Steve Rewick, February 2010

Hi Scott,
I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you and your crew for the wonderful stay I had in Santiago. I was really thankful to see my driver waiting for me when my flight from Balmaceda was 10 hours late. The hotel was happy to let me check in early and check out late. The city tour just what I wanted and the guide was fantastic. Again, thanks for your help. I will be sure to pass your name on to others who are heading down your way.
Sincerely,

Steve Rewick

 
Suzie and Carl, November 2008
Dear Scott,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our stay in Chile spectacular!!! Everything you arranged, from Ruben driving us around Santiago, to visiting impressive schools, to reserving hotel/condo accommodations, to making/changing plane reservations, to the most spectacular dinner in Santiago (a highlight of our trip... what was the name of that magical restaurant?) was beyond our highest expectations. Because we found the perfect school (Colegio Internacional SEK Pacífico) and an ideal neighborhood (within minutes to the south of the school), it seems like our destiny to begin living in Concón beginning in January 2010. We are head over heels in love with Chile, thanks to you two! By the way, we posted a rave review of Marbella, so we hope you'll see results from that soon. I can already tell you that our family/friends would like to rent it for the week of Christmas - New Year's 2010. If you have any advice for us as we use this coming year to prepare for our adventure abroad, please let me know. Otherwise, we'll be in touch soon. We wish you all the best.
Abrazos,
Suzie and Carl
 
David Montz, February 2008
Scott,
We are back in the US. We were extremely pleased with our Chilean adventure arranged by your company. It went off without a hitch. The guide driver, van and hotels were all top rate. We feel we got a great value by using your company!
I am writing an article for ITN about our pleasure using your services. Unfortunately I misplaced our guide and drivers name. Can you email them to me? I would be more than happy to serve as a reference for you. A great big THANK YOU!
David Montz
 
Harvey Rosenblum, November 2007
Scott, thank you for your prompt attention to sending me a copy of the hotel and related transportation expenses for the business part of our stay in Chile.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to you and everybody associated with your company for the outstanding service they provided on all aspects of our stay in your beautiful country. Chema was a superb guide who combined knowledge and perspective on the places we visited, showed extreme courtesy, professionalism, and was fun to be with. The same can be said of Eduardo.
Everyone associated with you and your company attended to every necessary detail. I wish that every time I visited a new country I could just type into Google; find the equivalent of Chilean Special Journeys. Thanks again and best regards.
Harvey Rosenblum
Executive Vice President and Director of Research Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
 
Memo + Tammy Trevino, November 2007
Hello Julio, Hello Scott,
Julio, we miss you already. You were the best guide in the history of guides. We will always treasure the memories of our trip to the Andes with you. THANK YOU so much. Hope all is well with you both,
Sincerely,
Tammy
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Jim Downs (GungaJim), November 2007
From Lonelyplanet.com, Thorn Tree travel tips, posted by professional traveler and photographer, Jim Downs (GungaJim) , November 11, 2007
"Scott Jones at Chilean Special Journeys is super for planning extended trips in Chile."
 
Larry Leventhal, February 2007, the 7th most travelled person on the planet, www.mosttraveledpeople.com
Dear Scott:
I am writing this letter to thank you for arranging my wonderful trip to Chile. Everything was well planned and worked out very nicely. The hotel accommodations were excellent and the guides (both Jaime Droguett in northern Chile and Eduardo Brownell in central Chile) were people who were pleasant to be with and very considerate and knowledgeable. I started the trip in Tacna, Peru very close to the Chilean border where I was picked up and transferred to Arica where the actual travel in Chile began. From Arica, I travelled by car through the coastal and desert regions via Iquique, Calama, San Pedro de Atacama, and Antofagasta. Then I flew to Santiago and visited Valparaiso and the Las Lingues hacienda in San Fernando. I made a side trip to Robinson Crusoe Island in the Juan Fernandez archipelago and then came back to Santiago to stay at the Santa Rita vineyards. I flew to Puerto Montt in the Chilean Lake District and drove in a rented car to Puerto Varas, Frutillar, and Puyehuelle on the shore of Lake Llanquihue. I then flew to Punta Arenas in Patagonia and made a side trip with Aerovias DAP to Antarctica. Returning to Punta Arenas, I visited the Torres del Paine national park with a side trip to El Calafate and the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina. At the end, I flew back to Santiago and made a side trip to the Cuyo region of Argentina by flying to Mendoza. I flew back to Santiago before leaving Chile.
The trip was logistically complicated but everything worked out very well and the entire trip was most informative and enjoyable. I saw many fascinating sights in an extremely varied country. I hope to visit Chile again in the future and I will definitely use the services of Chilean Special Journeys because I was satisfied with the trip.
Sincerely yours,
Larry Leventhal
Brooklyn, New York,USA
 
