The most memorable part of the holiday was wildlife: birds, dolphins, turtles, snakes, jesus lizardA proportion of our money spent went...... MorePhi Madden» Ecuador Active; Ecuador
The most memorable part of the holiday was wildlife: birds, dolphins, turtles, snakes, jesus lizardA proportion of our money spent went directly to conservation and much of my trip was eco tourist focussed. Overall it was brilliant, an unexpected bonus was the social democratic ideas in Ecuador. They can teach us a lot. Ecuador incredibly diverse, people genuinely interested, especially when 'the only Gringo on the Bus!' And Andean Trails very efficient. Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend.
"I believe the money paid to the local communites allow them to continue a number of things. ...... MoreAllan McClure, July 2014, Scotland» Lake Titicaca: Uros, Taquile & Amantani; Peru
"I believe the money paid to the local communites allow them to continue a number of things. "It provides wages for guides, cleaners, housekeepers, chefs etc and allows them to stay in the mountains rather than having to move to townships but also through tourists buying direct from source the locals can carry on traditional customs like weaving/knitting/fishing etc thus prolonging their heritage. "I believe the Uros tribes are expected to die out/move to the mainland shortly so it was a privilege to have seen and met them while they still stayed out on the floating islands. The tourism monies has helped prolong their existence thus far, I believe."
An excellent trip, very interesting, especially since we had a guided tour of the museum, which gave us some good background...... MoreT Watts» Arequipa and Colca Canyon; Peru
An excellent trip, very interesting, especially since we had a guided tour of the museum, which gave us some good background information. Colca Canyon was well worth the long drive. There was something very special about seeing the condors fly. There were lots of them so we weren’t disappointed.
"I wanted to say I had a sensationally good trip to Peru. ...... MoreGary Hitchen, UK, Sep 2014» Ausangate Camping Trek; Peru
"I wanted to say I had a sensationally good trip to Peru. "The help on the ground locally via Jesus and via Yamil, the trek guide, was excellent and Amaru 2 a great place to stay. "The trek was a real experience. The scenery was fantastic and we saw plenty of vicuna (including them bathing in a pool, which sent our guide into rapture) as well as vizcacha, llama and alpaca plus various birds. "The thermal spring on the final night was welcome. A real wild west frontier town. An abiding memory of the trek is how many times, in the middle of nowhere, a random local would suddenly appear. The men appreciated bring given some coca to chew and the ladies often carried their textiles to offer you. All very friendly. "Trip of a lifetime and thanks again for all your help."
You have a great team down there in La Paz. Very organized and well equipped. I really enjoyed it. The scenery is phenomenal!! Maria is...... MoreLiz Macintosh» Hichukhota to Condoriri Trek; Bolivia
You have a great team down there in La Paz. Very organized and well equipped. I really enjoyed it. The scenery is phenomenal!! Maria is a great cook and never failed to surprise me with the freshness and quality of her meals. Osvaldo was very competent and it was great that he spoke perfect English so dinner conversation was not lacking.
I can’t imagine a better photo group leader than Bruce. Even though I’ve been on about a dozen photo tours all over the...... MoreRoger Pool» Bolivia and Chile Altiplano Photography Safari; Bolivia
I can’t imagine a better photo group leader than Bruce. Even though I’ve been on about a dozen photo tours all over the world, Bruce is by far the best. Of course he knows his photography and takes beautiful pictures that inspire us continually. More importantly, he gets us to those same locations at the right time of day so we can try our hand at emulating his success. He knows the area thoroughly, updates his information by asking questions of locals throughout the trip, and is ready to quickly shift gears if the weather or some other condition dictates a better photo location. His attention to detail doesn’t stop at photography. The trip ran like clockwork because he was careful to make sure that all logistical elements were not only properly arranged but double-checked at the final moment. Bruce is not only a great photography tour leader but a great guy - lots of fun with many stories and lively conversation.
Our holiday was FANTASTIC, definitely lived up to all my expectations. ...... MoreJuliette Walker, UK, July 2014» Peru Self-Guided & Inca Trail; Peru
Our holiday was FANTASTIC, definitely lived up to all my expectations. Where to start? Peru was great, really enjoyed visiting the ruins, exploring the Sacred Valley and resting in the tranquil surroundings of the Green House. We went to Pisac, Moray, Maras and Salinas (loved the salt pans) and also wandered round Ollantaytambo before getting the train. Our Machu Picchu visit was really well organised and the guide was first class. It was a fantastic experience and it was great watching the ruins and the mountains emerging from the clouds as the sun came up. Our only regret was that we didn’t spend any time in Cuzco as it is a lovely city and we would like to have explored. The hotel, Casa San Blas, was also really nice.
Our trip was fantastic. We loved it and the hiccoughs only added to the experience. Many thanks for all your work...... MoreAndrew McArthur» Trek and Kayak Paine W; Patagonia
Our trip was fantastic. We loved it and the hiccoughs only added to the experience. Many thanks for all your work in setting up the trip and ironing out the creases when they appeared. As our friends did for us/you, I would not hesitate in recommending Andean Trails to anyone else planning a trip to Chile. Thank you.
Thanks for organising this we had a great time. I was amazed at how smoothly everything went, having only had experience in...... MoreDavid Rampersad» Peru Family Adventure Holiday; Peru
Thanks for organising this we had a great time. I was amazed at how smoothly everything went, having only had experience in developing countries of Africa and Asia backpacking which is usually quite fraught at airports and railways. We were collected and looked after with absolutely no fuss, refreshments and comforts sorted out all the way by courteous staff. The transfers were as smooth as one could expect in the airports. The trekking guides cooks and wranglers were all great. Food was varied tasty and much better than I'd expected. Tents and mats were fine. Trekking was not too hard - our 13-yr-old son managed it reasonably easily, our daughter rode most of the way and enjoyed it immensely. Safety standards on the rafting were good, grade 3 was about right for our kids. Food and transfers very good, in all a fun day out. Hotels were fine, especially the Hacienda Marcabamba which was lovely, with very nice hosts. Clean and central in Cusco. The Amazon lodge was really nice and the programme you put together kept us busy and entertained. The best bits were jumaring into the tree and kayaking, although it was all good. Food and esp cocktails were fantastic. Definately recommended as a good contrast to the mountains. Flight down was awesome.