“The trip to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands was awesome!…best trip ever…” Beth Henson
“The trip to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands was awesome!…best trip ever…” Beth Henson
We have just returned from a most wonderful and amazing adventure! Thanks to your planning, associated tour companies and great hotels the trip was truly memorable. Without fail guides were at the airport to meet us, transported us to and from hotels and were very knowledgeable about the sites we visited. Together with our local travel agents at Karyon Travel in Wallaceburg Ontario, you did a great job. We will continue to recommend South American Vacations to fellow travelers, it is difficult to imagine a company being more responsive, accommodating or well managed. We had never imagined being able to spend time in the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, the Chilean Lake District and Easter Island all as part of a single trip. You exceeded our expectations! Thank you for an amazing adventure!
Mari Cole & Stan Jackson | Chatham, Ontario
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island (Customized to include the Chilean Lake Disrict) | April, 2019
Just wanted to reach out to you and thank you so much for all your help putting together our trip. We had such a great time and everything worked out perfectly. We are already talking about going back to Argentina next year and doing Chile or Easter Island along the way…you will definitely be hearing from us again in the near future. Thanks and again and best regards,
Benny & Elyssa Schwarcz | New York, NY
Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and El Calafate | February, 2019
Chun San and I have just returned from the Galapagos and Machu Picchu trip and we enjoyed it a lot. Just sending you a short note to thank you and Alan for your help!! I’m so thankful everything went smoothly. Have a good day! Best regards,
Adrienne Yu and Chun San | Hong Kong, China
Galapagos and Machu Picchu with 5 Day Galapagos Legend Cruise | September, 2018
We returned to Honolulu last evening. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. It was wonderful and memorable. We commend your agency for the travel arrangements which included vital escorts and guides at the various airports and destinations. The hotel rooms were comfortable and met our expectations. Cudos to your agency. We hope someday to travel to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina and will plan to utilize your agency again. Aloha & mahalo,
Lester Nakasone and May Cazimero | Honolulu, HI
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island | September, 2018
Judith Tomaszewski | Farmington Hills, MI
Galapagos and Machu Picchu with 4 Day Galapagos Legend Cruise | July, 2018
Lisa Oliveres | Freemont, CA
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon | July, 2018
Having always traveled independently, I was apprehensive about booking with a tour company but South American Vacations owned by Alan and Martha Cohen was exceptional. They listened to our requests and made the entire process smooth.
We started in Lima, transferred to the Sacred Valley, then Machu Picchu, Cusco and finished our trip on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. The train from Cusco to Puno through the Peruvian high desert was like no other experience I have had. The Lake Titicaca boat captain was exceptional and knew we should wait out the turbulent weather, which we later found was a tornado. Coming from sea level we were able to adjust to the altitude rise slowly which kept us from altitude sickness. Our guides were knowledgeable and professional, along with personable. Spending several days with each guide gave us a chance to share stories and learn about the life in Peru.
I would highly recommend Alan and Martha Cohen to plan your most excellent adventure in South America.
Betsy Packer | Steamboat Springs, CO
Classic Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca | May, 2018
Thank you for all of your help in planning our vacation especially considering Julianne needed to come home a day earlier. We had a great time and all of the guides/transfer personnel were very professional, knowledgeable and punctual. I am glad to say that Julianne and I survived our Inca Trail hike!
Bob Whitehead | Miami, FL
Galapagos and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu | May, 2018
I just got back from my trip this am & wanted to thank you for a great trip. Everything was set up perfectly. Everyone you used was super nice & very professional. I can’t thank you enough & will be using your services in the future & will recommend you to my friends who are looking for a great adventure. I am a truly satisfied customer. Thanks again.
Jim Faust | Houston, TX
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island | May, 2018
This is a very belated but heartfelt thank you for putting together such an excellent Chile/Easter Island trip for my husband and myself in December. Everything went absolutely as planned, with no hassles at all, which speaks to the quality of the operators you use in Chile. We appreciated the ease of being picked up at the airports and at our hotels, and it made us feel secure to have gracious and knowledgeable guides in a country where we do not speak the language.
The Easter Island native who was our guide for three days shared much about the culture and politics of the region. His personal stories added a great deal to the ancient sites themselves, and his sense of humor brought it alive for us. The island was beautiful and fascinating, and what we had not expected was how relaxing it would be as well.
