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Jason Kearney

I am originally from Ireland. Having being born on a farm I always had a natural inclination for the outdoors. I am married and live in Lima Peru (big city change!) with my family. My first visit to Latin America was in 2002 when I ventured on many hiking excursions and fell in love with the immensity of the landscapes and people along the way. I returned many times and travelled across very many countries, each one has their own surprises and captivating moments.
My approach in creating exceptional experiences is simple:
1. Listen. This way I learn your preferences
2. Offer my in-depth advice, which is always honest
3. Be creative with itineraries and inspire

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We offer trips across multiple destinations across Latin America. From the Panama Canal to Cape Horn we can make it happen. Our trips are never off the shelf and are individually crafted for the very best outcomes. I think our local knowledge from having seen and done these trips offers a unique perspective from which our travellers benefit.
Popular activities are hiking, biking, food tours, water sports and cultural journeys to know , in depth, the people and places along the way."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Growing up in Ireland I remember at nine years of age sitting down and planning a trip for my mother and father along the west coast of the country. I loved geography and knew all the capitals of the world, so I guess I was born with some travel genes and curiosity. I think curiosity is a big element of people that love to venture out beyond the unfamiliar. I worked for the family transport business for many years and had opportunity to travel across Europe. The addiction to travel led me to the shores of Latin America."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Reaching the summit of the Ausangate Trek in Peru at 17,000 feet with a group of friends. They were a diverse bunch and one would have never seen some as mountaineers. The journey to get there was a landmark journey in life."

Jason is part of the following groups: Patagonia Travel Agents, Argentina Travel Agents, Chile Travel Agents
Views over  Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche
Chile & Argentina Discovery: Santiago, Patagonia, Iguazú & Buenos Aires - 15 Days

Explore the natural wonders of Chile and Argentina on this adventurous 15-day tour. Start in Chile's capital, Santiago, where you'll go on walking tours and wine tastings. Then, spend a week in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia whitewater rafting, hiking, and kayaking in majestic glacial landscapes. Fly to northern Argentina to see the UNESCO-listed Iguazú Falls, and end the tour in elegant Buenos Aires.

Wild horses graze in Torres del Paine National Park
Chilean Nature Adventure: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine & Puerto Varas - 15 Days

This 15-day odyssey will take you to some of Chile's most fascinating sites and spectacular landscapes. Get to know the bustling city of Santiago, see the driest desert in the world at San Pedro de Atacama, marvel at glaciers in Torres del Paine National Park, and learn about Chile's colonial history in the scenic lakeside town of Puerto Varas. Cap off your adventure with a food tour of Santiago's best restaurants and a trip to Colchagua Valley wine country.

Easter Island's mysterious moai
Chilean Culture & Nature: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 11 Days

Monumental archaeological mysteries, natural phenomena, and urban life are all part of this 11-day Chilean itinerary. From sprawling Santiago to the awe-inspiring Atacama Desert and Easter Island, each moment of your trip will offer opportunities for unforgettable experiences. Travel by air, car, hot air balloon, bike, and horseback for a dynamic adventure through South America and across the South Pacific.

Snowy Licancabur volcano in the Andes reflecting in the water of Laguna Chaxa with Andean flamingos, Atacama salar, Chile
Immersive Chile: Santiago & Atacama Desert - 7 Days

From cosmopolitan Santiago to cosmic stargazing in the Atacama Desert, this brilliant seven-day itinerary takes you from the capital city to the world's largest salt flat. Taste typical Atacameño dishes with a local family, wander the lunar landscapes of Moon Valley, taste sustainably-grown Chilean wine at the source, and spot flamingoes on Chaxa Lagoon. Along the way, you'll discover the rhythms of daily life in remote Atacameño villages and support the work of local and Indigenous guides.

Sactus on Incahuasi Island
Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 14 Days

Explore the best of three countries on this comprehensive 14-day itinerary, with cultural visits, archaeological sites, and more. Start in Peru for explorations of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, then head to Lake Titicaca to see the floating Uros Islands and visit the indigenous communities. Continue to Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flats to see massive flocks of flamingoes, then end the trip on Rapa Nui — home of the iconic stone moai.

Sunset over Cusco, Peru
The Magic of the Andes: Santiago, Atacama, Lima & Cusco - 12 Days

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Andes on this 12-day South American intinerary. Starting in Chile, you'll tour the bustling capital of Santiago and explore the arid Atacama Desert before flying north up the coast to Peru. After sampling the culture and cuisine of Lima, discover the rich Incan history of Cusco and set out to explore the iconic archaeological sites of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Favorite experiences

Atacama Desert: Tatio Geysers & Machuca Village

The Atacama Desert abounds with geologic wonders, and discovering them is why travelers visit this region of northern Chile. You'll find one such gem, the Tatio Geysers, located about 1.5 hours from the town of San Pedro de Atacama. At an altitude of 4,320 meters (14,173 feet), these are the...

