“We were thrilled with the trip overall. Every detail was taken care of, everything was thought of and planned out for us. It could not have been a nicer, smoother, more successful trip!!”
Joy Posoli, Bellaire, Texas
“We loved all our guides! Thought everyone in Alta Vista was especially wonderful. The Buenos Aires guides were great!”
Sheri Urowsky, Martinsville, New Jersey
“All of the Malletts had an excellent experience and adventure, and we highly enjoyed all the folks on the Blue Parallel Team. Magadalena was easy-going, accommodating and a perfect host. She was great with all of us and made everything go very smoothly. The staff in the Glaciers´ area was excellent, friendly and helpful. Ernestina in Buenos Aires was perfect. We all loved her and she made our time here very special. The girls wanted to spend as much time with her as we could. We also highly enjoyed Gabriel in Iguazu. He was very knowledgeable."
Jeffrey Mallett, Former President of Yahoo! Inc
“Every section of our trip to mainland Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Peru exceeded our expectations. The hotel in Quito was wonderful and deserves a small luxury hotel listing. The cruise on the Alta, through the Galapagos Islands, was the most amazing trip of my life and the crew couldn’t have been better. The accommodation in Machu Picchu; The Inkaterra, was the best ever, and the service was wonderful. All of our guides were great. Blue Parallel was always very responsive and developed a program well suited to our family. Thank you.”
David Morgan and Family, CEO of Westpac Banking Corporation, Australia
"Planning very well executed, even with occasional unforseen glitches. Management and communication within office excellent. Our personal Travel Specialists Mary and Elin were exceptional from beginning to end. Drivers were all very skilled, careful and accommodating. a special thank you to Marcos Ferrazza, our outstanding host in BA. He met us at some ungodly hours and went out of his way to make sure that everything was perfect and that all our needs were met. It is evident how well your hosts and logistic team members are trained. Very impressive in a world where too often responsibilitiy, efficiency, and regard for others are lacking. " Margo Vinney, Ohio
"We just returned yesterday after a long trip home and to say we had an amazing visit is an understatement. Your travel advice was spot on and we thoroughly loved everyday part of our stay in both BA and Jose Ignacio. The trip would not have been as special without the guidance and support of our host and hostess. marcos and emma were both amazing and invaluable, taking care of every little detail. they were so knowledgable and personable and always made themselves available to us. both were wonderful with our children as well. I am so appreciative to you and blue parallel for giving our family such an amazing gift. we will remember this trip forever and are already hoping to return before too long." Julie Hitch, Massachussets
"Perfect itinerary (a good mix of hiking and relaxation), nice accomodations, fantastic guides, seamless logistics. Virtually impossible to identify any areas for improvement. Guides and hosts were knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Not only accomodated all our requests but were trying to be proactive with suggestions. Our personal travel concierge was very knowledgeable, resourceful, nice to deal with." Alexey Bashkirov, Moscow
"Every reservation and plan went according to exactly what Blue Parallel had told us to expect; the guides who met us at the airports, and the drivers were informative, helpful and extraordinarily flexible. Bravo! The food quality as well as the service was absolutely first rate! We loved this family trip and know there are many more to take in South America. What beautiful people; what beautiful countries! " Andrea Selig, Seattle, Washington
“As usual, your planning, staff, and execution was super. Everyone with Blue Parallel has been very helpful and knowledgeable throughout our stay in Brazil. They anticipate what needs to be done and make necessary changes with apparent ease. Altogether an excellent trip, as we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly."
Bruce Atwater, Former Chairman and CEO of General Mills Inc, Minnesota
“The whole trip was AMAZING. The cooking class was one of the culinary highlights of my life--and I am a person who has had a lifetime of fabulous food and top restaurants. What an extraordinary job they did! Manuel talked about the history of the cuisine in the various regions--the visual presentation of the ingredients was gorgeous. He walked us through many different dishes, the presentation of many different ingredients (salted orange pith, roasted monkey-puzzle pine nuts, candied pumpkin, etc), several wonderful wines. We made empanadas with him. He was extraordinary, the food was extraordinary, the wine was extraordinary. The house on Peninsula Valdes was something else! It was also quite a thrill to meet Flavio Quintana. We had rented the National Geographic Great Migrations series, which he was in, so to meet him in person was quite an honor. Also, he came prepared with an excellent slide presentation, so it was really, really informative. My son, who is 13 and loves all things National Geographic, was bowled over. He said it was the highlight of the trip for him. Our whole family is incredibly grateful for the experience. Thank you so much for making it happen for us. Anyway, you absolutely outdid yourself planning everything--and between Christmas and New Year's too boot. You are such a star.”
Ann Huebner, Lexington, Virginia
“We had extremely high expectations – all of which were surpassed at each step of the journey. We travel all over the world, and this was the best trip we have ever taken. We recommend unequivocally!”
John J. Gauthier, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York
“[The trip experience was] beyond expectations, which were pretty high! I can't say enough about [our guide] Gavi. She really made the trip much more special. We learned so much from her and really felt like we were traveling with a great friend. That said, she maintained a wonderful balance between friendship and professionalism, which I really appreciated.”
Melissa Nasser, Philadelphia
"Blue Parallel made excellent choices for us. We really enjoyed our guides. They were incredibly informative and we had long and in depth conversations with them from the politics of Guatemala, the history, ethnic makeup, social classes, to the flora and fauna. Aldolfo and Jose were a wealth of information on these subjects and Melvin was so well versed in Mayan history and culture that we didn't feel the need to sit the with arranged anthropologist."
Sue Crothers, River Forest, Illinois
"This trip was full of special moments and special people, from the moment we arrived in Lima until the moment we left, we felt cared for by people who really cared about showing us their country. As Hugo (our host in Lima) said as we changed our afternoon itinerary. Relax and enjoy you are Queens for today!!! We felt a bit like that for the whole 10 days. Thank you all!!"
Ruth Williamson, Canada
“We have had many guides all over the world but our guide Francis was the BEST! Francis was attentive, extremely knowledgeable (so much so I think he had an answer to every question we asked), was kind, fun and all around a very special person. Francis became a part of our family and truly added to making our trip a "Once in a life time" experience.”
Kim & Garret House, Hinsdale, IL
“Our trip could not have been better!!! Our personal travel concierge took the worry out of safety questions after the strikes in Punta Arenas, we were comfortable knowing that an alternative schedule would be made for us. We thought you did an excellent job of informing us before we left. Appreciated the books and video. Also, it was very helpful to be able to talk to you directly. All guides were great but particular recognition to Sebastian/connection from Explora through El Calafate, Marcus in BA, and our host (Matius) and wine expert on our horseback ride in Mendoza. Our lunch at Ruca Melan was exceptional and the riding experience with wine tasting and bbq in Mendoza was "over the top". Gorgeous scenery.”
Robert Bell, St. Petersburgh, Florida
“Blue Parallel did a great job in organizing and then executing a family adventurous trip for 5 adults and 7 kids in the Lake District. The guides were warm and friendly. The kids had a fantastic time, and so did the parents."
Michael Novogratz, Principal and member of the Management Committee of Fortress Investment Group, New York
"I went with my family and some friends to Southern Argentina, and I had Blue Parallel organize it all. The arrangements were first-class all the way. We were taken care of in a very exclusive and private manner at all times. We deeply enjoyed the daily outdoor activities and all the first-rate evening programs (especially the private tango lesson and the wine tasting!). I would like to thank all our guides on-site and our host who all did a fantastic job. Thank you for brilliantly showing us one of the most beautiful regions on Earth, and for arranging a unique vacation we will not forget."
Ulf Berg, President, Ericsson Microwave Systems AB, Stockholm
"Thank you for organizing a dream honeymoon for us. The time we spent in Argentina was truly special, and far above and beyond our expectations! We would like to make special mention of our hosts Marcos and Cecilia, who did not spare any organizational detail. I am sure we will plan another trip to South America with Blue Parallel in the near future.”
Aditya Bindal, Vice-President of Private Equity - Morgan Stanley, London
“We were extremely satisfied with our trip to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Each and every person involved went out of their way to make our holiday very special.”
Lisa Wallace, Singapore
“Had a magnificent trip, Nancy and Suzie were fantastic. Suzie was a great guide and a lovely person. Alwin is by far the best guide we have ever had (and we travel extensively and have had great guides) He went above and beyond to be charming, helpful and was great to be with. He is a true gem.”
Linda Street, Boca Raton, Florida
“Hugo in Lima was accommodating, knowledgeable and most professional. Gaby worked very hard to make our time in Cusco/Sacred Valley very special. She went out of her way to make our time there fit our needs and interests. Our walk through the market in Cusco the last day was a highlight of the trip.”
Bob & Nancy Deford, Virginia Beach, Virginia
“Blake was very helpful and great to deal with. Ana and Antonio definitely helped to make our trip special, they are both very professional and very nice.”
Tom Bove, Brooklyn, NY
"We had a terrific time and certainly would not have gone to NW Argentina without your help. That was a great experience. Cora was a terrific guide. Ossian, our host, was incredibly knowledgeable and an interesting guy."