Our guide in Santiago was also excellent, and covered a lot of the city. Several friends had warned me about the high crime rate in Santiago, but the area we stayed in near the Singular was very pleasant and safe, and we enjoyed exploring it, as well as walking to the seafood market, Plaza de Armas, the Pre-Columbian museum, the Fine Arts Museum, and Bellavista, all of which were walking distance for us. So we enjoyed some of the best of the city with no hassles — what more can one ask? Thanks again,
Joanne Kahn | Portland, OR
Santiago and Easter Island | April, 2018
We returned from Costa Rica last night and I wanted to write to thank you so much for such an amazing trip! You guys put everything together so well and so perfect, we were really impressed and had such a great time! We will definitely be recommending you once again to others. We’re hoping that in the next 8-12 months to begin planning on another South American country (I’m thinking Argentina this time) and we will 100% be using you guys again (for my third time). I’m so glad I found your company and thank you again for such a well planned and well executed and fun experience. Best regards and hope to work with you again soon!
Benny and Elyssa Schwarcz | New York, NY
Custom Honeymoon to Costa Rica | January, 2018
Machu Picchu and Easter Island | November, 2017
Just wanted to thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip. We enjoyed our time in South America.
Mark Bechel | Upland, CA
Machu Picchu and Easter Island – Short Version | June, 2017
I wanted to take a minute to express to you how grateful Ralph and I are for the wonderful trip that you planned for us last month. What an extraordinary trip in a beautiful part of the world. All accommodations were excellent and the hotel staff and tour company personnel could not have been more helpful…
Debbie and Ralph Sitler | Glen Allen, VA
Galapagos and Machu Picchu with 5 Day Galapagos Legend Cruise | April, 2017
I would like to thank you very much for putting together a tour that they say was WONDERFUL!!! Everything about it was perfect, very professional and very high class…they loved it!!! I will tell anyone who listens that you are the company to go to for these types of trips. The Losh’s have gone on one big trip a year for 15 yrs. but he recently retired and yours was the first of 3 big trips this year. I’m hoping to work with you again in the future…my clients like perfection and they said it was perfect!!!!! Thanks again.
Susan Magli | Travel Agent
Galapagos and Easter Island | March, 2017
We’re just back from our Patagonian adventure and wanted to say thank you. Absolutely everything worked out perfectly, and we rate this as one of the very best vacations of our lives! We were well cared for at every step, and consistently impressed with everything: Santiago day tours, transfers, lodging (especially Tierra Patagina – WOW!), excellent food & wine, activities and outstanding guides at both lodges in Patagonia, and of course, the spectacular scenery. We are now trying to figure out just when we can return. Thanks again for all of your help in making this “bucket list” trip a reality that exceeded our (high) expectations.
Mary Jappe | Ipswich, MA
Santiago, Remota, and Tierra Patagonia | February, 2017
Bruce Schonberg | Central Valley, NY
Santiago, Atacama, and Torres del Paine | January, 2017
We had a great trip!!! You did a great job! The hotels, transfers, and excursions were perfect. We love Chile. Thank you so much. Sincerely,
Lee Kanter | Virginia Beach, VA
Santiago, Atacama, Easter Island, and Torres del Paine | January, 2017
My wife and I would like to thank you very much for making our 34 days trip successful. All hotels and services were good. We had a wonderful and memorable trip, the very best that we ever had. If we do visit South America again, we will definitely contact you. Best regards.
Nam Koong Lai | Hong Kong
The Frozen Land of the Penguins, Custom South America, and Mexico | December, 2016
We just wanted to say thank you for organizing such a fantastic trip to Peru. The entire trip was seamless. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and always on time. Rivolino in Cusco was a walking encyclopedia and a joy to spend 3 days with. We have traveled extensively but I would put this trip up there with some of the best. We would highly recommend your agency to anyone looking to travel to South America. I am sure we will use you again. Best regards,
Diane Strong | Lakeshore, MN
Classic Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca | October, 2016
Thank you for arranging our fantastic trip to Peru. We marveled at how well it was organized. The itinerary and your added suggestions were excellent. The private excursions were especially appreciated; the guides and drivers went to extra efforts to help with Hanne’s ailing hip. They were very well acquainted with parking-lot and waiting-line shortcuts and tricks. Machu Picchu was the our main objective, but there is so much more; the expansive countryside; the history and architecture of the cities; the life style in the villages; the delicious food and outstanding accommodations. We were a bit anxious about the trip into the rainforest; if the heat, humidity, mosquitoes, or weather would be a problem, or if we could keep up with the pace. None if these were an issue; we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Peru is quite a country; they have much to be proud. We will share our experience with all around, and will definitely recommend you and SAvacations. Thanks again.
