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Leandro Zamprogno

Hello there! Planning to come to South America? Then I'm your contact here, I'll be super happy to help you plan your trip!

I have been part of the sales team at Trips SouthAmerica for the last 10 years and I keep the same pleasure to show the beauty of these countries as it was the very first day.

My mission is to create experiences and advise future travelers to guarantee an excellent adventure in South America.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I like to specialize on what you are needing. If I don't have the knowledge, I'll investigate how's the best way to give you what you are looking for. I like to tailor made experiences: hiking in Patagonia, biking & kayaking on the Lakes District, wine tastings in Mendoza and Santiago de Chile, glamping, homestays or top luxury..."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been attracted to languages and cultures and with the pass of the time I felt in love with our landscapes and people. Tourism was, then, a perfect combination to join my two passions. Since many years now I have the pleasure to show my region to the rest of the world."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Some years ago we had the opportunity to welcome a high profile minister from the Middle East, we really learnt a lot about their culture in order to adapt our manners and procedures to their conservative requirements. It was a very interesting process that turned out to be both educative and also a great success, the entourage party had a really good time in our country."

Sunset over the Serrano Valley and Torres del Paine National Park
Highlights of Chile: Santiago, Patagonia & Wine Country - 10 Days

This epic 10-day tour showcases three diverse regions of Chile, with a perfect balance of outdoor adventure and quiet relaxation. Explore the city streets of Santiago, then fly south to the rugged peaks and glaciers of Patagonia. After embarking on a series of unforgettable full-day treks deep into Torres del Paine National Park, you'll head north again to spend the remainder of your trip unwinding among the vines at a wine country retreat in the Casablanca Valley.

View of the Laguna Verde (Green Lake) from a volcano on the border of Chile and Bolivia
Discover Chile & Bolivia - 7 Days

Immerse yourself in the stark beauty of the Atacama Desert and the snow-capped Andes on this journey around Chile and Bolivia. Explore the strange rock formations of the Valley of the Moon and drive across the endless, dazzling white of the Uyuni Salt Flats. You'll see steaming geysers shooting out of the earth, go for a dip in natural hot springs, and find bright pink flamingos in the wild along the journey. Then contrast the space and silence with a visit to the bustling streets of La Paz, the highest capital city in the world.

Let a gaucho teach you the ropes during a stay in the countryside
Uruguay Self-Drive Adventure - 9 Days

This relaxing road trip covers several provinces in South America's smallest country with overnights in friendly estancias (meals included). Pick up your car in Colonia, where you'll sample maté and have access to biking trails and vineyards. From here, head to Montevideo for a slice of urban life and then back to the countryside for several days of gauchos, horses, gorges, and exotic birds. Finish along a quiet stretch of Atlantic coast for some beachside hiking to complete the journey.

Vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina
Argentina & Chile Vineyard Honeymoon: Buenos Aires, Mendoza & Colchagua - 10 Days

Celebrate your honeymoon with a romantic tour through the wine regions of Argentina and Chile. You'll start in Buenos Aires, considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Here, you'll enjoy private walking and sailing tours, as well as an evening tango show. Then, head to Mendoza for days filled with wine tours and tastings. Finally, you'll fly to Chile, where you can spend some time in the Colchagua Valley, touring vineyards, mountain biking, or pampering yourself at the spa.

Argentina
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, & Mendoza - 14 Days

This two-week escape to Argentina includes visits to a number of regions so you can get the most out of the culture. You'll also enjoy some incredible activities, including a hike on the surface of a glacier in Patagonia as well as a visit to a penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego. On top of all this, you'll travel to Argentina's wine region of Mendoza where you'll discover its famous Malbec varietal on a tasting tour.

The Lakes District near Bariloche
Buenos Aires and Patagonia: Ushuaia, El Calafate, & El Chaltén - 13 Days

This amazing 13-day trip includes some of the most spectacular scenery that Argentine Patagonia has to offer. After exploring Buenos Aires, you'll head to Ushuaia, famed for being "the city at the end of the world." Then you'll head to El Calafate—the jumping-off point for Los Glaciares National Park—where you'll get up close to Perito Moreno. End the adventure in El Chaltén, the Patagonia hiking capital.

