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Bolivia & Argentina Highland Adventure (14 days)

Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Inc.

La Paz, Bolivia To Salta, Argentina

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Mar 2019

Bolivia & Argentina Highland Adventure (14 days)

Day 8

Tilcara, Argentina

Day 9

Tilcara, Argentina

Day 12

Cachi, Argentina

Day 13

Cafayate, Argentina

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
La Paz, Bolivia
Casa Grande Hotel None

Welcome to Bolivia. On arrival in La Paz, after you have cleared immigration and customs you are met in the arrivals hall by our Bolivian representative and transferred to your hotel. The balance of day is at leisure for you to relax and acclimatize.

With elevations between 11,900 – 13,200 feet above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Founded in 1548 by a Spaniard, Alonso de Mendoza, it is the country's largest city, and the center of industry, commerce and finance. Although Sucre represents the judicial capital, La Paz has usurped most government power, and now is the de facto capital. More than a million people live in the city, over half of whom are descended from the indigenous Indian culture. Many of the women wear traditional clothing – colorful multi-layered petticoats, fringed shawls, lace aprons, and bowler hats, which look like they came straight from a pre-war London haberdashery.

Your hotel is located in an up-scale, quiet and safe neighborhood of La Paz. The Casa Grande Hotel is a new luxury property in a startlingly avant-garde designed building, featuring a large glazed atrium and indoor gardens. This spectacular hotel offers exclusive accommodation, top-class cuisine and excellent service in an elegant, tranquil atmosphere.

Day 2
La Paz, Bolivia
Casa Grande Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

La Paz and its surroundings sometimes seem to come from a mysterious past. Around any corner or on any street, you may discover a hidden treasure from pre-Hispanic times. The indigenous, colonial, and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market, and breath taking panoramas are combined and framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. Join your guide for a city tour with stops at Plaza Murillo, the city's main square, the Presidential Palace, the National Congress and the huge Church of San Francisco. This church dates from 1549 and is one of the finest examples of colonial religious architecture in South America and is richly decorated with native religious themes. Continue to the Mercado de Hechicéria, the Witch Market, where many unusual things are sold including llama fetuses used to protect against evil spirits. The artisan market on Sagarnaga Street is fascinating, as is the Museo de Metales Preciosos housing Inca artifacts. The Killi Killi Watchtower is located in the city's southern area, and it is here where one can observe the amazing geological shapes of the Valley of the Moon.

Day 3
Copacabana, Bolivia
Copacabana Hotel Rosario Del Lago Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, your driver and guide will pick you for the three-hour drive to Huatajata on the shore of Lake Titicaca. This village is a popular spot to enjoy some of the trout the area is known for, and to take in the views of the lake. Continue the drive for approximately an hour to Copacabana, the closest town to Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian Side. Before 1534, this was an outpost of Inca occupation among dozens of other sites in Bolivia. The Incas held it as the key to the very ancient shrine and oracle on the Island of Titicaca, which they had adopted as a place of worship. The site had also been an important site to the ancient the Aymaras from time immemorial. At Copacabana, there were minor ceremonial shrines of the Incas.

The Basilica of the Camarin de la Virgen de Candelaria features a statue carved in the 1576 by an Ican artisan. Called the Dark Virgin of the Lake, she is said to be responsible for countless miracles. The present Basilica that houses the statue was completed in 1805. One of its most well-known ‘Stations of the Cross' rituals takes place here throughout Easter. This also offers visitors a great walk that helps you understand the layout of the town and the position of nearby islands. The 20-minute uphill walk offers great views of the lake. In early February each year, the festival of the Virgin of Candelaria features Aymara dancers, people dodging bulls a la San Fermin, street parties and religious ceremonies.

Enjoy a boat excursion on the lake to two islands – Isla del Sol, the largest island on the lake, and the Isla de la Luna, both considered ancient holy sites of the Inca. It was here, according to local mythology, that Viracocha, the bearded god who created the universe, emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca and created the sun and the moon. The islands are largely undeveloped.

Day 4
La Paz, Bolivia
Casa Grande Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, board a private boat to visit the Temple Pilkokaina Holy Steps, the temple of the sun, on Isla del Sol, which is a more typical Inca structure with its triple doorway fronted building. Despite its diminutive size, it is a very elegant example of Inca architecture. Then you visit the Fountain of Youth. After lunch on the island, visit the nearby communities that live in the middle of Lake Titicaca. Return to La Paz in the afternoon.

