Kimkim Trip Reviews for Peru

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The amazing Peru trip! · Peru - Apr 24 - May 12, 2022

Traveler: Thida M. - Local specialist: Johanna Fabian

The fantastic and unforgettable Peru trip!
We had a wonderful 19 days trip in Peru. Johanna was very patient with me, customizing the trip itinerary and the hotels to my satisfaction. We started at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion where we met several new friends. We then explored Sacred Valley, the incredible Machu Picchu, Cusco and the beautiful Rainbow mountain. The bad bumpy roads between Cusco-Ollantaytambo, Cusco- Rainbow mountain made our journey harder and very tiring. Our... read more

The fantastic and unforgettable Peru trip!
We had a wonderful 19 days trip in Peru. Johanna was very patient with me, customizing the trip itinerary and the hotels to my satisfaction. We started at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion where we met several new friends. We then explored Sacred Valley, the incredible Machu Picchu, Cusco and the beautiful Rainbow mountain. The bad bumpy roads between Cusco-Ollantaytambo, Cusco- Rainbow mountain made our journey harder and very tiring. Our guide, Raul, Cusi travel was very nice and knowledgeable.
The PeruRail train ride to Lake Titicaca was memorable as well as the visit to Floating island and Taquile island.
Most of our tours were private except the Colca Canyon tour to see the Andean condors. The group tour guide, Luis Angel was very fluent in English and has sense of humor. He explained the history by telling stories.
Dalia, the agent for domestic flights was very helpful and thoughtful, checking in every flight for us and emailing us the boarding passes. We really appreciate it since we did not have internet access all the time.
We loved the stay at Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley and Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs, Colca Valley. Both have beautiful breath taking views and extremely peaceful atmosphere.
The entire trip was smooth, never have to worry about picking us up at the airport or hotel except on return to Lima. However, Johanna took care of the issue right away. Kristy, the owner of Miski travel also contacted us, made us feel safe and satisfied.
I'm very grateful to Johanna, Kristy and their team, tour operators and tour guides for our amazing trip in Peru! Thank you Kimkim .

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Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport

Lima

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very convenient. We had dinner at the hotel and was good

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just across from the airport exit

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado

Urubamba

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Beautiful and peaceful.

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Into the Amazon: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion

Peru

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We stayed there 3 nights. The tour itinerary was good for 2 days only, the 3rd day was just a stretch to make money. It was very expensive, all inclusive but the menu never changes. Not worth for the money

Food

to change menu every day, do not list in the menu if not available like pork belly
Guides, drivers and staff

our guide, Carlos was excellent
Quality of Experience

more tours for each day
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Johanna Fabian, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Thida,
Thank you for your kind words I'm glad you had an overall great experience in Peru and thank you for being understanding for the delay in one of your pick-ups! We wish you the best travels in the future

A perfect trip from beginning to end in Peru · Peru - May 5 - May 16, 2022

Traveler: Debbie P. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Our travel specialist, Nicholas Cino, was a joy to work with. We spent approximately 6 months planning our trip and had multiple calls and e-mail exchanges during the process. All the planning paid off and our 13 day trip was memorable and everything and more that we had wished for. Nico was very patient about answering our many questions and flexible when we wanted to change things. Nico has a unique personal touch that showed in all of our interactions.
Our guide in Cusco, the Sacred... read more

Our travel specialist, Nicholas Cino, was a joy to work with. We spent approximately 6 months planning our trip and had multiple calls and e-mail exchanges during the process. All the planning paid off and our 13 day trip was memorable and everything and more that we had wished for. Nico was very patient about answering our many questions and flexible when we wanted to change things. Nico has a unique personal touch that showed in all of our interactions.
Our guide in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu was Jesus Galimberti and he was amazing. He was incredibly knowledgeable about Peru and it’s history and had a warm personality who was easy to spend lots of time with. We quickly felt like he was our friend as well as our guide (he also made good restaurant recommendations in Cusco).
We fell in love with Cusco, it’s rich history and both it’s Inca and colonial architecture. The Plaza de Armas, the cobblestone streets and alleys, sitting at a cafe watching people go by, it’s incredibly charming. The highlight of the trip without a doubt was Machu Picchu. Seeing pictures does not do it justice, the first sight takes your breath away and it is simply awe inspiring. You can’t believe the advanced building techniques and degree of precision that the Incas possessed.
Our last 3 days were spent in the Amazon Rainforest and getting there is an adventure in itself. We saw several species of monkeys and birds including colorful macaws, went on a sunset cruise and a experienced an intense jungle rainstorm.
Our trip was a resounding success and we highly recommend Nicholas and KimKim.

An amazing trip · Peru - May 5 - May 14, 2022

Traveler: Britt S. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

We had such an amazing trip to Peru, thanks to KimKim. Our local specialist, Liz, listened to our preferences to build a memorable itinerary. We had a great mix of food/culture and adventure, between Lima, Huacachinca, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. On the trip itself all of the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and provided private tours that felt very special. Our trip required a lot of logistics (I.e., many vans, buses, trains, and planes), and each transfer felt seamless and safe.... read more

We had such an amazing trip to Peru, thanks to KimKim. Our local specialist, Liz, listened to our preferences to build a memorable itinerary. We had a great mix of food/culture and adventure, between Lima, Huacachinca, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. On the trip itself all of the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and provided private tours that felt very special. Our trip required a lot of logistics (I.e., many vans, buses, trains, and planes), and each transfer felt seamless and safe. Highly recommend!

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El Mapi by Inkaterra

Machu Picchu

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Very cool and unique vibe with great food and drinks.

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Activity Reviews

Visit Machu Picchu: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo/Cusco

Peru

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Private Lima Peruvian Food Tour in Artsy Barranco

Lima

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Groupal Huacachina Adventure: Buggies & Sand Boarding

Huacachina

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Groupal Pisac & Ollantaytambo tour: Arrive in Machu Picchu Town

Peru

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Pisac & Ollantaytambo were gorgeous, but our guide did not seem very knowledgeable so we missed out on all the history and other information that would have brought it all to life.

Groupal Ziplining & Via Ferrata in The Sacred Valley

Cusco

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Danny was great!
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Liz Karen L. J., local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Britt,
It`s really moving to read your review, I`ll share this with all our guides and team. I am thrilled to know this trip was memorable for you.
I wish you all the best in the future, please feel free to contact me in the future if needed.
Best regards.
Liz.

Abie

Peru Trip · Peru - Apr 25 - May 3, 2022

Traveler: Abie E. - Local specialist: Patty Macedo

Our trip to Peru was amazing! When we arrived to Cusco we were greeted by Justino, an amazing tour guide who faciliated our trip and excursions in Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain. He was very knowledgeable about the architecture, culture, and made our experience very memorable. When then arrived at Peurto Maldonaldo to explore the Amazon, where we met our tour guide Freddy. We had a great boat ride to our Amazon bungaloo. We enjoyed authentic food and had great rainforest and boat... read more

Our trip to Peru was amazing! When we arrived to Cusco we were greeted by Justino, an amazing tour guide who faciliated our trip and excursions in Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain. He was very knowledgeable about the architecture, culture, and made our experience very memorable. When then arrived at Peurto Maldonaldo to explore the Amazon, where we met our tour guide Freddy. We had a great boat ride to our Amazon bungaloo. We enjoyed authentic food and had great rainforest and boat tours. The entire trip was very smooth from arrival to departure. We definitely recommend this company if you are interested in exploring Peru, especially for the first time!

Sayla

Best Trip of my Life!! · Peru - Mar 18 - Mar 27, 2022

Traveler: Sayla M. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

I was so impressed with the trip that Anne organized for us. We had various things that we wanted to do, and she was able to accommodate all of those things! The places we stayed were beautiful and comfortable and truly added to the experience of visiting the marvelous country of Peru. We also hit a couple of snags during our trip, and Anne was able to help us think of the best solutions to work around our dilemmas.
The only thing that I would have appreciated was more information on... read more

I was so impressed with the trip that Anne organized for us. We had various things that we wanted to do, and she was able to accommodate all of those things! The places we stayed were beautiful and comfortable and truly added to the experience of visiting the marvelous country of Peru. We also hit a couple of snags during our trip, and Anne was able to help us think of the best solutions to work around our dilemmas.
The only thing that I would have appreciated was more information on travel/passport requirements before paying for the trip. They gave us the info we needed after we paid, and only then did we realize that my husbands passport would have to be renewed before we could go on our trip. This resulted in about a delay while we waited for my husbands passport, which although it wasn't the end of the world, was a bit disappointing.
Regardless, I could not have been happier with the service received through kimkim with the help of Anne. If you are wondering if they are a good choice, the answer is yes! Thank you so much for such an amazing experience!!

Hotel Review

Pamuri Andes Lodge

Huancavelica

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I loved staying here! It felt like camping but with a bed and warm water!! They have beautiful facilities and my only regretting with staying here, is that we didn't stay here longer!

Tips for future travelers

I would recommend that you bring someone who speaks Spanish with you, as its in a part of Peru that doesn't see many foreign tourists. Also be aware that if you fly into Jauja (the closest airport) you may need to be slightly flexible with your trip plans. Our flight was cancelled and then our new flight was delayed. So be aware of that if you choose to come here!

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Mateo was wonderful! He was very friendly and helpful during our stay. He also spoke English which was a big plus!
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Second day at Hacienda Concepción: Sandoval Lake & Canopy Walkway

Tambopata

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There is nothing that can compare to the beauty of experiencing the jungle firsthand. Touring the lake and going on the canopy walkway was absolutely incredible and I would do it again and again if I could!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Sayla!

Thanks for taking the time and leave such a detailed review. We really appreciate all the feedback, and I have talked about sharing more information in advance, please make sure we have been doing that and we'll continue doing that.

It was really nice meeting you, I hope all your family enjoyed your time here!

Best,
Anne

Jeff

What an amazing adventure! · Peru - Apr 9 - Apr 17, 2022

Traveler: Jeff O. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

When we started planning our trip to Peru we were overwhelmed by all the options we had and all the places we wanted to see. By working with Liz Karen she was able to pick the best of the best options for our family. Every detail was planned from the minute we arrived in Lima and included the most amazing tours and excursions including private tours of Lima, Cusco, Machu Pichu, and a rock climbing/ziplining adventure over the Sacred Valley in Peru. Our guides were knowledgable and friendly... read more

When we started planning our trip to Peru we were overwhelmed by all the options we had and all the places we wanted to see. By working with Liz Karen she was able to pick the best of the best options for our family. Every detail was planned from the minute we arrived in Lima and included the most amazing tours and excursions including private tours of Lima, Cusco, Machu Pichu, and a rock climbing/ziplining adventure over the Sacred Valley in Peru. Our guides were knowledgable and friendly and there was not a detail missed. Liz even arranged for us to be Covid tested on the final day so we had a simple entry back into the United States. The amazement of the trip was matched with a resonable cost and excellent accomodations along the way. Our family had an amazing adventure and if you are smart you will book your next adventure with KimKim and let them plan every detail of your next adventure.

Hotel Review

Yawar Inka Hotel

Cusco

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Excellent accomodations, clean and conformtable rooms, and the staff was friendly and welcoming.

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Groupal Quad bikes tour in Moray + Maras & Zip Line + Via Ferrata

Cusco

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The adventure was so amazing the guides made us feel comfortable throughout even though the adventure was challenging and scary.

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Liz Karen L. J., local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jeff,
Thank you so much for the good vibes and the great comments, I am very happy to know that you enjoyed your trip!
I wish you all the best in the future, and if you decide to come back sometime, feel free to contact me.
Kind regards.
Liz.

Kira

We had the experience of a lifetime in Peru! ... · Peru - Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022

Traveler: Kira C. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

We had the experience of a lifetime in Peru! Jesus was so helpful in planning our trip with the restraints that we gave him. He worked with us on fitting all of our desired excursions in our timeframe. There were occasional delays in response time, but communication overall was very timely. Some of the transportation/timing details were not entirely clear to us at times. For me, the more details the better, so I would've appreciated being told things like where our driver would be waiting for... read more

We had the experience of a lifetime in Peru! Jesus was so helpful in planning our trip with the restraints that we gave him. He worked with us on fitting all of our desired excursions in our timeframe. There were occasional delays in response time, but communication overall was very timely. Some of the transportation/timing details were not entirely clear to us at times. For me, the more details the better, so I would've appreciated being told things like where our driver would be waiting for us at the airport or what time we might expect to have free time to grab lunch on a given day. One big thing I was missing was transit time, as we often didn't know if we'd be in the car for 30 minutes or several hours until we actually got in the car and asked. I suggest always bringing extra snacks and water in case you're out and about longer than anticipated!

Here is how we spent our time in Peru!
1 free day in Lima: We walked around Miraflores and went to Museo Larco. The museum had lots of pre-Inca and Inca relics, which were so beautiful and fascinating. We had some trouble waiting on Uber rides and having them canceled, but we eventually got to where we wanted to go.
1 day in Cusco with walking tour: The flight from Lima to Cusco was short and sweet. We met our guide, Fredy, who would be with us for the rest of the week. The tour around Cusco was so interesting! We went during Holy Week, so we also got to see a huge gathering of people in the plaza celebrating. We got really good drinks at Museo del Pisco!
1 day exploring Incan ruins on the journey to Machu Picchu: Lots of really big rocks in really cool formations! One of our favorite parts of the whole trip was feeding the llamas, alpacas, and guanacos at Sulca. We got to participate in a traditional Inca dining experience called "pachamanca", which was so unique. When we finally got to Aguas Calientes outside of Machu Picchu, our hotel was right on the bank of a roaring river. We had a great dinner at Julian a couple doors down!
1 day at Machu Picchu: No words can describe this incredible experience. The views were just breathtaking! Afterwards, we explored Aguas Calientes a bit more and ended up renting swimsuits to go into the hot springs.
1 day hiking Palccoyo (unable to do Rainbow Mountain as originally planned): It was about a 4 hour drive to get here, which we didn't know until getting in the car. We also had to switch plans because Rainbow Mountain was closed due to disagreement among the communities. The hike was no joke in terms of elevation! The views were well worth the physical exertion, though. We had a beautiful picnic by a stream afterward, which was so lovely. When we got back to Cusco, we had dinner at Uchu, which was AMAZING!
1 free day in Cusco prior to departure: We got to explore more of the city and just take it all in before leaving :)

Hotel Review

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Cusco

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Being right on the river was so fun! Super convenient location right near the train and bus stops.

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Machu Picchu Exploration

Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu

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Fredy shared so much rich history with us as we took in the iconic views!

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The bus trip is a bit unsettling at some points, but the bus drivers seem like they really know what they're doing.
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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kira, thanks so much for your kind reviews and comments. We are very happy to have welcome you to our country. We take your reviews with plenty of gratitude as it helps improve more! Also happy to have met you the day you arrived in Cusco and despite the busy week in the city, you had explored Peru in a very nice way.
Hope to welcome you in the future again, stay in touch!
Kim Kim & Peruvian Soul team

Put Peru at the TOP of your Bucket List! · Peru - Apr 2 - Apr 10, 2022

Traveler: Karin G. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Our family has traveled to many places, and we have never used a trip planning service before, much less had guides! Anne was incredible. She answered all of our questions promptly, gave us recommendations for everything - favorite candies, where to eat, what to eat to taste Peru, and what to pack. She listened carefully to all of our needs. We are a family of four - 2 adults, and 2 kids ages 11 and 13. We wanted to share this experience with my widowed 71 years young mother, since she sadly... read more

Our family has traveled to many places, and we have never used a trip planning service before, much less had guides! Anne was incredible. She answered all of our questions promptly, gave us recommendations for everything - favorite candies, where to eat, what to eat to taste Peru, and what to pack. She listened carefully to all of our needs. We are a family of four - 2 adults, and 2 kids ages 11 and 13. We wanted to share this experience with my widowed 71 years young mother, since she sadly lost her travel partner years ago. While Mom worked on physical therapy for her knee, Anne worked on our plans. She rearranged events to make them all fit into our time span of 9 days. We had a long list of "must do's" and Anne made them all happen without a single glitch. She was there the moment we arrived at the airport with a driver. Then during our first morning, she walked us through parts of Lima, where we found a fabulous brunch and money exchange. Anne made sure we understood our entire plan for the week, and helped us secure our luggage with the hotel so we could go sand boarding and sledding in the Chilca dunes. From there, we went to the Amazon, then Ollantaytambo, Cusco, and of course Matchu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. Because of our ambitious travel plans, Anne made all of our connections happen. We took all modes of transportation - boats, zip lines, busses, vans, cars, planes, and a train. We felt completely safe and comfortable the entire trip. We never had to worry with ticket lines, or even keeping up with tickets. Our tour company and our guides handled it all. All of our hosts at hotels, lodges, and boutiques were courteous, accommodating, and made us feel at home. The food was incredible. We are all so disappointed in fruit and nuts now that we are home - Peru spoiled us forever. Our guides - Anne, Luis, and Jesus - made us feel like family and taught us more than we ever knew we should know about Peru's people, beautiful land and resources, culture, history, and current events. Their love and enthusiasm for their country is infectious. I have been recommending Anne, Jesus, Luis, Peruvian Soul, and KimKim to all of my friends and family since we returned less than a week ago. I've bored all my friends and family with all of our postcard photoshopped looking pictures. I still cannot believe the trip we had - it really seems unreal. Our next trip will definitely start with KimKim. Hopefully we will return to Peru soon - and when we do - I'm going to What's App Anne directly and tell her we're ready for part 2!!

Hotel Review

Dazzler Miraflores

Lima

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Courteous, clean, great atmosphere, location, and lovely food. Try the ceviche!

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Everyone was courteous and genuinely tried to help us with anything we needed.
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Bar and restaurant area had a fun vibe - romantic, but also family friendly. A difficult balance.
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Lunch at the Shores of Piuray Lake

Peru

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First, it is really difficult to choose a favorite on our trip. But this one is near or at the top because it felt like we were the only ones for miles around, and we were at someone's property for a nice lunch. The food was incredible, authentic, and varied. We were able to talk with the women who cooked the meal and see the way food was prepared. There were some adorable alpacas and other farm animals just casually hanging out near the shore while we ate. The setting was breathtaking, unreal, and quiet. During a trip when you're seeing and processing so much at once, it was nice to sit for a moment and be still and appreciate your environment and the people who live here.

Food

Off the charts. Fresh, tasty, and beautiful presentation
Transport

Timely, clean, and safe at all times.
Guides, drivers and staff

Jesus was an incredible guide! I felt like we were all in one family, and he was like a brother or cousin just taking us around his towns. Robert was an excellent driver - no idea how he could navigate all those roads!
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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Karin!

It was really moving to read your review, I will make sure to share this with all our guides and my team. I am thrilled that you and your family could enjoy a lifetime trip to our country, and you could understand why are we so passionate about it!

I love each one of your pictures and seeing you all happy, it's just priceless. If you uploaded some to your social media please feel free to tag us at @peruvian.soul!

It was lovely to meet you, and really hope to meet you again soon! Wish you the best on your future journeys.

Anne

Marlene

Recently came home from a wonderful vacation in Peru... · Peru - Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2022

Traveler: Marlene A. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Recently came home from a wonderful vacation in Peru, and everything about it was FANTASTIC!!!! The tour was crafted perfectly for our group, and despite some obstacles outside of anyone's control, our guide was quick to course correct and ensure that we still enjoyed every second of our journey. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our tour guide Julio. He is extremely knowledgeable, very patient, and fun to be around. I learned so much about Peru because of how thorough Julio was.... read more

Recently came home from a wonderful vacation in Peru, and everything about it was FANTASTIC!!!! The tour was crafted perfectly for our group, and despite some obstacles outside of anyone's control, our guide was quick to course correct and ensure that we still enjoyed every second of our journey. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our tour guide Julio. He is extremely knowledgeable, very patient, and fun to be around. I learned so much about Peru because of how thorough Julio was. Our driver Roberto was just as good, and made sure that we made it to all of our destinations safely, and on time. We spent most of our time in Cusco, but I must say that our time in Lima with Ximena was a blast, and we learned so much about the food and culture. Last but not least, Anne crafted an itinerary that gave us the most rewarding experience in Peru, and we have created memories that will last a lifetime.

Hotel Review

Aloft Lima Miraflores, a Marriott Hotel

Lima

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Discovering Machu Picchu and hiking to it's viewpoints

Peru

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Marlene,

Thanks for your kind words. I am truly happy that you could meet Ximena and Julito, and that despite some inconveniences, you could get to explore our country! It was a pleasure to be somehow part of your lifetime memories, if you come back to Peru, please reach out!

I wish you the best on your future journeys!

