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Please have a look at a little of the feedback we have received from clients over the years...

Here at Antarctica we firmly believe in the feedback of our clients, be it good or bad, as it really is the key to us moving forwards and improving our service and the overall experience. With the price of hotels and flights only on the increase we feel it is important to know where we have gotten things right and where wrong. In the below, please see what our clients are saying about us and judge for yourself. (please note that ALL of the reviews we feature are 100% real and unedited. If you would like to speak to any of our past clients please let us know).

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So what can we say? 

Your input and suggestions were extremely helpful. Argentina is such a large country with so much to see, and you helped us select good destinations and helped us decide how much time to spend at each. 

It was nice to have everything planned and mapped out in advance, and it all came together and worked.  It was nice to also have someone there on the ground in Argentina to deal with changes made necessary by flight disruptions. 

You listened to what what we wanted (smaller, local hotels/bed and breakfasts) and arranged a trip consistent with our style of travel and interest. 

We had a GREAT time in Argentina.

Ron and Linda

Hello Nick,

Hosteria El Pilar was wonderful!!  We enjoyed it so much.  The people, the food and the hiking were excellent.


Hi Nick,

So sorry for the delay in my response, but I have been completely snowed at work since my return from Argentina and so haven’t had the chance to call or put pen to paper.  Although already a distant memory, I had an amazing time and no complaints (apart from the weather, which was a little wet and at times very wet!)

I was lucky enough to get upgraded to business class on the outward journey which was a treat.  Also turned out to be a blessing as I got severely delayed on arrival at the domestic terminal in BA, due to bad weather with many flights delayed or cancelled, so was grateful that I’d had some rest.  

The Loi Suites hotel in Iguazu was fantastic – a really quiet and beautiful setting that is still new and fairly unspoilt with good-sized rooms.  Only downside was the number of small kids running around which made it not so quiet, particularly by the pool. (Jo travelled in the main holiday season for the hotel - Ed's note!) The local company who took care of the airport transfers were very professional.

Lares de Chacras was probably my favourite hotel of the trip, although looking back I think I stayed one day too long in Mendoza – should have had an extra day in Buenos Aires (actually think you may have advised this when I booked, so my fault for ignoring your advice!)  The staff at Lares were very welcoming and couldn’t do enough for me.  When I ate in the restaurant, they were very happy to prepare anything for me, even if it wasn’t on the menu, and you are really made to feel part of the family there.  I was definitely glad that I’d stayed in Chacras de Coria rather than Mendoza itself.

The Nuss Hotel in BA was in a perfect location with some great bars, restaurants and shops very close by.  Thanks for the welcome bottle of wine, much appreciated!
Thanks again for all your assistance. 


Nick French will show you the heart of Argentina. I thought I had seen everything after five trips, UNTIL I met Nick.


Nick (and the South America Specialists) provides outstanding service – utterly professional, deeply knowledgeable, well connected locally and highly responsive to our requests and emergency needs. We have just booked our second South American trip through him.

Herb and Janine

Myself and my husband booked our tailor made honeymoon through the South America Specialists for October this year. We had an idea of the countries we wanted to travel to but had not fully decided upon our itinerary. Nick was such a help for us in planning out our trip, nothing was too much trouble. We decided upon a 15 night stay to include Argentina and Brazil.

The trip started in Buenos Aires for 3 nights. Upon arriving in BA we were met by a representative at the airport and transferred directly to our hotel. This was fantastic as it took away any stress that arriving in a new continent may have-particularly after having a pretty exhausting few days with our wedding celebrations!.

Our hotel in BA 'The Mine Hotel' was really nice and located in a great area called Palermo-full of bars, restaurants etc. We subsequently flew south to Patagonia to a town called El Calafate. We absolutely loved our stay here. Nick had organised a trip for us to the Porito Moreno Glacier called the 'Big Ice'. This was a 5 hour ice trek on the Glacier which was unforgettable. We booked a 2nd excursion with the transfer company that had collected us at the airport called Estancia Cristina. This was also definitely worth doing. Really stunning scenery.

From El Calafate, our next stop was Bariloche, in the lake district, a 3 hour flight further north. However, due to an erupting volcano in Chile we were diverted to another airport 4 hours north called Esquel. Nick was a great help to us in filling us in on any flight changes.

Our next stop was the Iguazu Falls. Nick had pre-arranged our excursions to both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls. As our flights had changed, we arrived pretty late the night before our planned full day excursion to the Argentinian side of falls. The local representative was great in re-arranging our itinerary for the following day.

Our final stop was Rio de Janerio which was a fantastic city. Definitely well worth visiting. As usual Nick had booked us into a reasonably priced great hotel just off the Ipanema beach.

We had a fantastic honeymoon. Couldn't recommend the South America Specialists highly enough. As we didn't know of anyone else that had booked through this company we were a little apprehensive about the trip, but it really was unforgettable. Nick was so helpful and showed great local knowledge in booking all of our accommodation and organising our trips.

Brian and Carolyn

Nick organized for us a three week trip, travelling Argentina, Chile and making a short trip to Brazil. The organization in general was perfect, but I would like to mention especially his flexibility and reactivity to our special requests for quality, even in areas far off the beaten track. His recommendations were to the point and I would not have any doubt to use him again in the near future.


We stayed 3 nights in Bariloche but your suggestion that we visit Angostura really was inspired and the hotel you recommended was absolutely fantastic , luckily the weather was good and really ended our holiday on a high note. Without your advice we would not even considered going there and would of missed the spectacular scenery and not met some great people so many thanks for your invaluable advice on making our holiday complete. If you wish to give my name I really have no objection , I really appreciate the value of the advice you gave us.


What can I say apart from a huge thank you!!! All brilliant and you have definitely earnt a few pints when we meet!!! We really appreciate all your help and am now getting more excited, well the missus is. It now seems a shame we have to mould everything round a wedding!!! Oh well we will just have to go again.