Machu Picchu Tour

The ruins of the 15th century Incan citadel of Machu Picchu (which translates to "old mountain") were largely hidden to the outside world until the early 20th century. Today over a million visitors flock to this UNESCO World Heritage Site each year. They come to see a masterpiece of ancient...

Easter Island: Orongo & Ahu Akivi Tour

This excursion involves two half-day tours to Orongo and Ahu Akivi. The experience begins in the southwest corner of Rapa Nui and the remains of the village of Orongo. Located on the rim of an inactive volcano called Rano Kau, this area enjoys a special place in the island's history as it was the...

El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier Trek

Los Glaciares National Park, located in the Santa Cruz province of southern Argentina, covers nearly 1.5 million acres and is home to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. It's a Unesco World Heritage Site that draws hundreds of thousands of international visitors each year. They come to view some...

Hike Torres del Paine National Park - The French Valley

This excursion involves a visit to one of many iconic areas of Torres del Paine National Park: The French Valley. Led by an expert guide the adventure begins at the Pudeto Ranger Station, which is located on the shore of Lake Pehoé, which sits beside Lago Grey and is fed by the Paine River. From...

Recent trip reviews for Jason

Exceeded our high expectations, the best
Argentina | Jan 9 - Jan 21, 2023

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Jeff O.
West Des Moines, IA | Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

From our pickup at the airport, to our delivery to return, our trip was smooth and wonderful. Gabriel, our driver in Buenos Aires, was helpful far beyond our transit needs. He shared his love of the city and its history, pointing out several possibilities for our dining options and some of the areas of the city we would visit the next day with our guide, Marta. The Hotel Carles was comfortable with thermostat controlled A/C for our comfort. The staff ensured that our visit was trouble free,... read more

From our pickup at the airport, to our delivery to return, our trip was smooth and wonderful. Gabriel, our driver in Buenos Aires, was helpful far beyond our transit needs. He shared his love of the city and its history, pointing out several possibilities for our dining options and some of the areas of the city we would visit the next day with our guide, Marta. The Hotel Carles was comfortable with thermostat controlled A/C for our comfort. The staff ensured that our visit was trouble free, with a breakfast each day offered in their dining room. Wonderful bars and restaurants in walking distance.
our travel to El Calafate was trouble-free, picked up by our promised driver and delivery to the Hotel Rochester, again a comfortable room, off of the traffic area of the city, peaceful and welcoming, with an easy view of Lago Argentino. We enjoyed touring the national Park and the Glacier. I'd be remiss to not mention Cecilia at the front desk, who answered our questions, assisted with a power adapter, and was so gracious helping other guests who were missing connection with their tours and guides-not a problem that we experienced. The restaurant/bar was pleasant and comfortable as well, allowing a friendly atmosphere to chat with other travelers in the evening. Horseback riding trip was fun with the time we were able to learn more about the history of the Patagonian ranches and indulge in a delicious lunch. The flyfishing trip was interesting as the fast moving cold river made sight fishing impossible, but both trout and salmon were found! Then we were off to San Carlos de Bariloche, and the Hotel Edelweiss. Comfortable, clean, and staffed by helpful, friendly people that worked to make the stay as pleasant as possible, from the breakfast in the morning to the restaurant and bar in the evening, many other restaurants within walking distance . Kayaking on the Lago Nahuel Huapi was breathtaking, as this huge deep lake is crystal clear and the views of the mountains are wonderful. Our guide Yanina Capararo was gracious to take and share pictures of us allowing us to simply enjoy the trip, providing us with a nice snack and tea on the island and great conversation. Of course, our transportation was on time, and the cool evenings made sleep easy. Fly-fishing with Diego Martin was wonderful with a float trip, casting guidance, and an absolutely delicious lunch with salad, sandwiches, drinks, great conversation and beautiful views of the Andes as well. Followed by a day of river rafting through class 1-4 waters with a great breakfast first and a great meal after. The wetsuits and helmets provided, training and then a wet wonderful ride to the border of Chile! Back to Buenos Aires and the warm friendly piloting of our driver Gabriel. Enjoying the sights and the activities of the city with an evening of Tango, and then off to home. The trip was trouble free, and any questions or fears were solve quickly. Cannot recommend Jason enough. This trip hit all of the buttons we wanted, and was the best experience in travel I have had!

Hotel Reviews
Carles Hotel
Buenos Aires

nice vistas from the tenth floor of the nearby apartments and streets leading to some great places like Floreria Atlantica and Basa. Comfortable, with roomy shower and thermostat control of the temperature of the room. Would remind USA folks to bring an electrical adapter and an extension cord to charge two phones and a sleep machine or laptop/camera simultaneously. Just walking distance to park, Patagonia store, and right two doors down is a great little bakery for sandwiches or sweets. Helpful staff, breakfast provided.

Authenticity & Character
location to restaurants and bars
Location
Staff
friendly, helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Never had a complaint on anything in the room or hotel
Rochester Calafate
El Calafate

Away from the center of town, but quiet, relaxed, and feels private. nice sitting areas inside and out, friendly bar and restaraurant to visit with others at the end of your day.