Ed and Hanne Knierim | St.Louis, Mo
Classic Machu Picchu and Hacienda Concepcion | September, 2016
I just am writing to thank you for all your help with my trip. I had a great time and everything worked out perfectly. You guys were amazing, esp with helping me rearrange my plans in the middle. I will definitely be recommending you to my friends and family and I will for sure be using you again for my next vacation in the Winter & Summer months :). Thanks again & best regards,
Benjamin Schwarcz | New York, NY
Classic Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, and Hacienda Concepcion | August, 2016
We had a wonderful vacation! Thanks for all your help. Jay’s favorite part was the Amazon, Megan’s favorite was Machu Picchu and my favorite was the Galapagos.
Rajit Jhaver | Chandler, AZ
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon | July, 2016
We loved the entire trip and were very pleased with all the guides and accommodations. We especially enjoyed our guide in Cusco. Riverlito was so smart and informative. Made our trip great. Will recommend your company to anyone who wants to go to South America. Thanks.
Roxanne Bottum | St. Petersburg, FL
Classic Machu Picchu | May, 2016
We got back from our vacation to Santiago and Easter Island, Chile last Sunday. I thought I would let you know how wonderful the trip was for us. The hotels used were superior. The rooms, service and food at the hotels were wonderful. The guides at both places were the best we have ever had lead a tour on our travels. Thank you for your help in planning the perfect vacation. It was lovely to be able to spend our 47th wedding anniversary on Easter Island.
Susan and Larry Creamer | Los Angeles, CA
Santiago and Easter Island | May, 2016
I wanted to let you know that Mike and Caitie and I just got back from our trip to Chile. We had an absolutely incredible vacation! Every aspect of the trip went very smoothly. We were able to get an early check-in at the Hotel Torremayor Providencia on Sunday, April 10 which made our life so much easier. The guides in Santiago all were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and we particularly enjoyed Victor.
The Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa was truly impressive. The food was superb, the setting was beautiful and eco-friendly and everyone there was so gracious and helpful. The tours were wonderful and I especially want to commend one of the tour guides, Marjorie, who was very good.
As much as we loved Atacama, Easter Island was the highlight of our trip. The setting and location of the O’tai Hotel was wonderful and we enjoyed the grounds very much. The room was about what we expected…nothing special, but very clean and comfortable. However, it was our tour guide, Sophie, who really made the trip so special. Her command of the English language was impressive but more than anything, it was her knowledge and passion for the island that we will always remember. If you can convey our appreciation for her services to the appropriate person, we would very much appreciate. We haven’t uploaded our photos yet, but we’ll send you some when we do. Thanks again for all you did to make this such an enjoyable trip for us!
Joyce Masterson | Escondidio, CA
Santiago, Atacama, and Easter Island | April , 2016
We just returned from our trip to Easter Island and Machu Picchu. It was fantastic. The hotels were good, the guides were great and everything went just as it should. There were no issues of any consequence. We just wanted to thank you for a truly great experience.
Ed and Ingrid Shallenberger | Omak, WA
Machu Picchu and Easter Island (Reverse Order) | April , 2016
Martha was a pleasure to work with, right from the initial travel ideas, through the various changes in itinerary, all the way through to the finished product. She was very knowledgeable about Peru and was able to build an itinerary specific to our family and our individual needs during a busy travel season: Christmas. Locally, SA vacation’s partner, Viajes Pacifico were also wonderful. They were very knowledgeable of their local history and were pleasant and courteous to deal with. They obviously have an excellent reputation within the industry, as we were made to feel very special when accompanied by a guide in a grey fleece or yellow polo shirt. Even when a mix-up occurred with our bags (they were meant to arrive at our hotel in the Sacred Valley and waiting for us when we arrived separately from Machu Picchu), we were able to find someone at the Viajes Pacifico office who promptly dispatched our luggage to us within 3 hours even though it was Christmas Day. Peru is a beautiful country and we hope one day to go there again.
