Brazil, Argentina, Chile & Colombia
The trip was better than what I was expecting. I thought much of the tour was on our own, but turns out, it was escorted most of the time. I got to see the highlights of Colombia and I am impressed of what I saw. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for an experience in South America.Rodger W. Narrows, VA
Our trip to Columbia was great, we learned more than we expected. We had a fabulous tour manager. Our local guides and drivers were all top notch. This was our 13th trip with Gate 1 and we will be on more Gate 1 trips in the future. Thank you for the expert team members and great itineraries, we always come home with a great appreciation for the knowledgeable people we encounter on these trips.William C Jr. Shelton, WA
It was amazing.. I truly enjoy it... Love Gate 1 Travel. It was a small group, so we were like family. Tour manager was awesome. Thank you.Maria R. Miami, FL
We had a wonderful time. Our guide, Alejandra, was probably the best one we have ever had!Robin H. Fleetwood, PA
Best trip ever. Superb guide. Great fun. Nonstop entertainment.Would love to return to Columbia. Beautiful beaches, great hotel in Cartegena. A zoo on site. Just fabulous.Dorothy D. Saint Louis, MO
Our trip was amazing!! Our tour manager, John, did such a fantastic job of making it enjoyable and making everything run smoothly. My 15-year-old son was so impressed he said we should do all of our trips with Gate 1 Travel from now on. I'd definitely like to do more traveling with Gate 1. The trip exceeded our expectations. We learned so much and saw so much. We have so many fond memories from this trip. My sons were born in Colombia and I took them back to learn more about their heritage. Our trip was so special for all of us. Thank you!!!Karen D. Arden, NC
Charles and I have a great time. It is the trip of a life time with unique memories. Our tour manager, Alex, is great and so are the local guides and drivers. Hotel location is good, easy access to local sights and markets. I managed to take over 1,300 photos. Since it is a very small group, we bond very well. Some of us are staying in touch for future trips with Gate 1.Morna P. Chula Vista, CA
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time and our tour guide was amazing!! We loved our hotel in Cartagena, good job. We will be traveling with you guys again. Thanks for making our travel an amazing time.Yrmaris V. Port of Spain, Trinidad
The trip was great. I thought the hotels were excellent - especially in their location. Silvia was a superb trip manager, and all of the local guides were also very good. I got a good overview of several locations in South America through the trip - which is what I was looking for.Martha B. Sarasota, FL
Thank you for asking. It was a wonderful trip. Gate 1 knows how to pick great travel guides. Alejandro from Buenos Aires who accompanied us throughout handled the sometimes difficult situations with calm and compassion. We all loved him. Eduardo, our Santiago guide, was very knowledgable, efficient and organized. Nicholas in Rapa Nui was the ideal tour guide who as a local Polynesian from the island gave us excellent information both on the history, myths and present situation. We liked the hotels and the meals, too.Marita M. Mequon, WI
The trip was fantastic! It was my first time traveling with Gate 1 and I can't wait for my next adventure with this company. Our tour director,Alex, was outstanding. He treated all of the guests like family. He had a wealth of knowledge about the three counties that we visited and he articulately shared the history and culture of each country with us . He also acted as our local guide in Chile .The local guides,Pablo, from Argentina and Alex, from Brazil were also outstanding. I have traveled with other companies in the past, and to me the tour leader can make or break the trip. Alex went above and beyond to accommodate our needs and to ensure that each one of returned home with lasting memories. Lastly, I need to mention the beautiful hotels and lovely meals and exclusions that Gate 1 offers. To me, this was a trip of a lifetime!Nancy M. N Attleboro, MA
Wonderful! The sights and activities were all we were hoping for and more! Perfect weather everywhere we went and personable, knowledgeable, and funny tour guides. SO HAPPY with this vacation!Evelyn G. New Braunfels, TX
Our trip was great. It was exactly what we expected. The treatment and professionalism of our tour guide who accompanied us throughout the trip was very professional, hard working and very informative and helpful. This was our first Gate 1 trip. we will consider others given our very positive experience.Eugene M. Fountain Hls, AZ
Excellent as always. Our tour manager Marina was a delight to travel with. So organized, knowledgeable, and caring. Also loved our local guides Pablo in Rio and Jose at Iguazu. Great team.Lucilla T. Tallahassee, FL
Was fabulous. Really worth the trip and Gate 1 provided excellent service. Will definitely use you guys again in the future.Renato M. NSW, Australia
One of the best trips ever. Albano our guide was wonderful. We enjoyed everything. Gate 1 did an amazing job with this trip.Howard S. Warren, NJ
Our trip was incredible! We are please with Gate 1 services, this is our 2nd tours with Gate 1, I highly recommend to my families and friends. Our tour Director Gabriel was so organized, provided us a welcome notes & departure notes - what are being expected on our tours, give advice on how to keep us safe on our tour and how to get back home, he had emphasize team works among us. He is gifted with golden voice for entertaining us on the bus, great jokes, stories, very knowledgeable about the histories and landmarks. He was really one of kind Director who went far beyond miles to make everyone happy, comfortable, very accommodating and so professional. Our tour director and local guides were excellent. The places we visited were amazing. The transportations were ACE and our drivers were awesome. Our group was full of awesome people, we made some great memories and experiences of a lifetime.Cristina A. Orion, MI