Authenticity & Character
Better shuttle; if guests were allowed to call or text to arrange pickup, dropoff to sites in town.
Location
Quiet, when you were done with your tourism for the day, this felt like a private retreat
Staff
Cecilia at the desk, really worked to make the stay comfortable, helped other guests with missed connections on trips/tours.
Cleanliness & Comfort
No problems whatsoever. But there is no thermostat control for room, and no A/C on hot days
NH Bariloche Edelweiss
San Carlos de Bariloche

Start with helpful attentive desk staff, attention to detail, willingness to help: i.e. My passport had fallen out of a jacket on a tour bus, staff tracked bus owner, had my passport back within 2 hours! Nice, roomy bar with dining tables as well as just relaxing areas. Attentive staff in restaurant, good breakfast selection and large seating area. Thermostat control in room for heat A/C. Very quick elevators- no long waits.

Authenticity & Character
Convenience to other restaurants and stores, small view of town and the lake
Location
Comfort of rooms, shower, bidet, opening windows to hear the city and feel it cool at night
Staff
Service was wonderful, attentive, friendly and willing to have a conversation. Saved me a great load of problems when my passport was gone.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The hotel was splendid in its cleanliness, and the comfort of the room-never heard guests in the hall or other rooms.
Activity Reviews
Private Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour
Buenos Aires

We enjoyed the tour, the Recoleta and its solar flower was impressive, The different ages and styles of architecture, the antique opulence and the urban liveliness was impressive.

Quality of Experience
Friendly, conversational attitude of Marta, explanations and background offered
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Gabriel's driving-manual transmission in traffic never an errant shift, smoother than an automatic.
Transport
Easy visibility and the driver made it convenient for us and the guide when we came back from any site to the car
Perito Moreno Glacier - Los Glaciares National Park
El Calafate

Picked up as scheduled, on time. Friendly and understandable information from the tour guide on what we were seeing, time to return to bus from the park and the viewing of the glacier. timely transport for our scheduled boat tour

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
All of our drivers and guides were engaging and friendly
Transport
Clean cars and buses, well running vehicles in good shape
Safari Boat - Sailing Rico Branch
El Calafate

Beautiful views , crowded top deck and cooler on the front and sides of the boat. Boat was clean and interior seats were comfortable

Quality of Experience
After safety breifing, they let us enjoy yhe experience on our own instead of feeling like you were studying for a test
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Clean, timely, and comfortable
Patagonian Ranch Day at Nibepo Aike & Cristales Horseback Riding
El Calafate

Great time to walk down to the shore of the lake, see the cattle being moved, and learn about the history of the ranch. Wonderful coffee/tea and snacks on arrival, big lunch before we went on our long ride. If you are used to a western saddle, make certain your stirrups are long enough to keep your legs relaxed during the ride-their saddles are more of a modified English saddle-no pommel, and you are placed more forward than you may be used to.

Quality of Experience
Food
Wonderful Chimichurri for the steak!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Fly Fishing Half Day Tour in El Calafate
El Calafate

The river is very cloudy with glacial sediment and cold, so you are fishing wets and trying to find the seams in current. Rods provided required an adjustment in my casting stroke, but not bad.

Quality of Experience
Food
didn't get our lunch
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Kayaking Nahuel Huapi Lakes
Bariloche

Our guides put us into our kayak with our lifevests, water skirts- very nicley equipped. The water clarity was spectacular, our tandem kayak was comfortable and easily controlled. The lake is pretty calm in the morning. We opted against the island hike, but had a great break with conversation, snacks and hot tea/coffee. Our guide took pictures for us and emailed them to us to share.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Limay River Fly Fishing
Bariloche

On time, friendly pickup from our guide, informative conversation about the area on the drive to the river. Very comfortable drift, in comfortable seats. Diego was helpful in pointing out good places to cast and also casting instruction for the presentations. Nice rainbows, missed a huge brown. Stopped on shore for a nice lunch; salad, sandwiches, cerveza or wine, coffee/tea, wonderful conversation about the area, fishing and life. A great time

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Whitewater Rafting Rio Manso a La Frontera
Bariloche

Guide picked us up on time, transported to a nice breakfast and then wet-suited , life-vested, helmeted and taken to the river. Paddling instructions and response practice in a small pool in the river, then we went through the first rapids and continued through trickier ones with opportunities to drop in and enjoy the cool water twice before continuing through more rapids. When we reached the takeout point, our float was shorter than planned as the next rapids were too dangerous. Long climb up a steep trail to drop off wetsuits and gear, dry and get dressed, then taken back to the starting point for a lunch and refreshments, before heading back to our hotel

Quality of Experience
The trip was what you want on a whitewater trip, and the guide took good care of us.
Food
Only hamburger I had in Argentina and it was very good.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Friendly, helpful, and competent.
Transport
Clean comfortable bus ride
Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Hi Jeff,
Thanks so much for your trip review. I am so glad you got to experience a real taste of Argentina in your time with us and discovered the great outdoors of this fascinating land. We hope to welcome you back in the future to Latin America!! I always enjoyed our conversations. Slainte! O Donnell Abu!