Larry Leive, Chicago, IL
“Excellent customer service. At each point the guide and driver were always around. We didn’t have to think about missed connections, transportation, or the details. It was greatly appreciated.”
Chris Turett, Boston, Massachusetts
“We found Blue Parallel through the internet and they guided us in style to places we had not been and which we thoroughly enjoyed. Great attention to detail. Well done, Blue Parallel.”
Ted Powell, Perth, Australia
“The trip was very positive. We never had the impression of being rushed. Everything went smoothly. It was a very relaxing get away. The 4x4 excursion with Luis and Lucio was amazing. We appreciated not being with the crowd. Hallie set up a prefect custom-made trip for us. She understood our requirements.”
Mr. & Mrs. Angelmars, Fontainebleu, France
“Both Tim and I felt this was one of our top trips ever. The itinerary you put together could not have been better, and even though there was quite a bit if travel required, seeing the extremes of Chile (Patagonia and the Atacama) was well worth it. The Torres del Paine National Park was quite simply--stunning--well worth the 5 hour drive from Punta Arenas! Our guides were top notch--warmly welcoming us off the plane, attending to our needs, making sure we toured the important things, at the right pace and in comfort, and always providing us with wonderful cultural and social insights. Our lodging was just the right mix of boutique to luxury. Blue Parallel does it right, paying attention to all the important details. Thanks you again for your help, Ida. Maybe someday we will go back to South America, and if so, we will work with you again.”
Tim & Leslie Maloney, Cincinatti, OH
“Our trip was terrific in all respects. This was our third trip with Blue Parallel, and again, you have exceeded our expectations. Your guides are always outstanding. Gabriella was exceptional; she knows her history and the area so well. She and our driver, Antonio, made our visit to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu so memorable. In the Peruvian Amazon, our guide Moises was outstanding and always concerned for our comfort. Roland and Daniel on the Aqua cruise were personable and so knowledgeable. We can’t give enough kudos to the people who hosted us. Thanks to all at Blue Parallel for another great job.”
Jan & Sue Suwinski, New York
“Our trip wouldn´t have been the same without Blue Parallel. Our adventures in Bariloche were magical. Our guides pushed us to our limits and let us explore Patagonia in a way we couldn´t have on our own.”
Marla & Gregg Felton, Head of Corporate Credit, Goldman Sachs, New York
“Fantastic experience with extremely knowledgeable guides to make our journey effortless.”
Gavin Spencer, United Kingdom
“We would highly recommend this organization. They are extremely knowledgeable, efficient and client-service oriented. The office staff was excellent. We left for Peru the day after the rains and mudslides. They called us to inform us and helped to reschedule our visit in order for us to enjoy a safe, activity filled vacation.”
Pamela Lewis & Kimberly Hanna, Hoboken, NJ
“Not only were our tours and excursions wonderful but all the time in between driving with Alberto and Marcos was very entertaining and enjoyable. The service from Blue Parallel was much more than was expected.”
Greg & Robyn Macgee, Englewood, NJ
“Perfect travel plans for culturally interested people with little time. It was great to have the possibility to change all programs at short notice. Excellent guides on site, especially Umberto in Uxmal. The Haciendas were very special, we were almost the only guests which was great. Thanks again for organising this trip for us.”
Mr. Jaeger & Mrs Jaeger-Firmenich, Switzerland
“I worked closely with Blue Parallel to plan a trip for my family of six to Belize and Guatemala. I was impressed by their concern to detail—they wanted me to tell them very specifically what we wanted to do, what we valued in a place to stay, what kind of food we liked and how we liked to travel. It was clear that Blue Parallel wanted my family to have the trip of our dreams. And we did! We had eight perfect days and nights! We stayed in beautiful, comfortable places, learned from wise and enjoyable guides and managed to cram countless great experiences into a too short vacation. One of the highlights of our trip was one that no one planned for and yet, with Blue Parallel’s great guide Melvin working tirelessly for us, we were able to make happen. Our trip happened to take place the same week as the NCAA men’s basketball finals. We live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and are Tar Heel fans. In fact, for the last two years, the stars of the team of lived on our street. When UNC made it into the finals, we really wanted to see them. However, the gorgeous mountain resort Blue Parallel had booked us in was in the remote mountains and didn’t have cable TV. Melvin, in a day’s notice, rented a van and a driver for us, arranged for the driver to drive us down the mountain to the nearest town—about an hour away--, made sure the bar at the hotel he’d found that did have cable TV would indeed let us watch the game and, when we saw him the next morning, congratulated us on our team’s win! Blue Parallel is really an amazing group to work with. I wish they planned trips all over the world so that I could use them every time my family traveled!”
Dabney Grinnan, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
“Our private journey to Argentina with Blue Parallel exceeded our expectations! The attention to detail and custom itinerary made our journey extremely memorable. Our hosts and guides were always professional and attentive. Any changes or requests before or during our trip were handled with ease. Blue Parallel’s excellent staff were always one step ahead of us, creating the perfect adventure, one we will always remember. This was by far, the best experience we have ever had with a travel company. Keep doing it because you do it so well! One last comment – expand your trips to all over the world so that we can use Blue Parallel for all our future journeys. Thank you to everyone at Blue Parallel.”
Nancy & Jonathan Kaye, Malibu, California
"Thank you to Blue Parallel for having made us discover the wonderful environment of Fernando de Noronha with its turtles, dolphins, birds and amazing beaches as well as for the perfect organization which has made our trip an unforgettable experience"
Jean Philippe Barade, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley, London
“We had a fabulous trip. The guides, hotels, meals etc all were 5 star and we enjoyed everything. The logistics were great as well…particularly since everything worked like a Swiss watch. Lastly, we thoroughly enjoyed the venues, Cusco, Machu, and the Lake were new experiences for us and we both learned a lot and enjoyed the uniqueness of the locations. The tour with Enrique Poli was spectacular….it was an amazing experience !! Thanx for planning everything and making it a terrific trip.”
Joseph Kampf, Chairman and CEO of CoVant, Virginia
“Thank you for all your help in arranging our trip. We had a great time and learned a lot about the country and its rich history. Thank you again for helping us when Spenser and Brian got sick. We were not sure what to do. You having the doctor waiting for us when we arrived in Cusco was a godsend. The guides were all wonderful- informative, patient, flexible and enthusiastic. They did a great job keeping the kids interested and engaged. Their pride of the country and enthusiasm for what they do was infectious.”
Ariel Kochi, New York, NY
“Another excellent trip from start to finish. Blue Parallel manages to exceed your expectations of every location you visit. The tremendous guides and perfectly planned itineraries make the trip flow effortlessly. Having Ossian as a guide for 5 days made our trip. The ‘extras’ were great – local lunches, massage, making empanadas and going to the family home / winery in Cafayate.”
Linda and John O’Hara, St. Louis, Missouri
“Our Blue Parallel experience in Argentina was a perfect combination of sightseeing and exploration activities, beautiful meals, lovely hotels and superb guides. As a family of six we were provided with options that appealed to all. Thank you Blue Parallel for giving us memories that will last a lifetime!”
Patti and Doug Brown, Chairman & CEO of DLB Capital,LLC., USA
“We had a magical time in the Galapagos. It was more than we originally imagined it. The naturalist guides were passionate and knowledgeable, but in a way that brought us into their world and made us feel part of the experience. The logistics were seamless and we were never rushed. A truly unique combination of awe (the snorkeling!), relaxation (near Cotopaxi) and intellectual stimulation (Quito colonial old city).”
Andre Benoit, Montreal, Canada
“Always magical, beyond a fantasy. Best by far were the many people from Argentina that Blue Parallel brought into our life…new friends and memories forever. Our lunch (in Bariloche) was a miracle…Valle Encantado was in every description amazing…Ida was perfect with ideas and follow up, and concern that everything be perfect for sensibility and goals of the traveler…Emmanuel has knowledge that is boundless and enables maximum achievement of the opportunity of the time the traveler has…Each person from Blue Parallel was a joy for us…and this experience ensures that we will return to this lovely place on the Planet Earth.”
Ted and Gayle Nering, Naples FL
“We had a great trip. Your itinerary suggestions and planning were first rate and the local service spot-on. Los Glaciares National Park has beautiful mountain scenery and the glacier walk was very enjoyable. The volcano hike in the Lake District, with 2 excellent guides, was a real treat. The trip to Huerquehue National Park was another pleasant surprise with beautiful countryside passing by a fabulous estancia with a lovely walk to the waterfall. Atacama exceeded our (high) expectations in every aspect: the scenery is diverse and stunning; the lodge could not be more beautiful, the staff very friendly; the walks beautiful; and the food superb. We would not hesitate to return.”
Peter and Maria Kellner, London, UK
“Dear Emmanuel, our family had a great trip to Peru with your organization and we found the guides, help and accommodations outstanding.”
Shelley and Donald Meltzer, Vice Chairman of Kleinwort Wasserstein, New York
“Blue Parallel is a miracle. From the moment I disembarked (Really! Literally!) and for every moment throughout the rest of my trip, the super-human Blue Parallel staff cared for me in Patagonia with such dedication, such a fine focus on every small detail, and such cheer – I don’t know how I’m expected to return to real life. Blue Parallel it is not possible to improve your service. It was flawless.”
