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Our story started 9 years ago in a bar in Lima. We were having a chat with a very good friend about our passion for travelling to Peru and besides the thousands of travel agencies we identified the opportunity to create something completely new, fresh, authentic and innovative. After a couple of beers and a long conversation we decided to make this dream come true, we quit our jobs and founded Peruvian Soul with the idea to inspire travelers from all around the world to discover and explore the soul of the country.
We want to inspire our travelers to experience the country as a local and to connect with our people, our culture and our country.

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Cusco city center
Peru's Cities, History, & Lake Titicaca - 11 Days

Explore Peru's coast, mountains, and southern region in this 11-day trip. Start in metropolitan Lima, then continue to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, to explore archaeological sites and the stunning Sacred Valley. Visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel, then keep going south to Lake Titicaca—South America's largest lake—to explore cultures who predate the Inca by millennia. Take a tour onto the lake to see the floating reed islands, textile weaving, and ancient stone ruins. Whether by plane or bus, you will be amazed at how quickly the landscape changes as you discover Peru.

Kuelap ruins in northern Peru
History & Culture of pre-Inca Peru - 11 Days

From the coast to the mountains, explore Peru's pre-Inca cultures and ruins in this 11-day itinerary. Start in metropolitan Lima, then visit Pisco on a day trip to take a spectacular flight over the iconic Nazca lines. From here, head north up the coast to Trujillo to discover the Mochica pyramids, the mud-brick city of Chan Chan, and the Tucume pyramids of the Sican people. Drive inland through the cloud forest into the Amazonas region to see Gotca waterfall and Kuelap fortress, a walled Chachapoya structure known as the "Machu Picchu of the North". With over 5,000 years of architecture and civilization to experience, this trip is a must on any traveler's list.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Water on leaves after an Amazon downpour
The Best of Peru - 10 Days

Explore Peru's coast, mountains, and rainforest in this 10-day highlights trip. Start in metropolitan Lima and soak in the coastal vibe, then head east deep into the Amazon rainforest. Explore the peaceful reserve, enjoy wildlife viewing, and stay in a comfortable lodge on the banks of a mighty river. Continue to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, and explore archaeological sites and the stunning Sacred Valley. Visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel, then keep going south to Lake Titicaca—South America's largest lake—to explore cultures who predate the Inca by millennia. Take a tour onto the lake to see the floating reed islands, textile weaving, and ancient stone ruins. Whether by plane or bus, you will be amazed at how quickly the landscape changes as you discover Peru.

Paracas Coastline Preserve
Peru's Cities, History, & Ecotourism - 7 Days

Explore Peru's iconic cities, ancient archaeological sites, and coastal wildlife in this 7-day exploration. Start in the capital of Lima, then head south to Paracas for a marine wildlife tour and views of a 2,200-year old geoglyph. Try your hand at sandboarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina before heading to the imperial Inca city of Cusco. Explore Inca ruins, bustling textile markets, and the local culture of the Sacred Valley. Finish your visit with a day trip to Machu Picchu, the iconic 15th-century citadel.

A red-headed poison dart frog
Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 7 Days

From the remote Machu Picchu ruins to the lush Amazon rainforest, this 7-day itinerary brings you to Peru's iconic landscapes. Fly to metropolitan Lima, then connect with the Inca capital of Cusco. Explore colorful textile markets, small towns, and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley before traveling east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the lush Amazon. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Recent Trip Reviews for Peruvian Soul

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 - 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

Darby

Iquitos off the beaten path, Peru - May 18 - May 26, 2019

Traveler: Darby C. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

The trip to Iquitos and in the Amazon for 6 days was excellent. There were a few small glitches but Anne was so responsive & was able to get everything fixed for us quickly & efficiently. The river trip was fun and the guide we had for the six days in the Amazon basin was outstanding. Juan, our guide, of Amazonia Expeditions, was exceptionally knowledgeable about all living things in the rain forest, as well as the people and cultures of the area. Juan was available to us at all times and... read more