Our trip was great! The cities were very illuminating and our accommodations were very nice. A special "shout out" to Karen, our tour guide. She was incredible--she did it all. She really made our trip so enjoyable and comfortable. She's an amazing person. Make sure she gets a good raise!!!William H. Santa Barbara, CA
The 5 Day Classic Colombia Trip was fantastic! It was everything expected and more! The two tour guides Vicky and Juan were exceptional. I was particularly impressed with Vicky. Many thanks for a great trip and May of 2017, (Ecuador), will be my 3rd Gate 1 trip!Kevin J. Covington, LA
Great trip. Sylvia was a fantastic guide. Probably the best we have ever had.John K Jr. Kamas, UT
Exceeded expectations!!! Great tour, knowledgeable guides, and fun group of wonderful people.. Please send special thanks to our main tour guide Maria for all the hard work, her long days, and attention to detail of all the information and logistics.. I'm sure we'll be booking another Gate 1 tour in the future..Gregory D. Fernandina, FL
My trip was wonderful! I had Carol as a guide and I couldn't have asked for someone better. She is such an asset to your company. I am very pleased with your company and will use Gate 1 Travel in the future. All the hotels were wonderful and up to a very high standard, the buses were clean and comfortable, the local guides were pleasant and knowledgeable, the offered tours met expectations, and all connections were well planned. I have already recommended Gate 1 to all of my friends and family.Darcey M. Longmont, CO
We had a wonderful time in South America. We were lucky to be blessed with good weather for the entire duration of the tour.We had amazing experiences and our our Tour Manager Alex was very good.Thummakkundu V. Poughkeepsie, NY
The trip was great. I learned so much about Colombia. The Gate 1 itinerary provided us with an excellent overview of the country. The Colombian people were warm and friendly. Our guide, Andreas was so helpful and informative. He did a great job with the group. All the local guides and drivers were also very good. This was the best group tour I have ever been on.Mary C. El Centro, CA
The trip was so good! This was my first time traveling with Gate 1 and I was so impressed. Everything was well organized. Berenice the tour guide was excellent. She was very friendly, professional, hard worker and make the journey so pleasant. I definitely will travel with Gate 1 again. Thank You!Nilda T. West Palm Bch, FL
Once again Gate1 provided a memorable experience. Our tour guide, Leon, the hotels, NH and Caribe, the city guides, Juan and Sam and all the Colombians we met were wonderful. They went out of their way to make our stay a treasured memory. Yo amo Colombia y Gate1!!!!Denise F. Charlestown, RI
My trip was amazing!! I really enjoyed everything we did in Colombia. Our tour guide, Victoria, was so much fun and made such a difference in our experience. I highly recommend her for future trips to Colombia. I think it's my 4th trip with Gate 1. I've never been disappointed. I'm looking forward to Dubai next month.Sylvia C. San Antonio, TX
My trip to Colombia was a wonderful experience it was a very good itinerary beside the guide was a knowledgeable young man with social skills who was concern about each one and everyday he asked about our experience he really was interested in let us be part. Million thanks to John and the group who were helpful and sensitive and thanks to Gate 1 for choosing this breathtaking and interesting places to visit.Telma R. Odessa, FL
It was fantastic! Loved the sites, the food, the hotels. Alex, our tour manager, was phenomenal, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and took care of all the little things perfectly. As always, Gate 1 Travel was excellent!Ernesto F. Miami, FL
Trip to Colombia was fabulous due to the itinerary and our very knowledgeable guide Edgar. Always willing to assist with a special need or question. On specific days, Sam, Omar and Karen also joined us to add a special touch. This was the 5 trip I have take with Gate 1 and i would not hesitate to go again.June B. Branford, CT
This trip was beyond fantastic. We missed one day of our tour due to airline problems but our group leader, Marina, made sure we got to see and experience everything! The local guides were excellent as well. Rio and Buenos Aires are cities not to be missed and Iguazu Falls are breathtaking!!! One of the highlights was visiting a local school sponsored by Gate 1. The pace on this trip was perfect with time on our own to explore. Thanks for another amazing trip!!!!Kimberly L. Fulton, MD
I apologize for the slow response! Our trip to Colombia was spectacular. Juan David Camacho was an absolutely amazing tour guide--he was friendly and knew so much about the country of Colombia. My wife and I absolutely loved our experience and will definitely be traveling with Gate 1 in the future.Caleb B. Watertown, WI
It was a wonderful trip. Our tour guide Marina is a fantastic guide. Because of her diligence and caring nature in treating everyone of us in the best possible way, we are planning additional tours in South America assuming we will have her as our guide again. Please pass our compliments to her. Thanks.Gan L. Fountain Vly, CA
Our trip was most enjoyable! We really enjoyed visiting Cartagena and our Gate 1 Guide, Vicki, is fantastic! She assured our trip was top notch in every way possible and is amazingly knowledgeable about the history of her area.George E. Glenwood Spgs, CO
Really nice! Interesting place (Cartagena). The guide, Vicki, was outstanding in every way. She went above & beyond to satisfy our interest in the country...Gate 1 delivered again!Linda H. Cumming, GA
Our trip was awesome, we had a great time. Brazil is beautiful, Iguazu Falls is a jaw dropping sight and the juicy beef in Argentina is just amazing so with their wine. Enjoyed watching the Tango show in Buenos Aires so with the Samba in Rio. Love Gate 1 choice of hotels, it's in the center of the action. All in all the whole experience made it more enjoyable, big Thank you to our superb Tour Manager Sylvia who did an excellent job. So inspiring to see the world with Gate 1, Happy travels.Emmanuela B. Buena Park, CA
