Peru Testimonials

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Our favorite parts of the trip were definitely the Inca Trail Trek and Lake Titicaca. Our guide, Marily, on the Inca Trail, was awesome! She was very knowledgeable and passionate about her culture. We had an amazing time and it was well paced and an overall once in a lifetime experience! The Floating Isles and Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca excursion was also so much fun. What a wonderful way to kick off our trip. Thank you, Barb, for everything! We had a fabulous time on our trip and you really did exceed our expectations on customer service and helpfulness! We will definitely be in contact through the years with help on future trips.

Amanda V., Custom Peru Adventure, September 2018


We used AWR last year for our Galapagos trip and we were blown away by the service and the results. Once again in Peru we were thrilled with the results!  My sister and her husband were also impressed.  We’ll definitely be using your service again for other trips – both together and individually.  You make it really easy to get exactly the trip we want. From start to finish we loved everything!

Patti L., 7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train, September 2018
Read more about Patti’s family adventure in Peru HERE


Judy and I were so impressed with our trip—the communication, guides, scheduling, hotels, everything!–that we’ve already referred people to you.  Thanks again for the great experience!

Craig B, Custom Peru Adventure, September 2018


Barbara, Andrew and I would like to tell you how pleased we were with the excursion arranged by you and Adventures Within Reach.  EXCELLENT.  Our Machu Picchu trek was evening more than we could have imagined and our rainforest excursion was a perfect way to spend the rest of our adventure.Your service was much appreciated.

Diane T, Custom Andes, Incas and Amazon, September 2018


Our family of six had an incredible time – we loved the Amazon lodge and our guide, Oscar, was terrific. He was very flexible for the adventures we wanted. I would very much be a 10 to recommend AWR.

Probably our two favorite adventures were going onto the unofficial monkey island – and being so patient and then after about an hour, they came down to us – one member at a time. Even climbed on our guide for the fruit – was a bit crazy making but so cool. Then we got to go to the National Park and the garden of literally Eden with all the fruits and plants (tried so many cool things) and then walked up about 45 minutes and did a slow float back to the Madre de Dios on a cool canoe.  Birds and the sunset – epic day. We loved the food and the people. Thanks for your help on this planning and great communication!

Tammy H., Peru Amazon Adventure, August 2018


We had a wonderful trip. Thank you for your efforts in making it so. Our favorite part of the trip is difficult to pick, largely because we had wonderful guides. Na Ruth was our guide in the Rain Forest, and she was wonderful. Marily was our guide for the Inca trail, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley and she was exceptional. I would suggest her to anyone, and I would request her if we were to return to Cusco. Thanks, again, for your help. It was a wonderful trip.

Lisa B., Custom Andes, Incas and Amazon, July 2018


We had a wonderful trip to Peru. It was the right mix and duration with varied activities and sites. Everything went without a hitch. Kids loved it as much as we did. Thanks for all your help in planning. Extremely likely to recommend AWR. Also, we will use AWR in next 6-18 months for our next trip. Favorite part was hands down the rain forest experience (all 4 of us had that answer), followed by the day at Maras Salt mines/Morey/Chinceraro followed by Machu Picchu. Thanks once again for all your help in planning.

Sandeep P., Custom 7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train, July 2018


Thank you so much for making this happen for me!  It was an experience of a lifetime!  I will always recommend AWR!

Tracey R., Custom Peru Amazon Adventure, June 2018
Read more about Tracey’s incredible solo adventure HERE.


First and foremost I wanted to thank Gretchen and AWR! We had the most amazing trip! Everything we did was spot on! All of the tour guides were wonderful and on time. We never once felt uncomfortable or unsafe. It made it so easy to actually enjoy our vacation and not have to worry about a thing! Thank you so much for putting together a trip we will never forget. I will highly recommend Adventures within Reach to everyone I know in the Denver area and Spencer and I will also be using you in the future!

