Epic family trip to Peru--Thank you KimKim
Peru | May 28 - Jun 8, 2024

Kari
Kari A.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Jun 15, 2024

We had an amazing trip. Fran and Kristy from Kim Kim were both amazing to work with from start to finish. Fran put this trip together for us last minute and really helped me make decisions on what places we should visit for the time frame, and what would be right for our family. The hotels that we stayed in were beautiful, safe and well-located. Fran went above and beyond, helping us book great restaurant reservations for our time in Cusco and Lima. Everything was 5 stars.

We enjoyed our guide Brian who took us from Arequipa to Colca Canyon to see the condors. We loved hearing about his life in Arequipa and we found we had a shared love of music and it made the long drive so fun to share our favorite songs.

As for our time in Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, we feel like we were so lucky to spend all of that time with our guide Claudio from Cusi Travel. The continuity that we had with Claudio as we traveled over 4 days to a multitude of locations was irreplaceable. Being with a private guide for just our family afforded our daughters to feel comfortable asking questions, using their Spanish skills, and getting a bigger overhead view of the Inca history of the area. Claudio did a fantastic job gathering us for family photos, and telling relatable stories about the area, so we could understand it more deeply. He was kind, patient, organized, helpful, thoughtful and went above and beyond in helping us alter our train ticket and departure time from Machu Picchu. His advice for the day we were not with him and we entered Machu Picchu on our own to hike Huana Picchu was spot on and really added to making our time there absolutely perfect. We loved that we did the Circuit #2 with Claudio in the late afternoon, when it was less crowded and the sunset light was amazing for pictures, followed by getting up early on our own and being the first people to start the hike up the mountain. We were able to get photos alone with our family before a lot of people got up there.

We loved the food tour in Lima with Sylvia and Lima Gourmet. SOOOOO much amazing food. One note for people going in the future. You really don't need to have any breakfast if you want to be able to enjoy all the food you are served during the tour.

This is the first time using Kim Kim, and I was nervous about the cost and whether it was all going to work out, but I have come away from the experience very ready to recommend KimKim to other friends planning international travel. At multiple times we had to make small changes to our itinerary due to plane issues, and missed flights and someone always replied in the chat immediately. Thank you for helping us with an amazing family trip we will never forget.

Hotel Reviews
Holiday Inn Lima Airport
Lima

Perfect for what we needed. Late arrival and early departure.

Palla Boutique
Arequipa

Beautiful hotel, we loved the upper garden deck and we wish we would have had more time to stay and relax there. The staff kindly shipped my kindle to me at a further location after I left it there.

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Colca Lodge
Yanque

Beautiful hotel and restaurant. We loved the hot springs. Bring flip flops for the walk down. We wished we had more time to enjoy the grounds and the surrounding area.

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Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado
Urubamba

Gorgeous hotel. Our one complaint, which wasn't their fault, was that there was an event happening at a neighboring hotel or resort that had music and a person on a VERY loud speaker from about 6 pm to after midnight. It DOMINATED the whole resort and it was totally counter to the serene vibe they have going. We wish the planetarium was in service, because it sounds like that would have been a super cool feature. We enjoyed the breakfasts very much, and also got food at the bar one evening, which was very easy and simple. Our daughter really enjoyed getting to pet and take pictures with the baby alpacas.

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Hotel Antigua Miraflores
Lima
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Tierra Viva Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Great location for our time hiking to Machu Picchu. Very easy to walk to the bus. Beautiful canyon views. Simple breakfast that was available very early in the morning, which was awesome. We also got back from our hike and they let us go up to a lounge area and use their bathroom to clean up and get ready for the train, because we had checked out early in the morning before our hike.

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Antigua Casona San Blas
Cusco

Gorgeous hotel. We loved our rooms, and we all LOVED the hot water bottles and tea that were placed in the room each evening. Our daughters couldn't get over how cozy it was to snuggle with the fuzzy cover. The breakfast was amazing and I wish I could have that breakfast bowl every morning. The staff was very accommodating and if anything I wish we could have had more time there to relax and enjoy the beautiful courtyard.

