(Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Lake Titicaca)
The Peruvian jungle is so untamed, only the most adventurous dare invade its emerald depths.
From the lofty heights of the inspiring Andes, to the exotic jungles of the Amazon, to the bustling crowds of Lima’s modern cityscape, Peru offers something for everyone. This land of the Incas is an adventurer’s dream. Imagine hiking ancient stone pathways of lost cities and trekking lush rainforests where wild things rule. Spend your evenings relaxing from the day’s adventures in well-appointed and comfortable accommodations.
Visit the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve and glimpse exotic flora and fauna like the beautiful lupuna tree and colorful lizards that dart about on the forest floor. A boat ride across Oxbow lake will get you up close and personal with the endangered giant river otter, howler monkeys, macaws and anacondas. Walk through the treetops on a suspension bridge and enjoy vistas unimaginable from below. While wandering the historic city of Cusco, visit the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun), the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, and the labyrinth of Puca Pucara. Journey by train to the Sacred Valley and take in the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan city whose mysteries will captivate you.
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Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Our local representative will meet you at the airport, walk with you to the lobby of the hotel and assist you with airport check-in.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Conveniently located beside the Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima, the Ramada Costa del Sol is a great choice for travelers. The 130 guest rooms include mini bars and climate control. Breakfast offers a lovely range of options, with all the necessities required to start the day off. Try the hotel restaurants which feature items from across the world. Spend time using the sauna and massage services for a relaxing stay.
Our local representative will meet you in the lobby of the hotel, walk with you to the airport, and assist you with airport check-in.
Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado via Cuzco. Approximate flying time is.just under 3 hours.
Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, a locap representative will welcome and transfer you by bus (shared service) to the Butterfly House where you will register. Continue on to the wharf where you will board the boat that takes you down the river for about 45 minutes until you reach Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica!
The excursions at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica are included except those that require special schedules of private guide. Their duration varies: ¼, Half and Full day and they are classified in three difficulty levels: Easy (I), Moderate (II) or Difficult (III). They are all guided by trained professional interpreters in Spanish or English (other languages available upon request, subject to additional charge). Their knowledge and interpretive skills combine to provide understanding, insight and an enhanced experience of the surrounding environment. All activities and excursions are subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Suggested excursion on your first day: Enjoy the Trail System adventure and the Twilight River excursion or the nature presentation at the Eco Centre with available cocktails.
Trail System A walk to one of the trails that extend 7,3 kilometers (4,5 miles) in Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve and you will discover the incredible realm of the Amazon rainforest. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the environment of the jungle, as you walk past exotic rainforest trees, such as the lupuna tree and the beautiful ficus. Look down and spot the tiny lizards that rustle the leaves as they dart about on the forest floor. Gaze at the treetops and be amazed with the arena for bird watching. Observe the insect life – iridescent beetles and interpretation of the primary and secondary rain forest components, as well as human impact, and the relevance of the rainforests of the world. Duration: 1/4 day. Difficulty Level: I. Schedule: Morning and Afternoon Frequency: Daily Attractions: Footprints / Birds / Native skills / Ants / Medicinal plants. RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
Twilight RiverOn this guided afternoon boat ride, you will witness the enchanting transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment, as animals and birds of the daytime are replaced by species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits while searching for nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans. In addition, on a clear night the southern hemisphere stars can be appreciated. DURATION: 1/4 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I SCHEDULE: Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Photos & Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is a true escape, seated on the edge of Peru's Madre de Dios River in the Amazon rainforest's tropics. This remote camp, surrounded by miles of jungle land, promises 34 cabañas with rustic, comfortable accommodations that include hammocks and lantern lighting. The lodge's dining area serves local, fresh culinary surprises in a la carte style and buffet. Taken in the Amazon Pavilion, one may gaze out the window at the vegetation and wildlife. The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is recognized for its range of activities, from the Butterfly House to the Jungle Canopy Adventure. Make time for the native community teachings, trips along the lakes, fishing, and trail walks.
