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Oct012014

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Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian Sides of Iguassu Falls from Puerto Iguazú

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

The bus seats approximately 52 people. You will spend at least two and half hours fetching and dropping people off. We were fetched at 8:15am, reached the park at 10am. If you have a single day at the falls this takes at least a quarter of your precious time spent staring at the front of hotels waiting for passengers. Guide rambled on in Spanish and barely understandable English, he was impersonal and discourteous. Although he wins no awards, it was tough to always lay fault with him as he had to herd around a massive bus load of tourist. A tough ask for even an astute guide let alone this inept one. While at the falls your join massive lines of other such tour groups, everyone pushing and shoving to get a picture or sneak a brief glimpse until you are pushed away. If you want to enjoy the falls, take a taxi(easily accessible, safe and reasonably priced) or small tour, go early, miss the crazy crowds. Easy to navigate the trails on your own.Take pesos and BR for entrance fees. Your money and time will be better spent that way. Return home with proper memories and photos, not regrets at feeling like a farm animal marauded around the falls with no respect for its' beauty or your once in a lifetime journey to witness its power.

Sep282014

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Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Just two of us with our guide, Daniel, on this walking tour. Daniel was knowledgeable, patient and kind. Involves a subway train ride, clean, new stations and trains.Then a short bus trip to Santa Teresa. Delightful authentic neighborhood, with multiple photo opportunities especially panoramic views of of the city, bay and sugar loaf mountain. Seleron steps is an unmissable attraction.

Sep272014

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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Big tour group but guide -JB- was well in control. Great to cut the lines to the cable car. You will spend some time on the bus, fetching and dropping passengers, depends where you hotel features on the bus schedule.

May052014

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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour was just superb, everything went exactly as planned and our expectations were definitely exceeded.
First of all the tour group was small, bus seating a maximum of 13, with just 8 people including my wife and I. This made the trip much more personal, comfortable and enjoyable. Mike, our guide, was inviting and warm from the moment we were fetched. He exuded a calm confidence and his knowledge of and general guidance of the areas we visited was excellent. Mike stands out as a guide as he was always willing to help and assist with everything including taking our photos. He was ever patient yet kept us on time with incomparable resolve to ensure the group experienced the best of the of Yosemite. Our trip was made ever more unforgettable by his generous sprit and dedicated work ethic. I would advise that you visit Yosemite at least once in your lifetime. The park is an overdose of natures splendor at its grandest presentation, so much so that the mind battles with the eyes to comprehend the gorgeous vistas. No photo or picture can capture its grandeur or express the emotions that this place elicits, you must see it yourself. Advice, we stayed at Yosemite Lodge, which was clean and comfortable yet not unlike a standard lodge, the more expensive accommodation in the park may provide less traveling yet I suspect that the standard would be comparable to the lodge just at a higher price.

May032014

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Classic VW Van Tour of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour, highly recommended. Exceptional tour at a reasonable price. After visiting a few cities in the US we vowed to never do the open top bus again. We were fortunate to get tickets to this tour, as we booked a day before and seems to sell ourt.The small group together with an excellent guide made for an enjoyable tour. Did truly feel like a friend was showing us around his town, replete with interesting music and snacks as we caught the best of San Fran.

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