Hotel Barranco was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed I wish we had more time there! Thank you for the recommendation!

Once again thank you so much for all of your help. Adventures within Reach far exceeded our expectations and we hope to schedule another adventure soon!

Best,
Ashley M., Custom 7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train, June 2018


I want to tell you how fantastically you connected all of the dots! We felt like a king and queen the way we were treated. Kudos to all of you! We will definitely share our experience with friends and definitely book with you again.

Andrea P., Custom 7-Day Luxury Lodge to Lodge Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, April 2018
Read more about Andrea’s anniversary trip HERE.


Ive already recommended AWR to my family and friends. You were an amazing help in the process of me booking my trip. Especially because I booked my trip alone without my parents and I was also traveling alone. So having you along the way for the Jungle part was just perfect! My favorite part of my Amazon Jungle adventure was the “mud” walk & outing on Lake Sandoval! It was super muddy because it is wet season, but I loved treking through the jungle in the mud, it made it more challenging and interesting! I also saw a bunch of amazing animals on this outing! Monkeys, parots, otters, huge butterflies, big spiders, killer ants, and more. It was aweeesome!! I just also HAVE to mention, the food was perfection! Everything was hot/cold depending on what it was, and it all tasted wonderful. To be completely honest I would not change a thing! Everything from the rooms, to the excursions, to the food/drinks, the staff, all amazing!!

Thank you for everything again Gretchen! The 3 days in the Jungle was an PERFECT start to my Peru adventure!

Julianna S., 3-Day Amazon Adventure, March 2018


I had a wonderful time in Peru and the Amazon was definitely the highlight of the trip!
I’ve been recommending Gretchen and AWR to all my coworkers! The Amazon has is often overlooked and I think your company and Inkaterra has done a tremendous job with the offerings you have for tourists. I was really impressed with the accommodations. The rooms had all the amenities I needed and the food was amazing. The excursions were definitely the best part of the trip. The guides did a fantastic job planning everything.

Thank you so much for booking this experience for me. I will definitely consider booking trips with you and your team in the future!

Harley W., Custom Peru with 3-Day Amazon Adventure, December 2017


Our trip was absolutely amazing.  Every detail worked out perfectly and I couldn’t thank you enough.  All the transfers and hotels you set-up went without a hitch.  Matt and I had a great time in Lima and Cuzco, and the weather was excellent.  All our tours were fantastic.  We especially had a great time on our hike to Machu Picchu and our fabulous guide Manuel and his crew.  It actually never really rained during our hike and only rained a few times overnight while we were in our tent.  The views were spectacular.  The tour of Machu Picchu was also amazing and we climbed Wayna Picchu to the top of a clear day.  The train ride back was great.  Thank you so much again for all your help.  I will definitely recommend AWR to all my friends and expect to write an excellent review on Trip Advisor.

Ivan Z., Custom Peru with 5-Day Inca Trail, December 2017


We had an amazing stay in Reserva Amazonica!! Their hospitality was amazing. Our guide Charles was very interactive and told us everything we asked for. The food was very good, Syada gave us an amazing treat and the best part were the rooms!! We would love to visit them again.

Thank you so much for  giving us a wonderful stay in the Rainforest.

Thank you,
Sindhuri G., Peru Amazon Adventure, November 2017


Seriously amazing! Such a fantastic trip, from start to finish. Excellent accommodations, DELICIOUS food, and incredibly attentive and well trained staff. Luxury in the Amazon!

Rachel K., Peru Amazon Adventure, November 2017Seriously amazing! Such a fantastic trip, from start to finish. Excellent accommodations, DELICIOUS food, and incredibly attentive and well trained staff. Luxury in the Amazon!

Rachel K., Peru Amazon Adventure, November 2017


Everything was great. Cusco is a beautiful city, really exceeded our expectations. Our trek guide, Jeiko Aragon, the porters and the chief on the trek were excellent. The local guides, for Cusco tour and Sacred Valley tour, were excellent. Anne and I are not experienced hikers. We were especially appreciative of the way Jeiko kept us safe and helped us and guided us through some of the more difficult parts of the trail.