Highly recommend Kristy and team · Peru - Apr 3 - Apr 7, 2022

Traveler: Bala L. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

I am so glad that we found Kristy through kimkim. From the beginning, Kristy has been extremely helpful and patient as she answered all of our questions about a trip to Peru. Clearly, she has a lot of knowledge about the country. She was always trying to get us the best experience within our budget and came up with various options for us. Whenever there was a curve ball (postponement due to Omicron variant, transportation strikes in Peru), Kristy and team were prepared to adjust things as... read more

I am so glad that we found Kristy through kimkim. From the beginning, Kristy has been extremely helpful and patient as she answered all of our questions about a trip to Peru. Clearly, she has a lot of knowledge about the country. She was always trying to get us the best experience within our budget and came up with various options for us. Whenever there was a curve ball (postponement due to Omicron variant, transportation strikes in Peru), Kristy and team were prepared to adjust things as needed. We are very thankful for the peace of mind and security we were able to get knowing that we were relying on experts on the ground and didn't have to worry about going to a new country where we barely spoke the language. Special shout-out to Cesar in Cusco who was an amazing guide for us. This team always went above and beyond what we expected from them. Fully deserved 5-stars.

Activity Review

Machu Picchu Excursion: from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu was the dream destination in Peru. Kristy and team made it work for us in spite of having to change tickets at the very last minute due to circumstances beyond our control. We ended up doing a day-trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Our local guide, Cesar, made sure that the day was as comfortable as possible and allowed us enough time there to enjoy the unique beauty and history of the place.

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Transportation was taken care of by our guides and was as comfortable as possible.
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Extremely helpful guides and staff who were patient and gave us our time and space to enjoy the experience.
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There's a reason Machu Picchu is one of the seven modern wonders of the world!
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Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bala- Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure helping you navigate this trip and I am so happy you were able to get to Machu Picchu despite the challenges we came across. I hope you left Peru with some wonderful memories. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future! :)

Amazing Trip to Peru (Lima, Iquitos, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu) · Peru - Mar 23 - Apr 2, 2022

Traveler: Vinu T. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

We just got back from an amazing trip to Peru. 11 days, 10 nights and all planned and executed to perfection by Liz and her team. If you are looking to visit Peru, Liz and the KimKim team are your go to team. They made our trip comfortable, punctual, with guides that were fluent in English and very knowledgeable about everything. Our first guide in Lima was Massiel who was very good and showed us around Lima and helped us with the local logistics. Our second guide in Cusco and Sacred Valley... read more

We just got back from an amazing trip to Peru. 11 days, 10 nights and all planned and executed to perfection by Liz and her team. If you are looking to visit Peru, Liz and the KimKim team are your go to team. They made our trip comfortable, punctual, with guides that were fluent in English and very knowledgeable about everything. Our first guide in Lima was Massiel who was very good and showed us around Lima and helped us with the local logistics. Our second guide in Cusco and Sacred Valley was Alexandra. We've been to over 16 countries and used so many guides and Alexandra was the best. Very personable, knowledgeable (knew all the great spots to eat especially with 2 vegetarians on the trip). Our final guide who came with us to the Inca trail was Joel and he was an expert in everything Inca (food, flora, fauna, Machu Picchu). All these guides were also excellent photographers, finding the right spots for some amazing pictures and memories. All the drivers who accompanied the guides were also very good, getting us on time and safely. Finally the person behind all this was Liz. From the day we landed, she was on Whatsapp with me, making sure we were in good hands. Great experience and will be using them again !

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Liz Karen L. J., local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Vinu, thank you very much for your review! Detailed reviews like these are so helpful for other travelers thinking of taking a trip with us and so motivating for us to read! I´m sharing your post with Alexandra, Massiel, and Joel, they will be so happy to read it. I was very pleased to help you with your trip and to make it memorable, thank you very much for your comments about me.
I wish you all the best in your future journeys and if somehow we can help in the future, just let me know. I will be always happy to help!
Kindly,
Liz & Andean Travel Experience team.

Saq

Once in a lifetime trip!The overall feedbac... · Peru - Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2022

Traveler: Saq M. - Local specialist: Johanna Fabian

Once in a lifetime trip!

The overall feedback for the trip was excellent. Johanna organised everything so well We couldn't have done it without her. When we initially thought of a trip we were considering booking everything separately and trying to do it ourselves but the logistics proved too difficult. Johanna was excellent and worked with us to develop our ideal itinerary. The suggestion she made were excellent and things we wouldn't have thought of were covered.
The first section of our... read more

Once in a lifetime trip!

The overall feedback for the trip was excellent. Johanna organised everything so well We couldn't have done it without her. When we initially thought of a trip we were considering booking everything separately and trying to do it ourselves but the logistics proved too difficult. Johanna was excellent and worked with us to develop our ideal itinerary. The suggestion she made were excellent and things we wouldn't have thought of were covered.
The first section of our trip was to the Amazon this was an amazing experience and the accommodation was superb. We then travel to Cusco for the inca trail. Our guide Edwin was fantastic and was so helpful and knowledgeable and really gave us a feel for inca life. He supported us on our trek as some of our group was struggling and made sure we arrived at all the checkpoints on time.
All the flights and transfers were on time.
Overall I am very glad we booked with Kimkim a 5 star service.

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Hotel Antigua Miraflores

Lima

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Into the Amazon: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

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Food was amazing not what I was expecting in the middle of the jungle
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Johanna Fabian, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Saq,
Thank you for trusting us to plan your trip and for taking the time to write a review. So happy to hear the 3 of you had a memorable trip. We hope to have you in Peru again!

Yuri

Anna arranged our trip in a few days! We rea... · Peru - Mar 18 - Mar 26, 2022

Traveler: Yuri L. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Anna arranged our trip in a few days! We really didn’t know if we would have time to get a good feel of Peru in 9 days but Anna made it all possible.
Excellent tour recommendations and personalized approach to fit our needs. We traveled with our 15 yo twin boys and the journey was surely unforgettable for us and for them.

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Anna arranged our trip in a few days! We really didn’t know if we would have time to get a good feel of Peru in 9 days but Anna made it all possible.
Excellent tour recommendations and personalized approach to fit our needs. We traveled with our 15 yo twin boys and the journey was surely unforgettable for us and for them.

Thank you

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Posada Amazonas Lodge

Puerto Maldonado

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Everyone must experience nature this way! This plaice really makes you fell like you are close to something higher than yourself…

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Fantastic views
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Considering you are in the jungle, the lodge is so well kept!
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Boat Ride to your Rainforest Lodge at Tambopata National Reserve

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Spitting the animals and just taking in the nature

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Delicious local specialty rice wrapped in green leaf
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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Yuri!
It was nice getting to meet you while you were here. We are happy we could help you have a memorable trip to Peru and could meet your expectations. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review as well!

Kristy

Kristy at Kimkim was absolutely a dream to wo... · Peru - Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2022

Traveler: Kristy M. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

Kristy at Kimkim was absolutely a dream to work with. We kept changing plans and she kept working things out for us even when we go on the trip. We had last minute train & bus rides we wanted and with a quick text to Kristy she made all arrangement’s. Kristy kept in touch with us throughout the entire trip & made this trip fabulous. We wanted adventure and she did that as well. Thanks for a wonderful trip to Peru we would recommend Kristy and Kimkim to anyone. read more

Kristy at Kimkim was absolutely a dream to work with. We kept changing plans and she kept working things out for us even when we go on the trip. We had last minute train & bus rides we wanted and with a quick text to Kristy she made all arrangement’s. Kristy kept in touch with us throughout the entire trip & made this trip fabulous. We wanted adventure and she did that as well. Thanks for a wonderful trip to Peru we would recommend Kristy and Kimkim to anyone.

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Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport

Lima

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Great location for a late flight in to Peru. Very convenient.

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Sky Lodge Adventure

Peru

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What a wonderful adventure. I am 58 years old and out of shape. The team at the Sky Lodge were patient and helped me do the via ferratta to the sky lodge where they had a wonderful dinner for us and great accommodations in the pod. Would recommend this to everyone.

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Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kristy- Thank you so much for trusting us with your trip to Peru! It was such a pleasure to put this together for you. I am so happy you left with wonderful memories. Please come visit us again soon!

Priya

Very good and knowledgeable guides. Loved th... · Peru - Mar 22 - Mar 22, 2022

Traveler: Priya K. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Very good and knowledgeable guides. Loved the city tour and food tour. read more

Very good and knowledgeable guides. Loved the city tour and food tour.

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Private Tour to Lima highlights & Food Tour

Lima Int. Airport (LIM)

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Liz Karen L. J., local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Priya, Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice review!
We are excited to read you had a great time while you were here! It was a pleasure to be part of your experience in Peru.

Amazing trip!! · Peru - Mar 5 - Mar 12, 2022

Traveler: Kira H. - Local specialist: Johanna Fabian

Flor Zuniga through Miski travels was our guide for 4 days in Cusco, sacred valley and Machu Picchu. Her English is fantastic. She is extremely knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions. She went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible. She even walked us to dinner one night even though our tour portion was over to ensure we got there on time and safely. You can tell her customers are very important to her. She’s extremely friendly, fun to be around, and... read more

Flor Zuniga through Miski travels was our guide for 4 days in Cusco, sacred valley and Machu Picchu. Her English is fantastic. She is extremely knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions. She went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible. She even walked us to dinner one night even though our tour portion was over to ensure we got there on time and safely. You can tell her customers are very important to her. She’s extremely friendly, fun to be around, and all around the most amazing tour guide. I would 10/10 recommend this tour company- and make sure you request FLOR! Can’t say enough good things.

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Johanna Fabian, local specialist, responded to this review:

so happy to hear you had a great time in Peru! I'll be sure to share this with Flor and we hope to see you in Peru again :)

Trip of a Lifetime · Peru - Nov 18 - Nov 28, 2021

Traveler: Savana H. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

I cannot even begin to express how incredibly thankful my boyfriend and I feel to have found Jesus's team at KimKim for our trip to Peru. From our very first message with Jesus to the second we landed back in the U.S., we had just an amazing experience. In part due to the rich history and culture Peru has to offer, but mostly because of the wonderful people we met along the way. We had private transportation everywhere we went (Carlos, Jose, and San), who were always friendly, accommodating,... read more

I cannot even begin to express how incredibly thankful my boyfriend and I feel to have found Jesus's team at KimKim for our trip to Peru. From our very first message with Jesus to the second we landed back in the U.S., we had just an amazing experience. In part due to the rich history and culture Peru has to offer, but mostly because of the wonderful people we met along the way. We had private transportation everywhere we went (Carlos, Jose, and San), who were always friendly, accommodating, safe, and very hard working, and we were also paired with the best tour guides we could have ever asked for! Guido and Abel in Cusco both will be lifetime friends, they were incredibly knowledgeable, funny, and caring.
We were given all of the flexibility in the world by Jesus's team, which really helped keep the stress of a big/long trip at bay. We opted to arrange our own sleeping accommodations with the exception of a few nights, one of which we stayed with the sweetest local Andean family. Each day, we were able to choose within reason the time we wanted to start our day, there was never any rushing to be anywhere at a particular time. Every single day was a new adventure and we learned more than we were ready to! We spent 11 long days in Peru, but we still didn't want to leave. We miss the people, the food, the sites, but we are so thankful for the friendships and memories we made!

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Machu Picchu Exploration

Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for your kind comments, Savana! We are very happy to know you had a wonderful trip experience in our country. We feel very proud of our guides and staff as they were able to exceed your expectations! You are always welcome to our beautiful country.

Peruvian Soul and Kim Kim team

Our trip to Peru was simply amazing!! · Peru - Jan 25 - Feb 2, 2022

Traveler: MJ O. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Our trip to Peru was simply amazing!! We've never been to South America and we decided that the first country we should visit would be Peru after doing some research. We are so happy that we went with Peruvian Soul because it made logistics in the country really easy and we visited places that we would have probably never thought to go to. Not to mention that we met amazing people in Peruvian Soul that treated us like friends. We never used a travel agency for trips since we typically do... read more

Our trip to Peru was simply amazing!! We've never been to South America and we decided that the first country we should visit would be Peru after doing some research. We are so happy that we went with Peruvian Soul because it made logistics in the country really easy and we visited places that we would have probably never thought to go to. Not to mention that we met amazing people in Peruvian Soul that treated us like friends. We never used a travel agency for trips since we typically do all the planning, but this time it was nice to have some help with planning the entire trip from accommodations, covid testing, flights, and setting an itinerary that was both adventurous, cultural, fun, and relaxing.

The trip was to celebrate a birthday and everything was great! Our accommodations were nice and Nicholas was so helpful and communicative from start to finish. He picked us up from the airport and gave us a nice welcome package which consisted of hand sanitizer, a face mask, snacks, and a cool tote bag. We only got to see Nicholas once, but we were in constant contact with him during our trip via What's App.

We started in Lima and stayed in a cute boutique hotel (Casa Republica) in Barranco for 2 nights. The service there was great and it was cool to be in a historic mansion right near the water (seriously it was steps away). We were able to catch the sunset which was beautiful. There is also a cool rooftop bar at the hotel and we received complimentary Pisco Sours which were so good! When we left, the staff gave us Coco tea because they knew we were flying to Cusco which was very thoughtful. They also gave us breakfast to go in addition to the tea.

When we arrived in Cusco, we saw Julio who is such a genuine and nice person. He is incredibly knowledgeable of Cusco and could tell us anything about Cusco. We did many tours with Julio which included seeing Moray Terraces, Maras Salt Mines, and Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, we were able to experience a traditional meal cooked in the ground using stones which was awesome! The restaurant has food that comes straight from their garden and it was so good and cool to have that experience. We also tried different types of Piscos and coffee and the owner was quite the character!

After Cusco, we were finally in Aguas Calientes to prepare for Machu Picchu the following day. We met Eddy from Peruvian Soul who gave us the rundown for Machu Picchu. Eddy is funny and super nice. The hotel we stayed in was near the water and it was really nice. Again, the staff was so helpful and accommodating during our stay. Their breakfast was also really delicious! Eddy was our guide for Machu Picchu and it was cool to learn about the mystical place that is Machu Picchu. We went during rainy season, but luckily it was a clear day for us! It was also very peaceful because we went really early in the morning and not too many people were there.

After Machu Picchu, we were going back to Cusco for a night and we were met by our awesome driver. We thought we were going back to the hotel, but we made a surprise stop in Chinchero in the Sacred Valley. We saw Julio there, and went with the flow of the trip. We met some women there that explained how they make and dye their items for sell which was cool and informative. After that, Julio came out with a birthday cake and candles and everyone was singing Happy Birthday which was so thoughtful and unexpected! The women also blessed us with yellow flowers and it was such a special moment. The women also sang a song in their native language which we greatly appreciated. What a great way to spend a birthday! It was a great experience and probably one of the more memorable moments of the entire trip. Before we left Cusco, Julio gave us two bulls which represent good luck which was soo nice of him!

Our final location was Tumbes so we could relax at the beach. We were met by our driver Gaston who gave us water and was really nice (everyone in Peruvian Soul is soooo nice!!). We had a long drive so we talked and got to know more about him as a person. We stayed in Punta Sal resort and had a bungalow right on the beach! The bungalow, food, staff, and view were amazing! We are so grateful that Nicholas added Tumbes to our trip! We truly enjoyed the beach and the food!

All in all, Peru is such an amazing country and there is something for everyone! Peruvian Soul made the trip very memorable and we feel like we can always reach out to them whenever we are back. We had so much fun and the team was so thoughtful and helpful. We recommend Peru to everyone we know now, and we definitely suggest Peruvian Soul as agency if need be. We had such a great time and we definitely want to come back!!!

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Casa República

Lima

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This hotel was super cute and the staff was so nice and helpful! We were also near the water and it was so nice to view the sunset and be able to get back to our hotel with 2 minutes or less!

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi guys! Thanks for the great review! ;)
It was a pleasure having you with us and even more so meeting you in person! If you are ever craving another ceviche or a hike in the mountains (with Julito of course!), you can always find us here at Kim Kim! :)

Best

Nicho

Anna

Incredible experience! · Peru - Jun 19 - Jun 28, 2021

Traveler: Anna R. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

This trip was one to remember! Anne planned the best itinerary for us! We spent about 3 days in Lima, 2 days in Tambopata, and 4 days in Cusco/Machu Picchu. The days were early and long so if you're able to have a longer trip, do so. But we saw everything we wanted to see in Peru anyway!

Everyone throughout our trip (guides, drivers, hotel staff) were wonderful. Carlos, our driver, and Julio Quispe, our main guide, were highlights! We would recommend the Casa San Blas Boutique hotel... read more

This trip was one to remember! Anne planned the best itinerary for us! We spent about 3 days in Lima, 2 days in Tambopata, and 4 days in Cusco/Machu Picchu. The days were early and long so if you're able to have a longer trip, do so. But we saw everything we wanted to see in Peru anyway!

Everyone throughout our trip (guides, drivers, hotel staff) were wonderful. Carlos, our driver, and Julio Quispe, our main guide, were highlights! We would recommend the Casa San Blas Boutique hotel (Cusco) and Posada Amazonas Lodge (Amazon). Both were fantastic! Hotel Casa Republica (Lima) was our least favorite. A bit loud with construction and the rooftop bar and outdated. Good breakfast though!

We enjoyed booking through KimKim for such a complex trip and are planning to use KimKim to book our trip to Israel! Thank you so much Anne!

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Posada Amazonas Lodge

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Hands on Cooking Class at a Chef's house

Lima

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Such a fun experience learning how to cook some authentic dishes and visiting local markets. Would recommend this activity!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anna,

It's so nice to read your review, it seems like you were here yesterday. I will share the review with the rest of the team and partners. It was a pleasure to help you with this adventure!

I wish you the best in your futures trips!
Anne

Peru Honeymoon · Peru - Nov 15 - Nov 26, 2021

Traveler: Allie E. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Anne was absolutely wonderful to work with throughout the entire process. She was very quick to answer our questions during the planning process, and provided us with numerous options that fit within our budget. Most importantly, we really valued the type of activities she planned for us. We got to interact with the communities and experience the culture firsthand. I feel sometimes that travel agencies will only focus on “Instagram moments” and that is not what we experienced at all. Our tour... read more

Anne was absolutely wonderful to work with throughout the entire process. She was very quick to answer our questions during the planning process, and provided us with numerous options that fit within our budget. Most importantly, we really valued the type of activities she planned for us. We got to interact with the communities and experience the culture firsthand. I feel sometimes that travel agencies will only focus on “Instagram moments” and that is not what we experienced at all. Our tour guides were wonderful, and we learned SO much (and still got great pictures as memories!).

For upcoming travelers, here are some places we really enjoyed: Machu Picchu, private lunch at the plantation outside of Lima on our way back from sandboarding, the rainforest (we only stayed two nights and wish we would’ve stayed 3), the local market in Cusco, and our extended stay in sacred valley.

Additionally, even with traveling during covid Anne made us feel comfortable and prepared throughout the trip. We loved that she met us in Lima on our first day! It helped us feel more prepared and comfortable walking into our 12 day trip.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we could not have asked for a better honeymoon. In 12 days, we went from the coast line, to the desert, to the rainforest, and ended our trip in the mountains. If you are looking for a great adventure - Peru is it!!

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Posada Amazonas Lodge

Puerto Maldonado

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Ollantaytambo Fortress

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks, Allie for taking the time to leave such a nice review!
I am happy I get the chance to meet you and also be part of your honeymoon adventure. We live for these moments, and to inspire everyone to explore the soul of our country!

MAGICAL PERU · Peru - Dec 30 - Jan 7, 2022

Traveler: Kelly F. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Wow!! What an amazing journey! Anne and the entire Peruvian soul team was just amazing. We already had a trip planned to Southeast Asia that got derailed because of the Omicron variant of Covid. We were able to book an amazing trip through Kim Kim and Peruvian soul To South and Central America. We began in Peru and it was absolutely magical! We started in the rainforest in Tambopata National Reserve. Our guide and lodging were great. We saw all kinds of insects, animals and birds. From... read more

Wow!! What an amazing journey! Anne and the entire Peruvian soul team was just amazing. We already had a trip planned to Southeast Asia that got derailed because of the Omicron variant of Covid. We were able to book an amazing trip through Kim Kim and Peruvian soul To South and Central America. We began in Peru and it was absolutely magical! We started in the rainforest in Tambopata National Reserve. Our guide and lodging were great. We saw all kinds of insects, animals and birds. From there we went to the sacred valley and saw the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the Moray terraces. From there we went to Machu Picchu and our minds were blown. Our guide along the way, Julito, was extremely knowledgeable, professional, warm and kind. In Cusco I suffered some altitude sickness and he took the best care of me. I felt like I was in very capable hands. I grew to love the people, culture, history and nature of Peru during my stay there, We will be back one day for sure! Thank you to the entire team!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for taking the time and sharing your experience From all my team, I wanted to thank you, too not only for trusting us but for being flexible while planning and through all the trip!

Hope to have the chance to meet in person next time!