Recent trip reviews for Leandro

Everyone Should Visit Chile
Chile | Dec 26 - Jan 8, 2023

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Allison G.
Agoura, CA | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

We loved our visit to Chile. We had fantastic guides throughout, but extra kudos to Agustin at Zenit Travel in Pucon, and his colleagues Gonzalo and Carlos. Gonzalo took us on a rafting trip in the Liucura River, where my son was able to fish and also had the opportunity to learn how to row the raft. Carlos went above a beyond - taking us a fantastic hike to Sanctuario El Cani, and thermal baths, but also helping us when we needed to change our plans a bit. Cannot recommend Zenit Travel... read more

We loved our visit to Chile. We had fantastic guides throughout, but extra kudos to Agustin at Zenit Travel in Pucon, and his colleagues Gonzalo and Carlos. Gonzalo took us on a rafting trip in the Liucura River, where my son was able to fish and also had the opportunity to learn how to row the raft. Carlos went above a beyond - taking us a fantastic hike to Sanctuario El Cani, and thermal baths, but also helping us when we needed to change our plans a bit. Cannot recommend Zenit Travel more.

As well, the guides in San Pedro de Atacama were fantastic, particularly Diego (full-day tour of Altiplanico) and Victor (Tatio Geysers). We also really enjoyed our trekking experience in Torres Del Paine with Juan Pablo. Truly, all of the guides were great - I could mention everyone.

Finally, everything happened on schedule and as described. We were picked up in the documented timeframe and we were on time for all of our flights. There was always someone waiting for us an the airport, and excellent communication via WhatsApp from the tour operators. We always felt like we were in good hands.

The hotels were also great, with a special mention to the Altiplanico Hotel in Puerto Natales. The food was incredible and the architecture of the hotel is really interesting and cool. But all of the hotels were comfortable, clean, and had friendly staff.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Plaza San Francisco
Santiago

This was a great hotel that is in the very center of the city.

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Close to Cerro Santa Lucia and markets; walking distance to Bellavista.
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Altiplanico Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

This hotel is great; the only potential drawback is that it is a ten minute walk from most of the shops and restaurants in San Pedro.

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Altiplanico Puerto Natales
Natales

We loved this hotel. It is not in the middle of Puerto Natales, but it is a short cab ride away, and has an awesome restaurant. The bathroom floors are heated and there is a heated towel rack as well - this felt luxurious after trekking in Torres Del Paine or seeing glaciers.

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Hotel Pucon Green Park
Pucon

This is a very family-friendly hotel; it actually seemed to be mostly Chilean families on vacation (which was a positive for us). It was a beautiful pool and green area. It is a bit outside of the center of Pucon, but it is a quick cab ride or slightly longer walk.

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Activity Reviews
City Tour Santiago de Chile (Parks)
Santiago

This was a kid-friendly way to learn some of the history of Santiago while also climbing around and enjoying the outdoors. We particularly liked Cerro Santa Lucia and Cerro San Cristobal, but the Bicentennial Park in Vitacura was also beautiful, and an interesting contrast between older and newer parks.

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We didn't have food, so n/a.
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San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley and Death Valley Excursion
San Pedro de Atacama

This was a great introduction to some of the landscapes around San Pedro. It was also a good way to squeeze in a tour on a travel day, as it left later in the afternoon.

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Hiking the great dune.
Evening Astronomy Tour
San Pedro de Atacama

The guides were fantastic and we were able to see a number of stars, planets, and other space things. Great explanations were given, and it was nice to have some snacks available. It was also close to the hotel, which was good considering it was a late night and we had a child with us. So not having to do a long drive was a bonus.

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Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno

Buenos Aires and Patagonia
Patagonia | Nov 14 - Dec 12, 2022

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Willard R.
Westbrook, ME | Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

The Leandro team was professional and planned us out a wonderful trip. Overall, the trip, which had many moving parts, went off as planned, and saved us many hours of research. We liked the amount of time spent in each place, the lodging chosen for us, the guide and transportation services. The details were all taken care of, and we could transition from place to place without stress. We found the people we met to be warm and welcoming.
Our Buenos Aires team, tour guide Andrea and... read more

