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Virginia Crivelli

I'm from Córdoba, Argentina and I love traveling. I've been all around South America as a Tour Leader and also on holidays. Because of that, I consider myself a privileged, not just because of all the traveling I've done, but for all the amazing people I got to know. I'm passionate about traveling and I enjoy trying new things such as typical food, folk music, sports, and adventures.

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.

I've been working in Tourism and Hospitality all my adult life, helping travelers is not just a job for me, it's my vocation.

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?

"Everything started when some friends of mine asked me if I could work at the reception of a Youth Hostel they used to have in my city. There, I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of different people from different countries and cultures that told me about their adventures and I couldn't stop myself dreaming about all of these places, nature, people, and roads that, suddenly, one day, became real. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I can't decide... I have so many beautiful and unique experiences to choose from!

Dancing at the Sambadrome, the biggest party on earth, while seeing all their amazing carriages, during Rio Carnival. Enjoying nature and exploring around the wetlands in Brazil, seeing different animals such as monkeys, macaws, caimans, a jaguar, and even fishing pirañas!
Hiking to the Tower base in Torres del Paine (Chile), hiking up to Lake 69 in Huaraz (Perú). Staying with locals at their own home in Amantani Island (Lake Titicaca, Perú). Hiking to the base of Fitz Roy in El Chaltén (Argentina) seeing different beautiful lakes on the way.
Perito Moreno Glacier... having a drink with Perito Moreno's ice!
Feeling very small and connected with the world while looking at the stunning Iguazú Falls.
"

The Iberá Wetlands
Argentina Nature Tour: Buenos Aires, Salta, Iguazú Falls & Iberá Wetlands - 13 Days

This thirteen-day itinerary focuses on discovering the stunning landscapes of northern Argentina. Start off with a few days in Buenos Aires and visit a tango show in San Telmo, the heart of Buenos Aires' tango scene. Then, head to Salta to see the rugged rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas and visit several small charming villages. Then it's time to travel to Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall complex in the world. Finally, end your trip on a relaxing note by spending a couple of days on an ecolodge in the Iberá Wetlands.

Panoramic view of Torres del Paine National Park
Chilean Glamping Experience: Torres del Paine National Park - 4 Days

Spend four days exploring the majestic landscapes of the Torres del Paine National Park. Located in Chilean Patagonia, the park boasts numerous unique ecosystems and endemic species. You'll get to enjoy the mix the comfort of modern luxuries with the adventure of being close to nature. Spend the days on guided hikes around the park, and nights looking up at the stars from the comfort of your private glass-domed yurt.

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.

Argentina
Ushuaia & El Calafate Adventure - 10 Days

Get away from it all with 10 days in two of the most beautiful areas of Argentine Patagonia. After a couple days enjoying Buenos Aires, you'll fly to the end of the continent where you'll embark on outdoor excursions in Tierra del Fuego. Then you'll fly north to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field where massive glaciers like Upsala and Perito Moreno await.

Recent trip reviews for Virginia

chili with a corons sauce on top · Chile - Mar 7 - Mar 10, 2020

Traveler: Rene V. - Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli

so here we are
not yet home
but almost with these strange circumstances..........
a big thank you to Vi for organising this trip already last summer
long before Corona hit while we were in Chile
how shall i start
good things first
txs for the arrngments and the support
pucon was good
the climbing was though and guides ( Eduardo ) very helpfull and comprehensive
HuiloHuilo was super
puerto varas was not so good as hotel .... but the Corona was laready there
chiloe we missed ( and this would... read more

so here we are
not yet home
but almost with these strange circumstances..........
a big thank you to Vi for organising this trip already last summer
long before Corona hit while we were in Chile
how shall i start
good things first
txs for the arrngments and the support
pucon was good
the climbing was though and guides ( Eduardo ) very helpfull and comprehensive
HuiloHuilo was super
puerto varas was not so good as hotel .... but the Corona was laready there
chiloe we missed ( and this would heve been very far away of Puerto varas to get back on the plane)
but Vi made it work
we stayed one day longer and the left for Santiago just to make shure
we could change the flight tickets with the help of the hotel and backed up efficiently by your emergency nr personel
txs again
renting the car in Europ car is always somehow a desilusion
the car promised was ( of course...) not available
the altenative was not what we had expected
these companies always flaw you one way of the other !
the highway billing system is somewhat crazy
we had no cash when leaving Temuko
so the billed us 5€ for the first 500 m highway as we had to get on the usual way tp Pucon
and around Puerto varas one had to pay every single time we hit the highway
not so expensive but not fair i felt ! at least unexpected
but then again chili is super scenic and very friendly and helpfull people
just this coronoa infection busted it up
txs for having us here
thank you for your dedication Vi !
rgds
rene and chantal on our way out tomorow we hope

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Virginia Crivelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Rene, thank you for your kind words.
I'm happy that overall you had a good experience in Chile and more considering the circumstances.
I'm sorry about the experience with the rental car but, I'm happy to know that you did enjoy the stunning landscapes Chile has to offer :)
I hope you had a nice flight back home.

Best regards, Vi

Christina

Overall we had a really positive experience u... · Argentina - Feb 8 - Feb 21, 2020

Traveler: Christina R. - Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli

Overall we had a really positive experience using KimKim. As two people who don't speak much Spanish, we found their services to arrange tours and transportation to be a huge benefit in making our travel throughout Argentina easier. We were thankful for Virginia's responsiveness and recommendations.
We especially loved El Chalten and Los Glaciares National Park. We only had one small tour/transportation hiccup but Virginia responded right away and came up with a solution quickly.