Sachin

Thanks to Liz & KimKim for an AMAZING trip! · Peru - Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2021

Traveler: Sachin V. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Thanks to Liz! for an AMAZING trip!
For this once in a life time trip, we entrusted Liz at KimKim.com to plan our trip. This is our second trip with KimKim and I have to say just amazing.! This trip was postponed 3 times due to the pandemic and Liz made it seamless. Planning our trip, she kept up with all the changes and challenges thrown at her even with flights were cancelled intra, she moved to private car transport. During the trip the arrangements seemed flawless to us. Even when... read more

Thanks to Liz! for an AMAZING trip!
For this once in a life time trip, we entrusted Liz at KimKim.com to plan our trip. This is our second trip with KimKim and I have to say just amazing.! This trip was postponed 3 times due to the pandemic and Liz made it seamless. Planning our trip, she kept up with all the changes and challenges thrown at her even with flights were cancelled intra, she moved to private car transport. During the trip the arrangements seemed flawless to us. Even when mother nature threw a curve ball causing train delays on a late evening, Liz had arranged for car transport to get us to our hotel. Our family loved the 7 day trip to this magical place called Peru, but with Liz's experience and guidance the trip was flawless, enjoyable without worry and perfectly managed. Thank you Liz and KimKim.com! Truly loved it.

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Liz Karen L. J., local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sachin,
It was very moving to read your review. Thanks for taking the time and leave us your comments, and thanks also for trusting us with this adventure, too. It was personally rewarding to read this, I am sharing this with all our team.
Hugs from all the Andean Travel Experience family!

We had an incredible experience · Peru - Dec 25 - Jan 8, 2022

Traveler: Isaiah N. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

We had an incredible experience working with Kristy from the very beginning.

Kristy answered all of our questions and was always very attentive when we were debating between places to go or activities to partake in. She was very knowledgeable about the country and the various activities to do and places to visit.

Our experience in Peru was incredible. All of the details were taken care for us and it was very simple to figure out where and when we needed to be throughout.

Finally, all of... read more

We had an incredible experience working with Kristy from the very beginning.

Kristy answered all of our questions and was always very attentive when we were debating between places to go or activities to partake in. She was very knowledgeable about the country and the various activities to do and places to visit.

Our experience in Peru was incredible. All of the details were taken care for us and it was very simple to figure out where and when we needed to be throughout.

Finally, all of our guides and drivers were great. We REALLY loved Edy in Cusco, who went above and beyond multiple times to help make our tours and stay that much more enjoyable.

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Second Home

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Incredible hotel. We loved the Mirador room - it had a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and was centrally located in Burranco.

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ATV tour- Moray and Maras Salt Flats

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Amazing views and really beautiful experience.

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Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for choosing to travel with us! We hope to see you in Peru again. :)

Sheldon

Impressive with how every detail was attended to. · Peru - Sep 18 - Sep 25, 2021

Traveler: Sheldon S. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Everything provided by Kimkim Travel (through Peruvian Soul in Peru) was perfect. I had some nervousness about using an agency since I usually travel independently, but with my wife and my advancing age, and her mobility challenges, I decided it was the best option for a trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. I was impressed with the attention we got, and the adaptation to our needs. First, communication, online and with whatsapp: Jesus must sleep at his keyboard, since every time I... read more

Everything provided by Kimkim Travel (through Peruvian Soul in Peru) was perfect. I had some nervousness about using an agency since I usually travel independently, but with my wife and my advancing age, and her mobility challenges, I decided it was the best option for a trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. I was impressed with the attention we got, and the adaptation to our needs. First, communication, online and with whatsapp: Jesus must sleep at his keyboard, since every time I had a question, concern, or panic, he responded, usually within minutes, although occasionally when at night, it was the first thing in the morning. Likewise, Carlos, who handled airport pickups/dropoffs, and Julio, our personal guide for 4 days from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back, were equally responsive and helpful. Beyond communication, Julio was a font of knowledge, adapted the tour to our needs, attentive, and facilitated numerous accommodations for my wife that made our Machu Picchu experience possible. In Lima, we also enjoyed the services of Abraham for a few hours, and were pleased with his manner and helpfulness as well. The trip provided by Kimkim/Peruviansoul was well designed as a private conducted tour, very fairly priced, and conducted without a hitch. All the personnel were reliable and excellent. The hotels were great.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Antigua Miraflores

Lima

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The staff were helpful is so many ways, the breakfast was excellent, the location convenient, and the rooms comfortable. We were in two different rooms at the beginning and end of our stay in Peru. Our first room did have a serious problem with the bathtub-it flooded the entire bathroom when it drained, and it was hard to convey the urgency of the situation to the front desk.

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They were the highlight of our stay
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It was a beautiful older facility which was immaculately restored

La Casona de Yucay

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Beautiful and well kept. Excellent bathroom facilities. Hotel facilities were in excellent condition.

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Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

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It was nice, excellent bathroom and hot water, comfortable beds, amazing view. Too bad we were only there for 10 hours, a short overnight. It was a comfortable short walking distance to the bus to Machu Picchu

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Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza

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Very comfortable, good bathroom facilities, awesome breakfast. Only flaw was that staff in the early morning made noise in the courtyard which easily carried into the rooms and disturbed sleep.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sheldon,

Thanks so much for such kind comments. We really feel very happy to hear you had a wonderful time in Peru along with your wife. We really made our best from the time we received your request until your departure from Peru, and I'm very happy you felt safe and comfortable with our services provided. For us, it is very important to always give the best possible experience to our clients as well as be careful about details and most important, guarantee the best tour guides such as... read more

Dear Sheldon,

Thanks so much for such kind comments. We really feel very happy to hear you had a wonderful time in Peru along with your wife. We really made our best from the time we received your request until your departure from Peru, and I'm very happy you felt safe and comfortable with our services provided. For us, it is very important to always give the best possible experience to our clients as well as be careful about details and most important, guarantee the best tour guides such as Julio and Abraham, with whom you could venture to the most precious sites during your trip! Thanks again for trusting us and we really hope to have you or your family, friends in Peru sometime in the future!

Stay in touch! Thanks for all your kindness.

Jesus, Kim Kim & Peruvian Soul team

Christine

Amazing trip to Peru (and felt 100% safe during COVID) · Peru - Sep 12 - Sep 20, 2021

Traveler: Christine C. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

We had an incredible 10-day trip to Peru. Kristy & Miski Travels crafted a wonderful itinerary for us, and we got to explore the Amazon, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Macchu Picchu / Aguas Calientes, and Palccoyo (Rainbow Mountain). Kristy was extremely helpful in answer all of our questions, particularly around COVID requirements and protocol. We showed up at the airport prepared with the affidavit of health that she informed us about, and were able to use the at-home rapid testing kits that she... read more

We had an incredible 10-day trip to Peru. Kristy & Miski Travels crafted a wonderful itinerary for us, and we got to explore the Amazon, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Macchu Picchu / Aguas Calientes, and Palccoyo (Rainbow Mountain). Kristy was extremely helpful in answer all of our questions, particularly around COVID requirements and protocol. We showed up at the airport prepared with the affidavit of health that she informed us about, and were able to use the at-home rapid testing kits that she told us about in order to get back home to the US. Peruvians were incredibly diligent and respectful about keeping masks on, and we felt very safe while there. Around Cusco & Macchu Picchu, our guide José taught us an incredible amount about Incan history, architecture, religion, and more. We are so excited about everything we had learned, seen, and eaten, and can't wait to go back again someday!

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Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your kind words, Christine! I am so glad you had a wonderful time in Peru. We can't wait to have you back someday! :)

Suzanne

My overall takeaway: TAKE THIS TRIP. · Peru - Sep 5 - Sep 18, 2021

Traveler: Suzanne P. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

My husband and I used Peruvian Soul through KimKim.com for our two-week Peru honeymoon, which included Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Tambopata in the Amazon.

My overall takeaway: TAKE THIS TRIP. Here’s why:

Peru has so much to offer. We had a new adventure every day. The people, culture, history, food, drinks, architecture, animals, views etc. are so fun to experience. We never felt unsafe, lost, or unprepared. The travel agency prepares you before the trip and we tried to be smart... read more

My husband and I used Peruvian Soul through KimKim.com for our two-week Peru honeymoon, which included Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Tambopata in the Amazon.

My overall takeaway: TAKE THIS TRIP. Here’s why:

Peru has so much to offer. We had a new adventure every day. The people, culture, history, food, drinks, architecture, animals, views etc. are so fun to experience. We never felt unsafe, lost, or unprepared. The travel agency prepares you before the trip and we tried to be smart travelers anyway.

Peruvian Soul, booked through kimkim.com, will make your trip so EASY and SPECIAL. The itinerary made for us by Anne based on what we wanted was perfect and we were given freedom to make changes as needed. The inter-country travel is all taken care of by the agency which is a huge help; i.e. you don’t have to buy separate tickets from Lima to Cusco to the Amazon – just your flight to Peru and back. We had private vans for transportation provided and private tour guides. We could have, but ended up not needing one taxi. All of the tour guides, especially Julio, are professional, extremely knowledgeable (trust me – we asked a lot of questions), and passionate. They knew all of the best photo-ops, every available bathroom, times in between bathrooms, and had good tips along the way like when we needed COVID masks, bug spray, extra water etc.

Kimkim.com made it easy to communicate with Peruvian Soul, our travel agency. It’s easy to make payments on the site. The itinerary is easy to look through, and our travel agent was always quick to respond if we had questions. The itinerary is great to print out before your trip so you can be organized as well.

COVID in Peru: up until we finally took our flight to Peru we were monitoring the COVID situation to make sure we were safe/eligible to travel. As of Sept 2021, the Peru govt. had a mask mandate in all public places including outdoors. All markets, restaurants, tourist stops were required to take visitor temperatures and give hand sanitizer out. These requirements really didn’t end up being big deal, and it was really nice having the peace of mind that we were being safe, and Peruvians were being safe. Peruvian Soul also coordinated an antigen test for us our last day in Peru so we could return to the U.S., which was also a huge help since we speak limited Spanish.

All in all, you will not regret this trip and fall in love with Peru just like we did.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Suzanne,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and left those kind words to each of us.

I am pleased that your honeymoon was perfect. And thanks again for letting us be part of your memories!

It was a pleasure having you and help you through all your trip around Lima, Cusco & The Amazon.

Incredible trip, amazing country. · Peru - Sep 12 - Sep 20, 2021

Traveler: Eli D. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

Incredible trip, amazing country. Kristy was great with helping promptly for various hiccups etc on the way. José was an absolutely phenomenal guide in the Cusco area, teaching us so much about the Incas and the local culture and customs. His English was fluent so conversations were had easily. The ecolodge in the rainforest was all-inclusive and pampered us, as well as took us on many tours and etc that were great, although our particular guide (Hugo) didn't speak English super well and was also kind of uh... boring, so I felt there could have been some improvement there.

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Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Eli- Thanks so much for your review and your feedback on your trip with us! So happy you left with such wonderful memories of Peru. I will definitely look into speaking with the Amazon lodge about their guide, Hugo, as we do want to make sure you are getting assigned guides that are enthusiastic and passionate about what they do. It was such a pleasure helping you and Christine plan this trip and hope you make it back to Peru in the future. Take care! :)

Absolutely amazing. Spectacular. Splendiferous. · Peru - Aug 29 - Sep 15, 2021

Traveler: Jesse N. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

This was an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience! Everything that Aspiring Adventures did for us was fantastic - all of our needs were either anticipated (in style!) or someone bent over backwards to meet them at the drop of the hat. I don't think we could have possibly been in better hands.

Our guide for the main part of the trip, Orlando, is one of my new favorite people. He was super knowledgeable about everything on the trip from astronomy to archaeology to Andean spiritual beliefs to... read more

This was an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience! Everything that Aspiring Adventures did for us was fantastic - all of our needs were either anticipated (in style!) or someone bent over backwards to meet them at the drop of the hat. I don't think we could have possibly been in better hands.

Our guide for the main part of the trip, Orlando, is one of my new favorite people. He was super knowledgeable about everything on the trip from astronomy to archaeology to Andean spiritual beliefs to geology and everything in between.

If you want a challenging (and we aren't a group that shies from a physically demanding hike in Colorado) and rewarding trek, the one we did is a tall (but awesome) order.

If you're wondering if you should book a trip with Aspiring Adventures, I say you should for sure. They only thing at all (and I really mean the only thing) I would have changed about the trip was our little jaunt at the end to fly over the Nazca lines - it ended up being a ton of driving for not a ton of Nazca line time. This was more of a function of COVID-19 than Aspiring Adventures though since the Ica airport was closed. Our guide for this portion out of Lima, Arturo, was great and did his best to make it fun even though some of us mostly just slept in his car.

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Katy Shorthouse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Jesse! I'm so glad you felt well taken care of .... after waiting THAT long to take a trip, I know your expectations must have been pretty high, so it's brilliant to know we managed to surpass them!
Anything, even the Nazca lines, could be an anticlimax after such a long hike through the remotest Peruvian mountains, and the continuing closure of the Ica airstrip certainly didn't help the cause! It's lovely to think that is literally the only thing you would change about your trip.
Meeting the three of you was a great pleasure, and I hope to see you again someday!
Cheers, Katy

Gail

Aspiring Adventures is First Class! · Peru - Aug 29 - Sep 15, 2021

Traveler: Gail P. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

Aspiring Adventures did an awesome job on our recent trek in the Andean high country. Over 8 days we did 23,000' of vertical ascent (and matching descent) including one ascent to 14,000' elevation and another to 15,000' elevation and covered about 63 miles. Our guide, Orlando Ugarte was phenomenal -- he made sure that we had a great experience on this very challenging trek. Our trek took us off of the beaten path; for the last few days, we experienced the power of this special land in... read more

Aspiring Adventures did an awesome job on our recent trek in the Andean high country. Over 8 days we did 23,000' of vertical ascent (and matching descent) including one ascent to 14,000' elevation and another to 15,000' elevation and covered about 63 miles. Our guide, Orlando Ugarte was phenomenal -- he made sure that we had a great experience on this very challenging trek. Our trek took us off of the beaten path; for the last few days, we experienced the power of this special land in complete solitude. The chef, Johan, provided the most delicious meals imaginable and introduced us to a lot of the high country cuisine. Late in the trek, he even purchased a chicken from a local farmer and butchered it so we would have fresh meat in the soup! We were so grateful for the early morning wakeup calls accompanied with piping hot tea. On a trek like this, there are a lot of variables that can make the difference between a great treak and a disaster -- Aspiring Adventures did not miss a beat!

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Katy Shorthouse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey there Gail,
After so many months planning, then postponing your trip, the 'variable' that had me worried was your altitude issues when you arrived to Cusco... but like an absolute legend you got over them and went out there and smashed that long, hard trek - I hope you feel proud of yourself! The fact that your guide Orlando then went and got tattooed with you is possibly worthy of even more pride.... that's not the kind of thing that happens very often! I'm pretty sure this is one of the... read more

Hey there Gail,
After so many months planning, then postponing your trip, the 'variable' that had me worried was your altitude issues when you arrived to Cusco... but like an absolute legend you got over them and went out there and smashed that long, hard trek - I hope you feel proud of yourself! The fact that your guide Orlando then went and got tattooed with you is possibly worthy of even more pride.... that's not the kind of thing that happens very often! I'm pretty sure this is one of the trips Orlando has most enjoyed guiding, ever... and I really enjoyed all the months of planning as you were so kind, and considerate of us, through the pandemic. I hope we will meet again and I wish you all the very best!
Cheers, Katy

Wonderful 10-day Trek thru the Andes · Peru - Aug 29 - Sep 15, 2021

Traveler: Carolee J. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

We had an amazing time exploring Cusco, and our 10-day trek from Capiluyoc to Cochiquirao to Huancacalle before traveling to Machu Picchu was an adventure worth remembering. Our guide was absolutely wonderful and our camp chef, crew, and horsemen worked so hard and made our trek amazing. We were so grateful for all of the hard work that went into such an unforgettable experience. Aspiring Adventures is definitely the way to go for any South American adventure!

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Katy Shorthouse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your kind words Carolee! Sharing Peru with you and your family was a pleasure, and I feel like both myself and very clearly Orlando have made three friends for life. I hope we meet again someday!
Cheers, Katy

This trip by far exceeded all our expectations... · Peru - Aug 21 - Sep 6, 2021

Traveler: martin M. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

This trip by far exceeded all our expectations. We spent 16 amazing days in Peru with our 3 boys, great guides and meticulously prepared itinerary which opened our eyes and minds. Perhaps this may be a little bit overboard review but the details matter. For those who have a little bit of extra time, please read feel free to read further, otherwise five amazing stars to This trip review***** and my admiration to Katy and her team for making such a unique experience possible.

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This trip by far exceeded all our expectations. We spent 16 amazing days in Peru with our 3 boys, great guides and meticulously prepared itinerary which opened our eyes and minds. Perhaps this may be a little bit overboard review but the details matter. For those who have a little bit of extra time, please read feel free to read further, otherwise five amazing stars to This trip review***** and my admiration to Katy and her team for making such a unique experience possible.

Starting with our guide Freddie in the Amazon we had special daily walks in the jungle, learned from him how to be respectful in the jungle to the animals and plants, thanks to his senses saw many animals, (capibaras, monkeys, rodents, butterflies, tarantula) ,had morning sunrise boat rides up to the River to see hundreds of parrots including Macau’s. Freddie took us to see Cayman at night, fish and later eat piranhas, showed us many different species of plants, fruits and local veggies. He told our children many amazing stories from his life in the jungle. A highlight was kayaking on the Amazon, swimming in the river and for kids mud sliding at the banks of the River. Daily support of a boat driver and a cook, as well as the comfy eco-like lodge added to the amazing experience.
Afterwards, moving to highlands of the Andes made another eye-opening experience. After adjusting to the high altitude in the town of Pisac, we spent a day of climbing the old Inca town at 3500 m, learned about Its history from our guide Natty, indulged into spectacular views and locals playing Andes flute. Later in the day we were invited to a local family living at 3800 m at the village of Amaru. We experienced a day in their life. We learned about their customs, shared the meals, went planting potatoes, watched cloth making, using plants for coloring, tea and food. Our kids played with their kids games, and soccer. Bonfire, singing just started the starry night experience and night under 4 heavy Alpaca blankets.
o Morning started with a scenic car ride to have already prepared kayaks and wet suits to float over an amazing high-altitude lake with ducks and flamingos. Sun and blue sky with high Andes in the background made it amazing. Going for a quick swim in the wet suits awakened us for another adventure. After lunch cooked for us by local chef, the van with 5 bikes awaited. Drive through scenic highlands to a unique Mountain embedded with Inca salt mines, and then Moray, a visit of another Inca site ended with About 15 km bike ride with breath taking views ending by a winding road leading to the sacred valley and then a quick transport to amazing old Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Our high altitude Adjustment allowed us to start the amazing three day two night trek - Tres Lares. With our guide Natty, five horses and two horsemen we ascended to 4300 m through amazing valleys filled with local huts, lamas, alpacas and soul filling views. Lunch already prepared by a chef and his support was an aspiring adventure’s team surprise. With the help of our guide, we reached the summit of 4500m tranquil and really breath taking high altitude experience. An evening descent to a high-altitude village of locals was amazing. The team of horsemen and chefs with assistants awaited with delicious meal and prepared tents. Morning breakfast and a several hour descents to hot springs was a relief. Another night of camping. Breakfast, good byes with the trek team followed by transport back to Ollantaytambo. Afternoon visit of another mountain embedded Inca town helped us start to understand of this amazing old culture. Subsequent scenic ride through sacred valley to the town of Macchu Picchu was the additional highlight of the day. Nice hotel, walk through the town with Natty and then a tranquil deep sleep. Morning blue sky was the special early touch to the visit of Macchu Pichu. Thanks to Natty, we understood many to us unknown details of this very spiritual and Soul opening place. Thanks to the Covid pandemic, the masses of tourists were missing and the experience was so much more special. We finally understood the Inca connection to the sun and Patcha mamma / the powerful spiritual connection to mother Earth. Descent, lunch and transfer to the old Inca capital of Cusco. Tasteful hotel in old town, dinner with Natty, more stories for kids and another cozy hotel night. Next morning, we climbed on top of the town’s Inca ruins, stroll through the town, learning of Its amazing history, some local market shopping and another nice dinner. Following day started with the car ride from the highlands to lake Titicaca. Amazing scenery followed by another home stay of a raqchi Family. Learning About clay pottery making, dinner followed by spiritual wish making to the spirit of mountains and the Patcha mamma. Dancing with locals to their favorite songs and another night under heavy alpaca blankets. Morning breakfast and High-altitude road at 4300 m pass with another soul touching views followed by a visit of two amazing churches and the town of Lampa. The visit of an second Church in Lampa was impressive. The original 400 plus year old paintings , sculptures and skull and bone filled chapel was fascinating. Its history was provided to us by the local guide who already awaited our arrival. Evening trip through unimpressive Júliaca to the final destination of rather awe aspiring Lake Titicaca. Morning ride to visit of floating villages of Urus followed by 2-hour boat ride to mind blowing local Titicaca islands. Blue sky, clear waters of 3800 m lake, and pristine nature makes Ex-au Provence, Greek or Croatian coast pale in comparison. Even with locals, dancing and walk under starry sky make you feel like it Is the most peaceful place on the planet.

