GUEST TESTIMONIALS

Hear It Straight From the Kuoda Travelers Before You

One of the best travel agencies ever!

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Kuoda Travel booked our visit to Peru. They were referred by friends. Mery’s team’s attention to detail was outstanding. As other travellers have stated, I too, have many great things to say. I have travelled extensively all over the world, and this was the best travel agency that I have worked with.

We had a hand-held trip that added to safety, enhanced the many things we saw and experienced and answered every question that we had.The itinerary, guides and drivers were fantastic. The highlight of our trip was Machu Picchu, but we enjoyed our stops in Pisac, Olletaytamo, Aguas Calientes and Cusco. The hotels were excellent. If you’re going to Peru, this is the agency! We too had challenges when my friend got very ill when we got to Cusco.

Mery, the owner of Kuoda Travel, took care of getting the required medical assistance, and looking after my friend and me. She stayed at the medical clinic to make sure everything would be ok. Dealing with this situation would have been very complicated without her assistance. She even gave up time with her young family the next day to make sure that my friend was ok. Her assistance enabled us to continue with our trip. This is a great team to work with. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a wonderful time in Peru. I highly recommend Kuoda.

Joanne Fitzmartyn
Canada
February 2017
Discover Southern Peru

A fantastic tour with Kuoda!

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My wife and I booked a private tour with Kuoda, and had a spectacular time! We visited Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Nazca Lines. We did get lucky with the weather, and had only two mornings and one afternoon of rain on an 11 day trip. Every detail of the trip was immaculately planned, and the pace was just right for us. We’d get an early start to each day, see a number of impressive sites, and be back to our hotel in plenty of time to rest up for the next day.

The private guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and very informative. The sites we visited were fantastic and problems free. The hotels were all wonderful and modern. We traveled by car, minivan, bus, train, plane, and boat, and there were no issues. The tour included lunches at fantastic restaurants and we were able to enjoy the wonderful and underrated Peruvian cuisine. The price was also competitive with comparable group tours we looked at. The owner, Mery, even payed a visit while we lunched in Cusco. This company gets my highest recommendation.

 

Thomas Reinhart
USA
February 2017
Journey to the Center of the Incan Empire

Perfection

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We have never booked a completely guided and “hand held” trip like this one, and Kuoda could not have been better to work with. From the pre-trip planning process to airport and hotel greetings to the transportation to our guide (Holger was a great guide–pleasant and informative–to spend our week with) we could not have been more pleased. When there was a mishap with our passports (our own fault!) they handled it swiftly and without complaint. We plan on touring with Kuoda again in the future (perhaps Galapagos next!!). Would highly recommend booking with Kuoda without reservation.

Justin Kwak
USA
January 2017
Signature Peru & Beyond

Outstanding

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I can’t say enough good things about Kuoda Travel. We typically travel independently but decided to use an agency because of some of the complexities of planning a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu. We wanted things to go smoothly and to make the most of our time there. We worked with Tom, who very quickly put together a plan for us. Everything we wanted was covered, plus many thing we hadn’t thought of. The hotels were good and the prices reasonable.

Our visit to Peru was planned perfectly, and from the moment we arrived in Lima we were well taken care of. But you really get the measure of a tour company when things go wrong. A protest and strike shut down the train service to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) on the morning we were supposed to travel there. There is no road to Aguas Calientes, so our schedule had to be re-worked. Everything had to be changed within a few hours – train tickets, bus tickets, hotel reservations, Machu Picchu tickets … everything. It all happened behind the scenes, while we continued to enjoy our trip (on a slightly different schedule). Had we been there on our own, I honestly don’t know how we would have managed it.

I would especially like to recommend our guide Holger, who was extremely knowledgable and personable. I expected to see a lot of beautiful scenery and learn a little about the Incas. I didn’t expect to experience so much of the unique culture of modern-day Peru. It is a truly unique place, and Holger brought it all together for us. Also, our driver, Juan, who got us everywhere we needed to go, safely and on time. And of course, Jason, who worked behind the scenes and made it possible for us to go to Machu Picchu in spite of the strike.

I highly recommend Kuoda Travel to anyone planning a trip to Peru.

Patti Gonzalez
USA
January 2017
Signature Peru & Beyond

Great team

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I should start saying I have all possible restrictions to travel with travel agencies and tour operators. I truly enjoy planning trips by myself and coming to places exploring by my own. Sometimes a local day trip.
Here and there, very seldom I decide for a tour operator, and given the fact I was a bit unsure about moving from one location to the next in Peru, and all I read was not so clear, I decided to take a tour. But no groups or ready defined things. So I went ot TripAdvisor and searched for some of the higher ranked agents.

Among all offers I got, Kuoda´s called immediately my attention. Precise and open to my requests. At this moment their travel designer started contacts with me (always very prompt and clear answers), allowing me defining my needs, at the same time giving valuable suggestions based on their knowledge. And most important, never tried to push things I didn´t want. With that I decided to be by myself in Lima, and to book hotels also myself. Good recommendations but no inconvenient commercial push.

Valid to mention that Kuoda has not been the cheapest offer I got. But after having travelled with them, I could understand why, given the cars/vans, guides just for the 4 of us in the family, quality of restaurants where included and so on. If you want something more exclusive than big groups, higher level restaurants and professional guides, consider somehow higher prices, it worth.
Once we finished the travel definitions, payment and bureaucratic issues went very simple and smooth.

From the moment we arrived Peru till the last moment, Kuoda team has been present, guiding, supporting, being interested but never getting too much that we´d feel annoyed. Perfect balance.
Guides, drivers, operational support and management were all very, very good, service oriented and making us feeling home in Peru.
I´m here on purpose not mentioning any names, as I´m sure there were many other Kuoda team members that I didn´t know, but were behind the scenes making our trip unforgettable. So not to fall into trap of not mentioning important people, I prefer to thank all Kuoda family.
Wonderful trip, truly nice people.

David Becher
USA
January 2017
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Wonderful trip to Peru with Kuoda!

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We recently returned from a two week trip to Peru planned by Kuoda Travel, and it was fantastic down to each detail. They booked our internal flights, arranged all of our transportation including drivers and train travel, arranged all of our guides and tours, booked all of our hotels, and even booked all of the dinner reservations I requested based on their recommendations. We particularly liked the local guides in each area of the country. Miguel was a great guide in Arequipa and the Colca Valley. Jose Luis was a great guide of the islands on Lake Titicaca.

Yieber was fabulous during our horseback ride up to the community in the Andes, and Luis was a great guide on Machu Picchu. What we especially liked about each guide is that they were very knowledgeable and passionate about the area they were showing us, and each of them came from families who had a long history in the particular area. They each made sure we were always comfortable and getting the most out of the experience. Kuoda was in constant contact with us during the tour and Mery, the owner, met us in Cusco. We would highly recommend Kuoda Travel to anyone wanting a seamless experience in Peru!

Bethb Nock
USA
January 2017
Discover Southern Peru

Book with Kuoda for a worry-free vacation!

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All the rave reviews are true…Kuoda really is the best! My husband and I traveled to Peru in October 2016, and we had the trip of a lifetime. After reading their stellar reviews, we decided to do all of our booking through Kuoda and we were not disappointed. They worked with us to book hotels within our budget and made sure our itinerary was packed full so that we made the most of our time. All of our tours were private so we were able to move at our own pace.

Ask for tour guide Jimmy, he is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, we feel like we made a new friend. Everything was planned in detail, including transportation, meals, and tours. The owner, Meri, really goes out of her way to make you feel welcome. If you want to enjoy Peru without any worries, book with Kuoda!

Kezia S
USA
January 2017
Signature Peru & Beyond

Incredible Trip with Kuoda

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My daughter and I traveled to Arequipa,Colca Canyon ,Puno, The Uros Islands, Cusco, Machu Piccu and Lima with Kuoda. The guides and drivers provided a worry free vacation. They made us feel safe and secure and they were extremely professional. When the airlines lost my daughter’s luggage Kouda located it and arranged to have it delivered to us.
Our private tours were tailored made for us. The guides were flexible if we wanted to make changes to our schedule. There were lunches in private homes which we loved. The vehicles were large and comfortable for travel. We booked our own hotels but Kuoda was there to check us in and out, helping us with any language issues. Mery, the owner and her team are outstanding. We fell in love with Peru and hope to return with the help of Kuoda

Kaye Glover
USA
December 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Kuoda is THE BEST

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We just returned from the Galapagos and Quito–our second Kuoda experience. Mery and her team of extraordinary professionals go above and beyond to ensure an A+ travel experience–from fine-tuning the itinerary to problem-solving when in country. We have traveled with Kuoda to Peru and Ecuador and are grateful to be part of the Kuoda family. Thank you Mery, Alex, and colleagues.

Miriam Gilbert
USA
December 2016
The Best of Ecuador & the Galapagos

Best family vacation thanks to Kuoda!

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We absolutely loved Peru and it was all thanks to Kuoda. They were so organized and thorough. Extremely sweet people who made us feel welcome and comfortable. The hotels we were put in were absolutely amazing and the tour guides were all so well educated and knowledgeable about everything. There wasn’t a question they didn’t know how to answer!! Absolutely amazing. If you’re coming to Peru, Kuoda is definitely the agency you want to use!!! We specially recommend Karina. She is the sweetest and was so enthusiastic the entire trip which made our experience even better!

