Below are a number of links to other resources which we feel may be of interest to you.
Please note that as these are external websites, we do not have any control over their content.
Andean Trails offers ATOL protection to some of its customers, depending on where they reside and if they buy flights. Learn what protection ATOL gives you. Find out how to make sure you are covered and see what to do if your travel company has collapsed.
Photographer Bruce Percy travels the globe to remote places to seek unusual blends of the light and landscapes.
His stunning collections of portraits and scenes are, as he says, “a great way of getting closer to the land in a way that I wouldn’t ordinarily experience. It has made the joy of travel much more satisfying for me.” Visit his website.
Trees for Life
With deforestation and increased carbon emissions a critical global problem, Trees for Life plants trees as a vital step for a sustainable future.
We encourage our passengers to calculate their holiday CO2 emissions and plant trees to compensate.
A wide range of information about Peru and its links with the United Kingdom.
Includes information and advice on visas for work and travel and Peruvian contacts within the UK from the Peru Embassy.
Spirit of the Andes
More than 1,000 indigenous women of the Bolivian high Andes formed this non-profit organisation to help tackle poverty.
Spirit of the Andes use traditional methods to hand-knit quality Alpaca clothes for sale to the world – self esteem and economic power for women.
Rainforest Concern was established in 1993 to protect threatened natural habitats, particularly rainforests, the biodiversity they contain and the indigenous people who still depend on them for survival.
At present the Rainforest Concern has thirteen conservation projects in nine countries across Latin America and in Sri Lanka, and works closely with local conservation organisations in these countries to protect rainforests.
TravelPharm provide information on malaria risk and a range of travel health aids.
As an International Galapagos Tour Operators Association member, we are dedicated to the protection of the Galapagos.
The IOGTA mission is to preserve the Galapagos Islands as a unique world heritage site that will provide enjoyment for generations of travellers.
Archipelago Azores is a UK-based independent tour operator organising a wide range of exciting holidays.
Whale and dolphin watching, guided and independent walking, cycling, honeymoons and family holidays – all in beautiful manor house accommodation.
SafariQuip has over 21 years experience in supplying essential kit for travellers.
All the things you need to make your travels that bit more comfortable and enjoyable.
Paramo are innovators of functional and comfortable mountain and travel clothing.
Endorsed by Outdoor Professionals and aspired to by recreational outdoor enthusiasts.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
UK Government’s travel advice branch, with information on visas, political situations and more.
The Galapagos Conservation Trust
Get free membership to The Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) by booking a cruise to the islands through Andean Trails.
The GCT is a UK-registered charity that works to protect and raise awareness of the conservation issues of the Galapagos archipelago.
Chilean Embassy (UK)
A wide range of information about Chile and its links with the United Kingdom from the Chilean Embassy.
Responsibletravel.com was launched in 2001 to help travellers book real and authentic holidays that also benefit the environment and local people.
We offer 1,000s of adventure and family holidays that benefit local communities and conservation projects.
Ecuador Ministry of Tourism
Ecuador and Galapagos travel information from the Ecuador Ministry of Tourism.
Official travel information for Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.
Embassy of the Argentine Republic in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – in English and Spanish – for information on visas etc.
For many years, Andean Trails has been a supporter of Tourism Concern.
Tourism Concern fights exploitation in tourism, and is an independent, non-industry based, UK charity, with members and supporters from around the world.
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The highlight of our holiday was the amazing trek and being in such a remote location surrounded by the most majestic, beautiful mountains. It was absolutely awesome.
Accommodation: It was great in Lima and comfortable in Huaraz with a fantastic rooftop breakfast!
Food: The food on the trek was excellent - we are vegetarian and the cook (Estaban) provided us with delicious, creative and beautiful food throughout and plenty of it. He was like a magician, conjuring up the loveliest food whilst camping in a remote setting.
Guide: Our trek guide (Yunmer) was great. He was extremely informative, had a great sense of humour and was really enthusiastic. He helped carry Jane's water and bag at times - not that we asked him to. He insisted! I have recently had my collarbone plated and he was keen to relieve me of the burden of carrying anything to heavy.
Trek staff: Our donkey / horse driver (Gusman) was brilliant, hard working and quietly helped around camp, setting up, taking down and moving us from one home to the next. The trekking team as a whole were exceptional, really supportive and kind and worked really well together.