Suggested excursions on your second day: Enjoy the excursion to Lake Sandoval in the morning and the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk in the afternoon.
Lake Sandoval A 30-minute boat ride takes you to the Tambopata National Reserve, where wildlife surrounds you as you enjoy the one and a half hour walk along three kilometers of trails to reach Lake Sandoval. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, also called “shanshos”, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. You will spend two hours on the lake, looking at all is has to offer. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II SCHEDULE: Morning and Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Photos / Ants & Canoe RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN Except during the months of rain, between december & march.
Canopy Walkway and the Anaconda Walk A five-minute boat ride takes you to the Inkaterra Canopy Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 29 meters above the forest floor, you will literally walk through the treetops for one-and-a-half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be unimaginable from below, while on the look-out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and –with luck- monkeys or sloths. After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush eco system, you may observe the various species of amphibians, serpents, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this flooded marshland. The walk finishes by returning to the lodge. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II SCHEDULE: Morning and Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily INCLUDED: Canopy kit ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Photos & Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
Suggested excursions on your third day: Enjoy the excursion to the Gamitana Creek in the morning and indulge in a Spa Treatment followed by the Rainforest by night walk.
Gamitana Creek Long walk following the Gamitana creek. 1 ½-hour walk through a narrow trail towards “Sanipanga”. 1-hour canoe ride down stream to the Gamitana Model Farm. Interpretation of creek ecosystems. Walk through the Model Farm. Return to the lodge by boat. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: III SCHEDULE: Morning FREQUENCY: Daily MEAL: Large Snack ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Fishing / Native skills / Native food / Canoe
Rainforest by Night Walk through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2-hour excursion. Biological activity differs greatly between night and day in the Amazonian ecosystem. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night. DURATION: 1/4 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I SCHEDULE: Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Footprints / Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.
A shared transfer to the airport is included in your reservation. The transfer involves a combination of boat ride and road transfer. Visit the Inkaterra Butterfly house on the way to the airport.
Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
High in the Andes, 3000m above sea level, lies the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Take a half day private tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Coricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.
Includes tourist ticket and entrance fees.
La Casona Inkaterra, situated in Cusco, is a 16th century mansion now converted to a boutique hotel of the most subtle and tasteful sort. The 11 suites are new and fresh, with antique decor and high quality linen and bedding. Dining options consist of continental and local culinary explorations. The hotel, however, is placed in such a convenient spot in the center of the old city that one may visit any of the local venues for a taste of Peru. This positioning also allows for easy access to shopping, sightseeing, and mingling with Cusco's history. La Casona Inkaterra's courtyards are also very welcoming for contemplative time.
Enjoy a full day private excursion to the Sacred Valley with your own private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide. Traveling north of Cusco, enjoy a visit to Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire that is an excellent example of military architecture. Enjoy a buffet lunch (included) at Wayra Restaurant. Afterwards, visit the village of Pisac and attend the local agricultural open-market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts.
“Please note that due to weather conditions during the rainy season (December through March, and possibly longer) the Marinera dancers will not be performing during the show, however the Paso horse show will still take place”
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
Once at the train station you will board the Vistadome train for a 6:05am* departure to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu (train ride is 4 hrs). The journey begins with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the 'zigzag', up the hill out of Cusco, before a brief stop at the village of Poroy. The train then descends from the highest point of the journey into the Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the train travels along the Urubamba River, with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.
Please note that your guide will travel with you onboard the train from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes. This guide will also provide the private tour of Machu Picchu. After the tour the guide will explain all the necessary information and provide you with any entrances or tickets required for the rest of your time at Machu Picchu (evening and following day). The guide will return to Cuzco that evening.
Note: When staying overnight at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes the following day will be at leisure, with no guide (unless otherwise specified). If you would like to have a guide please speak with your sales consultant about adding this service.
Note about luggage: When you board the train to visit Machu Picchu with overnight, bring only a small bag with you. Due to limited storage space on the train, passengers are asked to bring only one small piece of luggage. The rest of your luggage will be stored safely at your hotel and returned to you either in Cuzco or The Sacred Valley. Hand luggage on the train is limited to 11 pounds or 5 kgs.