Day 5
Uyuni, Bolivia
Palacio De Sal Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you transfer to La Paz airport and are assisted with check-in for your flight to Uyuni. On arrival in Uyuni, join your guide for a visit to the great salt flats. En route, stop at the train “cemetery” to see the remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives. A British mining company originally constructed the railway system between 1888 and 1892. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed leaving the trains abandoned and decaying in Uyuni. Continue to Colchani to visit the salt production factories, the small museum and market selling handicrafts, most made from salt.

The Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats, spans 4,086 sq mi. Unlike traditional deserts of sand, Uyuni features vast expanses of glistening white salt. The landscape is entirely flat, bar a few small ‘islands’ such as Isla Incahuasi. Underneath the cemented salt are large reservoirs of lithium-rich brine. In fact, approximately 70% of the world’s lithium reserves are found in Salar de Uyuni and thus it’s not surprising that there’s an entire industry devoted to its extraction. The unique Salar de Uyuni is breathtakingly beautiful. In the middle of the salar, you find Incahuasi Island, also known as Isla del Pescado thanks to its fish-like profile. Covered by millennial cacti and composed of coral, it is a stunning reminder that the salt flats used to be part of a gigantic lake.

Stop at the salt-processing village of Colchani to you learn about this vital activity. After a delightful lunch in the world’s largest salt lake, make your way to Incahuasi Island and hike to the top of this rocky outcrop full of giant cacti to glimpse the 360-degree views of the salt flats. Later, you can relax, or take advantage of the unique perspectives that the salt flats provide to shoot some amazing photos. Watch sunset over the flats; certainly one of the planet’s most remarkable sights. Arrive at your accommodation in a small village on the rim of the salt flats in the evening.

Day 6
Uyuni, Bolivia
Ojo De Perdiz Tayka Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Leaving the salt flats behind today, you head for the enigmatic Red Lagoon. On the way, drive past extensive barren deserts such as Chiguana Desert. You can walk around at Ollagüe Volcano; stop at the Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota and Honda lagoons to view flamingos. Travel to Ojo de Perdiz, as remote a setting as you can imagine in the middle of the desert Siloli, which forms part of the extensive Atacama Desert considered the driest in the world. Here you find Arbol de Piedra, the stone tree, and other geological formations. In the late afternoon, reach the Red Lagoon, Laguna Colorada, a shallow salt lake in the southwest of the altiplano of Bolivia and close to the border with Chile.

Day 7
Uyuni, Bolivia
Ojo De Perdiz Tayka Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, visit Laguna Colorada where you will find three species of flamingos – the James's flamingo, also known as the puna flamingo, a species of flamingo that populates the high altitudes of Andean plateaus of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, as well as smaller numbers of both Andean and Chilean flamingos. Explore the geysers, Sol de Mañana, and Laguna Verde. The Licancabur Volcano stands guard over the shimmering emerald-green Laguna Verde, which changes color with the movement of the sun.

Day 8
Tilcara, Argentina
Las Marias Hotel Breakfast

This morning, you are driven to La Quiaca at the border with Argentina. On the road, you will visit Tupiza, a town in southern Bolivia set amid rugged desert landscapes and red rock formations in the Tupiza River Valley. Trails lead up Cerro Corazón de Jesús and Cerro La Cruz for hilltop views of the town. Tupiza has many markets, including the huge Mercado Negro. On an interesting side note: America’s infamous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were said to have been killed near San Vicente to the northwest.

Upon your arrival to La Quiaca, you will be met by your Argentinean guide and driver before continuing to Tilcara. Drive by the Humahuaca Canyon with its multicolored landscape, stunning scenery and peaceful villages. It has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The region has always served as an economic, social and cultural crossroads, and has been populated for 10,000 years, since the settlement of the first hunter-gatherers. It was a caravan road for the Inca Empire in the 15th century, then an important link between the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata and the Viceroyalty of Peru, as well as a stage for many battles of the Argentine War of Independence. The main settlement is the town of Humahuaca. Its center has cobblestone streets, adobe houses and a quaint plaza and some interesting sights include the Iglesia de la Candelaria facing the plaza, the Cabildo famous for its clock tower. Humahuaca also plays host to well-preserved indigenous ruins.

Continue south and pass by small villages as Uquia, where the church Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula displays a restored collection of paintings from the Cuzco school. This afternoon, you reach Tilcara, which features endearing red streets, fascinating museums with artifacts from all over the Andean world and a superb natural setting in the highlands.

