Put Peru at the TOP of your Bucket List! - 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

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

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

Location

Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

Everyone was courteous and genuinely tried to help us with anything we needed.
Authenticity & Character

Bar and restaurant area had a fun vibe - romantic, but also family friendly. A difficult balance.
Activity Review

Lunch at the Shores of Piuray Lake

Peru

Overall Rating
Activity Review

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!
Quality of Experience

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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