AWR coordinated an awesome Tanzanian experience for us. We cannot say enough GREAT things about our entire Kili team, especially our guide - Reggie, and assistant guide Boka. They were so friendly, professional, helpful and a joy to spend six days with. Our gear was superior to all the other outfitters we saw. The Safari was also fantastic. Our guide Amani was able to answer every possible flora/fauna question we could throw at him. Thanks for the amazing trip and the experience of a lifetime!
6-day Machame Route and 5-day Safari, Summitted on December 24, 2011
We were all pleasantly surprised with everything from beginning to end. Everything was very well organized, we had an amazing guide and assistant guide, and our porters were fantastic. The meals provided were outstanding and all of the service we received was impecable. I would definitely recommend your company in the future.
Bring lots of clothes to layer with, it's freezing up there!!!
It was my birthday the day we summitted and they brought a birthday cake all the way to the top for me and sang Happy Birthday, it was such a sweet gesture! Definitely made my day!!!
6-day Marangu Route, Summitted on September 18, 2012
Barbara — I just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time in Peru. Your work on ensuring all of the details were nailed down is much appreciated — everything went off without a hitch. Even the weather (only rain at night)! Our guide, Harry Sallo, was just terrific, so we'd love for you to relay that to the higher-ups at his company down there. Please relay my thanks to Robin as well. The advice on doing the alternate trek was spot on – we loved not being with all of the other tourists on the Inca Trail. Many, many thanks! I've already recommended AWR to a friend who is thinking about a trip down there.
Quechua Villages Trek
AWR did a wonderful job with all of their coordination of our trip. The drivers, transfer agents, and especially the guides were everything we could have hoped for. We felt very fortunate to have had Holger Mallorca for our guide in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. It felt like traveling with a very knowledgeable and experienced Peruvian friend! We learned so much and had a lot of fun along the way – perfect!
The Inca Trail trek was awesome! We only saw a few porters at the campsite, otherwise we were totally alone on the trail. It was a bit challenging for me, but we did it faster than most.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Our safari exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived in Nairobi. Welcomed everywhere we went, friendly people who couldn't do enough to make sure you were happy, beautiful weather and an abundance of every type of animal we could think of. Truly an amazing experience! Eric, our guide in Kenya and Godlisten in Tanzania were awesome! Friendly, funny guys with lots of knowledge of the parks and country. Lodges were really nice and our tented camps in Tanzania were awesome!
7-day Safari, February 2012
It was wonderful. I had very high expectations prior to the trip, and I am happy to say that all of my expectations were exceeded. The staff, accommodations, and food at the camp were fantastic. The wildlife was amazing. We saw the "big five" and were fortunate to experience the great migration of wilder beast and zebras into the park.
Thank you for helping with the arrangements!
Brad and Stacey E.
We had a wonderful time and was probably one of the best trips we have ever taken.
The people were amazing! My wife and I have been to several places around the world and we can honestly say our tour guide, Tashi Dorji, was by far the best tour guide we have ever had. On our second day we had "traveler's sickness" and was confined to our room for almost a day. Tashi tended to us like we were in a hospital. He went into town and got us banana's and drinks to get rehydrate us.
The destinations that we went to were perfect for the 7 days we were there. I would not have changed anything. The festival was just amazing.
Bhutan, March 2011
The Galapagos is best experienced aboard a larger boat (100-person), and while I took the three night version I recommend the four- or seven-night. Of course, the three night/four day left me wanting more which is the best sign of a great vacation. While you may think a larger boat creates crowded situations with lines and congestion, this was not the case at all. The boat is organized, and there are two trips a day to the islands providing extensive time viewing the animals and feeling Darwinesque. Yes, the blue footed boobies do have blue feet, and yes, the iguanas do actually swim. Words do not describe the experience, and pictures do the booby’s feet an injustice. Do not leave this earth without the experience!
