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Emilce Alonso

I'm from Cordoba, Argentina. I had the opportunity to travel a lot through it and beyond. I really enjoy getting to know new places, like typical food, music and meeting people.

I love the southern region where I experienced the magnificence of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the natural beauty of Bariloche and Ushuaia with their numerous waterfalls, lakes, forests, and snowed mountains. As I’ve already been to the south I would love to truly immerse myself in the culture of the arid regions in the north and enjoy their local traditions and craftwork.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We are destination specialists with insider knowledge of each country. We specialize in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and Uruguay. We offer integration of travel services to provide a complete, consistent experience - particularly useful for multi-country itineraries featuring the main highlights of South America's most southern regions."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've always been very interested in learning different languages, cultures, and most impressive natural resources and architectural patrimonies of the countries where those languages are spoken.

That led me to work on something related to learning and specialization in certain places, especially the landscapes that surround me, those of South America, and especially of my Country."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"When I was very young, we went on a cruise trip across Argentina and Brazil with my whole family. I observed the different tasks that could be done in the area of tourism. It was then when I had a great interest in working in tourism."

Glamping domes at Uyuni
Bolivian Glamping Experience: Uyuni Salt Flats - 4 Days

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the landscapes of southern Bolivia, glamping in a glass dome camp in the heart of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Alpacas, llamas, and flamingos are the only neighbors you will see for miles, and you can wake up every day to breathtaking scenery. Each day, you'll have several activities to choose from, including extreme sports, cultural excursions, and archaeological visits.

Argentina
Buenos Aires, Bariloche, & Iguazú falls - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary combines the best outdoor excursions in Argentina. First, you'll explore the concrete jungle of Buenos Aires and venture to the countryside for a traditional BBQ at a working ranch. Then you'll travel south for nature excursions in Patagonia before flying north where you'll straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil as you explore the largest waterfall in the Americas, Iguazú Falls.

Atacama Desert
Northern Chile Highlights: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Easter Island, & More - 12 Days

This 12-day trip to Chile takes you through several areas—the capital city, desert landscapes, coastal towns, and ancient islands. First, go sightseeing in Santiago, followed by a journey through the Atacama Desert region. Then, visit the coastal, neighboring towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, and tour the stunning Maipo Valley. The finale leads you on an adventure through historical Easter Island, from moai stone figureheads to beautiful beaches.

Vineyard in Mendoza Province
Relaxed Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Iguazú Falls - 8 Days

Explore the streets of Buenos Aires and take in a tango show before heading off to the vineyards of Mendoza for wine tasting and cooking classes. Finish off at the breathtaking Iguazú Falls with this relaxing itinerary that gives you a chance to see three very different parts of Argentina at a leisurely pace. 

Mendoza
Argentina Wine Country: Buenos Aires and Mendoza - 7 Days

This seven-day trip through Argentina is perfect for wine lovers. You'll start in the romantic and lively Buenos Aires, then will discover the gems of Argentine wine country, including Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley in Mendoza, touring wineries and walking through vineyards as you learn about the winemaking and its history. More importantly, you'll taste your way through Argentina's finest varietals, discovering this country's flavor and traditions as you go. Cheers!

Inspiring landscapes in Argentina's colorful northwest
5 Days in Argentina - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With five days in Argentina, you can focus on a single region or visit two: thanks to the frequency of domestic flights, you can start and end your trip in Buenos Aires and also spend a few days in wine country or a national park. Explore the famed wine region of Mendoza, road-trip around the colorful northwest, see the spectacular waterfalls at Iguazú, view whales and penguins in the wild, and enjoy wine and tango in the capital city with the options below.