Our trip was excellent from the very beginning to the end. All the staff are marvelous starting from the drivers ,local guides and especially to the tour master, SILVIA. All of them delivered excellent customer service. Also the hotels and food are great . Thank you Gate 1 .Julius B. Covina, CA
This was a fantastic trip and we highly recommend it. It was well organized and the guide David, as well as the driver Edwin were wonderful. We felt welcome from the time we landed in Cartagena. The trip on the canoe through the mangroves was amazing. The night ride on the horse driven carriage was very classy and romantic. We loved the restaurant that was picked. Gate 1 needs to publicize this trip to Cartagena more. People do not know what they are missing. The whole trip was done very professionally. Gate 1, you are the best!!Christine B. Rockford, IL
Our trip was wonderful our guides Andres and Samuel were great the tours were great, Cartagena was like a sauna hot and steamy. The accommodations were great especially the Caribe in Cartagena. Food was good so all in all a great rip.Geoffrey W. Toledo, OH
Our trip was wonderful, the hotel accommodations were fantastic, our tour director was excellent and very helpful and they provided excellent service. We are very happy we choose Gate 1, excellent trip and itinerary, highly recommended to our friends. Thanks for the excellent service you provided us.Manuel L. Voorhees, NJ
The trip was outstanding for me and my travel partner, Jeffery Stroud. The other people in this group were all friendly and outgoing personalities. I cannot applaud our in-country guide Karen, with enough accolades. She was always available, knowledgeable and cheerful. The flight home was very turbulent but we survived. Thanks also, to Gate 1 for sponsoring such a wonderful trip. Looking forward to booking the next experience.John B. Brooklyn, NY
My trip was wonderful. The group was great and John the tour manager and the other guides Carlos and Samuel were outstanding. The hotels selected like always very good. Sincerely Gate 1 knows what is doing and every trip i do with your company is greatRoberto O. Miami, FL
It's been a fantastic and a memorable trip. The Gate 1 tour guide her name is Virgina from Argentina she is wonderful in many ways and she exceed my expectation. Also George from Chile he is also very helpful. Again thanks Gate 1 and looking for more adventures in Peru and Asia trips in the future.David Ng. East Walpole, MA
It was great. I want to compliment our program director and our local guide in Cartagena. Both were great and made sure that all of us were taken care. A great bargain trip.Maria P. Chevy Chase, MD
We had a fabulous time. Our leader, David, did a terrific job of managing our group, developing a wonderful rapport among our group and with him, and giving us a lot of information about Colombia and the culture of the people. This was our 5th Gate 1 tour and we thought David was one of the best. He has a very warm, approachable personality. His many years of guiding tours came through in his comfort with leading our group. We can't wait to take our next trip!Laurence K. Gainesville, FL
The trip was great.we were very happy with tour guide David, he is very organized and professional. Thru out all tours all guides:George and Omar were fantastic. we will recommend to our friends.Yelizaveta N. Lakeway, TX
We had a very good trip, thank you.John G. NSW, Australia
Trip was great and very interesting. All our guides were very good, but the male guide on Easter Island was fantastic. Luckily had a great weather for travel and sightseeing, Rio, Iguazu Falls and Easter Island were the best!Bogdan C. Sugar Land, TX
It was incredible. Our guide Ernesto was the best. He was knowledgeable, professional and went out of his way to make the trip enjoyable. I am already planning my next trip with Gate 1 to Argentina & Brazil. Gate 1 has excellent local guides and itineraries. They also give great value.Carol M. Harbor Spgs, MI
The trip was wonderful, largely due to tour manager, Silvia. She worked with tiredness energy to ensure everyone had a great vacation. She helped everyone with individual needs and mapped out suggested places to visit when we were on free time. It was our first tour with Gate 1. We liked keeping the package cost lower with an itinerary that allowed for some free time or the option of purchasing an additional tour.Donna C. Regina SK, CA
This was truly a great trip, we only had one day of rain and that was on the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls, it didn't matter, because you were going to get wet anyway. The guides were all great and we enjoyed all phases of this vacation. Iguassu Falls and Machu Picchu were on our Bucket list for a long time. All the other places were Icing on the Cake. Another very attractive place, the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca. This was right up there with Iquassu Falls and Machu Picchu. Yes, we would recommend this trip to anyone.Edward R. Cape Coral, FL
The trip was amazing!!!!! The country was beautiful.. Juan our travel guide was amazing.. He made the trip very memorable-- very knowledgable and just all around awesome.. He stayed on top of everything & made sure we were comfortable in every aspect of the trip. He loved his job and you can tell he loved his job... Thank you for checking upWedney J. Hallandle Bch, FL
Our trip was wonderful. For me, Easter Island was the draw and I wasn't disappointed. Buenos Aires and Santiago were bonuses. Finding good and unusual food is always an adventure for me. I was looking forward to the beef in Argentina, but instead I found the best pizza ever! The beef in Santiago was the best I had ever had. Como Agua Para Chocolate (which was included) is a beautiful restaurant with huge portions and the best filet in the America's. That clinched the deal. I shall no longer travel with GoAhead Tours. I am a Gate 1 traveler now.Stephen R. Akron, OH
It was just wonderful!! My husband and I had a great time in Colombia thanks to your tour and expert staff. Patricia was just the best country guide, and all of our local guides were so knowledgable. I’d highly recommend your tour.Diana E. Moreland Hls, OH
