Edward & Scott Real Customer Feedback

Edward & Scott Real Customer FeedbackEdward & Scott Real Customer Feedback  |  Real Customer Feedback  |  Here are the comments  of a couple who used my services as Global Bespoke Travel Agent & Concierge, last week for their 3 weeks experience in Argentina ( Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls ) and Brazil ( Rio de Janeiro & Salvador ). Hi Carlos, Now that we’re back home, we wanted to follow up and thank you for all your work to make our first trip to South America a memorable one. We loved our guides-Nico in Buenos Aires; Beatrice in Igauzu and Carlos in Salvador. We made several friends along the way and have recommended your services to them. Thank you, again, and… Cheers! Edward & Scott. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Customer Feedback Chris & Christine

Customer Feedback Chris & Christine  |  Trip to Argentina  |  This is the email I got yesterday from two of my clients which spent a few weeks touring around Argentina, under my bespoke supervision and travel services. Two friends traveling together, one for the United States and her from the UK. Read through their feedback and recommendations. Always striving for better service and true Haute Experiences.

 

Hi Carlos:

Sorry it has taken me weeks to get back to you on this, but I’m finally resettled, back at work, and have time to do it properly. I’ve copied Christine in the event that she has anything to add.

Bayres Cars and Drivers in Buenos Aires – One driver shuttled us numerous times, and though his English was limited, we were able to communicate quite well. He was always prompt, polite, and helpful with bags. We did have a delay with our pick up from Iguazu. He arrived half an hour late.

4 hour private tour of Buenos Aires – This was a great activitiy for our first afternoon in the city and allowed us to figure out where we wanted to return and do some further exploring. The young woman who was our guide was great (I don’t remember her name, but maybe Christine did). Rather than use a rehearsed script, she was able to tailor some of her commentary based on our knowledge of the history of the city and country (or lack thereof), and was able to answer all of our questions.

Rojo Tango Show and Dinner – I have to admit I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy the evening, but it was far better than I could have anticipated. First off, the food and the service was fantastic, particularly the part where the wine glasses were constantly refilled. I’d seen some brochures for other Tango show venues, but found this one to be far more intimate, which made it much easier to take it in and not feel like it was a mindless Disney-like production. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the town.

Iguazu Argentina Side tour and Adventure Ride – Great guide….I wish I remembered his name, but I thought he did a great job of getting us through the park and crowds without too much difficulty. The trip into the falls was the highlight of the day and I think both of us would do it again given the opportunity.

Iguazu Brazil Side tour – Didn’t seem to be quite as smooth as the Argentine side, but enjoyed the views we got from the other side….and the close encounter with the coatis.

Iguazu Hotel Orquiedas – Good location, and being in a freestanding cabin made the visit very quiet. The location next door to the animal rescue facility allowed us to see lots of bird species and other animals up close that we may not have seen otherwise.

Estancia visit and San Antonio de Areco – We really enjoyed the time both in San Antonio de Areco, which Christine was thrilled to discover was the largest Irish population in Argentina. Guillermo went out of his way to show the commemmoration of the Irish President’s visit, and Christine took many photos of Irish names like O’Malley showing up in a sea of Martinez, Sanchez and other local surnames. The estancia was very nice, and the hospitality shown was fantastic. At least for me, lunch was the highlight.

Mendoza – Winery Tour – We were very happy that the staff at Hon Travel were able to arrange to meet us at the airport when the general strike disrupted our plans. Francisco was an excellent driver and guide and even arranged for us to visit a fourth winery which wasn’t on the original agenda. I think we both enjoyed the Piatelli winery the best, as it seemed to be a much smaller, intimate environment. I know we purchased the most wine there, and the guide provided an excellent restaurant for our Thanksgiving Dinner (Azafran) which was spectacular.

In addition, the restaurant recommendations were great, not a bad one in the lot. We can also recommend for you to check out Azafran in Mendoza and Aqua in Iguazu for your other clients.

