NOTE: CruiseMates has decided to let posts about independent tour providers stay up on a trial basis since more people are looking for independent tour guides these days.
Ideally, we are mostly looking for independent recommendations from people who have used the services of a tour provider.
If you own a tour service, we ask you not to POST original "new topic" posts about your service, but if someone asks a question such as this one, you can REPLY to it.
ALL TOUR COMPANIES OWNERS REPLYING TO POSTS SHOULD LIST THE NUMBER IF YEARS THEY HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS AND ANY OFFICIAL LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS THEY HAVE TO CONDUCT A TOUR BUSINESS.
We will continue this policy for as long as we feel it is working. If the systems becomes abused by tour providers, if we get spammed, if we see what appear to fake recommendations (we can tell) or if we see it getting too many negative posts between tour operators we will discontinue these posts.
But for now, tour operators, you have a chance to reply to people looking for tours so please use our system wisely and do not abuse it, and you have a good thing going for you.
These vacations usually spend 2 or 3 nights in each location visited and usually only a few locations are visited. A tour guide is not included, but there is a host available to answer questions and suggest sightseeing. Few meals and some sightseeing are included, but a lot of free time to explore is available. These vacations are ideal for independent travelers looking to set their own pace.
• South America