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3,073
South America Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 2,321 Great 729 Average 55 Disappointing 14 Terrible 2
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Excellent August 2018

5.0

Antarctic Peninsula

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The best in the business!

Operator AdventureSmith

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When can I go back? August 2018

5.0

Land of the Jaguar - Reverse

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a terrific holiday, despite the weather being the coldest on record
for that time of year.
Predictably, seeing a jaguar for the first time.


Tony was excellent. His knowledge of the wildlife was first rate. And he came
horseriding with us on the last day!


Don't assume the weather is going to be hot, whatever the online sites tell
you in advance. When we arrived in Cuiaba it was hot and humid - then the
cloud rolled in, so thick that it sometimes looked like twilight at midday.
It rained - not a lot, but if I hadn't taken a raincoat I'd have been in
trouble. Going upriver into the wind was a bitterly cold experience, and
everyone was wearing everything they had. Six layers! The guides had scarves
round their faces, dark glasses, and woolly hats. All you see was their
eyes... and those eyes gave us four jaguar sightings. The wildlife came out
to platy whatever the temperature. But when we arrived at the Araras
Eco-lodge the weather changed, and it was glorious.


The Jaguar Houseboat did not have Wi-Fi, so we had to play games when it was
too cold and wet to do anything else in between boat trips. The food was
great. The Araras Eco-lodge was wonderful, with friendly staff, good food,
and a cayman almost within touching distance of every room. (They eat fish,
luckily.) There were no mosquitoes, which was a surprise. I've been on a lot
of Exodus holidays, but this was one of the best.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Trip of a lifetime August 2018

5.0

South American Odyssey

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trip of a lifetime and excellent guide; loved Fernando. Guides all had so much knowledge and definitely would love to go on another trip with Smart Tours.

Operator SmarTours

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Mr August 2018

5.0

Trekking Colombia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing variety, always felt safe to me, excellent leadership and guides.
Just loved the Bottero museum, which actually wasn’t part of the trip but
needs to be!
Loved swimming and sunbathing at Santa Marta airport- the best airport lounge
imaginable!


Inspirational


Two man tents for 6 days in the mountains- go with a friend if you’re
fussy.
We think the insects on the lost city may be bed bugs not mosquito- so I’d
take insecticide spray and drench the beds. The accommodation here is very
basic and no tents allowed, if you want to go on the trek, this is the only
bedding available.


Add on some extra days, go to Minca or tayrona, chorrera if it’s wet!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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10 out of 10 for a truly magical cultural experience August 2018

5.0

Trekking Colombia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have never been on such a diverse trekking holiday. The two treks are very
different.
The first is walking above 4000 meters in close to freezing conditions
required a four season coat. The second is jungle trekking in hot and humid
conditions but it is not the weather alone that sets this trip aside from all
the other adventure holidays I have been on.

The cultural experience of spending time in real life working fincas and
enjoying their simple but extremely effective lifestyle was something I will
never forget. In some trips you get the impression it is laid on for the
tourists not here...in Los Nevados you are interacting with people as they go
about their daily business interrupted only long enough to make sure you are
well fed.
A truly exceptional experience which I would highly recommend for those with
stamina and an adventurous spirit.
Staying in the fincas was a great experience. I really enjoyed the
interaction with local people and watching them go about their daily routine.


The group leader on this trip Oscar was outstanding. You can judge someones
professionalism by how they react when things go wrong. On this trip a
couple of things occurred which tested the metal of the Leader and his team.
These were unforeseen and out of the blue when they occurred. The leader
reacted impeccably and was a true inspiration to those he led.

Oscar was an ambassador for the new Colombia and they should count themselves
lucky to have such a fine asset.


Prepare for a tough couple of weeks. The weather is extremely diverse we
experienced rain, sleet,high humidity and very hot sun. Not surprising for a
mountainous area but make sure your equipment can cope with this.

Well worth the effort though. When you return from this trip you feel you
have completed a journey of some significance. It felt like I had been
travelling for longer as I had experienced so much in one country.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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