Santa Lucia is perched in a privileged position, atop a mountain with wonderful views.
Varied altitudes means incredible bio-diversity through its differing climatic zones.
Protected area set up by, cared for and worked by the thirteen families of the Santa Lucia community.
Wonderful wildlife, from spectacled bears to hummingbirds to cock-of-the-rock and more.
Beautiful forests full of orchids, flowers and ancient trees.
Intimate main lodge and comfy cabins with spectacular views over the forests.
The walk up was well worth it. We were the only people at the lodge. Our guide was the best we had in all our South America travels, he showed us so much.
The cabin had a beautiful view. I wish we could have stayed longer.
E. Sanchez, Santa Lucia
Transfer at 08.00 Quito to lodge, two-hour hike in, activities in afternoon or relax (L,D)
Hike, waterfalls, lake swim, or Cock-of-the-Rock. Afternoon sugar making (B,L,D)
Banana and coffee plantation, waterfalls and pre-Inca Trail to exit, transfer back to Quito (B,L)
Entrance to Santa Lucia Reserve, cabin with private bathroom, full board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day, English-speaking guide at lodge, Quito-lodge-Quito transfers, mules to carry luggage up/down from lodge, water, rubber boots
Alcoholic and hot drinks, insurance, personal items, flights (we can look for these) hotels in Quito, tips, personal expenses
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Dates: From January 2019 to December 2020
Duration: 3 days
Capacity: 16 people
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Duration: 5 days
Capacity: 32 people
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Capacity: 20 people
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We chose Andean trails after finding you online. As soon as we got talking about our options, it was clear you guys were hugely knowledgeable and could help us plan the perfect trip. We had an incredible time!
Overall Organisation: excellent, couldn’t have been better!
Highlight: It’s hard to pick just one, but exploring the suspension bridges above Grey glacier was amazing, exploring the French Valley, and watching a huge chunk of glacier carve away were some of our favourites.
Low point: I’m not sure we really had a low point, it was all amazing.
Accommodation: hotel in Puerto Natales was great, really quirky, good service. As expected the refugios on the trek were pretty basic but perfectly ok, the cabin at Cuernos though was brilliant!
Food: Again, as expected the food in the refugios was very basic, but edible. Our food in Cuernos refugio was actually very good, a nice treat in the middle of our trek! In the hotel, our breakfast was very good.
Guides: We didn’t really have any, but the lady that met us at the bus station and took us to our hotel was very friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed spending a short period of time in Puerto Natales, spending money in the local shops and restaurants. All the locals were super friendly. Hopefully we contributed to the tourist economy. We were very aware of our impact on the natural environment in the park, and the clear impact humans are having with erosion of paths etc. We were as careful as we could be to make sure we had as little environmental impact as possible.
What would we do differently? Not much really. Other than do some training for the hike, 32km on the first day was hard going!!
We love hiking and spending time in the outdoors. We had a couple of friends that had done the W trek and their experience sounded amazing. We weren’t disappointed!
Thanks for all your help and advice in making our trip an experience we will remember forever!
Anna Redman, UK, 2019
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Andean Trails helped us organise a memorable family trip through Peru and Bolivia.
We loved exploring the diversity these countries have to offer - coast, desert, mountains, salt flats and rain forests – with a balance of culture, activity and a little bit of R&R!
I generally like to do the research for trips myself but after the initial research phase, it was great to have Tom as an expert partner, focused on delivering what we wanted to get out of the trip, whilst adding value by suggesting things that would enhance our experience.
He provided an invaluable sense check on what was possible, adding support and expertise to make our ambitious plan a reality - e.g, organising private transfers to get us to where we needed to be before the border closed etc. and providing the reassurance of a ‘go to’ person on the ground for help when needed. He was fabulous to work with and it felt like planning the trip with a friend.
Tom really knows the people and places in all the locations and his suggestions for activities to keep everyone in the family interested and entertained were spot on, meaning we had lots of cool things to do with wonderfully knowledgeable guides, including special times on Lake Titicaca with a home stay on Amantanti.
Thanks for helping us create the most memorable family trip.
Lynn Oliver, UK, 2017
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