James L.VENICE, FL, United States
Jaime gave us a lot of interesting native information. We learned a lot about plants, food, and the cultures of the area. We had a wonderful lunch in a very unusual restaurant. He explained the areas we saw with a lot of local color and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
John CarterUnited Kingdom
Driving up the valley was a wonderful experience. The scenery was fantastic. We saw yet another side of Chile. We stopped for a walk about in a small town, which was very interesting. We looked past the facades of the buildings into a different world. Jamie was a great guide, solving a potential killer problem in an instance. He knew all about his town and the surrounding countryside. We had a great time and got on well. Try the cactus ice cream, it was fantastic. A 5* experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow John, what a great day we had yesterday. Both of you were so kind and gentle, I definitely enjoyed showing you my city, I hope you come back someday to see the stars. Enjoy the rest of your travel and thank you very much for the rating!!
Nancy G.United States
Jaime was everything you would want in a guide. As our first tour on our 18-day cruise, he set the bar very high for those that followed. Friendly, very knowledgeable, easy to understand, made good suggestions, was sensitive to the needs and desires of all in our group of 12; actually delivered and provided more than we expected. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Nancy, I'm speachless. I really try to do my best whenever I show my city, and comments like this are super encouraging to me, thanks for recognizing the effort, you and your friends were really nice and fun, regards!!
Jolayne TurnerUnited States
We had a really fun day with Jaime and his driver Marcelo. We really had far too much fun with the both of them. Jaime is a free spirit and Marcelo is extremely personable and played the best music. We did a pisco tasting and tour that we really liked and we shopped in Vicuña and had lunch at a cool place called Guayacan that had nice beers and the best fries. The eclipse traffic posed a bit of a problem getting out of La Serena but it was handled expertly by Marcelo. Great job to you both!
Joan StoneUnited States
Jaime provided a top notch, small group shore excursion from Coquimbo Chile to the beautiful Elqui Valley, with visits to the Puclaro Dam, a pisco distillery and the historic town of Vicuña where Jaime bought everyone ice cream at a local heladería. We all enjoyed a delicious "valley lunch," included in the tour price, at a family run restaurant that specializes in "solar cooking." Jaime also gave us a drive by of the seashore area in La Serena. We had time on our return to visit tourist stands.
Sharon PhillisMerewether, NSW, Australia
Jaime and his driver Marcelo gave us a great day out in the Elqui Valley and La Serena. Jaime was there to meet us at the agreed time. The van was comfortable although a little squishy for 8 people but manageable. Our lunch stop was amazing and such a unique experience. Jaime was full of knowledge and interesting stories. Jaime was very professional, polite, knowledgeable, easy to talk to and spoke good English. I would 100 percent recommend Jaime and his tours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sharon, what a lovely day we had. I'm so happy that you saw the beautiful Elqui Valley with your own eyes and enjoyed the magnificent views, icecream and sun-cooked food. Thanks for the great rate & recommendation! regards!
Nancy BrownUnited States
We were so fortunate to enjoy an all day private tour of the Elqui Valley, including a Pisco distillery and a country luncheon created from solar ovens with the knowledgeable, friendly, and wonderful English speaking guide, Jaime Castillo, and his 5-Star driver, Marcello. We could not have planned the day any better for our stop in Coquimbo and Le Serena, Chile while traveling on the cruise ship, Crystal Symphony. Jaime went the extra mile to offer a very fun and informative day for the six of us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nancy, what a great way to end this season, you and your crew were terrific, you completely deserved going that extra mile :) . Kind regards from the Chilenito de La Serenita, mis amiguitos gringuitos.
Alan AndersonUnited States
Great tour very informative, great sense of humor. Would recommend to anyone
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Alan!! It was a great tour (thanks also for stating the stars rate limit, I'll ask the IT buddys), it was a pleasure and thanks for the recommendation!
Karen G.United States
Jaime was enthusiastic and gave us a very complete and enjoyable tour. It is always good to have a guide who is so enthusiastic about his country. We learned so much! I would recommend him highly.
Nicky RichmanUnited Kingdom
What an amazing tour and a fabulous guide. The elqui valley tour is a great insight to arica and the solar restaurant a great experience with lovely food. Jamie is one of the best guides we have used. Knowledgable , enthusiasm , kind and nothing is too much trouble and took amazing photos We where a party of 8 and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely Would give Jamie the best recommendation ever and say his tour is well worth doing Thanks Jamie and your driver
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: aawww Nicky, you and your crew were also one of the best group of people that I have ever showed my city, what a lovely day that was, thank ypou very much for the kind comments and rating!
William CohnToluca Lake, CA, United States
Jaime is an excellent guide. He knows the history and local culture very well. He took us to an excellent Pisco distillery & other interesting places. He is very good. You will not be disappointed !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Willy! I had such a great time with you guys, your'e welcome!!
What an absolute pleasure it was touring the beautiful Elqui Valley with Jaime. He was very knowledgable on the area and had some great stories and was very enthusiastic and passionate. We were travelling with out 22 and 24 year old sons and they thought he was so cool, he customised the tour to suit their likes too...........a tour to the Pisco distillery and micro brewery for a refreshing taste of the beers. He also took us to a Solar Kitchen for the yummiest lunch. Thanks Jaime, we loved it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ari for your review, I enjoy this as much as you and your beautiful family did! kind regards!
Dean PeytonUnited States
We were a party of four arriving by Oceania cruise ship. Jamie promptly met us at the port entrance and we headed out for our tour in his confrontable vehicle and a driver. We toured Coquimbo and then on to Elqui Valley including beer tasting with lunch, touring a Pisco winery also including tasting, visited the Puclaro Dam and returning to our ship. Jamie was knowledgeable, helpful, and very enjoyable to be around. We would highly recommend Jamie.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dean! That was such a wonderful day, thank's for the recommendation!
Rosemary M.IVINS, UTAH, United States
Jaime is a very good tour guide. He is enthusiastic & very knowledgeable about the area where he lives. We really enjoyed our day with him & I highly recommend him to future travelers!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Rosemary, I had a blast with you and the guys, I appreciate the recommendation!!