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I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the organising you did for our trip. We had a great time and it’s a trip we will never forget! I wanted to mention that everybody out there did a very good job and all hosts and drivers were really lovely and helpful people.
So many highlights….wildlife in the Galapagos was incredible! To see tortoises, sharks, iguanas, sea lions, penguins etc so close up was amazing!
» Galapagos Family Holiday
We just got home last night from a WONDERFUL, AMAZING trip!!! Thank you so much for your careful planning – everything was excellent, starting from Jorge, our driver in Quito to all the wonderful people that helped us in the Galapagos. Thanks so much, Kat – really, truly! Ecuador is a beautiful country! You really made our trip great!!
S Diaz, USA, Ecuador & Galapagos, 2018
» 5-day Ecuador Family Holiday
» Ecuador & Galapagos Tour For Families
» Galapagos Family Holiday
Truly everything was great-excursions, food, accommodations, hospitality, organization…etc. Our trip was well planned out, but still allowed for a lot of flexibility.
It was just the right amount of physical challenge for my 14 year old son and me. We’re both fairly active people, but also wanted some exposure to culture and variety. This trip struck a great balance of all we were looking for-adventure, culture, relaxation.
Our guides were knowledgeable, patient and easy going. We felt very well cared for.
I think the high point for both of us was when we climbed up the final steps on the Inca trail at the Sun Gate and took in the view of the amazing Machu Picchu. It was truly awe-inspiring.
I also felt that our accommodations were well curated to have minimal environmental impact and our excursions allowed us to patronize locally owned establishments.
Thanks for helping us plan our unforgettable adventure.
N Mark, USA, Peru, 2018
» Peru Family Adventure Holiday
The whole Peru Trip was an amazing experience! The trip was perfectly organised and we we had two weeks we will never forget!! The combined Salkantay and Inca Trail is an experience I can recommend to everybody.
It was an amazing experience to walk through the remote Peruvian landscape. The first days on the Salkantaytrail we didn’t see more than 20 people a day!
There was no low point.
The organization of the trek was perfect, our guide Manuel and his team made us feel comfortable, gave us plenty of food. The guide was very skilful. By choosing the right camping sites on the Inca Trail we experienced not many other people (in high season!).
Thanks a lot! Next time we go to South-America, we will surely contact Andean Trails again!
R Haak, Netherlands, Peru, 2018
» Inca Trail 4-Day Hike To Machu Picchu, Peru
» Salkantay 5-day Camping Trek
Thank you for arranging a brilliant holiday for us. We had the most wonderful time. It was my personal holiday of a lifetime and lived up to all expectations and more.
Everything was really well organised and we felt completely looked after all the time.
Tom’s suggestions and help beforehand were much appreciated, including your time in re-assuring us about all sorts of things.
We have to say that your choice of company on Galapagos was just brilliant.
We also greatly enjoyed your choice of hotels in Ecuador – particularly El Monte – to be highly recommended.
We’ll be sending you a video of the hammerheads sharks we saw when snorkelling. Thank you once again.
H Honeyball, UK, 2018
» 4-day Ecuador Family Holiday
» Galapagos Active Adventure Tour
Tom always got back to us really quickly, answered our questions clearly and gave us lost of really useful information and details. We were very impressed.
It gave us so much confidence in Andean Trails, unlike other replies we got from other agents, which were also much slower.
We decided to travel with you because of Tom’s efficiency and friendliness.
J Fairweather, UK, 2018
The Anahi was very special because of the guide and crew.
The landings on the volcanic desert islands and the fearless wildlife were highlights. The two small towns were very forgettable.
We wanted to see it all and we really did!
A Waters, UK, 2018
» Anahi, Luxury Galapagos Catamaran Cruise
– What was the highlight of your holiday? Was there a low point?
The trek was the highlight. The highlight was the fact that we were the only people not from the local community on the trail. The night spent under canvass in the river valley was amazing. It was magical.
I did struggle a bit with the altitude (not actually altitude sickness). I was a bit breathless which affected my walking. I found it difficult to eat on the first two days but that did pass. I had an upset stomach and suffered from nausea – had to take tablets to keep it all under control…
The two guides for the trek, Lucia & Uli, were amazing. They produced excellent meals at lunch and in the evening. They were both very easy to be with. They were knowledgeable and I trusted both of them completely. The organisation of the trek was excellent.