Lillian Hrabowych | Brookline, MA
Classic Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca | March, 2016
Happy New Year. We had a great trip. Impressed with all the people and places we were and how efficient the process was of getting us from place to place. We liked the mixture of excursions and days off. All three generations were entertained. Our tour guide in Arenal was excellent, very informative and enthusiastic. We were a little surprised by the amount of rain in the dry season, but it was warm rain. Dreams Mareas was luxurious and catered beautifully to our multi-generational family.
Our trip home was a bit fraught because of weather and delays but did not spoil our trip. Our sheep managed to wait until we got home to present us with twin lambs and despite the awful weather here in the mountains of NC while we were gone, we were spared major damage. Thank you and we will not hesitate to recommend SA Vacations to any one considering a trip south.
Joyce Moore | Tuckasegee, NC
Arenal and Dreams Las Mareas Resort & Spa | January, 2016
My husband and I have recently returned from a wonderful holiday in Chile, organized by the very efficient and helpful South American Vacations. It was a great itinerary and worked perfectly. First we flew to Easter Island from Santiago and were spell-bound by the mysterious Moai statues. We stayed in a simple but charming hotel with sea views, breakfast and dinner included. After 3 nights there and private guided tours of the fascinating island, we flew the 5-hour journey back to Santiago and the next morning flew down to Punta Arenas and on to Torres del Paine in Patagonia. Wonderful mountain scenery in the national park. The hotel was lovely. 4 days later we picked up an expedition cruise, a small, luxury ship and went right down Patagonia, past lots of impressive glaciers, as far as ‘the End of the World’, Cape Horn. The tour ended in Buenos Aires. It was altogether a memorable vacation and we would like to thank S.A. Vacations for organizing it all so well. We felt the all-inclusive package was value for money.
Brenda Bolton | Maleny, Australia
Santiago, Easter Island, Torres del Paine, and Patagonia Cruise | December, 2015
I would like to thank you soooo much for all the work that you did plus phone calls from me in putting our trip to Ecuador and Peru together. We had a wonderful time.!!! At every stop, the guide and driver were there to meet us; they were friendly and professional; and our city tours were worthwhile. The three star accommodations were very nice as well as on ship in the Galapagos and in the Peruvian Amazon. We had many grand adventures, made new friends, and have great photos!! I have already recommended your company to friends. Thanks again,
Sue and Michael Archer | Anchorage, AK
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon | November, 2015
Just wanted to let you know that we arrived home yesterday and can’t thank you enough for your help with the trip. Everything came together perfectly, all of the transfers went off without a problem (which is always a fear of mine), the hotels and tours were wonderful. Thanks again and please know that we look forward to working with you again and will not hesitate to recommend you to family and friends!
Donna Miller | Camp Dennison, OH
Santiago, Easter Island, and Patagonia Cruise (Custom Tour) | November, 2015
Thanks so much for your help! We all had a great time with the trip it was well organized, busy and informative! We enjoyed our vacation immensely and will not hesitate to refer our friends! The guides were great and were very helpful and the transfers were very well organized. We gave you a most positive review on your site! Thanks again for all your help!
Dr. Peter Wong | Vancouver, BC
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Nazca Lines | August, 2015
Just wanted to send you quick thank you for arranging our trip. It was absolutely fantastic. Everything went like clockwork and we were never kept waiting or let down once. All the trips, guides and transport were great. So once again thank you for organizing a great trip at a great price. Be sure to know, that your details will be the first thing I give to any friends or family traveling to South America. Regards,
Ian Minihane | Essex, UK
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, and Machu Picchu | May, 2015
Also, thank you for arranging for me to get to the hotel and for letting me know what flight to take had I missed my flight. It was really scary for me as they told me in Toronto that I would miss it. Also, I had the experience in Frankfurt of missing my flight to Verona as the airport personnel held people back from leaving once we got off the plane. That was really terrible for me as I had a friend waiting for me at the airport. Anyway, connecting flights can be like that at times. However, all worked out well and I did catch the flight even though the plane was boarding as I ran up to catch it.