Incredible Argentina Honeymoon Adventure
Argentina | Jan 1 - Jan 14, 2023

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Christopher B.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Jason planned an incredible honeymoon for us that exceeded all of our expectations. We had no major hiccups the entire trip (not even a domestic flight delay) and had excellent service for each of our scheduled events. We truly feel we saw all the best things each of our locations in Argentina could offer. We were blown away and would absolutely work with Jason again. Thank you! read more

Jason planned an incredible honeymoon for us that exceeded all of our expectations. We had no major hiccups the entire trip (not even a domestic flight delay) and had excellent service for each of our scheduled events. We truly feel we saw all the best things each of our locations in Argentina could offer. We were blown away and would absolutely work with Jason again. Thank you!

Hotel Reviews
Mine Hotel Boutique
Buenos Aires
Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel
Mendoza
Alma Del Lago Suites & Spa
San Carlos de Bariloche
Palo Santo Hotel
Buenos Aires
Activity Reviews
Private Kayaking Nahuel Huapi Lakes
Bariloche
Wine & Flavours of Maipu
Mendoza
Private Uco Valley Wine Tour - Premium Wineries of Salentein & Andeluna
Mendoza
Private Refugio Frey Ridge Trek
Bariloche
Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest Navigation
Bariloche
Private Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour
Buenos Aires
The Argentine Experience - Dinner Experience with Private Transfers
Buenos Aires
Gaucho Full Day Tour at El Ombú de Areco Ranch
Buenos Aires
Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Hi Christopher,
Thank you for your kind words. We were very happy to provide a memorable honeymoon experience in Argentina. It is a superb destination for both culture and the great outdoors. We look forward to welcoming you to Latin America in the future. Please reach out to me anytime. jason@tlatravel.com
Kind Regards,
Jason.

This was the second time I used Kimkim to pla...
Patagonia | Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2022

Vijay
Vijay A.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

This was the second time I used Kimkim to plan my South American trip. Jason was excellent in organizing everything from Beunosaires, El Calafate and peuroto natales to Punta Arenas. The day of ESTANCIA CRISTINA was the highlight of our trip!!! Even if there was hiccup he took care of it. Only improvement I might suggest is a packing list before trip might have been helpful. Punta Arenas some of the Penguin tours and transfers were not exactly up-to mark but Jason took care of the... read more

This was the second time I used Kimkim to plan my South American trip. Jason was excellent in organizing everything from Beunosaires, El Calafate and peuroto natales to Punta Arenas. The day of ESTANCIA CRISTINA was the highlight of our trip!!! Even if there was hiccup he took care of it. Only improvement I might suggest is a packing list before trip might have been helpful. Punta Arenas some of the Penguin tours and transfers were not exactly up-to mark but Jason took care of the complaints very well to our satisfaction.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Diego de Almagro Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas

Just disinterested staff overall

Authenticity & Character
Location
Location
Staff
Some of them not want to bothered to even attempt broken English
Cleanliness & Comfort
They can’t turn the coffee machine on even 5 minutes early. Most of tours start real early there but breakfast starts at 630. So you are going hungry
Lagos Del Calafate
El Calafate
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Costaustralis
Puerto Natales
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
474 Buenos Aires Hotel
Buenos Aires
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Estancia Cristina - Classic Option
El Calafate
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
DONT MISS THIS ACTIVITY
Private Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour
Buenos Aires
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
I’m just not that much into big cities. And king lunch place e stopped in had added cheese in the empanadas which caused sickens for my daughter.
Perito Moreno Glacier - Los Glaciares National Park
El Calafate
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Safari Boat - Sailing Rico Branch
El Calafate
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Highlight of our trip. The iceberg phots incredible
Full Day Torres del Paine National Park (ex. Puerto Natales)
Puerto Natales
Quality of Experience
Looooong day
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Trekking Cerro Benitez
Puerto Natales
Quality of Experience
I’m
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Hi Vijay,
Thanks for your review and we were glad to plan a great adventure for you all. The hotel in Punta Arenas is not our first choice but we had a short lead in for your trip and it was the best option available. It should always have courteous staff and we have noted that for improvement.
Other issues that came up along the way were dealt with efficiently I believe. The weather too made some tours a challenge but glad that overall you had a great time and are considering a new booking with us too!
Regards and Best Wishes,
Jason.

This was an excellent and amazing vacation!...
Argentina | Dec 13 - Dec 26, 2022

Joyce
Joyce W.
Syracuse, NY | Reviewed on Jan 02, 2023

This was an excellent and amazing vacation!

Hard to single out one place. I learned a lot about a part of the world that I never really thought about. It was exciting to be in Buenos Aires when they won the soccer championship. We were there at the right time to share their joy. All places we visited were beautiful. The guides were excellent. I can only say that it opened up a whole world I was ignorant of. We have been to Europe several times. This trip gave me a new understanding of... read more

This was an excellent and amazing vacation!