We stayed one night with Paula (the wife/mother of the two mule men). We were made to feel very welcome. The guides appeared to have a comfortable relationship with Paula and her family. We felt well looked after by all of them. (Think the two men found us rather amusing).
When we stayed in Nazareno we ate in the local cafe. We met two teachers from the local school who were delighted to find three foreigners in the village. They would have liked us to come to the school and meet the children. The teachers did not speak English but that did not seem to matter… Pancho said that the people of Nazareno were very resistant to the idea of tourism – the government had apparently proposed building a hotel there. They are certainly resistant to ‘mass’ tourism but I suspect that they would have fewer reservations about people travelling on foot like us. He was very conscious of the need to find a comfortable balance between bringing people (and money) into the area without changing things too much.
M Glentworth, UK , 2018
» Salt Flats of the Altiplano trekking tour
» Salta Trek: La Quiaca Hike
Thanks for helping us plan such an amazing trip! We had a wonderful time with very few hiccups during the week!
Highlights: the Galapagos and the boat crew, the cloud forest hikes, the hacienda in Cotopaxi, the lovely guides and tour leaders throughout.
Food was fantastic. Guides were fantastic. Organization and transportation were always spot on. Hacienda Porvenir was spectacular! The boat was great and very comfortable.
And the cloud forest lodge was a very cool experience.
I felt like we stayed in places that were locally-owned and helped to employ people in the community. The guides were all local and knew a great deal of their areas of expertise, so it felt awesome to tip them at the end and know that the money was going to help people that will turn around and teach more foreigners about Ecuador. Not once did I feel like we were in a situation that encouraged water waste or consumption of plastic bottles. The conservation efforts were apparent throughout.
Next time, I will stay longer in Ecuador and add on Otovalo!
Thank you, Tom, for everything!
D Flores, USA, 2018
» Ecuador Highlights 7-Day Holiday
» Archipel, First Class Galapagos Catamaran
» Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge
The absolute highlight was the private Salkantay trek. We loved the trekking through the beautiful mountain landscape far away from the crowds, with absolutely amazing crew of the local agency: our great guide Elvis who strived to provide us with the real Andean hiking experience, and our fabulous cook Cezar who spoiled us with fantastic 3-course vegetarian meals!
– How would you rate accommodation/ food/ guides/ overall organisation?
Everything was very well organized, fully in line with the agreed program of our trip – all pick ups & guides were super professional and always on time. A special notion to all organizers in Cusco who were very attentive and taking great care of us, and to our guide in La Paz who offered us very interesting & refreshing city tour.
Food was great, our absolute highlights were ceviche and everything cooked by Cesar during our trek; as a special notion – we requested vegetarian meals and this request was fully observed in all places.
– Did you feel you benefitted the local communities?
Yes – in each place we had guides from local agencies who often took us to places where we could meet and support local artisans & people from local communities. We especially liked the visit at organic coffee farm run by the female cooperative in Peruvian cloud forest.
– What would you like to do differently next time?
Most of our trip was the private tour, with however few exceptions like the group visit at Lake Titicaca and semi-private drive in Uyuni; next time we would go 100% private tour that allows to fully tailor the trip to our interests and pace.
– Out of interest why did you choose the places you visited and why Andean Trails to organise your trip?
Peru & Bolivia were always on our bucket list and we’re very happy to finally make this dream come true. Landscapes with mountains & deserts, great history, as well as contemporary local culture & food are absolutely fantastic!
Andean Trails was recommended by Responsible Travel – we were looking for an agency that is expert in organizing trips to South America and also can offer a tailor-made private experience – our expectations were fully met, and our agent Kat helped with many recommendations that made our trip even better.
Thank you once more for organizing such great holidays!
A Opalska, Poland, 2018
» Salkantay 5-day Camping Trek
» Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats 4WD Tour
» Lake Titicaca Tour
I must mention that dealing with Andean is / has been a superb experience. Things have gone so smoothly both on this trip & previous one. One needs to deal with others to put a value on your service , arrangements, & your suppliers !