Divya Sukumar
USA
December 2016
Family Tour of Peru

Kuoda – simply the best travel company we’ve dealt with

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There is much more to Peru than Machu Picchu. We did an 18 day tour made-up of 5 days in each of the jungle (Heath River Wildlife Centre), the sacred valley including Cusco and northern Peru. Our itinerary was compiled by Tom Adams our Kuoda travel designer. He gave us several options for the jungle experience and managed to find us excellent accommodation even though we booked quite late.

Throughout our holiday Kuoda took excellent care of us. Peru is a big country so our itinerary included several domestic flights some of which were delayed but there was always a representative from Kuoda at the airport to meet us.

We had a different guide in each of the three parts of our holiday. The guides that Kuoda used were superb: knowledgeable, friendly, easy to understand and well organised.
I must also mention our drivers. The drivers that Kuoda used were excellent, safe and punctual. We were very impressed with the way they took responsibility for our safety.
We’ve done several personal tours around the world with different travel companies and rate Kuoda as the best we’ve dealt with. Representatives from Kuoda, including Mery Calderon the company founder, visited us during our stay to get feed-back and suggestions for improvement. We were very impressed by this level of attention which appears to be a hallmark of Kuoda Travel.
If you want a stress-free, well organised Peru travel experience, then Kuoda are certainly very capable of providing it.

Chris Teneke
UK
December 2016
Crossroads of History

Peru

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Perhaps one of the best travel agencies! They are very friendly and really go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable and enjoy our trip. Evelyn our guide was amazing!!! Alex called us and checked on us. Honestly, I am probably going to travel with them again. Loved my trip!! Thank you kuoda for making my trip a great experience.

Sana Aleem
USA
December 2016
Signature Peru and Beyond

as good as can be

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This is one of the best personalized tour agency that I have used and I have been travelling for over thirty years, both as an independent traveler and sometimes with a small group tour or a private tour. They offered me a very customized schedule down to fine detail. I want 5 stars hotel and they gave me the best if not one of the best for the area. All the hotels are small boutique hotel with great service. I traveled with my wife only and the personal service enhanced the trip. Kuoda specialty is Peru since their head office is in Cusco and they know the country well. Some of the places that I visited were specially arranged by Kuoda and did not appear to be widely available.

My contact person called me in every hotel to make sure all things are satisfactory. The cost for all these was not cheap but I certainly got what I paid for. I was especially impressed with the two included lunches in Sacred Valley area. Usually included lunches in a tour means a quick bite in a local restaurant. These were gourmet lunches arranged in a private home and a hacienda. One was a six courses lunch prepared by a real great chef. A great touch and a good relax time between exhaustive tours hiking along the Andes. The owner of the agency, Mary, met us in the Cusco hotel to thank us and asked us about the tour. It really shows the company cares. If you go to Peru as a couple, family or very small group, use them. You will not be disapponted

Rick Ho
USA
November 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Outstanding Tour Company

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We have traveled to many places around the world using different tour companies, including Tauck, Asia Transpacific and Kensington. Whilebthe other operators are quite good, none of them are up to the standards set by Kuoda

We completed a nine day trip to Peru in mid October. Every aspect of the trip was well planned and executed The itinerary was outstanding, and go to work with us to make sure it what is tailored to our interest – this included lots of day hikes and focus on Andean civilization. The guides were universally outstanding – incredibly knowledgeable about what they were showing us, as well as being lovely people. The hotels were all excellent. The meals provided on the tour were also excellent, and even where a meal was not included, we got terrific recommendations for restaurants. The cuisine in Peru is world-class

Throughout the trip, we felt well cared for. The owner of Kuoda visited with us twice to make sure that everything was going well. Amazing service! There was not a single logistical glitch during nine days of travel Pretty incredible, given the nature of the trip!

Peru is a beautiful and welcoming nation. Any US traveler interested in the world should put this on his or her bucket list. And I cannot imagine a better way to do it than with Kuoda The icing on the cake was what a great value proposition this trip was. Kuoda is far less expensive than Tauck or Abercrombie and Kent. You just cannot go wrong choosing this fine tour company

Gregory & Miriam Sheehan
USA
November 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Simply the best!

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My parents gifted me a trip to Peru for my 30th birthday, and after doing a lot of research I knew that Kuoda was a perfect fit! My Mom and I couldn’t have asked for a better guide throughout our week in Peru. Ofelia was a great fit for our personalities, and traveled with us on our adventures to Machu Picchu, and villages surrounding. We really wanted a cultural experience, off the beaten path…which is exactly what Kuoda offered, along with wonderful drivers and VIP treatment along the way! The Umasbama school and village were highlights of our trip, and we really enjoyed the local lunch at our hosts house. Everything was spectacular and customized just for us. You can’t go wrong with Kuoda!

Abbey Vuillet
USA
November 2016
Crossroads of History

Trip of a Lifetime!

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We just got back from 5 weeks in South America. Kuoda planned our Peru and Bolivia adventure. They personalized a 16 day trip for 4 of us. We worked together to plan a trip that suited our budget and what we wanted to see. Their professionalism is outstanding! Any questions I had were answered very quickly (sometimes the same day) and I could even talk to them by an 800 number. Our tours were very well planned. The guides were passionate about their country. The accommodation far exceeded our expectations! I highly recommend Kuoda to plan a trip!!

Carol Schellenburg
USA
November 2016
Ancient Marvels - Peru & Bolivia

Kuoda Travel is a wonderful tour company

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Overall it was a wonderful trip, you did a great job and all the sites we saw were really interesting. Both guides and drivers were terrific. Betsy in particular. She knew her stuff and had plenty of patience. Thank you for all your help with the many many interactions we requested of you.

Tim Newell
USA
October 2016
A Journey through a Fabled Past

Excellent service for our challenging family!

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We worked with the Kuoda team literally over 3 years to make our trip to Peru a reality. With challenging health concerns for our family, they went above and beyond to make sure our trip and experience were pleasant and meaningful. From the planning to the trip itself, the staff’s focus on our needs and making the trip as memorable as possible was exactly what we needed. Many thanks to Tom, Alex, Mery, and especially our guide Edwin who carefully and expertly ushered us through the trip. Amazing experience, and we look forward to working with the Kuoda team again the next time we travel to Peru (or anywhere else they service).

Jacqueline Bradley
USA
October 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Professional organisation of fully personalised tours

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I asked a quote for personalised trip from Kouda travel. The answer was promt, friendly, professional, considering all my requests, plus adding local attractions that I would not have thought of.
In spite that we could not manage the offered personalised tour due to budget reasons, our advisor (Celine) helped us to find tour operator who could help us to manage the tour by joining groups. I call it really professional attitude, and very greatful for this to Celine.

Zsuzca Zcagler
UK
October 2016
Signature Peru & Beyond

Incredible Service

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The knowledge and service made this a trip of a lifetime. They personalized our trip from city tours to trekking flawlessly. The staff loves what they do and it shows.

Nanette Dicharry
USA
October 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

trip of a lifetime

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I booked my 3 week trip across peru thru the internet with kuoda travel. After many e mails we worked together and came up with a very exciting and adventurous trip. From the moment we arrived in lima we were taken excellent care of. Our guides and drivers were excellent. Guides spoke excellent English and were so knowledgeable about peru and the world.We felt so safe in their hands. The hotels we stayed in were excellent and the recommendations they gave me for restaurants were excellent(being from nyc area we are foodies).

When we had a few glitches ,Mery(the owner) and her team took care of them immed and did everything needed to make it right. In cusco we meet Mery to discuss the 2nd part of our trip at our suite( the single suite hotel). Nothing was too much for her to do and we became friends. Again everyone we came across on this trip was so friendly and professional. The activities that we planned(zip line, white water rafting and cooking class in a local home) were amazing.

The companies and people that Kuoda deals with are A plus. Mery even surprised us with a goodbye gift. We have a friend for life. We would not go any where else to book a trip to peru and will recommend Kuoda to everyone and are planning to use them for other trips to south America . I do not work for this company and have no affiliation with them but am giving a true and honest review of our experience. I am sure there are other good travel companies out there but this is the best and were in line with other companies a was quoted prices by. thanks again Mery and the team for making our trip so so great.

Jeff Thaller
USA
October 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Impeccable Service from Beginning to End…

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It’s been taking me some time to write a review for this tour agency because it is difficult to find the right words to describe their love and enthusiasm they have for their services.
I have been to Peru with them in 2008 and 2015. I have to say they were consistent both times in their commitment to serve starting from the creation of your custom itinerary right to the end completion of your tour.

All of the guides are super personable, highly educated and speak clear English.
The execution and timing of activities were perfect. The drivers were also always on time. Both trips were flawless. Even if there is a request that cannot be fulfilled, they try their hardest to come up with something similar.

On top of all the impeccable service from beginning to end, Mery, the owner of the company does her very best to connect with you and stay in contact with you after the journey ends. There is SO much love that goes into her company. She is a perfect example of many big hearted people I have met from Peru. LOVE this company. I will be back……

Virginia Orgonista
USA
October 2016
Signature Peru & Beyond

Fantastic service

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We are a small group of friends who like to travel outside the bigger groups. Kuoda was just the thing we needed for our trip to Peru. They made plans, booked hotels, and made us feel like royalties the way we were taken care of by guides and drivers.

