- This was a great taster tour of almost the entire length of Chile. Despite the several internal flights there was no sense of being rushed and the stopovers in San Pedro, Puerto Varras and the Torres de Paine national park were enjoyable, informative and their value was greatly enhanced by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the local guides. This also applies to our stay in Santiago and visit to Valparaiso, although in retrospect I think another day in Santiago either at the beginning or the end would have been worthwhile. I am well aware that I could have arranged extra days but did not have the foresight to do so. Our main tour guide was excellent. She issued clear information about travel plans, about things to look out for and about possible sources of difficulty - lack of water supply, expensive local food etc , allowing us to take steps to avoid sources of irritation. She dealt competently with various difficulties experienced by various members of our group - minor illness, delayed luggage, lost walking boots, lost mobile phone, difficulties with ATM etc. Overall she was a reassuring ,cheerful, enthusiastic presence who helped to show her country in a great light and who appreciated our enthusiasm for Chile.
Published on: 05 April 2017