International Travel News, February 5, 2006
Dear ITN,
Based on a recommendation from one of the reporters in your paper a group of us took a chance, and went to Chile with Scott Jones of Chilean Special Journeys.
We arranged our trip for 12 through e mail. We all were getting a little apprehensive as the travel time got closer. Who were this Scott Jones and his organization? Did he really exist? Well, thankfully he and his organization do exist.
What a wonderful trip we had! Everything worked out so smoothly. My husband and I had a particular problem. My husband did not feel well enough to go on to the next leg of the trip from Santiago. Our guide, Eduardo, helped us get my husband admitted into a hospital. Eduardo stayed with us and translated and saw that my husband got proper treatment. He and Scott also helped to set me up in a hotel near the hospital. In addition to that, a wheelchair was needed. That was taken care of with no problem for us. We were then able to re join the group.
Every guide in every location we went to was just wonderful. They were so knowledgeable about the region, their love of country and people just exuded from them.
On Easter Island we had a wonderful fish dinner at the home of our guide who was from one of the leading families on the Island. In Patagonia we had a wonderful grilled lamb and chicken dinner at the home of a sheep rancher and then a tour of the ranch and a demonstration of sheep shearing.
Every one of the guides was just perfect. Every place we visited was exciting.
Scott is to be commended for his choice of guides and also the drivers of the buses were so helpful.
The trip exceeded our wildest expectations.
The other people in the group and I will be talking about this wonderful trip for a long, long time, and will highly recommend Scott Jones and Chilean Special Journeys to everyone. We did indeed see Chile at its special best.
Laura Merit
Burlington, Vermont 05401
 
M.W. Stephenson, the 4th most traveled person on the planet, www.mosttraveledpeople.com
Attention: Mr. Scott Jones
Should any of your prospective clients need an endorsement for you, your company and your employees, you certainly have one from me. I was most impressed with you, a young American having moved to Chile some years ago being so knowledgeable on all sights, facilities and transportation of the most progressive South American country. The adventures you arranged for my third trip to Chile were perfect. Being one of the most travelled persons - so a travel club states - I could find no fault with any arrangements from the desert in the North, Robinson Crusoe Island to the Magellan Straits and all places in between.
I missed seeing you as I departed Chile and do thank you for being a dedicated, follow up & knowledgeable travel agent. Looking forward to the time our travel paths will cross again.
M.W. Stephenson
 
 
Frank Linnehan, Ph.D., Drexel University, April 2009
We at the LeBow College of Business have used Chilean Special Tours exclusively for the trips we have taken to Chile with our undergraduate international business students. Scott and his staff have always been extremely responsive to our needs, very professional and have offered suggestions that have greatly enhanced the experience for the students. The guides they provide are excellent and Scott’s cultural evenings have been the highlights of our trips. We highly recommend the services of Chilean Special Tours.
Frank Linnehan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate & Undergraduate Programs
LeBow College of Business
Drexel University
 
Professor David Aronofsky, University of Montana, 2008
Special kudos to Scott at Chilean Special Journeys for their terrific work in helping put together much of our recent University of Montana course trip itinerary which took us all over central and southern Chile.  Everything they did for us happened exactly as planned.  I have been involved professionally with Chile for well over 30 years and know Chile travel well.   That said, I learned quite a bit collaborating with Chile Special Journeys to make our experience unforgettably great in all respects.
Professor David Aronofsky
 