J Bangara, India, 2018
» Tailor made Namibia
We wanted to give some quick feedback on our holiday (Self guided Patagonia 17 March – 01 April 2018). We had an amazing time – thanks for everything. We found the whole thing well organised, and very efficient. If we’d tried to set something similar up ourselves we would have had to spend many hours researching, booking, etc, and likely would have spent more time waiting around whilst there or say doing the W in an non-optimal way.
We’ve been asked by friends about which company we used, and we have been recommending you.
E Dosman, UK, 2018
» Patagonia Self-guided Trekking Tour
The highlight was the Ice Cap definitely, it is a unique experience. There wasn’t really any low point. The Martial Montes trek was very nice landscape wise (and for a bit of a rest too …) but did not really have any objective – I am more used to go for a trek with a target – it would be nicer if it was possible to reach the Martial glacier for example.
The guys were really nice though so please don’t feed this back as any complaint.
The accommodation was perfect. We did not quite realize how posh our W trek was – we are not used to stay in 200 USD a night facilities but it was a nice luxury for once on a holiday ….
What would I do differently next time?
We wanted to do too much in too little time. It would be nicer to have a bit of time off in El Chalten for example before moving onto the next trek. Retirement is quite close though so if/when we do something similar in the future it would be more interleaved with days off.
We wanted to visit the highlights of Patagonia plus the Ice Cap and the three places we visited are those (or we went to Puento Moreno too). I knew about Andean Trails from the past when looking to do the Inca Trail and it provided us with the flexibility we needed this time – we use Exodus otherwise most of the times and they have just a fixed and too expensive for the length of it itinerary. Also the Ice Cap trek was the main driver here – when I saw the email about it, I just thought this is the thing to do in Patagonia – that’s the way I usually decide .
J Novak, UK, 2018
» South Patagonia Ice Field Trek
» Paine W Classic Trek
» Martial Glacier Hike, Ushuaia Trek
Tom Shearman from “Andean Trails” organised a large portion of our 6 month holiday in South America.
First up was a hotel/boat for a few weeks in the Galapagos, which included more sea life, animals and birds than one could imagine.
Peru was such a cultural experience which saw us transported from one Incan site to another. We trekked the Lares Trail and stayed in the most comfortable lodges each night, which was just what was needed after breath taking walks each day. Trek ended in Machu Picchu which is just a must if heading to Peru.
Andean Trails then had us booked in the Tambopata Research centre in the Amazon and along with non- stop animal sightings – the food and staff were terrific.
Bolivia was next on the list of countries to explore and still we had airport pickups and hotels organised each destination, without any problems. Tom had given us a list of “on the ground” support, but we never had the need to contact them.
The guides/drivers organised for us through the salt flats and a trek in the Bolivian altiplanico were very informative and helpful (especially with our 10 year old) as we found climbing at altitude a little challenging.
Tom recommended some amazing hotels/accomodation throughout our trip, from Atacama, “W Trek” Torres del Paine in Patagonia and Cristina Estancia in Argentina (this was exceptional).
We enjoyed all the activities that were included, and staff/food were once again amazing.
We travelled 5 countries and not once did we encounter any problems with our bookings.
Tom was so thorough with all the details and his knowledge on this part of the world is a fantastic asset to “Andean Trails”
We had the pleasure to meet him in Cusco, Peru whilst he was “boots on the ground” meeting with guides/drivers and reps to ensure they are up to the standards he offers clients. Great to know your agent has first-hand knowledge of the areas you plan to travel to.
We recommended anyone interested in travelling to South America to contact “Andean Trails” for the best holiday.
Thank you Tom and “Andean Trails” for making our 6 month holiday such a magical time.
Nadia, Jon and Stella – Perth, AUSTRALIA
» Lares Valley: Alternative Trek To Machu Picchu
» Coral I & II Galapagos Cruise Yachts
» Tambopata Research Centre
» Paine W Classic Trek
I just wanted to say thanks for the fine organisation on this trip.
We learned a lot on how to make future trips out of this experience.
The bare-foot dune crossing was tough but something to be remembered for a lifetime 😉
Everything else was just tip top organised from accommodations to timing of events, guides etc…
G van Balen, Netherlands, 2018
» Tailor made Brazil
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