Day 9
Tilcara, Argentina
Las Marias Hotel Breakfast

Spend a day exploring Tilcara and the area. On the east bank of the Rio Grande, the town is connected by a bridge to National Route 9. The area features dramatic mountainous landscapes and rich aboriginal traditions. Within walking distance from the town of Tilarca is the Pucará, a restored pre-Columbian fort, with its location offering spectacular views of the valley. The Museo Arqueologico, which houses a diverse collection of artefacts from the region, provides insight into native cultural beliefs.

Day 10
Salta, Argentina
House of Jasmines Breakfast

Depart Tilcara and drive south to Purmamarca, which is an excellent base to explore the amazing Cerro de Los Siete Colores mountain, locally referred to as the ‘artist’s palette’ due to the veritable rainbow of colors. Cerro de Los Siete Colores is best seen from a lookout point on the edge of the village. It also provides a stunning backdrop to the town when you are wandering the streets or picking up bargains in the local market.

After visiting Purmamarca, continue west to Salinas Grandes (Great Salt Falts), passing by la Cuesta de Lipan (Lipan Slope), the highest point in your journey – 13,681 feet. The flats have sustained the indigenous communities for generations. They do sustainable salt mining as well as llama herding and limited agriculture.

The Puna highland region at about 11,000 ft, and is one of the driest, most arid places on earth. Among the multi-colored hills and cutting valleys, herds of vicuña and families of llama are watched over by local herdsmen, who still live a traditional life following ancient customs and sensibilities. The Puna is an expanse of enormous volcanic plains, salt flats, mineral lakes and the occasional oasis, inhabited by an array of birdlife including numerous flocks of native species.

Travel on to San Antonio de los Cobres, (12,500 ft), a little mining town that is fairly representative of hundreds of towns across the mountains of the Andean Puna. Here, you get a look at the famous La Polvorilla Viaduct, an engineering triumph, built between 1930 and 1932. The viaduct is 733-foot long steel beam with a maximum height of 207 feet above the ground, and weighing some 1,590 tons. At an altitude of 13,779 feet, it is one of the highest located viaducts in the world. You drive through Toro Canyon, which runs parallel to the tracks of the Train to the Clouds. Stop at the Tastil ruins, the largest pre-Inca Columbian ruins in Northwest Argentina. Arrive Salta in the late afternoon.

Day 11
Salta, Argentina
House of Jasmines Breakfast

This morning, you will enjoy a half day visit of the city, one of the oldest cities founded by the Spanish in Argentina. It still bears a distinct Hispanic character that sets it apart from other cities in the country with its colonial houses, narrow streets and the brownish green of the surrounding hills. You will visit the Cabildo (Town Hall), the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral, all around the main square, 9 de Julio, as well as San Francisco’s church and San Bernardo´s church and convent. Then, you continue to the crafts market in an old mansion transformed into a museum and gift exhibition center. It offers an excellent chance to observe authentic samples of the native crafts work.

The last stop will be a visit to MAAM Musem.(High Altitude Archaeology Museum). The museum is absorbing and exhibits the findings of an archaeological expedition in 1999, which most notably unearthed the perfectly preserved bodies of three Incan children, sacrificed around 500 years ago on the summit of the Llullaillaco Volcano. The findings remain one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the Incan era, and one of the highest altitude finds of its type anywhere in the world.

Day 12
Cachi, Argentina
La Merced Del Alto Breakfast

This morning, you head south, away from Salta city past rolling tobacco fields at the city’s edge before turning west, along gravel roads, through the parched Quebrada de Escoipe (Escoipe Canyon). The landscape morphs into the verdantly green Cuesta del Obispo (Obispo Pass) and the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley). Here, the road gently ascends, eventually climbing to almost 12,000 ft, twisting and turning through the valleys along the way. At 11,874 ft, you pass the Los Cardones National Park, characterized by both the sprawling giant cacti plantations and a myriad of stone trails, constructed by colonizing Incan forces in the 15th century and still visible to this day. The small village of Cachi, 7,544 ft, is one of the areas main attractions. Though tiny, it is a good place to explore a bit. Cachi’s restored colonial church is a national historical monument.

