- from Canada to Argentina
- CAT TRAVEL is a Fantastic Tour Organizer!
My wife and I decided last March to spend three weeks in Argentina. We had our return airline tickets, but no itinerary scheduled once in BA. I found CAT Travel advertising on the South American Explorers Society Web Page and got in touch. We had never planned a trip this way and we have been around (check WorldTraveler2540 on Trip Advisor...).
The CAT staff was prompt to reply to our inquiry. Pablo asked us what places we wanted to see (BA, Iguazu, Bariloche, Calafate and Ushuaia) and if we were anticipating any activities. We asked him to plan a private tour, with personal driver and French speaking guide (not easy to find in Argentina); we asked him to add some adventure in it. After a few emails, we decided to go with CAT; Pablo was so efficient and available that we decided to trust them. This was the first time we were booking such a long trip on the net so we were a bit anxious but decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. As soon as we landed in BA, we were taken care of by Gilda, their French speaking guide. We were then to visit Buenos Aires and its surroundings, an Estancia, an evening in a tango hall etc. We went boating at Iguazu falls, trekking and kayaking in Bariloche, fly fishing in Calafate, etc.
In few words, we had a WONDERFUL TRIP and would not hesitate to recommend Pablo and CAT Travel for anybody wishing to travel to South America. Thanks again!
Marc-André and Gisèle Théorêt,
- from United States to Peru
Marcia and I are flying back to the states. We had a great tour of Peru. All of our guides and drivers were great. We both appreciate the work you did to customize the itinerary for us.
In short, we had a great vacation where we were able to see everything we had on our list and more!
- from United States to Argentina
- Dear Marc and Elin,
We have been back in the US for a week, and the awe of our experiences is still very much a reality.
Our "Once-In-A-Lifetime Patagonian Experience" was all I could have dreamed of and more. Every detail was taken care of, and all of our guides for the excursions were perfect. Before the trip, having communicated more with Elin, and a bit with Marc, I am sure that you both realized I can be "high-maintenance". You listened to my requests, and certainly made every effort to furnish the best available.
Our suites at the Los Sauces Casa Patagonia and the Llao Llao Resort were absolutely fantastic.
The corner suite at the Llao Llao definitely was one of the best rooms, with the best view in the resort. In fact, on the day that I kayaked back to the resort, I had a view from the lake and decided that our rooms were exactly what I would have chosen as the best.
Please know that I could not be more pleased with your care and execution of the plan for this incredible adventure.
How can I thank you enough?
You have a lifetime fan.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you…
- from United States to Brazil & Peru
- Dear CAT Travel ,
Some might say it’s too risky to use an internet travel guide agency, but there was no risk involved in our trip or itinerary. All through the planning for our wonderful trip, we had responsive, informative, and personal advice from our South America Specialist Marcos. Starting with the suggested itinerary from the CAT website, I worked closely with Marcos to customize an independent, adventurous schedule for 12 days in Brazil, Argentina, and Peru that let us see and experience everything that was important to us.
The contacts who met us in each city or town ensured that were never lacked for anything. When I once accidentally left my vouchers in a transport van, I called late at night and by the next day the local contacts had everything worked out. All our country contracts were energetic, friendly, supportive, punctual, informative English speaking people who were very capable and acted very interested in us. Magali in Cusco and Malilia in Lima were absolutely incredible.
We selected the boutique lodging option and never had any worries about any of our hotels. All were clean and charming, included huge and wonderful breakfasts, and were very willing to assist us.
We fell in love with Brazil and Peru and are certain we will travel back. When we do, we will use Class Adventure Travel. Thanks for your generosity.
Lisa and Bob Douglas
- from United States to Brazil
- Hi Montse,
Thank you, everything went very well! The guides who picked us up at various airports were very helpful, even beyond the transfers. We had a wonderful time at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, loved the hotel in Argentina, and the extra sights visited with our guide in Iguazu (bird santuary and the Itaipu dam).
In Salvador we really enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere. Morro de Sao Paolo was interesting and the hotel was great. The Juma Lodge was very enjoyable and quite the jungle experience. Our guide here was very helpful, and even found a guitar for Peter to relax with and enjoy with our friends in the bar at night.
Thanks again for everything!