If you plan to visit Peru, use Kuoda.
Kuoad’s speciality is small groups, and we could not have been happier.
In Lima we were picked up at the airport by Cesar. A great guide who introduced us to the hotel Kuoda had chosen and gave us good advice for our stay. The same thing happend in every new town – we were met by an English speaking guide who took good care of us and showed us both tourist things, and other visits which were explisit for small groups. A great thank you to Cesar, to Jorge in Arequipa, to Henry in Puno and most to Eyner in Cusco who also followed us to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. We did not walk the Inka path so manyothers walk, but Eyner took us several other Inka paths.

After all this we went to Maldonado where we were taken well care of by our tourguide Albert. Great stay before we continiued to Mancora to relax. Kuoda followed us every step of our travel and made sure we had what we needed. Once we sent a small worry to Urpi by mail. It took her less than half an hour to sort it out.
Thanks also to Mery, the boss, who came to meet us to ensure all was well.

Astrid Holmes
USA
October 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Peru trip including Amazon, sacred valley, Machu Pichu, Cusco and Lima

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Kuoda is the BEST! They took care of every detail and made the trip effortless and pleasurable. They added so much personal touch to the trip that it felt like we were traveling with family. The hosts were gracious and extremely helpful, the guides were knowledgeable and patient and the drivers were prompt and courteous. I would recommend Kuoda to everyone!

Narasimhachari Raghavan
USA
October 2016
Cruising the Amazon River

Professional, Detailed Top-Notch Organization

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We chose Kuoda because good friends had used them several years ago. They exceeded our expectations. In planning our trip and identifying where we needed their services, we had several email exchanges and one lengthy phone conversation. They can do as much or as little as you like. For our 2 weeks in Peru, we ended up using Kuoda for 2 days–a guided trip through the Sacred Valley and a guided tour to Machu Picchu.

They also helped identify hotels in Cusco since I was having trouble finding a place for 3 people. They emailed an itinerary and a contract and we sent them a check; a bit of a leap of faith. But when we arrived in Cusco, Jason met us at the bus station with Marco, the driver, and we realized then that we were in competent hands.

Ofelia, our guide to the Sacred Valley and MP, was excellent. Her English was excellent and she knew her Peruvian history and current events. She was also fun person to hangout with for a couple of days. I happened to mention that it was our 30th wedding anniversary and she quietly arranged to have Jason send a fruit basket and champagne sent to our hotel back in Cusco. Clearly, the staff are all working together cohesively.

On our last day to the airport, the founder of Kuoda, Mery, stopped by to thank us and ask for feedback from our experience. She also gave us each a gift. Kuoda does an exceptional job of paying attention to detail. Without hesitation, would recommend them to anyone considering hiring a private tour guide. It is money well spent.

Susan Van Gelder
USA
October 2016
The Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

Lucky Website search to find Kuoda!

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We planned our 3 week South American holiday on our own and needed transportation to get from Lake Titicaca, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia and everywhere we looked at how to get from A to B proved to be a bit on the sketchy side…..or at least for us doing it on our own it did. Trip Advisor and Kuoda to the rescue!

Through many Trip Adivsor reviews (thank you to the community) we lucked into Kuoda Travel and contacted them to find out if they could get this job done for us as travelling over the border was not easy to do on our own. Celine was our contact person and agent from Kuoda who responded quickly and competently to all of our questions and concerns – over and over again! Although our itinerary with them was quite short (only 2 nights and 3 days) every single aspect of our tour was perfect. The guides, hotels and transportation they arranged couldn’t have been better and I would highly recommend them to help plan any part of your holiday.

Gail Evans
USA
October 2016
The Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

Exceeding Expectations

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How to choose your Peru travel agent? Ask friends, check online, compare prices…but it’s still a leap of faith when you put your trust in an agency. There’s no hesitation in my recommending Mery and her team at Kuoda. Planning the trip with an expert helps. Where to go, how much time to spend, how much to spend on accommodations, guidelines for dealing with the climate, food, tipping for guides and drivers, Kuoda covers it all for you. Logistically, you will find Kuoda meeting you at airports, train and bus stations, and providing you with excellent guides and drivers. We never felt nervous in our travels with Kuoda, we always moved at a comfortable pace, and there was a personal touch involved. Have a look at the glowing compliments in the other reviews. You will feel special with Kuoda. They will exceed your expectations.

Jim Yarmon
USA
October 2016
Crossroads of History

Kuoda made our Peru trip great fun

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We used Kuoda for our recent trip to Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu and they were just great. Our tour guides and drivers were knowledgeable and articulate and showed us so much of the interesting things about this picturesque country. Every place we went, we were so very well cared for. It was really a great time and Kuoda made it a great trip.

Gerald Riemer
USA
October 2016
Signature Peru & Beyond

Visiting Peru with Kuoda experts in hospitality and Peruvian culture

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Throughout this glorious two-week trip, Kuoda’s staff-guides and drivers gave us sharply intelligent and well informed introductions to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, especially Ollantaytambo, and the markets and towns and archeological sites of that valley. So much to tell. Our Cuzco to Sacred Valley guide Edwin and driver Fausto were ever cordial, funny and thoughtful.

Our Lake Titicaca guide Henry accompanied us to a home stay on an island that allowed us to met a Quechua family of several generations. We learned a lot about the region, nearby Bolivia and the Andean life in the present. That’s not the half of it — a terrific museum guide for a day in Lima, time given us, as we had asked, to wander.,Meeting and listening to a Peruvian musician and ethnologist of Andean instruments and musical styles– Accommodations were at the level we asked for and all were great. Kuoda is a company to trust, to travel with more than once or twice in the High Andes.

Theresa Kelley
USA
October 2016
Discover Southern Peru

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We had a great time with our Kuoda travel team! They made everything so easy and all of the places we stayed in were amazing. Our tour guide Karina was excellent and we loved having her in Machu Picchu. They went the extra mile to make our trip even more special. We can’t wait to travel again with Kuoda!

Corinne Porter
USA
October 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Kudos to Kuodo

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Mery and her employees at Kuodo are the best. they planned our 8 day trip as to our requests–no more than one museum or church! They were there to pick us up and get us through every hotel, train and airport. All hotels were first class. Doing a trip with your own guide and driver is the way to go, we two couples were spoiled! Kuodo was available for anything we needed, any time. Highly recommend.

John Harris
USA
October 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Trustworthy, excellent tour operator

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Kuoda Travel is a wonderful, trustworthy tour company that provides excellent quality that will meet your budget requirements. They are local to Peru, and are therefore experts in their country. But, they and their owner Mery, believe so strongly in the business that the company also has offices in Miami in the USA. This says a lot about their company in terms of building trust with clients from all over the world.

We had private guides who were wonderful, knowledgable, and were so helpful with translations anytime we needed help. They worked with our schedule and what we wanted to see and do. We were never rushed and could do things at our own pace. This is exactly the kind of flexibility that you want and need when planning a tour.

Next time in Peru, Kuoda will be my first point of contact!

Marisa Meisters
USA
September 2016
Signature Peru & Beyond

First class!

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We choose our holidays carefully and don’t like to travel as part of a crowd. Over the years we have chosen to travel with a British based, high end, award winning travel company to many parts of the undeveloped world. On this occasion we chose to test their offer with one or two locally based companies (ie Peru).

I searched TA for recommended companies and Kuoda was identified as a company with very good reviews. Contact was made to the Kuoda (and others) but this company stood out – responsive, very good value for money and very clear proposals. Urpi (our fantastic travel consultant) responded within 24 hours of my initial contact and came up with ideas that ticked many boxes for us. Our plans continued to develop over the next month until all their competitors were kicked into the long grass. Friends had travelled to Peru with a tour group 12 months previously and their cost, together with our British based company offered cost comparators.

Our agreed plan involved escorted travel throughout Peru, high end accommodation, and individual touches/experiences that others could not match- lunch in private homes, community based weavers not some tourist location, flexibility in our plans and a commitment to ensure we had the best holiday possible. Urpi assured us throughout our email exchange and we decided to book through Kuoda. Urpi continued to keep us informed until and throughout our travels through Peru via email – eventually meeting her in Cusco – which was a delight. On arrival at each airport/train station – we were clearly met by our friendly and knowledgeable guides. Arrangements were smooth and very professional.

When I was taken ill in Arequipa (our second day) with altitude sickness – we could not have asked for a more helpful, responsive and caring support – medical support and advice within 20 minutes, translator, genuine concern for my wellbeing and regular medical check ups over the holiday. I could not have asked for better support anywhere in the world.
I would highly recommend this company and I genuinely feel like an extended member of the Kuoda family.

Rhian Boast
UK
September 2016
Peru Adventure Tour

One of the best trips of my life!

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I just want to say thank you thank you thank you to Kuoda travel. This travel agency was absolutely for me. And thank you to tripadvisor because I booked with them because of all the past reviews I have read. Sometimes I do not agree occasionaly with the good reviews on some of the attractions and restaurants on tripadvisor but this was one a real gem found on the Peru section. I had been in discussion with Kuoda over a span of year from the time I was interested in going to finally deciding on a trip and all the details of the trip.

I usually never book with a travel agency. I am an avid researcher and very good organizer and also I work in production and travel all over the world so I work in a very similar kind of business to travel agency work. I normally organize all of my trips, but realized very quickly that I would need help once I was reading information on how to get to here and there. and all the things I wanted to do, esp the shopping. I hate big groups and I am a very my own pace kind of person, so we were so happy we had our own private guide and driver.