The trip to Iquitos and in the Amazon for 6 days was excellent. There were a few small glitches but Anne was so responsive & was able to get everything fixed for us quickly & efficiently. The river trip was fun and the guide we had for the six days in the Amazon basin was outstanding. Juan, our guide, of Amazonia Expeditions, was exceptionally knowledgeable about all living things in the rain forest, as well as the people and cultures of the area. Juan was available to us at all times and kept us organized & comfortable throughout the trip. He was also a very kind and ethical person who cares very much about the rain forest environment & shared that passion with us. This made our trip very special.

The Lodge and Research Center were very clean, comfortable and the staff at each location were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food was also excellent. The staff at these locations on he Tahuaya River work well as a team to make sure their guest have a wonderful experience in the Amazon Basin & they succeed!

One final comment about Anne. Anne really went above & beyond in her assistance to my friend and I before the trip, and throughout the entire trip. Anne is a top rate local specialist in Peru. She did everything necessary to make our trip perfect. Thank you Anne!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much Darby for all your words!
I am glad that I could help you and assist you during your trip to the Amazon, it was a pleasure and it's so nice to know that you had a good experience and that everything turns out the way it's supposed to 😊. I am glad that Juan has contributed to this wonderful once in a lifetime experience, I will make sure to let him know this.

If sometimes you decide to return to Peru, I will be more than happy to help you and maybe this time we get the... read more

Thank you so much Darby for all your words!
I am glad that I could help you and assist you during your trip to the Amazon, it was a pleasure and it's so nice to know that you had a good experience and that everything turns out the way it's supposed to 😊. I am glad that Juan has contributed to this wonderful once in a lifetime experience, I will make sure to let him know this.

If sometimes you decide to return to Peru, I will be more than happy to help you and maybe this time we get the chance to meet eache other and grab a cup of peruvian coffee 😊👌

Wish you the best in your future journeys from Peru!

Anne

Grand peru adventure, Peru - May 1 - May 30, 2019

Traveler: Suzanne N. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Our thirty day tour of Peru was amazing! We visited Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chacapoyas, Tarapoto, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Paracas, with excellent support from our local specialist, Nicholas, and each of our fantastic guides. Special thank yous go out to Henry, Gustavo and Julio, who taught us so much over several days, and made all of the pieces of our trip work together seamlessly. The best thing I can say about the trip is that there was not a... read more

Our thirty day tour of Peru was amazing! We visited Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chacapoyas, Tarapoto, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Paracas, with excellent support from our local specialist, Nicholas, and each of our fantastic guides. Special thank yous go out to Henry, Gustavo and Julio, who taught us so much over several days, and made all of the pieces of our trip work together seamlessly. The best thing I can say about the trip is that there was not a single place we visited, where I wouldn't have been happy to spend more time. We wanted a tour which included history, culture, food and nature, and the Peruvian Soul plan provided this, perfectly. It was an incredible trip for us, one we feel very lucky to have made with Peruvian Soul.

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Suzanne!
Sorry for the late reply. It makes me so happy that you had a nice time with us! Travelers like you guys, so eager to learn about a countries culture and nature make our job worthwhile! ;)

All the best,
Nicholas

Bethany

One week in peru: 5 great itineraries, Peru - May 12 - May 17, 2019

Traveler: Bethany E. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Booking our trip to Peru through kimkim could not have been easier! With the help of Jesus, we planned a custom trip to accommodate our time constraints and so we could see exactly what we wanted to. All of the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We definitely recommend kimkim and will be using them again in the future!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bethany!
Thanks so much for your kind comments regarding the nice family trip you had in Peru!
It was a pleasure to meet you and your family in order to talk a bit about your whole trip in Peru!
I also feel very glad to have been part of your trip adventure, which was perfectly designed to make the most of your stay in few days.
I hope to be part of a new trip in Peru for you, your family or even friends in the future as well!
All the best from Peru!
Jesus, Kim Kim and the Peruvian Soul team