The food on the trek was really first rate. The various transfers, airports, Peru Rail ect….were flawless.

Probably the biggest stand-out on this really spectacular trip was James Echegaray, our personal concierge you arranged for us. He was very thoughtful, very helpful, very friendly and kind and patient. He put us very much at ease being in a foreign country. Really a great guy.

You were very helpful Barbara in helping us prepare the trip. You were great with my many questions. Thank you.

Overall, the trek was the experience of a lifetime; a great adventure that we will never forget. And Peru is a very beautiful country.

Thanks for everything.
Denis H, Custom Peru, November 2017


The trip was awesome.  It felt very special because of the way it was organized – especially the Inca Trail – the tour group you used has 6 kms more to their trek which offset our group by 3 hours from the crowds.  Our homestay was also soooo much better than others we compared to – didn’t feel phony and there was no pressure to buy anything like other people experienced.

The guides were great especially Moises (10++)who was the fishing guide and a legend – there are books written about this guy!!!!!!!

The highlights of our trip were the private feel of the Inca trail, reaching the sun gate and the amazon basin in the Muyuna lodge area.

Have travelled to Africa with AWR and was impressed.  I have booked other South American trips myself and found it exhausting spending hours on the internet checking into stuff.  This trip with AWR fit into the budget our friends had and it was a better or comparable deal when compared to a couple of other companies I checked into.

Fern K., Custom Andes Incas and Amazon, November 2017


Gretchen and Barbara,
I wanted to thank you both and AWR for making our trip to Peru unforgettable. Every detail was looked after and we really enjoyed the entire trip, the choice of hotels, the guides and the picnic in Moray! Joseph, our contact in Peru, was exceptional and even visited us in the Sacred Valley to make sure we were comfortable. Claudia Sanchez and Adriel were great and knowledgeable guides and made the visits very interesting.

Thank you once again!! I’ll be posting some pictures on Facebook in your site!

Gayatri S., Custom Peru Adventure, October 2017


Carlos, our guide, was FANTASTIC! All the boat drivers were wonderful!  The food was excellent. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The bungalow was mosquito proof. My husband and I did not get one mosquito bite due to the use of Deet and the netting over our bungalow.  Our airport and hotel pick up was more than we expected and made us feel very welcome. Seeing animals in their natural environment was thrilling. Seeing a sloth was a highlight. I will never forget it.

Gretchen, you have been so personable to me in your communications, and I wouldn’t hesitate to book another trip with you through Adventures Within Reach.

Susan R., Peru Amazon Adventure, October 2017


I just wanted to send a quick note to express my deep gratitude for all of the help and assistance for Geoff and I’s trip to Peru. Everything with Adventures Within Reach was flawless and I just wanted to highlight two people that were particularly fantastic:

1) The staff member in Cusco, Giovani, was particularly helpful! He went above and beyond to support us and was really attentive and kind.
2) Our stay in the amazon was lovely too and the manager at the Inkaterra, Roberto, was particularly gracious and customer-oriented.

Huge thank you for everything! You really made the time in Peru extra special, and we appreciate your help.

All the best,
Shauna R., Custom Peru Adventure, September 2017


Memorable family vacation!!! We had amazing experience so thank you very much for setting up an outstanding trip. Everything was planned very well and facilities as well as local folks were super.

Keya (my daughter) and I had amazing experience during Inca trail. Everyday filled with new experiences that we’ll cherish together for years to come.

This vacation was not only great for us because we achieved so much together (45km hike, 10,900ft in total ascent, reaching to 14,000 ft) but we feel that we bonded together in a way that has made us stronger as a family for decades to come.

