The trip was perfect.
Main highlight: getting engaged at Macchu Picchu :)
Things that are more within Andean Trails’ control: Condor viewing at Colca, cresting the first pass on the Inca Trail, seeing a whole flock of parrots in the Amazon.
Organisation was excellent. We were happy with all of our guides, they were knowledgeable and personable. Food was great and I liked that all of the hotels had some history behind them.
We loved the order; it was nice to have the slower paced Amazon after the big hike. I think if the Amazon been first, I would have been impatient to get going and do more, but as it was, all the down time was much appreciated. Kerstin Palm, May 2015, USA
Peru has to be one of the friendliest, prettiest places. Really, all of the contacts were great, the only one I didn't meet was Oscar in Puno, but he sent someone to fetch us and drop us, and called every evening which was perfect.
Refugio Amazona was beautiful, and our guide Listen was just such a darling, by far the best guide in the Amazon.
And Jesus in Cusco was also really lovely and warm. The hotels were fantastic, and the amount of time allocated to things was ideal.
I must say Alan, you put together a really fantastic holiday for my Mom and I really loved it, there were just so many highlights I can't really point out only one, but Cusco is a really special spot, and so is the Sacred Valley.
I don't think I would do anything differently - it was really a perfect trip. Thank you so much.Lara van Nunen
Thank you so much for all your help with organising this trip of a lifetime.
I am so happy with my decision to choose Andean Trails as our guide for this five week trip and of course I will be recommending (have already actually) Andean Trails to family and friends.
Wow!! What an amazing trip. We were discussing the highlight of the trip and came to the conclusion that there really was no particular highlight as every segment was so different and so amazing! Basically the highlight was the whole trip!
Everything ran like clockwork. All the tour guides/drivers were on time and all transport was on time (flights, buses, taxis). Everyone was friendly and helpful and not once were we made to feel scared or unwelcome.Jen Gibbons, Qatar, July 2015
"Speaking for myself, the Ausangate trip, end to end, was superb and was easily my high point. The uniqueness of the trip, the quality of the walk, the height of the lodges, the warmth of the fellow guests, the genuine helpfulness and friendliness of the staff and guides all combined to make something extremely special and that I don't think could be repeated.
"The Green House was also top quality and was an inspired choice. I'm not sure there was a low point as such as the holiday in it's totality was truly fantastic but they really need to do something with the toilets on the Macho Picachu trail.
"Organisation was faultless. The accomodation varied from good to superb. The food was certainly a surprise and was of a much higher standard than expected. The guides were both top class and the overall organisation was exemplary.
"Could not be any better, from intial conversations, which were many, to the booking process, the pre takeoff information and all aspects within the Peru interior.
"Tom provided a service way beyond that expected from a travel company. In fact to expand on this, he was so helpful many years ago when we originally looked into travelling to Peru that i was determined that should we take the plunge then it would be through Tom. Much appreciated indeed."
"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."Allan McClure, July 2014, Scotland
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.Juliette Walker, UK, July 2014