The Leandro team was professional and planned us out a wonderful trip. Overall, the trip, which had many moving parts, went off as planned, and saved us many hours of research. We liked the amount of time spent in each place, the lodging chosen for us, the guide and transportation services. The details were all taken care of, and we could transition from place to place without stress. We found the people we met to be warm and welcoming.
Our Buenos Aires team, tour guide Andrea and driver Fabio, went out of their way to make our few days there memorable. We felt we made some true friendships and had a glimpse of authentic Argentina.
The Explora Hotel experience was one of our most memorable experiences. We didn't understand how it worked, but the all-inclusive experience was fantastic.
Our transition in Puenta Arenas was a bit more confusing. We didn't get timely notification of our transportation arrangements, and the Rey Don Felipe Hotel had us in a tiny room, with no window and a shower in the corner of the room. However, any time we reached out to the tour concierge service, we got a quick response and solution, if needed.
We will use the Kim-Kim platform again.

Hotel Reviews
Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico
Torres del Paine

From the moment you are greeted at the door, to the moment you leave, everything you can imagine is taken care of. The sleek styling and unbelievable view have you feeling transported to paradise. The individual planning of all the activities that are offered help with that overwhelmed feeling of how to explore this massive national park. The food was delicious and copious and the rooms, simple but luxurious at the same time.

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Everything! Walking poles to use, hiking snacks, open bar, good coffee!
Hotel Alma Sur (Rey Don Felipe)
Punta Arenas

Large hotel, with a dated decor. Common spaces were minimal. We were given a very small room big enough for a queen bed (mattress was marginal) and two small night tables, a small desk, and the bathroom sink was in the room. A 3x3 shower was tucked in an alcove; the toilet in a small closet. No room for suitcases. It was an interior room off a small bricked outside place, so the shade was down. I expect there are other rooms of a more standard quality available. We made do for one night.

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Our room was very small.
Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa
Ushuaia

Top notch hotel, with grand styling and top-of-the-hill views! Rooms were standard, with large bathrooms. We had a rear-view room but given that you can look out onto the Beagle Channel from all other locations, it wasn't a problem. We love the outdoor heated infinity pool. There is a regular shuttle available if you want to explore the town.

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Xelena Hotel & Suites
El Calafate, Santa Cruz

Very spacious hotel with a nice pool area. Rooms were large, good beds. It's a bit far out of town, but they do offer shuttle service if you want to explore. Nice to have a restaurant and a bar that serve food.

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Chalten Suites Hotel
El Chalten

This hotel has a very Austrian feel. Our room was very large and beds were comfortable. There's a restaurant on site, and breakfast was very good.

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Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno
Leandro
Leandro Zamprogno
Local specialist in CORDOBA | Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

Dear Willard, hope you are fine and happy to be back home :)

It was such a pleasure to have you in Argentina and Chile after the looong planning period! I'm happy to know you have enjoyed your time with us that much!

Thank you for your lovely feedback, especially the one for AlmaSur, we have forwarded this to the hotel too.

Hope to have you again with us :)

Argentina trip
Argentina | May 21 - Jun 4, 2022

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Heather D.
Gaithersburg, MD | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

Our trip to Argentina was amazing. Andrea was great a great help on WhatsApp when we had questions and Fabio was such a good driver. We loved the city vibe of Buenos Aires and the tango show was a highlight. Ushuaia was a neat port city. We really enjoyed our free day hiking to Laguna Esmeralda. The capybaras that we saw in Iguazu were adorable and the waterfalls epic. Leandro touched base with us throughout the trip and we really appreciated the detailed itinerary and assistance that he... read more

Our trip to Argentina was amazing. Andrea was great a great help on WhatsApp when we had questions and Fabio was such a good driver. We loved the city vibe of Buenos Aires and the tango show was a highlight. Ushuaia was a neat port city. We really enjoyed our free day hiking to Laguna Esmeralda. The capybaras that we saw in Iguazu were adorable and the waterfalls epic. Leandro touched base with us throughout the trip and we really appreciated the detailed itinerary and assistance that he provided.

Hotel Review
Estancia El Ombú
San Antorio de Areco

The best experience we had in Argentina. Pablo was so welcoming and made us feel at home. The food was delicious. A bottle of Malbec was served for every meal. It was really neat to see the traditional dances and music of the pampas region. We really enjoyed the horseback riding and sunset walks across the estancia.

Tips for future travelers

Come hungry because the BBQ outside had a huge variety of delicious meats.

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Outside of the city with quiet nights.
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Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno
Leandro
Leandro Zamprogno
Local specialist in CORDOBA | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Dear Heather, hope you had a pleasant flight back home.

