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Kat Dougal

Ecuador, Bolivia, Galapagos, Families, Peru

About Kat Dougal… I caught the travel bug from my older sister and set off on my first backpacking adventure …

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Tom Shearman

Galapagos, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Patagonia, Colombia

About Tom… Venturing out of the Forest of Dean at a young age on a bus to Gloucester set me …

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Alan Lyall

Chile, Patagonia, Argentina, Guyana

About Alan… I was born in Zambia to Scottish expats and first set foot in South America as a 5-year-old, …

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Kathy Jarvis

Trekking, Peru, Climbing, Bolivia, Patagonia, Ecuador

About Kathy… I first set foot in South America in Chile in 1994 and spent the next four years guiding …

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Andean Trails office staff and our partners in South America

Our UK office, and headquarters is based in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. However, all of our staff have lived and travelled extensively in South America over the last 20 years.


Trekker and andean family, Cancha Cancha, Lares, Peru

Know Before You Go: Our Top Tips for Holidays to Peru

Thinking about a holiday in Peru?   Andean Trails’ Peru travel expert Tom Shearman has visited Peru more than 10 times and shares his top travel tips and what to …

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Quotation Mark

Andean Trails put together an amazing 3 week adventure for us to take in Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Inca trails and history of the Andes, the rainforest and then a trip to discover the wonders of the Galapagos. Everything ran so smoothly with  luxurious accommodation, expert guides and fun activities such as cycling and white water rafting. Indeed, as we left the rainforest with just over a week to go we had already decided that it was our best family holiday ever… And that was when the airline cancelled our flight out of the jungle. Any good travel agent can sort out the holiday you want but its when things go wrong that the best agents excel. Missing the flight out of Porto Maldonado meant we would miss our two connecting flights to get us to the Galapagos. It was unclear if we would get on another flight out there as it was a busy time of year. Alan and the team worked tirelessly to resolve the situation and rerouted us through Quito (with stop off and a visit to the equator) from where they managed to get us on another flight to the Galapagos. They turned a potential disaster into another part of the adventure. There is no way we could have sorted it out ourselves. So we just wanted to say a massive thank you to Alan and the team and we are only too happy to recommend Andean Trails. It was epic!

K Aylmer, UK, 2017

Quotation Mark

- What was the highlight of your holiday? Was there a low point? Highpoint - the great tour guides and visit to Machu Pichu.  Low point was a flight cancellation in Lima.    - How would you rate accommodation/ food/ guides/ overall organisation? Fantastic!  The hotels were all lovely and the tour guides were friendly, smart and helpful. In Lima when we ran into trouble with a flight cancellation, Alan's team on the ground went to great lengths to rebook us on a new flight (with a different airline).  Had it not been for your office in Peru we would have been stuck in Lima over night and missed out on Tambo del Inka, which was a lovely resort.      - Did you feel you benefitted the local communities? Somewhat.  We are not shoppers, so each time we wound up at a 'market' we didn't really buy.    - What would you like to do differently next time? Spend more time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.  We could have skipped Lake Titicaca.     -   Out of interest why did you choose the places you visited and why Andean Trails to organise your trip?  Our goal was to visit Machu Pichu and Alan put together the rest of the trip around that highlight.  We came away with a great feel for Peru and (fingers crossed) would love to revisit one day.  

A Kropf, USA, 2018

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