I will be in touch with you in future should I go to the Galapagos and Machu Picchu, or anywhere else you could recommend. Have to save a bit of money first.
Thank you once again for your great service. Please thank your husband as well.
Claudine Kennedy | Toronto, ON
Santiago and Easter Island | April, 2015
Just to let you know that Tom and I had an incredible time on Easter Island. We were thrilled to see so many Moai, and our guide Noe made us understand so much about the history of Rapa Nui that we had a hard time leaving! The Iorana hotel was also a terrific hotel and we loved watching the sunset and stars every night. We will recommend your agency if any of our friends choose to take this awesome trip!
Goldie & Tom Mulak | Brooklyn, NY
Santiago and Easter Island | March, 2015
Caroline Kiest | Lincoln, IL
Santiago, the Chilean Lake District, and Torres del Paine | February, 2015
Just a note to tell you we had a wonderful trip in Chile. Thank you for organizing things. They all went smoothly.
Caren Brutten | Greenwich, CT
Santiago, Atacama, and Easter Island | February, 2015
Just wanted you to know that everything went smoothly on our vacation to Santiago and Easter Island. The tour guides from CTS were pleasant and all pick ups were on time, the Lan flights were great, and Easter Island was a dream come true. So thanks again, and we will definitely be in contact. What I’d really like to do next is a cruise on the Amazon coming in and out from the Brazil portion, with maybe Rio thrown in for good measure. But that probably wouldn’t be until 2016. Gracias, gracias, gracias for all your help and patience.
Joan Young | Spotsylvania, VA
Santiago and Easter Island | February, 2015
Holly Burghardt | Calgary, AB
Galapagos, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and Easter Island | January, 2015
Arul Chinnaiyan | Plymouth, MI
Cayo District, Tikal, and Ambergris Caye | January, 2015
We met and traveled with the nicest people in the world! All of the meet-and-greet connections were impeccable. Our hotel stays were fantastic; the hotels were steps away from main attractions and easy walking/sightseeing when we were on our own. The staff in each of the hotels went beyond helpfulness – they actually cared that we had a wonderful experience. Our guides were all fascinating and extremely knowledgeable – they made every effort to complement history with culture and give us a feeling of what it is like to live in their country. We saw a show, a musical history in each of the countries, that was professional, beautifully costumed and thoroughly entertaining. We traveled on/in every type of conveyance imaginable and it all worked like a well-oiled machine – LAN and TAM were great airlines – again, every effort was made by the personnel to assure our comfort and experience. Last, but not least, the food was amazing at the restaurants and shows included in our tour. Thank you for providing us with an itinerary that was truly an experience of a lifetime!
Joseph Ragusa | San Marcos, CA
The Amazon, Rio de Janeiro Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, and Machu Picchu | January, 2015
We are home and everything went great. Every step of the way your people were there to pick us up and get us to where we needed to be. Wish I would have found you last year, I would have booked our trip to Peru from you. Loved Easter Island, the hotel was nice. Lisa the manager/owner was wonderful. Our tour guide Matua was excellent, we learned so much from him. Can’t thank you enough for booking our amazing vacation. You will hear from us in the future for another vacation. Thanks again,
Vance and Rosemary Heffern | Canton, GA
Santiago, Atacama, and Easter Island | September, 2014
I am back from my whirlwind trip to South America and I had a wonderful time. I would like to thank you both for the excellent coordination / planning of all the services provided to me during my tours. I truly had a wonderful time and did not face any inconveniences at any point. Truly, it has been a memorable dream trip. I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of services provided by your agents in South America – from the airport transfers to hotels to the tours. I have no complaints and was happy with the services offered.
I will definitely share some photos with you of my trip (currently still recovering from the jetlag). Highlights of my trip was visiting Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle…they all surpassed my expectations. The dinner / dance shows were excellent, especially the tango show in Buenos Aires.
Thank you once again. I sure will return to South America one day, as my wishlist to that continent just got bigger. Best Regards.