George P. Tsetsekosm, Dean, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, July 2007
To whom it may concern:
This past March, I had an opportunity to visit Santiago, Chile as a member of a delegation for the Global Interdependence Center. Through the tireless efforts of Mr. Scott Jones, our trip, without question, was a wonderful experience. Not having travelled to Chile, I had many questions and concerns. Scott’s expertise, excellent communication and organizations skills were quite evident and put my mind at ease allowing me to concentrate on the team mission and not worry about travel concerns or details. Scott went above and beyond his role in every way; and, as an experienced traveller, I can easily identify first hand a seasoned professional. In my opinion, Scott Jones is just that and I will continue to use his services and provide recommendations.
Sincerely,
George P. Tsetsekos, Ph.D.
Dean, LeBow College of Business
Drexel University
 
Robert Carr, Global Interdependence Center, April 2007
University of Pennsylvania
www.interdependence.org
Dear Mr. Jones:
I am writing to offer my sincere thanks to you and your company, Chilean Special Journeys, for contributing to the great success of the Global Interdependence Center’s (GIC) recent four-day conference in Santiago, Chile. Given the stature of the 25 international dignitaries in our GIC delegation, including top officials from central banks in the United States and France as well as CEOs from leading telecommunications and financial markets firms, it was critical for us to have a top notch travel agency “on the ground” in Santiago to attend to our needs.
Scott, as well as your experienced drivers and seasoned guides, deserve plaudits for managing the demanding logistics of our fast-paced conference, shuttling us with ease and on time to venues as varied as the Central Bank of Chile, the residence of the US Ambassador in Chile, and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. And when unforeseen circumstances emerged, such as the loss of a delegate’s Blackberry, you tracked it down and retrieved it.  Perhaps that represents the greatest asset of Chilean Special Journeys. In addition to your expertise and your always reassuring competence, you,  and the rest of your staff, really like your work!  Your good spirits and excellent customer service created good will and a pleasant experience for all involved.
I’d also like to acknowledge the breadth of your services. In addition to attending to the travel and lodging accommodations for the delegation in Santiago, you organized an excellent side trip to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Furthermore, some members of the delegation extended their stay in order to take a “once in a lifetime” excursion to Easter Island.  Here again your competence and customer service were top notch.
One way that GIC fulfils its mission is by staging high-level international conferences, particularly on issues related to global markets and free trade.  Given the stability of Chile and the merits of its economic model, GIC may likely visit Chile again in the not too distant future.  And Chilean Special Journeys will be the travel agency we reach out to for our conference needs.
Thanks again for everything,
Robert Carr
Executive Director     
 
Paula Siewert, Northwest Lumber Association, December 2004
www.nlassn.org
Dear Scott:
We did it! Our first international mill tour was a huge success and I could not have done it without you! Needless to say, I was anxious as the dates drew near about how everything would come together. The Chilean culture is different from here in the States but you were very good in preparing me for my appointments during my planning trip. Not knowing much Spanish also added to my apprehension but again the two of you helped me through that as well. All our work paid off; the guests had nothing but good things to say about the tour from the accommodations and food to the industry tours and attractions. Our guests enjoyed the different accommodations. Some were disappointed we didn’t stay in a more “authentic” hotel in Conception, however, most appreciated the familiarity of the Holiday Inn Express. Plus it worked best for the tour logistically. Plaza San Francisco and Hotel del Mar were both fabulous! The staffs were top notch, the rooms exceeded our expectations and their locations were great for sightseeing.
Eduardo made a very good impression upon the guests. His knowledge of Chilean history, economics and politics were extraordinary. Several people remarked how much they enjoyed learning about the culture; it made the trip more meaningful for them. Eduardo’s personality was also a good fit for our group, as he was professional and congenial. Please tell Eduardo that he accomplished his mission: that the people would appreciate and love Chile as he does. They do!
I sincerely hope that I have the pleasure of working with you and your staff again. Your personal service went beyond all expectations and for that I can’t thank you enough. Please feel free to refer potential clients to me. Anyone planning a group tour should take advantage of your services. Warmest regards,
 
