Here are some Frequently Asked Questions you may need to know when planning your next ski 0r cultural adventure with us.

Please note that the FAQ questions/answers may apply to either type of trips.

Cultural Adventure FAQ

There are visa requirements for entering Brazil for U.S, Canadian, and Australian citizens.  No visa is required for traveling to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, or the United States.  Please check with your local consulate for visa requirements if you reside outside the United States or Canada.

 

  • Argentina:  Argentine Peso
  • Brazil: Real
  • Canada: Canadian Dollar
  • Chile: Chilean Peso
  • Peru:  Peruvian Nuevo Sol
  • Uruguay: Uruguayan Peso
  • United States: Dollar

This will depend on how you define adventure travel.  To some this may be whitewater rafting down Class V rapids on the Bio Bio River in Chile or possibly strolling along the Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, watching the sun set.  Regardless of which type of trip you prefer we will be glad to help you pick the perfect destinations for that special getaway.   We have many sample adventure travel trip itineraries, which may better guide you on possible destinations to see or you may prefer having your trip completely tailor-made.   Endless Turns will plan the best trip for you based on your time frame, budget, and desires.

 

All types of accommodations are offered, from the luxurious 5-star condo to a 3-star standard double guest room.  Let us know how many of you there will be on the trip and the type of lodging accommodations you prefer.  We have hotel guest rooms, studios, apartments, condos, private homes, cabins, and cottages to choose from.  We will provide you with a few different options and let you choose which one works best for you and your traveling companions.

 

All our trips include ground transportation (shuttles, trains, rental cars, etc).  Flights within South American countries are included in all of our packages as well, as distances between destinations are long.

Take a look at our Travel Guard Insurance options (we offer 3 plans) and we will recommend the plan that works best for your adventure:

http://www.travelguard.com/agentlink.asp?ta_arc=329861&pcode=&agencyemail=dan@endlessturns.com

  Please see their respective website for more details or you can contact Endless Turns for more specific information.  These plans are very comprehensive and inexpensive.  Travel insurance is recommended for all ski & snowboard adventures, as well our cultural adventure trips.  We are glad to arrange these for you and if there is a certain question we are unable to answer, we will put you in direct contact withe a Travel Guard Insurance representative.

Yes, both individual and group trips are available for all our adventures.  Let us know how many of you will be traveling together, so that we can include the best type of lodging and ground transportation.  For larger groups of 10 or more we will need to have plenty of advance notice of your trip, in order to arrange air seats and lodging.

 

International phone calls are not a problem and phone cards can be bought in kiosks throughout South America and the U.S.  There are also call centers throughout South America, where telephone calls back home are inexpensive.  Another way of making phone calls from abroad is to purchase a Sims card in the country (s) you are visiting and replace your current phone’s Sims card with the new one.  In order to do this, you will have to first unlock your cell phone in your home country prior to departing.  Upon arriving in the foreign country you will be traveling in, you can obtain this card and change it out.  Each country will have phone cards that you then upload to your phone and you’re ready to dial!  Another option is to set up an international travel plan with your current phone service provider before leaving home.  Plans can include talk, text, & data.

  • Lunches (included at some ski resorts)
  • Dinners (included at most ski resorts, but not at all hotels on adventure trips)
  • Gratuities (ground transfers, guided excursions, restaurants, etc)
  • Beverages (except for with breakfast in South America)
  • Additional excursions not in trip package

While it would be great to speak 4 languages fluently, not too many people are immersed in this on a daily basis.  Spanish is one of the languages that most travelers are able to pick up a little, as you spend time in the Latin speaking countries.  In Brazil, Portuguese is the native language and is a bit tougher to learn, unless you have studied it for awhile.  Being able to say a few words and phrases will be helpful, but most local residents are able to speak English and are pleased you are visiting their countries.  We highly recommend bringing along dictionaries and phrase books on your next adventure!

We will provide you with lodging accommodation addresses and phone numbers, as well as emergency contact numbers for our travel partners in each specific country.  We have travel partners throughout all of our travel destinations with local representatives in each city, that are there to assist you 24 hours a day.  Endless Turns staff can also be reached at: 800-328-4993.  Feel free to call collect at +1-801-272-3354, if an emergency arises and we will assist you in every possible way.

Ski Adventure FAQ

Please take a look at our ski & cultural adventure trip pages, as we have placed a rating on each of the trips we offer.  Most of the ski resorts have terrain for all ability levels, but there are certain resorts that cater more to beginner and intermediate skiers/snowboarders, whereas others are geared more towards advanced/expert level skiers/snowboarders.  

Please take a look at each of the trips we offer and their respective location, as this will tell you more of the type of skiing you will be doing and trip duration recommendations.  Remember, we cater each adventure to meet your needs for trip duration, ability level, & travel budget.  If you prefer other excursions or activities then what we have listed in our packages, then we can provide you with a wide range of exciting activities.

Each mountain range around the world has it’s own type of climate, which dictates the type of snow found each winter.  The Rocky Mountains are famous for light powdery snow, whereas the Costal Mountains of British Columbia are know for their big dumps with heavier density snow.  In the Andes Mountains of Argentina & Chile, there is a great variation in the type of snow that falls each season, as there is a big difference in elevation, temperature, & location.  In the northern Andes the climate is very dry as it is a high mountain desert, so here you should expect colder dry snow to that found in Patagonia, where elevations are lower.  Patagonia typically sees quite a bit more precipitation, as it is a wetter climate, & with warmer temperatures.

  • Andes Mountains (South America): the best months to ski South America are typically from early July to late September.  However, late June can also be good with early season storms and October can have wonderful corn snow.
  • Western U.S., British Columbia & Alberta in Canada: the season is typically from November through May (some years we ski until the 4th of July!).  Nonetheless, the best time for skiing is typically from Thanksgiving weekend through early May.

Yes, both individual and group trips are available for both our ski & cultural adventure trips. Our trip packages are designed to meet your travel needs and wishes.  We also cater to those wanting to celebrate special occasions , such as honeymoons and wedding anniversaries.  For those of you traveling in large groups, we will need to have plenty of advance notice, so that we can ensure accommodation & flight availability.

 

  • Lunches
  • Dinners on adventure travel trips (many are included on our backcountry ski trips)
  • Gratuities for the guides or other service oriented people on your trip.
  • Beverages
  • Entertainment
  • Extra excursions/activities not previously reserved
  • Taxi rides
  • Extra days/nights, unless booked during trip reservation period.

We will provide you with lodging accommodation addresses and phone numbers, as well as emergency contact numbers for our travel partners in each specific country.  If a problem were to arise either abroad or back home while you are away, it is a good idea to leave these emergency contact numbers with family members.  We have travel partners throughout our travel destinations that are there to assist you.  You can also reach out to us, but our travel partners will be your quickest on ground support.

In the event high mountain passes or resorts are closed, we do have other activities and excursions available.  Activities may include, but won’t be limited to:

  • Mountain & road biking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking/Mounatineering
  • Snowshoeing
  • Zip Lining
  • Asados (Barbeques in Argentina)
  • City tours
  • Estancia visits (working ranches)
  • Dinner shows
  • Wine tours
  • Museums
  • Boat excursions
  • Olympic venue tours