Recent trip reviews for Emilce

Madeleine

Emi planned the honeymoon of our dreams! We h... · Argentina - Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2022

Traveler: Madeleine C. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

Emi planned the honeymoon of our dreams! We had less travel time than we would have liked but she was able to help us plan a trip that included multiple destinations and so many rich experiences. It’s hard to pick out our highlights because every moment was perfect! We started in Buenos Aires and took a cooking class, saw a tango show, and did a tour of the city. Then we spent two days in Iguazu Falls where we got to see both sides. Lastly, we spent a few days in Cordoba and visited many... read more

Emi planned the honeymoon of our dreams! We had less travel time than we would have liked but she was able to help us plan a trip that included multiple destinations and so many rich experiences. It’s hard to pick out our highlights because every moment was perfect! We started in Buenos Aires and took a cooking class, saw a tango show, and did a tour of the city. Then we spent two days in Iguazu Falls where we got to see both sides. Lastly, we spent a few days in Cordoba and visited many beautiful places in the countryside. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well for a portion of the trip but Emi was amazingly flexible with helping us plan some alternate, more suitable activities last minute. Prior to this trip, we had never used this type of service but we’re so glad we did! It was so much more comfortable having someone local to provide us with tips and to ensure that everything was taken care of for us. You won’t regret planning a trip with her!

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Recoleta Grand Hotel

Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires: Culinary excursion "The Argentine Experience"

Buenos Aires

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They were so accommodating with my many dietary restrictions!! I felt included in the whole experience despite not being able to eat many of the traditional foods
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We had a blast. It was a seamless experience ... · Argentina - May 2 - May 11, 2022

Traveler: Jessy D. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

We had a blast. It was a seamless experience from Planning it with Emi to the panoramic views, gorgeous beautiful South America to the outstanding guides, gourmet food and wonderful stay. Our highlights were Bariloche, Amazonas and Christ the Redeemer. Our kids had a blast in Bariloche playing golf in that wonderful resort, snorkeling in Buzios and Rio.
Buzios was a wonderful surprise.
We want to go back again hopefully soon.
The only little problem we had was the unanticipated big ... read more

We had a blast. It was a seamless experience from Planning it with Emi to the panoramic views, gorgeous beautiful South America to the outstanding guides, gourmet food and wonderful stay. Our highlights were Bariloche, Amazonas and Christ the Redeemer. Our kids had a blast in Bariloche playing golf in that wonderful resort, snorkeling in Buzios and Rio.
Buzios was a wonderful surprise.
We want to go back again hopefully soon.
The only little problem we had was the unanticipated big luggage costs in some of the trips. Next time we would like to avoid Gol airlines if possible. The tour guides were outstanding. We loved working with your team.

Rob

Chile · Chile - Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2022

Traveler: Rob F. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

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.

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La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

Casablanca

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Vinolia: Gastronomic experience

Santiago

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Great experience! Emilce listened to all my n... · Colombia - Apr 9 - Apr 22, 2022

Traveler: Erika P. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

Great experience! Emilce listened to all my needs and surpassed all our expectations!!

Once in Colombia, the tours were fascinating and the guides even better.

Highly recommend

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Lovely and Amazing pictures of a full Honeymoon in Colombia :)

It was a pleasure to assist you in this special moment and thank you for trusting in me.

Best wishes!
Emi

Argentina 2022 · Patagonia - Dec 26 - Jan 9, 2022

Traveler: Riley W. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

My mother and I traveled to Argentina in January of 2022 and had an amazing experience booking with KimKim. read more

My mother and I traveled to Argentina in January of 2022 and had an amazing experience booking with KimKim.

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Calafate Parque Hotel

El Calafate

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San Antonio de Areco Excursion

Buenos Aires

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Riley!
Was our pleasure hosting you, glad to know that you had a pleasant trip. in Argentina :)
Warm regards
Emi

Krisha

K&P Honeymoon in South America March 2022 · Argentina - Mar 10 - Mar 19, 2022

Traveler: Krisha A. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

My husband Peter and I made a first time visit to South America for our honeymoon. Not knowing where to go and what to make a must see part of the trip we decided to book our trip through a Travel Agency. We found Kimkim and after reviewing other reviews we decided to go with them. I am so pleased that we did!! Our Travel Agent was Emilce who I believe is from Argentina. She did an amazing job putting together our itinerary with domestic flights, accommodations, and tours/activities. ... read more

