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The tours were very good. The hotels were in great locations.
Frank & Kim S., USA
Machu Picchu Tour by Train, 1/2 Day-Cusco City Tour, 1-Day Sacred Valley Tour
Train to Machu Picchu: Nice ride! Nice views! Good snacks and drinks.
Palomino Boat Tour: Fantastic! Loved it! Water was freezing and the island really stunk, but still a great experience, for everybody I think.
Cusco City Tour: My tour guide was great. I enjoyed seeing the cathedral, the Sexy Woman (Sascaywaman) and the others.
Sacred Valley and Maras/Moray Tour: Was great. [T]the archaological site at Moray was really interesting. The salt mines at Maras were awesome! Also wished we had just a little bit more time here to explore, but still felt good about what I got to experience. There is a lot to see between the mines and the market. Not to mention all the food they sold there (mainly chocolate, corns and chicha).
Amazon Rainforest at Muyuna Lodge: The food was SO FANTASTIC at Muyuna! I loved it! And the staff was so friendly and personable. I loved every minute of it. The other guests were great as well. They were all very participative and interested in getting to know each other.
My guide was really good. He knew his way around the jungle and found us three species of monkeys on our day hike. He found us seven sloths on my first outing. On our night outing, he caught us an adorable little Caiman and we were able to take turns holding it for photos, and for fun :).
The accommodations there were fantastic. Plenty of warm water. Great bed. Very simple, yet had exactly what you needed when on a trip to the Amazon. Hammocks on the bungalow porch, as well as rocking chairs and a little table. There was plenty to do in case you had downtime as well---that being a foosball table, pingpong, volleyball, guitar, jungle to hike right behind the place, as well as plenty of books to read. They also left little puzzles to do in the rooms, which I took advantage of.
Kyle B., Texas, USA
20 Days in Peru: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Iquitos' Amazon
October - November 2016
Train to Machu Picchu: Everything about this part of our trip was fantastic. Machu Picchu was always a dream of ours. We were not disappointed.
Lima city tour: This tour was a great overview of Lima. We only wish that we had another day in Lima to go back to places that we would have liked to do more in depth.
Cusco city tour: We cannot say enough about Joseph, our guide for our Cusco city tour. He was personable, friendly and knowledgeable He gave us a wonderful tour and a memorable experience!
Sacred Valley tour: Our guide for this tour was Raul Costello, [who] lectures for National Geographic. He had a wealth of knowledge of the history of this area. It was a tour where we learned a lot and were able to observe some awesome ruins.
Amazon rainforest (Muyuna Lodge): Our guide Julio, took us on many adventures in the jungle. We saw great wildlife and plants and learned a lot about the people who live here. Our rooms were great and the staff was awesome! The food was outstanding!! We had local traditional foods and did not want for anything. The other guests here were from all over the world and made for many enjoyable meals and happy hours!
Lake Titicaca: Lake Titicaca is a beautiful area. Our guides and transfer agents were excellent.
Arequipa and Colca Canyon: The Condors at Colca Canyon were amazing as was the canyon itself. Our guide for the canyon was excellent and we were given plenty of time to hang out and watch the condors. Our time in Arequipa was all free time and we had a great time exploring this beautiful city.
Comments about AWR: When we go on vacation, we are used to doing all the planning on our own. Flying to Lima without any tickets or vouchers was at first a little unnerving as we had to count on the fact that someone would be there to greet us and that all would go well. This was our first trip with AWR and we loved every minute. Everything went as planned and when there was a local problem that caused a change in plans, it was taken care of for us and we were kept informed. We came back singing the praises of AWR and recommending them to all of our friends. The best part of this awesome trip of a lifetime was that we knew that AWR had everything under control and all we had to do was enjoy ourselves! It was great that we had local emergency numbers to call in case we needed something and numbers we could give to family at home.
Steve S., MA, USA
18 Days in Peru: Iquitos' Amazon, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, Arequipa September 2016
Our trek was amazing, the hiking was the right difficulty, the weather was perfect, and the scenery was incredible. Everyone who worked for the hiking company deserves praise. Our muleteers were extremely efficient and helpful, and arranged everything with our gear and campsites. Our cooks made by far the best food I've ever had on a camping trip, and always provided extra when needed. And our guide, Neptali, could not have been better. He was knowledgable, experienced, and most of all passionate about the Peruvian countryside, history, and culture. We learned so much from him and enjoyed all of our interactions and experiences on the hike.