And the gorgeous thing was Mery comes to meet you (the owner of Kuoda) when you arrive to Cusco and she checks your intinerary that was made for you, and she re adjusted details to suit what I wanted on our trip when we arrived. She knew our budget was tight so she was so helpful to make things possible for us, and also she re arranged the schedule so I could have more time at the Pisac market and do things that were more appropriate for me. She was even so kind enough to give us the guide an extra morning to help us shop in Cusco!And our Guide Ofelia was an angel. We absolutely fell in love with her. We were so lucky because my fiance is Italian speaking and does not understand english so great. We had originally asked if there was someone that spoke italian which they said they didnt have.

But we were so lucky that Ofelia actually also speaks Italian! It was so amazing. And Ofelia also further re adjusted our itinerary to match what we wanted to do on our trip. I never felt they were counting the hours, or that I paid for a certain time frame and thats all you get. They were so flexible according to the feeling of the day. It was really made for us. I am sure and also have heard of other people struggling because they had to follow a certain schedule and because they were with a group they had to follow the herd. But we were so lucky to have such a personalized and tailored trip for us. Esp for me, since I wanted to re decorate my apartment in a peruvian style, so I had a lot of shopping to do in the Pisac market and also the Cusco market. Finally ofelia realized the style I loved and she re adjusted the intinerary so we could go buy rugs and blankets in chinchero, where she also took us to one of the most amazing churches I ever saw in my life. And also the type of blankets I wanted were from this town, so the price was much better here.

Also, Kouoda really helped to work with me with my budget, and I feel like their service is very well worth the money you pay to them. It was luxurious to have a private driver, and private guide amongst all the people that were there on their own and trying to listen in to what our guide was explaining. And also the big groups did not look like any fun at all. Anyway, I really feel lucky we bit the bullet and decided to go and pay for a travel agency to organize everything. It was money more than well spent. I would have been stressed trying to organize transport from one place to the other and would not have been able to sit back and enjoy the places. I also like the fact that Kuoda is a Peruvian company. Mery is from Cusco so I really felt comfortable being welcomed by people from the place I am visiting. We had 12 amazing days and we will never forget it. I would definitely Use Kuoda travel again. They really care, and they really help with all the details. Even when i was leaving and had tons of over baggage, they helped me deal with the airlines and advised me how to handle the situation. Really top class! thank you so much Kuoda!

Karina Taira
USA
September 2016
Crossroads of History

Problems were where Kuoda EXCELLED! 6 Stars!

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So my wife booked our “bucket list” trip with Kuoda based on a colleague’s recommendation from work.

Her colleague said “all you have to do is show up and enjoy your trip”. Kuoda will take you “by the hand, and deal with ground transportation, check in, and the minutia so that you can enjoy the sights and trip”.

Well that was true, but did not exactly capture the amazing job Meri and her wonderful team accomplished. Celine planned our trip. We saw everything that the tourist would see BUT we did it on our terms. When we were finished seeing a particular ruin, our personal guide would call our driver so that he would appear JUST as we exited this or that location.

The real magic is the disasters/unexpected. We had booked our Machu Picchu in January (4 day walk) for Monday Sept 12/16 to Thurs Sep 16/16. Only 100 people are allowed on the trail per day. On our orientation meeting on Sunday, the guide explained everything, with a catch: there was an anticipated municipal worker strike in Cusco that would LIKELY impede our bus Monday morning at 4 am from Cusco to the start of the Inca trail. Soooo, we were leaving at 10 pm from Cusco Sunday night. Our Kuoda guide in Cusco, took us from the orientation by car at 6:30 pm back to our hotel so that we could pack and grab a bite. Jason and the driver then collected us at 9:45 pm for delivery to the tour bus at 9:55 pm. Amazing customer service.

The tours around Cusco (including a semi-private cooking class) and later in the rain forest in Puerto Maldonado were amazing.

It is the unanticipated where you see the wonders of Kuoda shine. On our 4 day walk, camp to Machu Picchu, I contracted a bit (a lot) of traveller’s diarrhea. It was severe enough, that my wife and I decided to NOT do our scheduled activities on day following Machu Picchu when we arrived back in Cusco. Our handler (Jason) was concerned. When we called him to cancel our planned activities, he asked if I might want to see a doctor. I agreed and went to breakfast in the hotel. Exactly 41 minutes later, while at breakfast, Jason called to say he was in the hotel lobby. WITH the Dr. Julio! Dr. Julio did full examination, wrote prescriptions for both bacteria and parasites (4 in total) and advised to cease IMMODIUM (it is counter productive to ridding the body of the toxins) AND about 30-40 minutes later a nurse arrived with all the medication!!! Within 24 hours, I was 80% back to normal and 99% back to normal the following day.

The guides in each city (LIMA, CUSCO, Inca Trail and PUERTO MALDONADO) were excellent (Michael, Jason/Edward, Roger/Gary, Victor) as well as our drivers (mostly Augusto but 3 or 4 others) were all excellent.

Meri (the owner) took time to meet us on our 2nd to last day and gave us 2 wonderful hand made/painted coffee mugs. She was appreciative and listened for suggestions (the only one I had was to tell us that Kuoda offers free walking sticks for the Inca trail… We have our own but may have decided to avoid the expense and hassle of bringing them on the flight). VERY small suggestion.

One more thing: We were also invited into PRIVATE homes for lunches. NOT something big tours can offer. It was simply amazing. The vetting and quality that was conceived was also achieved every step of the way.

Another great story. On our last day (Monday), we awoke in the jungle, flew to LIMA via Cusco, and had about 8 hours layover before flying home to Toronto. My wife had booked a surprise dinner at MAIDO (#5 ranked in the world) for 7 pm. Turns out we arrived in rush hour in Lima. The airport was about 2 hours (in traffic) from the restaurant. Our driver and guide, got us there with ample extra time so that I could get a haircut and view some of the city before dinner and pick us up at 11 pm so as to easily get us back to the airport for our flight home today.

Would we use Kuoda again? You betcha.

Michael Sheahan
Canada
September 2016
Discover Southern Peru

An amazing trip!

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What an amazing two week trip to the Amazon Basin, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Puno. Kuoda did a wonderful job from the very start. My initial contact was with Céline who was always there to quickly get back to me whenever I had any questions or requests. She asked and listened to our wants and wishes and found us the type of accommodations we hoped for and put together a great itinerary.

We were fortunate to have the best guide, Alvin, who was so knowledgeable, funny and personable throughout our trip as well as our driver, Jaime, who was amazingly skilled at driving in and around the narrow streets of Cusco. Their lunches served at a family home helped to make things much more personal. The owners were gracious and the food delicious!The Amazon Jungle was all I dreamt of and the lodge and our guide provided us the very best of all things.

We were very surprised when Mery herself came to visit us one morning before we were going out for the day to come and meet us and ask us personally how everything was and what they could do to make the trip better. A nice personal touch and outstanding customer service!! I would book another vacation with them in a heartbeat. Thank you Mery and staff for making our vacation one we will remember for a lifetime!

Suzanne Sakuma
USA
September 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Machu Picchu in a Day

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Thank you so much Mery! Without you this trip of a lifetime would not have been possible. With our other tour cancelling at last minute, you helped get us a private car who got us from the airport to the train station in time to make our train to Aguas Calientes! The driver even took our bags to the hostel! Getting tickets and advice while Internet was limited for us was the icing on the cake of a sweet trip. And now helping me with a Galápagos Island trip! ❤️✈️

April Altamirano
USA
September 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Mother-Daughter trip to Machu Picchu

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Kuoda Travel planned an amazing 4 day trip They made sure we saw absolutely everything, were very well taken care of, and had a great time. Our guide and driver were fantastic! Dimas (our guide)was so knowledgable, funny and polite. He was the best. He and Marco (our driver) both made us feel so comfortable and always taken care of. Everyone associated with Kuoda was great and welcomed us each step of the way. I highly recommend Kuoda Travel!

Lauren Glick
USA
September 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

An amazing trip to Machu Picchu

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Kudos was amazing from preplanning till they said goodbye to us at the Lima airport. They did not miss a detail. We only had 4 days/3 nights and they made the most of it. Jesus planned every detail to a tee. If possible, the trip exceeded our expectations (which were very high). Omar from Kuoda met us in the airport in Lima and helped us get to our gate for the flight to Cusco. Our amazing guide (Dimas) and wonderful driver(Marco) met us in Cusco and our adventure began. They really did not miss a detail and were there every step of the way. The hotels they booked were exceptional(Belmond Rio Sagrado, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Belmond Hotel Monastery). Our guide was so knowledgeable, warm, funny, a true gentleman and very proud of his country and heritage. He was a 10+. Mery, the owner met us at our hotel in Cusco and escorted us back to the airport which was wonderful as we got to tell her how exceptional every minute of the trip was and that her staff was too. I truly cannot thank Kuoda enough for the trip of a lifetime.