My husband Peter and I made a first time visit to South America for our honeymoon. Not knowing where to go and what to make a must see part of the trip we decided to book our trip through a Travel Agency. We found Kimkim and after reviewing other reviews we decided to go with them. I am so pleased that we did!! Our Travel Agent was Emilce who I believe is from Argentina. She did an amazing job putting together our itinerary with domestic flights, accommodations, and tours/activities. We had a 11day/10night vacation that involved 3 destinations. Emilce was very patient and in consistent communication with us as we made adjustments to our itinerary that better suited the experience that we were wanting during our special celebration trip. She really made the planning experience pleasant by always being quick to answer our questions and make the requested adjustments.
Regarding the travel experience itself: We felt well taken care of: We traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Iguazú Falls, Argentina; and Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Each local point of contact was present and in consistent contact prior, during, and at the end of the local destination visit. We felt taken care of specifically by Andrea Z. & Fabio in BA; Lorienna, Junior, and Ernesto in Iguazú Falls and by Oscelea & Marsha in Rio. Our overall trip concierge was Clementina and she made sure that we had all of our trip update information for our domestic flights, Covid requirements and some suggestions for extra thing that we could do in each city. She even helped me to arrange a surprise birthday dinner for my husband. We truly enjoyed our stay in Buenos Aires, Iguazú Falls and Rio de Janiero and believe that this was made possible by the diligent, detail focused and professional skills of all staff of Kimkim and their relationship with the local tourism companies that they work with.
Peter and I have memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives and only have great things to say about our experience on our honeymoon.
Gracias KimKim Staff (Emilce and Clementina)
Gracias Buenos Aires Staff (Andrea Zunino & Fabio, and our tour guide for the City tour, sorry I can't remember your name but you were wonderful!)
Gracias Iguazú guides and driver (Lorienna, Junior, and Ernesto).
Obrigada Rio staff (Oscelea and Marsha)
5stars all around for the entire trip!!!

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Recoleta Grand Hotel

Buenos Aires

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with We visited Buenos Aires for the first part of the honeymoon and stayed at the Recoleta Grand Hotel. The staff were very helpful from check in, through meals services, through check out. As non-fluent Spanish speakers the staff were very helpful to us (speaking English). Staff helped up with necessary travel needs (getting Covid tests and getting documents printed to be able to travel). The suite that we stayed in was very clean and well decorated. We were comfortable and relaxed the entire stay. The location of the hotel is very convenient to be able to walk to many wonderful sites. (Recoletta Park, Museums, and restaurants. It is in a great location to be able to walk around and enjoy what Buenos Aires has to offer. Short taxi or public transportation ride away to get to the La Boca and a great city market that has wonderful empanadas and other treats. We definitely look forward to visiting again and will stay at the Recoleta Grand Hotel.

Tips for future travelers

Definitely suggest bringing walking shoes so that you can visit a lot of attractions that are in walking distance with out any discomfort to your feet. I also suggest getting a street facing room as where is more building development so you may not want to have to view that in the rear facing rooms at this time (March 2022).

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You are close to a lot of museums, famous parks: Recoleta park, Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. Great small cafes and restaurants, Fashion stores and a Mall.
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The rooms were tidy and clean. The beds are so soft and feel like sleeping on a cloud pillow.
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Front desk and restaurant staff are very friendly and accommodating
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The place has a European feel and is bright and airy.

Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel

Puerto Iguazú

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We visited Iguazu Falls for the second part of the honeymoon and stayed at the Loi Suites Hotel. The staff were very helpful from check in, through meals services, through check out. As non-fluent Spanish speakers the staff were very helpful to us (speaking English). Staff helped up with necessary travel needs (getting Covid tests and getting documents printed to be able to travel). The suite that we stayed in was very clean and well decorated. We were comfortable and relaxed the entire stay. The hotel is located more in the National Park itself so all of our meals were at the hotel if we weren't out doing a tour for the day. The hotel is surrounded by jungle and is secluded but you still have all the amenities of a 5star hotel. the rooms are very clean and the beds are comfortable. Our bed was two beds put together. Only suggestion i would make is if it had a pillow top so that you won't feel the crease between the two beds. Our accommodations included a buffet breakfast and it was really delicious with a variety of selections to choose from. The other meals were either at the Formal restaurant or the pool tiki restaurant. We enjoyed our stay and lounged by the pool most afternoons after each day of touring the Waterfalls: both Argentina and Brazil sides of the falls.