Katherine Taylor author of “Rules for Saying Goodbye” and freelance journalist, Los Angeles, California
“Every detail of our trip to Brazil was planned and managed for us. We were pleased with all of the choices Blue Parallel made and with the flexibility our guide provided when we changed things around. She had great suggestions for the activities and was very entertaining and knowledgeable. In short, all of the stress was taken out of the trip. We would definitely travel with
Blue Parallel again.”
Mary Frances Walde, Bethesda, Maryland
“Given my health issues, this trip was possible only due to the knowledge, care and planning of Blue Parallel. They made arrangements so that all was possible!”
Jan Vasilius, Tucson, Arizona
“We’ve had a wonderful family vacation from beginning to end and would use Blue Parallel again. Blue Parallel chose a perfect itinerary for our family where we experienced a little bit of everything in Argentina.”
Ulrika and Joel Citron, New York, NY
“Blue Parallel put together a very good trip to Argentina with only a week´s notice for my family of eight from Bangkok, Thailand. Given that it is also the Argentine New Year period, its really remarkable what they were able to do for us. We had a really good time in Argentina. Since it’s a tailor made trip, we were able to do a lot of things the way we wanted and they were very flexible. Thanks again!”
Jennifer Sriprasert, Bangkok, Thailand
“Blue Parallel has identified outstanding local guides with vast knowledge of their areas. This made the trip a truly memorable one. I would not hesitate to recommend Blue Parallel to friends seeking South America adventure. Gabriela was lovely, enthusiastic and always steered us to see the real Salvador with out making us feel awkward. The tour of the favela was so interesting and unexpected. Being met at the airport in Fernando de Nornonha and taken to the sunset spot with champagne was a first rate start to our stay. Extra kudos to Adrian for arranging the turtle snorkel excursion, again unexpected and a highlight.”
Rick and Elaine, Calistoga, California
“We recently had the pleasure of experiencing the sublime via our Blue Parallel-planned honeymoon in the Yucatan and Mayan Riviera. Thanks to Blue Parallel, we enjoyed the best this region had to offer at every moment of our beautiful trip. Emmanuel and his team’s attention to detail ensured that we felt catered to and taken care of in the highest sense. We’ll never forget the sight of the giant ceiba tree against the twilight sky at Uayamon; the Mayan wedding ceremony in the jungles near the ruins of Edzna; breakfast overlooking the gardens and pools at Temozon; sunrise over the Caribbean white-sand beaches at Maroma from our private terrace, thanking our lucky stars we found the experts at Blue Parallel to plan one of the most special trips of our lives!”
Sirena and Tarek Shamounki, Washington, D.C.
“Blue Parallel provided us with a most fantastic and enjoyable trip. It was personalized and customized for us and presented by knowledgeable and personable guides in each region. Our experience at the polo tournament in Buenos Aires was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the charming Alta Vista in El Calafate and our super VIP treatment on the tour boat in Los Glaciares was especially welcome on a cold and windy day. Our favorite portion of the trip however was in Peninsula Valdes: seeing so much wildlife was incredible and thrilling. We found Rincon Chico with its wonderful hosts, food and wildlife to be a once in a lifetime experience that we will never forget. We just can’t find enough praise for you and your guides in providing us the best trip we’ve ever had.”
Jan Suwinski, Ithaca, NY
“We particularly appreciated the Blue Parallel office staff for the prompt and quick rearrangements of flights and hotel reservations, and also the staff in Buenos Aires and Santiago who were really kind, good-mannered and high – quality culture.”
Paolo Basilico, Milan, Italy
“This was a 1st class experience. Everything was seemless. The staff and guides were extremely nice and accomodating. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and a perfect way to see Argentina for the first time. We would absolutely recommend Blue Parallel to our friends.”
Marla Michaels, Encino, CA
“Wow, we had just the greatest time, and thank you for all your help and advice and for that of all your wonderful colleagues. Argentina is a place we will definitely be visiting again and we will not want to do that without all your help. Blue Parallel think of everything!”
Helen Warwick, Director of Individual Development, Guggenheim Museum, New York City
"We had a fabulous time in Guatemala. We found everything to be exceptional. All the privately prepared food was excellent—the picnics and the private house at Casa Palopo. Adolpho and Melvin, our primary guides are lovely and well-informed persons as well as their drivers. We would definitely want to work with them again. We also enjoyed our tour of Antigua with Jane. What I most liked about Meson Panza Verde is its “character” and access to the rest of Anti gua. I loved the concert on our final night at Panza Verde and the table that was chosen for us. What was particularly good for us about this trip was the number of people we met from all walks of life and their openness to us being there and answering all questions. We left Guatemala feeling as if we had made some new friends!”
Paul Pulver , Vice President, Costco Wholesale
“This Brazil family trip was thoughtful, with unique activities and planning, along with guides of the highest quality I have experienced in more than 30 years of worldwide luxury and adventure travel”
Alan M. Schwartz, President, Asset Management Solutions LLC, Torrance, CA
“We had a truly unforgettable experience from start to finish. Every aspect of the trip was incredible, and all of the diverse activities we were interested in were incorporated into our itinerary. Blue Parallel is definitely the expert company in organizing adventures in Argentina and Chile. Though all of the guides on the entire trip were excellent, Alwin in Santiago de Chile was certainly our favorite. He is probably the best guide we have ever had anywhere in the world – personable, knowledgable, eager, fun, and so very thoughtful and flexible.”
Debbie DeSantis, Delray Beach, FL
“Alberto and Ernestina in Buenos Aires were highlights of our trip. We loved having them throughout our stay. We made several last minute itinerary changes and they were very understanding and accommodating. Ernestina is a very special hostess, I especially appreciated her company shopping and taking pictures of us dancing tango. She always had a great sense of humor, made things fun, and is very professional. Our only wish is that Blue Parallel would expand across the globe!”
Christy Oliger, San Francisco, CA
“The Blue Parallel guides were outstanding in terms of knowledge, experience and attention to detail. The beauty and scale of Iguazu Falls exceeded our expectations. Truly one of the great wonders of the world.”
Terry Garnett CEO of Garnett & Helfrich Capital, California
“I can't begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip. We have done several bespoke tours in the past, including an around the world trip - Blue Parallel is unequalled. You can be very proud of your staff as they provide a service unequalled by other agencies. We are very interested in future trips to South America and will of course look to Blue Parallel for our travel arrangements.”
Jan Snyder, Houston, TX
“The entire experience was wonderful and we found your arrangements and people to be superb. When making more complicated trips we have used various top class agencies but yours has out performed all of them and we would not hesitate to travel with you again and to recommend others to do so. Our experience was completely positive and we were delighted with your arrangements.”
James and Sarah Glyn, London, UK
“We are extremely pleased with the services of Blue Parallel. The trip to Peru & Chile was well planned and well executed. The guides were the best we have had in our experience and were tailored to our interests. You can always judge a business on how it handles adversity. When our airlines flights were changed by the airline at the last minute, on a weekend, Blue Parallel handled it graciously and professionally, offering quick solutions and stayed in constant contact with us throughout the weekend. I would recomend Blue Parallel to all our friends.”
Paul Pulver , Vice President, Costco Wholesale
“Blue Parallel is simply “the best”. Our adventures with Blue Parallel were over the top. When we left Virginia at the gate at Buenos Aires Airport, I told her I could not just answer the questionaire as it would not do justice to the outstanding experience we had. And I had every good intention of e-mailing you the very next day BUT jet lag and reentry hit and here I am almost a week later, but still reliving every experience. How wonderful it was after our long flight to be met in Lima by Frankie and transported to the Hotel, then on to Cusco only to be met yet again by Juan Carlos, Antonio and Gabby, our outstanding guide. Our time in Cusco and Machu Picchu was everything I had anticipated and more. Gabby brought everything to life with her enthusiasm and wealth of information. Our lunch at the Hacienda, Huayocari, on our final day was a perfect ending to our Peruvian experience and the first of many “surprises” as we were to find out. We were pleasantly surprised at what a cosmopolitan city Santiago is. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves there and especially enjoyed our exclusive wine tastings (so glad we decided to do that). After our cruise ( the highlights being a days flight to Antarctica and a tour of Torres Del Paine), we once again entered the exclusive world of Blue Parallel in Buenos Aires. Virginia was a breath of fresh air, so hospitable and energetic. We did the town!! And then the surprises began in earnest. The ranch was a bit of heaven, so beautiful and pristine and Marcelo a perfect host. To be hosted in such style with musicians and a gourmet lunch a top the mountain was truly awesome. It was “out Of Africa” in Bariloche. Then Llao Llao, a perfect ending with a glorious sail on Nahuel Huapi Lake. Emmanuel, you are to be commended for the high standards you have set at Blue Parallel. Your itinerary was perfect in every detail, and your staff are among the best. We were treated like royalty. So many, many thanks. We shall treasure our memories.”
