Barbara O. from New Orleans; LA; traveled to Argentina
Yes, we're back. ;( New Orleans is hot and miserable, but we have lots of great reminders of Argentina in the wine cellar helping ease our transition, one bottle at a time!
I think the highlights include our time at Cavas Wine lodge and at the estancia. We would have preferred a few more nights in each place!!!! ;) Outstanding food, wine, and what views!!!! Cavas was a truely exceptional place and we look forward to returning in a few years. The estancia was warm and inviting, the staff very friendly, and the horses very tolerant. After nearly 3 weeks in Argentina, we'd packed on a few pounds... those poor horses must have suffered beneath our empanada-filled bellies! Nonetheless, Clay and I enjoyed a long ride on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Oh, and the wineries we visited were awesome!!!!! Better than Napa!!!! :)
Thank you again for arranging a great introduction to Argentina! We can't wait to go back!!!!!
Andrew G. from Seattle, WA; traveled to Peru
Peru was beautiful. We had a fantastic time. Alas, we did not eat any Cuy :) but we found the food to be delicious, the people to be warm and friendly, and the architecture and terrain to be beautiful.
Aside from the fun we had experiencing all that Peru had to offer, I have to say, that the local company was great. They were so helpful and it was so nice to be able to just know that someone would pick us up and get us where we needed to be, but then leave us alone. Also, the amount of tours vis a vis free time was perfect. We really enjoyed that most tours were only a couple of hours, highlighted the high points of what we were vesting, and then otherwise we were left to just enjoy where we were on our own.
Maxine B. from Palm Harbor, FL; traveled to Peru
Thanks! We were in our own bed by 1 this morning! What a wonderful trip. Thanks for your efforts in the plan. We loved every day.
Maureen L. from Larchmont, NY; traveled to Peru
Thanks much! Our trip was absolutely wonderful -- nice balance between activity,culture, & history. Peru is really a magnificent place for families. And the guides/hotels that you selected were first rate all around. I was amazed at how seamlessly everything went ... especially with all of the people who met us at the airports and hotels and got us to where we needed to be. It was truly a trip that we will never forget. We know who to contact when we put together our next trip! Thanks for everything!
Jeannie M. from Alpharetta, GA; traveled to Peru
Thank you for your welcome home note! We had a really fantastic time, with wonderful guides, drives, hotels, excursions and food!!! We had no glitches, everything went very smoothly and you really did an amazing job with all the plans. We especially enjoyed the Hacienda lunch in the Sacred Valley. I can't think of a single thing I would have changed!! Thank you so much for helping us have such a special mother/daughter time. Please let me know if you would like to know more. I would be happy to serve as a recommendation, should you ever need one!
Thank you again! I'll be calling next time I plan a trip!!
Kenneth N. from Bethesda, MD; traveled to Peru
The trip was spectacular. One the best we have ever had. It was made even better by the wonderful tour guide ... Erik F. who was a real gem. We would recommend it to anyone who feels physically up to it. The hotel in Cusco was exceptional, too.
Eileen C. from Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA; traveled on a College Group Trip to Peru
We had an absolutely phenomenal time. I travel a lot in groups and this has been by far the best experience! All our guides were so informative, flexible and helpful. Maggie, Victor, Andrea and Jose were all over the top amazing. Thank you for everything! I hope to make more travel arrangements with your company soon.
Tom P. from Bradenton, FL; traveled to Peru
Eitan: Just a quick note to tell you how much Donna and I enjoyed our recent trip to Peru. Everything about our three week Peruvian adventure was exceptional...from the extensive in-country travel itinerary you recommended and coordinated on our behalf; to the fabulous hotel accommodations provided throughout our visit; to the knowledgeable, flexible and language friendly tour guides and transfer agents standing by to meet us at each location on the agenda...we could not have asked for more support. This was truly a once in a lifetime trip for both of us and we thank you and Spiced Destinations for making it such a magnificant and worry free experience.
Tony N. from Montye Sereno, CA; traveled to Argentina
Thanks, Eitan! We had a great time and really enjoyed B.A. and its environs. ... The Caracatas tour was great and the tour to Colonia was also fine. We arranged for a private tour to the Pampas and an Estancia (Estancia de Ombru) which we enjoyed for our last day in B.A.
Betsy V. from Washington DC; traveled to Argentina & Brazil
We truly loved our stay at Iguazu and thank you for the thoughtful arrangements. The falls and the surrounding park were exceptional; both Brazil side and Argentine side most worthwhile in their own way; the boat trip a wonderful thrill. The pacing was just right. We had a lovely cool lunch at the beautifully redone Hotel das Cataratas in Brazil. The bird park was all you said it would be. Our guide, Gabriel, was knowledgeable and considerate in all ways.
We liked the Sheraton just fine. The lounge/bar has the fantastic view, as does comfortable seating area and the pool, so we were happy not to have spend extra dollars for a cataract view room, as we really only slept there. I can see that folks on a romantic getaway or other "special"
occasion would want the front rooms, but we were happy with ours. We found the food was just fine with lots of choice and wonderful staff.
All in all a great experience and we were so very glad we did it.
BA was fun and fine. Very hot, pretty run down in places, but full of color and energy. I can't remember which of your restaurants we tried, as we had various recommendations, but we enjoyed the food everywhere.
I finally managed to get tickets to the opening night concert at Teatro Colon via internet at the Sheraton Iguazu! It was that Monday that they finally went on sale. Great experience, although a very hot night.
So .... thanks again for all of your help. We did feel that it would have been good to go south and regretted that we had locked in our airfare for the two weeks. But, one can't do everything.