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María Noelia Bonvin

I'm from Córdoba, Argentina and I love traveling. I've been to several countries and really enjoyed getting to know new places and especially amazing people. I'm passionate about travel and I enjoy trying new things - typical food, folk music, sports and adventures - and meeting people.

But most of all, I really love South America. I could write for hours about what my country, Argentina, has to offer to lovers of nature, adventure, authentic experiences, and unforgettable memories. All interwoven with the warmth of the Argentineans themselves, who are gracious and warm-hearted hosts. But I won't. I prefer leaving that to you, as you travel with us, write your journal, upload your photos, live your moments.

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 Southern Cone."

How did you get involved in travel?

"As a matter of fact, it just happened, it wasn't planned. I always knew I like traveling, but I didn't know I was so passionate about it until a friend saw my potential and invited me to be part of his travel company. Since then, my eagerness and passion for the travel world has never stopped growing. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I find it very difficult to choose one travel experience among all the memories that come to my mind. But probably a unique travel experience I will never forget is an experience I had in Ireland. I was traveling along the West Coast with a friend and we decided to follow a bit of local advice to visit a castle. When we arrived at the castle we were amazed and we were wondering about the castle's history. As we were trying to find out about it, an Irish man greeted us and he started telling us stories about the castle and his life. He turned out to be one of the heirs of the castle owners. Not only did he tell us incredible stories, but also invited us to have tea with him and he showed us family photos of the castle throughout history. I'll always cherish this memory in my heart. "

María Noelia is part of the following groups: Patagonia Travel Agents, Chile Travel Agents, Argentina Travel Agents
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.

Puerto Natales at Sunset
Trekking Kawésqar National Park - 6 Days

Trek through Kawésqar National Park in this 6-day tour of Patagonia, starting in the port city of Puerto Natales with a scenic boat ride across the channel and up the fjord, where you'll view wildlife and ice calving glaciers. Your trek creates a circuit through several fjords, glaciers, and forests, with hikes up to alpine lagoons, preglacial lakes, and atop passes, such as the Indian Pass that was used by a local tribe for nearly 6,000 years. Explore glaciers up close while sleeping soundly under the stars in sturdy tents or on the water in houseboats.

A rainbow of colors during sunset in the Amazon
Discover the Peruvian Amazon - 4 Days

Stay deep in the Amazon rainforest of Peru to experience the sights, sounds, and sensations of the world's most diverse ecosystem, which contains at least 10% of the world's known biodiversity. Walk along the treetops of the rainforest, sail around the mirrored Sandoval Lake, take a nighttime walk to encounter nocturnal animals, and more on this 4-day itinerary.

Queulat National Park
Landscapes of Chilean Patagonia: The Aysén Region - 4 Days

Explore the beautiful Aysén Region of Chilean Patagonia on this thrilling 4-day adventure. You will be staying in Puyuhuapi, where you will get access to incredible scenery that includes the Puyuhuapi Lake, fjords, glaciers, and forests. You can kayak through glacial channels and hike on mountain roads as you look for unique wildlife like sea lions and cougars. Back at your lodge, you will enjoy spa treatments, locally-grown food, and Chilean wine.

Reflections in the clear waters of a Chilean fjord
Kayak & Camp in Chile's Pumalín National Park - 6 Days

Connect with the incredible nature of Chile on this kayaking and camping adventure through Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park, the largest national park in South America. This pristine wilderness, which is home to a diverse array of flora, fauna, and Valdivian forests, extends from the heart of the Andes Mountains to the fjords of the Pacific Coast. Kayak through fjords, visit a sea lion colony, camp under the stars, and more on this six-day itinerary.Be aware that this itinerary includes about five hours of kayaking a day, so good physical condition is required to manage this intermediate level trip. The route can vary slightly due to currents, tide, and weather.

