy to know that you had an amazing trip and thank you very much for your words!!
I will send this to our local representatives in Chile to let them know that you had a very good experience :)
It is the main goal of Say Hueque with Kim Kim to create the best Travel Experiences, and we understand your expectations were fully satisfied.
I hope to have the opportunity to help you, or to your family and friends, in a future adventure.
Thank you again for take the time to write us and share this review!
Have a great time,
Warm Regards,
Mery

Torres del Paine
Chile | Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

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perry c.
Canada | Reviewed on May 28, 2019

The first two nights of the trip were terrible. Our original campsites were indiscriminately closed without warning. As a result all the campers were forced to use the facilities of much smaller refugios, which were inadequate for the number of people. We were herded in and out of the eating areas like cattle, with strict time limits for consuming our meals.

Furthermore, I was dramatically overcharged compared to other people in my group who booked directly with the tour operator, Chile... read more

The first two nights of the trip were terrible. Our original campsites were indiscriminately closed without warning. As a result all the campers were forced to use the facilities of much smaller refugios, which were inadequate for the number of people. We were herded in and out of the eating areas like cattle, with strict time limits for consuming our meals.

Furthermore, I was dramatically overcharged compared to other people in my group who booked directly with the tour operator, Chile Nativo. I was charged approximately $2500 US, including KimKim's fee, while others in my group paid approximately $1700 US!! I have requested a refund and will not use or recommend KimKim's services to my social network unless I am properly reimbursed. This is very unprofessional.

Local specialist: Mery Morelli
Mery
Mery Morelli
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on May 28, 2019

Hi Perry,

Thanks for your feedback.
Say Hueque stands out as a leader in local operator for more than 20 years, and our main goal is to create and to offer to our passengers a personal and authentic Experience.
Torres del Paine is a unique and exclusive place in South America that gives the opportunity to connect with the environment and spectacular landscapes.
In remote places like Torres del Parque National Park is, and in this kind of adventures, and at this time of the year (almost... read more

Hi Perry,

Thanks for your feedback.
Say Hueque stands out as a leader in local operator for more than 20 years, and our main goal is to create and to offer to our passengers a personal and authentic Experience.
Torres del Paine is a unique and exclusive place in South America that gives the opportunity to connect with the environment and spectacular landscapes.
In remote places like Torres del Parque National Park is, and in this kind of adventures, and at this time of the year (almost winter for this area), the climate can not be the best to visit it, but it gives you the authentic feeling to be the only group at the park, and avoid the crowd that you can find during summer.
We trust deeply in our guides and in what they consider that is the best for the group during these multi-days treks.
I sincerely hope that in spite of the weather and of not luxury refuges, you enjoyed an amazing place like Torres del Paine is.
Also keep in mind that when making a reservation through SAY HUEQUE, with all the services, you will receive a high level customer service that you would not expect when booking as individual services. We have experience in travel planning and custom itinerary design, we support 24x7 throughout the trip if any problem arises, we support operationally and in logistics in all destinations during your trip and we have the benefits of continuous and long-term investment to ensure a competitive pricing environment, while we work with the best partners, hotels and possible guides to ensure the perfect trip.
From our side we worked hard to do everything humanly possible for giving you the chance to have a memorable experience in our beautiful South America. We really care, and it is our main concern, your opinion. So, of course, we highly appreciate you take the time to write to us.

Best Regards,
Mery

Wonders of Chile - 14 Days
Chile | Apr 21 - May 5, 2019

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Sherwin B.
New Zealand | Reviewed on May 27, 2019

This was my first time in South America and Chile, and also my first time as a solo traveler. Mery put together a fantastic and thorough 15 day itinerary for me in Chile covering all the highlights and more that I had not thought off. I am grateful and privileged to have covered so much of Chile in such a short amount of time. All credit for this goes to Mery and her team.

The tours that were arranged were on-time, professional and very informative. The guides, whilst mainly catering to... read more

This was my first time in South America and Chile, and also my first time as a solo traveler. Mery put together a fantastic and thorough 15 day itinerary for me in Chile covering all the highlights and more that I had not thought off. I am grateful and privileged to have covered so much of Chile in such a short amount of time. All credit for this goes to Mery and her team.

The tours that were arranged were on-time, professional and very informative. The guides, whilst mainly catering to Spanish speaking passengers, also took the time and patience to explain the same to me in English.

I was also impressed with the accommodation that was booked, it felt like someone had really thought about the location and quality of the places. The accommodation in the various towns/cities was centrally located, close to shops and restaurants and very comfortable.

The highlights of the trip were the San Pedro de Atacama desert (would recommend the Altiplanics Lake tours, Laguna Cejar, Moon Valley tour & the Night Sky tour) which has so many varying and unique landscapes. Patagonia including the Torres del Paine national park and Balmaceda/Serrano glaciers are a must see, these are truly spectacular.

Overall a very well organised and thought out trip, that exceeded my expectations. Thank you for putting this together and ensuring I had a great experience. Would not hesitate to recommend kimkim/Say Hueque again.

Local specialist: Mery Morelli
Mery
Mery Morelli
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on May 27, 2019

Hola Sherwin!

Thanks for your feedback! It is great to know that everything went well as planned!
Also thanks for take time to be very specific about what you loved during your visit :)
It is really good to me to know that your first experience as Solo traveler was fantastic!

I hope to see you planning a new travel soon!
Warm Regards,
Mery

Trip to Chile
Chile | Mar 20 - Mar 29, 2019

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Judy R.
Canada | Reviewed on May 08, 2019

Chile 2019 - thank you to Daiana and all the drivers and tour guides who made this a trip of a lifetime. Hotel Ismael is Santiago is perfect. Matetic Winery is a must see. Atacama desert experience was beyond expectations. Judy

Local specialist: Daiana Andion

Chile
Chile | Mar 23 - Apr 13, 2019

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Peter P.
Canada | Reviewed on May 03, 2019

I liked that kimkim provides suggested itineraries. It helped me to decide what to do on my trip. It resulted in my choosing to start in Buenos Aires, going to Ushuaia and finishing up in Chile. This was my first time using kimkim, so I was unsure of the quality of the service I would be receiving but I was happy with how things turned out.

My reason for giving only four stars is that there was quite often a lag in communication. I would request something or ask a question, and... read more

I liked that kimkim provides suggested itineraries. It helped me to decide what to do on my trip. It resulted in my choosing to start in Buenos Aires, going to Ushuaia and finishing up in Chile. This was my first time using kimkim, so I was unsure of the quality of the service I would be receiving but I was happy with how things turned out.

My reason for giving only four stars is that there was quite often a lag in communication. I would request something or ask a question, and sometimes would only receive a response days later. An immediate response, such as “We got your question, please give us a few days to get back to you”. would have been helpful.

As well, a breakdown of the costs would have been helpful. I only received a total dollar amount with no idea of the costs for the individual tours and accommodations.

Daiana’s service was good. The tour companies she chose were excellent. The tour guides, Sandra in Buenos Aires, and Gabriel in Ushuaia were first class. Sandra spent more than a half day with me. She was flexible in that she was able to start the tour right away instead of waiting until the afternoon. She was very knowledgeable about the city, took me to places that matched my interests, and gave me good advice for the next day when I was on my own.

Gabriel of Nunatak was fantastic as well. I liked being in small groups, he was also very knowledgeable, and provided a good insight into life in Argentina. The lunches provided by Nunatak were very good as well. Daiana picked excursions for me that I found very pleasing. I was happy with everything that she organized.

Again, the area for improvement would be communication. The pickup in the airports were difficult as it took time before I was able to find my driver. Maybe I should be wearing a sign and stand somewhere near the exit of the arrivals area instead of trying to find the driver.

I had difficulty using the emergency numbers provided with my cell phone while at the airport. Nothing seemed to work. At the Buenos Aires airport, the number that finally worked was the one for outside of the city but still in Argentina. It would have helpful to know that at the airport, one should use that particular number.

In Calama, it was particularly difficult. The written instructions sent me to the wrong counter.
Transfer Andion had no idea who I was, and it was only by accident that I found out that arrangements had been made with another taxi service. As well, I didn’t really need a pickup as the resort I was staying in (Awasi) always comes to pick up their guests. I am not sure why Daiana was unaware of this and made these other arrangements.

Finally, on the day of departure for going back to Canada, the written instructions indicated my driver was to pick me up at 2:15 pm. His understanding was that the pickup time was 3:00 pm. Another communication breakdown.

So on the whole, the service was good, but I can’t give it an excellent rating because of these communication issues.

Local specialist: Daiana Andion
Daiana
Daiana Andion
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on May 03, 2019

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your review! We really appreciate the feedback, that makes us to improve our services through your experience.
Daiana is enjoying her holidays, that is why I (Mery) am answering :)
We are glad to know that you have had good guides, and we will check the communication issues that you have commented, we don´t want that details ruin a next adventure!

Thanks for trust in us and we hope you trust in us in a next adventure!
Warm Regards from Buenos Aires,
Mery

atacama desert
Chile | Apr 19 - Apr 23, 2019

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clare p.
Australia | Reviewed on May 14, 2019

My two trips within Chile which were organised by Oxana were fantastic.The first was a full day outing from Santiago , where our fantastic guide Paolo led a very memorable and stunning day hike in the El Morado national monument and then we had a soak in the hot springs topped offwith a picnic watching the land changing colours in the sunset. Then I had 3nights in San Pedro de Atacama, an amazing place. Oxana organised my transfers from Calama , a great hotel and two full days of... read more

My two trips within Chile which were organised by Oxana were fantastic.The first was a full day outing from Santiago , where our fantastic guide Paolo led a very memorable and stunning day hike in the El Morado national monument and then we had a soak in the hot springs topped offwith a picnic watching the land changing colours in the sunset. Then I had 3nights in San Pedro de Atacama, an amazing place. Oxana organised my transfers from Calama , a great hotel and two full days of experiencing that wondrous region. I found Kimkim to be very helpful, responsive and flexible when I had an issue I unexpectedly needed to resolve which required their understanding. I highly recommend Kimkim.

