Our family enjoyed the 2-week Peru/Machu Picchu vacation--we have travelled all over the world with our two sons (aged 18 and 16) and this by far was the most remarkable as far as being able to be relax and just enjoy the trip. It was well worth it to have Andean Discovery arrange this vacation for us. The itinerary was packed but every experience was valuable and so educational. Having the local guides and drivers managing our schedule allowed for us to enjoy the culture and the people without the administrative stress and worries. Our guides Jessica in Cusco and Delfina in the Lake Titicaca/Puno regions were fabulous--both were sweet and kind and extremely knowledgeable and so passionate about teaching us and showing us their beautiful culture. They were delightful--fun, enthusiastic, endearing, considerate and very trustworthy, and they really took care of our family. For our last hike on the last day at Taquile Island, Delfina recognized that I was worn out and arranged for our boat captain to take me and my husband around to the other side of the island where we hung out watching the locals demonstrating traditional dancing and talking to the men about their knitting. We trusted her to take our sons for the hike up the mountain for the view and festival and they met us on the other side of the island. Both boys had so much fun with her. Our sons study high school Spanish and benefited being immersed in the language as both guides were attentive to insisting that they communicate mostly in Spanish. The kids were comfortable speaking for my husband and me by the end of the trip and they also learned some Quechuan vocabulary. Our drivers in Cusco and to Llachon were excellent. Although the drive from Cusco took 9 hours, the van was large and so comfortable and we made many enjoyable stops to interesting historical sites. Our drivers were so kind and went out of their way to return to our hotel after a day excursion to delivery my iphone and to take my husband to an ATM. The one-day trek to Machu Picchu was amazing; Jessica taught the whole way and helped to pace us so we arrived at a perfect time to take photos when the lighting was just right and the crowds had thinned. Just as fulfilling was our homestay with the Lake Titicaca family--they were so open and went out of their way to share their traditions with us. Our guide Delfina helped to facilitate a couple of extra experiences, such as fishing for our breakfast one morning and arranging for a local group to entertain us at dinner. The housing arrangement was simple and comfortable and clean. The Peruvian people are kind and humble and very friendly and hospitable. I bought a new 25-inch suitcase while there to bring home all the beautiful textiles I purchased. (I'm a knitter--the prices at the artisan shops were well worth the quality). The whole time we felt safe and welcomed. The only regret we had was not exploring Lima for a more extended time; on our Lima day, we only were picked up at 2:00 pm for two hours with our guide, who was not as enthusiastic about showing us around. All of our hotels were top-notch and the included menus exposed us to a representative sampling of the delicious Peruvian cuisine. The historical sites were worth the visits and we have a deep appreciation for the incredible Incan achievements and influence on the world. Thanks to Andean Discovery for arranging some fantastic family memories!!
Review by Texann1 month ago
We had an incredible trip! Everything was planned to our wishes and went off without a problem. Our guides were so friendly and knowledgable. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery and plan on using them the next time we travel to South America.
Review by Root1 month ago
We couldn’t be happier than we were with Andean discoveries. First class trip all around. We started in Quito and then on to the Galapagos legend. We are 3 mature women traveling and every little detail was handled in a professional and worry free manner. The local drivers and tour guides were there for us every step of the way. From picking us up at the airports (we had a total of 10 flights) to checking us into hotels, taking us to restaurants and making sure we had everything we wanted. From the Galapagos on to Cusco and Machu Picchu beautiful hotels and transportation and excellent guides and drivers. One of my best trips ever. Highly recommended
Review by Vaggelis1 month ago
The tour guides were top rate, both in the Galapagos and in Cusco/Machu Picchu. They all had extensive inside knowledge of our locations. They were also flexible when things didn't happen according to schedule. My only minor complaints are that we were a bit overscheduled on the Galapagos Legend, and there was more rocking of the boat than expected for such a large ship. Would bring sea sickness patches next time.
Review by Saagar1 month ago
Wonderful family experience, an adventure full for joy, nature, history, culture and social awareness.
Review by Trikita Brizgala1 month ago
Excellent guides, very flexible with our schedule when we wanted to change the itinerary for the day. It was greatly appreciated.
Review by Jillford Svederman2 months ago
We really enjoyed our visit to the Galapagos Islands With our son and grandchildren. Andean staff really helped us plan activities that all of us ages 11 to 78 could enjoy together. Plus, Andean’s arrangements were executed professionally and everything went smoothly to and from Quito to the islands. We had amazing experiences snorkeling, watching wildlife, hiking/walking to interesting places, zip lining, snacking on native fruits, and appreciating how special this place is and needs to be protected. Our guides took a personal interest in us and kept us informed and on track for all of the activities. We loved staying on Isabela on the beach side and the grandkids wanted to stay on this peaceful and interesting island. Our accommodations were very nice and we loved eating in local places. When we asked the boys about what they thought about this family vacation, the boys said...this is the real deal, forget Disneyland. Thank you for an amazing week long vacation.
Review by Sheccid2 months ago
This was one of the best trips we have taken. There was an Andean representative waiting for us at the airports and handled all issues that arose. Our personal guide in Peru was amazing and a wealth of information. I would highly recommend them as a first rate tour agency.
Review by Larrietta2 months ago
We left the planning to them and they exceeded our expectations. Scenery was beautiful; tour guides were friendly, informative, and instinctively knew or physical limitations; the restaurants and food were great.