Hard to single out one place. I learned a lot about a part of the world that I never really thought about. It was exciting to be in Buenos Aires when they won the soccer championship. We were there at the right time to share their joy. All places we visited were beautiful. The guides were excellent. I can only say that it opened up a whole world I was ignorant of. We have been to Europe several times. This trip gave me a new understanding of the world.

Hotel Reviews
Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery
Buenos Aires

Lovely, comfortable and accommodating. Very nice breakfast buffets.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Quick response when something was needed.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything
Alma Del Lago Suites & Spa
San Carlos de Bariloche

Very nice. My only complaint is that there were no tissues in the bathroom. We had to purchase some from a store.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Cleanliness & Comfort
Provide tissues. I had a runny nose and used my personal supply, then used toilet paper.
Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel
Puerto Iguazú

Beautiful location. Excellent breakfast. Staff accommodating to assist us.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel
Mendoza

Nice location. Breakfast buffets we're great. My only complaint is there were no tissues provided in the room or bathroom.

Authenticity & Character
Location
I liked the fountain and park area across the street.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Jan 02, 2023

Hello Joyce,
Thank you for taking time to write such a thoughtful review. It is one of the joys of travel that it brings us to new places and new people that utterly change our perspectives on this journey of life. It has been great to share in bringing your trip to fruition and I enjoyed working with you along the pathway of Argentina. We hope to see you again in the future in Latin America.
Kind Regards,
Jason.

Thank you Jason for planning such a wonderful...
Chile | Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2022

Alane
Alane F.
Lee, MA | Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

Thank you Jason for planning such a wonderful trip for Jim and me. All your arrangements worked out perfectly, from pick up at the airport in Santiago to our departure on the last day from Puerto Natales. Felipe, our guide in Santiago, was amazing. He had such a thorough grasp of Santiago’s history, the people and the politics. We learned so much from him as we toured the city. Lunch at Boscanariz was a delicious surprise and gave us an education in Chilean wines. The Atacama Desert was... read more

Thank you Jason for planning such a wonderful trip for Jim and me. All your arrangements worked out perfectly, from pick up at the airport in Santiago to our departure on the last day from Puerto Natales. Felipe, our guide in Santiago, was amazing. He had such a thorough grasp of Santiago’s history, the people and the politics. We learned so much from him as we toured the city. Lunch at Boscanariz was a delicious surprise and gave us an education in Chilean wines. The Atacama Desert was another highlight of our trip. The salt dunes, geysers and lunar vistas were amazing. All of our guides were so knowledgeable and engaging. We liked staying close to town at Noi Casa Atacama and being able to walk into town whenever we wanted. The staff at the hotel was great and the pool and spa were perfect for relaxing after long touring days. And of course staying at Explora Patagonia in Torres del Plaines with its incredible views and vistas was thrilling. The hikes, guides, food, spa, and staff, all surpassed our expectations. We were so impressed with the passion, enthusiasm and love the staff have for Patagonia and Chile. By the end of our trip, we shared that love.

Hotel Review
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago
Santiago

We were a little disappointed with the Ritz Carlton, given the excellent reputation the hotel chain has. Our room was spacious and bright. However, the amenities were not on par with a 5 star hotel. They were skimpy and unimpressive and inadequate for two people staying in the room. The staff was friendly and nice, although most did not speak English, including the doorman, who did not open the door or greet guests as they entered the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Staff working in the lobby need a lesson in welcoming guests and being more helpful to guests.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

Hi Alane and Jim,
It was a pleasure to work in the creation and delivery of your great adventure in Chile. We hope to welcome you back soon.
Regards,
Jason.

Our trip was fantastic. Every tour guide we h...
Chile | Nov 11 - Nov 19, 2022

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Carmen P.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Our trip was fantastic. Every tour guide we had was great. From Evelyn in Santiago who took us around downtown and gave us great insights about Santiago and Valparaiso.
To our guides in Atacama (Pablo, etc).
The hotel cumbres was great!. People were super helpful.
To our tour guides in Patagonia Camp. This hotel was great!!!! What an experience. I would go back in a heart beat. Barbara, Marcelo and Pauline were great!!!. A wealth of knowledge and extremely accommodating. This place is... read more

Our trip was fantastic. Every tour guide we had was great. From Evelyn in Santiago who took us around downtown and gave us great insights about Santiago and Valparaiso.
To our guides in Atacama (Pablo, etc).
The hotel cumbres was great!. People were super helpful.
To our tour guides in Patagonia Camp. This hotel was great!!!! What an experience. I would go back in a heart beat. Barbara, Marcelo and Pauline were great!!!. A wealth of knowledge and extremely accommodating. This place is amazing and the excursions were great.
I have nothing but praises for the whole trip.
Honestly… every hotel and excursion.. fantastic!.
I would book future trips with Kim Kim. This was my first experience with them and would definitely repeat.

Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Hi Carmen,
Thanks for taking the time to review your trip experience. I am glad you had such a wonderful time discovering the mega diverse land of Chile. It is true that the guides along the way make or break a trip. They provide the stories and and the human elements to add to a beautiful landscape. I am glad our team performed admirably. We look forward to welcoming you to Latin America in the future.
Best Regards,
Jason.

We had the most incredible experience from st...
Argentina | Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2022

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Erica F.
Philadelphia, PA | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

We had the most incredible experience from start to finish. Jason was helpful, responsive and planned the most amazing trip! I will never go on a trip again without using kimkim. We felt like VIPs!

Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Hello Erica,
Thank you for your kind words, they make our work worthwhile, to leave fond memories into the future. We look forward to seeing you again in Latin America with us.
You are VIP's!!
Jason.

10-day Chilean Family Vacation
Chile | Oct 29 - Nov 7, 2022

Kevin
Kevin S.
Panama | Reviewed on Nov 13, 2022

Trip planning...

Jason, our travel agent, was very helpful and attentive. He was very receptive to feedback and promptly incorporated my input into a revised travel plan. Jason was very easy to work with, and I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking to travel in Latin America. I think the only way for the trip planning to be easier is if Jason could read my mind, because it was sometimes difficult to describe the types of adventures that would interest me and my family. ... read more

Trip planning...

Jason, our travel agent, was very helpful and attentive. He was very receptive to feedback and promptly incorporated my input into a revised travel plan. Jason was very easy to work with, and I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking to travel in Latin America. I think the only way for the trip planning to be easier is if Jason could read my mind, because it was sometimes difficult to describe the types of adventures that would interest me and my family. I look forward to planning my next vacation with him.

Vacation summary...

Santiago
- Tour guide Felipe – Very nice, personable, helpful, and knowledgeable tour guide. Provided great insight during the tours and provided great suggestions for activities outside of our planned tours.
- Tour description/review: It was a holiday weekend when we visited Santiago, which our tour guide said was why many locals left the city. We may not have gotten the real feel of Santiago; however, less people likely simplified our tour of the major tourist attractions and important monuments throughout the city. We saw many, if not all the important monuments and learned a fair amount about the city during our tour.
The day trip to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar was amazing! The mural-like graffiti of Valparaiso was one of the most memorable things from our trip. Even our little kids were interested some of the graffiti and architecture of Valparaiso. In addition to the fascinating tour, Felipe took us to get some of the best empanadas we have ever tasted. Even though the water was too cold for us to get into, the view of the beach at Vina del Mar was beautiful. Santiago and the nearby areas were an excellent start to your vacation!

Puerto Natales
- Tour guide Jonathan – Our tours in Puerto Natales were guided by another great tour guide. Jonathan was very knowledgeable about the area, nice and personable, and very patient and good with our kids.
- Tour description/review: The next phase of our trip was even better than the initial. Our hotel room offered a view of the water and the mountain range, and the tours were just as amazing as Santiago. The tours of Milodon Cave and Grey Lake were even more exciting for the kids than the beach and graffiti of the Santiago area. The tours of the Milodon Cave and Torres Del Paine National Park were very interesting. The pinnacle of the vacation occurred on Grey Lake with an up-close view of Glacier Grey. The entire family was awestruck by the size and beauty of the giant glacier. While leaving the national park, we saw several guanacos in the hills on the side of the road. The kids were entertained by the guanaco calls to one another that sounded like they were laughing. The guanacos will likely be a vivid memory of the vacation for the kids, also.

Puerto Varas
- Tour guide Carlos was the best tour guide during our vacation, and all our guides up to this point were very good.
- Tour description/review: Another good view from our hotel room and good tours. The tours were good, but they followed the glacier tour, so they were unjustly penalized. Whatever the tours lacked in comparison to the glaciers, Carlos, our tour guide, did an excellent job of compensating. The final phase of our vacation included more interesting things for the entire family. The tours included a ski lift to nearly the top of a snowcapped volcano, amazing views of Todos Los Santos Lake and Petrohue, and a ferry ride to Chiloe Island to take a boat around Ancud Island to see penguins, sea lions, and birds. Seeing the glaciers was the climax of the vacation; however, the tours of Puerto Varas were the perfect falling action in the wonderful story of our Chile vacation.

We have numerous pictures of amazing sights that will remind us of our wonderful vacation!

Hotel Reviews
Pullman Santiago El Bosque
Las Condes, Santiago

The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel is located in a very good location that allows for a short walk to restaurants and the huge mall.

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NOI Indigo Patagonia
Puerto Natales

The view from our hotel room was amazing. The staff was friendly and helpful. The restaurant staff went out of their way to accommodate us when we arrived just before breakfast was finishing. The hotel is located in walking distance to the major attractions of the city.

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Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas

The hotel room was nice with a very good view. The hotel staff was very helpful. The restaurant was okay; however, the menu was limited. The hotel is located in walking distance to the town center, which offers various restaurants, a casino, and other attractions.