June McCarthy, San Francisco
“Estancia Alta Vista in El Calafate was a highlight of the trip – it was our favorite; comfortable and gracious and totally charming. In Ushuaia we had stunning accommodations and our excursions and guides were outstanding. The Blue Parallel staff was extraordinarily attentive to our every need before, during and after the trip.”
Diana Holman, Washington, D.C.
“My wife and I are extremely busy people who take one long vacation per year and when we decided to go to Argentina we decided to find an organization that handles everything - especially the small stuff like dinner reservations and insider/local information. Blue Parallel was exactly that. Our trip went off without a single hitch and was one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken - much of which can be attributed to the people at Blue Parallel from Emmanuel himself to every driver or guide we met and had the pleasure to interact with. We cannot imagine taking another vacation without the same level of service and we have been spoiled beyond repair.”
Mario Greco, C.E.O. The Mario Greco Group
“Our experience with Blue Parallel was outstanding. Your staff made our frequent requests for changes with unfailing efficiency and good humor. The hosts and guides and drivers were wonderful and knowledgeable and made our trip a perfect vacation experience.”
Jan Suwinski, Ithaca, NY
“We had a very positive experience in Chile. The whole trip was well coordinated, the logistics and planning work that was done before the trip was obvious, and we benefitted greatly from that. Our guides were knowledgable, had great attitudes, and there was a true seamlessness in the pass-off between them. It was definitely worth visiting the Isla Magdalena to see their penguin colony. In general, the tours were brilliant and our guides were very encouraging when we were climbing the Villarrica Volcano.”
Jim Sharkey, Tyringham, MA
“Blue Parallel provided us with unparalleled experiences on this adventure, and exemplary service! Gabriela, our guide, was knowledgeable and accommodating – she made sure we were enjoying ourselves at all times. Our truly memorable experience would not have been possible without Gabby, Walter and Alex. You should be proud to have such a wonderful, caring, professional staff.”
Randy and Mickey Jester, Downer’s Grove, IL
“What a fabulously well organized trip – great sites to see with expert guides and drivers. The restaurants booked by Blue Parallel were the best in the city – great food and services. Our personal hostess Virginia was the best. We are already planning our next world venture with Blue Parallel. They know how to do it right.”
Joseph Kampf, President and CEO of Anteon International Corporation, Maryland
“Ernestina was a doll and we enjoyed her immensely. It was great to have a Porteño to show us Buenos Aires! My sister, one night in BA, had a medical need; the Costa Petit Hotel along with Ernestina had a doctor to the hotel within 30 minutes. They diagnosed her issue and prescribed medicine – and my sister was still able to join us for dinner and tango that night. Excellent service. Also, little did we know that our guide Ossian in the Argentine Northwest is a famous photographer in the region! Having Ossian as our guide made a huge difference in our experience in Argentina. Always accommodating, informative, and fun.”
Jessica Swoyer, Chigago, IL
“Absolutely fantastic service by a most competent staff genuinely interested in our enjoyment.”
Jerry and Barbara Greenbaum
“We had high expectations and they were greatly exceeded! Wow, the guides were so wonderful and their fabulous attitudes made the trip especially fun. The gourmet lunches and settings were outstanding!”
William Greene and Linda Latimer, Gray, TN
“The little ‘surprises’ each day were spectacular! We were so impressed by how everyone we met had such wonderful pride in their country and enthusiasm for life – it was infectious!”
Roy and Eliza Harmon, Kingsport, TN
“I just wanted to thank you all for your hard work and your help last week during the filming of our show. Thanks for helping our production be flexible and adjust even though the weather didn’t want to cooperate with us. In spite of that, our B-roll team did a great job of getting the pretty sunny version of Rio after we left for Manaus, so our show will still look like we shot in sunny Rio de Janeiro, not in Seattle. Thanks for your coordination of our trip, and help with all of our activities. Rio was fun, Angra was beautiful, and Manaus was fascinating. All the makings for a trip of a lifetime!”
Fred Grinstein, Producer of “Trip of a Lifetime”, Banyan Productions, Travel Channel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“We had a fabulous time. The hosts were outstanding. I am not sure how you recruit but we could sure learn a lot from Blue Parallel. The entire experience was tremendous and superior service was provided. Although our experience was limited, Renata was wonderful in Rio. She was very hospitable, warm, and educational.”
Jay Davidson, Meridian MS
“Nothing but superlatives to describe our experience from the initial contact with Blue Parallel to end of the trip itself. This exclusive tour of the most prestigious vineyards of Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile was the best trip ever. Ernestina, Cora, Jorge, Ossian and German have become our friends. Everything top notch.”
Stephen and Lavinia Boyd, Texas
“Thank you very much for making our stay in Argentina an unforgettable one. In fact, my wife and I agreed that this was – from all aspects - the best trip we ever made. It will be our pleasure to recommend Argentina and the Blue Parallel to anyone and everyone who likes adventure, magnificent sceneries, friendly people, superb food & wine – and tango! We were of course also flattered that you named one of your glaciers after our nearest town in Sweden (Upsala). Please, extend our gratitude to your team!”
Peter & Eva Thurell, Sweden
“Our experience with Blue Parallel in Peru was simply outstanding. From the planning to the execution, Blue Parallel personnel were very helpful, attentive to detail, and extraordinarily customer-focused. We absolutely adored Gaby, our guide in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. You couldn’t ask for more from a guide! She poured her heart and soul into making our experience the best possible. Her enthusiasm about the sights and the culture were contagious. We all left feeling we had made a new friend. John, our driver, was terrific – we still can’t figure out how he could navigate the vehicle down such narrow streets with such skill! We also enjoyed Hugo and Frankie, our hosts in Lima. Blue Parallel runs a truly first-class operation, and I would have no hesitation recommending them as THE tour company to use for visits to Peru. We hope this won’t be our last trip with Blue Parallel!”
Buck Brown, Memphis, TN
“I cannot put into words how much we enjoyed our trip through Argentina. Not only were we overwhelmed by the unexpected natural beauty of the country, we also felt the same about the people..... and, of course, the food and wine, and, and, and, you get the point. Thank you for all of your planning, basically it was perfect.”
Barbara Scapa, Los Angeles, California
“Every detail of our trip was well planned and executed. The guides were very knowledgeable and courteous at all times. They went the extra mile to make our experience truly unique. It was not a “package” tour – it was completely tailored to what we wanted. A fabulous trip!”
Linda and John O’Hara, St. Louis, Missouri
“I used Blue Parallel because of my concerns about taking my wife and four children – ages 15, 14, 11, and 7 – on a trip to multiple destinations in Argentina. Blue Parallel’s customer service was beyond my expectations, and worth every penny. Blue Parallel’s “hosts” and “hostesses” redefine the notion of “tour guide” ; they are instead personal concierges, dedicated exclusively to you for the duration of your stay and on call 24 hours. I whole-heartedly recommend the service”
Joseph A. Tranfo, Connecticut
“Peru was outstanding on every dimension. We only had to focus on enjoying the adventure as everything else was handled to perfection. Gabriella was a spectacular guide and made the trip memorable. The experience will be with us forever.”
Marc and Jodi Schneider, Madison, Connecticut
“Dear Blue Parallel, in one word, this third experience with your group was: Fabulous! The two places in Bariloche were terrific, the guides and activities first rate, the oversight by Magdalena exactly right (and she is personally very likable and efficient), and the gourmet lunch at the end of the Tronador hike a special treat. For golfers the Llao Llao golf course is world class. The Malba museum in Buenos Aires is a jewel if you have people interested in Contemporary art. The trip to Jujuy, Salta, and Colume was fabulous. We loved Anna and everything we did there. The combination of guide and driver is excellent in rural areas. The hotels were all good. Donald and Ursula Hess were wonderful hosts at Colume. Again many thanks for arranging such a fine experience.”
Bruce Atwater, Former Chairman and CEO of General Mills Inc, Minnesota
“This is our second trip with Blue Parallel. This trip to the Northwest of Argentina and the Lake District was entirely different and was equally wonderful. I would use Blue Parallel again and again. In fact, I will contact Emmanuel in a few weeks for another trip.”
Howard and Donna Weinstein, Corona del Mar, California
"We have received the satisfaction survey from Hugo in Lima and we will complete and return it shortly. Meanwhile I just wanted to write you a short note to express our sincere appreciation for making our trip to Peru such a resounding success. In every instance the services and associates of Blue Parallel exceeded our expectations. Our every need was anticipated and each Blue Parallel representative seemed fully dedicated to our comfort and satisfaction while ensuring that we experienced all of the wonders of Peru.
Both Chris and I have agreed that our visit to Peru under the guidance of Blue Parallel was one of the most memorable and enjoyable holidays we have experienced in our many years of traveling. We wish to add our accolades for all, including Hugo in Lima and Walter, Percy, Senor Pepe and Gabriela in Cusco. Of course we spent the most time with Gaby whose guidance, dedication, knowledge and commitment was superb. We wish you all the best for 2007!"