Paula Siewert, CAE
Executive Vice President
 
Nancy Bunyan, Submitted to International Travel News, April 2007
For those of you who have been to the usual places for travel, think of other Americans and head to Chile in South America. That narrow country is as long as the mainland U.S. is wide. I recently had two weeks with Chilean Special Journeys which covered central (Santiago area), north (desert) and south (islands).  In each area our small group of five had a guide who specialized in that part of his/her country. We flew to central locations and then had our own van to tour the area.  I found the desert especially fascinating where signs of ancient civilizations exist and a museum containing artefacts unearthed by an inquisitive priest holds clues to them. The seafood was wonderful, fresh, nicely prepared, and the best raw oysters I've ever had. Ferry trips to two islands were a change of pace. We also visited a winery with all the newest equipment and methods of operation and, of course, had a chance to taste some of their products.
There are many condos being built along the ocean in the areas of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, which are obviously very busy vacation areas in summer months.Head south next time instead of east or west.
Nancy Bunyan, Lihue, HI

Graeme & Olga Poke on the Chile In-Depth Tour, April 2006
In April 2006 we had a wonderful 21 day tour through Chile with Chilean Special Journeys (CSJ) (1-888-345-6077) or visit www.chileanspecialjourneys.com . The tour cost of $4,795 included everything described on the CSJ web site and more. Travelling with a small group allowed many charming unplanned stops when something of interest to the group was sighted. These surprise visits added a great deal to the experience.
I should mention a word about the owners of CSJ, Scott Jones, from Maine. The word would be TRUST as we found them to be an enthusiastic and reliable company. Due to a sudden illness we had to cancel our original tour booked for 2005 and our refund check less the normal penalty was in the mail from their office in Maine in a matter of days. We were so pleased that we were able to take the 2006 tour. Chile is a long thin country with huge diversity in spectacular scenery. By using a mix of driving and flying the tour provided a comfortable way to get to know the country from the border with Peru in the north to the island of Chiloe in the south.Chile is a safe, interesting country to explore; the food is fresh, diverse and less expensive than in the USA. The seafood and wine are outstanding. Our in depth tour took us from the sophistication of 5 star hotels in Santiago to small remote villages in the high deserts of the Andes in the north, to the beach resorts along the coast and to the spectacular snow covered volcanoes in the Lake district in the South. We started and ended the tour in Santiago and added an extra night prior to the tour to explore the city on our own. There was so much to see we should have made this two additional nights.

Chile was a pleasant surprise, much different to other South American countries we had visited. Friendly, helpful people, modern transportation systems, a stable and expanding economy and great scenery. Scott Jones accompanied our group for the whole tour and organized excellent drivers and knowledgeable English speaking regional guides to travel with the group. Travelling in Chile's fall avoided the summer crowds and the weather was perfect with cool mornings and warm sunny days. We loved seeing wildlife like Vicuna, Vizcacha and Llama in the high desert, the pink Flamingos in the salt lakes, the coastal bird life and Humboldt Penguins. Bring your binoculars. We enthusiastically recommend this tour with CSJ as a great way to see Chile in detail.
Graeme & Olga Poke, Georgetown, Texas
 