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Activity Reviews
Lima City & Food Tour
Lima City & Food Tour
Peru

Loved this tour! Lots of amazing food and restaurants! Make sure you go on an empty stomach.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Fly to Cusco, and Sacred Valley Expedition: Exploring Chinchero and Urubamba
Fly to Cusco, and Sacred Valley Expedition: Exploring Chinchero and Urubamba
Peru

As for our time in Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, we feel like we were so lucky to spend all of that time with our guide Claudio from Cusi Travel. The continuity that we had with Claudio as we traveled over 4 days to a multitude of locations was irreplaceable. Being with a private guide for just our family afforded our daughters to feel comfortable asking questions, using their Spanish skills, and getting a bigger overhead view of the Inca history of the area. Claudio did a fantastic job gathering us for family photos, and telling relatable stories about the area, so we could understand it more deeply.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Train from Urubamba, then Explore Machu Picchu, stay in AC
Train from Urubamba, then Explore Machu Picchu, stay in AC
Peru

As for our time in Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, we feel like we were so lucky to spend all of that time with our guide Claudio from Cusi Travel. The continuity that we had with Claudio as we traveled over 4 days to a multitude of locations was irreplaceable. Being with a private guide for just our family afforded our daughters to feel comfortable asking questions, using their Spanish skills, and getting a bigger overhead view of the Inca history of the area. Claudio did a fantastic job gathering us for family photos, and telling relatable stories about the area, so we could understand it more deeply. He was kind, patient, organized, helpful, thoughtful and went above and beyond in helping us alter our train ticket and departure time from Machu Picchu. His advice for the day we were not with him and we entered Machu Picchu on our own to hike Huana Picchu was spot on and really added to making our time there absolutely perfect. We loved that we did the Circuit #2 with Claudio in the late afternoon, when it was less crowded and the sunset light was amazing for pictures, followed by getting up early on our own and being the first people to start the hike up the mountain. We were able to get photos alone with our family before a lot of people got up there.

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Transport
Colca Canyon Tour: Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Chivay
Colca Canyon Tour: Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Chivay
Peru

Long drive, but it was beautiful and a lot of fun to see all the animals. We did not realize how high we would be driving, so that took us by surprise. But the landscape with beautiful.

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Colca Canyon & drive to Arequipa
Colca Canyon & drive to Arequipa
Peru

We loved seeing the canyon and all the condors. Brian did a great job guiding us on the long drive through the mountains. We loved seeing the alpacas, llama, vicuna and guanacos. It was fun to learn about all the volcanos and the mountains we saw on the drive.

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Sacred Valley Tour: Pisac, Maras and Moray  & Lunch at Mountain View
Sacred Valley Tour: Pisac, Maras and Moray & Lunch at Mountain View
Peru

As for our time in Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, we feel like we were so lucky to spend all of that time with our guide Claudio from Cusi Travel. The continuity that we had with Claudio as we traveled over 4 days to a multitude of locations was irreplaceable. Being with a private guide for just our family afforded our daughters to feel comfortable asking questions, using their Spanish skills, and getting a bigger overhead view of the Inca history of the area. Claudio did a fantastic job gathering us for family photos, and telling relatable stories about the area, so we could understand it more deeply. This day, was a long day, but it was awesome. Pisa, Maras and Moray were all super cool locations that we are so glad we got to see. Our lunch at Mountain View was so fun, and it was made extra special by Claudio, who secretly told the chef it was our daughter's birthday. They came over with a special dessert and sang Happy Birthday to her, which really completed a great day.

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Food
The food and vibe at Mountain View was so cool! We are so glad we got to check out this cool spot!
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Transport
Cusco City and San Pedro Market Tour
Cusco City and San Pedro Market Tour
Cusco

As for our time in Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, we feel like we were so lucky to spend all of that time with our guide Claudio from Cusi Travel. The continuity that we had with Claudio as we traveled over 4 days to a multitude of locations was irreplaceable. Being with a private guide for just our family afforded our daughters to feel comfortable asking questions, using their Spanish skills, and getting a bigger overhead view of the Inca history of the area. Claudio did a fantastic job gathering us for family photos, and telling relatable stories about the area, so we could understand it more deeply. We really enjoyed visiting San Pedro Market with Claudio, who talked to us about all the items that were in the market.

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