Best,
Manish, S., 4-Day Inca Trail, September 2017


Carlos, our guide, was FANTASTIC! All the boat drivers were wonderful! The food was excellent. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The bungalow was mosquito proof. My husband and I did not get one mosquito bite due to the use of Deet and the netting over our bungalow. Our airport and hotel pick up was more than we expected and made us feel very welcome. Seeing animals in their natural environment was thrilling. Seeing a sloth was a highlight. I will never forget it.

Gretchen, you have been so personable to me in your communications, and I wouldn’t hesitate to book another trip with you through Adventures Within Reach.

Caitlin W., AK, USA
4-Day Iquitos Amazon Rainforest, October 2017


Amazing! We loved our group, the porters, and Erick! Erick knew so much and was so enthusiastic. We saw another guide along the way who didn’t even go into one of the incan sites with his group. He just said “go for it if you want” whereas Erick not only went with us, he also had us sit down and explained the history and theories of everything asking questions as we went to ensure our comprehension. We asked to spend extra time at one site and he waited below covering our bags when it started to rain. we were incredibly grateful to have him as our guide. The cook was really good too and made us a cake on our last night! How do you make a cake in a tent from scratch? Honestly the food on the trek was probably the best food we had in Peru! We will never forget the amazing experience we had on the Inca trail with our guide, group, and porters.

Barbara is amazing! She helped us with everything along the way and answered any questions we had promptly and offered advice on other options (such as visiting the rainforest and climbing Huayna Picchu)! We chose Adventures Within Reach because of her quick responses to our initial questions as we were considering who to book with and she continued to help us with questions even up to the day we left.

It was an experience we will remember forever. The Inca trail was our favorite part because of our guide, porters, cook and our fellow trekkers. We also loved that our group was so diverse – representing 5 continents!!

We got up at 2 am as a group to go be first in line the final morning and were first to the sun gate!! When we arrived our guide brought out champagne and we had a quick celebration for being first. It was something we will never forget!

Caitlin W., WA, USA
7-Day Inca Trail & Amazon Rainforest, August-September 2017


We had a wonderful time! All four of us said we would absolutely recommend this experience to others. We loved everything about the lodge, our favorite excursion was probably the Lake Sandoval. However, within the lodge, the staff was kind and courteous, the food was amazing, and the accommodations were excellent.

A favorite moment from the trip was on the first day while visiting the fruit farm – we met a rescued baby Spider Monkey who sat on all our heads and was so friendly. Such a great first day experience. We also loved seeing alligators and giant river otters. The whole experience was just spectacular.

Thank you so much for all your help!

Brynden G., MA, USA
3-Day Amazon Rainforest, August 2017

I recently returned form our Peru experience and our stay in the Amazonian jungles of Peru. I wanted to let you know that the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion exceeded my expectations. The service was amazing and our guide extremely knowledgeable. We were given one of the newly completed cabanas which was so lovely and complete. Even the internet at the “Casa Grande” worked better than I imagined it would. Tthank you for a wonderful suggestion!

Marianne P., FL, USA
3-Day Amazon Rainforest, August 2017

I just wanted to send a quick note to express my deep gratitude for all of the help and assistance for Geoff and I’s trip to Peru. Everything with Adventures Within Reach was flawless and I just wanted to highlight two people that were particularly fantastic:

  • The staff member in Cusco, Giovani, was particularly helpful! He went above and beyond to support us and was really attentive and kind.
  • Our stay in the amazon was lovely too and the manager at the Inkaterra, Roberto, was particularly gracious and customer-oriented.

Huge thank you for everything! You really made the time in Peru extra special, and we appreciate your help.

Shauna R., CO, USA
3-Day Amazon Rainforest, August 2017

You did a great job – the trip was fantastic and all your recommendations were spot on! Thank you for everything – it was all great! I loved Machu Picchu because it is so amazing and I have wanted to see this since I was 7 years old. But, as a family – we loved the Galapagos – so wonderful and interesting – we had a terrific outstanding guide – Omar, and everyone on our boat was so so fun and interesting and the crew could not have been nicer or more accommodating. We all felt pretty connected to each other after just the 5 days and we all felt pretty lucky to have this experience together.