[T]hank you so much for facilitating the entire process and for being so helpful and informative. I've wanted to go on a trip like this for quite some time, but the logistics were beyond me.
Dave L., USA
5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek
You planned an amazing trip to South America for us! The food was amazing, weather perfect, hotels luxurious, and tour guides awesome! I can’t tell you how perfect it all went! Without your help, the trip never would have gone as smoothly and we would have spent a lot of time figuring out what to do. With 10 flights… it was so nice to get off the plane and see a transfer agent waiting for us. No one was ever late! The climb up Huayna Picchu was harder than we anticipated (our guide said we were his slowest group). But we did it! And the view was worth it.
Shahla M., Georgia, USA
1/2-Day Cusco tour, 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, 2-Day Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu, 3-Day Amazon Rainforest Excursion at the Hacienda Concepcion
[Machu Picchu] was harder than I had imagined, but German and Marcia were very helpful and supportive. The scenery was even more spectacular than I expected. The 5 day vs 4 day trek made a huge difference: we saw no other hikers until the last day, we had campsites to ourselves, we had a wonderful sunrise the last day and didn’t have to hike in the dark, and had an awesome arrival at the Sun Gate with no crowds.
Barb was so helpful during the entire process, helping us to decide what made sense for our group from the start, then answering a myriad of questions and making changes.
John S., USA
9-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, including tours of Cusco and the Sacred Valley
Thank you for making our trip a memorable experience. We've had an opportunity to meet amazing people and experience beautiful culture. Thank you for taking care of every detail and answering all our questions. I definitely look forward to making further trips with AWR.
4-Day Amazon Rainforest Excursion at the Heath River Wildlife Center, 1/2 Day Cusco city tour and nearby ruins, 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, 5-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, 3-Day Lake Titicaca and the Floating Isles Excursion
This trip was first class all the way. We loved it and it exceeded all of our expectations! Barbara Colliander did a superb job with accommodations, transfers, air travel, and tours. We could not have a booked a better tour ourselves and I will certainly recommend her/AWR to my friends.
Sharon O., Pennsylvania, USA
Full Day Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu and 4-Day Easter Island Excursion at Hare Noi,
I cannot thank you enough for all your assistance in planning my trip to Peru. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime!! AWR took care of every detail to make this trip unforgettable and amazing!
Molly M., USA
5-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, 1/2-day Cusco city tour and nearby ruins, 2-Day Sky Lodge with via ferrata and zip lines, 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, 1/2-day Lima city tour, June 2016
The Delfin experience was tops. The rooms, service, meals, and excursions were all extremely top notch, and professional. We wanted to stay longer. On our last day we had hours between the Delfin and the airport. Our luggage was stored in their office, and Denis, the guide, made sure we were ok. He even met up with us later on his time off to make sure we were all set. Amazing service.
[The train to Machu Picchu] Amazing experience. The guide was very helpful, leisurely paced which was great, took a bunch of family pictures of us. We really enjoyed our time there. We even commented among ourselves how helpful and nice he was. He didn't rush us at all.
The Lima tour was very good. The guide was interesting and I enjoyed the headsets they passed out so we always heard the guide talking and knew when it was time to move on.
The Sacred Valley tour was very interesting. The guide was very knowledgeable. A few of us were getting bus sick and he passed out some essential oils to help us. It worked.
We loved Heath River Lodge and William, our guide. The lodge is very rustic, but well maintained and cared for. We had a shower head problem, and I mentioned it to William, and it was immediately fixed. There were only 5 of us at the lodge and there were 2 guides so we had William to ourselves. Each group is assigned their own guide in Puerto Maldonado. The guide then travels with the group the 5 hours down the river to the lodge. Each meal is taken with the guide as well. The guide tells you what is going on the next day and also gives you options. We had a wonderful time here and my son didn't want to leave.
4-Day Delfin II Cruise, 1/2-day Lima city tour, 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, 2-Day Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu, + 4-day Amazon Rainforest excursion at the Heath River Wildlife Center, June 2016
Thanks Barbara for all the prompt replies to my emails! I was impressed with the turnaround since the first time I emailed you back in January. Probably made the difference of us choosing AWR vs a different company.
1/2-Day Cusco city tour and nearby ruins, 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, + 2-Day Vistadome Train excursion with guided tour of Machu Picchu, May-June 2016
[W]e loved the trip. . . over all very happy with services and your choice of providers in country. Everyone was professional.
5-Day Sacred Valley Trek and Machu Picchu, 1/2-day Cusco city tour and nearby ruins, + 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, June 2016
What a fantastic experience! This was my wife's first experience treking and I don't think there is a better introductory trek on the planet.