Karen Rodrigues | Abu Dhabi, UAE
Custom South America Tour | August, 2014
Shirley Chenault | Weatherford, TX
Galapagos and Machu Picchu with 5 Day Galapagos Legend Cruise | July, 2014
Suma Sundaresh | Short Hills, NJ
Classic Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca | July, 2014
Everything was great. We really liked La Casona de La Ronda in Quito. MV Santa Cruz was fun with all the daily activities and their naturalists. Ecuador as a country was beautiful and all your tour guides were excellent. Thanks,
Alka Patel | Oldsmar, FL
Ecuador and Galapagos Family Tour | May, 2014
Everything went very well. Excellent guides in both countries and on the Galapagos Legend and both cities, and on Easter island. I was very satisfied. We were met on time and well taken care of. Both the ground companies in Ecuador and Chile are excellent.
Alan Zane | Houston, TX
Galapagos and Easter Island | May, 2014
From start to finish everyone has been extremely professional, courteous, patient and so very accommodating. All of the tour guides provided were very knowledgeable and took the time to answer any questions we had, they made sure not to rush us when we stopped to take photographs (and even took many for us) and took lots of breaks when they noticed my parents were tired. There was some apprehension on my part regarding the language barrier, but they all made sure to go into each and every airport to make sure we were properly processed and made sure we always sat together and in some cases even checked us in, in advance and got us our boarding passes. Although all of the guides were amazing, Carlos in Iguazu Falls, Hector in Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cusco, & Matua in Easter Island deserve special mention.
The hotels were great as they were central and usually within walking distance of good restaurants and supermarkets. They were very clean and the hotel staff friendly. here wasn’t anything on this trip I would change. There was lots of things to do and see, but also plenty of time for rest and relaxation. Kudos to South American Vacations for putting together such a well-rounded & varied itinerary. I would highly recommend your company to any friends or family wishing to visit South America. You made everything very easy for us. Thank You!
Lisa, Edward, & Grace Anuen | Mississagua, Canada
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island | May, 2014
Trip was outstanding from beginning to end! Excellent communication / correspondence with South American Vacations. All guides and transfers outstanding and all hotels were outstanding. Staff in every hotel went out of their way to help us. We loved the itinerary and would definitely return to the Galapagos! We would travel with you again!
Pamela Henson | Daphne, AL
Galapagos and Machu Picchu with 5 Day Galapagos Legend Cruise (reverse order) | May, 2014
Charla Spence | Diamond Bar, CA
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island (customized) | April, 2014
!Saludos! I want to thank you for arranging such a divine trip. Shannan and I had another marvelous vacation thanks to you and your company. Please extend our gratitude to Alan and other members of the South American Vacations team. All the best,
Tom and Shannan LaPorte | Atlanta, GA
Custom Mexico Tour | April, 2014
This is the second time that I have used your company to plan a South American Vacation. When traveling in a foreign country, I feel more comfortable being met at the airport and driven to the hotel, dinner, tours and entertainment. The tour guides that we had in Brazil and Argentina spoke excellent English and were very courteous and always on time. Thanks for setting up a great tour for us. We actually enjoyed the falls more than Rio. We must have taken thousands of pictures.
Sandra Williams | Arcadia, FL
Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls | February, 2014
All of the tours and transfers were very well organized with prompt pick up at a designated time. The tour leaders were all very professional, knowledgeable and fun to be with. The small van/buses we were transported in were in great shape and comfortable and with safe drivers.
Cusco is a very pretty city at 11,000 plus feet. Acclimating to the altitude should be noted. The restaurants in Cusco are great as are the Churches and other notable structures. The tours in the area including the Sacred Valley were wonderful with Indian artisan markets full of colorful hand crafted goods and a great lunch in Pisac. The train ride up the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes was relaxing and scenic, about four hours. Aguas Calientes is a cute town with a huge artisan market and good restaurants. Then up to Machu Picchu by bus.
Machu Picchu is all and more than expected. The incredible structures and stone work by the Incas in this remote site is amazing to see. The history of the area is very interesting. The hike up Huayna Picchu is challenging and an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet above the ruins. However, there are fixed cable lines and railings in most of the more difficult sections. The view is spectacular. We also went to the Sun Gate and the Bridge, both fun to see if you are up for a couple of hours of hiking.
Then off to Quito and the Galapagos Islands. Quito is a very large city and not far from our Swissotel was a fantastic outdoor market and also a great covered market full of Ecuadorian beautiful crafts.