Our late august trip had 16 days of sun and perfect weather. While the website and corresponding with Katy gives you a glimpse
o you might experience day to day as far as the adventures and cultural immersion, with perfect coordination of events, activities, seamless transits, meals and hotel stays make you feel that aspiring adventure matches Its name to the dot. For us it was a life altering experience our children and we will cherish it all for a long time. We have traveled to many countries in the World but this trip I think was the best As far As depth of the immersion to the history, nature and the beauty of the Peruvian culture and nature. While this trip was more expensive it was well worth with the money as the coordination of the many daily activities, site visits, punctual transport arrangements, meals would not be possible without such Aspiring Adventures team help.
We wish to thank Katy, Freddie, Natty, driver Paul, horsemen, chefs, local guides, hosting families and others involved to make this so special.
If i had one advice to those who are planning a trip to Peru. Don’t focus solely on Macchu Picchu. Enjoy the exploration of other sites, home stays, go trekking off beaten path if u can, bike and most of all appreciate the nature. It will open your eyes and soul to a much broader level than you could expect.
Absolutely five stars*****

Our kids top 10:
-Trekking tres Lares / camping: enjoying time with local dog who walked with them for 2 and 1/2 days
• biking down to the sacred valley
• Paddling on high elevation lake
• Visit of Macchu Picchu
• Hot springs
• Kayaking on that Amazon and mud sliding
• Amaru and raqchi Family home stays
• Lake Titicaca sunset view from top of the Island
• Lampa Church visit
• Jungle walks and piranhas fishing

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wow, Martin - thank you so much! Your review is almost as long as the planning process for your trip... after months of planning for a trip that was supposed to happen in April 2020, then a couple more postponements, and finally it all came together last month! I'm so glad it was worth the wait for you and your family! Thank you for placing your trust in us and being among the first families to explore post-pandemic Peru with us.... you're a legend!
Cheers, Steve

Bauer trip - Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley July/August 2021 · Peru - Jul 29 - Aug 7, 2021

Traveler: Erin B. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Well, I am honestly speechless . This was a trip that was two years waiting and it finally happened . Anne , our coordinator through Peruvian Soul was with myself through the whole thing . She was patient with the rebooking due to Covid and so kind with everything . She knocked it out of the park as far as I am concerned , she listened to what I wanted to see and experience as well as my 14 year old twins in tow . From the moment of arrival everything was planned to drivers … food ( food to... read more

Well, I am honestly speechless . This was a trip that was two years waiting and it finally happened . Anne , our coordinator through Peruvian Soul was with myself through the whole thing . She was patient with the rebooking due to Covid and so kind with everything . She knocked it out of the park as far as I am concerned , she listened to what I wanted to see and experience as well as my 14 year old twins in tow . From the moment of arrival everything was planned to drivers … food ( food to table , delicious), adventures , the scenery , the stories behind the adventures and just the memorable experiences I was getting to have with my two kids . You can’t make it up as memories I made are for a lifetime and so blessed .
Not to mention our amazing , cultured Cusco born , funny , smart and had an infectious smile Julio guide who was with us for 6 days as we ventured i to thé scared valley . He made everything better even if my kids were being «  typical teenagers »:). He is a complete asset to Peruvian Soul as well and should be acknowledged for that. He told us stories that aren’t in books , it was a beautiful history lesson of Peru , it’s people and culture . I am still chuckling over some of the stories and probably always will . He took us up to where I wanted to go so bad and that was the Andean ceremony I wanted to be apart of as well as my kids . It was life affirming and beautiful in so many ways to be able to experience what I did that day .
I could go on and on but Peruvian Soul is top notch and gets it completely ! I would fully and already have recommended the company .
Cheers,
Erin Bauer

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Erin!
Thanks for your kind words. We are really grateful to be part of this life adventure. It was personally rewarding to read this, I am sharing this with Julio, too.
Hugs from all the Peruvian Soul team!

Ehi

Journey to Macchu Picchu · Peru - Jul 13 - Jul 18, 2021

Traveler: Ehi b. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Anne and Peruvian Soul have set a standard for travel agency service that is going to be very hard for anyone else to meet. From the very beginning Anne was there for us despite all our changes and concerns of travelling during COVID, she made sure that we were at ease and well informed every step of the way. Although I have never been to Peru we travel extensively around the world and have never had a trip go so well without one single hitch. The tours were perfect. Our tour guide, Cesar... read more

Anne and Peruvian Soul have set a standard for travel agency service that is going to be very hard for anyone else to meet. From the very beginning Anne was there for us despite all our changes and concerns of travelling during COVID, she made sure that we were at ease and well informed every step of the way. Although I have never been to Peru we travel extensively around the world and have never had a trip go so well without one single hitch. The tours were perfect. Our tour guide, Cesar almost became like a family member, his photography skills were impeccable. I really don't know how to thank this team for the priceless memories they have given my son and I, but everyone that books a trip with them after reading this review will be adding a grain of gratitude towards them for me. Thank you so much Anne, Cesar and the team at Peruvian Soul. Well done Diego for putting such a great team together.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ehi!
It was very moving to read your review. Thanks for taking the time and leave us your comments, and thanks also for trusting us with this adventure, too. Since the very beginning and the first time we talked, you were always nice and communicative, which helped me a lot to tailor this trip for you.

We hope to meet you again someday!

Amazing trip! · Peru - Jun 19 - Jun 28, 2021

Traveler: Lynda R. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

We usually plan and book our own travels, but Peru was new for us and we didn't have the time to do all the research. We found Kimkim and let Anne do our planning for us. She was amazing and thought of everything. From corona virus protocols to perfect hotels to having drivers ready for us. She worked within our budget and didn't seem put off at all when we requested changes. She book Julio as our tour guide in Cusco. He was extremely knowledgeable, terrific English, and very patient... read more

We usually plan and book our own travels, but Peru was new for us and we didn't have the time to do all the research. We found Kimkim and let Anne do our planning for us. She was amazing and thought of everything. From corona virus protocols to perfect hotels to having drivers ready for us. She worked within our budget and didn't seem put off at all when we requested changes. She book Julio as our tour guide in Cusco. He was extremely knowledgeable, terrific English, and very patient with my lack of adjusting to the altitude.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lynda,

Thanks for taking the time to leave your kind words. We are excited to read you had a great time while you were here!

It was a pleasure to be part of your experience in Peru.

Perfect Spring break vacation - PERU!!! · Peru - Mar 4 - Mar 11, 2020

Traveler: Swetha B. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Not sure where to start but this trip was pre-planned way ahead of time to accommodate our vacation and kids spring break for 2020! And NOT to forget our 15th wedding anniversary.
Liz! You have just been awesome through past 5months beginning with planning in mid November from Dallas, TX till completion of our tour in March & send us off safely back home town. Thanks for that awesome resort @ Paracas & amazingly beautiful views at tiny hotel @ Ollantaytambo.
Alexandria was the best guide we... read more

Not sure where to start but this trip was pre-planned way ahead of time to accommodate our vacation and kids spring break for 2020! And NOT to forget our 15th wedding anniversary.
Liz! You have just been awesome through past 5months beginning with planning in mid November from Dallas, TX till completion of our tour in March & send us off safely back home town. Thanks for that awesome resort @ Paracas & amazingly beautiful views at tiny hotel @ Ollantaytambo.
Alexandria was the best guide we had through the tour. Regardless of us having altitude sickness we made an attempt to take the tour later than the usual time in Cusco. The moment we met her she made us feel at home through the day & tour. She is just amazing, left us with beautiful memories.
Gabriel was equally good at Agus Calientes and up until Machu Picchu! He made sure kids were comfortable & answered every bit of those silly questions they had.
Gloria was too good during our stay at LIMA hotel. Took us around the city & gave us a tour around the musical water fountain. Kids had a wonderful time
And all of this wouldn't have been possible without you Liz & team kimkim amidst the virus fear. I would highly recommend and in future would travel the world with you all!!

Kimkim team has provided excellent service. A... · Peru - Mar 10 - Mar 15, 2020

Traveler: Galina R. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Kimkim team has provided excellent service. All scheduled activities were in time, shared guided tours were well organized and well performed. Did not have any problems while visiting Peru. Thank you and special thanks to Liz / my coordinator, who put whole package together. She even brought me a Bday gift, which was very kind of her.

Andrew

Cusco Region with Julio... · Peru - Mar 7 - Mar 12, 2020

Traveler: Andrew L. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Julio was an excellent tour guide who grew up in the Cusco region and was like traveling with a family friend. He was knowledgeable about the various ruins we visited and provided great advice on dietary choices and knew when to push and when to back off on physical challenges with the high altitude. Our five days of hiking allowed for a good understanding of the region along with the natural resources, the local food and the people. This trip was customized to our desires by KimKim and I... read more

Julio was an excellent tour guide who grew up in the Cusco region and was like traveling with a family friend. He was knowledgeable about the various ruins we visited and provided great advice on dietary choices and knew when to push and when to back off on physical challenges with the high altitude. Our five days of hiking allowed for a good understanding of the region along with the natural resources, the local food and the people. This trip was customized to our desires by KimKim and I could not imagine a better experience in this region. Machu Picchu was awesome but our 15 mile hike from Chinchero to Coya was truly the highlight. Judeas, our driver, was always prompt and professional. A great vacation!

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andrew!
Thanks for the great review. I've very happy you had a great time with Julio! He is great! And I makes me really happy too that you liked our trip layout! Huchuyqosqo is a great hike! Good job with it! Next time you must try our Ausangate hike!
All the best, Nicholas

This was a 5 plus star experience! · Peru - Mar 7 - Mar 14, 2020

Traveler: Jeff S. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

This was a 5 plus star experience and completely exceded my expectations. Steve worked with me with my times and desires. For example, I had no desire to spend time in Lima and wanted to maximize my time in the Jungle. Steve worked it out. We customized our time to spend it in the Sacred Valley, Macchu Pichu, and the have a jungle experience. We arrived and were greeted by our guide Aldo and Paul, the driver. They were awesome and were always doing all they could to make our experience... read more

This was a 5 plus star experience and completely exceded my expectations. Steve worked with me with my times and desires. For example, I had no desire to spend time in Lima and wanted to maximize my time in the Jungle. Steve worked it out. We customized our time to spend it in the Sacred Valley, Macchu Pichu, and the have a jungle experience. We arrived and were greeted by our guide Aldo and Paul, the driver. They were awesome and were always doing all they could to make our experience great. Aldo grew up in the region and was completely an expert on the region and history. I left feeling like I have new friends too! Then to Puerto Maldonado where we met Freddy and the Junglepro team. We boarded a river boat, headed up the river to a charming jungle cottage. The boat driver was exceptional! Freddy was too as he had worked on the land the cottage was on long before. Freddy is a tracker, not just a finder and we were able to see amazing wildlife. We even were able to find a jaguar, spider monkey, and Freddy even yanked a caimen right out of the water with is bare hands! Again, we had a guide that was interested in making our experience special an I left feeling like I had another friend. Aspiring Adventures did a great job and my experience with my son was great memories made! Thanks!
Jeff

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Jeff, thanks for your review! Yep, there's so much to do in Peru that the hard part is knowing what to leave out! And of course Aldo, Freddy and Paul are the perfect company to explore with! We're so glad you had a great experience with your son, and we're proud to have been part of it. All the best for your future travels!
Cheers, Steve

The trip to Peru was fantastic. Cesar! Cesar! Cesar! · Peru - Feb 28 - Mar 7, 2020

Traveler: Steve S. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

The trip to Peru was fantastic. Cesar Surco, our guide post Lima, was exceptional in every way. He was patient, kind, knowledgeable and an absolute genius with the camera. He was filled with excellent recommendations of what to do (and what not to do). We were never rushed and yet, got to see and do everything. He is a true local and took us to places we would never have seen on our own. I can't stress how great he is.
Although we spent very little time with Anne, she was amazing as a... read more

The trip to Peru was fantastic. Cesar Surco, our guide post Lima, was exceptional in every way. He was patient, kind, knowledgeable and an absolute genius with the camera. He was filled with excellent recommendations of what to do (and what not to do). We were never rushed and yet, got to see and do everything. He is a true local and took us to places we would never have seen on our own. I can't stress how great he is.
Although we spent very little time with Anne, she was amazing as a planner. She had so much patience helping me put this trip together. We changed our plans multiple times and Anne never seemed annoyed with changes.
Lastly, in the Lima portion of our trip, our guide Sheila on our day to Ica was exceptional. She was so friendly and warm and knew so much about the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with her.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steve!
It was really nice to meet you, and spend some time with you and your family just a little bit. Overall, I am really happy to know that your experience was great. I already let Cesar know your comments, and also could also see your incredible photos. I am glad that even though we needed to change the plans a bit, your adventure was still unforgettable!
If you decide to visit again just let us know!

Jessica

Perfect Peru Adventure · Peru - Feb 29 - Mar 8, 2020

Traveler: Jessica M. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

Our trip to Peru was out of this world, beyond expectations and truly life changing. What a rich and beautiful culture, country, and people. We had everything set up perfectly through Aspiring Adventures and I would recommend them over and over again for a perfect Peru trip. From the multiple calls with Steve and communication with Katy to make sure everything was exactly what we wanted and executed perfectly, to arriving in the country and connecting with our excellent guide and driver, Aldo... read more

Our trip to Peru was out of this world, beyond expectations and truly life changing. What a rich and beautiful culture, country, and people. We had everything set up perfectly through Aspiring Adventures and I would recommend them over and over again for a perfect Peru trip. From the multiple calls with Steve and communication with Katy to make sure everything was exactly what we wanted and executed perfectly, to arriving in the country and connecting with our excellent guide and driver, Aldo and Paul, everything was well beyond expectations. There are not words to describe how special this trip was for my family and friends. Aldo was beyond helpful, thoughtful and and incredibly devoted to the rich history and future of the Incan people. We were in safe hands with him and our driver Paul the whole trip. I would and will go back!

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jessica, thanks so much for your review and sorry for taking so long to response... things have been a little quiet - you got in in the nick of time before the pandemic! Thank you for being such an engaged and thoughtful trip planner, for recommending us to your friends, and for taking the time to review us. We hope to see you again someday!
Cheers, Steve

Amazing customized trip across Peru in 7 days... · Peru - Sep 8 - Sep 14, 2019

Traveler: Orson C. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Amazing customized trip across Peru in 7 days!
We had a great time with our Kim Kim team. The trip was tailored to our needs and we saw everything we wanted to during the week of our trip. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and all the transportation/tickets/other logistics were seamless. Each event/activity was thoughtfully planned. Have already recommended this to several friends.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Orson, for taking the time and left a few words. In Peruvian Soul, we are happy that everything went as planned and that we could exceed your expectations. It was really nice that I get the chance to join you in Paracas. If you decide to come and visit Peru, don't hesitate to contact us again!

One week in Peru · Peru - Feb 8 - Feb 15, 2020

Traveler: Jean M. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

I want to give a lot of credit to the organizers of our trip. Everything went like clockwork. People picked us up and ferried us exactly when they said so. All our guides were so nice and very well informed about their culture and history. Magaly, Rony, Maria and Julio were all great. We loved all the hotels especially in Cusco at San Blas where they warmed our sheets with hot water bottles.
We packed a lot in in one week and everything we visited was awe inspiring. Nazca lines, Machu... read more

I want to give a lot of credit to the organizers of our trip. Everything went like clockwork. People picked us up and ferried us exactly when they said so. All our guides were so nice and very well informed about their culture and history. Magaly, Rony, Maria and Julio were all great. We loved all the hotels especially in Cusco at San Blas where they warmed our sheets with hot water bottles.
We packed a lot in in one week and everything we visited was awe inspiring. Nazca lines, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and other Inca sites were fascinating. We were lucky with good weather as well. Thank you for making it all a memorable experience.

Very happy with our trip to Peru! · Peru - Jan 25 - Feb 2, 2020

Traveler: Tona R. - Local specialist: Mily Figueroa

We were very happy with our trip to Peru. Mily in particular was amazing. she was very responsive before the trip and made an effort to meet us in person once we got to Peru. Our activities ended up being just like on the trip description and while we did not encounter any issues, Mily made it obvious that she would be available for any issues that may have come up. We will recommend Mily to any friends or family that we have for any future Peru trips. Additionally our tour guide Cesar was... read more

We were very happy with our trip to Peru. Mily in particular was amazing. she was very responsive before the trip and made an effort to meet us in person once we got to Peru. Our activities ended up being just like on the trip description and while we did not encounter any issues, Mily made it obvious that she would be available for any issues that may have come up. We will recommend Mily to any friends or family that we have for any future Peru trips. Additionally our tour guide Cesar was incredibly knowledgeable and so friendly and you can tell he loves his job and is very proud to show the wonders of Peru to tourists like us.

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Mily Figueroa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi, Tona & Nancy,

Your words are significant for us, and it was a pleasure to have attended you and to show you a bit of our country and our people.

We will be looking forward to your next news, and it will be a great satisfaction for us to meet your family and friends who visit Peru.

A big hug from the whole Peruvian Soul team,

Mily

Carlos

Wonderful Experience from our Trip to Peru · Peru - Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2020

Traveler: Carlos D. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

My wife and I used Kimkim for our honeymoon to Peru. Their services, prices, availability of their staff and willingness to accommodate our travel arrangements were beyond wonderful. Booking our trip and mapping each stop, the length of the stay for each city, the mode of transportation through Peru, and the tickets for attractions and local flights was very easy and comprehensive. Across Peru, their team was friendly, on time, extremely knowledgeable about every site we visited and so very... read more

My wife and I used Kimkim for our honeymoon to Peru. Their services, prices, availability of their staff and willingness to accommodate our travel arrangements were beyond wonderful. Booking our trip and mapping each stop, the length of the stay for each city, the mode of transportation through Peru, and the tickets for attractions and local flights was very easy and comprehensive. Across Peru, their team was friendly, on time, extremely knowledgeable about every site we visited and so very flexible. We loved the hotels Kimkim selected for us and were happily surprised by the meals they arranged to welcome us in Cusco and on the way to Machu Picchu. We absolutely recommend this company to anyone planning a trip abroad and will use them again in the future.

Carlos

Wonderful Experience · Peru - Jan 11 - Jan 19, 2020

Traveler: Colm K. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

From the first inception of the trip consulting with Anne to conversing with the great tour guides, especially Julio, the whole Peru experience was a wonderful experience for me and my family. Everything went off as planned: Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and back to Lima. I highly recommend KimKim and Peruvian Soul if you are considering a trip for the great culinary scene in Lima or the wonder of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Com,
Thank you. I am glad we could meet and exceed your expectations. Also, it was great that we could meet once you were here in Lima.

If you decide to visit Peru again, please don't forget to say hi 😊.
I wish you all the best on your future journeys!

Matthew

No Hay Palabras! (There Are No Words!) (But I’ll Try Anyway) · Peru - Jan 2 - Jan 16, 2020

Traveler: Matthew M. - Local specialist: James M

Let me start by explaining that I made this as difficult as I possibly could. Not intentionally, of course, it just happened that way. I started planning this trip in January of 2018, with intention of paying it off (they offer simple payment plans) by the end of the year, with departure the first week of January 2019. I set up an itinerary and began the payment process. Half way through the year, however, life happened, throwing a giant roadblock in my way. I had already been working with... read more

Let me start by explaining that I made this as difficult as I possibly could. Not intentionally, of course, it just happened that way. I started planning this trip in January of 2018, with intention of paying it off (they offer simple payment plans) by the end of the year, with departure the first week of January 2019. I set up an itinerary and began the payment process. Half way through the year, however, life happened, throwing a giant roadblock in my way. I had already been working with James, who I guess left the company and transferred me to Hayley. When I told her that I needed to postpone my trip for at least a year, she jumped right on it. Despite the fact that we had already reserved travel and admissions tickets, she was able to get all but $77 refunded to me, with everything else I had paid for to roll over to the next year when I could continue payments. Simple, right? It doesn’t end there.