Thank you! Our trip was great, Gate 1 goes above and beyond to make sure everyone feels secure and comfortable. My husband and I were very satisfied with our trip, the hotels were very nice and the tours very educational. Sam did an exceptional job from start to end, he was extremely helpful. We would definitely recommend Gate 1 to our family and friends. Thank you.Rosa M. Lynwood, CA
We had a great trip. LanChile's service was excellent, hotels were very comfortable and well located and excellent breakfast. Our guide Sam was very helpful, professional and had excellent English.Gloria R. Miami, FL
It was wonderful! Karen, our tour director was fabulous, imparting so much information of the culture, life-style and history of all the places we visited. She was not just a guide, but a new friend that we all became very fond of. And she treated us as if we were family, always cognoscente of what could make the experience the best for us. She's a very special young lady! Our fellow travelers were the best--from many parts of the country, but all anxious to know and gain insight to the Colombian way of life. Some of the excursions were difficult to traverse as to terrain and infrastructure but all made the effort to do it all without complaint--a very well-traveled and flexible group! I even met a couple that graduated from the same university and school within, the same year I did--we had a lot in common and shared memories from over 50 yrs. ago . All in all, the guide and fellow travelers made this trip something special to remember!Daniel O. Carolina Shor, NC
It was fun. The airline gave us excellent inflight and on time service, the hotels were nice and clean with good staff and the tours were very nice.Maria P. Boynton Beach, FL
Sorry for the delay in responding. Our trip was wonderful. We found everything to be "as described" in your advertisement. We are especially grateful to our tour guide, Paulo, for making the trip so enjoyable and memorable. We'll visit with Gate 1 Travel again! Thanks for asking.Millard R. St. Petersburg, FL
Had another great time. Our guide (Albano) was amazing. You could of not asked for a better trip leader. He was constantly friendly and extremely thorough. Thanks for another wonderful experience.Matthew A. Ann Arbor, MI
The trip was good! Thanks! Andres was a great tour director. He was available and helpful at all times. Looking forward to more trips in the future.Elisabeth H. San Francisco, CA
My trip was amazing. This was my first time using Gate 1 and I was so impressed with the service. I was a little skeptical about traveling alone, but I met great people. The tour guide was fabulous. I can go on and on. Overall an awesome trip. ThanksTricia M. Coatesville, PA
Colombia was a great trip! truly enjoyable....and completely SAFE! We have seen a lot and learn a lot about the country, people and traditions. The tour guide, John, was very knowledgeable and attentive to all our needs. We would recommend this trip to all our friends and associates in the heart beat. Gate1 - please keep up the good job! Thank you!Dmitri C. Cliffside Pk, NJ
We had a wonderful trip, very well organized, very interesting and diverse, with good measure of planned and free time. Silvia, our tour guide, took good care of us every step of the tour, giving sightseeing, eating and shopping suggestions, very knowledgeable, friendly and patient. Hotels were excellent, all in the best locations we could wish for and all included breakfasts and dinners were awesome! All local guides (Hilton in Rio and Juan in Iguazu) were amazing - knowledgeable, attentive, fun. Thanks for a great trip!!Anna S. Staten Island, NY
We really enjoyed our trip to Colombia. This was our 4th trip with Gate 1 and what made the trip outstanding was the tour guide, Alejandra. She worked very hard to make all of us feel like we were her family being escorted around Colombia.Jerry M. Downey, CA
It was terrific! Can't say good enough things about Marina! We got engaged on the trip and will remember it forever because of the amazing job Marina did! Thank you, thank you, thank you!Kathleen M. Safety Harbor, FL
It was awesome, my husband and I had a wonderful time, thanks to the great guide Alejandra which was very professional and provided a lot of information on every one of the places we visited. I have to mention that all the local guides were very nice as well but off course we got to know and spent more time with Alejandra since she was with us throughout the whole trip. We were very impressed to see how she was always ready and willing to help everyone in the group with any problem or questions that we had.
Thank you so much for such wonderful experience. This was our first trip to South America and we have nothing but good things to say about the trip. We look forward to the next trip!Sandra P Houston, TX
The tour was fantastic. There were 29 travelers in the group and our tour manager was David. David was great and very knowledgeable about his country and was so enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge with the group. The hotels in both Bogota and Cartagena were centrally located to restaurants and shopping.
Our local guide, John in Bogota was very knowledgeable about the Colonial district of La Candaleria in Bogota and the Botero Museum in Bogota. I took the Funicular Train to Monserrate Mountain. This is an amazing site overlooking Bogota. In Cartagena, we had Vicki who was with us on the optional tour to the Mangrove. She brought this place alive with her information. I certainly enjoyed the old town in Cartagena.
This tour was well-planned and executed. David, John and Vicki are certainly great asset to Gate 1. They were all very professional and friendly. They made sure everyone was well taken care. This is my second trip with Gate 1 and I will be on a third trip to Vietnam next year.
Thank you for another great trip.
It was an awesome trip. It was a lot of fun, from Sugarloaf Mountain - beautiful views, to Corcovado Mountain - the huge Christ the Redeemer statue - fun finally seeing it, not just on tv! Iguazzu Falls, the best waterfalls we have ever seen! I loved the bridges where you could walk out and get close to the falls. We also did the boat ride near the falls - great! The falls were so much bigger than we expected.