Cathy Glick
USA
September 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Fantastic Trip

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I have always done all trip planning myself and felt quite weird about turning it all over to an agency, but after a friend’s wonderful experience with Kuoda Travel, I gave them a try 3 years ago. Mery, the owner, and her staff, helped us to plan a fantastic 3 week visit that included all of our interests. Unfortunately, my husband got sick and we couldn’t go. Kuoda was extremely helpful and empathetic and returned as much of our deposit as possible. They were wonderful.
Now, we are in Peru, on a terrific trip that was planned and arranged with Kuoda, and I have to say that having them attend to the details has been wonderful. We have been able to visit places and meet people that we never would have found without Kuoda. The guides and drivers have been incredible! Many thanks to Carlos and Fausto! Kuoda has made the trip exceptional and ever so simple for us!!
Many thanks to Mery and all of her staff!

Sophie Allweis
USA
August 2016
Signature Peru & Beyond

Some hiccups in the planning phase but outstanding on the ground

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My family had a wonderful trip to Peru thanks to Kuoda. Our guides were uniformly wonderful, with a special thanks to Jeremy, who was enthusiastic, full of knowledge, and wonderful with our kids. Kuoda especially shines in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. This is where they are based and it shows–we enjoyed a special surprise farmhouse lunch tremendously and meeting Mery even more.

I am giving Kuoda four stars because we did experience a few problems during the planning stages. A few times we experienced significant delays in getting responses to our e-mails. Also, the location of my daughter’s birthday dinner celebration (a main reason for our overnight stay in Lima and something we had requested multiple times, well in advance) was changed without us being notified.

Upon discussing this with Mery I feel very confident that this was not in keeping with Kuoda’s very high standards and that these problems will not creep up in the future. I would not hesitate to book with Kuoda again!

Melissa Pollack
USA
August 2016
The Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

Wonderful trip to Peru

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We had a wonderful trip to Peru with Kuoda organizing all the details for us. From the beginning planning to the actual travel logistics, we couldn’t be happier with the service. We had Celine as our trip designer. She is great to work with, always very responsive and always has the welfare of our family in mind (we were traveling with 3 generations: kids (age 11 and 9), parents, and grandparents). When the initial quote was out of our budget, she suggested very practical ways to help lower the price. She listened to my requests and designed an itinerary that worked perfect for us. There was enough communication and travel details before our departure and Celine is always available to answer questions. Normally I organize and plan everything myself, but with Kuoda I felt comfortable knowing that everything is taken care of.

When we arrived, we were greeted by different host in each city we stayed. All of them were very nice, friendly, and resourceful. We had Boris as our guide for the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and he was the best! Not only was he knowledgeable and passionate about showing us the culture, he was very good with the kids and really care about our family. And he didn’t mind our various requests to bathrooms during the day :) We felt like we gained a life long friend in Peru.

Another detail that impressed me was our transportation. After the first day in Pisac, we got dirt and dust in our bus. But I was pleasantly surprised to see the bus all cleaned and washed the next morning! Also we were given bottled water during our stay. The day we left Cusco, the owner Mery personally came to greet us and asked about our stay. It is all the details and personal touches that set Kuoda apart, and I highly, highly recommend them for your travel to Peru!

Teresa Chila
USA
August 2016
A Journey through a Fabled Past

So impressed and so glad we used Kuoda

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My husband I just finished a two week stay in Peru for our 10th wedding anniversary. I usually like to plan everything myself and we both really dislike tour groups. But I started to have trouble with the logistics of getting around to see the all sights.

I emailed Kuoda and gave them a general outline of what I wanted. Kuoda made everything so easy and it made the vacation so much more relaxing. They organized all logistics like tickets and transportation. All you have to do is show up when they tell you to and enjoy.

Our tour guides were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time with them and learned a ton. Knowing the history of what we were visiting just made it that much more enjoyable.

It also seems like they have great communication. They are always checking in to see how you are doing and are just so helpful and friendly. I emailed in some questions during the trip and they were super quick to respond.

Virginia French
USA
August 2016
Signature Peru & Beyond

Look No Further Than Kuoda Travel For First Class Service in Peru!!!

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From start to finish, working with Kuoda Travel was a dream. We have never taken an ‘organized’ tour, as I don’t travel well in groups, so Kuoda’s customized, private tours are what got my attention. With-in hours of sending an inquiry, Celine reached out and did an amazing job of putting together details that would help to structure the perfect itinerary for our once in a lifetime trip.

We had decided we wanted to go 5 stars all the way, and Kuoda did not disappoint. Having said that, they were kind to point out that they did offer other alternatives, and there were many ways we could cut costs but still receive a top quality tour. No detail was left unturned, and the personal one on one service, was unmatched by anything I have ever experienced.

We started our trip in the Scared Valley with several day trips to villages and ruins such as Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Our tour guide, Eliacin was amazing. We were with him for a total of five days, and his knowledge of the sites, cities, and customs, were unmatched. He was also able to answer many questions that we had do give us a good idea of local customs and culture. Our hotel in the Sacred Valley was the Aranwa, which was fantastic. The staff, restaurants, and spa more than met our expectations.

One of the highlights of the trip was our visit to Machu Picchu. Due to logistics we took the VistaDome train up, visited the site, and then retired to our hotel, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. We were given an upgrade to a suite, complete with our own private hot tub/pool. Machu Picchu….what can I say….It was the experience of a lifetime. Again, Eliacin did not disappoint. Having spent a great deal of his childhood at the site, Eliacin knows the ins, outs, and findings that government has yet to release to the public.

Our return to Cusco was via the Hiram Bingham train, which is a throwback to yesteryear, when luxury train travel was an event. Again, we were not disappointed. In Cusco, Eliacin introduced us to the colorful central market, then on to the Temple of the Sun. Cusco is an amazing, colonial town, with cobble stone streets, and colorful locals, with welcoming friendly smiles.

From Cusco, we took the Andean Explore train down to Puno to explore Lake Titicaca, where we were met by Antonio, who was our expert guide, showing us the wonders of the lake, starting with the floating islands of the Uros. Talk about a unique and amazing culture. From there we continued to the island of Taquile. Same lake, completely different culture. I cannot have imagined doing this tour without Antonio’s expert guidance.

Our final days were spent in Lima, where Omar, showed us the highlights of the city. Again, the knowledge that Omar shared about his city, was unmatched. We also had a free day in the city, were we walked around Miraflores and Barranco, where we discovered a wonderful little cobblers shop (Zapateria), that makes great quality, one of a kind shoes, on site!

Liseth, our host and coordinator for our trip, was based in Cusco, and ‘followed’ our trip, following up every evening to make sure everything had met our expectations. I had a small illness, and Liseth and the staff were on top of everything. We also had a small issue with our TAM immigration card and passport stamps that got wet and no longer legible. Liseth and Elician arranged everything and all we had to do was sign a few papers at the immigration office.

There are not enough words to express how amazing our experience was in Peru. I am quite sure the main reason for that experience was due to the quality of service we received from Kuoda Travel. They have taken customer service to the next level!

Gerardo Easters
USA
August 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Thanks to Kuoda Travel, my visit to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu was the best vacation I’ve ever had

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I had four days of vacation following a business meeting in Lima. I didn’t have time to plan my trip, and so I told Kuoda what type of experience I was looking for, and they planned every thing (planes, trains, buses, hotels, meals, itineraries). Everything was well planned, and the quality of the services was excellent. I spent two days in the Sacred Valley, one day in Machu Picchu, and one day in Cusco.

My tour guides, Ulisis, Ophelia, Victor and Marco, were amazing! They were knowledgeable and passionate about their work and eager to please. I didn’t want for anything on this trip – Kuoda foresaw my every need. Many thanks to Victor for getting me up and down 145 flights of stairs (according to my fitbit) at Machu Picchu. I will definitely use them again. I fell in love with the Sacred Valley and the Inca culture, and I must go back

Kim Koporc
USA
August 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Amazing Peruvian travel agency and guide (Holger Davalos)

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I had been looking into coordinating a trip to Peru for my husband and me with a U.S. based travel agent when I came upon Kuoda. Lucky I did! From the first contact with the travel coordinator Tom, a Brit living in Cusco, I knew I had chosen well. I had wanted to see some “off the beaten track” locations such as Tipon and Caral, and Tom was incredibly patient in working with me and fine tuning all of the details to make sure that they were well thought out. He recommended a variety of hotels and itineraries, until we had found the right mix. His expertise helped us make the best decisions while figuring out the best approach to scheduling our trip.

Upon arriving in Lima, a friendly Kuoda agent met us and accompanied us to our hotel in Miraflores. With all of the airport transfers and excursions, we had both a driver and a tour guide. The drivers were excellent and very conscientious, which is critical in a country where driving is almost a contact sport.

The transfer to Cusco was seamless. We were pleasantly surprised that Mery, the owner of Kuoda, met us at the airport. There was a two day strike in the Sacred Valley region (which we were not even aware of). Some of the roads to the sites we were to see were likely to be blocked off. Mery and her team (twice!) rescheduled us so that we were able to see everything and not get stranded or need to sit in a car for hours during a roadblock. A special thank you to Liseth who called us daily to check in and made sure all of the reservations and travel plans were perfect.

The highlight of the trip, hands down, were the tour guides. We spent the majority of our time in the Cusco area and Macchu Picchu with Holger Davalos. He was not only a knowledgable tour guide, but also had an incredible depth of insight regarding Peruvian archaeology, anthropology, history, economy and current events. He was really more like a private professor and renaissance man. There was no question (and I tend to ask many) which he could not answer. His many stories and lovely demeanor really made our trip. He is very much a Peruvian and an Andean and is proud of his amazing heritage and fascinating country, and is able to convey this. He really made the stones of the Inca empire and the hard working and pragmatic nature of the warm Peruvians come to life. We left with a much greater understanding of Peru and its people than we ever imagined possible.