Photo by Peter Rosenblum
- from United States to Peru, Argentina & Brazil
- Our trip was amazing! Thank you to everyone on the CAT team for flawlessly planning and executing our trip. Even when our flights were delayed, there was no hiccup and everything went smoothly. We were really impressed with the service, friendliness, and how professional everyone was. Your service from start to finish was exceptional! Thank you Marcos for answering all our questions (and we had lots of them). Even the staff at the hotels we stayed were friendly, helpful, and personal (Solar Soler Bed & Breakfast in Buenos Aires, Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel in Cuzco, and Hotel La Cabana in Aguas Caliente).
Thank you CAT for creating such a great and memorable vacation for us. We will definitely recommend you to our friends or use your service again!
- from United States to Argentina
- We found the CAT service to be very organized and easy to work with. Our tour guides were friendly and professional, and we found our hotels to be located in good and safe locations. Everything went very smoothly except for the country going on a national strike in the middle of our vacation, but we only lost one day which was understandable. Overall we had a great trip and would definitely use CAT again in the future.
- from Singapore to Argentina, Brazil & Peru
- Dear Montserrat & Marc,
My wife and I returned home to Singapore exactly 7 days ago...it took us that long to "recuperate"..from the best holiday of our lives!
You guys did a great job putting the travel plans together. Your guides/agents, esp Wilson at Iguazzu and Pascual at Machu Picchu were incredibly accommodating, patient and knowledgeable. We will surely recommend you all to friends and family. And as words will never capture the beauty of this holiday, let us attach a photo here that says it all with a caption that reads... "We flew like the great Andean condors!"
Muchas gracias! Nellie and George Lee
- from United States to Peru, Costa Rica
- Our Costa Rica and Peru trips were perfect! Class Adventure Travel booked us with people and adventures that were so special in so many ways. The eco lodges and the guides were incredible and imparted so much knowledge and respect for their ecosystems and cultures. It was heartwarming to "give back" to those whose land we came to visit - as opposed to a "Marriot" or other worldwide chain full of people all trained the same way and not necessarily from the region. This trip was full of adventure and eye-opening flora and fauna, as well as wonderful proud, engaging people.
A big thank you to everyone at CAT and Alex in particular, for all the for all the hours of work and years of investigating to find these magnificent places and people!
Susan, Kent, Ben and Elyse
- from United States to Peru, Brazil, Argentina
- Dear CAT Travel,
The "Best of South America" trip that our group of 4 have taken in October 2012 is one of the best ever, in our tours of different continents. This could not have been possible without the expert and very congenial help of Ms. Elin, our Travel Specialist and Ms. Montse, our Concierge and Travel Supervisor. We thank them for everything they did to make our trip very memorable and fabulous. We had very wonderful and breathtaking experiences especially at Iguazu Falls and all of Peru--Cusco, Sacred Valley and majestic Machu Pichu.
Here are some of the Highlights of our Trip --
Rio de Janeiro : The grand view of the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Valley is breathtaking. It is certainly One of the New 7 wonders of the World.
Iguazu Falls : The Grand view from the Brazilian side is phenomenal. Enjoyed the rafting under the Falls on the Argentian side very much. Our private tour Guide Ana is exceptional in coordinating everything to the minutest detail including the Cultural show at night.
Buenos Aires : The City tour and the tour of Tigre delta were wonderful. For us, the spiritual visit to Sathya Sai Center of Uriarte had been very special and memorable, for all the Love of Selfless service they do and the Divine Love that we experienced.
Peru : Everything in Cusco, Sacred Valley and the majestic Machu Pichu is beyond wonderful. The Spiritual energy is very palpable everywhere. Our Private guides-- Mariela at Lima, Rosie and Vilda at Cusco and Sacred Valley, and Pascual at Machu Pichu-- are very caring and wonderful. All 4 of us were able to climb Wayna Pichu mountain, see the breathtaking beauty of the entire Machu Pichu valley and appreciate the glory of God's Creation. It reminded us of the Spiritual beauty of Himalayas. The Train ride from Sacred Valley to Machu Pichu through the Andes mountain range was phenomenal and breathtaking as well.
All the Hotels that we were accommodated at different places were very comfortable and made our travel very relaxed. Of special mention is Casa Andina hotel in Sacred valley for its beautiful location and wonderful service.
For any travelers that intend to take this "Best of South America" tour, we very strongly recommend the exceptional travel services of CAT Travel. If you are are lucky enough, you may be able to get the very congenial and exceptional services of Ms. Elin and Ms. Montse.
Dr. Venkat and Mrs. Janaki Kanubaddi