The crew were friendly, the boat was clean, always plenty of space to sit, never felt crowded, guide was knowledgeable never rushed us,...... MoreB Griffiths» Encantada; Ecuador
The crew were friendly, the boat was clean, always plenty of space to sit, never felt crowded, guide was knowledgeable never rushed us, taught us lots and was very patient. Perfect size for us, any bigger would have been impersonal Food was good.
We arrived home from South America a couple of days ago and just wanted to write to you to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip you...... MoreBrian Sawford» Chachapoyas Trek; Peru
We arrived home from South America a couple of days ago and just wanted to write to you to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip you put together for us. Everything went like clockwork and all the people involved were very helpful and most efficient. The three guides we had for our trek, for the Amazon and for Chachapoyas were brilliant. We understand from talking to them that they had been selected to suit our interests, so thank you very much for your attention to detail. Not only were they expert guides and very knowledgeable about birds, plants and animals and Peruvian culture, they were all also lovely people with a genuine interest in us. They were also very keen to learn from us. It was an experience we will never forget, especially the sense of achievement when we reached the top of those high passes. Thank you again for a wonderful holiday
Well, we had an AMAZING time. What a brilliant country. I'd probably say among many highlights, the best surprises were: ...... MoreSteven» Peru Highlights; Peru
Well, we had an AMAZING time. What a brilliant country. I'd probably say among many highlights, the best surprises were: - Peruvian food. We had no expectations whatsoever really - we went to Cuba a few years back, and whilst the country was fantastic the food there was pretty ordinary, and if anything we assumed Peru would be similar. But the range, quality and distinctiveness of what we found in Peru was amazing. The relative cheapness meant we were able to 'splurge' at really nice restaurants a number of times, which was great - but even the food at buffets on tour/coach trips and on the Inca Trail was excellent. We're on the hunt for a good Peruvian cookbook now! - Arequipa and (particularly) Cusco. Beautiful cities - and in the latter case, probably one of our favourite ever anywhere we've been. - The Tambopata Research Center. Thanks so much for organising a longer stay in the jungle with a trip to TRC as well as Refugio Amazonas. Both were great - but the time we spent at TRC, with fewer other tourists and lots more rare wildlife, was really outstanding, not least thanks to our guide Jhin (much more about him below). Both of us - but particularly Clare, I know - loved the working/research nature of the place and the more in-depth contact with the wildlife. - Colca Lodge. Thanks for the heads up, which as far as I could tell went down very well indeed. With regards to our guides/organisation, everything - pretty much without exception - ran like clockwork: we were picked up in every place, never had to wait or were left wondering what to do (even though having travelled independently a lot before we occasionally fretted needlessly). That's about it - if 'it' can cover what an amazing trip we had...I hope that's useful. Needless to say, we're very happy indeed with Andean Trails and we'll be recommending them to our friends and family. By the way, you might be interested to know that the things that initially really sold the trip over other agencies were: - the really detailed level of information you provided at the initial enquiry, esp the info about Tambopata and the Inca Trail. - the fact that the trip was planned to slowly acclimatise to altitude from Arequipa to Colca to Lake Titicaca to the Trail, before ending with Tambopata; this confused us originally because so many other tours (bespoke and non-bespoke) seem to have other routings - e.g. going straight to the Inca Trail after a night or two in Cusco - but your itinerary in retrospect made perfect sense, and ending with the jungle was the icing on the cake. Thanks very much again, and who knows? We might be in touch again regarding another South American trip in the future. We reckon Canada next year though...
The Torres del Paine photo workshop/tour was fantastic. Bruce is extremely down-to-earth, humble, and genuine. He is very easy to get...... MoreMilind Paranjpe» Photography workshop: Torres del Paine; Patagonia
The Torres del Paine photo workshop/tour was fantastic. Bruce is extremely down-to-earth, humble, and genuine. He is very easy to get along with, and makes people around him very comfortable. The small group size allowedBruce to spend sufficient time with each person. I only wish the course was longer - Torres del Paine is an amazing location, and I hope to return there some day.
[Pre-departure service] worked like a charm. ...... MoreT Moll» Cusco Active; Peru
[Pre-departure service] worked like a charm. The trip went very well – everything was in order, like clockwork. Far better than one expects from an emerging economy … your partners and people in Peru were very competent. We were especially impressed by Jesus, our contact in Cuzco. He was exceedingly helpful and knowledgeable. Ensured that all the arrangements and connections worked perfectly. Highly recommended!
This was a truly excellent trip, thank you. ...... MoreAndrew Curran, UK, Nov 2014» Paine Circuit classic trek; Patagonia
This was a truly excellent trip, thank you. From the organisation at your end through to the meet-and-greet and the entire treking experience I would rate the trip as 5 stars. The trekking itself is of moderate severity - no problem if you are fit but not for the unfit. The refugios were all different but all good in their own way from the very basic mountain hut to the luxurious and well appointed. The eco camp is a must for it sunique and restfull atmosphere - and that bit of luxury after 6 days in the mountains. The weather for my trip was extraordinary - blue skies and sunshine combined with waist deep snow and cold nights made for a truly beautiful experience. Coming over the pass at 11.00 in the morning in deep snow and bright sunshine to see the Patagonian Ice Cap spread out before us was a truly life-long moment.I would highly recommend this package with Andean Trails.
The group was really well organized and the activities were well thought out. Equipment was is good condition and the accommodation was...... MoreJ Duncan» Galapagos Islands Multi-Activity Adventure; Ecuador
The group was really well organized and the activities were well thought out. Equipment was is good condition and the accommodation was super, clean and welcoming. The guides were very knowledgeable and passionate about the Galapagos. Good mix of activities. My holiday with Andean Trails was without a doubt the best trip I’ve been on. The wildlife was amazing.
The Napo Eco-lodge was very comfortable and extremely well organised. The rain forest paid it’s part with good weather and a wide...... MoreP Norwood» Napo Wildlife Centre; Ecuador
The Napo Eco-lodge was very comfortable and extremely well organised. The rain forest paid it’s part with good weather and a wide range of sightings including giant otters (a female and 3 cubs), nine species of primates, some beautiful birds and butterflies, bats, caiman, snakes and lizards. My cameras were running red hot at times. The local guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Maquipucuna Cloud Forest lodge also very good. I still managed to photograph some beautiful Humming birds, Jesus Christ lizards,...... MoreP Norwood» Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Lodge; Ecuador
Maquipucuna Cloud Forest lodge also very good. I still managed to photograph some beautiful Humming birds, Jesus Christ lizards, Butterflies, Moths, Orchids and atmospheric landscapes. The highlights were sightings of Golden headed Quetzel and a whole family of spectacled bears. The male was up one tree and the female and two cubs were up another, I managed several reasonable photo’s. I stood and watched them interact for 20 minutes what a privilege!!
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