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Activity Reviews
Private Torres del Paine National Park & Grey Glacier
Puerto Natales

The views of the glacier were amazing, and the knowledgeable and friendly tour guide was an added bonus. It would have been helpful to prompted to bring snacks for such a long tour. Also, for such a long tour, it would be better to have a more substantial lunch included/offered.

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Food
It would be good to have options available for the box lunch or the option to eat at the hotel restaurant prior to boarding the boat.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Viña del Mar & Valparaíso
Chile

The tour guide was awesome and the murals/graffiti throughout Valparaiso are unforgettable!

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Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Nov 13, 2022

Hi Kevin,
Your kind words and review are much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you and your family in the future to Latin America.
Best Wishes,
Jason

We had a wonderful trip - every detail was co...
Argentina | Oct 15 - Oct 24, 2022

Nycole
Nycole K.
Berkley, MI | Reviewed on Oct 30, 2022

We had a wonderful trip - every detail was considered! It was so nice and relaxing for our first trip to South America to know that all the lodging, travel and transfers were scheduled and taken care of.

Our hotel in Palermo, Be Jardin Escondido by Coppola, was one of the favorite places we have ever stayed. The space and our room with the balcony overlooking the garden was so charming and cozy, but the true highlight were the staff - who were all so so so helpful and accomodating. I... read more

We had a wonderful trip - every detail was considered! It was so nice and relaxing for our first trip to South America to know that all the lodging, travel and transfers were scheduled and taken care of.

Our hotel in Palermo, Be Jardin Escondido by Coppola, was one of the favorite places we have ever stayed. The space and our room with the balcony overlooking the garden was so charming and cozy, but the true highlight were the staff - who were all so so so helpful and accomodating. I couldn't speak highly enough about the staff at Be Jardin. Also the included breakfast was so delicious and generous every time - which we mostly enjoyed from the balcony in our room.

All of our hotels were unique and comfortable. The Lares De Chacras was an absolutely beautiful hotel and property. Our room was large, comfortable and the balcony was so nice. While it wasn't quite warm enough for us to use the pool, the pool and hot tub areas were really beautiful and the patio inviting.

All of our scheduled excursions were as promised or better. The gaucho experience at Estancia El Ombú exceeded our expectations. Our host for the day was so knowledgeable about the history of the region and helped take care of every detail and introduce us to local shop so we could really feel immersed. The group at the ranch was small enough to feel intimate and like were taking part in a family dinner. (and the food was some of our favorite on the trip!)

Other highlights included the speakeasy bar tour - we never could have figured out how to get into such cool cocktail bars on our own! Also the dinner and tango show and Rojo Tango was magical and both of our bike excursions (around Buenos Aires and through Mendoza vineyards) were so much fun and a great way to feel a part of the land and the city.

Thank you for helping us discover Argentina and have a wonderful holiday. We can't wait to go back!

Hotel Review
Be Jardin Escondido by Coppola
Buenos Aires

This was one of the favorite hotels we have ever stayed at. It is absolutely charming and cozy - you really feel like you're visiting someone's gorgeous home in Palermo with your own private garden. The staff were some of the friendliest, most helpful and accommodating hosts we've ever had. Everyone spoke great English and were always willing to help us find great local spots, answer questions or just make us a needed afternoon cappuccino. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff. The breakfast was always delicious and generous, it was always such a wonderful way to start our day. I appreciated the flexibility of time and ability to dine in our room - it felt so luxurious! I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone and would love to stay here again. Thank you for an amazing stay.

Authenticity & Character
This hotel had so much character - it felt like you were staying in the luxury garden oasis of the Coppola family. Dreamy.
Location
Easy walking to all of the trendy shops and restaurants in Palermo. Great location.
Staff
Probably the friendliest and most helpful staff I have ever experienced at a hotel!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Speakeasy Cocktail Adventure in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

This was so much fun to have our own private guide and driver to get us access to some of the coolest and most exclusive speakeasys in Buenos Aires. We never would have been able to figure out how to access these spots without our guide, and learning about the cocktail history in the city was super fun.

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Loved having a private driver - I felt like a star!
Gaucho Full Day Tour at El Ombú de Areco Ranch
Buenos Aires

This trip exceeded my expectations. I expected it to be a large group and feel very "touristy", but it turned out to be a very intimate group for the tour of the town and we got behind the scenes access to local artisans and shops while learning about the region's history. The ranch was also a small enough group that you felt like you were celebrating with friends and family. The horses, food, music and dance were all very magical.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our host in the town and the ranch was lovely. She was so knowledgeable and passionate about the area's history and made our day truly special.
Transport
Bike & Wines Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza
Mendoza

The bike paths around Mendoza are so easy to navigate and give you a unique perspective of the region. What a lovely way to spend the day. Also, the final stop for food and drinks felt very special - like were visiting someone's home.

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Tango Show & Dinner (Tango Rojo) + Private Transfers
Buenos Aires

This was so cool. What a beautiful venue and talented artists. Being able to enjoy a meal and Malbec and have everything you need while enjoying the show was a very special experience.

