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"We have traveled extensively and this was, hands down, the best trip we have ever taken. Craft Travel (Brazil Nuts) organized our Brazil trip 2 years ago so we did not hesitate to work with them again for our Galapago Islands/ Equador trip. Julia and Holli were joys to deal with, they worked tiredlessly to ensure they accommodations and trip suited our needs and budget. It was nothing short of amazing, from start to finish. I would not hesitate to use Craft Travel for our next adventure. They are first class."
Curtis K., Vancouver,
"We just returned from a fabulous 13 day trip to Brazil. We are thrilled with the added value that Craft Travel was able to provide. We are still marveling at how they put us in the right places at the best times. There are just so many details to work out and they thought of everything."
Halley M., Atlanta,
"What an amazing experience. I have used Craft Travel and Julia Carter for the last 15 years, first as Brazil nuts and now as Craft Travel and they have been nothing but excellent. Just got back from an incredible trip to Peru - the highlight being the cruise on the Amazon. Having done a river boat cruise before, we were not expecting the level of service and attention to detail that we got on Delfin Cruises. Julia knows her clients and works towards giving them the experience of their lives. Our hotels were fabulous, guides great and every person at the right place at the right time to make our trip smooth and easy. Julia is accessible before, during and after your trip, and keeps tabs on all the arrangements as you are on your trip. I would recommend Craft Travel and Julia Carter any time to anyone."
Suneethi N., California,
"Recently returned from a month's trip to Brazil arranged by Craft Travel. From the start they REALLY listened to what I wanted to do, and fully understood my goals. We then worked closely together to achieve my goals. Since the trip was a month, and I wanted to experience as many different aspects of Brazil as possible, that was challenging. The planning was meticulous, and the execution flawless, resulting in a trip of a lifetime."
Clive R., Vancouver,
"I had the pleasure of working with Julia and Holli at Craft Travel to plan my two week South America trip to Argentina and Brazil. From my first chat with Julia, I was left feeling very excited. I already knew what I wanted as in places to go but Julia offered recommendations to enhance the experience in which it did. From Buenos Aires, Rio, Salvador de Bahia, and Trancoso, everything was amazing. The hotels selected were in prime locations in every destination and the guides were nothing but amazing. I give Craft Travel my highest recommendation and I will be using them again for my trip to Peru."
Shawn R., Washington, D.C.,
"Julia and Holli at Craft designed a wonderful itinerary for me for a 3-day trip to Santiago de Chile and arranged a transfer to Atacama. The driver/guide, Ruben (who was terrific), was waiting for me at the airport upon arrival. In those 3 days, I visited wine country (which included a lovely lunch and tour at Matetic); toured Valparaiso and visited several neighborhoods and historical sites in Santiago. Everything was arranged by Craft (w/“on the ground” suggestions from Ruben). I never felt “rushed” or had an overpacked schedule. They also arranged my flights through LATAM that included a number of transfers to/from Calama. And w/a few days notice they put together another tour of Santiago for my friends. They are always available and even answered emails in “off” hours. I highly recommend Craft and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again."
Lori M., New York,
"Just arrived back from a 3 week trip to Chile, Argentina & Brazil, all coordinated and booked through Craft Travel (a/k//a Brazil Nuts) in Naples Florida. I spoke there Julia Carter, an expert in travel in these countries who arranged everything. I am a world traveler, been to all continents except Antarctica and i was very impressed with the hotel and private guides that Craft travel set up for us.
I also recommend travel to my clients and I would have no hesitation to tell them about Craft Travel when traveling throughout South America. Ms. carter listened to my requests prior to the trip and was able to fulfill all my inquires , even to the exact times that i wanted tour guides to exact times of flying departures.
I even had fought her on some of the Chilean vineyard destinations and she was so right to tell me to go there and enjoy myself.
I found Craft travel at the NY Times travel show in NYC and live almost 1500 miles from Craft but that was no impediment to them planning a wonderful trip for me.
I know I sound redundant but when a travel agency does a great job, i feel that i should let other travelers know.
PS- I did make numerous recommendations on South American hotels and restaurants that i visited on the trip on Trip Advisor, if you want to check them out"
Gary E., New York,
"The Craft team (Julia and Holli) have arranged 2 South American adventures for my wife and I over the past 2 years. Both trips have been unique with memories that will last a lifetime. I was given Julia's name by a friend who's trip she organized a few years ago. I was amazed after a few emails and a few phone calls, how quickly Julia got to know us and what we wanted out of our holidays. After a few modifications of the initial itinerary, we boarded the plane, not fully knowing what to expect. Every day was amazing - from mountain trekking to glaciers, city bike tours, train rides, deserts, ancient ruins, amazon jungle, birds galore, swimming with sea lions, and without a doubt, the best sunsets EVER. Luxurious hotels, spectacular haciendas, comfortable yurts, well organized transfers and of course great food and wine helped to top it all off."