Washington D.C., USA
Galapagos and Ecuador, January 2009
We had an incredible trip and have only positive things to say... We couldn't believe how close we got to the whales - both in our kayaks and on shore. The sea lions were another highlight, we felt like we had a bunch of friends following us. The trekking was an added bonus, we didn't realize there would be so much of it and that it would be so beautiful. We can't say enough about Pablo and Sofia! He was so knowledgeable in history, marine life, the peninsula and provided so many interesting facts. He was also a pleasure to travel with and as a guide. His ability to whip up delicious meals with only 2 pans and a camp stove was incredible. He was also very proficient in packing 5 days worth of supplies in 4 kayaks - with room to spare.
From the time that Sofia picked us up at the Trelew airport to the time that Pablo dropped us off ..., we felt like we were in very good hands and that we were among friends. Pablo and Sofia truly made it a very special experience and a trip of a lifetime.
Argentina, Peninsula Valdes Sea Kayaking
Just back from a very successful trip to Rwanda. What a stunning country, beautiful people and of course the gorillas! We visited Hirwa group which included a 2 day old baby. I'd have to say this will be in the top 5 experiences of a lifetime.
Rwanda, February 2012
OH...MY...GOODNESS!!! WHAT a wonderful trip!!!!!! Glenn and I had an absolutely fantastic visit to Rwanda. Everything went perfectly smoothly. It couldn't have been better. You know, we went there to see gorillas, but the conversations and time spent with our guide Mussa were the most memorable. Mussa should be the next Minister of Tourism. He was so welcoming, fun, charming, had a great sense of humor, an easy smile, and was quick to tease and laugh. We absolutely loved him...
Of course, the gorillas were fantastic. Our group, the Agaysha group, decided to spend a lot of time on the move, so it took a couple hours to find them. That was just what we wanted, a true tracking experience where we (well, the trackers) had to work a little find them in the wild. We would definitely encourage you to promote the golden monkeys. We felt that they were just as enjoyable as the gorillas. We could get so close and they were so beautiful.
Rwanda, July 2012
The Mountains were amazing Ė better than expected. Portions of it felt like a mix of Corsica and Nepal. The 4 day extension is definitely worth it (the Toubkal can be done in 2 straight from Imlil but itís much better to take 4 days and do it right). Lots of time going thru original Berber villages, great landscapes, a surprising luxury lodge the first night, good guide, good cook, all in all very satisfied...
I have to thank Tilden for his precious series of advice on Morocco. Itís obvious he knows this country really well and was able to guide us properly.
Morocco, Jbel Toubkal Luxury Trek
Isabelle, Lolo and Susanna were GREAT and a lot of FUN!! Isabelle was the guide who was with "my" group most of the time. She took a lot of time with us, ensuring everyone was safe and comfortable. She also took the time to talk about flowers and history. And she also pointed out some fabulous pictures...
Lolo did a FABULOUS job of selecting the food for the lunches (the cheeses and fresh bread were to die for). The fondue night in Switzerland was FUN!!
(The guides were) extremely professional and a lot of fun while keeping us all safe.
8-day Tour du Mont Blanc
The trip was outstanding! I honestly can't think of anything I would change! The guides and people we interacted with were outstanding!
Being able to see the Antarctic wildlife was also just stunning. Where else can you kayak and have schools of 30 penguins (or so) cruising and jumping out of the water next to you? Everything is just so beautiful!
One of the many highlights of our trip to Antarctica was the opportunity to go camping on the continent. Being able to have light 24 hours a day eliminated the need for flashlights and the scenery of being able to see the mountains named Snow White and the seven dwarfs was tough to beat anywhere. The double sleeping bags with a bivy cover along with pads kept you plenty warm. And besides where else in the world can you go camping and have penguins strutting up to you and checking you out. If the penguins could talk, what would they say?
Thanks for helping us set up the trip. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime!
12-day Antarctica on the Plancius