*Note: train times and schedules may vary based on availability, your train times will be confirmed on your final itinerary.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!
After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Please note: For itineraries including an overnight stay at the Sanctuary Lodge (instead of Aguas Calientes) you will simply return to the lodge after your tour.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu enjoys the privacy of 12 acres of lush vegetation and land in Aguas Calientes. The 85 rooms are well-appointed, with local decorative effects accented by contemporary fabrics. Traditional Andean alpaca blankets and terra cotta tile mark the appearance of this Peruvian retreat. A talented kitchen staff and chef are responsible for scrumptious, fusion-style Andean cuisine. Delve into this region by taking hikes, walks, and bird watching. Otherwise, spend some time at the spa and pamper yourself with relaxing treatments and aromas.
Participate in some of the optional excursions available at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel. Experience contemplative walks to sacred sites, or attempt a challenging Andean ascent. On the hotel grounds, nature trails wind past waterfalls and gardens; trained guides explain the fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. Discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public. What could be more enchanting than the vibrant Waqnaki and the legend of a lovesick Inca princess whose sadness was transformed into colorful teardrop petals?
NATURE WALK Walk along the hotel's trails, and discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, and learn about its many indigenous plants and animals.The Nature Walk offers guests a glimpse of cloud forest flora: ferns, bromeliads and orchids and fauna -an interesting variety of birds; as well as an introduction to the Vilcanota river system, the Observatory, the tea garden and house.Duration: ¼ day.Difficulty level: I.Attractions: Tea / Birds / Medicinal plants / Butterflies / Insects / Photos
BIRDS OF MACHU PICCHU Walk early in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for cloud-forest bird watching. Begin at a river observatory, with the possibility of sighting the sought-after torrent duck and the white-capped dipper. Then proceed to a productive tanager feeding area, where silver-beaked, blue-necked, fawn-breasted and saffron-crowned tanagers can be found.Along the hotel's pathways, be on the lookout for the cock-of-the-rock, the golden-headed quetzal and many of the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the grounds, including the booted racket-tail and the green-and-white hummingbirds, which are native to the area.Duration: ¼ day.Difficulty level: I.Attractions: Birds / Photos.
TWILIGHT WALK This early evening walk is designed to connect on a spiritual level with the environment and the historical energy of the Machu Picchu area.With special attention placed on nature's core elements, the walk pauses at the Rocotal Observatory to appreciate an enchanting waterfall and sacred pre-Inca pictographs.Duration: ¼ day.Difficulty level: II.Attractions: Insects / Photos / Waterfall / pre-Inca Pictographs.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is provided for your convenience.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included.We will confirm the 7:00am hike,there is the option of doing the later hike, so if you would like the later hike (10:00am) please let us know.
The eternal guardian of the Sanctuary, Wayna Picchu (meaning “Young Mountain’ in Quechua) towers over the Incan city, and an amazing view can be appreciated from the top. The route to the top of the mountain is treacherous, with very narrow pathways, and to conquer the summit is truly a rewarding experience! Along the route and at the top of the mountain are sacred structures and eye-catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge. Depending on each person's hiking pace, this activity may take up to 3 hours. This activity is on your own; please speak to your sales agent about organizing a guide to accompany you.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:25pm* and takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Fly from Cusco to Juliaca. The flight duration is approximately 55 minutes.
Early arrivals into Juliaca arrive to the lodge on a scenic route by car and boat. This transfer is more of a two hour excursion that takes you on the Capachica peninsula and across the lake visiting the Uros Titino Islands and the National Reserve by boat.