Had a lot of fun on the city tours, seeing the Cathedral where Pope Francis used to be. El Boca was fun. Great time on the ranch with the gauchos - enjoyed our horse riding. Enjoyed visiting the school you support, although the teachers were on strike, so we didn't get a chance to see any children. Enjoyed our tango lesson and the tango shows. Lots of things to do and we enjoyed all of them! Great group as well, including Lucas and our local guides.Diane O Hudson, MA
Our trip was great! We had a wonderful time visiting Columbia. The weather was nice during our visit and all tours that we took were well-planned and executed. The main tour guide, John was EXCELLENT. He's a natural-born leader and he made sure that everyone's expectations were met and more.
His knowledge of the areas we visited were good and he always went the extra mile to make sure the entire group had a good time and enjoyed every moment of the trip. Without John, the trip just wouldn't have been as enjoyable. He is a great asset to Gate 1, very professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and everything went smoothly under his leadership. Victoria was also excellent at her part of our trip, guiding us through the streets of Cartagena and showing us all of the interesting parts of her city. She was knowledgeable, good-natured, answering everyone's questions, and making us all feel as if we were a part of her family.
This was our first trip with Gate 1, but it won't be our last. Up until this point, most of our trips have been cruises, so if Gate 1 has any good deals on cruise trips, then please send those to us. Gate 1 was fantastic and we enjoyed our trip tremendously.James M. Anniston, AL
We had an awesome trip. Our tour manager Flavio was so knowledgeable & took good care of us all even above & beyond his job. He accompanied us or gave us a thorough instructions where to go to have lunch, shop, etc. Gate 1 is lucky to have him. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends!
Best tour I had with Gate 1 so far. We will keep on coming back for more. Thanks Gate 1 Travel!Evelyn R. Dallas, TX
It was a wonderful trip! All hotels were excellent with good locations in the city and good breakfast everyday. Our tour guide manager, Lucas, was excellent. He has excellent knowledge and experience of these two countries --- Brazil and Argentina --- that we were visiting. The transportations to and from the airports were also smooth.
Thank you Gate 1 for having such a good team serving in this tour.Henry L. Cupertino, CA
Our trip was fantastic. We thought the trip was well planned with many extras we did not expect (cold water bottles on the bus etc). Our guide was very professional and very thoughtful and the local guides were also of a very high standard. I would definitely recommend Gate 1 travel and would also be keen to look out for another Gate 1 trip for ourselves. I could not fault the trip on any part, the accommodation was a high standard in great locations, the tours were informative and enough to give you a taste of the cities we visited, the amount of interaction with the others in the group was enough for non tour people, the included meals were great, the transfers between places went very smoothly. Thank you for a wonderful holiday
Had a wonderful time in Colombia. Our guides Omar and John were very informative and pleasant. They worked as a team to make sure that our journey was memorable.
Wished we had more time in Bogota and Medellin!
Without hesitation our trip to Colombia has been one of our favorites.Elisa P. Miami, FL
One of the best part of this trip was traveling with 40 hilarious fun filled laughing people. Never judge a book by its cover. We looked like the United Nations, many nationalities, well traveled and a few newbies w/Gate 1. We laughed our way to Argentina and sadly departed as we continued our journey in different directions and 4 of us went to Bariloche.
After we left Argentina, I was impressed that "all" of the local guides were fantastic and they met us at every point of destination. Flying to Bariloche, touring, 3 cruise, 2 buses, including 2 immigration agencies and crossing several lakes into Chile. What a journey. Gate 1 provided dinner at the Churrascaria Palace and the food was excellent. I went there again and did not realized a reservation was needed, we were seated at a table in the corner in a private party who welcomed us, we clapped and celebrated with them and they gave us a slice of their cake. To the host of the restaurant, thank you for great customer service. In fact, all of the restaurants that were included in the package were good.
Another good one is in Argentina at the La Estancia which is around the corner from the Panamericano hotel, and The Atton Vitacura hotel in Santiago the restaurant is also good.
The tours: The weather was overcast for Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains; The Iguassu Falls was breath taking; The Traditional Gaucho Party horseback and wagon ride, a show with good food and wine on a perfect picture day was great. The winery tour was interesting and I had plenty of very good wine. The Tango Show w/Dinner was too late the restaurant had a cruise ship group earlier. I grew tired of eating beef in Brazil and Argentina, and in Puerto Varas lunch was on Gate 1 which was a relief the fish was superb.
Overall, I had a wonderful time with good people, breathtaking sites and scenery and knowledgeable tour local guides. Our Santiago local guide was impressed and commented that Gate 1 is very organized to ensure that their clients are served well. Anyway Brazil and Argentina is beach, eating, shopping and drinking wine. What a vacation!
Gate 1 surprised me on many occassion:
1) Received a call to advise only 4 people signed up for Bariloche and we will have local guides.
2) Some prepaid tours price was lowered and the difference was credited. Many of us said, "Who does this, give back money". .
3) A pre-paid tour was canceled and refunded, not enough people. Our tour manager Veronica recommend hotel tours. We chose the "Favela & Tijuca Forest Jeep Tour" very interesting and a great time with 6 people..
4) A pre-paid floating boat tour was not cancel with only 4 people - Kudos to Gate 1. Do not miss this breathtaking river ride the weather was picture.
I am well pleased and have already book my 5th tour with Gate 1 later this year.Regina T. Union, NJ
A fantastic trip with everything I believed would be exciting occurred.