Valerie Casey, Houston
“Every detail of the trip was planned and taken care of. We just relaxed and all the work was done for us. The details, both minor and major, were handled with finesse. The true test was when we had a health issue. After a single phone call from us, with great efficiency and sensitivity, everything was taken care of and we were back on track to enjoy the balance of our trip. The staff were gracious and everyone at Blue Parallel focused on our comfort and enjoyment, and on making things easy for us. We will recommend Blue Parallel unqualifiedly, and we will use them again unhesitatingly when our itinerary calls for their services and expertise.”
The Houser Family, Crystal Beach, FL
“ The Blue Parallel experience exceeded all expectations. We wanted a family vacation that accommodated Family members ranging in age from 14-80. We had a wonderful experience learning the history and culture of Peru. Our native guide was a very knowledgeable and all the hosts were helpful and friendly. Accomodations were perfect – unsurpassed in location and luxury!
Thank you for giving my family a once in a lifetime experience.”
"Great trip! What you organized for us in the Galapagos was unforgettable. Quito and surroundings was also a fantastic experience. We highly enjoyed every single day of this extraordinary trip to Ecuador.”
David Heller, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York
“This journey to Ecuador was a very good trip. Santiago was just outstanding. He was extremely knowledgable about the country and helpful to us in all ways. In Quito, the private guided tour of San Augustin was fantastic. As to the Galapagos, the boat was excellent. As it happened, the owner was on board with his family, and had the suite just across from us. Dreis was a very good guide. Having an individual guide was wonderful. Quite a number of other guests asked us what tour company we were traveling with, to get such treatment. We also enjoyed the hacienda as well as Cuenca, which was wonderful. We were both glad that you included Cuenca in the trip. The hike in Cajas National Park was really great – and the picnic at the end was fantastic.”
Mary Hubbard, Savannah, Georgia
“I am “half-way” home after our vacation in Peru ---and it could not have been better. Roger made every aspect of the trip seem personal, special and flawless...we were very pleased and made certain that Roger knew we were. I cannot thank you enough for making this trip with my husband's parents truly a "once in a lifetime" experience!!!”
Patti Hart, Atherton CA
“The trip was better than I thought it could be! I had never traveled with a guide before and it was worth every penny. Gabi made everything so much easier - I didn't have to worry about anything and was able to relax much more than I would have if I was worried about transportation, tips, language, etc...I am just so impressed with Blue Parallel; our guide and driver were so professional, kind and warm, and your office staff were always friendly on the phone and easy to contact. I can't say thank you enough. I am already trying to figure out my next vacation and I can't wait to go back to South America.”
Molly Howlett, Seattle, WA
“We loved our trip to Brazil. You guys were always there for us, which made it a very carefree trip. Thanks again to our hosts Renata and Robson.”
Molham and Ihsen Aref, Atlanta, GA
“This trip to Peru was GRAND! Blue Parallel was able to improvise the schedule to accommodate our family. Buying soccer game tickets was a major plus. There was room for not being too strict. Our guides were very
Ronald Guttman, Belgium
“Our Blue Parallel experience was everything we hoped for and then some. The opportunity to customize our trip was appreciated and done with great personal care. Our guide, Gabriela, really made our trip special.
Her passion and knowledge of her home country of Peru made each day exciting and we felt that we had really immersed ourselves is the history, customs and diversity of this wonderful place. Cusco was terrific – love it! Our driver, Pepe, was so nice and warm. We loved him! Machu Picchu was a dream come true and Gabriela was like having a University Professor with us. Peruvian Amazon was a very special surprise for us for when we first started talking about Peru it was all about the Andes and Machu Picchu. Inkaterra is a very special place. We hope to come back!”
Nathan and Triss Garvis, Minneapolis
"I strongly recommend anyone contemplating a trip to South America take advantage of the services offered by Blue Parallel. We traveled throughout South America (Brazil, Argentina and Chile) stopping in nine different locations over 25 days and everything went like clockwork. The accomodations and travel arrangements were first class. The people meeting us at each stop were extremely capable and friendly and the locations selected by Blue Parallel were fantastic and well planned. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip!"
Gene Johnson, Maryland
“An excellent Itinerary to Brazil. Sonia was an excellent hostess. We were very well looked after throughout the trip. We would certainly recommend Blue Parallel to our friends.”
William Kirwan, Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP, London
"We couldn't have been more pleased overall with Blue Parallel, with all of Argentina, and with all the people we met throughout our trip. You really made us feel as if we had friends and family type connections everywhere, and traveling has never been made easier. We definitely put some tough tests in front of you and we both are really impressed and hugely appreciative of how your team and Evelyn's team took care of us. I have been talking nonstop the last two days at the office about how much we enjoyed Argentina and its people, and how first-class your group is - thanks again to everyone, our overall appreciation and gratitude could not be greater."
Ravi Singh, global co-head of Global Securities Services, Goldman Sachs, New York
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and your team. You all are a first rate organization and I look forward to referring you to many clients in the future. I appreciate all of your follow through, quick responses and the fact that you were always available or someone found you for me right away. This was a complex trip with too many changes to count and you always remained receptive and patient. A quality that never went unnoticed. Thank you for everything Blue Parallel."
Athena Chavarria, Executive Assistant to Debra Gordon and Vinod Khosla, Founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, San Francisco
“We felt very well taken care of! Thank you for your attention to detail and your flexibility. It was great to be able to change our plans, offer new ideas and have the Blue Parallel staff be okay with that! Great, friendly, kind guides and drivers. Thank you so much for helping us create beautiful memories.”
Nick Higgins and Holly Barnes, Virginia
"Gentleman, I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how thrilled and impressed we were with our entire experience with Blue Parallel in Peru. This was the first vacation I have ever taken where I didn’t have to think or worry about a thing. Every aspect of the trip was handled smoothly and was very well coordinated. We really felt like you were there to hold our hands throughout the journey. Our guides were all knowledgeable, kind and patient. All of the excursions met or exceeded our high expectations. Transportation was comfortable and efficient and all of the accommodations were first class. Even when minor illnesses hit each of us at certain points in the trip, we were well cared for by local doctors (at amazingly reasonable prices) and schedule adjustments were made without hesitation or complaint. My husband (not a huge fan of international travel) was highly skeptical prior to our leaving for Peru, but in the end he was thoroughly impressed and amazed at the level of service and attention we received. Since we have returned he has been busy telling everyone he knows about this trip. My son said he felt like a rock star the entire time, and LOVED having local well-known surfers to surf and hang out with as a break from spending so much time with his parents! I was entirely confident in his safety throughout the trip. In the end, it was the quality one-on-one time we got to spend with him that we will cherish most of all. I also want to mention how especially thrilled and surprised we were with our lucky timing! We were able (thanks to all of our guides’ local knowledge) to witness a surf competition in Lima, a wonderful local festival, parade and bull fight near Urubamba and the beautiful Corpus Christi celebration in Trujillo. These were events we did not expect to see and they really made us feel a part of the local culture in a very “non-touristy” way. We couldn’t have planned for those experiences. Also a special thanks to Nizario for his patience in waiting to perform our Shaman ceremony until I recovered from my altitude adjustment. He was a gentle and spiritual man and we so appreciated that experience. In summary, I just want to say, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart!!!"
Julie Hancock, Scottsdale, AZ
“This was a fabulous trip, very exciting and well organized. The people of Argentina and your staff could not be more helpful and friendly.”
Jenny and Tim Ewing, St. Louis, Missouri
“Blue Parallel did an outstanding job organizing our trip to Patagonia. Marcos made special arrangements to accommodate all of our requirements from shopping to restaurants. Fly-fishing was outstanding with exceptional guides, glacier-walking was terrific and we especially enjoyed the private tour of the glacier.”
Diane Offereins, Highland Park, IL
"Unparalleled experience. The staff made every effort to meet any and all of our expectations. We had a large group and everyone had an amazing experience. The extreme sun rafting experience is a must. I have never had a more complete group trip run as well."
Alexandra McNett, St. Louis, Missouri
"This was our first trip to South America and due to Blue Parallel and their staff it won't be the last! Everything was perfect, punctual, just as promised. The meals in Buenos Aires and Bariloche were great. The LLao LLao was magnificent in all respects. The hostesses Carolina and Magdalena were terrific. We have traveled all over the world, and this service is truly the best."
Gail and Robert Stanger, Chairman of Robert A. Stanger & Co, New York
"A perfect custom trip that allowed us to see the real, close-up side of Peru. Every day was perfectly planned and our guides were terrific. We even had a spontaneous Peruvian march competition in the middle of an Andean churchyard."
Linda and John O’Hara, St. Louis, Missouri
"Monica and I both felt it was a very special experience. Machu Picchu is an ideal destination for a short getaway. The hotels are magnificent and the environment is breathtaking. In just a few days, you can get completely away from all the chaos of New York and it feels like an extended holiday. Thanks for organizing this unique journey for our wedding anniversary."
Erwin Van der Voort, Director, Credit Suisse First Boston, New York
“Blue Parallel hosts are warm, knowledgeable, and 100% dedicated to assuring you enjoy your stay. They can improvise on the fly to ensure your every wish is met. Angra dos Reis and Rio de Janeiro are two of the most visually stunning places we have ever been to.”