Louise Sherman on the Chile In-Depth Tour, March 2006
Why go to Chile? The beauty, friendly people, safe environment, great wine and food, volcanoes, magnificent Andean mountains, beautiful lakes - perhaps mountain climbing or trout fishing among other sports.
Why go with Chilean Special Journeys? Because of Scott Jones now of Chile and formerly from Maine, is your Tour Director and the owner of the company. We went to Chile in March to take the 3-day extension to Easter Island on March 18 ($1850, inc. air) and a one-day trip out of Santiago to Maipo Canyon ($75 inc. extra night) and then joined Chile in Depth, starting March 23 for 21 days ($4795). We went from Santiago to the majesty of the high Andes near the Bolivian border to Arica, Iquique, San Pedro de Atacama. Valle Elqui to the Lake District and the Isla Chiloe and back to the coastal resort area frequented by Santiagoans and Valparaiso. Along the way we had the best day guides we have ever in encountered, stayed in best available accommodations (some unique and with views whenever possible), had gourmet included meals with wine (ordered by Scott) and a couple of picnics, and had expert, knowledgeable drivers. We saw wonderful sights, but also learned much about the country everywhere we went and had a number of encounters with local people. Many days included an "extra" something- like champagne at sunset looking out at a stark moonscape, a guide donning a German costume in a Museum of wonderful German antiques in the Lake Country and serving us coffee and cookies, another guide taking us to a boutique winery in Valle Elqui. If there was a hitch in Airline schedules (we had several interior flights), something would be planned for the wait time. Also, when possible individual requests were accommodated to add more to the days activities. Scott went great lengths to try to get us to a rodeo at our request as they are quite different then in this country. That couldn't be done, but we went to a "Huaso"s (cowboy) beautiful Chiloe home and he demonstrated the technique with his horse.
Breakfast was always included, many dinners, several lunches and always good suggestions for restaurants on our own. One of our lunches was at a tiny place on enchanting Chiloe that was featured in Gourmet Magazine.
The trip is no longer 21 days, but Scott could arrange for an extension to places no longer covered. We would highly recommend, however, the Easter Island extension. It is an incredible place and our guide, Josefina Mulloy, is a treasure not to be missed.
Louise Sherman
Dickinson, ND 58601
 
Lee Tannenbaum, published in International Travel News, December 2005
I joined the 21-day “Chile In-Depth” tour from Chilean Special Journeys (Montville, ME) April 7-27 ’05. This tour was led by CSJ’s owner Scott Jones.
 It was a new tour, but my instincts (which on my previous trips have provided me with some great adventures) told me it was going to be a very special kind of tour and that I would really enjoy it. Was I right! And I left feeling that I knew a lot about Chile. We travelled from the far northern desert areas south to the Lake District and savoured all the major reasons in between. Travelling with an extremely small group gave the feeling of being with a few friends. We were able to go places and do things that a larger tour would not be able to. In addition, we could accommodate individual interests in a way that a larger group could not. Scott has sought out some unique experiences as well as some great restaurants and the best-available accommodations. If you want to inhale the essence of Chile this is the tour to take.
Lee Tannenbaum Orange, CA
 
Flora Boardman, published in International Travel News, December 2005
Scott Jones of Chilean Special Journeys outdid himself in making our 21-day, April ’05 “Chile in Depth” trip memorable. Scott, originally from Maine, has lived in Chile for several years. He accompanied the group as tour guide and local guides were used also.
Chile is an interesting country of contrasts with dramatic landscape features. Our tour started in Santiago, in the central part of the country. After exploring the area for two days, the group flew north to the seaport of Arica, close to the Peruvian border.
One day we drove to Lake Chungara, high in the Andes Mountains. The vistas were magnificent. The next five days were spent in lquique and San Pedro de Atacama. These cities are in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth. We saw Inca Indian ruins, salt flats, salt mountains, geoglyphs, and abandoned mining towns as well as new ones. Each place had its own charm.
We flew back to Santiago then were bussed to Valparaiso, Viña del Mar and La Serena. These coastal towns have more moisture and, consequently, more vegetation. In the Elqui Valley we were amazed at the beautiful farms and vineyards. There was no end to the green hillside terraces.
In the Southern Lake District we explored the towns of Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Pucon and Frutillar. This region has a large German population which migrated to Chile in the 1860’s. They had been invited by the Chilean government and were given large land tracts to farm. In the vicinity of Pucon, the Indian population is evident. We visited a farm owned by a Mapuche Indian family.
From Puerto Montt we took a ferry to Chiloe Island. There the climate is temperate and the vegetation luxuriant. We saw smaller, well-cultivated farms on land and seafood farms in the water.
All in all is was a great trip. Since our trip was in Chile’s fall season the temperature was moderate. The scenery was spectacular because of the ever-present mountains and volcanoes. I recommend this trip enthusiastically!
Flora S. Boardman, Huntsville, Alabam
 
 

 

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