Rio, Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana beach in Brazil was outstanding. The Iguassu falls from both sides was truly spectacular. The Relocota Cemetery in Argentina, the Tango, the Opera House all must see.
Because of the strike of the transit system in Buenos Aires, we decided to take a ferry to Uruguay an outstanding side trip of an old city. Santiago was okay, however Valparaiso was the place to be. Would have preferred this to Santiago, so much to see and do. Easter Island speaks for itself. If you don't go you missed out on a great piece of history.Stephen R. Lake Orion, MI
Our trip to Colombia was wonderful! We enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide, Juan David Camacho was one of the best guides we have had. He was very friendly, personable and knowledgeable. The accommodations were excellent in Bogota and in Cartegena. We were impressed with the airline, LAN, as it reminded us of the way American airline companies used to treat their passengers!
I participated in the optional excursion to Monserrate in Bogota. This was a very enjoyable experience and well worth the money. In Cartegena we both went on La Boquilla Mangrove excursion. This was a favorite part of our trip. The canoe ride thru the wetlands was wonderful as I enjoy bird watching. Seeing the fishing village and especially visiting the school were extremely worthwhile. After touring the school, three of the children entertained us with folk dancing. It was a very nice way to have a more personal experience in a foreign country.
We also appreciated the thoughtfulness of our tour guide in passing out bottled water frequently. We have traveled several times with Gate 1 and have found each trip delightful. We look forward to our next vacation!Kerry E. Winston Salem, NC
We had a great trip. I have already emailed Gate 1 singling out our tour leader Alejandro for his outstanding leadership and his commitment to all of us and our individual needs. In the opinion of most of the participants he went beyond his required responsibilities to solve a number of issues that arose on the trip. Since this was our first Gate 1 trip, we assume that there are high standards in selecting your leaders and guides .
We will certainly consider Gate 1 in the future.Howard T. Toronto, ON
I want to thank you for a wonderful trip. This was my first Gate 1 trip and there will be more.
I thought you balanced the trip with both schedule and unscheduled time and a good mixture of town and country well. The accommodations were ideally located. The local guides were excellent but biggest kudos go to Alejambro. He was knowledgeable, capable, fun and went out of his way to make each one of us maximize our time.Ellen G. Toronto, ON
Hello I am still in South America. This Gate 1 trip was simply wonderful. Silvia our guide was outstanding. I travel lot and she is one of the best I have seen. Attentive, engaging, fun, and knows her stuff. Thanks for a great trip!!Dixie M. Westmont, IL
I had a wonderful trip. Lucas, our tour guide, was kind, fun and very well organized. He was a delight!
The other tour guides, bus drivers, hotel staffs and hotel food were all very good and the hotels were at the perfect level for me -- attractive and far above average, but not excessive.
The trip was amazingly well organized.
I liked the fact that dinners were planned every third evening leaving us the freedom either to eat leftovers, or to go out on our own to explore local places. I realize in more exotic countries where we have less understanding of the food and culture like those of the Mideast, the Orient or Third World, it could be advisable to have more preplanned tour meals to insure safety.
We saw the most important sights of each location in a comfortable way. I liked the fact that we could get off the bus and walk to see sights closer up. I will never forget the footbridge hikes on the Argentinean side of Iguazo Falls. Also, I was a dance critic for 15 years. So I told Lucas I would do some internet (including You Tube) research on the rest of the Tango shows in Buenos Aires before deciding if I would go with the tour to Cafe de los Angelitos. I was up until 3 am researching. Finally, I decided this show was really the best one in town for me to see.
I was not disappointed. The choreography, the variety of dance numbers and forms of the tango, the amazing technical skills and level of passion and intensity all made this a gripping, spellbinding show.
I loved Gate 1 and will recommended it. I may plan another trip on Gate 1 within the year if all goes well.
Gate 1 offers amazing bang for the buck -- one of the best values I have discovered in this world!
My husband, Don, and I just returned from the tour - South America 13 Day Classic. We have nothing but great things to say about our first trip with Gate 1 and it will not be our last. The itinerary, the price and timing were very good, but most of all our tour manager Lucas was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable, personable, organized and most of all so very helpful to everyone in the group. He suggested sites to see on our free time, restaurants for meals and shopping areas. His sense of humor and personality added to each day of our tour. Gate 1 hotel selections were very impressive - very accommodating staffs and centrally located in the cities. It gave a comforting feeling that when we did venture out we were not going to get lost.
This all added up to not only an excellent "13 Day Classic in South America",, but what we would call "13 Days of Bliss in South America". Thank you, Gate 1 Staff!!!Donald K. Cedar Rapids, IA
We had another great trip with Gate 1. Three trips to Europe, two tours of the United States national parks, and this recent visit to South America leave us wanting more Gate 1 vacations. We were pleased with the sights, our tour manager Lucas, and the local guides (Pablo in Rio, Juan in Iguassu Falls, and Jose in Santiago). One of Gate 1's best features is the excellence of the staff who truly let the travelers have all the benefits of touring without any of the hassles.