Tips for future travelers

Book a room that may be over looking the river a little more so that you have a better view from your room or one that actually has a veranda that you can sit out on. We had a room that has a tub and shower that are separate. It was nice to soak in a nice bath!

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Offer some activities for guests to do at the hotel that can be little more interactive.
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Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro

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We visited Rio de Janeiro for the final part of the honeymoon and stayed at the Fairmont Rio de Janiero Copacabana Hotel. The staff were very helpful from check in, through meals services, through check out. As non-Portuguese speakers the staff were very helpful to us (speaking English). Staff helped up with necessary travel needs (getting Covid tests and getting documents printed to be able to travel). The suite that we stayed in was very clean and well decorated. We were comfortable and relaxed the entire stay. The hotel is located at on end o Copacabana Beach and overlooks the water! The hotel is in prime location for restaurants and beach fun. It's location also allows for a short walk to be able to access Ipanema Beach, The hotel has 5star accommodations. We originally booked a city view room, but once we saw what ocean view was we requested to see if we were able to get a ocean view suite. We were able to make an upgrade payment to allow for the ocean view and were so glad we did. The sunrise over the water is spectacular and the view for our balcony allow for that. The staff at the hotel are pleasant, professional and very helpful. The check in process was wonderful, the breakfast buffet was included with our accommodations and was plentiful! We are from the United States (Midwest to be specific) and don't always have the opportunity to try tropical fruits. I had tropical fruits a plenty on this trip! The Fairmont hotel also has some space reserved at the beach that allows for easy access to lounge chairs and beach umbrellas! I can't wait to come back to stay at the Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana!

Tips for future travelers

Definitely experience a spa treatment view of a sunrise from an ocean view room with your own private balcony

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Rio By Night: Rio Scenarium + Barbecue Dinner (5h)

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Rio Scenarium is a fun place to visit and dance. You don't have to be the greatest dancer or even know how to do Samba to have a great time. The barbecue dinner was delicious. I really enjoyed the different cuts of meat!

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Krisha and Peter,
Thank you so much for your 5-star review! Our team is truly grateful that you enjoyed your Honeymoon in Argentina and Brasil that met your expectations :)
Your wonderful review means much to us and pushes us to maintain high-quality service and live up to our guest's expectations and needs while traveling.
We hope to see you here again in the future, to keep discovering SouthAmerica.
All the best for your marriage!
Emi

Argentina- Trip of a lifetime for family of 7 · Argentina - Feb 18 - Feb 27, 2022

Traveler: Kailan S. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

KimKim created a once in a lifetime vacation for my family. We had three generations of my family travel to South America for the first time, exploring Buenos Aires and Patagonia, creating memories that I could have never imagined.

No one had been to South America before, and this was one of our first trips since COVID so we were all a bit anxious, but KimKim made the experience unforgettable.

Highlights of trip:
- The Argentina Experience cooking class- competing in the an empanada... read more

KimKim created a once in a lifetime vacation for my family. We had three generations of my family travel to South America for the first time, exploring Buenos Aires and Patagonia, creating memories that I could have never imagined.

No one had been to South America before, and this was one of our first trips since COVID so we were all a bit anxious, but KimKim made the experience unforgettable.

Highlights of trip:
- The Argentina Experience cooking class- competing in the an empanada contest, learning how to make mate and tasting regional dishes
- Watching a beautiful tango show in an architectural gem
- Eating delicious steak and drinking excellent Malbec for nearly every meal
- Riding horses in a traditional estancia (ranch)
- Getting up close to hundreds of penguins in the wild and seeing a rare emperor penguin
- Trekking to the end of the Pan-American highway
- Sending a postcard from the southern most post office in the world
- Sailing on a catamaran though the Beagle Channel between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and watching sealions hunt for fish