I really loved planning this trip with you and how enthusiastic you were with the different ideas. I was sure you were going to have an amazing time in Argentina! Even with the cold Patagonia in winter, you rock!

Thank you for trusting on us and to share this lovely feedback.

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

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Kim B.
Bainbridge Island, WA | Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

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

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

Hotel Reviews
Hotel NOI Casa Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

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

Tips for future travelers

Nope

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Hotel NOI Casa Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

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

Tips for future travelers

Nope

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

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

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

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

Jason Patrick
Jason Patrick B.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

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

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

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

Hope to see you again soon!

Kimkim saved my last minute trip!
Argentina | Feb 8 - Feb 13, 2022

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Rodrigo T.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

I had a great experience with Kimkim thanks to Leandro. I had to book all the details of a trip to El Chalten and El Calafate within 24 hours of take-off during high season. There was very little hotel and tour availability, and the these destinations and tours also can require a significant amount of complicated ground transportation, with required tour guide coordination to allow entry into Glacier National Park. Leandro was able to get me a private room in each location, and book me with... read more

I had a great experience with Kimkim thanks to Leandro. I had to book all the details of a trip to El Chalten and El Calafate within 24 hours of take-off during high season. There was very little hotel and tour availability, and the these destinations and tours also can require a significant amount of complicated ground transportation, with required tour guide coordination to allow entry into Glacier National Park. Leandro was able to get me a private room in each location, and book me with an amazing all-day mini trekking tour of Perito Moreno Glacier, complete with crampons and mandatory tour guide for glacier trekking, along with all necessary bus transportation to the destinations. I tried booking hotels last minute from the US while at the airport but many El Chalten hotels don’t have self-booking enabled on their websites. I first left a message for Kimkim Sunday night as I was about to board my flight to Buenos Aires from JFK. By the time I landed in EZE Buenos Aires, Kimkim had connected me to Leandro and he had already worked out 90% of the details of my trip. Working with Leandro was such a relief and allowed me to enjoy my very short last minute trip stress-free and to the fullest.
Highly recommend.

Hotel Review
Lunajuim
El Chalten

Great place to stay. Kind of rustic rooms as are most places in Chalten. They offer great support services for hiking (helpful trail reviews and guidance/suggestions of best trails for the day given erratic weather conditions) and they offer a packed lunch service which is great if you’re on the go and don’t have time to grocery shop. Wifi is insufficient during wind storms (super frequent) and also when the hotel is full (afternoons and evenings after hiking). Wifi is ok early AM and late night when people are offline and on nights when it is not extremely windy. Very nice lobby with bar.

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Activity Review
Minitrekking "Los Glaciares National Park"
El Calafate

Great tour! Fun on the ice with great guides.

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Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno
Leandro
Leandro Zamprogno
Local specialist in CORDOBA | Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

It was a very nice challenge, Rodrigo! Thank you so much for your trust and taking the time to leave this message.

Hope to see you again soon!

Emilce and the entire team of guides in Argen...
Argentina | Apr 19 - Apr 26, 2022

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Jt H.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Feb 02, 2022

Emilce and the entire team of guides in Argentina, provided me with a wonderful experience.
I will return soon and plan on utilizing their services again.... read more

Emilce and the entire team of guides in Argentina, provided me with a wonderful experience.
I will return soon and plan on utilizing their services again....

Hotel Review
Huinid Obelisco Hotel
Buenos Aires

Very relaxing location in the center of Buenos Aires... As all if Buenos Aires is eclectic in historic and new architecture, so to is the Huinid Obelisco hotel..

Tips for future travelers

U.S. travelers would be wise to discuss with a local guide before exchanging dollars to pesos at the official exchange rate... ask about "blue" rate

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Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno
Emilce
Emilce Alonso
Local specialist in Córdoba | Reviewed on Feb 04, 2022

Hi JT,
Thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure to organize the trip for you. I will look forward to welcoming you and Maria to SouthAmerica again for your next trip. :)
Have a wonderful year and more adventures to come!
Emi

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

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Howard R.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2022

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

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

Hotel Review
The Singular Patagonia Hotel
Puerto Natales

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

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Local specialist: Leandro Zamprogno
Leandro
Leandro Zamprogno
Local specialist in CORDOBA | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Dear Howard,

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