Thank you for another memorable trip.Donna C. Fort Lee, NJ
1. ALEJANDRA (TOUR LEADER): I am not an eloquent writer, I can only say that that Alejandra's performance as a tour leader was outstanding!! She made everyone feel that she was leading the tour just for them. She was able to adjust her leadership style to fit the particular situation. She expertly ensured that her group stayed ahead of the "herd" and avoided crowded situations. (Who else would physically race her competing tour guide to ensure that her group would be the first in line!) Her expertise in crossing the Andes from Bariloche to Puerto Varas was flawless. She was able to smoothly shepherd her group through numerous airports and border crossings. ( I had an Argentina documentation problem in Rio that she calmed my rising blood pressure by assuring me that we could correct it...and she did correct the problem! I will always be in her debt.) Her outstanding communication skills and humor kept the entire group engaged at all times. What an fantastic woman and tour leader!!
2. RIO de JANEIRO: Local guide: "JR". Laid back young man who was very relaxed and did a good job taking us through a crowded city. Funny. Who else would practice the song, "The Girl From Ipanema" at home so he could sing it to the group the next day after being asked if he knew "the girl" from Ipanema. Hotel: Windsor Leme. An excellent hotel. Good food and good rooms. I feel that the location was the best on Copacabana Beach. Keep this hotel because it is close to Leme.
3. IGUASSU FALLS: Local Guide: Wilson. Wilson was an excellent local guide--did his job well. A man who is comfortable "herding cats". Reminded me of Paul Hogan from "Crocodile Dundee". Hotel: Amerian Portal de Igazu. A great hotel....great architecture! And the best meals of the trip. Definitely keep this hotel! The falls was one of my two highlights of this tour.
4. BUENOS AIRES: Local Guide: Alejandro. Competent guide, knows his city well. Comfortable leading the group through Buenos Aires. Hotel: Panamericano Buenos Aires. Typical big city hotel, but the location was great....in the center of everything.....easy walking distance to many city attractions. Keep.
5. BARILOCHE: Local Guide: Alejandra served as local guide as Bariloche is her home town. She was an excellent local guide here because she knew the town and local area intimately. She knew where to shop, eat, drink and just roam around. Hotel: Hotel Alma del Lago. What a great view; great food; good rooms and great location. Keep. BARILOCHE: WHAT A GREAT SMALL TOWN TO INCLUDE ON THE TOUR. The views of the landscape were great. Makes you want to immigrate.
6. THE TRIP BETWEEN BARILOCHE AND PUERTO VARAS. DEFINITELY THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ENTIRE 15 DAY TOUR!! WHAT AN ADVENTURE! (The 4 bus and 3 boat trip from Bariloche to Puerto Varas made Larry Jones feel like "Indiana Jones".)
7. PUERTO VARAS: Local guide from Chile Border crossing to Puerto Montt. Jennie: Competent. Did her job well. Hotel: Hotel Cabanas del Lago. Good hotel, good food and good location. Keep.
8. SANTIAGO: Local guide: Abelardo. A very knowledgable man about Santiago and Chile and its history, politics and life. It was a pleasure listening to such a educated man. Hotel: Atton Vitacura. Good rooms, good food and nice quiet neighborhood, but close enough to walk to a major shopping center. Keep. COMMENT: The only comment about the entire trip was: I thought the time in Santiago was a little disorganized.
9. FLIGHTS: The Flight schedule from SEA-ATL-GIG-SCL-ATL-SEA with Delta worked well and allowed adequate time to adjust for any possible delays and processing of customs. (The bad weather in the NE Us made me glad that I picked the routing that I did.) Tim, thank you for working with me so that I was able to schedule and complete this "bucket list trip".
10. OVERALL COMMENTS: My 3rd Gate1 tour. Would I take another Gate1 Trip? DEFINITELY! I am amazed that Gate1 hires such great people to be Tour Leaders. All three of trips have had great tour leaders. As soon as my laundry is done, I am ready for my next Gate1 trip.....I just have to pick which one. Congratulations to the entire Gate1 Team (and many support staff behind the scenes) for providing such great tours and excellent service.Larry J. Lakewood, WA
Our trip was wonderful. Kudos to Marina. She is a fantastic guide - so professional, personable. She stayed with the group at the airport to make sure we all had boarding passes and could be on our way. Delta cancelled a flight and she made sure all was well. She was the local guide for Argentina, since this is her home country. All other aspects of the trip were wonderful.
It was nice to learn about the Gate 1 Foundation which is supporting a local school in Argentina. Our visit to the school was memorable and gave us a taste of real life and challenges in Argentina.Mary L. Altadena, CA
The trip was fantastic! I had an incredible time and absolutely loved Rio, Iguazú Falls, and Buenos Aires. Everything went very smoothly and easily, and all the tour guides and drivers were very friendly and professional. All in all, it was a terrific way to be introduced to South America!
I can't speak highly enough of Veronica, our tour leader! She was just awesome - infinitely patient, humorous, friendly, and wonderful; she really made the trip so incredible! Is there a superior or someone to whom I might write a letter of commendation about Veronica? Please let me know if so, because she deserves nothing but the highest praise!Nathan, L. Hollywood, CA
We had a great time. Memories that will last forever. The beautiful
sceneries, good food, meeting new friends are just a few things to make our trip
a dream destination come true.
Our tour guide Silvia is the best. She always took an extra mile to please everyone. She took care of everyone like her own children. Without her our trip wouldn't have been as memorable and enjoyable.