Key benefits of using this service:
- Limited planning of the day-to-day activities on my part. As before, no one in my family had been to Argentina so we did not know necessarily what to plan. We just knew that we wanted to see the highlights of Buenos Aires and go hiking in Patagonia. KimKim planned the rest. They gave us a few options for our itinerary and we went ahead with it.
- Transportation. We had scheduled transportation everywhere. Our guide was there to pick us up at the airport and we had a car take us from our hotel to all of the activities. This was critical for our large group, as otherwise we were have had to organize multiple taxis to get anywhere.
- Communication. Our Kimkim agent Emi was wonderful and quickly answered all of our questions. We organized this trip relatively late (about two months prior to departure) and she worked very quickly for us. All of guides specifically Fernando (Buenos Aires) and Ilya (Ushuaia) were a joy and expressed to us how much they love their county through more than words. I also felt like they care about my family and made small adjustments throughout the trip as needed.

Things to know about using the service:
- The money was more than I had previously paid for a trip, but it was completely worth it. Everyone in my family is already planning to go back to Argentina. All of my friends already want to know how to go on this amazing trip.

Why you go definitely go to Argentina
- All of the food we had was excellent: the lamb in Patagonia, the fish in Ushuaia and the steak in Buenos Aires- all top notch
- The country has nearly ever type of terrain. You can going tango dancing in Buenos Aires, horseback riding in the county, hiking or ski. Everything available.
- The exchange rate is very favorable for tourists. The most I paid for a bottle of wine in a restaurant was USD $5. All of wine was delicious and better than the best I’ve had in France.

Overall, I have absolutely no regrets about using this service and would happily do it all over again. Already trying to figure out my next adventure!

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Huinid Obelisco Hotel

Buenos Aires

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Walking with Penguins

Ushuaia

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Exceeded my expectations. This was an island of hundreds of penguins and we could get up close to them in the wild. We saw three different species including a rare emperor penguin!

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks to all!!
It was my pleasure to plan and execute such an exciting adventure for the whole family. It was one of the most lovely trip itineraries I have organized! I really appreciate your kind words and wish you many more fun trips ahead in South America to keep exploring the world.
Warm regards,
Emi

40th birthday trip · Argentina - Feb 12 - Feb 21, 2022

Traveler: Heidi K. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

My triplet sisters and I had a wonderful 40th birthday trip to Argentina. We wanted to prioritize Patagonia, so Emilce arranged for us to visit Buenos Aires, El Calafate, and Ushuaia. Some highlights included the stunning Perito Merino Glacier, El Chalten hiking, and sailing the Beagle Channel. We had one mishap where a driver didn't show up to take us to the BA airport and one of us almost got bumped from the flight, but Emilce, Clementina, and Fernando were all very apologetic and refunded... read more

My triplet sisters and I had a wonderful 40th birthday trip to Argentina. We wanted to prioritize Patagonia, so Emilce arranged for us to visit Buenos Aires, El Calafate, and Ushuaia. Some highlights included the stunning Perito Merino Glacier, El Chalten hiking, and sailing the Beagle Channel. We had one mishap where a driver didn't show up to take us to the BA airport and one of us almost got bumped from the flight, but Emilce, Clementina, and Fernando were all very apologetic and refunded the difference for the transportation. After that incident, Clementina sent us our boarding passes ahead of time so that we wouldn't get bumped again - a thoughtful gesture! All of our guides were great and the team was very responsive. Even though food poisoning took us out for one day, we were overwhelmed and amazed by the beauty, food, culture, animals, and people. I hope to be back one day!

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Huinid Obelisco Hotel

Buenos Aires

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Minitrekking "Los Glaciares National Park"

El Calafate

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Absolutely once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Lisa

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

Traveler: Lisa K. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

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!

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Altiplanico Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

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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.

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10 minute walk to town
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room taken care of every day
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Oscar was the best.
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desert landscape
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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Everything was very smooth and went perfectly... · Argentina - Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2022

Traveler: Michael M. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

Everything was very smooth and went perfectly. No issues throughout the entire trip due to the great planning from the travel team. Fernando and Mathias were particularly helpful, knowledgeable, and very friendly. Would highly recommend. read more

Everything was very smooth and went perfectly. No issues throughout the entire trip due to the great planning from the travel team. Fernando and Mathias were particularly helpful, knowledgeable, and very friendly. Would highly recommend.