During your stay at Titilaka you will choose from a menu of excursions of your choice (included, shared with other guests of the hotel) as well as all meals (breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner) and roundtrip airport transfers (shared with other guests of the hotel)
Additionally, Titilaka hotel is very conscious about their sustainability. Employing mostly local workers (95%), providing necessary medical assistance to nearby communities, using hydroelectric power and natural gas, cooking with local produce, encouraging the production of local arts and crafts, constructing and decorating with local materials
As an "Experience Lodge", Titilaka offers a variety of excursions and activities to give guests. Ranging from quarter, half and full day* excursions, these activities focus on exploring the natural beauty, unique history and rich culture of Lake Titicaca. This region is home to various cultures; experience the rich historyvisiting pre-Colombian ruins, colonial churches and the communities whose heritage is a fusion of both. For all ages and adventure levels, the Titilaka excursions promise memories that last.
1/4 Day Options:
Kayak Around the hotel Enjoy kayaking at 3800 meters above sea level. Discover some of the coasts near Titilaka. Paddling towards the lake will get you great views of the hotel’s remote location and private peninsula. Rowing on the reeds Take a paddle boat excursion through the totora reeds near the hotel. You will learn about the totora reeds, that offer a unique ecosystem for birds such as wrens, grebes, moorhens and egrets.
Walking along the shores of Titikaka A brisk walk, past the hotel’s peninsula and along the lake’s shores, is one of the more scenic and pleasant activities available. Pass sandy beaches, thick reeds and lush marshes to reach a local community or countryside.
Choose from a plethora of half day activities included during your stay at Titilaka lodge.
1/2 Day Options:
Visit to weaving community of Copamaya Understand the lifestyles of typical weavers, on this excursion that combines a cultural visit with a brisk hike. Descend to appreciate the region’s rural way of life.
Visit to Lampa, the pink city of altiplano Lampa is a jewel of colonial architecture reflecting its historic role as center of culture, power and tradition during colonial times.
Exploration of the Chullpas of Sillustani Enjoy a guided excursion to Sillustani, a spectacular peninsula facing the Umayo lagoon, this site was a burial ground for the Pucara, Tiahuanaco and Ccolla pre-Inca cultures.
Visit to the Uros floating reed islands Depart from Titilaka’s pier and travel by boat for about an hour to Taquile. Taquile Island is a living museum, a secluded island of weavers whose textiles have been hailed as heritage masterpieces by UNESCO.
Mountain biking along the Altiplano This active excursion, lets you bike along dirt roads on the plateau (altiplano) near the hotel at your own pace. The ascent up the Inca Trail is challenging, but the prize is the privileged view.
Indulge and immerse in the splendor and spirit of the Lake at Titilaka. Surrounded by stunning scenery and astounding Andean geography, Titilaka’s contemporary design integrates with the natural environment, paying homage to the ancient Titicaca, origin of the great Inca culture. Despite the uncluttered design and contemporary amenities — heated floors, iPod docks, black-out curtains, and wireless internet — Titilaka isn’t a generic five-star. The simple structure, standing solitary on the grassy edge of the lake, is a forward-looking and eco-friendly hotel, with 18 plush suites decorated in earthy hues. The high-end linens, handcrafted bath products, and oversized tubs are pleasant, to be sure, but the real attraction is the jaw-dropping view of the deep blue water through the huge picture windows.
There are a number of full day excursions that can be booked while staying at Titilaka. Please note that the full day excursions will be shared with other guestss of the hotel are subject to an additional cost at time of booking.