Review by MrMischief2 months ago
Andean discoveries set us up with a great vacation. The guides were fantastic, very knowledgeable and understandable. The itinerary was great. I would highly recommend then for a trip in that area.
Review by Maxroy Derrow2 months ago
Very well organized trip
We didn’t have to make any decisions
Guides were great
Review by Xelena Gamages2 months ago
Andean was great to work with. They spelled everything out as far as what to bring and had great people working in country for them. They were very punctual and knowledgeable about Ecuador and the Galapagos. The staff at hotels were also great though not Andean employees. The food was way above my expectations of a small set of islands. It was all fresh and organic grown on the islands. Andean was very good at rescheduling some meet times as going home there was a problem with the plane we were supposed to fly. Its a well run company and the people of Ecuador and the Galapagos were great, if your considering travel to this part of the world do it.
Review by Marque Shteyn2 months ago
Andean was on top of everything and ensuring that things go the way it should from A to Z. I would highly recommend using them as a travel advisor for your next adventure.
Review by Evaldssp2 months ago
My husband and I returned a week+ ago from THE most fabulous trip ever--the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, and Peru......EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME--and that is because of ANDEAN DISCOVERY!!!! From personalizing our trip with the WONDERFUL staff in Boston (extremely knowledgeable and outstanding follow-through, very detail-oriented).......to the TREMENDOUSLY FABULOUS tour guides throughout our trip--we could not have asked for a better experience!!!! Every person that met us at the assorted airports and toured us here/there/everywhere--and every step of the way--OUTSANDING!!!! Knowledgeable, extremely helpful, love their countries and love sharing, kind, considerate........great food, lodging!! Throughout our trip, I hugged and kissed every guide and driver that we had the pleasure of being with--truly, outstanding!!! Highly recommend--and already have! THANK YOU!!!!
Review by Oddstacks Mentgen2 months ago
Everything about the trip was amazind. Our guide, Franco, was the best guide we have ever had. So full of information, so personable. He really made the trip for us. The drivers were each wonderful too. All of the arrangements and reservations were first class- hotels, restaurants, trains, tickets. Everything was well thought out and handled. It was an unforgettable trip/ experience.
We would highly recommend Andean Discovery and especially our guide, Franco.
Review by Agno Brizzy2 months ago
Excellent service. Our guide, Wilson Rosales took such good care of us! Galapagos experience amazing.
Review by Qweenja2 months ago
Don’t waste your time with them!
Review by Postel2 months ago
Trip of a lifetime! We felt spoiled and well taken care of. Tour guides very knowledgeable.
Review by Meaders2 months ago
Over all experience was great. Some improvements on making transfers easier in Galapgos would be good .
Review by Ruiqing2 months ago
Andean Discovery was amazing. They took care of every detail in planning our trip to The Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rain forrest. JoAnn was our guide in Quito, and she was beyond great! She took care of every detail including taking us to the airport at 3am, and she was a wealth of knowledge about the local people and geography. We do not know what we would have done without her. Every detail of our somewhat complicated trip was spot on, and we had an amazing time. Andean Discovery gave us great advice in our pre-trip planning about immunizations, what to pack, what to expect from the local culture, and many other details. We would absolutely use Andean Discovery again and give them our highest recommendation.
Review by Madeincandela3 months ago
We just returned from our trip to Galapagos and Machu Picchu that was arranged for our group by Andean Discovery. It was easy to plan our trip with Andean Discovery. They responded to emails promptly and the whole planning process went smoothly. The guides were good specially the guide in Cusco and Machu Picchu. The choices of hotels were excellent. Some of the activities in the Galapagos are meant for people with moderate level of fitness and might not be suited for elderly or disabled so make sure to consider this in planning your activities. Only issue we had was that some were not able to go up Huayna Picchu as we did not get the requested tickets.
Review by Prepper3 months ago
Fantastic trip arranged by Andean Discovery. We wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands as well as Machu Picchu. They were able to link these two experiences together seamlessly with a very professional staff of guides, airport greeters, that made the usual headaches of travel simply disappear. We were extremely impressed and would like to highly recommend Andean Discovery to others.
Review by Tedj Derrow3 months ago
Very friendly , professional help & guidance. Our custom-made itinerary was full of excitement and was done nicely in a way that no time was wasted. Really worth the price we paid for . Thank you very much Andean Discovery !
Review by Mandalina3 months ago
Andean Discovery crafted a custom trip to Colombia for a Lost City trek (Ciudad Perdida). It was one of the best adventures of my life, truly a life changing experience. Guide was a pro and the Chef sent ahead of us made sure we had gourmet meal at every major stop along route. I do recommend bringing a hammock if you prefer open air sleeping, the lodging is as expected for this type of journey. The multi-day hike was book-ended with luxury hotel / Villa stays, so that made prep / recovery a great experience. Def plan on going again! Thanks to Damon and his crew for taking it to another level.
Review by Muddasar3 months ago
It was a trip of a lifetime - Andean Discovery and their team of guides/ naturalist exceeded every expectation that my wife and I had of this trip . They created a very personnel environment every step of our way with explanations to everything we saw and / or experienced. We felt extremely comfortable and at ease traveling in foreign countries with the company of our guides/ naturalist .
The meals were crazy good and I have been in the “food business “ all of my career. We ate and experienced many things that were foreign to us but was a great experience.
We would recommend using Andean Discovery . We are looking into another / different trip elsewhere with them