Posted April 28th, 2018, 10:26 PM
As seniors, my wife and I are taking the Star Princess departing LA on Dec 4, 2018 and disemabrking in Buneos Aires on Jan 3. With at least 15 stops and an average ship excursion at $125, that means the two of us could spend $3750 on excursions. So I am looking for helppful recommendations for private tour companies for our stops and a description of what one sees.
Cabo San Luca, Mexico
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Callao (Lima) Peru - 2 days
Coquimbo (La Serena) Chile
San Antonio (Santiago) Chile
Port Montt, Chile
Punta Arenas, Chile
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Puertoa Madryn, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Also, we would be interested in attending a premier football (soocer) match in Buenos Aires Jan 2 or 3
We (DH, me, Sister, brother-in-law) did this cruise (well, LA to Rio) at the same time of the year in 2016/2017 on the Crown Princess and had many of the same stops. Almost all of our tours where private. Just look them up on the internet for descriptions of their tour offerings. Make sure you check for 'cruise ship tours'.
Puntarenas - Odyssey Tours. A very enjoyable full day tour.
Callao (Lima), Peru - we did a two day tour with Haku Tours. Absolutely fantastic and the owner (who was our tour guide) took great pride - and rightfully so - in their support for the poorer sections of the city.
Cocquimbo - We all took Princess tours to the Elqui Valley. DH and I did the Pisco Distillery and my sister and DH did the telescopes. I think their tour was much more interesting. The restaurant we all ate at for lunch was excellent with wonderful Chilean empanadas as a first course.
Punta Arenas -Solo Expedicioines. This was Christmas Day. We had a fast boat ride to Isla Magdalena to see the Magellanic penquins and lots of babies. We were scheduled to sail around Isla Marta to see the sea lions but the seas became too rough.
Ushuaia -Patagonia Adventure Explorer. We had a mid-afternoon Beagle Channel Boat Ride reserved but the winds and seas picked up and they had to cancel at the last minute. They immediately returned our fares and asked if anyone was interested in a van tour and hikes in the National Park for a cheaper fare. We really enjoyed it and the guide was excellent.
Port Stanley - Patrick Watts to Volunteer Point. We reserved 13 months in advance - he fills up. An excellent experience.
Montevideo -Urugais Tours. They weren't planning on doing tours on New Years Day morning but our roll call had enough people interested to fill one small bus and one standard size but. We were the only vehicles on the road at 9 am. Our guide was very good.
Buenos Aires - Buenos Walking Tour. Excellent American expat (Jessica) as a guide.