Lisa D., MD, USA
6-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train and 5-Day Galapagos Cruise, July-August 2017

I think my favorite part was the canoe trip, that and the canopy tour. Everything was amazing! The down time was exceptional to really get relaxed, enjoy the sounds of the rainforest.

I would suggest offering the opportunity to stay a little bit longer. There were so many tours and WE LOVED THEM ALL. But the opportunity to stay that last evening and leave the following day would have been lovely to get a little more downtime in the lodge/field station area. I would have opted for the same itinerary, but the option to leave that last day or the following. I would have paid for an extra evening at that beautiful place!!!!! 🙂

Thank you so much for everything! It was truly unbelievable as well as unforgettable!!!! 🙂

Diana S., IL, USA
3-Day Amazon Rainforest, July 2017

We had amazing experience so thank you very much for setting up an outstanding trip. Everything was planned very well and facilities as well as local folks were super.

Memorable family vacation!!! Everyday filled with new experiences that we’ll cherish together for years to come. My daughter and I had amazing experience during Inca trail! This vacation was not only great for us because we achieved so much together (45km hike, 10,900ft in total ascent, reaching to 14,000 ft) but we feel that we bonded together in a way that has made us stronger as a family for decades to come.

Manish S., NJ, USA
20-Day Inca Trail & Amazon Rainforest, July 2017

It was also a pleasure to work with you. You were a very friendly and kind contactperson so keep up the good work! 😉 I will definitely get in touch with you or check out your website the next time I’m traveling. )

Natasja K., Belgium
4-Day Amazon Rainforest, July 2017

I recommend you guys whenever possible, my first experience in Tanzania was so great which is why I opted for you guys for my Peru trip. Macchu Picchu was of course the highlight for us. Thank you, Gretchen, for all your amazing help and your thorough attention to all our questions and concerns. You helped make a bucket list dream come true and we couldn’t have been happier with the service overall!! I look forward to the next adventure with you guys in the future! 🙂

Salma H., IL, USA
4-Day Machu Picchu via Vistadome Train, July 2017

Everything about the Jungle tour was great—tour guide, food, housing, etc. Thanks for your help in setting this up.  You were so quick to answer my questions and very helpful.  Thanks!

Cathie P., USA
4-Day Amazon Rainforest, July 2017

I would happily recommend Adventures Within Reach to anyone. I found everything to be great, communication was good, and all of the teams and accommodation you used you used were efficient and very friendly. I received excellent service from [AWR], something I was struggling to achieve face to face with travel agents in Australia. Our experiences were amazing. I would certainly use AWR again, when we are considering our next holiday (Kenya next year?).

Helen N., QLD, Australia
4-Day Amazon Rainforest + 5-Day Galapagos island Hopping, June-July 2017

We had a wonderful time and everything went so smoothly with your work and effort. Each hotel and transfer was perfect and every arrangement you made was just right! I would highly recommend AWR and more specifically you [Gretchen] for any Peru travels!!

Asha M., PA, USA
4-Day Amazon Rainforest + 7-Day Luxury Lodge to Lodge Salkantay, June 2017

We had a great time in the Amazon. Everything went smoothly. There was a little confusion with our flight leaving (I just think something got lost in translation), but the staff at the lodge handled everything for us and made sure we made the correct flight. The lodge itself was great! My favorite part of the trip were the excursions offered. We really enjoyed the canopy walk! The guide we were with, Freddy, was fantastic as well.

Renee K., PA, USA
3-Day Amazon Rainforest with Reserva Amazonica, June 2017

This was a memorable trip on many levels and I was so pleased to be part of this amazing adventure. Many people have asked about the trip and I tell them check out AWR and they won’t be disappointed.

