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We created our company here in California to share our native land with other adventurous souls. We specialize in small group tours to Patagonia: 6 to 12 guests. Some of the areas we visit are Peninsula Valdes, the Lake District, Los Glaciares National Park, Mt. Fitz Roy, Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine in Chile. In addition to Patagonia, we also visit other areas of Argentina such as Buenos Aires.

Our travelers are those interested in exploring remote lands, enjoying wildlife and amazing landscapes, and those who are eager to learn about and understand other cultures and people. Our knowledge and experience in the area helps us organize our tours with an attention to detail. We lead some of our small group tours personally, and our bilingual naturalist guides, who live and work in the region, guide and assist our guests with great care.

If you desire to join one of our tours, or would like information about creating your own itinerary, please contact us and let the adventure begin!
Questions and Answers
We offer well planned itineraries for independent travelers as well as scheduled group tours to different areas of Patagonia, and other regions of Argentina, Chile, Peru and Antarctica.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

"M08063" has been operating for more than 13 years in California. However, both Marcelo and Elsa lived and worked in tourism in Patagonia before that.

2. What is your company's mission?

We organize tours for people interested in exploring remote lands, enjoy wildlife, learn and understand other cultures and people.

3. What does your company specialize in?

We specialize in small group tours, independent and custom trips to PATAGONIA (where we were born). In Patagonia our tours include Peninsula Valdes, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Central Patagonia, Torres del Paine in Chile and Tierra del Fuego. We also offer cruises to Antarctica, and trips to other areas of Argentina (Iguazú Falls and the Northwest), Chile and Perú.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Marcelo Martinez was born in Rio Gallegos, minutes away from the Strait of Magellan. He worked as a naturalist guide in the area of Peninsula Valdes and Punta Tombo, and worked and lived in a lighthouse hotel in Punta Delgada, Patagonia before coming to live in California. He has been leading adventure tours to Argentina, Chile and Peru for more than 20 years. Elsa Prado was also born in Patagonia and has a degree in tourism from Del Comahue University, Neuquen, Patagonia. She worked as a travel agent for incoming travelers in the area of Peninsula Valdes before coming to California and has been organizing tours to Argentina, Chile and Peru with “M08063” since 1998.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

The most popular packages are "Discovering Patagonia" that is an 11 days tour that covers some of the most important regions in Argentine Patagonia and also "Great Patagonia" that is a 15 day tour and includes Argentine and Chilean Patagonia.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

A great compliment is when my travelers say that I "listened" to them and the trip was what they wanted.

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M08063
Picture Name Highlight Activity Price Destination

Exploring Patagonia Exploring Patagonia

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We invite you to join us for an unforgettable expedition of Patagonia: Argentina and Chile.

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Tour Package
Ecotourism
USD 4181 Argentina
Chile

Discovering Patagonia Discovering Patagonia

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This tour is specially designed for those that want to enjoy Patagonia independently, but with the assistance of our local expert guides. You may set your own dates or join our other travelers.

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Tour Package
Ecotourism
USD 2502 Argentina

Great Patagonia Great Patagonia

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We'd like to invite you to discover the wonders of our Great Patagonia!

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Tour Package
Ecotourism
Wildlife Viewing
USD 4179 Argentina
Chile

Iguazu and Machu Picchu Iguazu and Machu Picchu

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Come to Buenos Aires and explore Iguazu Falls, Cusco and the Machu Picchu.

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Tour Package
Ecotourism
Archeology/History
USD 3982 Argentina
Peru

Terrific Patagonia Terrific Patagonia

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Enjoy Buenos Aires and experience the most incredible areas for trekking: El Chalten/Fitz Roy, Argentina, and Torres del Paine, Chile. Visit Perito Moreno Glacier and Tierra del Fuego.

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Tour Package
Hiking & Trekking
Wildlife Viewing
USD 3869 Argentina
Chile
Reviews and Comments
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 1  Yaron Rozenbaum "Great experience" 2005-03-06
We had one of the best family experiences traveling to Patagonia!