Peru - mostly cusco/sacred valley/machu piccu, Peru - May 16 - May 24, 2019

Traveler: Mike B. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Wow!!! What a great experience we had in Peru using KimKim! It was a bit overwhelming to try to figure out hotels, excursions, local guides on my own, so I started looking for help online. Finding KimKim and especially our local contact Jesus made ALL of the difference. We had a FANTASTIC trip with a great itinerary of hotels and activities. We did a half day of zip line, we visited the salt pools. Of course we had a fabulous day at Machu Picchu. One surprise - the horseback riding in the... read more

Wow!!! What a great experience we had in Peru using KimKim! It was a bit overwhelming to try to figure out hotels, excursions, local guides on my own, so I started looking for help online. Finding KimKim and especially our local contact Jesus made ALL of the difference. We had a FANTASTIC trip with a great itinerary of hotels and activities. We did a half day of zip line, we visited the salt pools. Of course we had a fabulous day at Machu Picchu. One surprise - the horseback riding in the hills above Cusco was a huge hit with the family.

I highly recommend Jesus and KimKim. The communication during the planning phase was outstanding. Jesus even helped us recover a Kindle that my wife left in a hotel. He went above and beyond to make our trip special and unfortgettable.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mike!
Thanks so much for your kind comments regarding the nice family trip you had in Peru!
It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and being able to help you plan this trip to Peru along with choosing a great selection of activities which you will definitely remember forever.
Hope to be part of a new trip adventure you all have in the future as well!
All the best from Peru.
Jesus, Kim Kim and the Peruvian Soul team

Leann

Iquitos off the beaten path, Peru - May 18 - May 26, 2019

Traveler: Leann J. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Anne was always available, friendly and did an outstanding job for us!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Leann for your kind words 😊
It was a pleasure for me to help you and Darby with this last part of your adventure through Peru!
If you come anytime soon, I will be more than happy to help you again, and maybe this time we get the chance to meet each other 😊
Kind regards,
Anne

Trip to peru, Peru - Apr 19 - May 3, 2019

Traveler: Adrian V. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Peru is much more than anyone could expect for their first visit there. Is the first country in years for which I can definitely say that I will return. There are so many things to see, so much diversity and wonders to discover.
For the guides, I will mention only the one that from my opinion was the best prepared, and that is Julio Cesar, yes :) like the roman emperor. He has provided a lot of useful informations and was connected in a natural and sincere way. All the guides were polite and... read more

Peru is much more than anyone could expect for their first visit there. Is the first country in years for which I can definitely say that I will return. There are so many things to see, so much diversity and wonders to discover.
For the guides, I will mention only the one that from my opinion was the best prepared, and that is Julio Cesar, yes :) like the roman emperor. He has provided a lot of useful informations and was connected in a natural and sincere way. All the guides were polite and willing to help with anything, but Julio seemed less commercial than all :).
Thanks to Anne, Julio and to everybody that contribute to a memorable experience in Peru.

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Adrian,
Thanks so much for your kind words and that you are willing to visit again our country. Whenever you are ready we will more than happy to help! I will let Julio know about your kind words, and I agree that he truly represents the soul of our country.
It has been a pleasure to help you plan this trip and make it a memorable experience, it was also great to meet you, even just a little bit, hopefully we can meet again soon!
Wish you the best on your future journeys! 😊😊

Machu picchu & amazon jungle - 8 days, Peru - Apr 19 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Deb M. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Due to craziness at work, I had zero bandwidth to pull together any of the details for our trip to Peru. Thankfully, Jesus of Peruvian Soul took care of everything. He put together a lovely itinerary for me and my 9 year old that balanced our respective needs, helped us connect with the history and beauty of the Andes, and allowed us to explore the natural wonders of the Amazon. He arranged all of our hotels, site tickets, and in-country flights. Every detail was well-communicated. Transfers... read more