Jennie E., FL, USA
11-Day Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, May 2017

Such an amazing trip. I have been telling everyone about AWR and would love to take another of your tours. I will never forget the wonderful people we met in Peru. And of course the incredible group of women I traveled with who made it so much more than it would have been without them.

Julie S., USA
11-Day Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, May 2017

I would definitely recommend [Adventures Within Reach]. My favorite part of the trip was the piranha fishing, and the friends we made during this excursion. We exchanged information and will keep in touch. We were so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of happy people! Oh, and we saw so many amazing animals.

Christina P., NC, USA
3-Day Amazon Rainforest, May 2017

Just wanted to thank you for booking one of the most wonderful trips ever!  Our recent trip with Mountain Lodges of Peru through the Lares Valley and Macchu Picchu far exceeded our expectations. Everything was so well organized and we feel fortunate that this was our introduction to South America.  The lodges were first-rate. We also enjoyed the Reserva Amazonica very much. Thank you for all your help and suggestions.  I will continue to praise Adventures Within Reach and send people your way!

Martina K., CA, USA
11-Day Lares Luxury Lodge Adventure Trek and Machu Picchu, May 2017

[The Hacienda Concepcion] was luxury. Service was impeccable, food was delicious, beds were comfy, and the bathrooms were better/nicer than anything I have access to here at home!

The hand-off between you and Barbara was flawless. Both of your response times were quick and you have both been knowledgeable and able to answer all of my questions. Communication has been effortless and lovely. I’m not sure I can figure out a way that you guys could be better, I’ve been super pleased with the entire experience!

Anna B., GA, USA
4-Day Amazon Excursion, May 2017

It was a fast-paced trip. I loved how much we got to see and do. We got great feedback from the students as well. Favorite stories: so many – everything from our train falling off the tracks on our way back to Cusco to seeing a sloth in the rainforest. Getting monumental rain at Machu Picchu and all of the wonderful pictures!

Ashley B., AZ, USA
7-Day Andes, Incas, and Amazon Group Trip for 22 People, May 2017

I had a wonderful time and almost everything exceeded my expectations – you were tremendously helpful in my preparations, [the guide] was fabulous, my co-trekkers were so welcoming, the porters and cook on the trek were mind-blowingly good.

Cindy W., GA, USA
10-Day Peru with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, April-May 2017

Our favorite part of the Peruvian Amazon was the add-on of the kayaking. We opted to do that one afternoon in lieu of the botanical garden excursion. It was amazing. Our main guide Uriel was great too, he was very knowledgeable, spoke great English, and was a perfect match for us. I can’t really think of any suggestions for improvement, you did an amazing job. I will definitely strongly consider AWR for future trips.

Eric P., CA, USA
3-Day Amazon Rainforest, March 2017

Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu [was m]ore than we expected. Very impressive. We chose to tour Machu Picchu top to bottom in one day. We walked to the museum on day two and visited with other interesting people who were on tour like us.

Jim H., IL, USA
Lima City Tour, 1/2 Day-Cusco City Tour, Machu Picchu Tour by Train
February 2017

I just wanted to thank you again for your recommendation to Hacienda Concepcion. It truly was a spectacular experience. The staff and facilities are just amazing. We will definitely be back and will be sure to go through you. Thanks for everything.

Trish P., Ontario, Canada
3-Day Amazon Rainforest
January 2017

The best tour of the trip was the lake sandoval trip, we saw river otters (which are normally hard to spot), macaws, and plenty of other animals. It was amazing and our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The accommodation was also impeccable, and their service was highly commendable, we were treated like royalty! All the meals were absolutely delicious and they always managed to cater to my allergies which was great!

[W]e have already recommended the company to a number of other people who have asked us about our tour in the Amazon, it is very affordable and an amazing few days.

Kate J., New South Wales, Australia
3-Day Amazon Rainforest
January 2017

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