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“3-day private Salar de Uyuni tour”
Review of Ruta Verde Tours

Ruta Verde Tours
Ranked #2 of 13 Tours in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

We did a classic 3-day tour of the Salar and lagoons with Ruta Verde. First of all, the booking and further communication via email was the best we've seen in Bolivia and Peru -- very fast and answers to the point. They have a bank account in Europe which was convenient for us to pay the balance. We were picked up from the airport by our driver/guide Wilson with a very comfortable 4WD vehicle, and did a beautiful tour of the Salar. Wilson was very communicative and interested, we enjoyed this a lot. Unfortunately our driver was changed the next day because of an "emergency", the exact nature of which remained unclear; this was done professionally with no time loss for us. The new guy was again a very good driver, but less social and less skilled as a guide, so we had a bit less fun but still enjoyed all the landscape and the lagoons. All in all we can recommend Ruta Verde for this trip, although the experience may vary with the driver a bit. By the way, we used the Amaszonas flight from La Paz to Uyuni -- don't hesitate to book it instead of the bus, which is a horribly bumpy ride. Planes are modern Bombardier small jet airplanes, the airline seemed professional and reliable. The only thing that happened was that they changed our flight to one leaving two hours earlier as they had too few people flying on the later flight (so check your email the day before).

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We recently booked three separate trips with Gijs at Ruta Verde. One of these was the 2 day/ 1 night trip Puno - La Paz by bus and catamaran overnighting at Sun Island with Transturin. From start to finish this service was faultless. We were picked up from our hotel on time and enjoyed an informative and interesting transfer overland by bus to Copacabana with great assistance at the peru / bolivia border crossing. On arriving in copacabana we were advised we were the only two people booked for the cruise however rather than cancelling to transturin's very great credit they allocated us a private guide and ran the cruise for us anyway including us having private enjoyment of a huge catamaran with full staff. The itinerary was not altered in any way to the extent we still enjoyed a post-dinner show from a local band and dance troop. The whole thing was an amazing experience and quite surreal. Food was really delicious and our trekking on sun island was supported by a crew member who dutifully accompanied us across the island carrying an oxygen tank in case we got into difficulty. Our guide (Jimena), was fantastic, friendly and very knowledgeable. Our cabin was very comfortable and the onwards transfer to La Paz was efficent. In summary we thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would highly recommend it to others. Transturin were extremely professional and the booking process with ruta verde was easy and efficient thanks to the professionalism and responsiveness of Gijs and his wife.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We wanted to have some structure and flexibility for our 11 days in Bolivia. Our research found repeated recommendations for Ruta Verde of Santa Cruz. We told them what we wanted to see and they came up with a plan including airport pickups, flights, hotels, guides, and drivers. The guides were very good, the hotels excellent, and drivers safe. We would recommend Ruta Verde without reservation.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

WE looked at several agencies and or individual tour packages for the salar de uyuni. I decided to use Ruta Verde for several reasons: the good reviews and the prompt response from Gijs who answered my questions very thoroughly. I grew up in Bolivia and I am aware of all the things that can go wrong on a tour or a trip. My husband and I are older now and I wanted to make sure we were in capable hands. Our guide and driver, Nefi,
was the best. He was a very good driver, safe, intelligent and had a lot of knowledge about the salar. The trip was great, could not have been better. Gijs was super efficient and helpful. I would truly recommend this agency to anyone and will use them again in the future. Great Job Gijs and company. Maria Schwieter

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Ruta Verde was a great choice for our 3 day trip from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile to Uyuni in March 2013 - as others have said Gijs was very quick to respond to emails and even helped us book our flight back to La Paz when we had trouble. Our driver and guide (Hernan) were excellent - punctual, safe, and attended to all of our needs. They shared their love for this place with us and it was very special. An amazing place to visit and loved the Luna Salada hotel. We were happy with our choice and recommend them highly!

5  Thank kspanjol
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