Over the next year, I had more time to explore online what Peru had to offer, and of which KimKim was connected to about everything. The more I learned, the more I wanted to do. As I began to think about extending my trip from 10 days to 14, Hayley got transferred and yet a third travel specialist was assigned to my planned journey, Carla, who was up to date on all that I had been going through as soon as we were introduced. I proposed my new ideas of itinerary to Carla, and within a few days she had amended it and adjusted the cost, explaining why certain attractions and activities cost different amounts than others. When another financial burden in life fell upon me and I had to change the itinerary again (what a pain the @$$ I am, yah?) Carla finally helped me settle in on an impressive experience for even the biggest adventurers. Sacsayhuaman led it off in Cusco the day after I was retrieved at the airport by my guide for the two weeks, Rolfi, who came highly recommended by a former Peru visitor whom I met through one of these reviews! Then we embarked into the Sacred Valley, where the majority of the adventuring would take place. Rolfi really was incredible, and on our first day hike to Huchuy Quosco I quickly recognized why he had been so well reviewed. Not only was he knowledgeable of all the sites we visited over the next two weeks, but he was from Calca, just about the center of the Valley, and knew so many of the locals. His English is college level (fortunately for a Spanglish speaking gringo like myself), and even speaks Quechua, so no matter where we were he had a kind word for everyone we encountered. Then we were off to Chinchero for some paddleboarding. The guide for this water trip was a Cusco local named Barrac, and was not only very informed of the area but super friendly and easy to talk to. I had one day off to do my own thing and when I asked Rolfi what I should do, he suggested a local half day hike that would bring me past a very seldom seen by tourists archeological site in town and offered to walk with me. We had a great time buddying up and talking about all types of subjects from personal to international. Next was the Via Ferrata day, with a stay overnight in the Skylodge, and the zip line tour back down the following morning. For this, Rolfi kept his feet on the ground. Also, the whole experience comes with a bit of a price tag, but I can assure you, it is worth every last bit. The folks at Natura Vive were not just incredible guides and safety instructors, but considering what they had to work with in a plexiglass and aluminum (aerospace grade) dome hanging off of the edge of a rock face, these guys were great cooks as well! And so darned hospitable that I felt as though I was staying at the Ritz Carlton. The next morning, as the last zip line end had been reached and the harnesses were coming off, there were Rolfi and our driver ready to whisk us off to the next experience. Up towards the high countryside we went again for a day of mountain biking that started with an easy peddle to the Moray archeological site where we had lunch and walked around the area as Rolfi explained the site’s significance and development. Then, since the light rain had ended and our awesome driver had scraped all the red mud from our bike tires and brakes, we shed our rain jackets and headed for the downhill single tracks to the village of Maras, where we stopped momentarily at the town square. Then we continued on to the salt pool mines in the canyon where Rolfi again had much information on the matter, and finally down to the lower level of the valley floor again. That was the point where I recognized the awesomeness of this trip and gave myself the first appreciation of putting together so much happiness for myself. Another day hike was positioned in this time period somewhere, just around Calca and really enjoyable with all the evening rains bringing such a beautiful green out across the valley and mountains, with flowers blooming everywhere, of which Rolfi of course knew all the names. Then came the apex of the trip, the Lares Trek. I don’t want to spoil any of it for everyone, but fricken WOW! The hike was manageable for someone like me who is in pretty darned good physical shape, but I feel that Rolfi sensed my desire for a leg burn workout on this journey and rather than insist on too many breaks allowed me to romp onward at my own pace. The first night of camp I felt came too soon, as I still had energy to burn. But Rolfi assures me that I would want plenty of stored fuel for the next day, set to begin at 5:30am. He wasn’t joking. The elevation change of the next day had my heart and lungs trying to figure out a pattern together, but by about the time we were an hour from the summit I was stepping with a good rhythm that wouldn’t drop me but get me there steadily. Recognizing this, Rolfi let me take point for the final 300m of the climb. You can see in the expression on my face in the photo he took right when we reached the acme of around 4300m that my mind was the clearest it had ever been and I’ve never been higher on happiness (pun so very intended). After a snack and a pleasant sun soak session we continued further downward to our camp for the evening surrounded by majestic peaks and the sound of waterfalls, creeks and rivers flowing all around us. Oh, and the porters cooking our food, setting up our sites, providing tea, coffee, and even hot water bottles for our sleeping bags at night? Top notch, first rate, unbeatable...there just aren’t enough words to explain them. The hike down the valley to our waiting driver the next day was pleasant after such a thigh burning push the day prior, and I welcomed the open doors of the pickup truck when we reached our driver. In Calca, KimKim had arranged for me lodging at Casa de Aida, a wonderful zen style retreat of a hostel run by the sweetest, kindest, most wonderful mama in the whole valley. Breakfast was fresh from her garden and hens each morning, with freshly roasted and ground coffee to fill my belly to the point of tastebud happiness. No, that doesn’t sound like it makes any sense, but that’s how it felt. Stay there. You’ll see. My time with Rolfi culminated with two days of hiking Machu Picchu. Despite the departure time from Calca at 4:30am, Mama Aida had a thermos of coffee and some breakfast sandwiches prepared fresh for us and hand delivered on our way out the door. When I say that she is the best, I absolutely mean it. There is no one better, I promise. Machu Picchu, I think, is what you make of it, so take the time to spend two days. Get off the train like we did at KM 104 and hike the Inca Trail to again pass through a separate site not many see close up, and then pop out over a ridge through the Sun Gate, the true entrance to Machu Picchu and a stunningly awesome view of the site and the looming Huayna Picchu looking over it all. We took a break there and absorbed the energy before slowly making our way down through the site to the buses which brought us to Aguas Calientes, a town only accessible by train or hiking. Seriously, there are no cars, cabs, rickshaws or even scooters on these streets. The buses that run up to Machu Picchu and back to town? Yup, brought in by train. We spent the night in town after a pleasant dinner at one of the many fine restaurants and awoke bright and early the next morning to catch the bus up. The stairway is also an option if you are feeling courageous, but we had reserved tickets to hike that protector peak, Huayna Picchu, which must be reserved months ahead of time since they only allow two groups of 200 guests per day access to the famed “Stairs Of Death”. They weren’t that bad, considering the view from the top of this wonder of the world, but if you charge them without stopping the way I did, you’ll definitely feel it. I was beyond happy to have my trekking poles for this, especially on the decent. Also, if you opt for this exclusive opportunity, do yourself a favor and attack it in the first group, earlier in the morning before the sun is high. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself when the sun starts beating down on you on the way back down. Being the most famous of the country’s attractions, Rolfi of course knew much about the site and not once did he bore me with facts. Tourist trap or not, a truly impressive experience. After this I was sad to part ways with Rolfi, as I returned to Cusco for another night at the hostel El Balcon, of course set up by KimKim. This place was about as comfortable as can be with a fantastic breakfast in the morning. For the final part of my itinerary, I was greeted the next day by none other than Barrac, the paddleboarding guide who was now going to be my rafting guide. We drove back down from the upper elevations of Cusco for a three hour rafting experience which culminated with a hot shower, sauna, excellent hot meal with tea and coffee, and a review of the photos and videos captured by the onboard GoPro camera. I was returned to Cusco for one last night at the hostel, then picked up the next day by the driver once more. At the behest of a friend back home, I decided to extend my trip an extra few days to just kick back and relax, decompress before heading back to the states. This idea came before my first itinerary change, and Hayley was kind enough to connect me with a couple in the Sacred Valley who have an apartment that they rent out through Airbnb. KimKim was even gracious enough to have the driver cart me all the way back out to the valley (90mins)! I’m telling you, KimKim went above and beyond to make my dream escape come true, and I am already scouting their website for my next adventure...and I’m still sitting at the Airbnb right now! I really can’t say enough, porqué no hay palabras! Peru és paradíso, and KimKim and Quechua Treks know how to show it to you! Feel free to check out all my pics from this incredible adventure on Instagram @rain_downfire and shoot me a message if you have any questions or want any advice. If you journey with KimKim, you’ll never be lost. Safe travels, and happy trails!

Excellent · Peru - Jan 6 - Jan 13, 2020

Traveler: Omar N. - Local specialist: Carla Pando

Our guides Arturo, Wilson and Ronald were very good. We enjoyed all parts of the trip. The food tour in Lima was great and a lot of fun. The hotel in Sacred valley was amazing, and we found the tours of the different Inca sites and Macchu Picchu to be interesting and informative. The only negative was the hotel in Cusco - Hotel Palacio Manco Capac. We felt the rooms were too small, the wifi was weak inside of the room and the service was very slow in that particular hotel.

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Carla Pando, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for you comments Omar!

We are really happy to know that you enjoyed your trip in Perú and thank you for the feedback regarding your hotel in Cusco, we will take your comments to the manager.

All the best,
Carla

FABULOUS experience in Peru with Peruvian Soul!! · Peru - Dec 29 - Jan 6, 2020

Traveler: Randi B. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Our experience with kimkim and the Peruvian Soul team led by Jesus was fantastic! Jesus suggested a wonderful itinerary based on one conversation! We started with a bike tour in Lima and hit the most beautiful sites around the Sacred Valley and Cusco with knowledgeable and skilled guides. Alexis expertly led us on the one day Inca Trail and Machu Picchu and took us to stunning sites around the Sacred Valley. Besides hiking, we did stand up paddle boards on Piuray Lake, horseback riding around... read more

Our experience with kimkim and the Peruvian Soul team led by Jesus was fantastic! Jesus suggested a wonderful itinerary based on one conversation! We started with a bike tour in Lima and hit the most beautiful sites around the Sacred Valley and Cusco with knowledgeable and skilled guides. Alexis expertly led us on the one day Inca Trail and Machu Picchu and took us to stunning sites around the Sacred Valley. Besides hiking, we did stand up paddle boards on Piuray Lake, horseback riding around Apu Wanakaure (thank you Javier for being so patient with me), and wandered the narrow lanes of Cusco. We went to evening dance shows and fabulous restaurants. The finale was a visit to Rainbow Mountain!! We recommend going up by horse ;)
Many thanks to Jesus for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. We recommend him highly!! This was an unforgettable trip!!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Randi!!
Thanks so much for such kind comments.
We really feel very happy to hear you a had a wonderful time in Peru and could make the most of your time in our country.
For us, it is very important to always provide the best possible experience to our clients as well as be careful about details and most important, guarantee the best tour guides such as Alexis and Javier, with whom you could venture to the most precious sites during your trip!
Thanks again for trusting us and we really hope... read more

Hi Randi!!
Thanks so much for such kind comments.
We really feel very happy to hear you a had a wonderful time in Peru and could make the most of your time in our country.
For us, it is very important to always provide the best possible experience to our clients as well as be careful about details and most important, guarantee the best tour guides such as Alexis and Javier, with whom you could venture to the most precious sites during your trip!
Thanks again for trusting us and we really hope to have you or friends/family in Peru again in the future!
Stay in touch!
Best,
Jesus, Kim Kim & Peruvian Soul team

Trip to Peru (Nov 24 - Dec 1) · Peru - Nov 24 - Dec 1, 2019

Traveler: Balaji J. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

This was one of our best trips of all time. We had never planned a trip through adventure/tourism companies, but this trip has changed our perspective towards that.
First, we would love to thank our trip specialist - Katy who planned an amazing itinerary customized to our needs and interests. She was very prompt, accommodative, patient and we could not have had a better plan of our trip.
The accommodations, the inter city travel and even the food was all brilliantly arranged and as per our... read more

This was one of our best trips of all time. We had never planned a trip through adventure/tourism companies, but this trip has changed our perspective towards that.
First, we would love to thank our trip specialist - Katy who planned an amazing itinerary customized to our needs and interests. She was very prompt, accommodative, patient and we could not have had a better plan of our trip.
The accommodations, the inter city travel and even the food was all brilliantly arranged and as per our preference.
Our most memorable time was our trek to Huchuy Cusco which is a beautiful and secluded trek and we are glad that it was in our itinerary as we would not have come across it if not for Katy!
Both of our guides Yuri(Balareso) and Justino were fantastic. They were professional, knowledgeable and very passionate about their work. We would specially thank our guide Justino who was incredible and made our Cusco trip even more memorable. He was professional, accommodative, interesting and quite funny :). We could not have been more fascinated by the Peruvian history and culture, especially the way Justino delivered it. He was patient with us on the treks, very motivative, did not rush and even gave us private space. We still can't get over his interesting stories and all the laughs that we shared throughout our time with him.
Peru is a beautiful country and felt a lot like home! It was a wonderful trip and we would definitely visit again.
Once again, thank you Katy, Kimkim and Aspiring Adventures for this magical trip!

- Priya & Balaji

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Katy Shorthouse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Priya and Balaji,
Thanks for the lovely review! There's nothing I enjoy more than setting up trips for engaged, motivated travellers like yourselves and working with you was a pleasure from start to finish for me, Justino and Yuri. I'm delighted to hear you would definitely visit again - we have plenty more to share with you! We hope to see you again sometime!
Cheers, Katy

Our trip to Tambopate Nat'l Reserves in the jungle · Peru - Dec 1 - Dec 5, 2019

Traveler: Lourdes S. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

We enjoyed this part of our trip very much. Though, I was surprised to know Kim Kim was not our tour guide but hired out Jungle Pro to be our guide. This outfit was very professional and catered to our every need. Our accommodations were very comfortable and we kept plenty busy watching for the many animals. One observation to note...sometimes, a guide could be in the same position too long. It took our guide some 3 days to finally warm up to us but we finally broke him in and the trip couldn't have been better. Unfortunately, it should have worked the opposite way.

Arrchana

Great family trip to Peru! · Peru - Nov 22 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Arrchana L. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

We used kimkim travel for a recent trip to Peru over 9 days. Our initial apprehension about planning a trip with 6 adults and 6 kids ( ages 3 through 10) was unnecessary, since Kristy and Liz took all our constraints into consideration, and helped put together a great plan for the group. We had a variety of places we wanted to visit - the rainforest, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lima, Cusco. Apart from international flights ( that we booked ourselves) and 2 days in Lima, they helped... read more

We used kimkim travel for a recent trip to Peru over 9 days. Our initial apprehension about planning a trip with 6 adults and 6 kids ( ages 3 through 10) was unnecessary, since Kristy and Liz took all our constraints into consideration, and helped put together a great plan for the group. We had a variety of places we wanted to visit - the rainforest, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lima, Cusco. Apart from international flights ( that we booked ourselves) and 2 days in Lima, they helped plan activities, domestic transport, flights, hotel bookings and tickets to attractions. Highly recommended for travelers ( especially families with young children) who do not want to struggle with local language challenges, ticket availability at attractions, and local transport needs. Special shout out for the accommodation plans - all the hotels / lodges we stayed in were comfortable, and suited our requirements well! (Hotel Dazzler in Lima, Hilton Garden Inn in Cusco, Del Pilar in Ollantaytambo, and family run lodges in Manu National Park)

Cusco Journeys ( Jaime and Lucho) picked us up from Cusco and gave us a great experience over 2 nights and 3 days. They ensured we had good local immersion - home cooked meals ( breakfast and dinner), taking us to "non-touristy" locations and helping us to shop local as well. The kids had a great experience at an animal rescue center, and looked forward to the interesting details Lucho shared about various birds. Jaime took us through the local culture and history and provided interesting anecdotes about events. We thoroughly enjoyed their company!
Suggestion for improvement for this part of the trip : Wish we had been warned beforehand about the bad roads + long drive to Manu national park. We were on the road for the better part of 2 days, and though we had a good experience at the end, would have prepared better if we had known earlier.

Andean Travel handled our trip through the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Alexandra, our guide through the Sacred Valley, answered all our questions very patiently, and she was a treasure trove of information! Also, she was a great hit with the kids since she brought them locally made dolls. Javier was our guide at Machu Picchu; in place of the usual 2 hour tour, he was with us for 4 hours and made sure we didnt miss any aspect of the historic location. Excellent experience!

All in all, would highly recommend Kimkim since they work with the best. Would definitely use their services again!

Manoj

Amazing Peru, Great arrangements ! · Peru - Nov 14 - Nov 29, 2019

Traveler: Manoj V. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Dear Anne,
We had a wonderful, without any glitch, well planned Holiday in Peru.
Initially we wanted to visit only Matchu Pitchu, but as we started interacting with Anne, we were encouraged to add many other places and we are glad that you suggested it!
The trip was very meticulously planned and executed. Our itinerary was shared with us with all relevant details, our tickets were printed, guides arrived on time, pick up driver arrived on time and the estimation of time was correct so the we... read more

Dear Anne,
We had a wonderful, without any glitch, well planned Holiday in Peru.
Initially we wanted to visit only Matchu Pitchu, but as we started interacting with Anne, we were encouraged to add many other places and we are glad that you suggested it!
The trip was very meticulously planned and executed. Our itinerary was shared with us with all relevant details, our tickets were printed, guides arrived on time, pick up driver arrived on time and the estimation of time was correct so the we could always adhere to the timing.
The best part was the Guides who were well informed and good people, who shared lot of information and gave us insight into the places as well as into other matters as well
Peru is quite a large country and offers many different options. The tour generally required a reasonable fitness since on many days you end up walking quite a few kilometers
The altitude issue was well planned , starting from lower to higher in gradual way which helped
All in all we had a very good trip and coming all the way from India was totally worth it
Thanks Anne, the support team of peruvian Soul, other agencies and all
Regards
Manoj M Vaidya

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Manoj!

Thanks for taking the time and leave these comments. We really appreciate it. I am happy that you get the chance to explore our country and get to see its diversity and highlights, especially because you have flown from so far. I really hope you could meet the real soul of Peru!

It was also great to meet you and your family in person! Julio says hi, and also thank you for your company. Wish you the best on your future journeys!

Best,
Anne

13 Day Peru trip was FANTASTIC! · Peru - Oct 29 - Nov 10, 2019

Traveler: Shari G. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Our 13 day trip to Peru was fabulous! This is the first time I have used any kind of travel service and I will use one again. The activities planned were exactly what we wanted, the multiple, multiple transfers were seamless, the guides were wonderful, and the entire experience was great.

Liz made all the arrangements and the few times that I had questions she was available to answer. A welcome surprise that she arranged for us was a cooking class. That is not something I would have done on my own and it was fun and the food was fantastic.

I highly recommend Kimkim and Liz!!!

Our trip to Peru was marvelous, in particular... · Peru - Nov 6 - Nov 15, 2019

Traveler: Paul B. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Our trip to Peru was marvelous, in particular because our needs were catered for in every way beforehand by Jesus. Careful questions and answers resulted in an itinarary that proved to be well put together and balanced. The guides, in both Lima and Cusco, were very knowledgable re the local history and cultures informing us each step of the way what to look for and why. All the hotels were well managed, clean and comfortable. All transport went smoothly and on time; Air, Rail, Road and... read more

Our trip to Peru was marvelous, in particular because our needs were catered for in every way beforehand by Jesus. Careful questions and answers resulted in an itinarary that proved to be well put together and balanced. The guides, in both Lima and Cusco, were very knowledgable re the local history and cultures informing us each step of the way what to look for and why. All the hotels were well managed, clean and comfortable. All transport went smoothly and on time; Air, Rail, Road and horseback!
Difficult to single out highlights from so many but; the three lunch locations on the cycle tour with Luis, the day at Machu Picchu with Julio and a days horse ride with Javier were voted the top three by us. Julio in particular gave us so much insight to Peruvian culture for which we will forever be grateful.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Paul!
Thanks so much for such a nice and detailed review.
During these years, we´ve been working a lot in order to improve our services and thus provide the best possible trip experience for our clients, this is why we feel very happy to know the positive results and the nice comments you have regarding all the good job our staff has done!
We all thank you so much for trusting us and for your kindness from the day we met up at Lima hotel until I said goodbye at Lima airport hotel It was a... read more

Hi Paul!
Thanks so much for such a nice and detailed review.
During these years, we´ve been working a lot in order to improve our services and thus provide the best possible trip experience for our clients, this is why we feel very happy to know the positive results and the nice comments you have regarding all the good job our staff has done!
We all thank you so much for trusting us and for your kindness from the day we met up at Lima hotel until I said goodbye at Lima airport hotel It was a great pleasure to talk to you pre/post tour!
I hope you come back to Peru at another time so you can explore more of the highlights of our country and can horseback to the Apu Wanakaure, which, unfortunately, you could not do. Good reason to come back! Luis, Julio, and all the staff are really glad to have offered you a great time!
Stay in touch and wish you all the best to you!
Kind regards,
Jesus, Kim Kim & Peruvian Soul team

Machu Picchu, Andes Mountains and Coffee Plantation · Peru - Oct 11 - Oct 20, 2019

Traveler: Lawrence D. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

I think we were very fortunate to have Aldo as our guide. We were a very inquisitive group and Aldo was able to answer all our questions and provided us with educated information and in-depth explanations of what we were seeing. He was always calm and very patient. He had us prepared for all our destinations. Although we did miss seeing the Machu Picchu Temple of the Sun. We arrived 5 minutes after it closed. All our drivers were punctual and transported us safe and sound to our... read more

I think we were very fortunate to have Aldo as our guide. We were a very inquisitive group and Aldo was able to answer all our questions and provided us with educated information and in-depth explanations of what we were seeing. He was always calm and very patient. He had us prepared for all our destinations. Although we did miss seeing the Machu Picchu Temple of the Sun. We arrived 5 minutes after it closed. All our drivers were punctual and transported us safe and sound to our destinations. There were several "wow" moments that I will never forget, but our arrival at the Sun Gate, after a challenging hike, was my most memorable moment.