Due to craziness at work, I had zero bandwidth to pull together any of the details for our trip to Peru. Thankfully, Jesus of Peruvian Soul took care of everything. He put together a lovely itinerary for me and my 9 year old that balanced our respective needs, helped us connect with the history and beauty of the Andes, and allowed us to explore the natural wonders of the Amazon. He arranged all of our hotels, site tickets, and in-country flights. Every detail was well-communicated. Transfers were seamless. And the little extras were much appreciated. For example, during our last day in the jungle, I realized that I would need to figure out a way to make productive use of a 6 hour layover in Lima the next day to get fresh clothes and a hot shower. Jesus found a hotel near the airport that provided these services at a very reasonable cost. Thank you, Jesus, for an amazing adventure!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Deb,
Thanks so much for your kind words and such nice comments.
We always try to do our best in order to exceed our clients´ expectations and feel pretty happy when receiving reviews like this one.
We are all very happy that you and your son explored Peru and its iconic destinations such as Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Tambopata National Reserve, where you could admire the beauty of our rich biodiversity.
You are always welcome to Peru! Hope to be able to help you plan a... read more

Dear Deb,
Thanks so much for your kind words and such nice comments.
We always try to do our best in order to exceed our clients´ expectations and feel pretty happy when receiving reviews like this one.
We are all very happy that you and your son explored Peru and its iconic destinations such as Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Tambopata National Reserve, where you could admire the beauty of our rich biodiversity.
You are always welcome to Peru! Hope to be able to help you plan a future trip plan to Peru and any of its incredible places to visit!
Thanks again and wish you all the best! Greetings for Rocco!
Jesus, Peruvian Soul & Kim Kim!

Machu picchu & short inca trail - 5 days, Peru - Mar 15 - Mar 21, 2019

Traveler: Maria Isabel d. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

My husband and I just returned from a lifetime trip to Peru where we both celebrated our birthdays! Everything went beautifully and according to plans. The service offered by Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul exceeded all our expectations, mostly regarding our three main contacts: Anne (Local Contact), Cesar (Guide) and Roberto (Driver).

Anne who was involved in the full logistics and planning was excellent since her very first contact with us, always very friendly, very helpful, very responsive,... read more

My husband and I just returned from a lifetime trip to Peru where we both celebrated our birthdays! Everything went beautifully and according to plans. The service offered by Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul exceeded all our expectations, mostly regarding our three main contacts: Anne (Local Contact), Cesar (Guide) and Roberto (Driver).

Anne who was involved in the full logistics and planning was excellent since her very first contact with us, always very friendly, very helpful, very responsive, and very patient...she ensured that every detail of our trip went spectacular, THANK YOU Anne!! Cesar, our very friendly and knowledgeable guide provided us every possible detail to make each experience memorable, including his help taking beautiful pictures for us. Roberto, our driver, in addition to being responsible for safely driving us to every destination, provided us a peek inside the quechuan traditions and practices through his marvelous stories. He even had the very special detail of sharing with us a quechuan tradition the day of our birthday! THANK YOU Cesar and Roberto, our two new peruvian friends!

Finally, we want to thank Peruvian Soul for the delicious chocolates left for us at our last hotel room, it was a beautiful birthday surprise!

It was our very first experience booking a trip through Kim Kim and we had an EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE! We would DEFINITELY recommend Kim Kim and will DEFINITELY book through Kim Kim again. Thank you Kim Kim for making our birthday trip to Peru such a memorable life experience!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Maria Isabel and Ricardo!

I hope you are doing absolutely great. Unfortunately, I hadn't been able to see this incredible review for these months, but I am finally able to give you an answer. I am really happy to know that everything great and to be part of your experience with your husband and help you to have an unforgettable week in Peru and also contribute to a memorable birthday.

It was also really nice to meet you in person, I am glad to know that Cesar and Roberto were really... read more

Hola Maria Isabel and Ricardo!

