It is difficult to rate the Safari a las nubes because on Aug. 7, they were late. We got up early to wait for 35 minutes at the meeting point (to fill the ID form and wait for late pax, whereas if you are late, the truck should go without waiting) and we stopped 10min after our actual departure to buy snacks : we did not even got out of the city center. Instead of climbing the truck and just GO for that long day !
Result ? We arrived too late in Purmamarca to really see the 7 colors hill and the guide did not even walked us to the lookout, we were like 10 people looking for it and when we eventually found it, it was too late to take pictures. What kind of guided tour is it ?
When we were at La Polvorilla, we didn't climb its stairs whereas your promotional pictures at some point showed that it was in the tour. False, because we wouldn't have had enough time.
To be fair, the guide walked us to the Santa Rosa de Tastil ruins, the breakfast was nice, the lunch was a three course one (but the restaurant is too far, there is a shorter way, so we lost another hour instead of just eating sandwiches in the truck to see Purmamarca before darkness has fallen), the afternoon snacks were very friendly, but I'm sorry to say that we come to Argentina mainly to see your landscapes so it doesn't help the schedule failure.
The truck is fast (too fast, because you loose too much time) and comfortable, although when at the very rear of it you cannot really exit your seat because of the stuff stored in the middle of the aisle, and I am not talking about luggages from people that stop in Purmamarca. Yeah, no stowage is intended to them, which means the truck is loaded with large non attached luggages, the worst in an evacuation scenario of the vehicle.
Plus, for large parts of the trip, the guide was not in the pax cabin but with the driver. I don't remember we had a safety briefing either. So, there are safety requirements that, in my opinion, are not fulfilled at all.
I'm sure it can be a great tour when everything is running well, on time and with a firmer guide, but when it is not the case, it turns into an endless road with countless useless stops.
2 pax were late coming back from the Salt Flats and everyone blamed them for our late arrival in Purmamarca, but completely forgot that we were already running 40 minutes out of schedule in the first place...
I know, after talking to them, that I'll probably be the only one to complain about that day because we always want to be proud of what we've done but you have to understand that it is an expensive tour for Argentina and the company has to perform better than the average tour, which cost much less than half ot this one and is on time, most of the time.
It is not a horrible tour obviously, you see a lot of things, but the salt flats in winter don't look like the pictures we usually see (it is more grey/brown than white, and it is not a lake).
On the profile pic, a truck on the salt flat with nothing around ?Just plain false^^
Well, now you know what to expect from it.
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