Amantani IslandThe charming island of Amantani, located further north of Taquile, in front of the Capachica Peninsula is one of the lake’s less frequented and traditional islands. About two hours by motorboat from Titilaka, the island is almost circular in shape and is the largest island in the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. As you approach, you will clearly notice the Llacastiti peak, the highest point of the island. Situated 320 meters above the lake, it has interesting ancient stone structures used for festivals and rituals to Pacha Mama, Mother Earth. She is honored every year as the source of the local’s sustenance and agricultural livelihood. During this excursion, you will get to know some of the locals whose primary source of living is farming potatoes, tubers, barley and beans.Difficulty level: II | Frequency: Daily | Schedule: Mornings | Meals: Lunch | Attractions: Photos, Boat, Local Community, Archaeological Site & Birds | Recommended for childrenExploration into Tinajani CanyonA five-hour ride into a national reserve situated between Cusco and Puno. Tinajani Canyon is a unique canyon, which features enormous rock formations, with umber and sandy sedimentation scatted with traditional alpaca farms. Exposure to the elements such as wind, hail, snow and rain has sculpted these volcanic rocks into awe-inspiring and dominating shapes. Recommended for those on route to or from Cusco, the excursion drives through unique forests of the renown and daunting Puyas de Raimondi.Duration: Full day | Difficulty level: II | Frequency: Daily | Schedule: Morning & Afternoon | Meals: Snack | Attractions: Photos & BirdsExploration of Taquile IslandA full day excursion of complete exploration on Taquile Island (from south to north) takes you through the countryside, villages, beaches and mountains. Home to weavers and industrious villagers, Taquile is famous for their textiles, which have been declared a protected cultural heritage by UNESCO. Arrive to the southern part of Taquile by boat, where you can see the snowy peaks of the Bolivian Cordillera Real Mountains. You will be welcomed by Juan and his family, traditional weavers of the area. They will explain their delicate trade and share anecdotes about the island they call home. Later you hike north toward the town of Taquile, a traditional hamlet that has become a bustling tourist destination. You may explore the traditional streets, observe a festive dance and even descend down 528 steps, towards the principal entrance of the island. Return back to Titilaka knowing you have fully enjoyed a unique Island that still holds their heritage dear.Duration: Full day | Difficulty level: III | Frequency: Daily | Schedule: Morning | Meals: Snack | Attractions: Photos, Local Community & BirdsVisit to the Island of the SunA 4 hour motorized excursion takes you to the legenday Island of the Sun, the birthplace of the Inca Empire. Drive south to the Copacabana Sanctuary, crossing the Bolivian border for a short visit to the local cathedral and Main Square before boarding a catamaran. This will take you to the Island of the Sun, where you can visist the Inca Garden, Steps and fountain, the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the traditional medicine centre, the Titicaca reed shipbuilders display centre, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft centre and the Intica loudge. You will also find one of the largest varities of Andean Camelids. Finally, board a huge traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilikokaina Inca Palace before sailing back to Copacabana and returning to the hotel.Duration: Full day | Difficulty level: II | Frequency: Daily | Schedule: Morning | Attractions: Photos, Boat, Birds, Local Community & Archaeological Site
Visit to TiahuanacoA full day motorized excursion will take you across the border into Bolivia, on a 3.5 hour trip to a world-class archaeological site, the legendary Sun Gate of the Tiahuanaco culture. This culture is considered to be the cradle of all American civilizations, with pre-Incan edifications dating back to 1580 BC. After visiting the citadel, the excursion continues to a nearby museum filled with ancient objects and tools that demonstarte how advanced the civilization was.Duration:Full day | Difficulty level: II | Frequency: Daily | Schedule: Morning | Attractions: Photos & Archaeological Site
After breakfast depart Titilaka lodge for the airport to catch your domestic flight onwards in Peru. This transfer may be shared with other guests of the hotel.
Direct flight from Juliaca to Lima. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Explore Lima on a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima with a private guide and driver. Visit the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral at the Plaza Mayor (closed on Sundays), along with the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores for a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Welcome to Peru!
Please note that the airfare quoted in your itinerary is being quoted based on LANTAM South American Pass rates. These rates are only offered when international airfare is booked on one of the following airlines: LANTAM Airlines (LA/4M/4C/LP/XL/JJ), American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA), Air Canada (AC), Iberia Air (IB) Delta (DL).
You will need to provide your international ticket numbers in order for us to issue the domestic flights at the special rates. Without international ticket numbers on above mentioned airlines, special rates do not apply. If you purchase your international ticket on one of the above mentioned airlines with points or mileage the special fare in this itinerary will not be applicable.
Please note that rates are always subject to change until purchased.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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