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lawrence, thank you so much for taking a moment to write a review of your trip with us. I'm delighted that you and your group of friends had a wonderful time with Aldo, and that he was able to sate your inquisitiveness. He's a walking encyclopaedia eh ;) Special moment reaching the Sun Gate isn't it?! Glad you have so many other wow moments too. We hope to see you all again some day! Kind regards, Steve, Aspiring Adventures

Larry

A beautiful and memorable trip · Peru - Oct 22 - Oct 31, 2019

Traveler: Larry K. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

I have traveled in Peru on my own and my experience was that there was one difficulty after another. However with KimKim, almost everything went smoothly and our experience was beautiful. People at KimKim must have worked very hard to make the trip go so well.
The food KimKim chose was great, the hotels were wonderful, the guides and drivers showed up on time. Our guides Jorge and Juan were knowledgeable, courteous, and personable, providing us with many insights into ancient Peruvian... read more

I have traveled in Peru on my own and my experience was that there was one difficulty after another. However with KimKim, almost everything went smoothly and our experience was beautiful. People at KimKim must have worked very hard to make the trip go so well.
The food KimKim chose was great, the hotels were wonderful, the guides and drivers showed up on time. Our guides Jorge and Juan were knowledgeable, courteous, and personable, providing us with many insights into ancient Peruvian cultures.
Anne, who was our tour director, was very flexible in designing our trip as we had to postpone the trip 3 weeks before the scheduled date and reschedule for a month later. We decided to add a few more days to our trip after the postponement, and Anne graciously and gracefully added to our itinerary seamlessly. She also arranged for us to go to places a little off the beaten path such as Aspero, (which I highly recommend as the tour there gave us so much insight into the Caral culture.)
The only thing KimKim asked us to do on our own was to buy plane tickets to and from Lima to Cusco. Somehow LATAM got my wife's last name wrong, assuming that it was my own, and supplied us with bogus passport numbers. (The customer service agent at LATAM said the bogus numbers were due to us having purchased the tickets in the United States. This does not make sense to me.) It took my wife and I three hours talking to the LATAM central office to correct these difficulties. Given that at least the bogus passport numbers were predictable and the assumption about my wife's last name probable, KimKim might take it upon themselves to purchase these tickets for their customers to obviate these difficulties. However, that only made plain to us what a marvelous job the personnel at KimKim had done in making our trip comfortable, delightful, and extraordinary.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Larry,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us. I am really happy that everything went great and that you had a great time with Jorge and Juan! I know that Peru could be a little bit overwhelming. Here in Peruvian Soul, we wanted to thank you again for trusting us with this adventure. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of this memory!

I am sorry you had that issue with LATAM and maybe if you decide to come back to Peru, I will make sure to help you with domestic flights, too!

It was really nice to meet you in person and hope to meet you and Dian again, very soon!

Amazing Honeymoon in Peru! · Peru - Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2019

Traveler: Brittany F. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

My husband and I visited Peru for our honeymoon in October. Jesus and his team at Peruvian Soul planned the perfect trip! We began our trip in Lima, traveled to Paracas, and then returned to Lima before making our way to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Having all of our transfers and transportation pre-arranged by Jesus/Peruvian Soul allowed us to relax and focus on enjoying the sites and culture.

Peruvian Soul’s tour guides and affiliated tour experts provided invaluable... read more

My husband and I visited Peru for our honeymoon in October. Jesus and his team at Peruvian Soul planned the perfect trip! We began our trip in Lima, traveled to Paracas, and then returned to Lima before making our way to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Having all of our transfers and transportation pre-arranged by Jesus/Peruvian Soul allowed us to relax and focus on enjoying the sites and culture.

Peruvian Soul’s tour guides and affiliated tour experts provided invaluable guidance, insights, and local experiences to enhance our trip. In Cusco and the Sacred Valley, we had the same guide for several days, Julio. His spirit and pride in the local culture and history is contagious! Our Andean Wedding was one of the special highlights that Peruvian Soul and Julio coordinated for us. It was truly a spiritual, unique, and unforgettable moment that connected us with the beautiful landscape and living history of the Andean people.

Another highlight was hiking Machu Picchu. Even though it was raining, our guide Eddy brought a positive attitude to the day and showed us a great time. We also recommend people see the less visited Paracas and Ballestas Islands, where we had a helpful guide, Alexander. This area is very remote and filled with beautiful vistas of deserts and wildlife, such as penguins, sea lions, cormorants, and terns. In Lima, we enjoyed exploring what is a modern, cosmopolitan capital city. The food was awesome throughout Peru, but especially in Lima. For a high-end treat, Kjolle located next to the famous Central restaurant, our dinner there was one of the best meals of our lives.

Each day in Peru brought a new adventure. Now we know why everyone recommends to pack layers—each day we experienced a wide range of temperatures. Also, note that the sun is very strong even on chilly days.

Overall, we had an amazing honeymoon and would recommend Peruvian Soul to anyone visiting Peru for the first time!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi, Brittany!

Thanks so much for such extended and beautiful reviews! This motivates us to improve our services every day and continue creating memorable trip experiences to our clients.

We are really happy to know you had a wonderful visit to Peru and were comfortable with the activities, professional tour guides and friends. During the tours, a guide becomes a friends and always shows the best of our country with lots of passion and dedication.

Julio and the other tour guides were... read more

Hi, Brittany!

Thanks so much for such extended and beautiful reviews! This motivates us to improve our services every day and continue creating memorable trip experiences to our clients.

We are really happy to know you had a wonderful visit to Peru and were comfortable with the activities, professional tour guides and friends. During the tours, a guide becomes a friends and always shows the best of our country with lots of passion and dedication.

Julio and the other tour guides were undoubtedly amazing and met your expectations sharing knowledge, passion and lots of details with you which makes us very glad as you were in very good hands.

I hope you had a phenomenal time with your husband and that you can come back someday again to our country for visiting other destinations from the many our country has to offer you both. You are always welcome here in Peru, so hope to be part of your new travel plans!

Greetings from all the team and I wish you the best!!
Jesus, Peruvian Soul & Kim Kim team

We just completed a fantastic trip to Peru wh... · Peru - Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2019

Traveler: John S. - Local specialist: Carla Pando

We just completed a fantastic trip to Peru where Carla planned three tours in one. It was quite complicated, but it went off without a hitch. Everything was taken care of from the moment Arturo picked us up at the airport in Lima until Ronald dropped us off at the airport in Cusco. Arturo is a great tour guide and loved showing us around Lima including a really great restaurant for lunch. Then it was off to Cusco, where Ronald greeted us with hot coca tea at the airport and Zac met us at... read more

We just completed a fantastic trip to Peru where Carla planned three tours in one. It was quite complicated, but it went off without a hitch. Everything was taken care of from the moment Arturo picked us up at the airport in Lima until Ronald dropped us off at the airport in Cusco. Arturo is a great tour guide and loved showing us around Lima including a really great restaurant for lunch. Then it was off to Cusco, where Ronald greeted us with hot coca tea at the airport and Zac met us at the hotel and briefed us on our activities in Cusco. Zac did a wonderful job showing us around Cusco including doing a little hiking to prepare us for our coming adventure. The next day my son and I were off on our "Classic Inca Trail" adventure, a four day hike into Machu Picchu and my wife and daughter were off on an active tour of the Sacred Valley.

The "Classic Inca Trail" trek was even better than I expected. There were eight porters and a guide for just the two of us. Every detail was taken care of and Zac our guide did a great job organizing and keeping us away from the other hikers. We felt like we were the only ones hiking the trail. The hike, food and archeological sights along the trail were incredible.

While my son and I were having a great time on the Inca Trail, Wilson (guide) and Ronald (driver) took my wife and daughter on several active excursions including visiting a llama farm which my daughter had to see, a mountain bike ride in the Sacred Valley and hiking from Kilometer 104 over the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu. The two of them had nothing but great things to say about their adventure including a private lunch set up in a yurt for just the two of them. Wilson was so knowledgeable about the history of the region and shared that knowledge with them.

The four of us met in Machu Picchu where Zac made us feel like we were the only ones there despite the crowds.

Everything about our Peru adventure was fantastic. KimKim organized a private tour tailored to us that was way better than a large tour company. It was an adventure of a lifetime. We would not hesitate to use KimKim again.

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Carla Pando, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello John,

Sorry for the delay responding your amazing review! and we are really happy to know that you and your family had a great time!

Zac, Arturo, Wilson and Ronald are the best in what they do and they enjoy doing it!

The tour planning was complicated but you got to visit amazing sites and had great adventures and it was really my pleasure to help you plan it.

All the best,
Carla

My guide and driver were great. The only iss... · Peru - Oct 20 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: Greg S. - Local specialist: Carla Pando

My guide and driver were great.
The only issues would be the hotels in Machu Picchu and urabamba.
In Machu Picchu I was right next to the train which made its way every 2 hours not allowing for any sleep nor peace.
The setting in Urubamba was beautiful but the entry door was completely sealed making it loud for people walking bye and bugs were ever present.
Thanks

Aspiring Adventures organized a good customiz... · Peru - Oct 11 - Oct 19, 2019

Traveler: Neal M. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

Aspiring Adventures organized a good customized tour in Peru. Steve and Katie made sure the logistics where well planned. Aldo was a good guide and very knowledgeable.

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Neal, thanks for the brief review of your Peru experiences. I'm glad that you and your group of friends had a good time in Peru celebrating your and Ian's 50th birthdays. What a way to celebrate! Of course, we aim for 5-star reviews every single time, so it looks like there was some room for improvement on your trip. Please do reach out directly if you'd like to share anything that's on your mind. Thanks and all the best - Steve, Aspiring Adventures

Amanda

Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure - 9 Days · Peru - Sep 14 - Sep 24, 2019

Traveler: Amanda C. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Anne was integral in helping me plan my husband and I's first trip to Peru. She was wonderful in giving different options that fit our interests and budget. It was so great to have drivers and guides pick us up from the airport and transport us to our next destination and all of of it went seamlessly. We loved the beautiful landscapes, Peruvian cuisine and the lovely people. Cusco was a magical place to spend time in and we will not forget our Amazon experience. Even when I was sick... read more

Anne was integral in helping me plan my husband and I's first trip to Peru. She was wonderful in giving different options that fit our interests and budget. It was so great to have drivers and guides pick us up from the airport and transport us to our next destination and all of of it went seamlessly. We loved the beautiful landscapes, Peruvian cuisine and the lovely people. Cusco was a magical place to spend time in and we will not forget our Amazon experience. Even when I was sick Anne was able to find a place efficiently that helped me feel better quickly. Thanks Anne again for putting this awesome trip together!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Amanda for your time and for trusting us your trip to Peru. It was really nice to meet you and also be part of this experience and help you have a wonderful time while being here. Maybe if you decide to come back and keep exploring, we will be happy to help!
Wish you the best on your future journeys!

7/10 Days in Peru: 5 Unique Itineraries · Peru - Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2019

Traveler: Jesus R. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

We loved our trip to Peru. Although it was a lot of traveling we were able to visit Arequipa, Iquitos, the Amazon, Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Macchu Picchu within 12 days. Our visit to Tahuayo Lodge was a true adventure. We were able to explore and see Amazon wildlife with the help of our amazing guides, Herzog and Eduardo. The accommodations and food were great and Siomey was our friendly face at mealtime who ensured our food was always delicious. Julio Cesar took wonderful care of us... read more

We loved our trip to Peru. Although it was a lot of traveling we were able to visit Arequipa, Iquitos, the Amazon, Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Macchu Picchu within 12 days. Our visit to Tahuayo Lodge was a true adventure. We were able to explore and see Amazon wildlife with the help of our amazing guides, Herzog and Eduardo. The accommodations and food were great and Siomey was our friendly face at mealtime who ensured our food was always delicious. Julio Cesar took wonderful care of us in Cusco and getting us to Macchu Picchu and all stops in between! Freddy gave us a wonderful Cusco city tour and Eddy personally walked us through Macchu Picchu taking special care with my Mom throughout the entire tour - lots of steps! We felt very well cared for and although I have been to Cusco and Macchu Picchu a few times, I still learned new things during our tours. The trip was well coordinated and most everything went very smoothly.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

We are glad that you enjoy your experience in Peru, and get to share time with all your guides. Thank you for letting us help to organize your trip, and even though we don't get the chance to meet in person, it was really really nice to talk to you and provide everything you need.

If sometimes, you return to Peru, we will be happy to help you again!

Kendra

Trip to Peru · Peru - Sep 22 - Oct 4, 2019

Traveler: Kendra M. - Local specialist: Clara Gies

Liz was our travel agent and she did a great job. Everyone at Andean Travel was really helpful. They provided additional guidance when we had a situation.

All our guides and drivers were great. The guides were all very knowledgeable and were able to answer our questions. I really loved the Machu Picchu tour with Javier? and the Sacred Valley tour with Ruth. They ensured that we had a truly unique experience.

I also really appreciated that we did not have to wait for transportation. All the drivers were waiting for us when we arrived in an area.

Doretta

Trip to Peru · Peru - Sep 22 - Oct 4, 2019

Traveler: Doretta C. - Local specialist: Clara Gies

Àll our drivers and guides were wonderful ! I admired our guide at Machu Picchu! He told personal observations that were not found in books! All the personnel were patient and kind! They were knowledgeable and considerate of our health and well being! As I’m presently on my last bus ride home, I can honestly say that I would recommend this service to anyone ! I need more time to find all our guides names to thank them personally - but I’m so happy to experience the beauty of Peru with the assistance of your staff and all the tours we took! Thanks to all!

Trip to Peru · Peru - Sep 20 - Sep 29, 2019

Traveler: steve c. - Local specialist: Hayley W

It is difficult to state the most memorable attractions because there were so many. Every attraction was unbelievable and at times jaw dropping. The attractions and scenery were something to behold!The adventure gave us a briliant insight into the geography, geology, history , culture, cuisine and lifestyle of Peruvians, both past and present.
I should state at this stage that our original reason to come to Peru was to learn about the Inca civilisation and we came away with an indepth... read more

It is difficult to state the most memorable attractions because there were so many. Every attraction was unbelievable and at times jaw dropping. The attractions and scenery were something to behold!The adventure gave us a briliant insight into the geography, geology, history , culture, cuisine and lifestyle of Peruvians, both past and present.
I should state at this stage that our original reason to come to Peru was to learn about the Inca civilisation and we came away with an indepth knowledge and appreciation of their culture.
Our guide Zac was fabulous. He was informative, knowledgeable and enlightening in his knowledge of all aspects of his country both in the past and the present.
He individualised our program to suit our team of people. He was excellent at reading the individuals in the group in relation to their physical ability to comlete hikes , mental resolve in completing these tasks and know when it was time to have a rest. He developed a strong rapport with the group . He was humorous and answered our many questions with authority and interest.
Clearly an intelligent man who looked after us so well. Our other short term guide who covered the Lake Titticacca patr of the tour was also very good.

Trip to Peru · Peru - Sep 10 - Sep 21, 2019

Traveler: Krista M. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

We had an absolutely fabulous trip to Peru! Kudos to Anne because all of our transfers went seamlessly and all of our accommodations exceeded expectations. We enjoyed Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, and Cusco as anticipated, but were surprised by how much we loved Colca Canyon. The bus ride from Puno to Cusco also went faster and was much more entertaining than we had imagined. All of our guides taught us so much: Alecson (sp?), Willie, Daniel, and Primo. Primo also was... read more

We had an absolutely fabulous trip to Peru! Kudos to Anne because all of our transfers went seamlessly and all of our accommodations exceeded expectations. We enjoyed Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, and Cusco as anticipated, but were surprised by how much we loved Colca Canyon. The bus ride from Puno to Cusco also went faster and was much more entertaining than we had imagined. All of our guides taught us so much: Alecson (sp?), Willie, Daniel, and Primo. Primo also was so kind and encouraging to us when we struggled on the 1-day Inca Trail Hike. We had a wonderful adventure -- a lifelong dream come true!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Krista!
I am really happy to read this and to know that your trip to Peru went great! It was really nice to get the chance of meeting you in person! If sometimes you decide to come again, I will be more than happy to help. Wish you the best on your future journeys, and thanks for taking the time and leave your comments about your experience!

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Ausangate Mountain - 12 Days · Peru - Sep 9 - Sep 21, 2019

Traveler: Ranjani R. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

We had an incredible custom trip to Peru, organized by Anne Godoy from Peruvian Soul. Our guide for the first 6 days (Cusco, Sacred Valley) was Julio Quispe and our guide for the Ausangate portion of our journey (though Andean Lodges) was Alfredo Zuniga. Both guides were incredible. Super knowledgable, friendly, helpful and made the trip an exceptional experience. Anne was very prompt and checked on us through the entire trip. This was my first time with KimKim and my first time organizing... read more

We had an incredible custom trip to Peru, organized by Anne Godoy from Peruvian Soul. Our guide for the first 6 days (Cusco, Sacred Valley) was Julio Quispe and our guide for the Ausangate portion of our journey (though Andean Lodges) was Alfredo Zuniga. Both guides were incredible. Super knowledgable, friendly, helpful and made the trip an exceptional experience. Anne was very prompt and checked on us through the entire trip. This was my first time with KimKim and my first time organizing anything via a travel agency - and I was very pleased with the experience. Thanks Anne, Julio and Alfredo - for a wonderful trip.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your kind words! It was a pleasure to plan such a unique experience through Cusco. I will share all your comments. Julio had a wonderful time, he told us, you help him live again all those university adventures he used to do when trekking with their friends!
If you ever come back, we will happy to help again!

self guided drive · Peru - Aug 26 - Sep 9, 2019

Traveler: Steve K. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

KimKim is a brilliant idea expertly executed. How to find the perfect in-country help for just the kind of travel you prefer? Ask KimKim. They put us in touch with Nicho and Diego at Peruvian Soul for our self-drive, self-guided trip in Peru. And while driving yourself in Peru is not recommended, we set out anyway to discover that it's true that the worst drivers in the world are Peruvian. But Nicho checked on us almost every day, and we did fine. At Machu Picchu, Peruvian Soul had arranged... read more

KimKim is a brilliant idea expertly executed. How to find the perfect in-country help for just the kind of travel you prefer? Ask KimKim. They put us in touch with Nicho and Diego at Peruvian Soul for our self-drive, self-guided trip in Peru. And while driving yourself in Peru is not recommended, we set out anyway to discover that it's true that the worst drivers in the world are Peruvian. But Nicho checked on us almost every day, and we did fine. At Machu Picchu, Peruvian Soul had arranged our tickets and Wilson, our guide. The experience could not have been better. Wilson was friendly, knowledgeable and flexible. Peg suffered from altitude sickness and had to miss some of the recomended highlights but got to know the towns a little better. Peruvian Soul gets 10 out of 10.

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steve!
Thanks for the nice comments! It was a pleasure having you here and spending some time with you and Peggy! You are both great travelers!
I know our driving is "a bit" crazy but I'm sure you'll soon see we have some tough competitors for the "worst drivers award" in other parts of the globe hehe. Regardless you guys coped with the challenges pretty well and I hope the stunning views as you drove through the Andes were well worth the effort!
All the best from Peru,
Nicho

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jul 27 - Aug 21, 2019

Traveler: May Y. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Anne put together an amazing trip for us to Peru. Everything was well organized. Drivers and guides were reliable, always on time and very caring. Everything was well thought of for us. We loved all the local hotels that were selected for us especially the one in Cuzco. The whole process to setup the itinerary was very easy for us and the whole trip was perfectly tailored to allow us to see all the things we wanted to see.

All the sites along the northern coast were very unique. The... read more

Anne put together an amazing trip for us to Peru. Everything was well organized. Drivers and guides were reliable, always on time and very caring. Everything was well thought of for us. We loved all the local hotels that were selected for us especially the one in Cuzco. The whole process to setup the itinerary was very easy for us and the whole trip was perfectly tailored to allow us to see all the things we wanted to see.

All the sites along the northern coast were very unique. The ancient city of Chan Chan by the coast was beautiful, and all the gold at Lord Sipan's museum. Kuelap was impressive but very hard to get to, the major airport at Jaen has one or two runways I think. We loved Arequipa and our trip to Colca canyon to see the flying condors. Our guide Luis made this part of our trip memorable. Our girls loved that we stopped by local shepherd's pen to see all the llamas and alpacas before they start grazing for the day. Driving in Peru was thrilling and spectacular. The different sceneries were amazing from the coastal desert to the altiplano and the high peaks of the Andes. The crowds at Machu Picchu was as amazing as the sight itself. The mini Inca trail to the sun gate then the real site next day was perfect for us. The amazon jungle was a perfect ending for our trip. We were amazed by the beautiful lodges we stayed at deep into the jungle. The wild life we saw was wonderful and the food was excellent. The biking with tasting food at Lima was so interesting as well.

This is now the third trip we have done using KimKim. We have never been disappointed and will continue to use them in the future.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi May!

Thanks for taking the time and leave us a review. We always value the feedback. I am really happy to know that you had a great trip with your family and that you get to experience Peru in all its colors. From north to the South! As you said, Peru is definitely a great country to enjoy scenic drives and so diverse landscapes. I hope you take back home some memories with you!