Mr. Devitre and family, Chief Financial Officer, Altria Group, Inc. New York
“Thank you so much for organizing a great trip for us. We all had a fabulous time and my mother had a truly unforgettable experience. Your staff and guides were lovely and we enjoyed spending time with all of them. I thank you again and will surely pass on your name to my friends.”
Christine LePoidevin, United Kingdom
“Felt so well taken care of. Thanks to Blue Parallel – it was a trip that will never be surpassed. Will use Blue Parallel in the future and recommend to my friends!”
Addie Ward, Kansas City, Missouri
"Great Experience! Our hostess Carolina in Buenos Aires was very pleasant and helpful. Congratulations also to the Blue Parallel team in Brazil. Sonia was very professional and knowledgeable."
Michael Rapp, Chairman of Broadband Capital Management, New York
“One thing is for sure – our trip to Brazil exceeded our expectations in every way. Blue Parallel will make you live the dream.”
Amer Hashem and Danah Al-Aitah, Saudi Arabia
“I must reiterate how extremely pleased I am with the diligent services and attention to detail that Carolina and the entire Blue Parallel team have provided for this grand project --- the Galapagos trip was our first opportunity to work together “in the field” and it was an unqualified success!!!”
Robert Haas, Chairman of Haas Wheat & Partners, Dallas, and member of the Council of Advisors to the President of National Geographic Society
“We were very pleased with the services, guides and accommodations. Please keep up this level of consistent service and use of excellent guides and accommodations.”
Lawrence and Virginia Goelman, Corona del Mar, California
“Excellent service throughout our trip to Argentina. Carolina, Maggie, and Augustine were outstanding!”
David Barry, President, Applied Development Company
“Dear Blue Parallel team. We had a truly fantastic time in Patagonia, and are quite depressed to be going home! We have been overjoyed with the experiences Blue Parallel has exposed to us. We love the combo of adventure, natural beauty, and of course pampering! Your entire staff (at least the ones we have met), has added a critical and certainly positive element to our trips. We can not thank you enough! Thank you for providing such glorious memories! The question now is where to go next?! We look so forward to our next trip with Blue Parallel.”
Shallan and Whipple Hazlewood, Chicago
“The Blue Parallel extra value on this trip to Brazil was great – the helicopters, the speed boats, the flexibility of changing plans, and the ability to adjust to the different demands of the group. The Blue Parallel guides were fabulous – cheerful, flexible, knowledgeable, and around exactly when you need them.”
The Podell Family, New York
“This was a fantastic trip -certainly one of the very best we have ever taken. Your people were fantastic - Carolina in BA, and Magdi in Bariloche, were both outstanding. They were both most helpful in all aspects - from getting the luggage to making reservations for dinner, and making sure there was transportation, or anything else we needed. We would recommend your firm to anyone we know thinking of going to South America. And, we will certainly go back - perhaps Peru next trip, and will call upon your services again. Many thanks again for a great trip.”
Mary Hubbard, Savannah, Georgia
“This 2-week trip to Argentina and Chile you arranged for my family was one of the best trips we have ever had. Each member of my family had a wonderful vacation. Our time was used very efficiently from beginning to end. The guides and hosts who took care of us were all intelligent, well-educated, and were highly concerned at all times about our well-being. Do not hesitate to ask us for a reference in the future.”
Eric Garfinkel, Virginia
"Blue Parallel organizes high-end tours which are virtually unparalleled in the industry. Never a compromise on quality of services. My wife and I were really impressed by a continuous effort on the part of the entire Blue Parallel team, wherever we traveled, to make our trip perfect. Although there are no perfect things in life, this three-week journey in Argentina & Brazil was as close to perfection as you can get."
Slava Rabinovich, Managing Director, MCM Investment Advisors Limited, Moscow
“The only thing better would be to spend more time… wonderful people, beautiful and varied landscapes, and excellent, professional service. Thank you for this fantastic family trip throughout Patagonia!”
Suzan and John Sullivan, New York
"We had a magnificent time in Brazil...It's terrible to be home! We would like to say a big thank you for your assistance in booking this honeymoon..your advice was indispensible! We would like you to extend our warmest regards and many thanks to Renata, Robson and Sonia (and the minibus driver!) for their help and advice while in Brazil. We're already planning a return trip! Yours gratefully."
Dr. and Mrs. Ross, United Kingdom
"This trip to Brazil was first class all the way. Blue Parallel has not only delivered what they promised, but they have exceeded our expectations. We were especially impressed with the attention to details and their personal touch. We highly recommend Blue Parallel and can't wait to book another trip with them."
Yefim and Velvina Buzik, Arkansas
"We had a fabulous trip and appreciated your and your staff's efforts to make it memorable and exciting. I must commend you on the whole organization's fine attention to detail, timely responses to questions, and ability to adjust schedules and activities during the trip as necessary. All of our hosts and guides were friendly and respectful. We would like to thank especially Virginia in Buenos Aires, the guides for the ice trekking, and the guides at Harborton Estancia in Ushuaia. I will highly recommend Blue Parallel to anyone interested in travelling to South America. This trip to Patagonia was first class all the way!"
Mr. and Mrs. Pingitore, Hershey, Pa
“You made this trip so memorable, that Buenos Aires is a city to return to. Unparalleled experience! Virginia is the best hostess we have had in the decades that we have traveled.”
Seymour Moskowitz, Executive Vice President of Anteon International Corporation, Maryland
“Blue Parallel thinks of every single detail from prompt service to careful selection of destinations and accommodations that meet your needs. Blue Parallel has designed the program that we had always dreamed about, and the entire BP team made it come true every step of the way, from Tierra del Fuego to Peninsula Valdes, with stops in Torres del Paine and in Los Glaciares National Park on the way. They know Patagonia like no one else.”
Howard and Donna Weinstein, Corona del Mar, California
"Our experience on a trip to Peru was first rate and we would strongly recommend Blue Parallel. All the hotels and restaurants were the best available. The guides were very knowledgeable and interesting plus were nice people who interacted well with our family. We had three grandchildren plus my daughter and husband and my wife and myself. Blue Parallel provided everything from mountain biking to mountain climbing, cultural visits, a very special shaman ritual for us only in Machu Pichu at sunset, etc."
Bruce Atwater, Former Chairman and CEO of General Mills Inc, Minnesota
"My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Iguazu falls. The outstanding job of the Blue Parallel staff, the first-class hotel and the beauty of the place were amazing! It was an unforgettable experience. The best way to describe it is that we felt like king and queen! We wouldn't change a thing. We had the best time of our lives! Thank you so much!"
Vanessa Ryk, Buenos Aires
"There is no doubt in our minds that Blue Parallel organize the best trips we have ever been on. This trip to Peru and to the Galapagos Islands was remarkable. The attention to detail is fantastic. The guides are first class as are the hotels, and there are little extra surprises along the way! Thank you and we hope to be on another trip soon."
Sylvia & Geoffrey Birch. Guernsey, Channel Islands.
"Our Trip to Peru was outstanding. We went in with very high expectations and we were not disappointed. Our 10 day adventure was a trip of a lifetime. I have traveled all over the world and never had an experience like our trip to Peru with Blue Parallel. Our guides especially Roger were interesting, knowledgeable and fascinating. From Cusco to Puno we were enlightened by their local knowledge of the past, present and future of Peru and it's people. The first class treatment we recieved throughout our trip has raised the bar on our future travels. Traveling with Blue Parallel was a real pleasure and I look forward to our trip to Argentina next year."
Shallan and Whipple Hazlewood, Chicago
"Thank you very much. This getaway to Bariloche surpassed our expectations. I cannot believe how many activities we were able to experience in these few days, and still be able to relax."
David Heller, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York
"What do you most want in a travel advisor? Two things: complete knowledge and absolute discretion. That Blue Parallel has the first is beyond question. All the Blue Parallel employees, guides and escorts that I met in Buenos Aires were marvelously clever, resourceful and flexible. "Discretion" is a rarer attribute and, perhaps, Blue Parallel's chief strength. Meaning, if you want attention and hand-holding you will get it. But in those moments or hours where you want to be left alone, the folks from Blue Parallel know to disappear. This is elegance. This is taste. This is the way to be shown a new place. I have never been taken care of in a foreign country in such a sophisticated way. Bravo, Blue Parallel!"
Stephen Henderson, Writer for Food & Wine Magazine, New York
“Greetings Emmanuel! I just wanted to say that our time in Peru with Blue Parallel was absolutely the best. You have certainly employed the right people to handle your clients and give them a great experience. Our hosts, guides and drivers were all very caring, kind, efficient, thorough, and professional. Our experience in Peru - Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu - far exceeded our expectations. I filled out the survey, but it couldn't begin to cover our gratitude and appreciation for how well taken care of we were. Larry and I said to each other the day we left that if we had not been wise enough to secure the services of Blue Parallel, we would have missed a lot. Your guides, most especially (Hugo and Gaby), helped to give so much understanding and meaning to the great adventure we had in Peru. And when there was a glitch on Tuesday in Machu Picchu because of the train strike, Gaby ensured that we had the most wonderful experience on the Luxury Train back to Cusco. I have always wanted to ride on the Orient Express, and it was just the greatest. So, Emmanuel, I have to say that if we ever plan to be in South America again, we will certainly contact you to help us with our travels. I say again, thank you to all and everyone who helped make our trip so special. All the best to you."