Day 13
Cafayate, Argentina
Grace Cafayate Breakfast

Today you travel the main artery dissecting the heart of the Calchaqui Valleys, which encompasses a number of valleys and rivers. The road snakes through the mesmerizing Quebrada de las Flechas rock formations and on to Cafayate, arriving late in the afternoon. This is the largest city in the Calchaqui Valley, and a small, tranquil hideaway for wine lovers. Thriving in some of the world’s highest vineyards, (5,740 ft), these well established grape varieties include Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and, of course, Torrontes. Indeed, Torrontes is the only wine grape variety produced solely in Argentina. The grapes produce fresh, smooth and aromatic wines local to this region. You enjoy opportunities to visit wineries and sample their unique blends.

Day 14
Salta, Argentina
None Breakfast

Today you return to Salta, passing the lunar-like Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas rock formations. These impossibly red, silver and orange cliffs are as majestic as they are inspiring. Arrive at the Salta airport in time for your onward flight.

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Explore La Paz, both ancient and modern, from the Church of San Francisco, circa 1549, one of the finest examples of colonial religious architecture in South America, to the Indian Market and the Witch Market. Discover Lake Titicaca beyond the tourism spots to take in the villages along the shore such as Copacabana, once an outpost of Inca occupation, and Isla del Sol, with its Temple Pilkokaina Holy Steps. Engage with the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats with vast, flat expanses of glistening white salt. Investigate the city of Salta, one of the oldest cities in Argentina founded in 1582 by the Spanish, who intended the settlement to be an outpost between Lima, Peru and Buenos Aires. Travel the amazing landscapes of the Calchaqui Valleys to Cafayate, an unexpected treasure for wine lovers with some of the world’s highest vineyards that produce Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and, of course, Torrontes, the only wine grape variety produced solely in Argentina.

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By: Jsquared


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2013

In Chengdu our guide, Amanda, went above and beyond her responsibilities and made our stay there the highlight of the tour. We did not go through the locks on the Three Gorges Dam. Apparently the locks were shut down because of wind. However, when we reached the locks there was not even a breath of wind. We will be obliged if you could confirm the reason for the locks being closed,and in future pick a cruise ship that goes through the locks in daylight.
Travel Advisor:  Jodi Fox
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highly recommend

By: Sandy Z


Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2013

We used them for our most recent trip. The arrangements they made were very good. We had a few problems with flight time changes, but each time I emailed them and they were able to confirm the changes and reassure me that we would be picked up at the appropriate time at the other end. THey made good choices for hotels, and the cruise boat down the Amazon was fabulous!!
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
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Hardworking and experienced tour group

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Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

We've used Big Five Tours twice. The first experience had one or two bumps in the outcome but they corrected what could be done at the time and were attentive. We had doubts about their competency and experience but spent time going over the issues with them after the trip. After detailed discussions, we found them to be truly interested and they took our comments seriously. We decided to give them a 2nd chance with another large trip and they did a fabulous job!
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Cooper
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Very Accommodating

By: TGC and MJC


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

Our trip to the the Galapagos Islands and Machi Picchu was fine tuned to our personal needs and time restrictions. The local tour companies in Ecuador (Klein Tours) and Peru (Fiesta Tours) were outstanding. Their staff and guides could not have been better. It was a trip of a lifetime.

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By: jpriest


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Patty Calvert

Professional and timely

By: pelisons3


Reviewed on: 12 May 2015

Big Five provided a professional and individualized travel experience for us. Our guides were timely and informative and really seemed to want us to have a hassle free vacation while enjoying the beauty and culture of their country.
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Ditto previous comments

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2015

See my other review that contains the same information -- altogether excellent!
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By: Been There


Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2016

Had a thoroughly enjoyable 17 day excursion to Bangkok, Amphawa, Chiang Mai, Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Inle Lake areas. Travel connections were made without complication. Transportation (buses, vans) were comfortable, drivers and assistants were up to the task, Guides were knowledgeable, helpful, flexible, personable and communicated effectively. Accommodations for the most part were in keeping with what we expected. The restaurant in the Baan Amphawa Resort accommodation should not have served us supper as their kitchen was closing. The breakfast meals were good and set one up for the day. The accommodation in the Inle Lake accommodation (Inle Princess Hotel) has very weak internet connection for those needing to receive email. A travel companion had her US dollar cash reserve eliminated as the internet failed and she could not pay by credit card. Their water system pulses and surges giving uneven pressure when washing/showering. Had restful sleep in all hotels.
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Comprehensive trip planners

