Client Reviews

Beth &  Phil travelled to Chile,  Argentina & Antarctica on-board the Greg Mortimer

Good afternoon Rachel,

Sorry not to communicate earlier but I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful trip and have let others know of your excellent service and backup in South America.

Highlights of the trip were: Southbound in Chile who went over and above expectations.

The Atacama Desert for accommodation package, tour guides and scenery. The standout was watching the sunrise over the Andes and geysers followed by breakfast watching the view. The only disappointment with this visit was that there was no star gazing due to cloud cover January to February.

Santiago was definitely worth a visit.

Antarctica cruise was great once we got there. Thank you for providing us with a plan B which greatly reduced stress levels.

For me the highlight was a zodiac cruise down the Lemaire Channel which had not been done by the expedition team due to it normally being iced over.

Aurora took great care of us in accommodations, meals, expert talks, friendly and helpful staff leading to a great experience. Maybe let people know that if taking a fly then sail option the trip could be cancelled.

In Argentina Moreno Glacier remains as stunning as it was 25 years ago but with a lot more tourists.

The tour around Bariloche highlighted the variety of scenery, wild life and of course chocolate.

The tourist bus/ferry adventure was wonderful but long.  Most people did it in 1 day arriving at the hotel about 10pm. I am glad we spent a night at Puella, it was very picturesque with the trip worthwhile.

Overall accommodations were great and conveniently located.

Aurora told us that due to our delay in commencing our trip that they were to issue us a credit for 4 days, as yet we have not heard from them. Do you have any information on this?

Thanks again for arranging an excellent adventure


King Penguins, South Georgia by Yvette Jaczina
Deb travelled to the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica on-board the Sea Spirit 28 Feb 2023

Hola Cinzia,

A massive thank you to SATC and yourself for recommending Poseidon and the MV Sea Spirit for my holiday to Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands.

The hospitality crew onboard were exceptional, always prepared to accommodate requests and very friendly. The Expedition team were amazing and worked well as a cohesive team despite not working with each other previously. They were an exuberant and knowledgeable team who were always prepared to assist and provide information. The lectures we had during the sailing days were very informative and provided a greater understanding of the environment and wildlife. The team and expedition leader went above and beyond to ensure that we achieved as many landings as possible within the weather boundaries.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to associate with the bridge crew and the Captain was never seen (unsure if he was even onboard or whether the Auto Pilot did all the work). We were able to participate in a bridge tour towards the end of the trip however, there were only two people insitu.

I will definitely be travelling with Poseidon and the MV Sea Spirit again once I have saved my pennies and can afford to go to the Arctic. The small number of guests and outstanding crew are definite pluses when choosing an expedition line.

Thank you for all your efforts in making this a life changing holiday.



Bruce and Dianne South Georgia
Bruce and Dianne (travelled to the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica on-board the Hondius)

The trip was perfect in every way. The ship (Hondius) was great and crew included a large range of specialists not to mention a chef who produced 5 star meals every day. Included in the specialists were two photographers who ran workshops from the basic to the advanced. I was impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the crew. 10 out of 10.

Sarah and Andrew Kings (travelled through Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, Brazil)

In short the trip was fantastic. Your arrangements worked perfectly and each location exceed our expectations. Sarah and i are very grateful to you for putting together such a great trip. The arrangements and the travel instructions were impeccable. At each destination the guides where professional, polite, organised; it was so reassuring to relax into the trip as we became confident of your flawless preparation.

Kirstin Cook (travelled through Argentina, Chile & Antarctica)

As a group of three girls we were a bit uncertain about how to go about organising our trip to Antarctica. After being connected with Antarctica Travel Centre / South America Travel Centre through a travel blog we attended an information night where Alex really whet our appetite. Alex and Hayley answered all our requests and we finally had our itinerary. The team are passionate about the destinations the recommend and having travelled there, have first hand knowledge.
We travelled to Patagonia, Chile staying at the Cascada EcoCamp in Torres del Paine, which was amazing. We then flew from Punta Arenas to The Falklands to board our expedition boat, the Akademik Ioffe for the most amazing experience. We saw the incredible sights from 500,000 King penguins on Salisbury Plain to Humpback and Minke whales in Fournier Bay. Hayley recommended we take up the option of kayaking as only few people aboard the boat get the opportunity. Not being experienced we were a little nervous but did a day course before we went, to be a little more familiar with techniques. It wasn’t easy but it was a huge highlight to kayak through icebergs, seals and penguins.
After our wonderful boat trip we travelled to Buenos Aires on our way home. We had a wonderful guide, Monica who showed us the cultural and culinary delights of Argentina in the best city tour I’ve done. The organisation and scheduling of our trip was wonderful. We were reliably met at airports and transported to hotels and other destinations. Fellow travellers were very impressed with our very colourful compendiums which contained so much useful information. Since returning I have completed my photobooks which suitably impress everyone I show. Thank you for always being so helpful on the phone and sharing your enthusiasm for such an amazing destination. I have now visited the 7 continents!