Cross the Aconcagua Mountain with horse assistance
Trekking in Mendoza: Aconcagua Mountain Crossing - 5 Days

Few have the privilege of witnessing such a spectacle: the mythical south face of the Aconcagua Mountain. An imposing wall standing 9,843 feet (3000 m) high, there are huge glaciers and rocks that will leave even the most experienced climber breathless. This three-day trek of intermediate difficulty will let us get closer than ever before to the highest mountain in the Americas. Spend two nights in the “Confluencia” Base Camp, which is the route of many of the expeditions seeking to conquer the summit.

Recent trip reviews for María Noelia

Enjoyable Trip · Argentina - Feb 23 - Feb 29, 2020

Traveler: Deborah M. - Local specialist: María Noelia Bonvin

We had an enjoyable time in Buenos Aires and the Iquazu Falls. Emilce had done a wonderful job for all the transfers between places and the pick ups were on time. Also thank Federico who was so wonderful in guiding us thru the city of Buenos Aires. We learnt a lot about the political background, history and cultures of Argentina. We really appreciate his service. The hotel which Emilce arranged in BA was really good. However we were not very happy about EcoIguazu's tour on the Argintina side.... read more

We had an enjoyable time in Buenos Aires and the Iquazu Falls. Emilce had done a wonderful job for all the transfers between places and the pick ups were on time. Also thank Federico who was so wonderful in guiding us thru the city of Buenos Aires. We learnt a lot about the political background, history and cultures of Argentina. We really appreciate his service. The hotel which Emilce arranged in BA was really good. However we were not very happy about EcoIguazu's tour on the Argintina side. I was not sure about it was the S American Trip's role or the EcoIguazu's role. The guide for the Iguazu Falls on the Argentina side was not good. His didn't understand our questions very well and was not organized at all. Wasting time in making decision what we should do next. I felt so sorry for the tour members who had paid for the boat ride but no seats for them after all. I still wonder how it can happen if they have arranged the boat ride few months ago and still no room for them on the day. Other than that, I enjoyed my trip in Argentina very much. Oh, I forgot to mention about the tango show and the Argentine Experience. Both events were excellent. We enjoyed them very much. Thank you Emilce again for the arrangement. Will recomment KimKim to my friends.

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María Noelia Bonvin, local specialist, responded to this review:

Deborah,
Many thanks, you for your kind words and your patience with the Great Adventure issue. Unfortunately, the week you visited the waterfalls, there was very little water, so the shipping prefecture decided to cancel the navigations during the those days due to security reasons. It must have been disappointing and unexpected even for people working in the park, but sometimes we can't control it all :)
The most important thing here is you had a memorable time here in Argentina, that you... read more

Deborah,
Many thanks, you for your kind words and your patience with the Great Adventure issue. Unfortunately, the week you visited the waterfalls, there was very little water, so the shipping prefecture decided to cancel the navigations during the those days due to security reasons. It must have been disappointing and unexpected even for people working in the park, but sometimes we can't control it all :)
The most important thing here is you had a memorable time here in Argentina, that you were able to learn a lot about history and culture while visiting lots of great places in Buenos Aires and one of the new seven wonders with just a few days!
It was a pleasure to meet and accompany you from here during your trip. You will always be welcome at KimKim and of course in South America.
All the best,
Emilce

Kimberly Chau (Traveler 3) · Brazil - Sep 22 - Oct 3, 2019

Traveler: Felicitas A. - Local specialist: María Noelia Bonvin

I interacted with so many people and I can't all remember their names. Everyone was very nice and helpful from Noriela, to each of the hotel crew and tour guides. We had an excellent time. I've been in many trips and the Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Iguazu falls and Rio is up there.

Thank you very much!
-Fel

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María Noelia Bonvin, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Felicitas,
Thank you very much for your Review! I'm really happy that you enjoyed your trip and that you are happy with our service. My passion is to help others organizing the trip of their dreams and when I receive this type of feedback I have that feeling of the mission accomplished :)
I hope we can be in contact again! South America will always welcome you :)