We also were fortunate to spend a day with Ofelia, and her lovely personality and desire to share her knowledge came shining through.

Kuoda arranged the most amazing hotels, and we were treated like royalty. We stayed at the JW Marriott in Lima, Monasterio in Cusco, Sumaq in Macchu Picchu and Inkaterra in Urubamba. Many of the meals were included, of which two memorable lunches were in the homes of local Peruvians.

I can not recommend Kuoda and Holger Davalos enough. I will recommend them to my friends, and if ever I have the good fortune to return to Peru, my first email will be to Kuoda.

Sigal Klipstein
USA
August 10, 2016
Crossroads of History

Excellent service and very professional

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We contacted Kuoda Travel Company to assist in planning our travel from Lima to the Sacred Valley. The Company Representative met us at the Port and from then on, our drivers and guides could not have been any more accommodating. They were excellent and always on time. The guides and drivers love of their Country was amazing. Santiago was with us most of the time. He followed through with every site we asked to visit plus more. He guided us through every turn with ease. I highly recommend Kuoda, Mery and her Staff.

Denise O'Connell
USA
August 2016
A Journey through a Fabled Past

Kuoda is top notch!

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From the minute I first emailed this company about planning a trip, I was amazed by their efficiency and incredible attention to detail. Our travel planner, Tom, paid attention to our requests and made sure everything we asked for was included. Another person was added to our trip about three months prior to our departure, and they did not hesitate to make changes for that person. The planning stage could not have gone smoother.

The trip itself was amazing. They met us at the airport (about 1am by the time we got through Customs and Immigration) and took us to our hotel. When we arrived in Cusco the next morning, another Kuoda staff member met us there with a smile. Our tour guide while in Cusco (Alvin), was incredible! He was extremely knowledgable and gave us information we would not have found in any travel books. The hike on the Inca Trail was difficult, but Alvin made sure we rested when needed and never rushed us. Once we got to Machu Picchu, Alvin showed us the best locations for photos. Machu Picchu was beyond incredible, and the stories/history behind the location made it that much more impressive. When we left Cusco, Mery (the owner) met us at the airport to make sure that we were happy with our trip and to ask for any suggestions or recommendations. She was eager to hear our feedback.

Overall, Kuoda is a very professional company that truly cares about customer service. I felt very safe during our trip. A driver and guide was provided every step of the way (important in hectic Peruvian traffic!!). The hotels that were chosen were safe and beautiful. The tour guides were attentive and met all our requests (like to find baby alpaca yarn in Cusco). I could not have been more pleased with my choice to pick Kuoda. I plan to return to Peru in the near future and will not hesitate one bit to use this company again.

Amanda Holmes
USA
August 2016
Crossroads of History

Taylor made trip for the whole family

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I was reluctant to use a travel agency to organize my holiday in Peru at first but I am so glad I did it as my holiday was just perfect!
First of all the entire team is really professional, flexible and most of all they try to understand the kind of trip that you and your family want and then they taylor made it to your needs. Secondly they can get the best hotel rooms for less then the listed prices so the final package not only makes economical sense but it would be very difficult to replicate it on your own jf you wanted to.
The guides, the drivers are all very profesional and take great care of you.
I would reccomend using Kuoda to anyone traveling to Peru or other parts of S America.

Giammarco Vela
Italy
August 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Amazing Tour Company!

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I have traveled a fair amount to foreign countries using travel companies to plan private tours for my husband and myself. Kuoda was absolutely Top Notch in planning our 3 weeks in Peru. Kuoda planned our trip around our wishes and added extras i had not thought of. Guides, services and accommodations were all amazing!

Every step of the way we were taken care of by a driver and an English speaking guide. We were never left to struggle on our own and we felt extremely safe. On our free time we were given recommendations of what to do and where to eat. All of our guides were extremely knowledgeable and provided so much information about the history, customs and people of Peru.

From Lima to Amazon Manu Jungle, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Mancora Beaches our trip was fabulous thanks to Kuoda. I only wish I had used them for our 3 weeks in Ecuador as that trip turned out to be not so good.

I highly recommend this company to anyone traveling to Peru, you will have no regrets!

Thank you Mery for developing a wonderful company with such personalized service.

Lynn Meyer
USA
August 2016
The Amazon & Machu Picchu

Exquisite Peru

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We want to add our voices to the many others who gave wonderful reviews to Kuoda Travel. From our very first email contact (with Thomas) to our final airport sendoff (by Merry, Thomas, and Liseth), we experienced absolutely first-rate personalized care, flawless hotel and travel arrangements, and an overall experience in Peru that far exceeded our expectations. Our Kuoda guides, Boris for Cusco and Machu Picchu, and Bartholomew in Lima, were simply outstanding, and our drivers (special shout out to quiet, calm Marcos) were superb.

The hotels chosen for us were among the best we have experienced anywhere in the world, and the local hosts for lunches provided outstanding food and hospitality — truly 5* meals! Kuoda took care of every single detail so well that we didn’t have to worry about a single thing other than how to take the best possible photographs of the wonders we saw daily in Peru. We really can’t say enough great things about this company. In fact, we’re already thinking about our next trip to South America, and contacting Kuoda will be our first step in the planning.

Nicole Gamble
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August 2016
Journey to the Center of the Incan Empire

It’s A Great Company!

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Hi Jesus,
Thanks for your note. What an amazing trip.
My daughter and I were so happy. I put a nice review on TravelAdvisor and will continue to refer customers to you all.
It’s a great company!
Special thanks to Edwin!

S. Ajizian
USA
August 2016
Journey to the Center of the Incan Empire

Our Expectations Were Met, And Exceeded

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As I was unpacking from our trip, I came across your business card which you handed me at the airport in Cusco. It was a hectic scene there, and I was having trouble focusing on what to do next. I didn’t look at your card until I got home and realized that you are the Founder and President of Kuoda Travel. I want to thank you for coming by the airport to say hello, and ask for our opinion of the trip and the service we received from Kuoda.
We were extremely pleased with all points of contact we had with your staff. Urpi was very efficient, courteous and responsive. She also has a sense of humor, which I appreciated. Jimmy, our guide, was incredible. Very knowledgeable, caring and thoughtful. It was clear that he felt his mission was to make sure that we had a great time, and we did. His knowledge of the Incas and Peruvian history was impressive, as were his communication skills. We learned so much from him.
Everyone else from Kuoda with whom we dealt were great as well, the drivers, handlers, etc. The hotels where we stayed were perfect, and were exactly what we had requested.

I wish there were some constructive suggestions I could give to you so you could improve the product and service you deliver. However, there is not. Our expectations were met, and exceeded.
Please express our thanks and gratitude to everyone who worked with us, as they made our trip a very memorable one.

Reynolds Family
USA
August 2016
Signature Peru & Beyond

We Believe You All Are Doing An Amazing Job

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I wish we had a chance to see you and thank you in person for the outstanding job you have done in organizing everything. We were truly happy with every single thing that was included in our trip. From the beautiful places, delicious foods, very nice hotels, and basically everything.
We were very pleased with Kouda Travel and we believe you all are doing an amazing job. We were very delighted to be able to meet the local Peruvian families and getting to know their culture more.
I am sharing with you a few of our favorite photos from our trip. To be honest we have more than 2000 photos and it is very hard to pick only a few. Hope you enjoy them.
Once again, thank you very much for everything. We would be happy to stay in touch and I hope we will travel in one of the other destinations that Kuoda Travel organize.

Best regards,

M. Sarrafzadeh
USA
July 2016
Discover Southern Peru

Thank you for an amazing trip!

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Thank you for an amazing trip!  I want to send you a few of their employees for training so they can learn what customer service is supposed to be like.  We cannot say enough about the quality of service y’all provided as a company.  It truly was a team effort, seamless, and perfect.  I have several friends whom I will be sending your way….All of which are waiting for our report.  I will be happy to put together a ‘full report’ for you, with photos that you can use as you wish.  If you use them for any advertisements, all I ask is you to give me credit (name) for their use.

I will be speaking with you soon!

Pura Vida,

Dennis

Dennis Easters
USA – Living in Costa Rica
July 2016
A Magical Peru Family Adventure

We had a great trip overall

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We are very happy about the whole trip. Here are a few details to help you in the future:

– Lima: all was good for a first day in Peru: itinerary, driver and guide.

– Cusco: wonderful! We loved the area, even though we had lots of rain the first day at Machu Pichu. All very well coordinated by Pilar, very knowledgeable tour guide. We learned a lot about the history of the Incas and she adjusted very well to the age of our children and the needs of our family. The driver Juan was very friendly and our girls had fun practicing their Spanish with him. They loved the visit to the local community and the picnic in the nature. The food was excellent and the setting very nice.

The host Liseth called us every day to check on everything, even after we left Cusco; we felt very well taken care of.

The visit of the islands was very nice and we enjoyed being on a private boat. The guide Manuel was not as good as the previous guides : he didn’t really explain much of the history of the area, and wasn’t as knowledgable in English and in History.

We had a great trip overall, and this is just to help you to improve.

