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Excellent place to visit
The Torres Del Paine national park. We were fortunate enough to arrive with good weather and could see the range in all its glory.
Easter Island whilst expensive is worth the trip, the island is beautiful and the Moais amazing.
In all honesty the places visited as a whole were fantastic.
Alex was great, he was always there when we or any of the group needed him. In every place we visited he smoothed the way and ensured we all enjoyed it.
As other travellers have noted there are some long days. I am sure some of this could be changed with different flying times etc. but you do lose a lot of time on buses and in airports. Be prepared for some stunning scenery and don't get caught out with the different climates at each area that is visited.
Chile is a great place, the people are friendly and in some respects its like stepping back in time. Be aware that dollars are the currency of choice in the Rio Serrano Hotel (or credit card). We never had any problems changing money except in Easter Island. If you decide to do the extension be aware that there are ATM's but no money changing facilities and that some of the restaurants are shut on a Sunday.
It was an excellent holiday and Alex was a very good guide and went out of his way to make us all comfortable.
There were such contrasting landscapes it is difficult to decide on one, but perhaps on reflection I would have liked to have done more trecking in Patagonia. Also it was not apparent from the trip notes that the best sight of the glaciers is from a boat and not from a landbased viewpointso I am glad I took the zodiac.
As said before Alex was excellent but ought to ask for insurance details - my first Exodus trip when this wasn't done
Yes on the way from Punta Arenas to to Puerto Natales there is one cafe and loo stop where one gets charged for the toilet. Go to the shop on the right with the blue roof, which had an indoor loo and only charged 200 pesos, whereas the one on the left has an outside loo very dilapidated and charged 300!
There was one day when we could take a cable lift to go up and down. It is cheaper if you are over 65 but Alex didn't seem to know this. Also he didn't forewarn us of the likely charges, so if you are like me and only take out for the day the money you are going to spend you could get caught out. Also it was not apparent that the hotel in Torres Del Paine much preferred receiving US dollars, so I was annoyed that I had converted dollars to pesos when in the Lake District! This should have been explained more carefully.
This was an excellent trip. Having seen many stunning photographs of Chile, I went on the holiday with high expectations. I was not disappointed and indeed my expectations were exceeded. It is a truly stunning country with a huge variety of dramatic scenery, friendly people and interesting wildlife. This trip is a very good introduction to the country, covering a lot of territory in two weeks, allowing you to identify the bits to come back to with more time at a later date.
The highlight for me was Patagonia. It reminded me of the better parts of New Zealand, Alaska and the remote northern parts of Canada. We were lucky to have good weather in Torres del Paine National Park so I got some good photographs. The optional boat trip back to Puerto Natales was exciting and, although quite expensive, was well worth the additional cost.
Alex was knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. He was a pleasure to talk to and gave sufficient information to enhance the travel experience without overloading us with lots of facts that we probably wouldn't have retained. Occasional problems were sorted out quickly and efficiently.
Although not physically demanding, this is an intensive trip with a lot of travelling, so best suits those with sufficient energy to really enjoy the experience.
The quality of hotels on the trip is good except for the Don Raul in San Pedro de Atacama. The rooms were unbearably hot, very small, dark and claustrophobic. Service in the hotel was rather hit and miss (we had to ask five times for our room to be cleaned), the food in the restaurant is very expensive with small portions (in contrast the restaurants elsewhere in the town which are fine) and maintenance of the hotel is poor. A better quality hotel here would be most welcome.
Yes, taking a mix of dollar denominations is the best idea for this trip. Taking cash is fine, as long you exercise the same degree of common sense you would at home. The leader will best advise you on changing it once you arrive. ATMs are becoming more common but you shouldn't rely on them 100%, in case there are any problems.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Unpredictable! One thing you can be sure though is the wind - Patagonia is famous for it. Due to proximity of the sea the climate in Patagonia is actually relatively mild. The temperatures don't go very low in winter and don't jump up in summer. Eastern Patagonia (Argentinean side) tends to be a bit warmer because of the warm equatorial current reaching the coast there. Summer is usually dry and rather sunny. Temperature during the day could reach the low 20s but it is more likely to be in the high teens. In the night it drops to 5-10 degrees. The Chilean side (e.g. Torres del Paine National Park) is definitely wetter - you can expect rain any time. It is also a few degrees colder as the west coast is washed by a cold current.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
Because of the distances involved, and the road conditions, some drives can feel long. However, there are ample opportunities to stop so you can grab something to eat or use the toilet. A long lunch stop is also within the itinerary, so you should have plenty of chances to stretch your legs!.
Karol Rogacki - Customer Operations
There is always a lot to see and do in Patagonia, either as part of the trip or as an extra optional activity. If you are interested in maximising your time there, you need to budget accordingly. Full details for optional activities are in the detailed trip notes and, as costs for some items can be high, you need to ensure you have allowed for everything you would like to do.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
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