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Our driver was so kind and excited that we were going to have this experience. Although it was so close we definitely could have walked from our hotel. :)
Urban Bike Tour Buenos Aires, Heart of the City - South Circuit
Buenos Aires

Our day of riding around Buenos Aires with Jackson was one of the highlights of our trip. We learned so much about the city and it's history while taking in beautiful parks and streets. The bike lanes were plentiful and we always felt safe and comfortable on our ride. We enjoyed Mate by a lake and fresh empanadas for lunch. It was a really magical way to see more of the city than you could easily cover on foot.

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Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Hi Nycole,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was always a pleasure to work with you in getting the trip to fruition. I am glad you got to see the football at River Plate, I hope ye won? Last time I was there they won 3- 1!
Hope to see you in the future.
Regards,
Jason.

We had a great two-week trip around Argentina...
Argentina | Aug 7 - Aug 20, 2022

Frances
Frances X.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 21, 2022

We had a great two-week trip around Argentina. The trip includes a good balance of history, culture, scenery, and cuisine in each of the locations we visited. The hotels that we stayed in are either in really good locations or every interesting settings.

The tours themselves were excellent overall and had plenty of photo opportunities, activities, and food. The horseback riding in Mendoza and Iguazú Falls are notable highlights! We didn't visit the salt flats during the rainy season, so... read more

We had a great two-week trip around Argentina. The trip includes a good balance of history, culture, scenery, and cuisine in each of the locations we visited. The hotels that we stayed in are either in really good locations or every interesting settings.

The tours themselves were excellent overall and had plenty of photo opportunities, activities, and food. The horseback riding in Mendoza and Iguazú Falls are notable highlights! We didn't visit the salt flats during the rainy season, so the five hour drive to there from Salta made it underwhelming. Unfortunately, we didn't find many other activities to do during our stays in Salta and Iguazú.

We had four main tour guides throughout this trip: Maria Laura (BA), Gabi (Mendoza), Andres (Salta), and Marcos (Iguazú). Each of them was able to offer interesting insights and commentary on each location. They were very friendly and easy to talk to. We noticed Andres wasn't as talkative as the other guides, but that might be because he was the only guide who also had to drive at the same time.

Overall, we enjoyed the trip and would love to visit again!

Hotel Review
Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery
Buenos Aires

This hotel is in a good location and in great condition. Front desk was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and modern. One of our rooms was facing the street so sometimes there was noise.

Authenticity & Character
Location
we were able to walk to lots of places
Staff
they were all very nice and friendly but the front desk people were the best
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Aug 21, 2022

Hi Frances,
Thanks for your trip review. I am glad that you had a very enjoyable experience along the way and a fine insight to Argentina . I agree, the salt flats are indeed a good distance from Salta and in the dry season can be less impressive than the flooded months of January and February. I am glad to hear that the tours were, in totality, of a high standard for you.
We look forward to having you back again. I can help you with tours in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and the Galapagos.... read more

Hi Frances,
Thanks for your trip review. I am glad that you had a very enjoyable experience along the way and a fine insight to Argentina . I agree, the salt flats are indeed a good distance from Salta and in the dry season can be less impressive than the flooded months of January and February. I am glad to hear that the tours were, in totality, of a high standard for you.
We look forward to having you back again. I can help you with tours in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and the Galapagos. Feel free to reach out and contact me directly here again. It was a pleasure to work with you on bringing your great Argentine adventure to fruition.
Best Regards,
Jason.

the local guides were wonderful!!!!
Brazil | Jul 2 - Jul 9, 2022

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Lori A.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

the local guides were wonderful!!!! read more

the local guides were wonderful!!!!

Hotel Reviews
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Manaus

very unique setting and experience. A must stay place if in the amazon

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Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Foz do Iguaçu

The style was not our favorite so almost didn’t select this location. Extremely glad Jason highly encouraged it! The location was incredible and private time without the crowds at the falls was well worth it! Food and service were fantastic.

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Janeiro Hotel
Rio de Janeiro
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
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Activity Reviews
Private Walking Tour & Secrets of Old Rio
Rio de Janeiro
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Private Yacht Tour of Cotunduba Island
Rio de Janeiro
Quality of Experience
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Private Corcovado & Sugar Loaf with BBQ Lunch
Rio de Janeiro
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Helicopter Overflight Iguazu Falls Brazil
Brazil
Quality of Experience
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Private Tour Brazilian Iguazu Falls
Foz do Iguaçu
Quality of Experience
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Private Argentine Iguazu Falls from Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguaçu
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Great Adventure (Argentinian Falls Tour Supplement)
Foz do Iguaçu
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Final Day Amazon. Flight to Foz do Iguaçu via Rio and Transfers
Brazil
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Hi Lori,
Thank you for your trip review and I am glad to know you had a great time with us in Brazil. We look forward to welcoming you to South America again in the future and it was a pleasure to work with you in creating great memories.
Regards,
Jason.

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

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Marsha M.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Mar 13, 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 Peru | 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.