We did appreciate a lot all the attention given to us all along the trip and will be happy to recommend your company.

A special thanks to you for the great itinerary.

Nadine

Nadine Nee & Family
New York, USA
July 2016
Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

It was like living a dream

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No words are enough to describe the fantastic experience we had in Peru thanks to Kuoda. A few things that rush to mind are the promptness and attention during the booking process, the methodical details provided before the trip, the welcome and attention to details during the trip, the access to special places like the home of the Aliaga family, the picnic at Moray and the list goes on.  On top of that we have presence of ever smiling group of Kuoda folks and the special attention by Mary Calderon. It was like living a dream which ended when we left Peru. It will be difficult to forget folks like Boris, Juan, Liseth, Bartolomew (Lima), Mary and you.

I will update Tripadvisor with my comments about Kuoda and also tell my friends about it.

Regards,

Sudipta, Anjan & Rohin Sen

Anjan Sen & Family
Illinois, USA
July 2016
A Magical Peru Family Adventure

A fantastic time in Peru

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Thank you; we had a fantastic time in Peru.  We appreciate you organising our itinerary, it suited us very well and enjoyed our time traveling.

Cheers

Karlene

Karlene Kilgour and Sarah Hunters
Queensland, Australia
July 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We could not have had a better experience

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Thanks to your flawless planning and the great Kuoda team that executed it, it was truly our most delightful, fun, informative travel ever!  Roy and I are truly grateful to everyone involved…we could not have had a better experience.

With appreciation,

Susan Graham

Susan & Roy Graham
Texas, USA
July 2016
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

The most remarkable trip of my lifetime

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We had a wonderful time! I will recommend Kuoda to anyone coming to South America.  We enjoyed Peru.  Our guides were brilliant! Edwin is fantastic and a genius!
Edwin showed us around Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.  I fell in love with Peru because of his passion and love for every place he showed us.  If I did not have a family to return home to I would have stayed in Peru.

Thank you for organizing the most remarkable trip of my lifetime.

Sharon Galt
Delaware, USA
July 2016
An Amazing South American Experience

Definitely a wonderful journey for us

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Definitely a wonderful journey for us.

I appreciate all that you have done to assist me in our travels.

Best,

Nick

Nick Patel and Family
Washington, USA
July 2016
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

I left a little piece of my heart in your beautiful country

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Hi Jesus,

Thank you so much for checking back in with me after our trip to Peru.  It was absolutely amazing and I left a little piece of my heart in your beautiful country.

Thank you for all your help in booking such a magical trip to Peru, and for checking back in with us once it was over.

Best,

Andrea

Andrea Yee
California, USA
July 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We found the trip to be very near optimal

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We very much enjoyed the trip and were fully content with Kuoda.

We generally do not have many suggestions, as we found the trip to be very near optimal.

We would be very happy to recommend Kuoda to anyone – and if you would like a quote or for us to post a recommendation anywhere, we will be happy to.

We may very well speak again in future. We are discussing to do Columbia, Equador and the northern part of Peru.

BR

Jens

Jens Blomgren-Hansen & Family
Vaerloese, USA
July 2016
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

All the services and arrangements by Kuoda were great

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We had a wonderful trip to Peru. All the services and arrangements by Kuoda were great. In future, we would definitely recommend Kuoda to our friends and family

Sangeeta Elhence

Sangeeta Elhence
Texas, USA
June 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

It was great meeting Mary

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Had a great time and appreciated the personal attention from your team. It was great meeting Mary on our last day in Cusco.

We would especially like to thank our Cusco/Machu Picchu guide Santiago. Do you have his email address? That portion was the highlight of our trip.

Thanks again, will recommend your company to all our friends.

Regards

Erik & Gloria

Erik & Gloria Van Arsdale and Robbie & Kristina Sage
Oklahoma, USA
June 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Incredibly well organized

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We had a marvelous trip thank you. It was incredibly well organized, all of your guides were great fun, very knowledgable and always punctual and helpful. A special mention to Jimmy who we throughly enjoyed spending time with and the lady in Lima who was brilliant in with the kids and keeping them interested on the city tour.

We were glad of the odd free days as the early starts got exhausting but that was the nature of the trip. The hotel in the sacred valley was just amazing and it was a shame we only had one night there as it was perfect.

Thank you for all your assistance in the planning, we will recommend you to all our friends!! We loved Peru!!!

Louise, Andy, India and Madeleine

The Jamisons and The Whitfords
Brasilia, Brazil
June 2016
A Magical Peru Family Adventure

Most memorable travel experience

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We all loved our time in Peru.  The schedule was perfectly coordinated and the guides Bart and Boris were absolutely terrific.  Boris showed a tremendous depth of knowledge regarding Incan history and culture.  He helped to greatly enrich our time in the sacred valley and Macchu Pichu.

Thank you and all of the Kuoda team for making this a most memorable travel experience.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ringel

Richard Ringel & Party
Maryland, USA
June 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Perfect vacation to Peru

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Hi there!

Thank you so much for planning our perfect vacation to Peru! I will soon be completing a review for my trip on tripadvisor. I have attached some pictures for you, our favorite ones! I will definitely contact when I decide to travel to South America again. For next trip I was thinking Brazil or Bolivia or Argentina! Please send our warmest wishes to everyone who has helped us, we appreciate them all!

Jaylynn

Jaylyn Asuncion Rodriguez
Pearl City, Hawaii
June 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Experiencias muy positivas

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Te puedo decir que quedamos muy satisfechos con Kuoda, Los guías fueron excelentes y todas las experiencias muy positivas.

Muchas gracias por todo,

Saludos

Paulina Reyes

Paulina Reyes
DF, Mexico
June 2016
Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

I have nothing but positive things to say

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I have nothing but positive things to say about Kuoda Travel Agency. Our guide, Ofelia, was excellent and we enjoyed our time with her. We also thought everyone we came in contact with was very kind and most accommodating. We appreciated the return trip ride to the airport.

Say thank you to all the people at your agency who helped us while we were in Cusco.

Diane and Ken Huffman

Diane Huffman
Luisiana, USA
June 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Many thanks for the fantastic service

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Hi Urpi!

Thanks so much for following up with us – it’s been a whirlwind as we’ve returned home, so apologies for the delayed response!

We will absolutely be rating Kuoda with 5 stars on Trip Advisor and writing an excellent review of the amazing services we received from yourself and the whole Kuoda staff before and during our magical stay in Peru! We took lots of great photos, so we’re happy to share those with you as well – I will try my best to send them and write the review by this upcoming weekend.

Again, many, many thanks for the fantastic service, as we will most definitely be using you all again for our future trips to Peru and throughout South America!

Take care!

May and Christian

May Sayan & Chirstian Pryor
USA
June 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We hope to visit again in the future and will definitely use Kuoda when we do

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Hi Celine,

Thank you so much for everything. We had an amazing trip! Everything went so smoothly and we enjoyed every minute of it. Our tour guides, drivers, and other Kuoda representatives who met us were so warm, friendly, informative, and helpful. We couldn’t have asked for more. Thanks again for everything. We hope to visit again in the future and will definitely use Kuoda when we do.

Ami and Aman

Ami & Aman Patel
Massachusetts, USA
June 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

A very special Experience

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Hi Celine,

We had a wonderful trip with you.  Lisa, Karina and Marcos were great and attended to us with great care. Katrina was a great guide; I can’t say enough in praise.  Marcos was a terrific driver & helpful always.

The hotels in Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu were wonderful.  The one in the sacred valley was exquisite as a setting and I would recommend it as very special to anyone. Climbing to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain while challenging was truly a great experience.  Karina was encouraging about doing it and we were both happy that she did.

You did a great job putting the trip together.  We were both very appreciative.  I have already recommended Kuoda to someone who is planning a trip.

We loved the experience with Kuoda.  We felt it was superb.  We have traveled to many places and the service that Kuoda provides is superior.

I will be happy to send you some photos when I get through editing them.  You can use them as you wish.  I expect that will not happen till next week.

Once again, my thanks to you and to all of the people at Kuoda for making this a very special experience.

Sincerely,

Sal

Sal Fusaro
Florida, USA
June 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Thank you so much for organizing our tour

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Jesus,

We had an absolutely fabulous time in Peru and Kuoda Travel was exceptional.  Thank you so much for organizing our tour.  Our guide, Eliacin was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, adaptable and interesting.  Our driver Wesley was always prompt and the other employees were just great.  I will highly recommend Kuoda to any of our friends traveling to Peru.  Thank you for everything!

Sincerely,

Kathy

Kathy Kelley
Texas, USA
June 2016
Cusco and Machu Picchu Experience

Our trip was so much more than we could have ever dreamed!

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Hi Celine,

Sorry for the delayed response! I have been working on compiling photos; I wanted to pick a few good ones! I am having trouble; we are at 27 GB of photos and videos! ​

We had the best time! Our trip was so much more than we could have ever dreamed! Everything was so great, the food, the hotels, the transportation and especially our guides. We learned so much, it was so fantastic!

Everything was so wonderful; I really cannot say enough good things! Also, the mug from Mery was so thoughtful. I already have it at my desk and have been showing it to everyone.

Thank you so much for all of your planning and help in our trip! We can’t wait to visit again!

Stacey Cooper

 

Stacey Cooper
Wisconsin, USA
June 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

The Amazon was extraordinary

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Hey Urpi!

