I'm kind of blown away reading some of these reviews as they are SO different from my experience. We left April 24, 2011 with Antonio as our leader and Santiago as our other guide with a "guide in training" Ivan. First of all, the quality of the Paddling South equipment way exceeded my expectations. I brought my own sleeping bag, pad and snorkelling equipment but I should have just used theirs. Their tents and wet suits were also good quality. The kayaks were well suited to the conditions. I was worried about paddles as mine at home is so excellent, but they were just fine. A couple of people were concerned because they didn't have shorter paddles with narrower shafts for smaller people, so they rented paddles in town. The guides were wonderful. I felt their decision making was very judicious - making sure that our safety and well being was foremost. The meals were wonderful - we ate fabulous, healthy food and it was always extremely plentiful. The guides were always up and about very early so that coffee was ready, hot and plentiful as soon as we got up. They fished and clammed to supplement the food we had brought with delicious just caught seafood.
The weather turned during the trip trapping us on a beach and altering our plans. The guides put our safety first and made excellent decisions to insure that we all arrived in La Paz safe and sound and with a great adventure behind us.
The only thing that makes this trip 4 stars instead of five is that I don't think I would take this same route at this same time of year - I think there are other Paddling South routes which are more scenic and earlier in the season would insure more sea life (ie. whales).
But I would and will definitely go with Paddling South again!!!!
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