By: Pamela


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2016

This was our second trip with Big Five. We also travelled with them in Peru, where we had one guide for 10 days who was one of the most remarkable people we've ever met. This trip included safari, Victoria Falls, and a few days in Cape Town. Our trip had many logistical elements (we are a family of 5) and it went off pretty much without a hitch. We had multiple guides and drivers, all competent and timely, some more expert or personable than others. The safari camps chosen exceeded our needs and expectations. We would do the trip again in a heartbeat.
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Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2016

Our vacation to Tanzania, Africa was fantastic. Big Five Tours did not disappoint. We did not know what to expect and they did a great job in every way. The tented camps were more than anyone could have imagined. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
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By: Monica B


Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2016

Working with Ashish and Big Five Tours was a great experience. Every aspect our our tour was outstanding and we would not have changed anything with our itinerary. Ashish took the time to get to know what we wanted and expected and was bang on with everything on our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Sue Pechtel
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Great Tour Company!

By: Holly


Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2017

Everyone was on time and where they said they would be in our itinerary. We had amazing guides and drivers who took such great care of us. I would highly recommend Big Five to my friends and family!
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan
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By: Jimbo


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

Very good. Almost everything went off as planned. When there was a problem, a call took care of it. The guide was great: pleasant, knowledgeable and punctual. I would definitely recommend Big Five Tours.
Travel Advisor:  Steve Kuriga
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Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

This is our second time using Big Five. We were faced with an emergency situation of coming up with a 10 day itinerary for Uruguay with 2 weeks notice. They came through with a great program at a price point we were comfortable with. The planning and fine tuning was done quickly and efficiently. A great company for a good travel experience.
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A boundary pushing vacation

By: Jann DH


Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

Having never been to Central America, it was important for our family to work with an experienced operator with trusted connections. Our amazing travel advisor Sheila Gallant-Halloran recommended Big Five, and together, we experienced our best vacation ever. Our accommodations were fantastic. While living in the jungle without electricity, waking up to the sound of howler monkeys and rappelling down 100ft waterfalls definitely pushed our personal comfort zones, it was always done within the parameters of safety, fun and new experiences (in addition to push comfort!). Having Gisele and Asheesh thoroughly explain the uniqueness of our vacation choices only added to the excitement upon arriving. The finely-detailed itinerary made for no surprises. Logistically, it was great to have people waiting for to take us to our next destination. Their local contacts Jose and Jannie checked in with us throughout our vacation, making sure all was well. Top marks for another great family vacation.
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By: Jimbo


Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

Most of our experience with Big Five was good. A couple of times drivers were not there but they recovered quickly. Guide was great. Trip through the canal went very well. Hi light of the trip.
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Peru 2017

By: Mark B


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Another great trip with Big Five - every detail attended to, wonderful guides and destinantions.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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South America

By: Jay


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2017

We could not fault the Big Five. We travelled to amazing places in Peru and Ecuador over 3 1/2 weeks and were looked after very well all the way. we had good accommodation, excellant guides and very good drivers with comfortable cars which all made for a good holiday.
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Extremely professional and knowledgeable

By: ConstantlyCurious


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2017

While I still get a bit confused about the role of Big Five vs. the local agencies in Peru (not to mention my personal agent), our overall trip was extremely well managed. The guides were all incredibly knowledgeable, to the point where they could have been professors! Everything was extremely efficient. We always felt like someone was watching out for us - which was important to us in a country where we don't speak the language. And most importantly, we were able to experience some truly amazing things. Thanks for a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Tisha Neufville

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By: Neal


Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2017

Excellent.....most impressive was the Tour Guides we experienced throughout the five different Camps we visited. The Camps were well managed and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Toni Lanfrank
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Great tour provider

By: Neets


Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2017

Big Five made sure our experience was exceptional. Our first experience in Africa was made memorable by Big Five. We were met at the bush plane by Michael our guide and from the minute we left the airstrip we felt safe and secure in his presence. Over the next several days he demonstrated his knowledge of the wildlife and their habits and made our experience a true adventure. He is more than a guide, he is an ambassador for Tanzania and a dedicated conservator of the wildlife resource. We saw and photographed so many different animals and had so much fun with Michael as he has a very developed sense of humour. The rest of our tour with Big Five was to the Ngorongoro Conservation area and was also memorable. Words cannot truly express the experiences provided us by Big Five you have to go there yourself. Big Five live up to their name and reputation and are the professionals they say they are.
Travel Advisor:  Geordie McDonald
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A Little Bit of Heaven

By: bus driver


Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

We couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were looked after right off from the start. During the whole trip we felt safe. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating,friendly caring people. The bus driver and myself highly recommend the Big Five to all who want a trip of a lifetime. try them you will never go to another.
Travel Advisor:  Bill Beckett
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Asia

