We had a really great time on our trip for a family of 4 organised by Andean Adventures. The trip had two main parts, spending almost a week in the Andes visiting the incredible Incan ruins in Cusco and of course Machu Pichu and the other half in the Peruvian Amazon jungle in the amazing Manu National Park. Everything about the trip was excellent. It was incredibly well organised and the whole trip went without any hitches despite the complexities of so many transfers. A special thank you to Geuliana from Andean Adventures who was incredibly patient when organising the trip for us and made herself contactable to us during the trip so that when there was one minor confusion over a transfer this was resolved within minutes. The hotels on the trip were all very comfortable, welcoming and excellently located. The buffet breakfasts were great in all of them, the one at La Antigua Miraflores especially so. I've never know my children enjoy a hotel breakfast so much! The beds were superb in all of them and we made good use of the left luggage facilities when we knew we were coming back, meaning we could travel lighter for a few days such as when we took the train to Machu Picchu. In the cities, apart from breakfast most meals were sensibly left for us to sort out ourselves. This made a lot of sense as there is an amazing choice of great restaurants and cafes in Lima, Cusco and even Aguas Calientes, the gateway town for Machu Picchu. In the jungle all food was provided and all of us, even my quite fussy children were really impressed with the quality of the meals. Everything was so tasty and we all ate very well. All of the people who played a part in the trip (organisers, drivers, boat handlers, hotel staff, lodge staff, cultural guides, wildlife guides) were all extremely professional and courteous. Our cultural guide in the Andes, Ernesto, was so enthusiastic about Incan culture that he had no problem getting my two teenage children engrossed in the topic. Roger, our nature guide in Manu, was so knowledgable about all of the flora and fauna and we loved the way he was so determined that we should get to see as much as possible. Both these guides really made the trip. One thing I especially liked about both guides was that they really got a good balance between keeping you busy and giving you time to yourselves to contemplate what you'd just experienced. As for the trip itself, there are almost too many highlights to mention. The views at Machu Picchu. Seeing snow capped Andean mountains, cloud forest, rainforest and rushing river all in one single, amazing view. Staring in awe at the perfectly interconnecting stones of the Incan walls all around Cusco. Getting great close up views and photos of the dazzling Cock of the Rock in the cloudforest. Seeing not one but several tapirs just feet away from us in the jungle hide, leaving us in tears of happiness. The buzz of Miraflores in Lima. These are just a handful of the memories we have come way with. Peru is an amazing country with so much to experience. Far too many people in Europe are nervous about travelling to Peru but I would encourage anyone to put that aside and enjoy all that Peru has to offer on a trip like this with Andean Adventures. The trip was really excellent value, considerably cheaper than an equivalent trip arranged with a company in Europe. A true 5 star experience! Thanks again to all involved The Cox Family, London, UK
By Roy C for Cusco, Machu Picchu 14 Days - Roy Cox x 4 pax (2nd payment) on 30 Aug, 2019