5-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, 1/2-day Cusco city tour and nearby ruins, 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, + 4-Day Amazon Rainforest Excursion, June 2016
I am very pleased with AWR service. Prior the trip, I received very efficient response from Barbara. She is always there for my enquires 24/7. The pre-trip emails offer a lot of useful information. AWR website also provides a comprehensive list of stuff. During the trip, I'm delighted that despite we kept moving from one place to another, everything was very well-coordinated in terms of transferring us from one party to another. I never have to worry about anything.
2-Day Inca Trail Express Trek to Machu Picchu, 1/2-day Cusco city tour and nearby ruins, 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, 1-Day Tour of Colonial Quito and the Middle of the World, and 5-Day Galapagos Cruise aboard the New Flamingo, May 2016
OMG!! Amazing trip! our guide was Moises, who has been guiding for over 40 years, "the grandfather” of guides! We sooo enjoyed Muyuna Lodge. Would highly recommend it! The excursions were awesome, pink dolphins, a variety of hiking and boating! The food was great! We were so well fed!
6-Day Amazon Rainforest Excursion at the Muyuna Lodge, May 2016
I am blown away by how wonderful the trek was. It was tough and we definitely were tired by the end of most days, but the guide (Wilbur), kitchen staff (Santos & Armando), and our mule drivers took amazing care of us. My hat goes off to each and every one of them as they are fantastic.
Everyone was very helpful and it was nice to be taken care of from the moment we landed in Cusco until we hit the airport in Lima. Overall it was very nice. Definitely a special call out to Wilbur, Santos & Armando - they really made the trek an amazing experience and the birthday cake in Yanama was such an amazing surprise that it really made the day an amazing one.
Thank you so much for your help in booking us this fantastic trip. I can't say enough good things about it and I am very appreciative that all the stress of finding and booking everything was taken off my lap. To just be able to show up and know that things were taken care of was so amazing. Also, thank you for the emails prior to the trip - they are very helpful and gave us a lot of useful info.
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek + 3-Day Lake Titicaca Excursion, May 2016
Machu Picchu was amazing. We're glad that we decided on the Inca Trail Express as recommended by Barbara. We got to see Machu Picchu from different angles with amazing views.
I am especially impressed with the speed of your responses to my questions and would like to thank Barbara for helping us plan one of our most unforgettable holidays.
2-Day Inca Trail Express Trek to Machu Picchu, 1/2-day Cusco city tour and nearby ruins, 1-Day Sacred Valley tour, 1-Day Tour of Colonial Quito and the Middle of the World, and 4-Day Galapagos Cruise aboard the Galapagos Legend, April - May 2016
[A] quick note to tell you we had a PERFECT and WONDERFUL time in Peru! EVERYTHING you recommended was pitch perfect! All of the transfer and guide people were incredible - they took the stress out of everything. We were treated like royalty. And the hotels were fantastic as well.
Both lodges were great. The Heath River was fantastic - the guide and the food!! Saw lots of wildlife. It is a much more authentic experience. With that said, the Incaterra one was wonderful in terms of amenities and food.
15-Day Custom Peru Adventure (Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu, Heath River Wildlife Center, Reserva Amazonica, Lima), April 2016
The Enigma guide - Eric - was great. He had 10 people of varied age and ability, and made sure EVERYONE was taken care of. I was really impressed. He also made lots of good decisions for us, while letting us have final approval. And [Enigma] did a great job on the trail of making sure EVERYTHING was taken care of: pick-up at hotel was exactly as announced; and post-trip drop-off as well.
The trek was great - the Andes were beautiful, and the guides/porters/chefs took all the worry out of things. Nothing to do but put one foot in front of the other and enjoy the ride.
4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, April 2016
We scored really good surf in Chicama, the Inca trail was an amazing experience, and Coldplay was the best concert ever. It was pretty much the trip of a lifetime. Nice work on coordinating all under your control.
9-Day Custom Peru Adventure (Maccu Picchu, Reserva Amazonica) March 2016
[My favorite part of the trip:] The staff was very accommodating and friendly. Plus seeing all the animals! And the housing was beautiful!
Our guide saved a tree frog! We found it in the middle of the lake, swelled up with water. The guide picked the frog up with a paddle, warmed him up, and brought him back to the trees where the frog belonged. It was a great experience and you could tell how much the guide cared for and respected the rainforest
3-Day Amazon Rainforest, February 2016