By: Liz


Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Very good. Have used Big Five on three different occasions and they provide an excellent service and itinerary leading to a very satisfying experience.
Travel Advisor:  Natasha Rhodes
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South America

By: big blue


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

Wonderful experience with Big Five. The guides were uniformly excellent, both knowledgeable and very friendly. I would recommend them to anyone thinking of going to South America.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins
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Patagonia

By: OMM


Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

The guides provided by the tour operator were amicable, yet professional. They were there for us all of the time from arrival to departure. Alvin was the best in Santiago. Joaquin was the best en El Cajon del Maipo. Remota Hotel provided great facilities with great guides. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones
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Thank you Big Five

By: Frequent Travelers


Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

Big Five was awesome! They kept our family busy in Costa Rica with hiking, fishing, zip lining, horseback riding and more. Big Five seemed to have the insight on where to go with the time we had. The tour services booked were wonderful with very kind and knowledgable guides. The accommodations chosen were top notch and our family would love to return one day with Big Five as our event coordinator once again! Thanks Big Five
Travel Advisor:  Jeannie Sauleau
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By: ELL


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

We enjoyed the things we saw and places we visited. They did an excellent job preparing a trip that suited the needs and desires of our group.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble

Excellent Tour Operator

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2018

Big Five Tours is a great agency to work with in providing on the ground travel experiences. As part of our cruise, we did a pre-cruise to Hong Kong and India and post cruise to Egypt. Via our travel advisor, Clare Isquist, Big Five made it happen. The hotels and guides and the itinerary in country were excellent. No complaints. Their in country representatives were always available to assist if needed and were a great help with plane reservations and airport formalities. Without Big Five we do not think our trip would have been the experience of a lifetime that it was.
Travel Advisor:  Clare Isquith
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Great tour guides and drivers

By: Trendy Traveler


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

We used Big Five for our trip to Peru the end of May 2018. Each of the drivers and guides were so accommodating and knowledgable. Freddie and Erika, our guides in the Urubamba Sacred Valley really bent over backwards for us. Freddie even came all the way back to the train station to deliver my husband's reading glasses that he had left in the car. We had so much fun with them that we got a group picture with them at the end to put in our photo book. I would use Big Five again, but my only complaint is that we had a small issue come up and when we tried to use the "White Glove Service", they did not respond to us. The problem resolved itself, but if it had been a big deal, this would have been very upsetting because we were paying for the service. Otherwise, all was taken care of and we had a great time.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant
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Very good... in line with expectations

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2018

we didn't really have much contact with them... they seemed to help on the itinerary... had a problem with a bag in Arusha and their ground operator Tandela helped with that
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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Wow!

By: Happy Hamster


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

I was nervous about going on a photo safari, but we were in very good hands with Big Five. We were met at each stop along the way by courteous and professional representatives even when our flight was 5 hours late on arrival. Our lodging at Kings Camp was the absolute lap of luxury and the guides, trackers and hotel staff were wonderful. We were also pleased with other arrangements at Victoria Falls and Chobe. We saw all of the 'big five' and so much more - birds of every color, animals small and large. I would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Smith
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Flawless

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

We have done two trips to South/Central America planned by Big Five. Both have been filled with activities and multiple destinations. Big Five provides a detailed itinerary which is flawlessly executed. Representatives are on hand and on time when promised. Reservations are in place and we are welcomed upon arrival. Transportation from jeeps, to rafts, to small planes are in place and on time. Everything comes together perfectly. I'm confident there is a lot of behind the scenes calling and confirming going on during the trip but we just experience the wonder of the locations with no logistical responsibilities or problems. Oh, and the trips themselves have been amazing, activity-filled vacations delivering what we requested and more than we expected!
Travel Advisor:  Mary Jean Thompson
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Great trip

By: sai


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

This was our first time traveling with Big Five. They were very responsive from the planning stage to during the trip. Could not have been better!
Travel Advisor:  Jane Rosenkrantz
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Africa

By: Sunny


Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2018

Very good-all experiences were favorable-tour guides were good and on time and very pleasent
Travel Advisor:  Pam Anderson
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Big Five gets a high five

By: Dee


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Very impressive travel documents to prepare us for our South Africa adventure. Greatly appreciated the hotel upgrade to the Royal Livingstone. I’m sure they can’t guarantee upgrades but it was a very nice surprise.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble