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By: Inti Travel
Not the greatest tour.
The places we visited were nice and I'm glad I got to go to Tiwanaku and Puma Punku, but I wasnt really happy with the tour itself.
I changed hotels and even though I informed them, they didn't pass the information on to the driver so I waited an extra 40 minutes before the bus got me.
I got the feeling the guide was rushing the tour and giving a lot more information and going much deeper into the history of the place to the group in Spanish than she was when speaking in English.
Absolutely appauling display of professionalism.. I was held up in copacabana to not fault of my own or the tour company. But when they showed up and tried to tell me I was booked for that day and confirmed that day when I had already been told it was okay to do.the next day I rang them. I was abused and then again.abused some more. I.was.told I was a.putrid.human and then.when.i threatened legal action against the company who first told me.id pay in full I was offered a refund with more abuse. I complained to trip advisor and got no response at all. Book in person don't use either trip advisor nor this company
Tiwanku - Was supposed to be an Interesting Place to Visit
Tiwanaku has so much history and interesting stories about the culture and the place. I really wish we had a better guide who was interested in telling us about the place. It was a shame really.
We were picked up by the guide in our hotel in downtown La Paz. He didn’t introduce himself. He just asked us for our names and told us to follow him to the van. When we got to the van, we saw that the van was old, kind of dirty, and it was full. My husband and I had to seat separately as there were no two seats together and the guide did not even bother to ask other passengers to allow us to sit together.
Throughout the trip, I had problems understanding the guide. He would speak 2 sentences in Spánish, then a sentence in English, then go back to Spanish again. It got tiring following him, so I stopped paying attention. This was very unfortunate because I was interested in learning more about Tiwanaku as I have heard so much about it. However, as much as I tried to listen, it was difficult trying to listen to someone who spoke too softy in half Spanish and English and rather in a monotonous voice.
During lunchtime, we ate at a local restaurant. The food was fine and the place was clean. The driver and the guide (along with other guides) were sitting in a separate table and drinking beer. I am not sure if this is an accepted practice in Bolivia, but I thought this was rather unprofessional to be drinking while working - especially the driver.
Perhaps, it was my lack of understanding of SpanGlish from the guide, but before our van arrived to our final destination in San Francisco Plaza, our guide left us in the middle of nowhere. We were left in the van with the bus driver who did not speak any English. Again, maybe I have set my expectations too high, but I would think (and expect) it is the guide’s responsibility to accompany us to our final destination.
Final thought: I felt a bit ripped off by this tour. It was not the money, but the time spent. I felt we wasted 6 hours of precious time listening to someone who obviously was not interested in his job. My advice: spend a bit more money and hire a private car and guide. Make sure that the guide is someone who likes his job and is interested in telling you the story and history about Tiwanaku.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
I booked this tour via Tripadvisor as it received some good ratings and the guide was in English according to the description. I was picked up with a large coach (30 pax) with 18 spanish speaking folks and 2 English speaking. Besides the really large group, it also meant that the biggest part, about 85-90% of the explanations of the guide were in Spanish. It really felt like a rip-off, I could have gone to Tiwanaku with a private driver and would have been cheaper off. The other English speaking person spent 35% less and received the same ‘all-inclusive’ offering. I also did my research online, and saw that not all the tour operators are as good as others, as usual. I went deliberately not with Maya Tours since they received many negative comments. At the end of our tour, I received an envelope (with tips for the guide) and a booklet to write down my positive feedback, that said largely: Maya Tours. Please make sure not to book via them if you are looking for an informative tour around these great sites.
I contacted Inti Travel about a night transfer from Uyuni to Potosi. Although I did not end up using their service for unrelated reasons, they were extremely prompt about responding to me with options and prices, and continued to respond promptly to all my questions. They were definitely the best deal for this transfer, and one of the few Travel Agencies in Uyuni that we found that offered the service. I would definitely use them in the future.
Culture & Bikes
It was a great trip with the bike down the Death road,thank you Octavio for this amazing trip
Thanks!! Lovely trip!
Inti Travel, 10xu! for this fabulous tour!
Our guide Leo was really informative he spoke in English &Spanish everybody were excited... Leo show us puna punku
Wtf! A lot of history...
I really enjoyed this tour.
Food: delicious :)
This company was very disorganized. They didn't pick me up, and I had to call them multiple times. The reason why they didn't pick me up was unclear. Finally, the came to pick me up around 11am, the guide didn't even provide me breakfast and snacks. The Inti company was very unreliable. There are many local tour companies that are cheaper in La Paz. It is unnecessary to book the tours in advance. Please do not use any tours provided by Inti travel.
Bad guide, poor coordination, do not do.
1. Tour guide was brusque at pick-up, did not introduce himself
2. Guide did not speak well in english, and his translation style (one sentence spanish, one sentence english) was not good for easy comprehension
3. There was a 1.5 hr delay in the trip due to driver getting the van booted, not communicating to us, and then leaving without explaining why (and leaving his cellphone in the car)
4. Tour operator was not receptive to feedback, left us hanging
Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
Second day and without fear.
The tour is really cool.
It was our second day, we felt the altitude sickness as soon as we got to the hotel.
The guide did not do a lot of stops for people to recover from the disease. She was the first to reach the summit. Four tourists gave up early on the trail.
The beauty of Chacaltaya Mountain and what can be seen from up there is incredible. It's well worth it.
No stop for lunch.
The Valley of the Moon is a nice tour, as well.
London, United Kingdom
Problems with a bike and lots of hassle to get t-shirts and photos
Having done the La Paz city tour with Inti Travel and having being impressed with them (Steph was a great guide), I decided to book the Death Road tour with then too. However, it was much less impressive. Despite telling us the guides were bilingual, two of the three only spoke in Spanish during the tour - meaning those of us with some Spanish had to translate for those who had none. The groups was very large - 19 in total. My bike was ok (though definitely not as new as some of the other companies offered) but a wheel came off my friend's bike during the tour. Thankfully she wasn't badly hurt, but it could have been a lot worse had it happened on another part of the road. Despite promising t-shirts and to send round photos and videos of the tour promptly, the t-shirts only arrived three days later (and only then after a lot of hassling them) ... and completely the wrong sizes. Four days after the tour, I'm still waiting for the photos and videos. If you're planning the Death Road, I'd look to book with another agency.
the biggest mirror in the world
It was one of the best tours we took, we did the tour of Chacaltaya and Moon Valley, and then they helped us with the tickets to Uyuni and there we did the tour, excellent, quite exciting and we ended up in San Pedro de Atacama with the help of the company
Exciting death road
we started the tour very early ... we were picked up from the hotel and we enjoyed the descent ... pure adrenaline in the zip line ... I highly recommend this tour ... excellent service
We had a tour to Uyuni for 3 days in shared service, it was the best ... highly recommended ... thanks inti travel
A lot of wasted time
The actual biking section was good，but the whole tour didn’t need to take 14 hours
We were picked up about 40min late and didn’t depart the city until an hr later than scheduled
After biking to the bottom, we waited at a stop for almost 2hrs just for the guide to wash the bikes
Then at the hotel where we had our buffet, we were given 2hrs of free time, but there weren’t much to do at the hotel.
Overall we felt a lot of time was wasted and we could’ve ended the tour and back to our hotel at 5 but instead we got back at almost 10pm