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Virginia Crivelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Christina,

I'm very happy you loved El Chaltén and Los Glaciares National Park and that my recommendations where useful :)
If you're planning to come to South America any time in the future, don't hesitate to contact me to help you.

I wish you a lot of more beautiful adventures to come :)

Best regards,

Vi

Ivette

This is my first time using the services. I h... · Argentina - Dec 27 - Jan 4, 2020

Traveler: Ivette C. - Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli

This is my first time using the services. I had Virginia as my agent and I was very happy with her. Things were planned last minute and somehow everything worked out. My highlight was the stay at the Mercure Hotel in Iguazu. I did not do any research at all and I was blown away. Thanks Virginia and KimKim for making dreams come true!!!

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Virginia Crivelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ivette :) I'm flattered. Nothing can make me happier than knowing you had an amazing time here in my country and in South America. Iguazu is a spectacular place and I'm glad you like your hotel there that much :)
I wish you a lot more beautiful experiences to come and I hope all your dreams come true :)
Vi

A great experience with Vive Atacama! · Chile - Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2020

Traveler: Jacy C. - Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli

We had a great tour with our guide, Rodrigo, and our driver, Oscar. The two had a great rapport and were both very friendly. Our favorite sight was the Rainbow Valley (which was not on the original itinerary, and we only ended up going because the Taito Geyser Field was closed), because Rodrigo took us on some paths that most tourists don't go on, and we had the whole place to ourselves. Additionally, Rodrigo has studied geology in university, so he was very knowledgeable on the rock formations and other geologic details we saw throughout the whole trip.

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Virginia Crivelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jacy! I'm super happy you had such a great time in Atacama and that your favourite place was Rainbow Valley! It seems that sometimes things turn out in a different way than expected and for better :)
My best wishes to you!
Vi

Recommend Vi 100%! · Patagonia - Jan 17 - Jan 26, 2020

Traveler: Amy C. - Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli

Vi did an absolutely fantastic job preparing our itinerary for Patagonia in January 2020. She was accommodating to our preferences (everything from date preferences to hotels to activities), and she served as a resource for additional activities and sights to experience during our time there. When we ran into issues with planned excursions, she went out of her way to find alternative solutions for us. I couldn't have imagined a better way to have spent 9 days in Patagonia. Thank you, Vi, for the trip of a lifetime.

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Virginia Crivelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Amy, I only have words of gratitude to you and Jiyoung. Knowing you had an amazing experience here in South America fulfils my heart and is the reason why I work in tourism, I just want to make happy people travelling around the world helping them in every possible way :)

I wish you both all the happiness in the world and many more adventures to come!

Vi

Gustavo

Thanks! · Patagonia - Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2020

Traveler: Gustavo M. - Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli

I want to thank Virginia for helping me out on the planning for my Patagonian trip and make the most out of it within a short amount of time in the area. Communication was extraordinary since the very first moment and her tips and recommendations made my trip very memorable. I truly loved Torres del Paine and reaching to the top of Laguna de los Tres to see Mt. Fitz Roy in El Chaltén. Although there were a few issues with one of my lunches, someone not picking me up to be transferred to a hotel and some schedule changes overall it was a great experience with kimkim. Totally worth it!

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Virginia Crivelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gus, thank you for your kind words and your patience with this little issues you've mentioned, sometimes we can't control it all :) The most important thing here is you had a memorable time here in Patagonia and you were able to see everything on your bucket list with just a few days! I hope you contact me again if you ever decide to come back to South America.

Best wishes and adventures to come :)

Vi

Incredible Chile 2019 · Chile - Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2019

Traveler: Melody B. - Local specialist: Virginia Crivelli

This was our first trip to South America. We decided to visit Chile because our son had been on a 4 month study abroad exchange program in Vina del Mar, Chile and his time there was coming to an end. We did not really know how to tackle our vacation planning, so we scanned the Internet and found KimKim. We decided to go with this approach of travel because we wanted to plan our own agenda and did not want to be locked into a group tour. It was also an affordable solution for the quality of... read more

This was our first trip to South America. We decided to visit Chile because our son had been on a 4 month study abroad exchange program in Vina del Mar, Chile and his time there was coming to an end. We did not really know how to tackle our vacation planning, so we scanned the Internet and found KimKim. We decided to go with this approach of travel because we wanted to plan our own agenda and did not want to be locked into a group tour. It was also an affordable solution for the quality of service we received

Virginia Crivelli was our trip organizer. She did a fantastic job throughout the entire experience. She helped up plan and was in contact with us during our trip. She was very professional and gave us good advise. She even calmed my fears about traveling to Chile during this time of protest and unrest that started in October 2019.

Our time in Chile included the following locations: Santiago, Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, San Pedro Atacama, Casablanca Valley, Punta Arenas, and Puerto Natales. Virginia booked us wonderful hotels, fantastic tours and plane flights in country. We had local guides who spoke English and provided excellent insights into their country and location.

This was one of the best experiences we have had traveling...and we have traveled quite a bit. I would highly recommend KimKim and their local custom service model. We never felt like a tourist lost in the crowds. The local guides were friendly, knowledgeable and made us feel welcome. Thanks for the attention to details and making our trip to Chile a memory we will hold in our hearts forever!

Melody, Neil and Tanner Buckner

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Virginia Crivelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Melody, I hope you're very well :)

Thank you very much for this beautiful review and for posting your pictures, you all look great. I'm more than glad to know you had such a good experience here in South America, specially in Chile.
Your happiness is the best reward I could get doing my job :)

Best Regards,

Virginia