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Maldonado

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Ferry Navigation to Montevideo

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michael,
Thank you very much for your review. It was my pleasure to plan your trip to Argentina and Uruguay. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed it and I appreciate the feedback.
Wishing you a great year!
Emi

LYNNETTE

11 Days of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Salta, Mendoze and MORE!!! · Argentina - Dec 20 - Dec 30, 2021

Traveler: LYNNETTE Y. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

Emi is nothing short of a ROCKSTAR! Even with the time zone difference (prior to booking), she considered every detail when crafting this special trip, despite limitations of COVID. All the hotels I stayed in were super clean and literally in the center of town, so venturing out on my own for dinner or to explore neighborhoods was super easy.

By far, Salta and Mendoza will forever be stained in my happiest memories. From the seemingly endless Salt Flats, hiking in San Lorenzo, lively... read more

Emi is nothing short of a ROCKSTAR! Even with the time zone difference (prior to booking), she considered every detail when crafting this special trip, despite limitations of COVID. All the hotels I stayed in were super clean and literally in the center of town, so venturing out on my own for dinner or to explore neighborhoods was super easy.

By far, Salta and Mendoza will forever be stained in my happiest memories. From the seemingly endless Salt Flats, hiking in San Lorenzo, lively squares of downtown Mendoza, beautiful mountain views in Cafayate and Purmamarca to the delicious empanadas and peaceful horseback ride at the ranch, this trip was everything I hoped for and more. Thanks so much Emi and KimKim for ending my 2021 adventures with a bang!

Hotel Review

Hotel Raices Aconcagua

Mendoza

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Hotel Review

The hotel was located mere steps from one of the larger squares and walking distance to shopping and very good restaurants. At night, I felt very safe walking about and the hotel is just outside a bus stop, with buses running very frequently. Despite COVID, there was a decent selection of pastries and juices for breakfast, but no eggs or anything like other hotels I had stayed in. My room on the 8th floor was very clean and offered an AMAZING view, plus the floor was very quiet at night. The elevators are a little slow at times. The front desk was very attentive upon check-in and even went as far to help me make an appointment with a nearby business for a service. If in Mendoza again, I would absolutely consider them for another stay!

Tips for future travelers

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Location

Cleanliness & Comfort

Fresh towels were provided daily. The safe was functional and locked/unlocked very easily by setting a code. Also the windows open with a latch to enjoy some fresh air if you want.
Staff

The staff was very helpful and spoke very good English if your Spanish is not so fluent.
Authenticity & Character

Activity Review

Salinas Grandes (Purmamarca)

Salta

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Activity Review

The mountain views were breathtaking! The time spent at the Salt Flats was truly a highlight of the excursion.

Transport

Driver picked me up about 10 minutes past my initial pickup time but it seems that no one in Argentina is ever really on time.
Guides, drivers and staff

Our guide was full of knowledge about the history Jujuy, Salinas Grandes and the Salta area that I definitely learned more than I would have just trying to visit the area on my own. Great driving through the winding roads in the mountains and was happy to help us take photos.
Quality of Experience

The people of Purmamarca were so kind and very gracious and getting to taste llama was surely a surprise!
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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Lynnette,
Thank you very much for your kind words and for having trusted us for your trip. :)
We are so happy that you had a great and full experience in Argentina. It is reflected in the beautiful photos you shared!
We hope to welcome you soon somewhere else in South America :D
It was a pleasure to e-meet you! Thank you very much and our best wishes for this year that has just begun!