Overall we were very pleased with all of the activities and arrangements. We were both too busy to plan our time in Argentina, but in turning over our itinerary over to you we ended up at places and doing things we would have never even thought were available, like the trip out to San Antonio de Areco. We also appreciated your availability and support when the driver in Iguazu didn’t provide us with our pick up times, and in particular getting the winery tour saved while we enjoyed the effects of an Argentine general strike. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your service to anyone traveling to Argentina, and would call on you again for areas you’ve been to and have experienced.

We both thank you very much for the experiences.

Again, sorry for the feedback delay. ¡Feliz Navidad!

Chris

 

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Customer Feedback by Douglas Bartholomew

Customer Feedback by Douglas Bartholomew  |  Burlington, Canada  |  Customers keep sending their comments over my services and their experiences. Happy to hear they had a great time while visiting Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Going for more on this 2012 diversifying destinations and bringing new options. A great way to begging 2012 indeed. CM

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Craig N. Customer Feedback

Craig N. Customer Feedback • ( Washington, United States ) Hi Carlos – I want to thank you for helping organize an amazing trip to Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and Uruguay.! Everything was perfect – people were on time, very friendly, accommodating, and helpful…everything was just as it should be. I also want to say the Casa de Limoneros as one of the highlights of the trip, particularly since it was on Thanksgiving. The property was so picturesque – we went for bike rides, runs, and enjoyed the pool. Sergio and Mario was quite a friendly pair too. I can’t say enough about the ladies at the front desk of the Design CE Hotel – they were so nice, friendly and helpful…so glad we met them and you recommended the hotel. Craig

Craig and his friend Tom visited Buenos Aires staying at Design CE Hotel and Iguazu Falls staying at Saint George Hotel and Colonia del Sacramento staying at La Casa de los LimonerosCM

Wanda Mines and San Ignacio Ruins

Wanda Mines and San Ignacio Ruins ( Iguazu Falls – USD 60 x person ) • A trip back in time. First stop, Wanda Mines. An active mine 1 hour away from Iguazu Falls. Visit the site and the caves and discover the nature of these volcanic stones (gems). The tour continues to the Jesuitic Mission Ruins of San Ignacio, driving by the beautiful route 12 that will keep you alert and amazed by the greens and reds, typical of this region. Once at the Ruins site, visit the Museum and wait for the local bilingual guide to take you on a journey back in time to the Jesuitic Missions story. A great tour not only to visit the featured sites, but also to enjoy a full day traveling to the heart of this beautiful province – Misiones.
The Wanda Mines are a deposit of semiprecious stones, which is found 40km from Puerto Iguazú. During this guided excursion, you can visit the quarry, and see quartz crystal, amethysts, topaz, and agate in their “natural” state. There is a store to buy sculpted stonesand jewelry.

The tour departs from Puerto Iguazu at aprox. 08 AM and returns by 06 PM. A full day entering into the heart of this beautiful province of Misiones. Later the excursion continues by route 12, passing by small towns and plantations, until arriving to the Ruins of San Ignacio. This construction dates to the 17 th. century, when the Jesuit missionaries settled the region. The guide explains the construction system, the life and customs of the Guaraní Indians, and how they were Christianized.

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Grand Adventure Tour Iguazu Falls

Great Adventure Tour ( Iguazu Falls Argentinean Side)  Get Ready to Get WET. !!! With motor-boats, they take visitors 6 km through the Canyon of the Iguazu River, until the falls, from these total, 2 km are river rapids. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, at that point, the Brazilian and Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated. After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, for it’s the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely. Get ready to get wet. !!
The Great Adventure is unique, and combines the whole essence of the Iguazu National Park in one ride: the jungle and the waterfalls. It is offered daily every full hour, and the departures are from our Head Office or The Visitors Center.

It starts by entering the jungle from the “Sendero Yacaratía” trail with special transportation that allows a panoramic view of the environment along with experienced guides that give a lot of explanations as well as the legend of this spectacular place.

After an 8 km truck ride, we arrive at the Puerto Macuco Base, which is 100 meters away from the Infirmary and Service Station, and 100 meters of stairs ahead is the floating platform where the second part of this ride begins.

With motor-boats, we take visitors 6 km through the Canyon of the Iguazu River, until the falls, from these total, 2 km are river rapids. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, at that point, the Brazilian and.

Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated. After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, for it’s the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely.
The landing is at the base of the lower circuit where visitors reintegrate the trails. Departures: every hour, from 9:00 am till 5:00 PM (winter) 5:45 PM (summer). Duration:1 hour. Difficulty: 100 meters of stairs. The ride is restricted to pregnant women and people with physical / medical problems. Observation: the tour can be made, keeping all its characteristics, in the opposite way starting in the lower circuit in front of the San Martin Island and ending in the Visitors Center, 100 meters from the higher circuit.

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Nobert H. Customer Feedback

Nobert H. Customer Feedback ( from the United States ) • Carlos, We returned from your trip. I want to thank you for all the arrangements. Everything went wonderfully, The hotels were all great and the drivers were all there to meet us at the airports for all our pick ups. We enjoyed visiting Argentina, Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay, the Iguazu Falls and Santiago de Chile. Thanks again. Norbert

ANDES Airlines descentralizing Argentina

ANDES Airlines descentralizing Argentina  |  Argentina  |  For the first time today I have flown ANDES Airlines, an airline with headquarters in the province of Salta (north of Argentina). One of the many new airlines opening in Argentina, that have come to decentralize the flight system of this country. With already 4 years in the market, ANDES with its distribution HUB in the Salta, has dally regular and charter flights connecting many points of Argentina. Some of the most relevant are: the chance to connect from the city of Salta to the Iguazu Falls, and what brings me today to test their service… the daily non-stop flight between Buenos Aires and Puerto Madryn in the province of Chubut. ( land of the Whales, Penguins and Seals ).

The fleet of ANDES consists in 4 McDonnell Douglas MD80 and 2 brand new Bombardier that have arrived this year. A fast pace growing company, that is here to stay and redefine the air traffic of this country, along with other similar airlines.

ANDES Airlines, flies to Esquel, San Carlos de Bariloche, Salta, Jujuy, Cordoba, Iguazu Falls, and charter seasonal flights to Brazil, Venezuela and Chile.

Been There Done That by CM • (flight Buenos Aires / Puerto Madryn – 1hs. 40min) My experience overall was more than satisfactory and I might say why…. (1). you can easily purchase your ticket only, (2). It is a non-top and direct flight from the domestic airport of Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn. The case is not the same if you choose to flight the competition, which only gets to Trelew (1 hs. away by bus from Puerto Madryn). (3). Price wise it is very reasonable and affordable. (4). The onboard service is very professional and regardless of the length of your flight they serve a smalll snack and two rounds of beverages. The problems are that… (1). The plane took off 40 minutes after the scheduled time of departure (due to weather conditions at our destination, so they said… ha ha ha don’t they all say the same), (2). The peach between seats is MINIMUM… I know it is only an 1hs. 40min. flight, but hey I was crammed into the seat and could barely move. Thank god the airline is not that popular yet and almost half the plane was empty, and the two seats next to me were open. (3). The check IN process makes you think two times wether you are flying or just taking a bus to your destination. Very informal and the seat assignments and tags are all made by hand and with an old school style rooster.

Other than that…. I am know happy and safe in Puerto Madryn ready to start my new adventure and share with you all my new Chronicles of a Gay Traveler in Puerto Madryn Argentina. Now I am off to Hotel Territorio, my host hotel for the length of my stay. Stay tuned !!!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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05 Great Outdoor Tours ARGENTINA

# 01. Iguazu Great Adventure ( Iguazu National Park, Iguazu Falls ) • With motor-boats, visitors are taken 6 km through the Canyon of the Iguazu River, until the falls, from these total, 2 km are river rapids. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, at that point, the Brazilian and Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated. After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, for it’s the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely. Get ready to get wet. !!  Continue reading 05 Great Outdoor Tours ARGENTINA

Spring Barry Stephen Customer Feedback

Spring Barry Stephen Customer Feedback |   Canada   |  You are by far the best travel agent I have ever had the pleasure of working with Carlos. Thank you, have a great weekend. I have fallen in love with Argentina… Am so happy with everything that you are doing for me Carlos, you obviously are very good at discerning the best from each destination… Barry visited the following areas in both Argentina and Uruguay. Mendoza, Colonia del Sacramento, Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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