Linda and Larry Ivins, California
"The journey to Peru was magnificent - its beauty is stunning, its culture is filled with rituals, and its history is mysterious - this was a captivating experience that will change my life forever. We will always be grateful to our guide Edgar and to the Blue Parallel team for their knowledge, passion, and graciousness."
Wendy Lea, Managing Partner, Chatham Group LLC, Colorado
"Hello Emmanuel! I know it has been a very long time since we completed our tour of Argentina with Blue Parallel but, FINALLY, I've taken the time to write to you. Every time we show our friends the pictures we took on this trip we become very excited and happy. First of all, the services and personnel associated with your company and YOU could have not been more helpful or kind. We found everyone enthusiastic, energetic, and open. While we had an action packed itinerary, we never felt more relaxed. You made us feel welcome and at home and exposed us to the warmth of Argentine hospitality. We cannot thank you enough. Your selection of accommodations was outstanding from rustic to city sophisticated and every time elegant and comfortable. We send very special thanks to Carolina, Gustavo, Alejandro, Magdalena, Ana Ines, and Ossian. WOW, what a great team!!! We shall return and we are encouraging our friends to travel to Argentina - you made it so very special. I should also thank you for that GREAT bottle of Luigi Bosca 2001 Reserva. We first enjoyed this wine at the private ranch in Patagonia (a recommendation of Marcel Marpegan) during an unforgettable evening of classical music and wonderful asado under the stars. It was so special for us to drink it again at home and recall again this marvelous experience in Argentina. We are still savoring our bottles from San Pedro Yachochuya and Colome but I fear they will be gone soon and we will have to return to collect more. Our sincerest thanks."
Lisa Gershenson and John Chavez, Chicago
"Dear Emmanuel, I would like to thank you and your team for managing such an amazing time in Ilha Grande. The trip BP organized for us was the ideal combination of luxury and adventure, sport and relaxing moments, nature and comfort. BP's staff has been very efficent and friendly to us. Thank you so much. When are we going to tailor such nice trips in Asia?"
Christophe Ferreira, Paris
"Julie and I had a great time in Peru. Overall, the service from Blue Parallel was excellent. Kathy was wonderful. She was a joy to be with and was extremely knowledgeable. Hugo, Javier and the others were very professional. While in Machu Picchu, we did hike to Wynaynana and also hiked Huayna Picchu which were the highlights of the trip. The accommodations were excellent (especially the Sanctuary Lodge) and the schedule was well planned and flawlessly executed. We will remember this trip forever."
Kent Stewart, CEO, Reli, Inc., Birmingham
"Thanks for everything. We had a fabulous time. This trip to Chile and Argentina was all that we expected and more."
Stephen Rabinowitz, Georgia
"This was our first experience with Blue Parallel and I hope it won't be our last. Your service exceeded by far our expectations. You enabled us to see the best Patagonia has to offer in the most luxurious way possible. I am 87 years old, did world traveling since 1957, and this journey was in a category of its own - this was by far the best escorted tour I have ever taken. Please feel free to use our name as a reference."
Isidore Myers, Founder of Isidore Myers Properties, Inc, Newport Beach
"You described the concept of this trip to the archipelago of Angra as being a combination of James Bond and Robinson Crusoe... and you were absolutely right! The scenery was fantastic (deserted prisine beaches, tropical vegetation, emerald green waters), Joseph and Alexander very friendly, and I found all the logistics quite impressive... if only we could have had a little bit more sun..."
Nils Rode, Hamburg
"Dear Emmanuel. I wanted to thank you for a great trip to Peru. I know you did a lot of work at the last minute but everything was great for an unforgettable vacation. The children said they had a blast and even learned a lot! The biggest asset and success was Gabriel and Edwin. They took great care of us from the Amazon to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu."
Carl Miller, Los Angeles
"My husband and I recently came back from a fabulous trip to Argentina. I say 'Fabulous' because of having read your article 'South America Perfected'. I was having a hard time doing research as to the best places to stay and what would be fun to do...So, I took your advise and contacted Blue Parallel. Emmanuel Burgio was all we needed. We are very well traveled and enjoy the very best that life can offer. Blue Parallel took care of our every need. Our hats are off to Emmanuel and all his wonderful staff. We could not have been more pleased. Thank you Blue Parallel and thank you Departures for putting us on to them."
Jack and Mimi Matthews, Washington DC
"From the moment I arrived in Buenos Aires, everything went smoothly. The Blue Parallel guides and host were
enthusiastic and informative, the accomodations were lovely, and the Lake District cannot be beat not only it's beauty, but for it's wide range of activities from rafting to shopping. When I got home after 5 days, it felt like I had been gone for a month."
Caroline Palmer, Features Associate, Vogue Magazine, New York
"I would like to thank you and everyone at Blue Parallel for organizing such an incredible trip to Peru.To have the opportunity to go hiking, biking, and explore the Andes was an experience I shall remember all of my life.Machu Picchu is truly wonderful; the architecture, the mystery and the stunning surroundings. I'll never forget the first time I looked out over Machu Picchu.It's hard to find words to describe it, but breathtaking and unbelievable come to mind.Peru has got to be one of the most beautiful and magical countries in the world. I would also like to particularly thank our guide Gabbie who went beyond the call of duty to make our trip a truly memorable experience.She made our visit come alive. Her help and advice was always spot on, she was professional and knowledgeable and exceeded all of our expectations.Many thanks to all who helped in arranging this unforgettable getaway."
Scott Brackett, President of Eastern Plastics, Inc., Connecticut
"Our experience was wonderful from beginning to end. All of our arrangements were handled efficiently and creatively. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. We fell in love with Peru, its people, and its magical sights. This is a country full of mysticism. Thank you so much! We especially loved our experience with the Shaman, Nazario."
Celeste Prince, Los Angeles
"This trip to Patagonia was the most wonderful vacation I have ever experienced! The Blue Parallel hosts and guides were more like family than employees. The itinerary you designed for us was just the best. Each place more beautiful than the next. This trip was totally tailored to our needs. I highly recommend Blue Parallel."
Dr. Cowan, San Francisco
" From the moment we arrived in Lima and Cusco, the Blue Parallel team has been friendly and helpful. Everything was explained thoroughly and the team went out of their way to make sure our stay was a pleasure. Your service was flawless and your staff exceptional. 10/10 for excellence. We will be referring friends to you without hesitation."
Stephen Lyons, Sydney
"Thank you for the magical vacation in Argentina and Chile. Mario and I thoroughly enjoyed this eventful and astounding trip to Patagonia, to the smallest details. We took a lot of pictures which we'll share later this week when they're uploaded."
Sarah Angelmar, New York
"Thank you for organizing a splendid birthday celebration in Argentina that I will remember for the rest of my life. The graciousness of our host Carolina, the encyclopedic knownledge of our guide Cora, the infinite patience of our tango teacher Laura, and our driver Jorge´s excellent service went a very long way. We also thank the Blue Parallel team in Ushuaia for their outstanding service and knowledge of science and the fueguinian environment. We hope to return to Argentina in the future with Blue Parallel, hopefully sometime in 2005. I have plans of writing Departures magazine about the extraordinary trip we had in Argentina, courtesy of Blue Parallel, as I feel very fortunate that I learned about your company through Departures magazine."
Michael Delacruz, New York
"This was a wonderful honeymoon. We never had to worrry about transportation, customs, or anything. Blue Parallel took care of everything, even our visas to Brazil. The estancia outside of Buenos Aires was perfect for us. We could relax and recover from the wedding in this beautiful place you chose for us, before proceeding to Iguassu. This was the most stress free vaction ever".
Andrew Jones, Houston
"Dear Emmanuel. This trip to Peru and Patagonia was fantastic. Your staff did a really nice job all the way around, and they were consistently helpful, professional, courteous and punctual. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and would strongly recommend to others not only the hotels and activities we enjoyed, but also we would recommend your services without reservation".
Ransom Langford, Principal, Whitney & Co, LLC, Connecticut
"Dear Emmanuel. This trip to Peru ranks amongst the best we have ever taken. Your selection of guides, hotels, and restaurants met and exceeded our expectations. The itinerary was excellent. And of special note, your call during the trip to check on how was it going was most unique. We will certainly contact you in the future for travel ideas".
Jim Kaufman, Minnesota
"Thank you for organizing a splendid holiday. Blue Parallel attempts to provide an unforgettable experience coupled with unparalleled service. You surpassed all expectations and made our trip to Argentina a most memorable one. The absolute highlight was the surprise concert you arranged in the private estate. It will be etched in our memory forever. Blue Parallel goes the extra mile for an exceptional Argentinian holiday. We would definitely utilize your services again".