I hope you are doing absolutely great. Unfortunately, I hadn't been able to see this incredible review for these months, but I am finally able to give you an answer. I am really happy to know that everything great and to be part of your experience with your husband and help you to have an unforgettable week in Peru and also contribute to a memorable birthday.

It was also really nice to meet you in person, I am glad to know that Cesar and Roberto were really really nice with you, Cesar told me it was a pleasure to show you Peru for those days. Also I am happy to know that you enjoyed your chocolates 😊.

I am happy that your first experience with Kim Kim was great, 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!

Best from Peru!
Anne

Peru - mark's 50th birthday, Peru - Mar 3 - Mar 10, 2019

Traveler: Mindy B. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Many thanks to kimkim and Peruvian Soul for making our vacation a trip of a lifetime!

From the minute Carlos picked us up at the airport, he was friendly and welcoming which was a perfect start to our trip. Our lunch at Maido to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday was fun and delicious. Then, we learned so much from Diego about the history and politics of Peru during our drive to Pisco to see the Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines flyover was fascinating and memorable, although a little more... read more

Many thanks to kimkim and Peruvian Soul for making our vacation a trip of a lifetime!

From the minute Carlos picked us up at the airport, he was friendly and welcoming which was a perfect start to our trip. Our lunch at Maido to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday was fun and delicious. Then, we learned so much from Diego about the history and politics of Peru during our drive to Pisco to see the Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines flyover was fascinating and memorable, although a little more adventurous than I anticipated (still super glad I did it though). During the ride back to Lima, Diego heard us talking about how we were interested in seeing the Barranco neighborhood, so he took us on an impromptu and walking tour there.

But the person who made our trip absolutely over the top perfect was Julio Caesar. He is so kind, knowledgeable, and just an absolutely wonderful human being. We loved the women's textile collective, the salt mines in Maras, the circular terraces in Moray, Ollantaytambo Fortress, the Andean Pacamana lunch, and the outdoor market in Cusco. But the absolutely best part of our trip was the day we went to Machu Picchu. It was beautiful, spiritual, and life-changing.

Thank you again kimkim - we are already talking about where to go on our summer vacation and we wouldn't dream of planning it without you!

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mindy
Thank you for taking your time and leave this review for us. I would also like to thank you and Mark for trusting us on this experience through our country.
It was a pleasure since the beginning helping you making this ideal trip real. Diego, Julio and myself agree that has been a pleasure get to know you and sharing your enthusiasm with us and your passion about this country and traveling, too! We will always remember you 😊

We wish you the best on your future journeys, and no doubt that through Kim Kim you will always have the best possible experience 😊😊

Trip to peru, Peru - Nov 17 - Nov 25, 2018

Traveler: Julie R. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Our trip to Peru is one of our top 5 trips ever taken (and we have done a lot of traveling). In large part the reason this trip was so good is because of the excellent itinerary, seamless transitions and transportation to each of our destinations, and wonderful accommodations. We started our trip in Lima - we arrived in the morning after an evening flight from the states. We were picked up from the airport and taken to our hotel. From there we were on our own to explore the city which... read more

