AWR was a wonderful outfitter and I can’t say enough about them. They were well organized, had quality gear and were staffed with friendly, skilled and knowledgeable people. The custom designed program offered everything we asked for – beautiful scenery, challenging hiking, as well as interaction with local culture and history. The first three days hiking to Ollantaytambo was some of the best I have ever done – no crowds, nice trails and beautiful scenery and a hotel to shower in after three days – in a historic Incan village to boot. The second part to the pass below Mt. Salkantay was higher and harder but did offer a spectacular view of the mountain itself – well worth the effort. Macchu Picchu was fantastic and as Scott said, Elkin’s knowledge and advice to get us to be one of the 400 people to climb Wayna Picchu (aka Huayna Picchu) was fantastic and I had the honor of being #1 in the book that day!
The ability of Esteban to cook delicious meals for us with just a burner was incredible – we never went hungry.
Working with you was easy and your help in overcoming our passport issues and putting this together, including referring us to Exito Travel for airline tickets, was greatly appreciated. Once again, another adventure with AWR has exceeded my expectations and I am already thinking about the next one.
9-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley Tour
AWR was extremely helpful all throughout our trip. The transfer agent in Lima as well as in Cusco were there to help us with our lost luggage and recovered it for us extremely quickly.
The people we met were all wonderful. Elkin was a fantastic guide who grew into a friend as the trip progressed. Esteban was an amazing cook who always had a smile on his face. We truly had such a great time and will be sharing our stories for many years to come!
FAVORITE STORY: Elkin raced us to the gates at Machu Picchu so that we could be the first in line for the trek up Waynapicchu. We were the first to the top! It was breathtaking to be up there alone as a group!
Rhode Island USA
9-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley Tour
On our Trek, Paco and the porters/cooks were amazing I would strongly suggest anyone taking the trip get connected with him! Paco was by far the best guide I have ever had. His attention and service allowed the group to relax and enjoy the trek. He created a real family atmosphere amongst our group of seven. The times we traveled and the trails we took allowed us to avoid any crowds on the trail. In the 4-days of the trek we only saw a few other groups and only shared one campsite with another group. It was a very personal and special experience.
My two biggest surprises:
1) the amazing food - I have not traveled and eaten so well - Peru is a a gastronomic paradise.
2) the graciousness and hospitality of the Peruvian people, especially in the rural areas. I was captivated by their spirit and culture.
On the City Tour, Victoria was great and very knowledgeable, I really liked her historical and cultural insights in the temples and cathedrals. For the Sacred Valley, Reuben was fantastic - great energy and knowledge - top notch!
AWR, Your customer service and attention to detail are wonderful. I will use you again and refer you to all my friends!
5-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Your guides in Peru were great. The city tour was very informative and the culinary tour was a lot of fun. Both guides were excellent!
Cruise Ship Tours
Barbara from AWR was excellent. She stayed on top of things, worked with our arrangments.
Selinda was a wonderful tour guide. Knowledgeable, easily understood, sense of humor and a pleasure. We love her! She made each day we were with her. Our arangements were so thorough. Transfers, train, tours went so smoothly. Salinda understood and explained to us the arrangements very well.
We want to thank you for making such thorough arrangements. We had a wonderful time! We would surely recommend AWR to anyone planning a trip to Peru.
Train to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley Tour
We all had an adventure of a lifetime. Overall, it was a wonderful trip, well paced, well organized, and smooth as silk. Every part of the trip was top notch. We cannot say enough about the quality of your staff: the transfer agents were terrific, great drivers, wonderful service, incredibly responsive to changes or questions we had. Transfer agents, river guide, Machu Picchu tour guide, our Sacred Valley tour guide and our Cuzco tour guide were all very, very good at what they do. The trips were perfect for both 11 year olds and their mothers! All the hotels were clean, friendly and comfortable...Novatel was a real treat and we were very happy to have three nights there. The two story room that we got on our last night was just beautiful.
Thank you for helping us to have this amazing adventure and I cannot say enough about your company when people ask me about the trip! Hope to be traveling again in the near future with you! Photos attached to this email for you!
Train to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley Tour, Rafting
AWR was great. Every one was on time. They spoke very well English and all the information we needed for the different tours were given to us. Excellent service. We needed a doctor in Puno, he came quickly to our hotel and was very professional and fluent in English. The transfer agent also came and took me to the pharmacy.
Our trek was superb. We visited villages, met kids on their way to school and people who walked miles to neighbor villages or markets. The weather was perfect and the views spectacular. The guide, cook and crew were all fantastic.
Ingrid R Xavier L
Train to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca
Just few words to thank you for the trek we did mid-August. I was very impressed by your responsiveness and quality of documentation you sent before the trip (made a big difference in our choice!). The logistics were perfect from A to Z, the food was very good (and believe me I'm quite demanding!), the trails were amazing and I want to mention Miguel... we couldn't have had a better guide! Very knowledgeable not just on the trails but on everything concerning Peru. Made a very very pleasant trip, it wouldn't have been the same without Miguel.
Cordillera Huayhuash Trek