Carol Hofman Client Testimonial
Carol Hofman (travelled through Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, Brazil)

Antarctica was more than I could have ever expected. The weather was great (though some would say the crossings of the Drake were not), the wildlife was in abundance, seals, penguins, birds and whales. As I tell my friends and family, words do not do it justice when describing Antarctica, in fact they can’t. The air smells wonderful (downwind of elephant seals and penguin guano) without pollution, as does looking around without pollution, what seems 5km away is actually 50km.  The colours and the scenery is just amazing. Who would have thought ice could be colourful!  I have made some lifelong friends on this cruise, and was lucky to share it with them.


Each pickup/drop off was on time. My guides were very friendly, had great English, and were passionate about what they did. All hotels were faultless. Thank you for putting this trip together for me, it was the best trip that I have been on, and I have done some out there trips. From the hotels, to the destinations, the ground arrangements, everything went off without a hitch. I truly appreciate what you did to make this trip amazing.

Matt King, Victoria (travelled through Argentina, Chile & Antarctica)

Thank you for all you did to organise the trip – it went off flawlessly. All the flights and connections and transfers and hotel bookings all worked as scheduled – amazing really for such a complex itinerary. All the local guides were good – no complaints there. The highlights for me were Antarctica, Patagonia, Atacama and Iguazu in that order. The most outstanding properties were Awasi, Hub Porteno and the Sea Spirit (also in that order). The Posada Verde Oliva in Mendoza and Helsingfors in Patagonia was also very good. In terms of travel experience the wonders of Antarctica speak for themselves. In Argentinian Patagonia the Blue lagoon hike/horse ride at Helsingfors provided the most intimate and stark views of Patagonia.

Kaye Schirrman & Stephen Gray (travelled through Chile & Antarctica)

Here we are back in Sydney and our trip has been and gone before I’ve managed to thank you for the fabulous travel itinerary and pack you sent with our details prior to departure. So a belated thank you. We had a fantastic time and no problems at all. Valparaiso was really interesting and a fabulous place to start so thanks for that recommendation. Found a couple of gems in Santiago as well. Both Tierra hotels were stunning and really well run and delivered a great product. And finally Antarctica…well, words can’t quite describe how stunningly beautiful it is. We had the weather god looking after us and had incredibly calm, sunny weather. They joked about the Drake “lake” as opposed to the Drake Passage and according to the cruise operator they said we had a week of ‘brochure’ days. Lucky us.

David and Sam Scott (Patagonia)

We were provided a complete and personalised package tailored to our budget, interests and fitness level. Our detailed itinerary package covered all and everything we needed. We would highly recommend this service to all.

Cascade Ecocamp was the highlight of our trip. Our own snug eco dome with a fire-place.  Every night we with met with other world travellers (including Australians) to hear about the easy, moderate and extreme activity choices on offer for the following day. The staff were like family and took great effort in ensuring our comfort and guidance. Sensational food including fresh seafood.  Chose glacier trip, wild horse spotting, mountain biking and bush walking.

Donna Abell (Peru)

Back home safe and sound after an amazing holiday. Cannot say enough about South America Travel Centre – and will definitely recommend to anyone travelling to this continent. The guides were delightful, and drivers were very careful and drove to conditions. All accommodation suited our needs – especially loved Arequipa, Colca Lodge, Ollentaytambo and Inkaterra Amazonica!!!
The care of your staff was above and beyond when situations arose due to not feeling so good. The day we left Colca Canyon Sue was unwell but Beatriz was amazing and after 24 hours all was ok. John requested medical attention on return to Cuzco and within 20 minutes a Dr appeared and then short time after a nurse appeared with medication – just fantastic.
A big thank you to you for all your organisation and for playing a big part in making this holiday such a memorable one for all us.

Nick Burne and Family (Peru & Ecuador)

We thought we’d drop you a line after returning from our “highlights” tour to South America. Thank you! We found our itinerary absolutely perfect. By that I mean not only were our superb boutique hotels great, the guides in each city friendly, courteous, well-spoken and knowledgeable but the time in each city or location and the balance between site seeing “work” and leisure time “play” was also perfect.

The most difficult question by friends on our return has been “what was the highlight”. An impossible question when considering the merits of, inter alia, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, Christ the Redeemer, Inti Raymi Festival, Lake Titicaca.

The purpose of our trip to South America, in truth, was to see as much as we could of the continent with a view to probably not returning as we explored other opportunities. I have to now say that the chance of us revisiting South America is extremely high.

Tony & Jan Burn (Galapagos Cruise and Peru)

We have now been back from our wonderful holiday to South America for about 2 1/2 weeks, and I wanted to thank you very, very much for arranging such a fantastic trip for us. Everything went so smoothly, from the airport pickups, to the guides and drivers, to the wonderful accommodation – everything! We kept waiting for some little blip to occur, but it didn’t!
You provided us with such a varied itinerary, we kept busy the whole time, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. We both particularly enjoyed the Galapagos cruise, and also Machu Picchu. We all four climbed Huayna Picchu on our second day back at the site, and it was well worth the effort. Our guides and drivers were fantastic; we particularly enjoyed Silvia our guide and driver Marquito for the 5 days Andes experience in Ecuador.
Once again, thank you so much for using your talents to give us such a memorable holiday. We will certainly be recommending you to our friends.
With best wishes,
Tony & Jan Burn