Our trip to Peru is one of our top 5 trips ever taken (and we have done a lot of traveling). In large part the reason this trip was so good is because of the excellent itinerary, seamless transitions and transportation to each of our destinations, and wonderful accommodations. We started our trip in Lima - we arrived in the morning after an evening flight from the states. We were picked up from the airport and taken to our hotel. From there we were on our own to explore the city which was easy to do. We stayed in the Miraflores neighborhood and explored that region on foot. We took a taxi to the historical part of the city. Taxis were easy to hail. On day 2 we flew from Lima to Puerto Maldonado where we explored the Amazon basin. We were met at the airport by our hotel greeting party and were taken by boat to our lodge - Inkaterra. Here we stayed in delightful cabins equipped with hamocks (as well as beds of course) where we could lay down and relax and watch the river flow by. From the hotel we were able to do several excursions led by our excellent guide, Michel. We saw all kinds of rainforest flora and fauna, walked across rope bridges in the rainforest canopy and learned about the food and medicinal gifts of the rainforest. We spent about 2 full days in the rainforest and one more would have been good but we were on a tight 9 day schedule. From the rainforest we headed to the mountains. We landed in Cuzco and then were taken down to our hotel in Urumbamba - lower elevation to help with adjusting to the altitude. The whole family took Diamox before getting to Cuzco and we all avoided altitude sickness. We stayed in a fabulous hotel called Sol y Luna. On our second day in the sacred valley we took part in the Llama pack project. This involved trekking and herding llamas up the side of a mountain. After a breathless but beautiful hike, we stopped for lunch with the llamas which was delightful and then trekked back down the mountain. This experience was incredible and I would highly recommend it to any travelers to the Sacred Valley. The local llama herders who were with us have some llama/alpaca wool souvenirs to sell. If you are interested, make sure you have plenty of cash for the larger items (the prices are a bit high). The next day was spent exploring the other wonders of the sacred valley to include Inka farming site at Moray and the salt flats of Maras. Our guide Danny did a fantastic job teaching us the history of the Inkas as well as modern Peruvian culture. From the sacred valley we took the trip to Machu Picchu. The train ride to Ollantaytambo was very scenic and a small snack and drink were served. After a night in the hotel we boarded a bus and headed up the death defying road to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu itself is indescribable and even more beautiful than pictures suggest. Danny again served as our guide through the site and let us take our time to take it all in all the while explaining to us one of the most amazing and mysterious civilizations of the world - the Inkas. That afternoon we made the trek back to Cuzco and spent the last day of our trip exploring this beautiful and culturally enchanting city. We were sad to leave this amazing country. All ground transportation was planned by Jesus. I bought the intra-country airline tickets (cheap) but Jesus helped me determine which flights to choose so the itinerary would work well. Reading the guide books, I found a trip to Peru intimidating but Kimkim and Peruvian Soul made it easy. The hardest part was deciding what we wanted to see - with only 9 days to see it.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Julie,
Thanks so much for your kind words. They motivate us to continue working on creating the best trip experiences possible for our travelers and innovating so our clients have a trip of a lifetime.
I appreciate you trusting us and the work we do and hope you come back to Peru some time in a near future.
It was a pleasure to be part of your wonderful family adventure to our country!
Wish you the best for you and your family!
Greeting from Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul team!
Jesus Martel

5 days in peru: 5 different itineraries , Peru - Dec 14 - Dec 20, 2018

Traveler: Stephanie B. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

I would say that the service received by Jesús Martel was beyond great. He coordinated a fantastic itinerary for our 6-day trip to Peru. Whenever I had a question, he replied immediately. If I needed a change in the plan and no matter how many questions I had, he replied promptly. In addition, he has a pleasant, positive and upbeat outlook and I would definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone. ¡Un millón de gracias, Jesús!
One of the guides who took us to historic downtown Lima and to... read more

I would say that the service received by Jesús Martel was beyond great. He coordinated a fantastic itinerary for our 6-day trip to Peru. Whenever I had a question, he replied immediately. If I needed a change in the plan and no matter how many questions I had, he replied promptly. In addition, he has a pleasant, positive and upbeat outlook and I would definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone. ¡Un millón de gracias, Jesús!
One of the guides who took us to historic downtown Lima and to the horseback riding tour is named Rodrigo. He was very knowledgeable about everything and pointed out many sites and anecdotes.
Diego Zimmerman was with us all the way when we requested a change in hotel. He is also polite and easy-going when confronted with our request!
I love, love, Peruvian Soul and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I wouldn't have known about them if it wasn't for kimkim.
Thank you all!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Stephanie!
We are really glad to know that you enjoyed your trip a lot!
This was by far a trip of a lifetime and we invite you to come back to Peru again some day! We will be more than glad to help you arrange another trip experience for you and your son or with your husband!

Wish you a very nice 2019 full of great experiences!
Warm regards from Lima,
Jesus