From my side, it was a pleasure to meet you twice here and know that everything went well!
Wish you the best on your future journeys!
Anne

Sofia

Get to know Part of Peru by car · Peru - Aug 5 - Aug 18, 2019

Traveler: Sofia S. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Dear all,
It’s not today that I going to review my experience. But just to let you know that it was by far the most incredible trip that we made. It was not just about the place itself since there are incredible places all around the world, but it was the way you all took care of us. You know when you go to a place and there is a family relative that knows you and he provides not only what you need but also surprises you all the time? That’s how we felt all the time!
Question:
Are... read more

Dear all,
It’s not today that I going to review my experience. But just to let you know that it was by far the most incredible trip that we made. It was not just about the place itself since there are incredible places all around the world, but it was the way you all took care of us. You know when you go to a place and there is a family relative that knows you and he provides not only what you need but also surprises you all the time? That’s how we felt all the time!
Question:
Are all the agency’s that you work with like Peruvian Soul?
If so you have made a difference in the traveling world!!!!

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Sofia!
Thanks for the awesome review! :)
It makes us really happy that you had such a great time with us and that you see us this way! We really do our best to try and show you the "soul" of our country and that you take a great experience back home. I would have loved the meet you and the family, unfortunately, this time it wasn't to be, however I think Anne and the rest of the team did a great job right!?
Whenever you feel like visiting Peru again you now have good friends here!
All the best,
Nicho

Peru · Peru - Aug 25 - Sep 1, 2019

Traveler: Steven G. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Everything went like clockwork with our trip, no snags at all with all of the connections and transfers, etc. Our guides were all excellent and the recommended hotels were all excellent. We hope to return to Peru someday and will definitely be contacting Kimkim for our next trip.

Peru · Peru - Aug 14 - Aug 22, 2019

Traveler: Anna C. - Local specialist: Carla Pando

This trip was planned to perfection by Carla at the KimKim Team. She found a great company, Quechua Treks. Our guide, Johann, was above and beyond amazing! We did the Choquerquiro hike and ran into other hikers who did not have a great experience. Ours was perfect. We had 4 people doing this hike. One person, (me!) had trouble on the last day because of the heat. Johann was very attentive without being obnoxious, to make sure I was safe.

The KimKim team was also flexible when our... read more

This trip was planned to perfection by Carla at the KimKim Team. She found a great company, Quechua Treks. Our guide, Johann, was above and beyond amazing! We did the Choquerquiro hike and ran into other hikers who did not have a great experience. Ours was perfect. We had 4 people doing this hike. One person, (me!) had trouble on the last day because of the heat. Johann was very attentive without being obnoxious, to make sure I was safe.

The KimKim team was also flexible when our group decided to make a last minute change to our plans.

Our group is not prone to using travel agencies as we usually just wing it. However, we were glad we coordinated with the KimKim team for Peru. It made our trip perfect. Thank you, Carla!

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Carla Pando, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Anna,

We are really happy to know that you had a great time during your trek!

The Choquequirao trek is a hard hike and we are glad to know that you didn´t have any problems at the end; Johan is a great guide and so considerate, you were in good hands.

It was my pleasure to help you plan your trip!

All the best,
Carla

JMETRIA

Planned perfectly · Peru - Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2019

Traveler: JMETRIA A. - Local specialist: Clara Gies

Our trip was planned perfectly. We were very pleased with everything. The process was easy, the local tour guides were all very wonderful!!! We had Alexandra with us the majority of our 6 days in Peru and Franco was our guide up Machu Picchu. Alexandra is the best and when we come back we would request her to be our personal guide if she's available. Although I really really liked Franco it felt like he was a little overwhelmed as he had multiple tours during the time we were there. Still a... read more

Our trip was planned perfectly. We were very pleased with everything. The process was easy, the local tour guides were all very wonderful!!! We had Alexandra with us the majority of our 6 days in Peru and Franco was our guide up Machu Picchu. Alexandra is the best and when we come back we would request her to be our personal guide if she's available. Although I really really liked Franco it felt like he was a little overwhelmed as he had multiple tours during the time we were there. Still a great time and both took awesome pictures for us and of us. We really appreciate them capturing these moments. The hotels that we stayed in were excellent and in the perfect locations. We stayed at Aranwa for our first and third night in Cusco, Casa del Sol Machu Picchu Boutique in Ollantaytambo for Machu Picchu and Antiqua Casona San Blas in Cusco. It was one or two of the hotels I suggested and had changed after receiving Clara's suggestions and after I agreed to the itinerary because I researched where we wanted to stay and the type of hotels we wanted to stay in. Do not agree to any itinerary prior to researching your hotels. We were charged for each change, a service fee which I feel is a little much, so I warn you prior to agreeing to any itinerary do your own research first on hotels and rooms to ensure you are comfortable where they are suggesting you stay. I didn't and we were charged additional fees. Just a warning because their suggestions might not be what you really want and you won't know until you research.

Our tour was laid out so perfect we didn't experience much jet lag at all. Peru is our most favorite place to visit and we are very excited to return. This was our first time in this beautiful country and it's already top of our list. Going through KimKim was a little scary I must say as it was our first time using an on-line travel platform but it was the perfect platform to use for me as I was able to send my questions and receive responses that I could easily find again. I would definitely use KimKim again.

The only problem I had which was not KimKim at all is that our local travel agent Clara left the agency (That's why I gave her 3 stars) and we weren't told. I would send messages upon messages and I was getting a little scared that I had lost money because I got nothing in return. I contacted KimKim, they got in touch with the local agency and we were assigned to Liz who was great at responding but the local agency should have done a better job communicating that Clara had left. Other than that, I think if we had Liz from the very beginning or if we had known that Clara was leaving and a proper and speedy transfer was done it would have been a 5 star review for the local specialist.

I am really satisfied at Andean Travel who was the local agency. They are professional and offered the best layout for our first tour of Peru. They met us on time at the time we agreed on each day. The drivers were all courteous and the tours awesome.

Adrian

2 Weeks in Peru: 4 Suggested Itineraries · Peru - Jul 26 - Aug 10, 2019

Traveler: Adrian P. - Local specialist: Carmen Paredes

We've just come back from an amazing trip to Peru. We loved every part of it but a special mention to Jhordy and Paulieno our guide and chef for the Salkantay trek who helped us complete a tough challenge across stunning mountains and also to Manuel who led us on many hunts through the jungle.

Everything was organised by Peruvian Soul and all the connections and pickups were stress free.

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Carmen Paredes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Adrian,

Thank you very much for traveling with us. We were more than happy to be part of your Peruvian adventure and we hope to see you and your family again.

Have a wonderful week! 😊

Maxine

Sue Considine - Invoice for Friends (Couple). · Peru - Aug 1 - Aug 5, 2019

Traveler: Maxine B. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Oscar was an outstanding guide for four days. Our itinerary originally included an early morning horseback ride to Rainbow Mountain. We just weren’t up for it mentally or physically and tried to get in touch with our KimKim representative by email but we’re unsuccessful. We did not realize that because it was a Sunday we needed to call. That should have been made clear to us.

Otherwise, all was great!

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jul 29 - Aug 9, 2019

Traveler: Jean Y. - Local specialist: Carla Pando

The local agent Quechua Treks did a great job, we love all the details they arrange, like the snakes on the bus food restaurant our guide Zacarias pick was all amazing. Zac makes the trip even more enjoyable he is great tour guides full knowledge of the sites and plannings the trip in perfect timing. And our drive also did a great job.
Zip lining was very adventurous but not for everyone our group enjoyed.
Scared dreams lodge is beautiful hotel to stay, we loved it a lot.

Brad

Sacred Valley Highlights - 5 Days · Peru - Jun 27 - Jul 3, 2019

Traveler: Brad N. - Local specialist: Clara Gies

This for me was a trip of a life time which was a total of 18 days with my daughter celebrating her graduation from High School. Kim Kim handled our 7 days in Peru and 11 days in Colombia. The time in Peru was magical. The highlight of the entire trip was Alexandra who was our guide in Peru for 2 days. I've been traveling for 20 years on international trips and Alexandra was by far the best guide i've ever encountered. Her ability to interact with myself and my daughter was wonderful as... read more

This for me was a trip of a life time which was a total of 18 days with my daughter celebrating her graduation from High School. Kim Kim handled our 7 days in Peru and 11 days in Colombia. The time in Peru was magical. The highlight of the entire trip was Alexandra who was our guide in Peru for 2 days. I've been traveling for 20 years on international trips and Alexandra was by far the best guide i've ever encountered. Her ability to interact with myself and my daughter was wonderful as she relayed to us the customs of local people and the influence of Inca culture. Her ability to recant history and it's influence on previous cultures and current live styles of those who choose a modern path along with those who desire to live an indigenous lifestyle of the past. She was funny, engaging, caring, recommending places to eat and sites to see later when the guided tours were over enhanced out time substantially. Alexandra was more than a guide, she became a life long friend. We loved everything about our trip to Peru. Kim Kim hit a home run in our book. I will be back!

Neil

Lima, Islas Ballestas, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lima, Mancora Beach · Peru - Jul 19 - Jul 31, 2019

Traveler: Neil N. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Jesus organised my family the trip of a lifetime. I went with my wife and 5 children over 3 weeks. We arrived in Lima then went to Paracas, on to Cusco and The sacred Valley, then back to Lima and on to Mancora for some beach time.
All the local guides were excellent that Jesus organised. All transport was of good quality and prompt.
All went perfectly thank you Jesus !

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Neil!
Thank you so much for your kind comments.
It was a pleasure to meet up with you in Lima and talk a little bit about your trip itinerary.
This was definitely a very nice family trip adventure, which included adventure, history and beautiful landscapes that you will always remember!
Thanks again and we hope to be part of your future trip plans.
Have an excellent day!
Best regards,
Jesus, Kim Kim & Peruvian Soul team!

Sue

fly from lima to cusco, visit machu pichu in 4 nights, 4 days staying in nice hotelss · Peru - Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2019

Traveler: Sue C. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Overall, it was a great experience.
I was particularly grateful for our guide Oscar, and regret that he was not our guide at Machu Puchu.
I now know that I would need 2 full days in Cusco BEFORE rainbow mountain and would plan more down time for recovery between tours. The schedule was too aggressive for me and my needs.

trisha

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2019

Traveler: trisha b. - Local specialist: Mily Figueroa

Mily went above and beyond. The trip was fantastic. No problems and we had the best guides. Guido was the best we have ever had.

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Mily Figueroa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Trisha,
It was a pleasure to meet you and your family personally. In the name of our team, thank you very much for coming to Peru and letting us organize your trip.
Take care and hope to see you again someday!
Mily

Group departure - Peru Family Tour - 13 Days · Peru - Jul 24 - Aug 4, 2019

Traveler: Cristina d. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

This trip was a unique experience based trip that we enjoyed as a family and will treasure the memories for years to come!! It balanced lots of different opportunities to enjoy the fabulous nature in Peru, with the history and amazing sites. Add great company and guides and Peruvian food and it left us looking forward to a second trip to visit other areas in the country!

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Katy Shorthouse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Cristina! Que bueno que tu y Enrique lo pasaron bien en Peru! It was a pleasure working with you to set up your trip, and we'd love to see you back again - there is so much more left to explore!

Denisse

Explore Peru and Bolivia - 11 Days · Peru - Jul 21 - Aug 6, 2019

Traveler: Denisse G. - Local specialist: Clara Gies

El equipo de KimKim y los especialistas superaron mis expectativas del viaje. El servicio de guías y personal de transportación son impecables. Todo corrió de manera organizada y a tiempo. Definitivamente satisfechos con los hoteles recomendados durante el viaje. Los guías eran muy amables y con mucho conocimiento. Muy agradecida por el excelente servicio de los guías David, Ruth y Mario en Peru y afortunados de contar con Aida y Gerson para el tour del salar de Uyuni en Bolivia. Definitivamente volveré a utilizarlos en mi siguiente aventura.
Gracias Kim Kim!!

Steve

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jul 25 - Aug 4, 2019

Traveler: Steve S. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

When the weather is great and everything goes smoothly it’s easy to say the trip was great. The true test of a company is when there are problems and in this case Aspiring has really shown top marks. My 9 year old daughter became severely ill and Aldo, Mayli and Katie immediately reacted with not just practical assistance but the emotional support we required to care for our baby. They provided a doctor at our hotel at a critical point and provided excellent assistance to find treatment... read more

When the weather is great and everything goes smoothly it’s easy to say the trip was great. The true test of a company is when there are problems and in this case Aspiring has really shown top marks. My 9 year old daughter became severely ill and Aldo, Mayli and Katie immediately reacted with not just practical assistance but the emotional support we required to care for our baby. They provided a doctor at our hotel at a critical point and provided excellent assistance to find treatment and navigate the Peruvian health care system and travel insurance process. The fact that despite all the issues we have faced in the last 48 hours we cannot speak highly enough of the guides and company should speak volumes. We have been treated like family and as a frequent world traveler this company gets it and knows how and when to support both the newby world traveler and the salty veteran. If you are on the fence with a provider look no farther, these are the folks to trust. I should mention before the illness we had a wonderful trip and are so disappointed we could not take the next stage to the Amazon. Aspiring has earned a life long advocate.

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Steve, Steve here! I wasn't involved with the last couple of days of your trip, but I heard about it - the whole ground team plus Katy were all about it! I really appreciate you taking the time to recognise their good work. I know they all really appreciated your family's demeanour both before and during poor Gracie's illness, and would love to see you again sometime... I think you should finish what you started, and get to the Amazon!

Seriously, thanks for being great travelers and great people. Cheers, Steve

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jun 22 - Jun 30, 2019

Traveler: Joan D. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

Our personal guide, Chen, was absolutely wonderful! He was kind, considerate of our acclimation needs, and he had a terrific ability to motivate all of us to achieve our full potential on the rigorous hikes. We thoroughly appreciated Cheo’s sense of humor, as well as the detail of his cultural presentation of the sights throughout the entire trip.

Katy and KimKim were wonderful with the timely updates of our travel plans, payment schedule, and perfect packing list.

Thank you!

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Katy Shorthouse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Joan, thanks for your review! I'm so glad you, your girls, and other family members had a wonderful trip to Peru... what an awesome birthday celebration for your daughter, and what an incredible way to build shared memories for you all. It's a pleasure to be part of such an endeavour, so thank you!

Family Trip to Peru · Peru - Jul 3 - Jul 14, 2019

Traveler: Elisa M. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

Our local specialist, KATY from Aspiring Adventures, arranged our local experience carefully, based on our preferences as a party of 6 adults with various levels of fitness ability and 2 active children. She got us a trip to experience Peru from the Pacific coast to the Andean mountains to the Amazon jungle. She arranged for us to taste Peruvian local cuisine at luxurious restaurants, a farmer's house, an Amaru village house, a boat picnic setting, and a set-menu dining in a jungle lodge. She... read more

Our local specialist, KATY from Aspiring Adventures, arranged our local experience carefully, based on our preferences as a party of 6 adults with various levels of fitness ability and 2 active children. She got us a trip to experience Peru from the Pacific coast to the Andean mountains to the Amazon jungle. She arranged for us to taste Peruvian local cuisine at luxurious restaurants, a farmer's house, an Amaru village house, a boat picnic setting, and a set-menu dining in a jungle lodge. She got us to experience local lifestyle by having us to stay at hostels, Amaru village house, and a jungle lodge. The Muresan family also appreciated our 'green' experience in Peru.

The Muresan family appreciated Katy's list of What to Expect When Traveling to Peru and List to Bring. Perhaps Katy can add:
1. Amaru, the village experience living, is super cold, so please bring seriously warm clothes to be comfortable.
2. Riding ATV is super dusty, so please bring a face mask to cover up, and a backpack cover/plastic to cover yourself and your backpack.
Other than those, Katy was spot on. Please bring gifts for your host families. Something small from your country. From Indonesia, we brought keychains. From the US, we brought t-shirts and keychains. They cost $2-5 a piece and will last a lifetime for your hosts and friendship.

Aldo Sanchez was our ultimate BEST guide! He was patient, quietly listening to our needs, courteously adjusting our trip based on our requests, happily taking our pictures as a group in 'Instagram-worthy' places :), and most importantly, very passionate and knowledgeable about his mountains! He did not push us to buy anything from any merchants. He did not force us to do anything we were not comfortable with. He also made all those hiking and walking a pleasure because he carried a book with him and he kept on stopping to tell stories about the places we passed as we were walking. He was like an audiobook. No suggestion to improve for Aldo. Keep up your great work and service, Aldo! Thank you for your service to our family.

The Muresan family found Wilhen, the cyclist guide, fun, and careful with ensuring our safety on the trails and road. He went as far as we wanted to, as fast as our kids pedaled, and was willing to take several breaks to give Elisa a break because she was running out of gas from not eating proper breakfast. Her fault totally. Luckily, Aldo got a piece of Amaru potato for Elisa to munch and get a little more energy. Thank you, Wilhen.

The Muresan family enjoyed paddleboarding with David at Lake Piuray. He was competent, patient, and more than happy to have fun with my extremely happy kids. Our kids are fish in disguise. I thought they were goofing around a little too much, but David encouraged them to have serious fun. The kids ended up feeling ecstatic, I ended up relaxing, and the car ended up being quiet because both of them fell asleep after our water activity. Thank you, David. Stay safe, keep traveling, and carry on.

The Muresan family had a great time in Amaru. We loved the welcome 'ceremony' when we arrived. We enjoyed working the field for Fredy's family, using the tools that the Inca farmers had been using for centuries. We loved the cooking in the ground procedure that we witnessed and graciously devoured. We admired the camaraderie amongst Fredy's neighbors, who came to help and showed us how devoted the women were to care for their children. We adored the view from hiking 4000 m hill near Fredy's house. BUT the chill was down to every single tiniest bone in our bodies. It was extremely cold during the night that when we had to pee, we almost decided to pee on ourselves to warm our bodies up. But no, we walked down to the toilets, like proper ladies and gentlemen, to release ourselves. What a reward we got. We looked up the sky and saw what the Inca people saw many centuries ago, with our naked eyes, the clear sky with beautiful formation of the stars and the milky way. It was one of our moments of: man, we were glad we had to pee in the middle of the night. Thank you for your hospitality, Fredy. I will send you the printed picture, as I promised.

We loved the Amazon jungle that we got to experience from Puerto Maldonado. Oscar's lodge was pleasantly clean, rustic, and relaxing. The architecture and landscape looked to be carefully designed for ultimate enjoyment of the city people like us. (Juan) Carlos the chef was strict with dining timetable, but we loved his creations, every single time! Oscar's staff members were courteous and very honest. Perhaps, at the bar, for people who don't drink, Oscar can add selling chips, candies, or small muncheries. We enjoyed the common rooms very much, playing games and getting to know other guests, while swinging at the strong hammocks and imagining a leopard or a snake or a monkey or even a sloth peeking to watch us, humans.

Yuri is a passionate and competent guide. We appreciated that even with his stomach problem, he still stayed upbeat and strong to help us enjoy our time in the jungle. He spotted many animals for us when we couldn't even see the creatures! He found the best place (spots) for us to enjoy the clay-licking birds of Peru, had a picnic breakfast, and walked to another spot to enjoy those beauties! He skillfully took us for long day and night walk through the Amazon jungle and to Condenado Lake. He caught 3 piranha fish with ease and graciously shared 1 with us at the lodge. We 4 are still jealous at Yuri for catching those piranha, because none of us could do that! We appreciated Yuri taking us to try to find an Anaconda (or two or a few) at Tres Chimbadas Lake. Yuri knew Reserva Nacional Tambopata very well and was always being green and environmentally conscious, at all times. Thank you, Yuri. Keep up your great service!

The Muresan family would also like to acknowledge the super boat driver Carlo! Carlo drove very smoothly on Tambopata River, without light, at 4 in the morning!, maneuvering through deep and shallow spots, and avoiding fallen trees! WOW! Carlo also managed to stop his boat, to show us a small monkey hanging on the top of a tree, and several families of Capibara, cleverly camouflaged amongst the mudbanks of the river. To top it all of, Carlo ALWAYS kept his boat clean and tidy, every time we got on board of it. You are the man, Carlo! Thank you for showing us a great time at your Tambopata River.

The Muresan family enjoyed the kayaking down the Tambopata River on the last day at the jungle. Next time, please consider arranging this activity to NOT be on the last day, so that we could dry our wet clothes and not bringing those wet clothes back to the US, in our suitcases, for 2 days.

The Muresan family had a glitch with Mayli. She was not able to answer any of my questions during our trip in Peru. She was not helpful and was incompetent at Cusco airport, prior to our departure to Puerto Maldonado. She needed more training to help clients with their airport experience. I wish we had Aldo sending us off from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. He would have known what to do!

In conclusion, our trip to Peru was a blast! Thankfully, Mayli is just a little insignificant glitch. Our family had a once in a lifetime experience and will be sharing our reviews (minus Mayli) in Social Media, to promote Peru, Kimkim Travel, and Aspiring Adventures. Thank you.

