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Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

Chicago
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Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

I too cannot find where to post reviews of travel companies so this seemed the best spot.

We recently returned from two weeks in Equador with all travel (not flights) arranged by Adventure Life. We spent one week in Quito and the Highlands and then one week on board the Voyager in the Galapagos. Kudos to Adventure LIfe. I started planning this trip a little late and sent inquiries to about 7 different tour companies. Kassandra (and then Laura when Kassandra went on vacation) were incredibly helpful in helping me think through what we really wanted to do for the two weeks (me, my wife and 18 year old son). It turned out to be the perfect blend of city touring, outdoor activity (hiking on Cotopaxi, zip-lining and horse-back riding) and then touring the islands on the small boat (room for 16 but only 14 of us on board). The guides they use in Quito and the Highlands were fantastic, especially Andres who spent three days with us in the National Park. He was incredibly knowledgable of the history, geography, geology, culture etc. etc. and a delight to spend time with. Our hotel in Quito (Casa Aliso) was delightful. Felt like we were in someone's house as there were only 10 rooms. And the Hacienda Santa Ana near the park was amazing. Just 6 rooms with no phone, internet, etc. Just blissful peace and fantastic food. And it was always just the three of us on the tours!

Transfers to the airport went smoothly (flights were arranged by Adventure Life's partner company) and we spent 7 days on board the Voyager. Not the greatest boat in the fleet I am willing to bet, but very comfortable but with only average food. The guide on board (over which AV has no control as they are assigned by the government) was great. My two issues with this leg of the trip are: 1) we did not have a 7 day cruise but actually a 4-day and a 3-day as we stopped in Baltra port for 5 hours as we dropped off one set of passengers and waited for the next. Pretty much a wasted day. and 2) the other group traveling for the first half were Chilean so the guide had to work bi-lingually. Not a huge issue but it was clear we missed out on much of the narrative. We had assumed it would be an all English trip. For- knowledge would have been appreciated. (And shame on us for being mono-lingual.)

I woud most certainly use Adventure LIfe again to plan a trip. A great group who followed up with a 1-1 phone call to get feed back. Much preferable to filling out some survey.

Monte-Carlo, null...
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1. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

Thanks for a great review. Yeah, it would be great if there was a site on the internet that had reviews of adventure travel companies wouldn't it?

London
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2. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

Thanks for your review, I have had the same problem, no where to read about these overland companys

It seems you had a better company than I used

Just a shame TA doesnt have a proper way of or forum just for overland companys, but as they cover a multitude of countries and rarely use hotels, its hard to put them in a catorgory

Great review

Florida - Alaska...
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3. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

Unfortunately TripAdvisor does not have an area for reviews of tour companies offering multi-day programs. Only for companies with daytrips.

There is a Help Make TA Better forum where you can post your request for a tour operator review area where multi-day tour companies can be reviewed. If enough folks make a request perhaps the powers that be will add it.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g1-i12104-Help_us_…

Washington DC...
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4. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

I recently went on a remarkable trip to Antarctica with Adventure Life and couldn't be happier. The trip was a fly cruise to Antarctica with a lot of moving pieces, all of which were handled expertly by Adventure Life.

I arrived to Punta Arenas Chile to find my transfer waiting for me and she even helped me check in to the hotel. I wasn't a big fan of the hotel used, the Hotel Rey Don Felipe, but I understand there aren't many choices and it was up to the cruise company not Adventure Life to choose the hotel.

The trip itself was a once in a lifetime experience and was too amazing to describe in just a few sentences. Everything was as described though and it really was a wonderful adventure.

The logistics in getting home went smoothly as well and from start to finish the trip was glitch free.

I strongly recommend using Adventure Life for any special trip.

Port Washington...
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5. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

Adventure Life is , has been and will be my choice for a travel agent anytime we travel to Latin

America , wish they offered service to Croatia , as that will be our next trip

Vail, Colorado
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6. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

Our latest trip with Adventure Life to Patagonia was our fourth with them. Needless to say, we wouldn't have used their services four times if they were not pure professionals. Their attention to detail is what brings us back time after time,

Edited: 10:14 am, March 12, 2013
London
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197 posts
22 reviews
7. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

I sent them a request to make a forum just for overland companies, all very nice and polite they were, they said it would be under consideration, I think they are missing out a lot, over a million people use overland companies each year

There is no where on the internet to read or research any of these companies

a very big shame, TA should have completely seperate forum for overlanders, even the Lying Planet doesnt have a forum for overlanders

Champaign IL
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8. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

" I sent them a request to make a forum just for overland companies, all very nice and polite they were, they said it would be under consideration,

There is no where on the internet to read or research any of these companies"

Sure there is .... here. Just search for them. I've found plenty of advice here on both the companies I have been on and ones I am considering.

Horsham, Australia
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23 reviews
9. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

The team at Adventure Life were just so professional and friendly right from my first contact with them.I live in Australia and as you probably know, A L are based in Missoula, Montana, USA. This distance apart made zero difference to the standard and time factor of the service with me at all times.

And the trip on the L'Austral to Antarctica was just perfect in every way. Thank you Adventure Life!!

New York, NY
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10. Re: Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

I recently finished traveling on various tours with Adventure Life in Patagonia for a month and was very satisfied with their offering. From a company support standpoint - I thought they did a great job supporting my needs from afar! I was ill at one point in the trip and they were offering to help and get me medicine and care via their providers in S. America. They also checked in with me a number of times during the trip to see how things were going.

Since my trip was formed from multiple tours it was a lot of logistics to organize with their partners in Chile and Argentina and I was really skeptical that it would be smooth since I've had simliar trips that haven't gone so well when it came to partners working together. However the Adventure Life team and partners pleasantly surprised me - everything went pretty smoothly. Only once did I have an issue with the transportation pickup - which is pretty good when you are traveling for 30 days!

The tours I did were great and were accurately depicted on their website. Some guides were better than others - but overall I was very satisfied. Especially with the Eco Camp experience in Chile - a super way to experience Torres Del Paine! I was traveling solo so I really enjoyed being a part of the Adventure Life group of travelers for hiking. They were all really adventurous and we all got along very well.