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko
Oxana
Oxana Protchenko
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Clare,
I am really glad you had a great time!
Best wishes with your future travels!

Trekking Northern Patagonia: 8 Days
Chile | Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2019

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Hans L.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

It is difficult to award “stars” for this experience – but something like 8 out of 5 would perhaps do it justice!

Equally difficult to pick a highlight in a trip full of them:

It started with a warm welcome from Ingrid in Puerto Varras. After a spectacular flight to Chaiten the next morning, a walk to a glacier and a first night in a nice lodge at Lake Yelcho, the trekking started in earnest the next day.
We started at our lead guide Ricardo’s family home in Futaleufú before setting off on... read more

It is difficult to award “stars” for this experience – but something like 8 out of 5 would perhaps do it justice!

Equally difficult to pick a highlight in a trip full of them:

It started with a warm welcome from Ingrid in Puerto Varras. After a spectacular flight to Chaiten the next morning, a walk to a glacier and a first night in a nice lodge at Lake Yelcho, the trekking started in earnest the next day.
We started at our lead guide Ricardo’s family home in Futaleufú before setting off on a strenuous trek to Lake Las Rosas where we set up camp in an untouched wilderness area. Dinner was great Italian home cooking on open fires! Next morning Ricardo rustled up a perfectly cooked breakfast before we embarked on an exciting horse ride over a steep, rocky and exposed path and eventually out into the valley to Lake Espolon for a paddle across the lake.
Accommodation this day was with a local family, dinner in their home and an interesting stroll the following morning.
A strenuous walk then got us up to the Tree House – a fantastically set out camp with cabins clinging to trees that leave you just about out in the open, overlooking a little pond – and the first of the wood fired spas we came to treasure in the next two camps!
Then came a walk down the ridge for some zip lining into the Futaleufú River! Another great camp – Cave Camp – with cabins open to the rapids just outside. After lunch, a short climb up a huge crag lead to some phenomenally spectacular abseiling. Another spa to bring down the adrenalin before - another - great open-fire dinner!
Rafting some of the serious rapids on the Futaleufú was the main, crowning event before the last stop in Nun Camp – named after the mountain opposite; and my cabin hanging right at the cliff’s edge over the river! A relaxing spa was followed by a lavish feast with a lamb on the spit and a selection of great Chilean wines as the farewell from the whole team and families.

I cannot think of much at all to improve this trip - it went so completely well: First there is Ricardo’s great leadership – making me feel safe (and pampered!) all the way through; the continuous help with a smile from his father-in law Claudio; then there was the flawless execution of the logistics in an exceedingly extreme terrain; and absolutely excellent professional help from all of the team all along the way.
If really pressed I could perhaps comment that paddling on Lake Espolon is good exercise – but is it equally good adventure value?

But, in a nutshell: this was one of the very best trips of my life.

Local specialist: Catherine Currie
Catherine
Catherine Currie
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dear Hans,

Thank you for your kind words. It was a great pleasure sharing with you this amazing part of Patagonia.
We are pleased you enjoyed your experience in Futaleufu. Having the chance of touching our guest's lives is what motivate us to do our job.

A big hug form all the Futaleufu Adventure Team!
Catherine

Trip to Chile
Chile | Mar 12 - Mar 25, 2019

Jose Mario
Jose Mario V.
Puerto Rico | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2019

With the help of Mery, I had a wonderful time in Patagonia. She planned a 14day trip of trekking in Patagonia and suggested locations I had not considered that ended up being incredible. El Chaltén, Argentina, was a wonderful addition to my original plans and I would have not discovered this wonderful town if not for Mery. She and her team at Say hueque deserve all the credit for my visit to the Argentine side of Patagonia being a success. Mery also booked a guided trek of Torres del Paine... read more

With the help of Mery, I had a wonderful time in Patagonia. She planned a 14day trip of trekking in Patagonia and suggested locations I had not considered that ended up being incredible. El Chaltén, Argentina, was a wonderful addition to my original plans and I would have not discovered this wonderful town if not for Mery. She and her team at Say hueque deserve all the credit for my visit to the Argentine side of Patagonia being a success. Mery also booked a guided trek of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, with Chile Nativo that was incredible. The park itself is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. But the treks were great in large part because of my guide Josefa aka Pepa. She was incredibly nice, helpful, and knowledgeable about the park and Patagonia in general. I am so greatful to have had her as my guide, she did an amazing job. Thank you Mery, Pepa, and kimkim for making my trip to Patagonia a success!

Local specialist: Mery Morelli
Mery
Mery Morelli
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2019

Hi Jose,

Thanks for your feedback!! I am glad to know that you had a good experience travelling with us! Thanks for take time to make a review with to many details :) I will send the comments to Pepa!
I hope this has been a very good start of year for you!

I hope you trust in us in a next adventure!
Warm Regards,
Mery

Atacama Desert & Lake District - 8 Days
Chile | Mar 13 - Mar 23, 2019

Beth
Beth S.
Buffalo, NY | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2019

Really fantastic experience booking my trip to Chile with KimKim. Oxana was very knowledgeable and helped me plan the perfect trip and every detail seemed to be taken care of. The transportation services were excellent and I was able to experience all the parts of Chile I had hoped to visit. I was even automatically checked in for domestic flights I had while in Chile, which was super convenient. The accommodations were also superb. My only quibble would be that some of the tours I was on... read more

Really fantastic experience booking my trip to Chile with KimKim. Oxana was very knowledgeable and helped me plan the perfect trip and every detail seemed to be taken care of. The transportation services were excellent and I was able to experience all the parts of Chile I had hoped to visit. I was even automatically checked in for domestic flights I had while in Chile, which was super convenient. The accommodations were also superb. My only quibble would be that some of the tours I was on were with people that were about twice my age (I’m 29 and the median age of a lot of my fellow tourists seemed to be about 60). I would have enjoyed being around those more my own age, but also realize that as a solo traveler, I am being accommodated by tour groups that are able to take me and it’s not necessarily within KimKim’s control as to what age group I end up touring with, and it didn’t negatively impact my experience- just something for others to bear in mind. And in some instances I was the only person signed up for a tour and the tours still went, which was really appreciated as I know some tours won’t go if they don’t get enough participants. Overall excellent experience and service and I will definitely consider traveling with KimKim again in the future!

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko
Oxana
Oxana Protchenko
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2019

Hello Beth,
Great to know that you enjoyed the trip!
We do always try to make sure that even as a solo traveller everyone can do the tours they want, as for the age group for those - hopefully, we will be able to sort it out but as you mentioned, sometimes it is not easy to accommodate each group according to the age.

Best wishes and happy future travels!

Exploring Santiago & the Atacama Desert - 7 Days
Chile | Mar 16 - Mar 22, 2019

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Qinqin Q.
Phoenix, AZ | Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Marina was very tentative from the very beginning. She’s very responsive and explained very details to us. At first I was a bit nervous using online travel agent since we didn’t have any in person interaction but after a while Marina made us feel very comfortable. I would recommend Kimkim to my friends and our future adventures.

Local specialist: Marina Ettlin
Marina
Marina Ettlin
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Qinqin,
Great to know that you enjoyed the trip!

Best wishes and happy future travels!

Chile Highlights
Chile | Mar 4 - Mar 19, 2019

Dave
Dave E.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Apr 27, 2019

Overall we had a great holiday. Chile is a diverse, amazing and civilised place. Everywhere we went people were friendly and we didn't feel threatened at all. Highlights were the Atacama Desert and the trips run by Rutas Andinas (especially Andreas); they were very laid back and informative. We also loved Torres Del Paine and had the bonus of being on all inclusive, which we didn't realise until we were on the transfer from Punta Arenas. We did a number of trips from the hotel - Grey Glacier,... read more

Overall we had a great holiday. Chile is a diverse, amazing and civilised place. Everywhere we went people were friendly and we didn't feel threatened at all. Highlights were the Atacama Desert and the trips run by Rutas Andinas (especially Andreas); they were very laid back and informative. We also loved Torres Del Paine and had the bonus of being on all inclusive, which we didn't realise until we were on the transfer from Punta Arenas. We did a number of trips from the hotel - Grey Glacier, Base of the Tower, Patagon and Laguna Azul, and all of the guides were excellent. If we were to go again I would probably give the Lake District a miss - Puerto Varas is really nice but the Chiloe Island trip, although there is nothing wrong with it, is a long way (400 km round trip) for not that much return. Osorno Volcano trip was good.
We spent 5 nights (in 3 blocks in Santiago) and the Ismael Hotel is in a great position. Lots of positives about the hotel - staff, atmosphere, breakfast, comfortable bed and pillow but be aware there is not much sound proofing in the glazing, so if you are in a room that is low down and either on the noisy side (back of hotel is on a busy street) or in room 413 (next to apartment that has all night parties on a Saturday - till 0700), try to get moved higher. Walking tour of Santiago was good and the Valpariso/Wine Tour was great. Felipe is a good guy. We also went on a Colchagua Wine Tour, which was the only one where we felt we were pushed along by the guide (Vivi). The vineyards were excellent and we had plenty of wine and a good lunch but we kept being told 'we need to move on in 8 minutes; 5 minutes etc', which isn't great considering how expensive it is.
Oxana (supported by Marina) was excellent and planned the whole thing around our wishes. Also, when we had a couple of scheduling issues with transfers they were resolved immediately. One other thing to mention, throughout the tour, regardless of operator, all of the drivers were good and we both felt safe on all trips (bus drivers in Cambodia please note!!).
An excellent trip and I would use KimKim and EcoChile again.

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko
Oxana
Oxana Protchenko
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Apr 27, 2019

Dave, great pictures, thank you for sharing those with us!
Always nice to read the highlight of the trips, and so glad you had a wonderful time and managed to explore so many sites in Chile.
Also, really appreciate your comments about the wine tour, I will make sure to look into it and see what was the reason everything was so rushed!

Thank you!

Torres
Chile | Mar 3 - Mar 8, 2019

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Chuck M.
Mount Olive, MS | Reviewed on Apr 02, 2019

THE BEST
* Advance planning with Erin was very good and was personalized. Enjoyed working with her
*Ohmar was very good and was an excellent guide with excellent park history and knowledge.
Enjoyed being with him.
*The two transfer drivers were good. Carlos was particularly helpful in getting us to an earlier bus
departure back to Punta Arenas. He was very pleasant.
*The Aquaterra accommodations were good.
*The Grey Glacier Hotel and later glacier boat tour were both very good.
*The... read more

THE BEST
* Advance planning with Erin was very good and was personalized. Enjoyed working with her
*Ohmar was very good and was an excellent guide with excellent park history and knowledge.
Enjoyed being with him.
*The two transfer drivers were good. Carlos was particularly helpful in getting us to an earlier bus
departure back to Punta Arenas. He was very pleasant.
*The Aquaterra accommodations were good.
*The Grey Glacier Hotel and later glacier boat tour were both very good.
*The day tour of the park was very good.
*The Refugio Torre Central was a good staging point for the long hike, but there were some other
lodging options one might have considered to shorten hike a little.
*Even though we only had one clear and one partially clear day of the three, the views were
spectacular and what we came to see.
THE OTHER
*Two boat rides are unnecessary; the Grey Glacier tour was much better.
*The two options provided because of the last minute zodiac cancellation wee not good; like take a
chance on another company which may not go, or take an all day boat ride for a 1 hour walk. A
better option would have been to go head and do park tour or have a extra day in the park. Still
had to pay for transfer even though luggage would have been transferred under original plans.
*During the tour day, the hike was a pretty serious climb, considering the long hike to next day.
Might have considered another hike considering our ages and experience.
*For someone my age, a stay at the refugio 2/3 of the way up the Torres Base hike would have
been better. Also provides a weather option.
*The Patagonia B&B was very basic and would not be recommended.
*Lodging in Punta Arenas could have been nearer the penguin boat dock and airport. It was a 50
minute ride from town and back plus long boat ride for 1 hour with penguins at the end of the
season.
*Other than the lost day with the boat ride, the trip was a success.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Apr 02, 2019

Hi Chuck,

WOW, thank you for sharing all of those photos! I'm really happy that you enjoyed the majority of your trip and that I had the opportunity to work and plan with you. We really appreciate the feedback and I will be sure to pass it along to my team. Wishing you and your family the best!

Erin

Santiago Chile
Chile | Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2019

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Katie A.
| Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Really enjoyed the trip that Mery coordinated. Drivers were very professional (some spoke only Spanish and some were fluent in English- all were fabulous and went out of their way to make sure we had the best experience). Note, be very specific with your wishes if you don’t want to take a long (South American style) lunch and would rather finish up earlier in the day. Sometimes a late afternoon vineyard tour and tasting makes for a sleepy evening. We had some last minute schedule changes... read more

Really enjoyed the trip that Mery coordinated. Drivers were very professional (some spoke only Spanish and some were fluent in English- all were fabulous and went out of their way to make sure we had the best experience). Note, be very specific with your wishes if you don’t want to take a long (South American style) lunch and would rather finish up earlier in the day. Sometimes a late afternoon vineyard tour and tasting makes for a sleepy evening. We had some last minute schedule changes and the team went above and beyond to accommodate our requests. Would definitely go through kimkim again!

Local specialist: Mery Morelli
Mery
Mery Morelli
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Hi Katie,

Thanks for your feedback! I am glad that you had a good time in Santiago and you could taste their wines! I hope the rest of your trip goes extraordinary!

Warm Regards,
Mery

Hiking
Chile | Feb 19 - Mar 5, 2019

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WENDY G.
Spokane, WA | Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

Patagonia was a trip of a lifetime!
Argentina experience:
The Perito Moreno Glacier ice trek was a truly unbelievably experience. I have never seen anything like it, definitely a trip highlight. Our time spent in El Chalten/Fitzroy was magical. The hotel was very nice and accommodating. Oscar the bartender/ server/ host was our favorite. The scheduled hikes were perfect, tough but perfect. It was the perfect amount of time to spend there.
Chile experience:
The glacier cruise out of... read more

Patagonia was a trip of a lifetime!
Argentina experience:
The Perito Moreno Glacier ice trek was a truly unbelievably experience. I have never seen anything like it, definitely a trip highlight. Our time spent in El Chalten/Fitzroy was magical. The hotel was very nice and accommodating. Oscar the bartender/ server/ host was our favorite. The scheduled hikes were perfect, tough but perfect. It was the perfect amount of time to spend there.
Chile experience:
The glacier cruise out of Puerto Natales was canceled due to wind and we weren't sure what to do. The people at Ditmarr/kimkim helped us quickly change our plans. We had a guided trip to explore the caves. Juan was our guide and we thoroughly enjoyed him and the cave experience.
The "W" hike was outstanding! Patagonia is so vast and diverse. The hiking is challenging with a lot of bouldering. We hiked in the perfect direction, I wouldn't do it the opposite way. Torres del Paine was full of people but the rest of the hike was less so. The refugios were a bit rough with the exception of the domes in Frances which we LOVED! You will get tired of bread, I suggest bringing some protein supplements along. Bring earplugs you will need them to sleep. The "staff" at Refugio Chileno were up until 2:30 AM playing loud music and partying...plus tired snoring hikers can happen. Hot showers are hard to come by so bring wipes etc, also suggest to bring a towel. The weather is unpredictable so bring layers for hot and cold. If you don't want to carry a really big pack you can rent sleeping bags. I would recommend that option. I can't remember if we were offered that. They do give you pillows. All the bus arrangements etc went smoothly.
We loved our trip!!! Patagonia is awesome. Kimkim and Dittmar were great to work with.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

Love the photos and thank you for all the great feedback! Wendy and her crew were an amazing group to have with us and such kind and attentive partners throughout the planning process. Wishing you all the best!

Hiking
Chile | Feb 19 - Mar 5, 2019

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Corey S.
Sekiu, WA | Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

Everything was well organized. Erin always responded quickly with answers to our questions. The hotel staff at El Chatan and Portas Natales were exceptional. I learned a few things 1. Pack as light as possible for "W" hike. 2. I have a little difficulty sleeping in small dark places. 2 of the Refugios were very small. Hiking in Patagonia is amazing and challenging. Its beauty unmatched, it is wild and rugged. The lakes and streams every color of blue, greens and greys. So happy i completed this bucket list dream.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

Thank you Corey for the feedback and trips for future travelers, very helpful! We loved hosting you all and are so happy that you had an incredible experience. You and your friends were wonderful to work with throughout the planning process and I've received nothing but great feedback from our guides. Hoping you all are well and cheers to adventure :)

Senior trip
Chile | Feb 17 - Mar 2, 2019

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Jill M.
Broomfield, CO | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

These guys, and gals, are great. It was our first time using a tour company, Patagonia has so much to do and see that I needed some help connecting the dots. Erin was super easy to work with and got back to me promptly whenever I had a question. It was a treat not to have to figure out the hotel/hostel piece as well as the bus schedule, they did it all. The tours were great, my favorite tour was the Estancia La Peninsula, an incredible day spent on the Estancia. Paula, our guide in Torres,... read more

These guys, and gals, are great. It was our first time using a tour company, Patagonia has so much to do and see that I needed some help connecting the dots. Erin was super easy to work with and got back to me promptly whenever I had a question. It was a treat not to have to figure out the hotel/hostel piece as well as the bus schedule, they did it all. The tours were great, my favorite tour was the Estancia La Peninsula, an incredible day spent on the Estancia. Paula, our guide in Torres, was top notch too, she was a wealth of information and I felt that getting the full scope of the park was really valuable. Emily also lent a hand with final logistics. The entire crew was knowledgeable and easy to work with , the entire trip was way beyond our expectations and I highly recommend Dittmar Adventures if you are planning a trip to Patagonia. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

No, thank you, thank you, thank you! Jill was such a wonderful person to work with, so kind and easy to communicate with. I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to help you plan this trip and it's a shame I wasn't able to meet you in person. Thank you for trusting us and come back anytime!

All the best,
Erin

Chile
Chile | Feb 14 - Feb 27, 2019

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Robert D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Mar 07, 2019

We had a great trip to the Santa Rita Wine Estate - thoroughly recommended for a two night stay - the Atacama Desert, Lake District and Patagonia (Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine).
The Atacama was just after their first heavy rainfall in years, which added extra beauty as the salts emerging from the ground gave the effect of a light sprinkling of snow. The mountains around were also topped with snow. The NOI Casa Atacama was good, apart from some oddities like the worst faucets of the... read more

We had a great trip to the Santa Rita Wine Estate - thoroughly recommended for a two night stay - the Atacama Desert, Lake District and Patagonia (Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine).
The Atacama was just after their first heavy rainfall in years, which added extra beauty as the salts emerging from the ground gave the effect of a light sprinkling of snow. The mountains around were also topped with snow. The NOI Casa Atacama was good, apart from some oddities like the worst faucets of the trip but the best shower. Despite a small mosquito and fly problem in the room, the staff couldn't supply any fly spray, which we thought was unhelpful.
The Cumbres hotel in Puerto Varas was good, but I wouldn't recommend spending the extra cost of a room with full mountain view, as the clouds were down over the mountains most of the time! It's a great area for hiring a car and exploring yourself.
Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine were amazing, and fantastic weather most of the time too. I'd recommend booking at least the Full Paine tour well before you arrive, rather than at the last minute.
Avoid connections at Santiago airport with less than a couple of hours. A delayed arrival on one flight meant that we were stranded overnight in a cheap airport hotel, which lost us most of one day.
Oxana was very helpful in the plannning stage, with good suggestions and good choices of hotels, and in monitoring our progress through the trip, and gave us all the help we needed in rebooking flights after disprutions, and making changes to the programme.
I can't remember all the names of the guides and drivers, but they were excellent throughout, and everyone turned up preceisely when and where they were needed!

Would be very happy to come to Chile with Eco Chile again, or to use Kim Kim for other trips.

Andrew Dakin

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko
Oxana
Oxana Protchenko
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Mar 07, 2019

Andrew,
Once again thank you for your nice words and the detailed feedback!
We will be happy to receive you in Chile again!

Best wishes,
Oxana

Patagonia Trip
Chile | Dec 30 - Jan 20, 2019

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Caley V.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

The Dittmar team went above and beyond for our adventure. Erin really took the time to understand the type of trip we were seeking from the very beginning. She brought to the table amazing suggestions on how to incorporate both the Cerro Castillo trail with Fitz Roy and a classic road trip. They made logistics easy as pie for our small group. Even when we blew two car tires on the classic Carrera Austral, their team jumped in with support immediately. The four day through hike for Cerro... read more

The Dittmar team went above and beyond for our adventure. Erin really took the time to understand the type of trip we were seeking from the very beginning. She brought to the table amazing suggestions on how to incorporate both the Cerro Castillo trail with Fitz Roy and a classic road trip. They made logistics easy as pie for our small group. Even when we blew two car tires on the classic Carrera Austral, their team jumped in with support immediately. The four day through hike for Cerro Castillo was my favorite trail to date. It lived up to all of the expectations that the Dittmar team provided. I'd highly recommend using their team if you are looking for a laid back, self-guided adventure through Patagonia!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley

torres del paine
Chile | Feb 13 - Feb 16, 2019

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John S.
Phoenix, AZ | Reviewed on Mar 03, 2019

Great trip. Expensive for what you got. Most tents and sites were available and empty. Had been , prepaid for by guide companies, who monopolize the park. Locals would not let anyone stay in open sites if they did not have a reservation. Everyone we talked to had great difficulty getting reservation on their own. Drove the cost up exponentially. Kimkim was great to work with and tried to help with costs. Tent sites were the best vs. Made beds in dorms and snorers. Dittmar was ok. The sandwich... read more

Great trip. Expensive for what you got. Most tents and sites were available and empty. Had been , prepaid for by guide companies, who monopolize the park. Locals would not let anyone stay in open sites if they did not have a reservation. Everyone we talked to had great difficulty getting reservation on their own. Drove the cost up exponentially. Kimkim was great to work with and tried to help with costs. Tent sites were the best vs. Made beds in dorms and snorers. Dittmar was ok. The sandwich they gave us the day before at orientation was bad by the next day. Totally soggy with tomatoes,cucumbers. Transportation in the park was not always on time as stated. Buses didn't run sometimes and neither did the ferry. A lot of standing around and waiting for it.

Local specialist: Jessica Taylor
Jessica
Jessica Taylor
Local specialist in Amsterdam | Reviewed on Mar 03, 2019

Hi John,

Thanks for your feedback! It really helps us improve our services.

Trip to Chile
Chile | Feb 1 - Feb 8, 2019

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Beau S.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Everything was fantastic, we did the W trek, it went flawlessly. Would highly recommend this service.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Thank you so much, Beau!

Top 10 Regions in Chile: Where to Go & What to See
Chile | Jan 19 - Jan 24, 2019

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Donna & Myles R.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2019

We are one couple that were from a group of 10 but we did not have any part of the planning we simply were part of the group, others in our group did the planning and therefore had all the interactions with the team.
We were greeted at the departure from the cruise ship by Mauricio Masserano and spent the majority of 4 days with him touring the wineries of Chile. His English is impeccable and he has a very broad understanding of the wineries. He took us to lots of wineries that had... read more

We are one couple that were from a group of 10 but we did not have any part of the planning we simply were part of the group, others in our group did the planning and therefore had all the interactions with the team.
We were greeted at the departure from the cruise ship by Mauricio Masserano and spent the majority of 4 days with him touring the wineries of Chile. His English is impeccable and he has a very broad understanding of the wineries. He took us to lots of wineries that had different and unique places for example each day would be at least three wineries that had totally different ways of making wines. We visited some really great wineries and Mauricio chose different luncheons at very unique places that were all very delicious.
He and the driver left us at our hotel and the next day we had a father and son that gave us a tour of Santiago and took us to the airport for our flights home. They were both very knowledgeable with the City of Santiago and we enjoyed our day immensely. They also chose a very unique restaurant that was truly a great experience.

Local specialist: Marie-Lou Goullieux
Marie-Lou
Marie-Lou Goullieux
Local specialist in Valdivia | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2019

Thank you Donna and Myles for your nice review!

All the best!

Trip to Chile
Chile | Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2019

Prerak
Prerak P.
Brookline, MA | Reviewed on Feb 09, 2019

Thanks to Kimkim our W trek was amazing. Diana was fantastic in all sense. She responded promptly and made changes to our itinerary as required.

Only one suggestion, which is for fantastic sur, on day we could have stayed in Frances, day 3 Paine Grande which would have made things a bit better in terms of covering more.

We will definitely come back to Kimkim for our next Chilean and Argentina adventure

Thanks,
Pre and Elisabeth

Local specialist: Daiana Andion
Daiana
Daiana Andion
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Feb 09, 2019

Hi Prerak!!
I am so happy to know you had a good time in Torres del Paine!

It is the main goal of Say Hueque to create the best Travel Experiences,
We really care, and it is our main concern, your opinion. So, of course, we highly appreciate you take the time to write to us.

Thank you very much for your review,

Daiana

Top 10 Regions in Chile: Where to Go & What to See
Chile | Jan 19 - Jan 24, 2019

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Luanne N.
Surprise, AZ | Reviewed on Feb 07, 2019

I found the web platform and payment method a bit challenging as I was travelling with a group. Marie-Lou was generally prompt in responding to me. It would have been better if we could have talked directly to Mauricio, our guide for the wine tours as he had a plan that would have involved less driving. We went the way I requested but that was because I really didn’t understand the driving times/traffic etc. However, we did enjoy driving up the coast from San Antonio to Valparaíso as we were... read more

I found the web platform and payment method a bit challenging as I was travelling with a group. Marie-Lou was generally prompt in responding to me. It would have been better if we could have talked directly to Mauricio, our guide for the wine tours as he had a plan that would have involved less driving. We went the way I requested but that was because I really didn’t understand the driving times/traffic etc. However, we did enjoy driving up the coast from San Antonio to Valparaíso as we were able to see where Chileans spend their summer holidays.
Mauricio was very good - he was always striving to give us a good experience. The wineries he chose were so diverse that we were always surprised that we were learning something new. Mateo and Leo were our guides for touring Santiago, were very good at answering questions and giving us options (such as walking or driving through the city center). Going up the gondola for the city view was a highlight.
The hotels - Hotel 17 in Valparaíso - great location, beautiful rooms with amazing views, Good breakfast, but a little run down and it could have been a little cleaner. Inca Hotel in Los Andes, Great pool area, good location, good breakfast, modern looking but moldy showers! Hotel Torremayor Lyon - nice neighbourhood, very good breakfast but this once very beautiful hotel needs renovations - it wouldn’t even look that bad if the floors were cleaner and stains removed from upholstery and carpets. The pool was very grubby.
Our guides and drivers definitely made this trip enjoyable and informative and I would recommend them to anyone. I would also use Kimkim in the future as it is a good way to find customized, unique travel experiences.

Local specialist: Marie-Lou Goullieux
Marie-Lou
Marie-Lou Goullieux
Local specialist in Valdivia | Reviewed on Feb 07, 2019

Thank you Luanne for your feedback, highly appreciated! I'm very glad to see you enjoyed your trip in the Central Valley along with our local team.

We will definitely keep in mind your helpful comments regarding hotels.

Kindly regards

Patagonia Trip
Chile | Dec 30 - Jan 20, 2019

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Whitney V.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

How do I even begin to review our 21 day Patagonia trip? It was incredible. After trying and failing to figure out the logistics of what we wanted to do, we found Ditmar Adventures and worked with Erin via KimKim. After the intro phone call, we felt like Erin had a really solid idea of what we were looking for and had nothing but faith that her and her team would put together something that we would be pleased with. That was an understatement. She worked with our group in the planning phases... read more

How do I even begin to review our 21 day Patagonia trip? It was incredible. After trying and failing to figure out the logistics of what we wanted to do, we found Ditmar Adventures and worked with Erin via KimKim. After the intro phone call, we felt like Erin had a really solid idea of what we were looking for and had nothing but faith that her and her team would put together something that we would be pleased with. That was an understatement. She worked with our group in the planning phases and was able to make the trip everything we were looking for and within our price point despite varying numbers on participants. Ahead of the trip, she was super helpful in our preparation and packing (bringing our own food and snacks was a lifesaver).

Once we arrived in Chile, everything was handled - a luxury that we have never experienced. All of the lodging selections were wonderful and fit perfectly with what we were looking for in the way of being affordable without doing the hostel thing. Each destination that we stayed at was exceptional in its own way and Erin anticipated the amount of time that we needed in each location very well. While trekking the Cerro Castillo circuit was something that we added in ourselves, it proved to be an amazing addition to the trip and the Ditmar team's support of that sub-trip was excellent. David meeting us in person before we embarked was also a treat. He had so much insight to share on where to eat and things to see along the route. The tips in the itinerary on where to get gas and money along the route were invaluable as well.

Overall, everything we had asked for, all of the activities that we wanted to take in as a group were accounted for. We saw craggy peaks and hiked a lot, drove through some of the prettiest (and ugliest) landscapes I've seen, saw the marble caves, rock climbed, fished, drank all the red wine, ate all of the delicious food, sat on front porches and watched sunsets, stood in wide valleys with snow kissing our cheeks, sat in hot tubs with mountains of bubbles, and savored every moment of it. While the hours saved in planning such an adventure were worth every penny, the most vital element of their service was that it afforded us all the opportunity to be free and present in the moment, something we all desperately needed and are very much grateful for. Aside from a few flat tires (which as Clayton mentioned were a blessing in disguise), everything exceeded any expectation I could have had. I can't recommend this route enough for adventure-loving folks and Ditmar enough for making it possible. Cheers!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Whitney,

I can't even describe the overwhelming feeling of joy I felt reading your review and how much your feedback means to me (and my team!). I feel like I need to thank you all for having the idea for such an incredible trip and for giving me the opportunity to design it. This was by far the most exciting and most logistically challenging trip that I have ever worked on and I'm SO HAPPY that you all had the time of your lives and that it was everything you dreamed of. Because of you... read more

Whitney,

I can't even describe the overwhelming feeling of joy I felt reading your review and how much your feedback means to me (and my team!). I feel like I need to thank you all for having the idea for such an incredible trip and for giving me the opportunity to design it. This was by far the most exciting and most logistically challenging trip that I have ever worked on and I'm SO HAPPY that you all had the time of your lives and that it was everything you dreamed of. Because of you all, Dittmar Adventures is considering running more regular trips of this sort and we'll always remember you as the pioneers of this route. You also have me feeling very inspired to get myself up there and do that trek in Cerro Castillo! Thank you and your crew not only for the great opportunity but for being just great to work with, open minded, adventurous and fun.

Wishing you all the best!

Erin

Torres del Paine "W" Circuit Trek - 5 Days
Chile | Dec 30 - Jan 5, 2019

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Gabrielle S.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Feb 09, 2019

Hi Erin

We have recently returned from our travels, which included our W trek co-ordinated by your team from 31 December – 5th January 2019.

Overall – we thoroughly enjoyed our opportunity to experience Patagonia and the wonderful places we visited during our time in Puerta Natales and Torres Del Paine National Park.

We would particularly like to give mention our guide Sophia. She was simply outstanding. Her experience, and the knowledge she could share with us ensured that we... read more

Hi Erin

We have recently returned from our travels, which included our W trek co-ordinated by your team from 31 December – 5th January 2019.

Overall – we thoroughly enjoyed our opportunity to experience Patagonia and the wonderful places we visited during our time in Puerta Natales and Torres Del Paine National Park.

We would particularly like to give mention our guide Sophia. She was simply outstanding. Her experience, and the knowledge she could share with us ensured that we had the best possible time on the trek. She is clearly very well-known and respected by her peers that we met along the way as well, and certainly we cannot recommend her highly enough for her skills, humour, practical sensibilities and care she took to ensure we had the best possible time. Sophia was also not advised that one of our group had a Cheese allergy.

We experienced many different weather scenarios along the way – snow on the walk to the towers and blazing sun on our way to Frances. Wind in the French Valley and gale force 80+kmh gusts heading to Glacier Grey. Throughout our entire time we felt confident that Sophia had our back and put our safety first.

On day 4 – we were meant to walk to Refugio Grey and catch the boat to go to the Glacier before return to the bus pick up point. This could not occur due to the fierce wind on that day, and indeed we watched the ferry turnaround as it was unable to continue on the lake in the extreme weather that was in play that day. As such, we returned to Paine Grande and caught the ferry across Lake Pehoe to pick up the bus transfer there. We assume as a result there is a refund due to us for the Grey Glacier boat tour that we unfortunately could not enjoy. Can you please advise details on the likely refund for this portion of our travels.

On a more serious note, we also need to provide feedback on the planning and execution of our trek. What we had discussed with us prior to departing NZ, and also during our briefing with Emily in Puerta Natales was not the trek experience we had and as such we planned poorly for some aspects of our trip which could have mitigated had the correct information been provided. As travellers, we are all very experienced and well rounded people who can manage what is required through careful research and planning. We are not a group of people who try to wing-it. We like to be sure we are careful and well informed on what we need to have with us to ensure our safety.

During our time corresponding with you, we started out with a plan to stay in the Refugios during our time on the trek. As there was limited space available – you suggested an alternative itinerary which saw us camping – the first night out of the park, an hours bus ride away at a camping site, then camping Frances on night 2, camping at Paine Grande night 3. We had expectations that this indeed was our itinerary until we received our paperwork and itinerary from Emily late Nov/Early December before we departed NZ. This shows that instead we were back on track with the original plan – that we would be in refugios, we would be staying at Los Torres on night one, Cuerno on night two, and Paine Grande night three. We queried this as we wanted to be sure we packed appropriately for camping versus refugios, and it was confirmed that we would have beds as per the itinerary. We met with Emily and had a detailed briefing with her upon arrival in Puerta Natales on Dec 30th – again querying our accommodation details, and having it confirmed that we were in Refugio accommodation as per the itinerary. So no need for camping style preparations, we would be in the refugios.

The morning of departure we met Sophia, and embarked on our journey in the bus. She mentioned our camping arrangements prior to departure, and we met Daniel our lovely driver as he would be driving us to the offsite location etc. You can imagine we were all quite shocked to hear that now we are back to the Camping plan as per our previous correspondence with you. Mentally and indeed from a gear perspective – we had all prepared for our time in refugios. During the first hour of our journey to the national park, we all took time to reflect on this new development, and indeed at our coffee stop – we sat Sophia down and explained that we are quite taken aback by the news that we are camping as only 36 hours prior – we had sat with Emily, in the Dittmar offices, and confirmed a completely different itinerary. Sophia could see we were all a little concerned about what we were doing, so took the time and went through step by step with us, the camping plan, the fact Rodriguez would be cooking for us on the first two nights and breakfast mornings, and ensured we had all the details about what were actually booked for.

Our first day was particularly long, in part due to the snow and cold, and the fact we were prepared for a day of around 18km, when in fact it was more like 23km. We arrived at our camping site on night one, and there were no tents for us. It was 10:30pm, we were freezing cold, the shower block had no power, and potentially we had no bed. With no power, we showered in the dark, in the hope we would warm up a little. Thankfully Sophia clearly managed to call in some favours for us and was able to get two domes for us to sleep in, and we squeezed our party of 7 into domes designed for 2 people each and through exhaustion all slept fitfully on night one. The team at this camping site found some sleeping bags, but due to their thin-ness, also rustled up some blankets and cushions as make shift pillows, and found some sleeping matts for the extra bodies that needed to camp on the floor. It wasn’t a great start to our trip, as we are sure you can appreicted. But at his point we realised how invaluable having our guide Sophia would be. Night 2 and 3 – tents were ready for us when we arrived so that was reassuring to us all.

As a group of travellers, we are resilient and we will roll with the punches. Indeed this is what we did during our time. We had to make the best of our situation. And we did, and so did Sophia.

However as far as the organisational skills that went in to preparing us for this guided tour experience, we would like to express our abject disappointment. We were not prepared for the trek as well as we should have been. We paid well for a guided all-inclusive experience, as we wanted to do our best to have no surprises (within all reasonableness). The team at Dittmar let us down by being ill prepared with the wrong itinerary. It was potentially dangerous as we did not necessarily pack the right level of clothing and accessories for the camping accommodation we ended up with.

As such we feel that it’s very important that we bring this to your attention, to try and eliminate this kind of error for your future travellers. We would be interested to hear about Dittmar’s willingness for some compensation for the group as well, as I am sure you can appreciate where we are coming from around what we felt we paid for versus what we ended up being delivered.

Finally, we would like to reiterate that Sophia made our time on the W trek, special and memorable for us all – and for that we are eternally grateful to her. She was the consummate professional always and it is a credit to her for her ability to assess and manage every day and we absolutely enjoyed the scenic splendour. Our thanks to Rodriguez too for looking after our cooking for us(very tasty and muchly needed!), and to Daniel for looking after our transportation.

We look forward to hearing back from you with you feedback.

Kind regards

Gabrielle Satherley and friends

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Feb 09, 2019

Hi Gabrielle,

It was such a pleasure to work with you and thank you so much for the thorough feedback. We're really happy that you enjoyed your time with Sofia and we've passed your gleaming review her way. We're also very thankful for the feedback on the aspects of your trip that didn't go as planned. It's really important for us to receive this kind of feedback so that we can learn as grow. I think we've already come to a great conclusion on all of this and I hope that you are happy with the compensation that we've offered. Wishing you and your friends the very best!

Warm Wishes,
Erin

Patagonia Trip
Chile | Dec 30 - Jan 20, 2019

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Clayton P.
Australia | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

CBF. It was an amazing trip.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

You all were amazing to work with!

Chile : Santiago, Patagonia and the Lakes & Volcanoes District
Chile | Nov 20 - Jan 16, 2019

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Wendy P.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

This trip was exceptional. We were travelling for about 9 weeks throughout southern Chile and Argentina. Everything ran smoothly. Accommodation was delightful, guides were awesome, especially Inti in Puerto Varas, and Eduardo in Puerto Natales. I have no hesitation in recommending the team at Terra, especially Marie and Emily, they went way beyond what we expected. Our thanks go out to them for a hassle free trip.

Local specialist: Marie Gadenne Viscontini

Best Boutique Hotels in Santiago de Chile
Chile | Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2018

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Steve H.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

We enjoyed the trip very much. Marie-Lou was very attentive to our needs, and was very helpful. One complaint was we basically lost a day in Santiago because all the museums were closed on Monday. We should have done Valspario on Monday instead of Tuesday.
Anyway, Easter Island and the Atacoma desert were a lot of fun and we enjoyed our stay in Chile.
Thanks.
Steve & Julie

Local specialist: Marie-Lou Goullieux
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Marie-Lou Goullieux
Local specialist in Valdivia | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

Thank you Julie and Steve, it was a pleasure for me to assist you before and during your trip and I'm more than happy to know you had a blast in this beautiful country called Chile.

All the best,

Marie-Lou

Patagonia Backpacking
Chile | Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2019

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Geena U.
Los Alamitos, CA | Reviewed on Jan 08, 2019

Emily and Erin were SO helpful throughout the entire process. It was a trip of a lifetime, and we couldn’t have done it without them. Highly recommend this trip and KimKim to anyone looking for adventure!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Jan 08, 2019

Thank you, Geena!

I am so happy that we could be a part in making a trip of a lifetime happen for you. Thank you for for everything and cheers to adventure :)

Honeymoon trip to the Chilean desert
Chile | Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2018

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Simon H.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2019

We went to Chile as a honeymooning couple and had an amzing time... Oxana was incredibly helpful and reactive as we changed the plan a few times to incorporate a lot of things we wanted to do. The hotels chosen were brilliant, the lovely Matildas in Santiago and fabulous Altiplanico in San Pedro were comfortable, well equipped and had great levels of service, something we would later appreciate when we stayed elsewhere. We started in Santiago and went on a brilliant day trip with Javiera who... read more

We went to Chile as a honeymooning couple and had an amzing time... Oxana was incredibly helpful and reactive as we changed the plan a few times to incorporate a lot of things we wanted to do. The hotels chosen were brilliant, the lovely Matildas in Santiago and fabulous Altiplanico in San Pedro were comfortable, well equipped and had great levels of service, something we would later appreciate when we stayed elsewhere. We started in Santiago and went on a brilliant day trip with Javiera who showed us around the pretty and historic town of Valparaiso. Her wonderful knowledge of the history, the hotspots and where to find a good cup of coffee were what made it fun. We then went onto the Emiliana vineyard which was definitely the highlight of the day, learning how an organic vineyard works, the lack of pesticides and chemicals and the use of chikcens instead... The wine of course was very decent ! We chose to drive to Calama but were pleased with the pickup and accomodation once there. We had 3 fantastic day trips to the Tatio Geysers, Salt flats and the atacama salt lakes to see the flamingos. Our tour guide Michaelangelo, once again made the difference. Knowledgeable, smart and with a great sense of humour helped us understand where we were and the significance. He was always on the lookout to show us soemthing different, from the wild Chinchillas to Vicuna's and the Condors circling the carcass of an Alpaca. Many thanks to Oxana and the team for helping us map this out and the recommendations.

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko
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Oxana Protchenko
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2019

Simon,
Thank you for your positive feedback, I am glad you had a wonderful time and that you were able to do so many different things on your own too!
Once again congratulations on your wedding, and hope you have many great trips in the future!

Best wishes,
Oxana and Ecochile Travel team

Torres del Paine "W" Circuit Trek - 5 Days
Chile | Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2018

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Tyler B.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2019

Erin and Emily were very knowledgeable, skilled, and helpful. We booked a 4 day W-Trek in Torres del Paine and we received help with booking or good recommendations about every aspect of the trip. On top of this both ladies are very pleasant and friendly, making it easy to ask questions. We had one miscommunication, which was taken care of immediately (on Christmas eve no less). Alexandra was 27 months pregnant, so we had a lot of questions. Erin took the time during a phone conversation to... read more

Erin and Emily were very knowledgeable, skilled, and helpful. We booked a 4 day W-Trek in Torres del Paine and we received help with booking or good recommendations about every aspect of the trip. On top of this both ladies are very pleasant and friendly, making it easy to ask questions. We had one miscommunication, which was taken care of immediately (on Christmas eve no less). Alexandra was 27 months pregnant, so we had a lot of questions. Erin took the time during a phone conversation to describe the trek to us in such detail that it made us feel comfortable with undertaking the endeavor. All in all stellar service!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2019

Thank you Tyler and Alexandra for the feedback and kind review! It was so great to meet you and to work with you on planning this trip. I am beyond impressed by your adventurous spirits in taking on this trip during your pregnancy and thrilled to have been a part of your planning. Wishing you the best and cheers to your next adventure!

Trip to Chile
Chile | Dec 13 - Dec 31, 2018

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Annabel S.
Fair Lawn, NJ | Reviewed on Jan 05, 2019

We had an incredible trip. Everything went smoothly, we were met and picked up promptly at every location/airport etc. The guides were good especially James? on the half day tour of Santiago and Ozzie (Ozwaldo) on the half day Altiplanics Lagoon Trip in Atacama Desert. The street art and painted houses in Valpariso were interesting , Vina Del Mar was not.
I would highly recommend the drive we took from Puerto Montt through part of the lake district to Bariloche, while Bariloche is very... read more

We had an incredible trip. Everything went smoothly, we were met and picked up promptly at every location/airport etc. The guides were good especially James? on the half day tour of Santiago and Ozzie (Ozwaldo) on the half day Altiplanics Lagoon Trip in Atacama Desert. The street art and painted houses in Valpariso were interesting , Vina Del Mar was not.
I would highly recommend the drive we took from Puerto Montt through part of the lake district to Bariloche, while Bariloche is very touristy and commercialized the scenery around it is breath taking.
Our accommodations were all good especially as we were on a budget. It would have been nice to have had an early check in at San Pedro Atacama Hotel as we had been travelling since 3 AM and had arrived at the hotel at 10:30 AM and had to wait until 2 PM to check in. This was NOT disastrous but it would have been great to get into the room earlier.
The small hotel in Francis Drake in Porto Natales was really lovely and comfortable and the people there very sweet and accommodating.
The mix up with our final hotel in Santiago was unfortunate but Mery took care of it the moment we contacted her and it all worked out very nicely in the end.

Local specialist: Mery Morelli
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Mery Morelli
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Jan 05, 2019

Hi Annabel!

Thanks for your feedback and to take your time to do it! we are glad to know that you had a good experience travelling with us!
It is important to us to improve our services through the feedbacks of our travellers. Thanks for the details of the good comments, and also we are glad that you contacted us very fast to solve the inconvenience in the hotel in Santiago.

I hope you trust in us in a next adventure!
Regards,
Mery

Family holiday to Chile
Chile | Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2018

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Graham P.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 01, 2019

We had a great trip and everything Oxana recommended and organised for us was fantastic. I would highly recommend both Kimkim and Oxana.

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko
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Oxana Protchenko
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Jan 01, 2019

Graham,
Thank you very much, I am glad you had a great trip!

Best wishes,
Oxana

Chile
Chile | Dec 6 - Dec 6, 2018

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Mark F.
the Netherlands | Reviewed on Dec 26, 2018

An absolutely awesome trip. The W Trek was simply remarkable. Mayra and Quechua did an amazing job of arranging everything. All our transfers came off without a hitch. Hotels and guides were wonderful. Will definitely work with them again on my next trip to South America.

Local specialist: Mayra Callo
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Mayra Callo
Local specialist in Lima | Reviewed on Dec 26, 2018

Thanks Mark, a pleasure to have you with us for a second time. Hope to see you guys soon !
Mayra

Chilean adventure
Chile | Nov 9 - Dec 12, 2018

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Randolph B.
Canada | Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

I cannot recall any disappointment during the five weeks I was in Chile.
The only comment I would make is this. Twice my transfer rides were thirty minutes late which caused me worry and, in one instance, an email to Oxana to confirm there was someone on the way. It turned out that the transfer company had scheduled the pickup at a different time from EcoChile but I wasn't informed of the discrepancy. It worked out in the end, but it caused some anxiety. There was another mix up at the... read more

I cannot recall any disappointment during the five weeks I was in Chile.
The only comment I would make is this. Twice my transfer rides were thirty minutes late which caused me worry and, in one instance, an email to Oxana to confirm there was someone on the way. It turned out that the transfer company had scheduled the pickup at a different time from EcoChile but I wasn't informed of the discrepancy. It worked out in the end, but it caused some anxiety. There was another mix up at the airport on my arrival but the owners of EcoChile, much to their credit, made amends and the remainder of my tour of Chile was sensational.
I would absolutely recommend EcoChile to any visitor looking for someone local to organize their vacation. I'm impressed. Considering the number of flights, hotels, venue changes I experienced, things went very well.

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko
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Oxana Protchenko
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

Hello Randolph,
Thank you for your great review and all the insight, I am glad you had such a great trip, no matter that small inconvenience with your transfer from the Airport.
I bet, there are many more great trips to come!

All the best wishes!

Sincerely,
Oxana and Ecochile Travel Team

Best of Chile 24 days
Chile | Nov 8 - Dec 2, 2018

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Pam B.
Canada | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

We spent an amazing 4 weeks in Chile. Mariano helped us organize the trip from beginning to end and absolutely everything went according to plan. The local guides were knowledgeable and professional. Roberto went out of his way to help us with a minor health issue and still managed to show us the best of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. Mario shared his love for Chile, and especially the Atacama and all its diversity, and Anna from Akorn was there 24/7 if we had any questions. Chiloe and... read more

We spent an amazing 4 weeks in Chile. Mariano helped us organize the trip from beginning to end and absolutely everything went according to plan. The local guides were knowledgeable and professional. Roberto went out of his way to help us with a minor health issue and still managed to show us the best of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. Mario shared his love for Chile, and especially the Atacama and all its diversity, and Anna from Akorn was there 24/7 if we had any questions. Chiloe and Pucon were also on our list, and biking in the Lake District surrounded by volcanoes was an absolute highlight.
Thank you!

Local specialist: Mariano Galindo
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Mariano Galindo
Local specialist in Buenos Aires | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

Hi Pam,
Thanks for your kind comments. I'm very happy to hear that you had such a nice trip! It was very nice working with you organizing your trip and I hope you could visit us in Argentina very soon :)
Thanks again
Best wishes
Mariano

Best of Chile 24 days
Chile | Nov 8 - Dec 2, 2018

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Ellen S.
Canada | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2018

We have just returned from a spectacular four week journey to Chile. Thanks in no small part to all the stellar folks at Kimkim and their wonderful contractors, our diverse wanderings went off without a hitch. Mariano, our Kimkim specialist was there for us at the start. We were a group of four people with diverse interests and pretty much zero prior knowledge of the country. We threw our various desires into a pot and Mariano sorted us out with a trip which took us from the high plains of... read more

We have just returned from a spectacular four week journey to Chile. Thanks in no small part to all the stellar folks at Kimkim and their wonderful contractors, our diverse wanderings went off without a hitch. Mariano, our Kimkim specialist was there for us at the start. We were a group of four people with diverse interests and pretty much zero prior knowledge of the country. We threw our various desires into a pot and Mariano sorted us out with a trip which took us from the high plains of the Atacama desert to the rugged coastline of Chiloe, from the bustling city of Santiago to the bohemian hills of Valparaiso. We had amazing local guides set up by Acorn where Ana was our 24/7 "go to" for requests, wrinkles and suggestions. From finding dentist to dealing with a missed flight, Ana was always there for us - cheerful and helpful!

We would definitely use Kimkim again any time!

Local specialist: Mariano Galindo
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Mariano Galindo
Local specialist in Buenos Aires | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2018

Hi Ellen,
Thanks for your kind comments, I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the trip that much and that your destination, Ana, was that helpful! That's our main goal.
I hope everything is fine back home and we hope to welcome you in Argentina soon :)
Warm regards
Mariano

Desert
Chile | Nov 24 - Nov 26, 2018

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Amber J.
New Orleans, LA | Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

This was a complete mess.
We were given no details regarding the tours beforehand. Only what time they began.
The paperwork said someone would be in touch to confirm our pickup time, etc. We didn't hear from anyone. I had to make an international call at midnight the night before to find out when we should be ready. When I inquired about a drop-off time, she couldn't tell me.
Then, we hated our guide (about 99% sure she was hungover). She threw up the entire first half of the tour, told... read more

This was a complete mess.
We were given no details regarding the tours beforehand. Only what time they began.
The paperwork said someone would be in touch to confirm our pickup time, etc. We didn't hear from anyone. I had to make an international call at midnight the night before to find out when we should be ready. When I inquired about a drop-off time, she couldn't tell me.
Then, we hated our guide (about 99% sure she was hungover). She threw up the entire first half of the tour, told us next to nothing about the places we saw. Then we were dropped off in town at the tour office, so had to walk back to the hotel. We only had about an hour and a half in between tours. The morning tour was so miserable, we didn't even go on the 2nd tour of the day.
We did however, stop by the tour office to find out what time our next morning pick up would be.
And lo and behold, we had the same guide. At least she was not sick the following day, but we were once again underwhelmed with her knowledge. We basically ended up eavesdropping other tours who had knowledgeable guides with interesting information.

Overall, our experience in the Atacama desert was underwhelming, which was extremely disappointing considering all the wonderful things we heard about it before going.

Local specialist: Daiana Andion
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Daiana Andion
Local specialist in Argentina | Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

It saddens me to know you are going thought this situation. It is the main goal of Say Hueque to create the best Travel Experiences, and we understand your expectations were not fully satisfied.

As a differential service and for which Say Hueque stands out as the leader in receptive tourism for 20 years, we offer an emergency telephone service 24/7 while you travel. It is a pity that you didn't contact us during your trip. If we had known the problems that were happening, we would have... read more

It saddens me to know you are going thought this situation. It is the main goal of Say Hueque to create the best Travel Experiences, and we understand your expectations were not fully satisfied.

As a differential service and for which Say Hueque stands out as the leader in receptive tourism for 20 years, we offer an emergency telephone service 24/7 while you travel. It is a pity that you didn't contact us during your trip. If we had known the problems that were happening, we would have automatically changed the guide, the tour or even the supplier.

Regarding the organization of the tours, the ideally was to have one tour a day to avoid being on a rush between excursions, but we followed your request of doing as many tours as possible on the time you had, so that schedule we did was the only possible alternative.

Really, It was a pity not to have known this before as we always try to solve the itinerary of our passengers in the best way possible; The spirit of this company and our main goal is to design unforgettable experiences in our beautiful country.

We really care, and it is our main concern, your opinion. So, of course, we highly appreciate you take the time to write to us.

Chilean wild
Chile | Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2018

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Matt K.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2018

Loved every part of it. Erin and team saved our holiday and made our trip to Patagonia unforgettable. THANK YOU!!!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2018

Thank you, Matt!

You and Annelies were wonderful to work with and it makes me so happy that the trip was everything that you dreamed of! Come back anytime :)

Explore Patagonia
Chile | Nov 21 - Nov 24, 2018

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Caroline V.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

Amazing day with Juancho and Andres in Torre del Pine. Juancho is very knowledgeable and is happy to share his knowledge. Fantastic views and opportunities to take photographs of wild life. Totally recommended.

Another amazing day with Claudia, Christian and Pedro from Kayak Agua Fresca. Memorable moments watching the dolfins playing near our zodiac. Watching the sea lions and so many different birds. Claudia is an amazing guide who speaks very good English and Christian is a very experienced sailor. Totally recommended

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

Wow, Caroline these photos are incredible!!

It looks like you also had really great weather, how wonderful.

I will certainly pass along your positive feedback to our team and to your guides. I'm so glad that this worked out so well and thank you for giving me the opportunity to design such a unique itinerary. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with the both of you and cheers to adventure!

Torres del Paine
Chile | Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2018

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Loz W.
Australia | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

I worked with Emily and Erin in planning my solo hike through Patagonia. It was ane ady process and they were happy to answer all my questions. They even put my mind at ease when I voiced my concerns about my readiness to do this experience, having never hiked before and feeling a bit apprehensive about doing it self-guided. They were right though, it was amazing and I'm so glad I did it. Highly recommend Dittmar and the ladies for the care and professional service.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

You killed it out there!

Thank you so much Loz for the kind review. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your time in the park and you are welcome back anytime.

Wonders of Chile - 14 Days
Chile | Nov 2 - Nov 18, 2018

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Scott P.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

Silvia and the team at Argentina / Chile on the Go are great. Silvia designed a 16 day trip for us to see the highlights of Chile including Atacama, Santiago, the Chilean Lake District, Torres del Paine and Easter Island. Everything went according to plan and without any hiccups. Thank you Silvia!

Local specialist: Silvia Monico
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Silvia Monico
Local specialist in Buenos Aires | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

Dear Scott, Thank you very much for your kind feedback.
I`m very happy to hear that everything went as planned, and It was my pleasure working with you.
Do not hesitate to contact us again once you start thinking about a trip to Argentina! We will be happy to help,
Warm regards from Buenos Aires!
Silvia

Chile desert
Chile | Oct 19 - Oct 21, 2018

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Sophie R.
Canada | Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

Martin was easily contactable and helpful in providing tours, and selected some perfect tours for us in the end. However it was hard to determine the exact day itineraries to see what was involved. It would have been useful to have been sent final overviews to what each day covered and what was included with more information than was provided. This lead to a bit of confusion on arrival as there was a misunderstanding of the plan for the day and being dropped at the hotel for lunch when we... read more

Martin was easily contactable and helpful in providing tours, and selected some perfect tours for us in the end. However it was hard to determine the exact day itineraries to see what was involved. It would have been useful to have been sent final overviews to what each day covered and what was included with more information than was provided. This lead to a bit of confusion on arrival as there was a misunderstanding of the plan for the day and being dropped at the hotel for lunch when we thought we were out all day, and when we were late being picked up on day 1 we weren't sure who to contact.

The local agency was very good - very knowledgeable guides and great trips.

Local specialist: Martin Ogawa
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Martin Ogawa
Local specialist in Buenos Aires | Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

Hi Sophie,

Thank you very much for taking your time to write your opinion over the trip. We are really sorry to hear that maybe vouchers were confusing, certainly, we will improve them to be as much clear as possible.

Is great to know that you've enjoyed the trip. We will be very happy to welcome you back in Argentina and Chile every time.

Hope you have a great start of the year

Mid-October Torres del Paine/Puerto Natales with small children
Chile | Oct 12 - Oct 18, 2018

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julianne e.
Albuquerque, NM | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

I can't say enough about how effective and awesome Erin was -- and everyone I interacted with at the local guiding company Dittmar Adventures. Erin was very fastidious with her correspondence, always answering quickly and thoroughly, from our very first exchanges, when I was outlining what we wanted to do, and what our budget was. She tweaked the itinerary to suit our, quite unique, needs. Because our situation was pretty unusual -- in that I was traveling with a 3-year-old and a... read more

I can't say enough about how effective and awesome Erin was -- and everyone I interacted with at the local guiding company Dittmar Adventures. Erin was very fastidious with her correspondence, always answering quickly and thoroughly, from our very first exchanges, when I was outlining what we wanted to do, and what our budget was. She tweaked the itinerary to suit our, quite unique, needs. Because our situation was pretty unusual -- in that I was traveling with a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old alone while my husband hiked the "W" trek in Torres del Paine -- Erin really had to think hard about what would work for me and two small children to do that would be manageable. Her itinerary worked so well. It was a combo of two days of group tours (one to an estancia, Estancia La Peninsula, which was INCREDIBLE, and the other a boat tour aboard the Agunsa to the Bernardo O'Higgins national park to see glaciers) and one day of a privately guided tour to Torres del Paine national park, with a guide (Victor, also amazing, who Dittmar uses with some regularity). Everything Erin chose was awesome, including the days off for the kids and I to recuperate from long days of activity! We thoroughly enjoyed the inn she chose for us, the Amerindia, and the staff there were so helpful and friendly, particularly with my boisterous children. The owner of Dittmar, Laura, even lent me two carseats to use for the children on the day-trip to Torres del Paine. All I can say is that Erin, and all others from Dittmar I associated with, were so personal, so interested in us having a good time, and so available to help when needed. We ended up needed some help because a member of our party had her hiking backpack lost by LATAM, and Erin coordinated with Laura and another Dittmar employee (the amazing Emily) to be sure our traveling companion could rent everything she needed the night before their trek began. All I can say is that my whole experience with KimKim, and then with Erin and Dittmar, was excellent. Erin is so generous with her time and all the information she shares. I highly, highly recommend working with her!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Punta Arenas | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Wow, thank you so much for the kind review!

Julie, it was such a pleasure to work with you on planning this trip. I really enjoyed the challenge of tailoring a custom trip for you and your children. I'm so happy that you had a wonderful time and that the trip was everything that you had hoped for.

Your kind words really mean the world to myself and my team. We enjoyed working with you every step of the way. I only wish that I could have been there to meet you!

Wishing you all the best and thank you again :)

intro to Chile
Chile | Jul 28 - Aug 8, 2018

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Susan G.
Queens Village, NY | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

For the most part, Oxana did a very good job planning and organizing out trip to Chile. We had printed our itinerary and had access to the Axios app of our daily activities. The itinerary was well organized and structured with lots of helpful information(I.e., confirmation codes, flight #s, seats, check-in and departure times, hotel names, et. al. info). The bilingual tour guides were all knowledgeable, capable, well-prepared, punctual, and professional. We were especially impressed by two... read more

For the most part, Oxana did a very good job planning and organizing out trip to Chile. We had printed our itinerary and had access to the Axios app of our daily activities. The itinerary was well organized and structured with lots of helpful information(I.e., confirmation codes, flight #s, seats, check-in and departure times, hotel names, et. al. info). The bilingual tour guides were all knowledgeable, capable, well-prepared, punctual, and professional. We were especially impressed by two tour guides: Maria Teresa Vargas Casanova on Easter Island(Rapa Nui) and Felipe Maureira, our driver, tour guide and sommelier for Colchagua and Maipo Valley tours to the wineries. They were exceptional. We would highly recommend them and now consider them lifelong friends.
The connections went smoothly and our pickups/drivers at the airports were always there waiting for us with our names on signs. First, the accommodations on Easter Island could have been better since the room looked old and needed an update. It looked better from the outside. The service, and breakfast were good, as well as location to the airport,
However, in retrospect, we would have liked to see what other places were available in that category or even a higher category hotel. We would not recommend this hotel If there is a better choice available.
Each time we based out of Santiago at the Ismael Hotel and it was great. It was a nice boutique hotel with great service and breakfast and was centrally located in a fashionable area close to Lastarria, the art museums, the seafood market, and other places of interest. It was a great choice. Our only criticism was during our time in the Atacama. Oxana, even though we did have your telephone #, there were times when the communication could have been conveyed more clearly. For example, though you organized the itinerary, it would have been better to know that local tour operators(i.e.
Rutas Andinas) were handling the tours and schedules. The itinerary you gave us was suddenly in question as the driver who picked us up at El Loa Airport in Calama handed us a different itinerary. The order of activities and the days were changed. The first activity was supposed to be at 5:30am and not at 8:00am as now scheduled. We didn’t want to miss an activity so we prepared for the earlier time. This could have been more clearly communicated to us and the night person at reception was not sure himself. Also, while we had a very nice, modern room, there was no telephone in the room of this new wing of the Hotel(Don Jose). One activity had us going to the salt flats(Salares) with a stop off at a village famous for its church bell tower and the market in the plaza. Unfortunately, we were there so early, the market was closed,! Somebody should have clarified this since it was part of the tour. A big highlight of the Atacama, which we greatly anticipated, was the astronomical observation. Since we had cloudy weather all week, the day was not promising, but it wasn’t until ten minutes before that it actually came off. It was spectacular and we highly recommend this activity with Jorge Corante F. The Atacama part of the trip was where we felt that communication was not clear and we needed more help from you, Oxana. This is the only reason we feel you didn’t get the 5th star rating. However, you did respond quite well after this and notified us of what the last three days of our itinerary were and we considered those updated. We really appreciated that since I had requested help initially with checking in for our flights. You did that with confirmed Check-in info, but we found it was more helpful and direct to just go to the Latam app which we had from our trip last year to Ecuador to get our Tarjetas de Embarque(Boarding Passes). These were superior to what was sent us. For future travelers with Latam, download the app and put in the confirmation codes. A couple of other considerations we would have wanted.
We wanted to go to Pablo Neruda’s house near Valparaiso, but we were given The choice to go there or to do the walking tour as scheduled. We opted for the latter. Luckily, it was closed on Monday so that made it easier. Our good tour guide, Javiera, recommended his house in Santiago. Finally, given our time constraint, we probably needed another day of “down time” in Santiago to more fully appreciate Lastarria, the art and cultural museums, the seafood market, and other places of interest. Santiago has really good food. Dine at Aqui Esta Coco. We started our walking tour in Santiago with our good tour guide, Max, and ended in Santiago walking in Lastarria by ourselves. All in all, we appreciate the itinerary organized for us by Oxana and want to compliment her for her efforts. Gracias por todo(Thanks for everything).

Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko
Oxana
Oxana Protchenko
Local specialist in Santiago | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

Hello Susan, Thank you for your review!
I am glad you enjoyed your time in Chile and thank you for mentioning all the details, especially about what could have gone better as it is the only way we can make sure it does not happen to other customers.
Due to our tourism ideology we fully support local communities and also local providers, so we do use local partners for different destinations and we choose them really carefully. It is very important for us to have them as our partners as they... read more

Hello Susan, Thank you for your review!
I am glad you enjoyed your time in Chile and thank you for mentioning all the details, especially about what could have gone better as it is the only way we can make sure it does not happen to other customers.
Due to our tourism ideology we fully support local communities and also local providers, so we do use local partners for different destinations and we choose them really carefully. It is very important for us to have them as our partners as they are actually on sight all the time and in case of any emergency they are right there to help out!

Once again thank you for all your feedback!

Best of Uruguay/Chile
Chile | Jul 25 - Aug 4, 2018

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Matthew D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

I have done a good few trips and this one was definitely up there with the best. I travelled the length and breadth of Chile - which has plenty of the former and very little of the latter, so it meant a lot of flying north and south. I feel like I got a taste of the entire country, from Atacama to Patagonia. Could doubtless have spent longer at a few key places, but on the other hand, Chile is such a long way to come from the UK I felt I had to pack as much in as possible on this one trip. I... read more

I have done a good few trips and this one was definitely up there with the best. I travelled the length and breadth of Chile - which has plenty of the former and very little of the latter, so it meant a lot of flying north and south. I feel like I got a taste of the entire country, from Atacama to Patagonia. Could doubtless have spent longer at a few key places, but on the other hand, Chile is such a long way to come from the UK I felt I had to pack as much in as possible on this one trip. I met some lovely people, both other travellers and tour guides (especially Roderigo, tour guide to Valparaiso, Elvin, guide to Osorno and Petrohue, and Victor, guide to Chiloe island). My interactions with natives were curtailed by my regrettably poor Spanish - it was noticeable that many Chileans spoke little or no English, including airline staff and even people at Information desks, so English speakers should be aware that many of the service personnel do not have the level of English that some other countries do. This is not a criticism, and the attitude of the Chileans that visitors to Latin America should speak decent Spanish is perfectly reasonable. Having some command of the native tongue is obviously desirable, and I am sorry that mine was limited. That aside, the people were helpful and things ran smoothly - I was impressed by the efficiency of the Chilean airline Sky and the airports that I passed through; the embarkation, departures, and bag claims were some of the fastest I've experienced, which takes a lot of the hassle from flying. The scenery throughout was spectacular, notably in Atacama, Lake District and Torres del Paine. I also enjoyed a couple of days in Santiago, which is an underrated city. Some great food and drink, not least the pisco sours. All in all, a memorable trip and a country I would strongly recommend. Thank you kimkim, and Maria!

Local specialist: Maria Szlafsztein
Maria
Maria Szlafsztein
Local specialist in Paraná | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

Deat Matt,
Your feedback is very beautiful!
I am really happy that you have enjoyed this experience in Chile with us!
This is what I love most about my job, knowing that it was a memorable experience for your whole life, a dream come true!

I wish you the best from South America!
I hope to help you travel and fulfill more dreams in the future.
My best wishes to you,
Maria.

Patagonia: Torres del Paine
Chile | Apr 15 - Apr 21, 2018

Kristin
Kristin M.
Augusta, GA | Reviewed on May 01, 2018

Once again, another perfect, memorable trek by Quechua Treks. From planning and booking with James, who I swear never sleeps to the trek itself we had perfect service. Cem, our guide met us the night before our trek to go over the layout of the park and what to expect which was wonderful. He then met us the next morning with our driver Patricio for the drive to the Park. Patricio suggested an additional trek that most people don't do, but we decided to do and it was a beautiful start to... read more

Once again, another perfect, memorable trek by Quechua Treks. From planning and booking with James, who I swear never sleeps to the trek itself we had perfect service. Cem, our guide met us the night before our trek to go over the layout of the park and what to expect which was wonderful. He then met us the next morning with our driver Patricio for the drive to the Park. Patricio suggested an additional trek that most people don't do, but we decided to do and it was a beautiful start to our journey! The scenery of the Torres del Paine is breathtakingly beautiful and we had an amazing time. The refugios are well equipped and very comfortable. Cem is a wonderful guide, full of stories of the area, great tips, pointed out things of interest as we went by, we even got to sample ripe berries as we walked by the plants on the trail!!! One of my best memories is of Cem, Micky and myself all on the ground looking in a burrow we found with a light trying to see if it was an armadillo burrow or a skunk burrow. We had so much fun!!!

My favorite refugio was Cernos, small, but oh so comfortable. Toasty warm, wonderful staff, beautiful views of the surrounding Park. Fabulous wine.

Many, many thanks to Quechua Treks for this truly amazing adventure that will always hold a special place in my heart. This isn't my first adventure with Quechua Treks and it certainly won't be my last (I already have three more adventures planned with them!) James and Mayra did an outstanding job coordinating the trek and Cem did an outstanding job guiding us. I already miss it and want to go back!

Local specialist: James M