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Katy Shorthouse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Elisa, wow, thanks so much for your detailed review and all the photos! Thank you too for leaving me a package in Cusco, that is incredibly generous and thoughtful!

You have some great feedback here on things I should add to the packing list for the trip and I will be actioning them!

Thanks for your feedback about our staff members - both those you loved and those you didn't - it's all super-valuable for us!

Finally, let me say how much I love what you have to say about the... read more

Hi Elisa, wow, thanks so much for your detailed review and all the photos! Thank you too for leaving me a package in Cusco, that is incredibly generous and thoughtful!

You have some great feedback here on things I should add to the packing list for the trip and I will be actioning them!

Thanks for your feedback about our staff members - both those you loved and those you didn't - it's all super-valuable for us!

Finally, let me say how much I love what you have to say about the experience of dragging yourself our of bed (from under a heavy, heavy pile of blankets, am I right?) to trek to the outdoor toilet at your homestay, and being rewarded beyond description by the most spectacular, awe-inspiring night sky in the world... that's a transcendent experience I've had many times (I have a small bladder) over many years guiding in Peru, and you've described it so well.

Once again, thank you, and I hope our paths cross again someday.

All the best, Katy

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jul 3 - Jul 12, 2019

Traveler: Sandro T. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

Our trip to Peru was unique and authentic! Our guide Aldo really contributed to make our trip enrichful by sharing with us his knowledge and taking care of us. The itinerary was great, we enjoyed everything. Our most memorable moment was our stay in Amaru where we could experience the authentic village life by being hosted by an amazing Peruvian family. We strongly recommend this destination.

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Sandro! Seeing your photos and videos of your trip made me feel like I was there myself - thanks so much for sharing them! You've been a lovely group and we've all enjoyed our time with you. Thanks again!

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jul 3 - Jul 12, 2019

Traveler: Elisa M. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

Our local specialist, Katy from Aspiring Adventures, arranged our local experience carefully, based on our preferences as a party of 6 adults with various levels of fitness ability and 2 active children. She got us a trip to experience Peru from the Pacific coast to the Andean mountains to the Amazon jungle. She arranged for us to taste Peruvian local cuisine at luxurious restaurants, a farmer's house, an Amaru village house, a boat picnic setting, and a set-menu dining in a jungle lodge. She... read more

Our local specialist, Katy from Aspiring Adventures, arranged our local experience carefully, based on our preferences as a party of 6 adults with various levels of fitness ability and 2 active children. She got us a trip to experience Peru from the Pacific coast to the Andean mountains to the Amazon jungle. She arranged for us to taste Peruvian local cuisine at luxurious restaurants, a farmer's house, an Amaru village house, a boat picnic setting, and a set-menu dining in a jungle lodge. She got us to experience local lifestyle by having us to stay at hostels, Amaru village house, and a jungle lodge. The Muresan family also appreciated our 'green' experience in Peru.

Aldo Sanchez was our ultimate BEST guide! He was patient, quietly listening to our needs, courteously adjusting our trip based on our requests, happily taking our pictures as a group in 'Instagram-worthy' places :), and most importantly, very passionate and knowledgeable about his mountains! He did not push us to buy anything from any merchants. He did not force us to do anything we were not comfortable with. He also made all those hiking and walking a pleasure because he carried a book with him and he kept on stopping to tell stories about the places we passed as we were walking. He was like an audiobook. No suggestion to improve for Aldo. Keep up your great work and service, Aldo! Thank you for your service to our family.

The Muresan family found Wilhen, the cyclist guide, fun, and careful with ensuring our safety on the trails and road. He went as far as we wanted to, as fast as our kids pedaled, and was willing to take several breaks to give Elisa a break because she was running out of gas from not eating proper breakfast. Her fault totally. Luckily, Aldo got a piece of Amaru potato for Elisa to munch and get a little more energy. Thank you, Wilhen.

The Muresan family enjoyed paddleboarding with David at Lake Piuray. He was competent, patient, and more than happy to have fun with my extremely happy kids. Our kids are fish in disguise. I thought they were goofing around a little too much, but David encouraged them to have serious fun. The kids ended up feeling ecstatic, I ended up relaxing, and the car ended up being quiet because both of them fell asleep after our water activity. Thank you, David. Stay safe, keep traveling, and carry on.

The Muresan family had a great time in Amaru. We loved the welcome 'ceremony' when we arrived. We enjoyed working the field for Fredy's family, using the tools that the Inca farmers had been using for centuries. We loved the cooking in the ground procedure that we witnessed and graciously devoured. We admired the camaraderie amongst Fredy's neighbors, who came to help and showed us how devoted the women were to care for their children. We adored the view from hiking 4000 m hill near Fredy's house. BUT the chill was down to every single tiniest bone in our bodies. It was extremely cold during the night that when we had to pee, we almost decided to pee on ourselves to warm our bodies up. But no, we walked down to the toilets, like proper ladies and gentlemen, to release ourselves. What a reward we got. We looked up the sky and saw what the Inca people saw many centuries ago, with our naked eyes, the clear sky with beautiful formation of the stars and the milky way. It was one of our moments of: man, we were glad we had to pee in the middle of the night. Thank you for your hospitality, Fredy. I will send you the printed picture, as I promised.

We loved the Amazon jungle that we got to experience from Puerto Maldonado. Oscar's lodge was pleasantly clean, rustic, and relaxing. The architecture and landscape looked to be carefully designed for ultimate enjoyment of the city people like us. (Juan) Carlos the chef was strict with dining timetable, but we loved his creations, every single time! Oscar's staff members were courteous and very honest. Perhaps, at the bar, for people who don't drink, Oscar can add selling chips, candies, or small muncheries. We enjoyed the common rooms very much, playing games and getting to know other guests, while swinging at the strong hammocks and imagining a leopard or a snake or a monkey or even a sloth peeking to watch us, humans.

Yuri is a passionate and competent guide. We appreciated that even with his stomach problem, he still stayed upbeat and strong to help us enjoy our time in the jungle. He spotted many animals for us when we couldn't even see the creatures! He found the best place (spots) for us to enjoy the clay-licking birds of Peru, had a picnic breakfast, and walked to another spot to enjoy those beauties! He skillfully took us for long day and night walk through the Amazon jungle and to Condenado Lake. He caught 3 piranha fish with ease and graciously shared 1 with us at the lodge. We 4 are still jealous at Yuri for catching those piranha, because none of us could do that! We appreciated Yuri taking us to try to find an Anaconda (or two or a few) at Tres Chimbadas Lake. Yuri knew Reserva Nacional Tambopata very well and was always being green and environmentally conscious, at all times. Thank you, Yuri. Keep up your great service!

The Muresan family would also like to acknowledge the super boat driver Carlo! Carlo drove very smoothly on Tambopata River, without light, at 4 in the morning!, maneuvering through deep and shallow spots, and avoiding fallen trees! WOW! Carlo also managed to stop his boat, to show us a small monkey hanging on the top of a tree, and several families of Capibara, cleverly camouflaged amongst the mudbanks of the river. To top it all of, Carlo ALWAYS kept his boat clean and tidy, every time we got on board of it. You are the man, Carlo! Thank you for showing us a great time at your Tambopata River.

The Muresan family enjoyed the kayaking down the Tambopata River on the last day at the jungle. Next time, please consider arranging this activity to NOT be on the last day, so that we could dry our wet clothes and not bringing those wet clothes back to the US, in our suitcases, for 2 days.

The Muresan family had a glitch with Mayli. She was not able to answer any of my questions during our trip in Peru. She was not helpful and was incompetent at Cusco airport, prior to our departure to Puerto Maldonado. She needed more training to help clients with their airport experience. I wish we had Aldo sending us off from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. He would have known what to do!

In conclusion, our trip to Peru was a blast! Thankfully, Mayli is just a little insignificant glitch. Our family had a once in a lifetime experience and will be sharing our reviews (minus Mayli) in Social Media, to promote Peru, Kimkim Travel, and Aspiring Adventures. Thank you.

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Elisa, thank you for your detailed review and photos.
All your feedback is so very helpful in maintaining and constantly improving our trips, and we take it all on board.
The Family Trip is dear to the hearts of all of us here at Aspiring Adventures and we just love making families like yours happy with it. Thank you so much for trusting us with your family vacation.
All the best,
Steve

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jul 3 - Jul 17, 2019

Traveler: Lan A. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

The overall experience is ok,but I wonder if something urgent happens and I need some help,who should I turn to? There were several times I failed to contact the travel agent and when I turned to Kimkim I find the contact person and number is the same number I have and have failed to get in touch.Besides the quality of some local guides needs improving. Everyone seems to tell his own stories. We don’t know who to believe.
Thank you!

Tiffany

See the Best of Peru · Peru - May 26 - May 31, 2019

Traveler: Tiffany Y. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

Our trip to Peru was amazing! Kristy was super helpful and very organized. This was the first trip I could finally not worry about how to get to the next destination and what kind of train or plane we have to catch. From getting us to and from airports, to different scenic destinations, to our numerous hotels, Kristy and her team were always spot on. Our local guide was also very thoughtful and looked after us very well. They made sure we were never too tired and gave us numerous... read more

Our trip to Peru was amazing! Kristy was super helpful and very organized. This was the first trip I could finally not worry about how to get to the next destination and what kind of train or plane we have to catch. From getting us to and from airports, to different scenic destinations, to our numerous hotels, Kristy and her team were always spot on. Our local guide was also very thoughtful and looked after us very well. They made sure we were never too tired and gave us numerous recommendations on restaurants and merchandise. We were able to go to at least 4 different Inca sites and we were able to do a whole circuit around Machu Picchu in less than 4 hours! All the hotels that Kristy booked for us were in great locations and were all very clean and comfortable. Thank you Kristy and to everyone who helped us with this trip. We will definitely be booking through Kimkim again!

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Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tiffany- Thanks so much for your kind words! It is so great to hear that you had an amazing time during your time here. Please come back and visit! :)

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jun 29 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: Sujata A. - Local specialist: Clara Gies

It was great experience. Carla was great, all the guides were very knowledgeable and all the transportation on time for pickup.

Trip to Peru · Peru - May 17 - May 24, 2019

Traveler: Ashley V. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Such an incredible trip. Peru is a beautiful country in its landscapes and it’s culture. The whole vacation was amazing. Sacred Valley, Aguas Callientes, Cusco, and Lima, every part was unique and thoroughly enjoyable. Machu Picchu was obviously the highlight of the trip. Hiking to the Sun Gate was a little rough but absolutely breathtaking, totally worth it. Sacred Valley was probably our favorite part. The salt mines, moray terraces, Ollantantaytambo fortress, and of course the Pachamanca ... read more

Such an incredible trip. Peru is a beautiful country in its landscapes and it’s culture. The whole vacation was amazing. Sacred Valley, Aguas Callientes, Cusco, and Lima, every part was unique and thoroughly enjoyable. Machu Picchu was obviously the highlight of the trip. Hiking to the Sun Gate was a little rough but absolutely breathtaking, totally worth it. Sacred Valley was probably our favorite part. The salt mines, moray terraces, Ollantantaytambo fortress, and of course the Pachamanca dinner was delicious. Kimkim made it possible to fully enjoy that with as little stress as possible. Our guides were amazing, Julio in Sacred Valley, Freddy in Cusco, and Cynthia in Lima. So friendly and knowledgeable. They made sure we were comfortable, happy, and well fed during our entire stay. The hotels were also great, very welcoming to go back to after a long day of sightseeing. Would definitely return to Peru and definitely recommend kimkim.

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ashley!
Thanks so much for such kind reviews!
We are very glad that you had a wonderful trip Experience in Peru along with your travel partner as well as the best excursion with each tour guide, which were carefully selected for you to have a memorable Adventure.
We hope to be part of future trip Adventure to our country as it has a lot to show to visitors and you will be one of them 
Wish you all the best and stay in touch!
Greeting from Peruvian Soul and Kim Kim teams!

Trip to Peru · Peru - Jun 6 - Jun 22, 2019

Traveler: Mirtha O. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Kimkim did a great job organizing an amazing Peru experience for my family of five and our extended family. We had children ranging from age 4 to 14 and they all had a great time seeing the classic Costa, Sierra, y Selva of Peru. All of our guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Alejandra in the Andean portion and Oscar in the Amazonian portion were especially fantastic! We had numerous family members joining and leaving at different times and the organizational team at Kimkim didn't miss... read more

Kimkim did a great job organizing an amazing Peru experience for my family of five and our extended family. We had children ranging from age 4 to 14 and they all had a great time seeing the classic Costa, Sierra, y Selva of Peru. All of our guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Alejandra in the Andean portion and Oscar in the Amazonian portion were especially fantastic! We had numerous family members joining and leaving at different times and the organizational team at Kimkim didn't miss a beat! Everyone made their connections and got to experience the portion they chose without having to stress over the details. Thank you all!

Trip to Peru - Falguni Patel · Peru - Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2019

Traveler: Falguni P. - Local specialist: Carmen Paredes

This is the first time I have worked with KimKim And have absolutely no regrets! They paired me with a company called Peruvian Soul who exceeded our expectations! Jesus and Carmen were exceptional with the planning and always available. We got to meet Carmen in Lima, she is so sweet and caring. She would check on us throughout our trip. The local guides were beyond amazing especially Julio in Cusco. He was always available and very knowledgeable. He wanted to make sure we were okay at all... read more

This is the first time I have worked with KimKim And have absolutely no regrets! They paired me with a company called Peruvian Soul who exceeded our expectations! Jesus and Carmen were exceptional with the planning and always available. We got to meet Carmen in Lima, she is so sweet and caring. She would check on us throughout our trip. The local guides were beyond amazing especially Julio in Cusco. He was always available and very knowledgeable. He wanted to make sure we were okay at all times and just such a wonderful person. I highly recommend Peruvian Soul to help plan the most amazing vacation to Peru. Santiago, our guide for the Inca trail was so patient with us during our trek and made it so worthwhile! Macchi Picchu is unbelievable! Truly a wonderful experience!

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Carmen Paredes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Falguni,
Thank you very much for your kind words. We were really happy to have you here and meet you after months of planning your trip together. It was great to be part of your adventure in our country.
I hope to see you guys soon!
Hugs! 🤗

Andres

Macchu Pichu eexcursion · Peru - May 24 - May 30, 2019

Traveler: Andres J. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Anne was great. Very accommodating and responsive. Whenever there were any questions she answered promptly. We would use Anne again to help plan our trip :)

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andres!
Thanks for taking the time and write something about your experience, it was really nice to meet you and I am glad I could help with your trip to Peru

If sometime you decide to visit Peru again, just let me know and I will be happy to prepare another adventure for you two!

Best on your future Journeys

Anne!

Jenna

Peru father daughter adventure · Peru - May 21 - Jun 4, 2019

Traveler: Jenna N. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Anne was wonderful and so caring. Made the trip seamless. She wants people to learn and explore her country not on a bus with 100's of tourists.

I would definitely recommend Peruvian Soul to future travelers! She worked with our budget seamlessly and didn't feel like a budget trip AT ALL. Kudos to her hard work! Thank you so much!!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jenna!
Thanks so much for trusting us and for the nice comments.
We were so happy to having being part of your trip adventure in Peru, always taking care of every details in ways that you have the best experience possible along the stay.
Hope to be able to help you with your future plans to Peru and also invite your friends and family to explore the richness or our beautiful country!
All the best from Peru!
Anne, Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul

Trip to Peru · Peru - May 25 - Jun 10, 2019

Traveler: Matthew C. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

My daughter and I really enjoyed our trip. The connections were seamless and always on time. The best part of the trip were our guides. They were all well informed, interesting, and just plain fun to hang out with. I would highly recommend Kim-kim.
Matthew

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Matthew!
Thanks for your nice comments for Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul did a great job planning a great trip for daughter and you! We are happy to hear you had an awesome time in Peru! For us, our clients are much more than just travelers but we love to have this special connection of friendship and show them the soul of our country! Hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did and come back to Peru some day in the future!
All the best and hope to keep in touch,
Best regards,
Jesus, Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul team

Can you organise a custom trip for 2 in the Chachapoyas area? · Peru - May 25 - May 29, 2019

Traveler: Lynda P. - Local specialist: Martina Capel

We loved our trip to North Peru that we organised through Phima Voyages. Martina was wonderful as we made our plans and bookings. She kept us really well informed and provided lots of good advice and local information.
The airport transfers and hotel bookings were very well organised.
Our tours were wonderful. It was great to get away from the main areas for international tourism and explore a bit more of Peru. A highlight for us was the ruins at Keulap, but we enjoyed our experiences too.... read more

We loved our trip to North Peru that we organised through Phima Voyages. Martina was wonderful as we made our plans and bookings. She kept us really well informed and provided lots of good advice and local information.
The airport transfers and hotel bookings were very well organised.
Our tours were wonderful. It was great to get away from the main areas for international tourism and explore a bit more of Peru. A highlight for us was the ruins at Keulap, but we enjoyed our experiences too. Our guide was friendly, well informed and helpful. Our driver was very professional and we always felt safe, including on some of the winding dirt roads.
While we were there we experienced a magnitude 8 earthquake. The Phima team were great at making us feel safe (which we were!) and keeping us informed about potential changes due to rockfalls on the roads.
I really recommend Phima to anyone looking for a personalised travel experience in the Chachapoyas area.

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Martina Capel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lynda,

Your trip was very special with the earthquake in the middle !! I am glad that everything turned out fine and there were no major problems.

Thank you on behalf of our team for your nice comments. We work together already for several years and it is very encouraging to hear that you appreciate our services. It was a pleasure showing you our beautiful region of Amazonas with all its treasures and experiences !

I wish you many more exciting trips and especially - lots of encounters and stories to tell.
Warm regards,
Martina

The Best of Peru - 10 Days · Peru - May 28 - Jun 8, 2019

Traveler: Jose B. - Local specialist: Edson Chacón

Edson and Liz were my local specialists. They both offered great advice and help during my trip to Peru.

Daniel

Continuing Adventure Machu Picchu · Peru - May 20 - May 26, 2019

Traveler: Daniel P. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

Aspiring Adventures (Katy, Steve) did a great job ahead of the trip making sure they knew us and providing 2 itineraries with equipment lists. We were all well prepared. Guide Alex met us the first day introduced himself. You could tell how proud his was of his country (same with Angela), Cusco and the Inca legacy. Right from the start Alex (and Angela) couldn't do enough for us. Whether it was ensuring dietary restrictions were met or getting waiters attend for beer. Note: Angela... read more

Aspiring Adventures (Katy, Steve) did a great job ahead of the trip making sure they knew us and providing 2 itineraries with equipment lists. We were all well prepared. Guide Alex met us the first day introduced himself. You could tell how proud his was of his country (same with Angela), Cusco and the Inca legacy. Right from the start Alex (and Angela) couldn't do enough for us. Whether it was ensuring dietary restrictions were met or getting waiters attend for beer. Note: Angela wasn't on the Inca Trail with us, so most of my comments are on Alex. From my wife, Angela was excellent.

Inca Trail
- Aspiring Adventure equipment was excellent. One member of team rented sleeping bag and thermal rest. That equipment was first rate. Especially liked the built in pump on the mattress.
- Porters were very professional and looked good in matching "uniforms". First night out Alex had all the porters, chef & server, and clients introduce themselves.
- Meals especially the soups (and cake on last day) were great. Lots of variety of food. Went away from table full every time. Servers, chef, water porter & Alex did an excellent job. Alex always making sure everyone was happy.
- Everyone liked the after lunch siesta.
- Alex keep us informed on what we were seeing, why we were leaving a location at a specific time, and what to expect. He answered every question we asked. Let us set the pace of the hike. Almost always bring up the rear but appearing in time to explain something, make sure we were Ok or didn't miss something.
- Inca trail is wonderfully maintained. No litter.
- Sun Gate on Day-4 on Inca Trail was everything I wanted it to be.

Non-Inca Trail
- Angela was excellent accommodating Devina & Susan every wish. Giving them more or less time as they wanted. . Great explanations & tried really hard with dietary. Very proud of her country.
- small issue - itinerary activity was changed. "Farm to Table" was cancelled. The replacement activity turned out to be great. Devina and Susan just would have liked to know about it ahead of time.
- "rustic hotel" in the Amazon was wonderful.
- food was excellent, and Angela was very attentive.
- Driver was excellent & always help Susan with mobility issues in and out of the vehicle. Helping with luggage.

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Steve Wilson, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dan, thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed report!
Katy and I enjoyed working with you in the months before the trip, developing the trip and communicating its details to the members of your group.
Trips like this, where the group is split for several days - in your case most of you went on the Inca Trail with Alex, and two group members explored the jungle and Sacred Valley with Angela - present their own logistical challenges, and I'm proud to see the team carried it off without... read more

Dan, thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed report!
Katy and I enjoyed working with you in the months before the trip, developing the trip and communicating its details to the members of your gr