The Galapagos Islands are very different than anything you will ever see. The lava islands have an amazing history with equally amazing creatures. The Giant Tortoises are impressive and for people who love bird watching, there are so many unique ones to see here. We were on the 210 foot La Pinta which is the cream of the crop as far as the ships go. Only 48 passengers, so the boat has a smaller feeling with a great staff and fantastic food. Also, the briefings about the islands were very comprehensive and educational. We were there in their spring so the water was cool and the sun was in and out.
Our trip went flawlessly and we thank South American Vacations for this wonderful experience. If you are looking to travel to these destinations you should definitely consider South American Vacations.
Bob and Kitty Seemann | Three Lakes, WI
Luxury Galapagos and Machu Picchu (reverse order) | January, 2014
Happy New Year! Vacation went off perfectly and was an outstanding itinerary! Thanks for your help, suggestions, and coordination. Best regards,
Arul Chinnaiyan | Plymouth, MI
Galapagos and Machu Picchu with 5 Day Galapagos Legend Cruise | January, 2014
Had a wonderful trip. Well organized and trouble free – many thanks for the great experience. Will pass on the photographs. Happy to serve as reference if need be. Best Regards.
Shiva Vohra | Short Hills, NJ
Classic Machu Picchu | January, 2014
The trip was awesome! Martha really out did herself. Will send you a few pics. Thanks again for excellent service:) Regards,
Roanne Ray | Johannesburg, South Africa
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, and Machu Picchu (reverse order) | December, 2013
It has taken me a long time, but I wanted you to know the trip you planned for us this fall to Rio, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires was great! Almost everything went like clockwork, we were able to make small adjustments along the way, and we enjoyed every minute. Rio and Buenos Aires were each interesting in their own way. But by far, the most spectacular was Iguazu Falls – thundering waterfalls all around us, creating rainbows everywhere we looked. The Amerian hotel there was the best, and so was our guide, Maria Leal Prono!
This is the second trip you’ve planned for us (Peru was the first in 2008), and we tell all our friends that using South American Vacations makes traveling easy and fun. Thanks again, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Kathy Coulahan | Bridgewater, NJ
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, and Buenos Aires (customized) | December, 2013
Kuan Chun Beng | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island (reverse order, combined with Nazca Lines) | November, 2013
I wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know our trip was fantastic. The tours you arranged were amazing. The itinerary was very good. The only problem we had was a delayed fight off Eater Island that was weather related. So it was a good thing we stayed in Santiago an “extra day” (it turned into just a few hours). Again, great job!
Andrew Sommerman | Dallas, TX
Machu Picchu and Easter Island – Short Version | September, 2013
We are back from our wonderful trip to South America. We had a fantastic time and the trip went off without any problems. Great planning on your part. Thanks,
Ravi Patel | Stevenson Ranch, CA
Custom South America Tour | September, 2013
Scott Bushnell | Atlanta, GA
Voyage to Machu Picchu | July, 2013
Sorry it took us this long to respond. We wanted to let you know we had an unforgettable and wonderful vacation during our South American Vacation which was planned and organized by you. Everything went well – the whole tour was very well organized – including the air timings and the stay at the hotels and travel tour guides, etc. All the accommodations were great and met our needs. As we are talking to our friends, we shall definitely recommend your tours to them.
Thank you very much and have a great Summer.
Sheela Mahalingam | Naperville, IL
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, and Machu Picchu | June, 2013
We got back from our trip to Peru on Sunday and I just wanted you to know that we had a wonderful time. Everything was perfect. All of the tour guides, drivers, food and hotels were excellent. Thanks so much for arranging our trip.
Sheryl Johnson | Phoenix, AZ
Classic Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley | May, 2013
This trip was the third one arranged by South American Vacations for us. It was an excellent adventure and they were very helpful in organizing the trip. Antarctica was like being in another world. Patagonia was great with its rugged beauty. Thanks for everything!
We had a fantastic trip to Argentina. What a beautiful country! Iguassu and El Calafate are absolutely stunning! We showed our pictures to friends, and they are all interested in visiting Argentina. You will get more customers. We had a great experience with South American Vacations. We will ask you for more information about Peru and Brazil in the future. Thank you and have a happy new year!
Lirong Ding | Appleton, WI
Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Puerto Madryn, and El Calafate | January, 2013