First we traveled to Puerto Madryn, we loved the beach, the Hotel Peninsula
Valdes ... view more with the great view overlooking the
ocean, and in the evenings after the excursions we enjoyed the good food
specially from the "El Aguila" restaurant, and strolled
through the streets checking the local arts and crafts.

Our guide, Paula, was the best! always on time, always trying to help
and accommodating to the situation considering that
we were traveling with kids and that could change any plans that you
previously had. If you have kids, you know what I mean ;)
The driver had a very sharp sight, and being familiar with the
environment as he was, let him spot animals even when
they were far away: guanacos, rabbits, owls, choiques (the patagonian
?andu) and was stopping the car for us to see them.

In Peninsula Valdes we had a marvelous experience. Considering we came
at the end of the season, we saw a whale and her baby swimming next to the
boat.
We were very impressed and amazed by the size and the closeness of the
animals as well as by the beauty of the scenery.
In Punta Tombo it was the high season for reproduction for the penguins, and
there were thousands at the protected area.

In Calafate we stayed at the Estancia Alice were we rode horses. We had a
great tour that started with a coffee, tea and an exquisite variety of cakes
and sweets.
Later a walk through the Estancia, shearing of a sheep, and they closed the
tour with
a fantastic dinner while a couple performed folk dances closing the show
with the popular tango dance.

The Glaciers was amazing! Part of the family did the minitrekking on the
Glacier and the rest a boat trip that gets close
to the wall of ice. Words are not enough to describe such beauty.

We couldn't be happier with the trip and everything was well organized
by Patagonia Travel Adventures, Two thumbs UP!


 2  Karen Spenley Verified User Review 2005-01-02
Great holiday, fabulous locations, just a couple of minor glitches as per below. Otherwise fabulous country and great vacation. Great to have everything ... view more organised and working so you don't have to think you can enjoy your holiday.

Buenos Aires: Excellent guide. Marcello was very easy to get on with and
educated us on Argentina and BA. On the 2nd day however, we left at 6am and
breakfast didn't start until 7am. We bought food the day before, but I
noticed breakfast was included in our itinerary.

Puerto Madryn:
Not sure a VW Golf was the right car to get around in. It had rained the
night before and our guide was unsure whether we would be able to make it
on the roads on Peninsula Valdes.
We also ran into bad weather with the whale watching and our guide (Paula)
wasn't prepared to make a decision in case it was the wrong one and we were
disappointed. We can understand her position, but really our guide was in
the best position to make a decision (since she is there all the time and
could get hold of advice from the boat organisers).

El Calafate:
Estancia Alice was great. Our favourite place.
For the glacier trip we had to pay entrance to the park. I thought we had
already included all park entrances in the tour?

Torres del Paine:
Tour with Eduardo on the first day was long, but it did mean that we had 2
full days to hike and were not worried about seeing the rest of the park.
They need to work on better maps though as we ended up walking an extra 2
miles one day as we couldn't find the trail to Los Cuernos.
It was also very comforting knowing we were going back to Estancia Alice -
like going home!!

Ushuaia:
Our transfer didn't show up at the airport. He thought we were on a later
flight. This was not a problem as we just got a taxi to the hotel where we
called him. Marcelo was very apologetic and we agreed to meet later in the
afternoon. Which we thought would be the end of the matter. He kindly
called back 10 minutes later offering to buy us lunch in the hotel. We had
planned somewhere to go already, but it was very kind of him to offer and
so we ended up eating in the hotel.
Our meeting with him to plan our spare day was a little difficult as his
English wasn't quite up to the conversation. He also didn't seem to have
many suggestions. Always just asking what we wanted to do. Luckily he had
asked another guide, Sabrina to come along (she was our guide for the park
tour) and she was much more able to advise us and assisted us in renting a
car for the day. In the end we went to Estancia Harberton. We had asked
Marcelo to book us a $70pp room but when we paid the bill the owner wanted
$80pp.

Buenos Aires:
Again everything ran like clockwork and we managed to take in another
Parilla and Tango show before flying home.

Great holiday!

 3  Leonard Glickman Verified User Review 2005-01-02
They (Patagonia Travel) get a ten for great service.

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