It was a great trip and we had a super guide. The people in the group were fun and several of us are going to stay in touch. I have to say our guide Gabriel is one of the best guides we have had on any trip and Gate 1 really fortunate to have him. He has a great personality, very knowledgeable and knows how to make everyone feel like they are special. He is super and a large part of why the trip was so great. Thanks Gate 1 for a fun holiday!Craig S. Topeka, KS
Our trip was incredible. It was beyond perfect. When the people on our trip asked one another what was the highlight of the trip we all agreed it was Vicky, our remarkable guide. Some of us had been on group tours before and others hadn't but we all agreed that if the guides are like Vicky we would all go with Gate 1 again. She was intelligent, informed, caring, organized and above all passionate about her work. When we went to restaurants she would go over to everyone and explain the menu and help them order. The guides in all the cities were good. I particularly liked Patricia in Chile.
Vicky is a remarkable guide and person. She is a very hard working person and loves what she does. She is the perfect guide. Thank you so much for assigning her to our group. She made the tour perfect.Dorothy K. New York, NY
The trip was very interesting and we saw many wonderful sites. We were with a group of experienced travelers and that made it very nice. Our main guide, Virginia, was outstanding. She was always there to help and went way beyond the call of duty to all travelers. She is one of the best guides ever on a tour-guided trip.Cherl H. New Lexington, OH
It was great! We recommend this tour to everyone.
Our main tour guide, Marina Farina, was excellent and one of the best and most thorough and caring travel professionals we ever encountered during all our travels.
Enjoyed the trip very much, thank you.Becky F. Placentia, CA
The trip was wonderful. The flights and seat assignments were as requested.
The tour guides had all the information about the sights we were seeing. If
they didn't know the answer, they found out and got back to us. The hotels were
fantastic, better than I expected. I've been on 4 or 5 Gate 1 tours and would
highly recommend them to my friends.
It was a great experience, and Gate 1 put on an awesome trip!Beverly M. Studio City, CA
My trip was enlightening and informative, not to mention the fun we all had. Gabriel and the crew were outstanding. Gabriel is a good tour guide. He is knowledgeable, kind, warm and funny. We love him, he did a great job. Will definitely use Gate1 in the future!Dahlia W. Fort Lauderdale, FL
It was a fantastic and memorable trip, exactly what we were looking for! My
first Gate 1 was a raving success - both the itinerary, the group and especially
the guide. Gabriel was a fantastic leader - so knowledgeable, experienced,
helpful and humorous. I cannot say enough about him and what a great job he
does... And I have been on many other tours with other
companies by which to compare.
Thanks so much for all of your assistance in booking our tour. I'm confident our paths will cross again on a future booking.Tracy S. Anchorage, AK
The trip exceeded my family's expectations on every level. I was so impressed by everything and everyone. I can't say enough good things about Juan, our main tour guide. He's exceptional, just like the rest of the tour. Positively everything was well beyond what I had expected, even knowing this was a 'nice' tour. My parents have now been convinced to stop doing cruises and to do group tours.
We really enjoyed the trip. Phenomenal tour.Carlina O. Oakland, CA
We were so satisfied with your new Discovery tour to Colombia. We had a fabulous time and loved Colombia. Our guide, Leon, was the best guide we have had with Gate 1. Please note that we have been very happy with all our guides, but Leon really went out of his way to show us his country, it's people and feed us well. He was charming, funny, attentive and took us on early walks and evening walks on his own time. We all enjoyed his company.Lynne M. Marlton, NJ
The entire trip was exceptionally well organized. The transportation to and from the airports by luxuries buses was excellent. The guides were not only very knowledgeable, but they had remarkable organizational skills which helped to manage and organize 40 people. They also gave us a lot of practical advice about shopping, places to eat and to visit during our free time. Nobody was neglected. We were smoothly transferred between different destinations during our trip. The time was well balanced between organized trips and time to explore different places on our own. Due to our flight schedule we had to leave Hotel on our way back to USA at 4 AM. To our surprise the guide (Cesar) was waiting for us in the lobby to make sure that everything was O.K. It only confirmed our impression that we have been well taken care of, which is especially important while visiting foreign country for the first time. Excellent tour. We have already booked another one with Gate 1.Andrzej W. Princeton, NJ
The trip was wonderful and, as usual, Gate 1 Travel again provided us with a tour that was not only affordable but also made excellent arrangements for travel and transfers, hotel accommodations, tours, and exceptional tour guides.
We also were very impressed with the nice people who were in our group and
the conviviality that surrounded our journey. In addition to our sincere
thanks for your personal assistance in helping us
when our Gate 1 Egypt tour was cancelled (helping us to substitute the South America tour), we have appreciated your service and attention in our previous Gate 1 Travel journeys. We are great fans of
Gate 1 and we continually recommend it to friends and relatives.
Finally, we would like Gate 1 travel to know that our tour guides, Patricia in Rio de Janeiro and Christopher in Iguazu, Brazil/Argentina were exceptional in terms of briefings, assistance in optional tours, knowledge of the countries and locales, and their expressed interest and caring for us as individuals and groups. Our guide in Buenos Aires, Claudia, was nice and helpful in suggesting options in the city. We look forward to traveling with you again in the near future.Tom & Cindy G. La Jolla, CA
We had a very good time! Colombia is ready for tourism. We felt safe in Bogota and Cartagena. The hotels were fine and the Gate 1 contacts and guides were excellent. Both Manuel (Bogota) and David (Cartagena) were excellent guides. Very knowledgeable and great English speakers. The transport people, Monica and Jennifer were prompt and very helpful.
The only glitches we had were with the Delta flights in the USA. Connie and I both experienced delays but nothing terribly frustrating!
Thank you for the arrangements. We would consider traveling with Gate 1 again.Gena D. Forest Lake, MN
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