Overall organisation was excellent. We felt we were in good hands and looked after well both before and after the trek.
Acclimatising: Acclimatisation walk around Huaraz with Rodolfo was a perfect start to the holiday. Rodolfo is extremely reliable, efficient, well informed and a lovely person. It was great to gain a little insight into the people and culture of the region.
The acclimatisation walk to Laguna Churup with David was another fantastic day. David has been living in the mountains for many years and shared some of his experience and knowledge with us as we surveyed the landscape of peaks, glaciers and lakes.
Benefitting local communities: The local people benefit from the presence of tourists as we provide them an income. Visiting tourists encourages everyone to look after and help maintain this pristine environment- those in the remote communities and also our own trekking team. Visiting tourists also need to respect this. The local people were very grateful that we visited them and also very grateful to Andean trails for their support. They encouraged us to return or send other friends and family. We had some great interactions with our little team and a lot of fun. Sharing our time with these lovely, charming people was very special and we felt that they benefitted as well as us.
Overall: We would strongly recommend anyone who loves nature, being outside and has a sense of adventure to do it.
It is a very special, magical place. Having seen people undertaking the trek unsupported, we felt that having a supported trek was perfect for us as we could really enjoy just being there.
Jane & Greg Windsor, Aus, Sep 2019
» Cordillera Huayhuash Trek, Circuit Walk
We had an absolutely amazing trip and everything was perfect.
Highlights – there were loads of highlights. We loved Quito – especially the morning we went up the Teleferico. We could see for miles over the city to snow capped Volcanos beyond. Our Equador guide and driver were brilliant – Miguel and Memo. They went out or their way to make sure we saw as much as possible – we wouldn’t have seen or learned as much without them. We saw humming bird, toucans, tangers and a fantastic bird of prey sanctuary that wasn’t on the original schedule.
The Galapagos Islands were amazing. Again we saw so much and the guides were brilliant. They were so enthusiastic about their islands, the animals and conservation.
Accommodation etc – the hotels were all excellent. We loved the quirkyness of the hotel in Quito. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The Septimo Paraiso eco lodge in the cloud forest and the Hacienda Las Palmeras near Otavalo were great – the food at Las Palmeras was really excellent. The airport hotel was spotless and friendly but the set meal of Spaghetti bolognese wasn’t great to be honest. We ate in some lovely restaurants and the guides picked some lovely places to stop for food.
Sol y Mar on Santa Cruz was lovely too.
We loved Hotel Albemarle on Isabela. It was a perfect place to spend 5 nights. The rooms were comfy, clean with lovely balconies and views. There were some really good local restaurants, especially Coco surf, recommended by Tania, our Isabela guide.
The company that did our trip to Los Tuneles were fantastic. The guide was so enthusiastic and determined that we would see loads of wildlife. He took loads of photos with his gopro then downloaded them all for us for free when we got back. The lunch on the boat that day was chicken and rice which all three of my kids said was the best lunch they’d had all holiday. It might have been because they were all cold and knackered – they even took the hot sweet tea on offer.
I hope we benefitted the local communities. We enjoyed our trips to the coffee plantation and the chocolate factory and certainly brought plenty of chocolate and coffee back with us. I would like to think that the money we spent goes in someway to help conservation efforts and to keep the cloud forests and the Galapagos Islands as special and unique as they clearly are.
We picked Andean trails because you are based in Scotland and seemed to understand out requirements and came up with a perfect sounding itinary. Flying from Galsgow via Amsterdam worked well and for us was definitely the quickest and easiest way to get there.
Everything worked out perfectly. We had a totally brilliant time. I think it is all still sinking in...
L. Keany, UK, Aug 2019
» 4-day Ecuador Family Holiday
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If you are wondering what to eat in Buenos Aires you might wish to consider a tasting menu. Alan was recently in Buenos Aires and this is the account of his personal experience of a a tasting menu evening. He writes: Tasting menu – a lot of small “funny” dishes designed to confuse and challenge your palate. Well, that’s what I have always thought and as such they have never appealed to me. On a recent visit to Buenos Aires I was invited to go to a seven course tasting menu, paired with wine, at Casa Coupage. …
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