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Maria Szlafsztein

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love South America and I enjoy sharing this passion for my land. I have traveled throughout Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brasil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Asia and Europe. I hope my experience helps to design the best trip for everyone.

I always loved to travel and I did it from a very young age. I travel in very exotic destinations and I love helping people to live a revolutionary experience, so I decided to study tourism to be in touch with people and cultures from all over the world and to know to communicate Argentina and South America.

After getting my degree in tourism, I started travelling even more. Traveling I met incredible people, I observed magical landscapes, I tasted local food and I learned a lot about life and people.

I love South America, and I hope you can love it as I do. The landscapes, the people, the food and the passions that we have. I hope to help you experience South America and that my experience helps you to design your best trip.

Traveling is fulfilling a dream. We must respect that dream and help it comes true.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Trekking, Nature, Adventure, Tailor Made Trips, South America"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was always interested in the people of the world and their cultures, the incredible landscapes that must be discovered, the food that must be tasted, the music that must be heard, the passions to be understood. I think you get that by traveling. I think it is fundamental to design each trip with advice from local people, I think that makes the difference."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One of my first trips was to the North of Argentina and the Uyuni Salt Flat, in Bolivia. We slept several nights in the shelters of the Salt Flats and saw the most impressive sky I saw in my life, and I saw many skies in my life! A concert of shooting stars in the magical silence of nature.

In all my travels I tried to relive that feeling by watching other skies, but nothing was similar to that night."

Featured trips & expertise

The Atacama desert lies in the high arid desert plateau in Chile
Explore the Atacama Desert - 4 Days

Explore the Atacama desert in the Antofagasta region of Chile, starting at San Pedro de Atacama, a laid-back oasis town on the edge of the driest desert on the earth. Revel in the stark beauty of the desert landscape and marvel at the dramatic scenery while enjoying the cozy hospitality and art in town.

View of Buenos Aires
Argentina & Chile's Capital Cities - 9 Days

Santiago de Chile boasts a one-of-a-kind location, sprawling below some of the highest peaks of the Andes range, providing a breathtaking city backdrop. Fabulous Buenos Aires, the most European of South America's cities is world famous for its tango, restaurants, vibrant nightlife, fashion and traditional cafés. You'll experience both of these dynamic cities on this 9-day itinerary, enjoying not only urban culture but beaches, an Argentine ranch and the quirky seaside town of Valparaíso.

Hiking in Torres del Paine National Park
Hiking in Southern Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego - 16 Days

Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego — the names alone spark intrigue and adventure. This 16-day itinerary takes you to some of the most jaw-dropping locations in both areas as you trek into the backcountry along the spine of Chile and Argentina. Hikes in this region are challenging but rewarding and will test your body and lungs. In between treks you'll see massive glaciers, wildlife and unique cities located in at the edge of the world.

The road north from Mendoza passes through spectacular scenery
Road Trip from Mendoza to Northern Argentina - 6 Days

One of the best ways to explore Argentina is on four wheels, giving you the chance to explore the country at your own pace while soaking in the country's spectacular natural scenery. This six-day road trip takes you from the lively city of Mendoza to the polychromatic mountains of the north.

Iguazu Falls National Park, Misiones, Argentina
Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls - 6 Days

Stroll through Buenos Aires' eclectic neighborhoods before visiting the breathtaking Iguazu Falls National Park in this short but sweet itinerary that balances culture with nature. The perfect short trip for active travelers who are short on time but hoping to catch some of Argentina's most famous highlights.

Trekkers enjoy exciting views in Patagonia
Torres del Paine "W" Circuit Trek - 5 Days

Hike in some of the most stunning landscapes in the Western Hemisphere, located at the extreme of the South American continent. This itinerary will be sure to challenge even experienced hikers, and offers stunning views of sharply-defined peaks, azure lakes, and vast ice fields.

Recent trip reviews for Maria

Best of uruguay/chile, Chile - Jul 25 - Aug 4, 2018

Traveler: Matthew D. - Local specialist: Maria Szlafsztein

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

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

Maria Szlafsztein, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

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