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Nov 4th, 2017, 05:28 AM
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Considering 2019 eclipse tour with Astro Trails

Hello Fodorites- My husband and I (70 years young) are considering taking a tour to see the 2019 total eclipse of the sun in South America with Astro Trails, a British tour firm. We are considering this company because the tour includes many of our bucket-list destinations for South America. I can find very few reviews of Astro Trails' tours. Has anyone taken a tour with them? I'd be interested in your comments. I'd also be interested in other eclipse tour agencies that you've enjoyed. Here is a link to the tours we are considering... https://www.astro-trails.com/2019-to...pse-expedition Thank you so much.
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Nov 7th, 2017, 10:32 PM
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I have never heard of this company or been on one of their tours but I did take a look at their website.

Two things woud concern me.

1. I could see no evidence of them belonging to any sort of trade body. ABTA etc. Implying that there is no element of financial protection. For this reason, I would be very wary of parting with any cash ahead of time.

2. I googled their office address and it seems to be a residential property in Yorkshire. Again, this causes me some concern.

In the abscence of any legitimate and verifiable reviews I would be very, very cautious.

The only thing I can suggest is perhaps contacting the Royal Astronomical Society to see if they no of them or can recommend any other providers.

Trailfinders and Audley Travel May be worth contacting as well.

Good luck. I hope you get it sorted out.
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Nov 8th, 2017, 05:35 AM
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I would also be wary. They do not seem to have any physical presence in Chile/Argentina/Peru and will therefore be handing on the actual tours to other local companies. A decent company should be able to tell you who you will actually deal with on the ground should there be a problem.

Follow crellston's excellent advice and go with a reputable company. This one may be but there is too little information on the website.
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Nov 9th, 2017, 08:12 AM
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Thank you both for your comments. I will look into this further before I hand over any money.
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