Murray A., Toronto,
"Our trip to Brazil was fabulous! We had a varied trip - all arranged by Craft Travel. Starting with Juma Lodge in the Amazon, short trips to Manaus and Brasilia, Carnivale in both Salvador and charming Paraty and ending with the Winners Parade in the Sambadrome in Rio.
Our guides were all superb and we learned a great deal from them. Hotels were all excellent- from modern to charming. One of our favorite experiences in Rio was a walking food tour through markets and restaurants, eating local foods we had not known. All 6 of us were delighted with services of Craft Travel."
Jane B, New York,
March 22, 2017
Hi Julia, Happy New Year!!! Thank you for making our trip exceptional! It was truly a remarkable trip and Chile has now become one of our favorite places if not favorite! Amazing. The sheer variety of landscapes and the amazing generosity and kindness of the people is just unbeatable! And the fact that we were able to do a variety of activities from river floating to horseback riding, biking, trekking etc...that you "rightsized" for my son just made it the perfect trip. Best family trip ever! Thank you so much for that. And your recommendations were totally on target :)
Anita P, California, January 2, 2017
"We took a chance on using Craft Travel/Brazil Nuts and could not have been happier. Prior to our trip they answered all of our questions promptly and really listened to what we wanted. Nothing was too much for them to arrange and we had a fabulous trip. Everything was well planned, customized to what we wanted to do and the guides were amazing. The hotels were memorable."
— Bert H, Maryland, October 21, 2016
"Dear Julie and Holli, We wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time during our vacation in Argentina and Chile. The hotels and excursions you planned were terrific. We loved the guides too. Alicia in Buenos Aires, Martine who guided us in El Chalten and the staff at Patagonia Camp were exceptional. Your service was great!"
Sandi F, California,
October 11, 2016
WOW! The trip was amazing! Everything was spectacular. I cannot thank you enough.
The flights went off without a hitch, the ground transportation was perfect. The hotel was excellent. We really got lucky with the switch from Posto 5 to Posto 2. Atlantic Ave was barricaded down at Posto 5 since that was the open water swimming venue. Being up at Posto 2 was perfect.
My only regret is that I bought into the bad publicity about the conditions of Rio. Rio is incredible. The transportation around the city was easy. We were less than a block from the Metro and rode it most everywhere we went. We did the bike tour on Tuesday morning. Jan and Philip were great. I told them that you gave me their name. Carla, our guide for the Corcovado tour, was great. She even helped us get dinner reservations at a beachfront restaurant on Ipanema. On Wednesday we hiked up to Sugarloaf (half way). To top it all off,our daughter Leah won a Bronze and Gold medal! Thank you again for all your help. We could not have had such a great time without it."
Dan S, Pennsylvania,
August 26, 2016
"After reading Lonely Planet Brazil,and knowing we would travel to Rio, Amazon, Sao Paulo, and more, we realized we needed insider information & booked with BRAZIL NUTS! Loved the service, the bookings and the prices! The trip was no hassle from start to finish and even when 4 out of 5 of our group traveled from different areas, and changed plans, Brazil Nuts accommodated us immediately! I cannot say enough, the entire trip was absolutely wonderful!!"
Cheryl S, Minnesota,
August 11, 2016
"Hi Julia and Holli, Happy New Year! We are back from a fantastic vacation and I wanted to thank you for making our vacation so memorable. All the arrangement you made were awesome. Every pick up, transfer, guide etc were great. We even lucked out with great weather. We are happy to refer your services to our friends."
Maria V, California,
January 6, 2016
"Hi Julia, Holli. Happy New Year!!!
We returned a few hours a go from our trip to b\Brazil and I couldn't wait to send you this note.We had a an amazing amazing family vacation!! Despite our last minute very specific trip requests, 5 of us to accommodate and the crazy holiday season - you were able to pull off a really great, intense, diverse, fun and interesting trip for all 5 of us. Brazil is amazing and already, we cannot wait to go back. The locations you picked were different and each had a unique focus - in Paraty we enjoyed the warm waters and colonial feel, in Rio the views and beaches, at the Iguassu Falls the boat ride into the falls, and in the Jungle swimming with the dolphins. The hotels and their locations were also spot on and had all the facilities our kids needed. Also, the transfers from place to place were seamless and the guides were super nice and helpful. The trip had a a bit of everything we looked for - adventure, comfort, relaxation, kid-friendliness and adult focus as well. So, thank you for the hard work, again - I know it was not easy. Gil and I really appreciate your patience and diligent work.Best, Annie and family"
Annie D, New York,
January 4, 2016