Louise Cantin & Warren Holmes, Ontario
"This was by far the best vacation we ever had. The tours, transport, guides, and accommodations were top notch (the best). We felt that the Blue Parallel staff was very professional and friendly like family. Thank you for organizing this memorable trip".
Kim Fisher, Key West
"The organization, on-site support was excellent. The highlight of the trip was the hike to the Machu Picchu ruins".
Dr. Istvan Marton, Budapest
"Dear Emmanuel. We had a fantastic trip - what a beautiful country and such great people. It has to be one of the most culturally rich countries I have been too. All our guides along the way were fantastic and overall the trip was exceptional and forever memorable. We would recommend your company, and after coming back and talking to my family - everyone is so excited about Peru".
Karen Marriott, Salt Lake City
"Our experience with Blue Parallel was remarkable. The knowledge and professionalism of the staff was outstanding. Their ability to adapt to our needs and well being was greatly appreciated. I will have great memories of this vacation in Argentina. Thank you to everyone who took part in arranging this terrific trip."
Timothy Perry, New York
"What a great ending to our trip to Antarctica. The visit to Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina which Blue Parallel arranged for us was truly the frosting on the cake. Our guide made certain that the activities and pace were completely tuned to our interests and capabilities. Carlos with his knowledge and expertise provided views and an understanding of the falls which we expect most tourists don't receive. We saw the falls from the air - in a helicopter, at water level - from the catwalks, and from the river - in a high-speed Zodiac ride which took us to the falls for great views and an in-boat shower. The jungle tour before leaving to return home was extremely interesting and offered us a chance to ride the zip line through the tree canopy. The Iguazu Falls tour you arranged was a wonderful way to start 2004. We will recommend Blue Parallel and the services provided to our friends".
Michael Gallagher, Florida
"Thanks for this truly exhilarating and enriching experience. I will never forget the hike to the Machu Picchu ruins! Although I was only away for a few days, I felt like I was being taken away to another planet. I can't wait to take your next trip. Keep me posted."
Richard Estevez, Vice President, Skyonline, Inc, Virginia
"Thank you for this very unusual vacation to Rio and Angra dos Reis in Brazil. The islands and the beaches we visited aboard our speedboat were breathtaking. Our accommodations in the archipelago seemed to come straight out of a fairy-tale. We met great people on the way. A special thank for organizing a unique samba show in the lodge"
Jean-Marc Corleone, Monte Carlo
"This has been one of the best vacationing experiences I have ever had. The guides in both Argentina and Brazil, and everyone else we met were so wonderful and tried to help us in any way they could. Everyone was so knowledgeable and seemed happy to be working with us. We would definitely work with Blue Parallel again in the future."
Carolyn Choi, Houston
"Thanks for organizing this awe-inspiring getaway! I've been lucky enough to visit quite some places around the world and my trip to Machu Picchu is definitely in my top 3 list. For those who are looking for an unforgettable romantic getaway, this Blue Parallel trip is a must! We were brilliantly taken care of from the minute we got picked up from our apartment in Manhattan, till the moment we were back in New York a few days later. And for the spiritual souls, who knows, you may come back as a different person after taking part in an incredible Inca ceremony in the heart of the Machu Picchu ruins...".
Romain Clergeat, Bureau Chief, Paris Match, New York
"Thank you very much. This three-week itinerary throughout Argentina was a very memorable trip."
Anna Sintsova, Moscow
"Our guides in Lima and Cusco were consistently impressive in their knowledge and passion for Peru. I felt that we were able to see so many more things off the beaten track under their guidance, especially the special ceremony the last night in Machu Picchu. The entire time I felt like we had none of the "headaches" associated with traveling abroad. The extra attention from our host Carmen made a great difference for us. Overall an extraordinary and an excellent trip, and I will recommend Peru and Blue Parallel to interested friends."
Susan Kaufman, Chicago
"Blue Parallel did a wonderful job in organising my trip to Buenos Aires and Iguazu. Without their help, it would have been much less fun. I love Argentina. I will get back in touch with you shortly to visit the southern part of the country, as well as the rain forest in Brazil."
Daniel Lam, Merrill Lynch, Hong Kong
"Patagonia left me breathless. I am back in Buenos Aires now and I still can't believe what I just experienced: I feel like I witnessed the sight of the beginning of the Earth, at the end of the Earth. And all this adventure combined with such a high level of comfort! Emmanuel, Federico, and all the Blue Parallel team, I wanted to send you this note to thank you for making this week a dream come true."
Ana Ines Hansen, Buenos Aires
" I would like to thank Blue Parallel for organizing an amazing skiing and sailing trip to Bariloche to celebrate our first anniversary. I am especially thankful that with just two days notice and during peak travel season you organized a first-rate itinerary and accommodations. The Blue Parallel staff in Buenos Aires and in Bariloche took care of every detail of our transfers, scheduling and organization. The excellent care and kindness of the Blue Parallel staff allowed my wife and me to spend our time focused on each other and not organizing our activities and movements. Thanks for making our first anniversary celebration a time that my wife and I will remember the rest of our lives."
Kenneth Lowery, VP Business Development, Cadre 5, Memphis
"Everyone was friendly and courteaous. Our guides were intelligent and really increased our interest in the history of Peru and its people. The schedule was exciting but not too crammed with events - just right! This was the best guided tour I have ever been on!"
Cameron Fox, Mississippi
"Thank you for helping us plan a wonderful and very memorable honeymoon. We had so many great adventures - from hiking, sailing, and fly-fishing to fire meals and relaxing massages. And along the way, we met some special people who showed us the very best of Argentina. We are looking forward to our next "honeymoon" together in this beautiful country."
Ramsey and Courtney McGrory, New York
"After hiking for two days in the majestic Torres del Paine National Park, and driving through the endless Patagonian steppes, we reached the Argentinean National Park of Los Glaciares. No view can be more overwhelming, outstanding, awe inspiring than the view of Perito Moreno and Upsula Glacier. Snow covered mountain peaks, eternal ice, crystal clear aquamarine lakes...A fantastic and rewarding trip to the southern end of the world!"
Gertrud Scharinger, Maryland
"Dear Emmanuel. We had wonderful trip in the Lake District and Punta del Este. Perhaps the best feedback on our Blue Parallel trip that we can give you is that we would appreciate your ideas/input on possibilities for a trip at Christmas."
Mary Ivins, Charlotte
"I am not going to forget our holidays in Peru soon, especially our time in Machu Picchu and on the Lake Titikaka. I have visited a lot of countries, but nothing looks like this lake; the intense blue of the water borders the pure blue of the sky (altitude is about 4,000m!) and the white snow of the Andean peaks. Another very special aspect to mention about this trip was our guide. He is actually much more than a guide. He is extremely well versed in history, politics, geography. Roger knows personally a lot of politicians and drew constantly comparisons with today's western world! We had conversations for hours and hours with him and never got bored! I also have to say that those holidays were highly relaxing and this is probably due to Blue Parallel's way of organizing everything. Every detailed aspect had been anticipated and customized to our desires!"
Vincent Toublanc, Co-Founder, Easyburo.com, Paris
"My husband and I set up a trip to Iguassu Falls using Blue Parallel. We found them on the internet and took a chance. We travel all over the world and have set up special, private tours with other travel companies. We found Blue Parallel easy to work with, responsive to our needs and our guides at each location were prompt, professional and knowledgable. We would have no trouble recommending Blue Parallel to anyone who considers traveling to South America."
Donald and Barbara Nickel, South Carolina
"Nicole and I just had an unforgettable time in Peru, where we decided to celebrate the New Year. Machu Picchu and the ruins are in our opinion a place that everyone should experience in a lifetime. We loved the hotels, our personal host, and the impeccable organization provided by Blue Parallel. Many thanks to all of you who took part in arranging this marvelous getaway!".
Mark Wallace, General Counsel, FEMA, Washington DC
“Fantastic vacation. Arranged very professionally, down to the last detail. Would highly recommend to anyone and would use again ourselves.”
Gregory and Sandra Katzman, Phoenix, Arizona
“Everything went smoothly. A very relaxing getaway”
Danièle and Reinhard Angelmar, Fontainbleu, France
“Fantastic experience with extremely knowledgeable guides to make our journey effortless”
Gavin Spencer, London, U.K.
“Not only were our tour and excursions wonderful, but all the time in between driving with Alberto and Marcos was very entertaining and enjoyable. The service from Blue Parallel was much more than we expected”
Greg and Robin Magee, Englewood NJ
“I would highly recommend Blue Parallel. They are extremely knowledgeable, efficient and client service oriented”
Pamela Lewis, Hoboken NJ
“This was our second trip with Blue Parallel and hopefully not our last. The service provided by Blue Parallel has no equal. Although an illness required a change in plans, Blue Parallel handled the changes seamlessly”
Joe and Jan Snyder, Houston, TX
“I wanted to thank you and your team for doing such an incredible job. I cannot express my gratitude for everything that you and your team have done to make Eric’s trip in Guatemala such a success”
Maegan McDonell on behalf of Erik Boyko, President, Stingray Digital, Montreal, Canada