The perfect honeymoon adventure! · Argentina - Nov 5 - Nov 20, 2021

Traveler: Kailey L. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

We had the PERFECT honeymoon trip. It was a long one- 16 days/15 nights- so Emilce was absolutely instrumental in helping us craft the trip and making sure everything was organized and stress free for us. She was patient and responsive, and all of her suggestions for excursions were spot on for what we wanted to do- from a tango show, to hikes in Patagonia and Iguazu, to wine tours in Mendoza. It was amazing how hassle-free it all was- people were there to pick us up and drop us off at each... read more

We had the PERFECT honeymoon trip. It was a long one- 16 days/15 nights- so Emilce was absolutely instrumental in helping us craft the trip and making sure everything was organized and stress free for us. She was patient and responsive, and all of her suggestions for excursions were spot on for what we wanted to do- from a tango show, to hikes in Patagonia and Iguazu, to wine tours in Mendoza. It was amazing how hassle-free it all was- people were there to pick us up and drop us off at each airport and take us to all of our activities- we didn’t even really have to think! Plus, every guide we had was so knowledgeable and friendly- and so excited to use their English as we were the first Americans they’d had since the pandemic restrictions lifted. I absolutely recommend working with Emi- and visiting Argentina!!

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Kailey and Jack,
Many thanks for all your kind comments and for sharing these lovely photos about your Honeymoon in Argentina! :)
We are thrilled that you loved and enjoyed the highlights of our country, and that traveling during the Pandemic time hasn't been an obstacle.
I want to thank you once again for trusting me to organize your honeymoon!!
It was a pleasure to e-meet you! Best wishes and adventures to come! Emi

Honeymoon in Argentina during COVID-19 · Argentina - Mar 8 - Mar 18, 2020

Traveler: Jenna Q. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

My husband I are traveled to Argentina for our honeymoon and Emi helped us plan the perfect itinerary. Emi had great suggestions for our getaway, and accommodated all of our requests. Unfortunately the end of your trip was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we had to return home sooner than anticipated, but we were able to enjoy the time that we had. We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Buenos Aires with Federico, our private tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Mendoza was... read more

My husband I are traveled to Argentina for our honeymoon and Emi helped us plan the perfect itinerary. Emi had great suggestions for our getaway, and accommodated all of our requests. Unfortunately the end of your trip was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we had to return home sooner than anticipated, but we were able to enjoy the time that we had. We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Buenos Aires with Federico, our private tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Mendoza was the highlight of our trip. We loved all of the hotels that Emi booked/suggested for us. We were only able to spend one night in El Calafate, and unable to do any of our planned excursions in Calafate/Chalten, but we will be back! Emi stayed in constant contact with us after COVID-19 travel restrictions started being implemented, and even gave us her personal phone number. We highly recommend Emi if you are planning a trip to Argentina!

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Jenna and Victor,
I want to thank you once again for trusting me to organize your honeymoon.
I am very happy to know that you have been able to fully enjoy your stay in Buenos Aires, as well as in Iguazu and Mendoza. :D
I am sorry that you were not able to finish your trip in El Calafate correctly due to the global situation of the COVID-19. It was a complicated situation as it was an hour by hour issue, but fortunately, you managed to get home before borders were totally closed.
I really... read more

Jenna and Victor,
I want to thank you once again for trusting me to organize your honeymoon.
I am very happy to know that you have been able to fully enjoy your stay in Buenos Aires, as well as in Iguazu and Mendoza. :D
I am sorry that you were not able to finish your trip in El Calafate correctly due to the global situation of the COVID-19. It was a complicated situation as it was an hour by hour issue, but fortunately, you managed to get home before borders were totally closed.
I really hope to receive you on another occasion so you get to know the rest of Argentina.
It was a pleasure to meet you! :)
Emi

Argentina Trip · Argentina - Feb 6 - Feb 20, 2020

Traveler: Douglas F. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

Emilce was very responsive and gave us great service. The trip itself was very enjoyable. the only wrinkle was that we had expressed an interest in hiking anddespite the fact the south of Argentina has lots of great hiking, the "hiking experiences" were mostly bus rides to scenic places.

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Douglas,
Thank you very much for your Review! I'm really happy that you enjoyed your trip and that you are happy with our service.
I understand that although excursions weren't hiking at all, we managed together to change some of them into more active ones for you to enjoy the destinations in a different way.
I hope we can be in contact again! South America will always welcome you :)
All the best,
Emi

Mark

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

Traveler: Mark C. - Local specialist: Emilce Alonso

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.

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Emilce Alonso, local specialist, responded to this review:

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