We had a wonderful time in Peru over the last two weeks.  Our time in the Sacred Valley was especially good, and Karina and Jaime were fantastic as they brought us around to all the sights.  The Amazon was extraordinary, and Rainforest Expeditions and our guide Fernando took great care of us the entire time- a truly life changing experience.  We also really enjoyed our food tour throughout Lima, and being there during the presidential election was really interesting as well.  Thank you for all of your hard work on our behalf!  Our time in Peru was mostly seamless, and it was great not to have to worry about planning hotels and transportation on our own.

I attached a few pictures of our trip- obviously we have tons, but we haven’t had a chance to organize all of them.  We had a blast!

Thanks again,

Kendall

Kendall Likater & Party
California, USA
June 2016
Amazon Adventure

It’s hard to believe that we did so much in such a short time

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Dear Urpi,

After our wonderful trip, it has taken several days to return our household to normal.

Jim and I rate this vacation as one of our top trips ever!  We have raved about our experience traveling with Kuoda to all of our friends, family, and Jim’s patients.  We greatly appreciate the wonderful guides and drivers who made our trip so easy and enjoyable. We especially enjoyed Pilar and Efraim who so kindly accommodated our needs and desires.  And it was especially nice to meet Mery during our stay in Cusco!

All of our hotels were lovely, the food exceptional, and the trips memorable.  It’s hard to believe that we did so much in such a short time!

We are seriously considering returning to Peru next year and will certainly contact you for assistance.

Thank you for making our trip so perfect!

Sincerely,

Pat and Jim

Patricia Winger
California, USA
May 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

So happy with our trip

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Hi Jesús,

Thank you for your email.  I’m sorry I’ve been very busy trying to get caught back up at work.  We had a wonderful trip, everything was perfect.  All of our guides were great and made our trip exceptional.  All of our accommodations and transportation were great as well.  We really appreciated Kuoda providing a hotel room for our use in Lima when we weren’t able to make our flight connection.  As you know, we were so happy with our trip.

We appreciate everything you did for us and we pasted our favorite picture from the trip below.

Thanks again!!

Sarah.

Sarah Lopatka
North Carolina, USA
May 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

An unforgettable time in Peru

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I had the great time in Peru! All the guides are terrific. Carlos in Cusco in particular.

Everything was arranged in a way so I felt welcomed and safe and happy my entire trip, that is hard to do no matter where you are.

I took ton of pictures and in the process of organizing them, will share when that is done!

Again thank you for an unforgettable time in Peru.

Dave

David Wu
USA
May 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Every aspect of the trip was incredible and fabulous

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We got back from our fabulous trip to Peru and were ready to relax!  I can’t tell how much we appreciated how you and the Kuoda Travel team handled our stay in Peru.  Every aspect of the trip was incredible and fabulous.  The guides were wonderful and so very helpful and knowledgeable – they love they homeland.  We would recommend Kuoda travel to anyone traveling to Peru.  Fantastic trip!!

The taste of Peru, with its natural wonders, the marvelous food and of course the local micro-brewed beer, the local flair with the unique Alpaca clothing and handmade Retablo’s added to our enjoyment of traveling in Peru.

Again, thank you for putting a fantastic trip together.  Both Brenda and I loved every minute of our travels.

Richard and Brenda

Richard Larsen
Arizona, USA
May 2016
Amazing Cusco and Machu Picchu Adventure

We had a magnificent time

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Thank you for arranging such a marvelous vacation.  We had a magnificent time.  The details and personal touches made this very special.  We felt as though we were your only guests.  Each of the guides and drivers seemed to be hand-picked for us.  I can’t say enough about Evelyn, who was with us for most of the trip.  Her vast knowledge of the sites and Peru were just amazing.  The entire time, we felt as though we were guests in her home.  Rolando, our primary driver, was the happiest and kindest person that we met along the way.  He was there for us whenever we needed anything.  The car door was always open and waiting and there was always a bottle of water for the ride.

I fear that we did so much that I am bound to leave someone out, so please do not take that the wrong way.  Daniel, who picked us up at the airport from our initial flight, couldn’t have been more accommodating.  He wouldn’t leave until we were checked in and on our way to our hotel rooms.  Bart started our trip perfectly with the tour of Lima.  Larcos Herrera was simply amazing.  Jaime, who took us on the culinary tour of Lima was very special.  The Pisco Sour lesson on the beach was a great way to start!  Lillian who dropped us at the airport and then picked us up again, couldn’t have been more accommodating.  Our flight being late on the last day didn’t deter her from making all of the right choices for what we should do.

Jason was the man who kept it all moving and kept us on time and on track.  We couldn’t have gotten so much done without him.

We will never forget the meals in people’s homes, straight from their gardens or the trip to meet the highlands family who showed us each stage of creating Alpaca scarves, sweaters and bags.  The tea, potatoes and cheese in their home was very special.

Kuoda did everything right and made this the most special trip.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Michael and Lori Ross

Lori Ross
Florida, USA
May 2016
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

Kudos to all……

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We are back at home after a wonderful trip to beautiful Peru. We were blown away by the beauty of the country, the warmth of its people, and their culture.

We like to sincerely thank you and your team for an amazing trip; it exceeded our expectations in every way.

Special thanks to Jennifer for putting together this amazing trip, to Edward for going the extra mile to please us, to Liseth for her professionalism & eagerness to make sure we were enjoying ourselves & making sure everything went well, to Jason for running to our rescue when our reservation was messed up in the hotel & all the other guides & drivers. And lastly to you, for having the vision to create a company that makes people’s dream come true in an unforgettable way & the knowledge to put together a team of professionals with highly customer service skills.

Kudos to all……

We wish you continue success, and all the best to you and your team and we hope to come back in the near future to continue exploring this beautiful country.

Best regards,

Marilyn & Ramon

Marilyn & Ramon Fajin
Florida, USA
May 2016
Peru Experience

Thank you too for the flowers and birthday cake

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We did get to see Machu Picchu on the 20th as planned; it was so wonderful for my mumma to get to see her dream.  I have taken a lot of photos and will make her a photo book.

The trip would not have been possible without Eyner, he is the most marvellous guide.  Mum needed so much attention, especially with steps, and moving around.

We are so very grateful that you picked him to be our guide, nothing was too much trouble, and his suggestions of different ways of doing things showed he cared that we were there and wanted us to see all that we could.  Eyner has the most wonderful way of making you feel important and his knowledge of Peru and passion for Machu Picchu is amazing.  Many grateful thanks.

Thank you too for the flowers and birthday cake, I was missing my family so so much and these two acts of kindness we very much appreciated.

Thank you so much.

Alyse.

Alyse Anderson
Australia
May 2016
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Kuoda was excellent and made everything go so smoothly

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We had a wonderful trip. Kuoda was excellent and made everything go so smoothly. Guides and drivers were outstanding. We will get back with you soon with specific feedback and some pictures. The mugs Mery gave us made it home in our checked luggage in one piece. Such a thoughtful gift!

Jane

 

Jane Smith
USA
May 2016

We enjoyed our trip very much

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We enjoyed our trip very much. The hotels, guide and locations were all excellent.
The accommodations more than met our expectations, the food was excellent and Boris did a great job.

We had a great trip, saw lots of Peru and appreciate your service.

Shaya

Shaya Phillips
New York, USA
May 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Everything went perfectly

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We had a wonderful trip and everything went perfectly.  We loved our guides Wilmer (Huaraz), Antionette (Ariquipa and Colca Valley), Evelyn (Cusco) and Renato (Lima).  Mountain Lodges of Peru was great, especially the guides Antonio and Henry.  We also got to meet Mery and she was so nice.

Thanks again for all your hard work in planning an excellent trip.

Regards,

Bill

Bill Starr
Maryland, USA
May 2016

Peru is beautiful

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Sorry for not responding sooner. We are having an amazing time! All of our drivers and tour guides have been helpful and knowledgeable. I’ll be sure to write about our experience on Trip Advisor once I can get back to my computer at home. Peru is beautiful.

Your service has been excellent so far.

Thanks again!

Becca Halstead

Rebecca Halstead
North Carolina, USA
May 2016
Discover Southern Peru

I would definitely recommend your agency

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Unfortunately, getting bronchitis certainly ruined the rest of our trip, but your agency, the guides, and everyone’s concern for me was wonderful. Ofelia and Lisa were exceptionally kind, as was Mery. I would definitely recommend your agency. Luckily I didn’t get sick until after MP, because that was the highlight of the trip. I just don’t understand how someone like you, from very flat Holland, can deal with the altitude in Cusco!  We were able to breathe so much better when back in Lima.

By the way, the hotels were wonderful. The hotel in Cusco even sent flowers to the clinic when I was there! You did a great job planning the trip I requested. You should keep the Aliagra home on your itinerary for future quests – it was amazing and we got to meet the family.

All the best,

Laurel

Laurel Gerges Party
USA
May 2016
An Andean Adventure

All of our excursions were very enjoyable as well as educational

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We had a wonderful trip, the highlight being the Inca trail. It was challenging, but well within our capabilities and the scenery was incredible.  We really enjoyed the food tour in Lima.  Sylvia was a wonderful guide and the food was amazing. All of our excursions were very enjoyable as well as educational.  We loved our guides. Thank you again for putting it all together.

Jan

Jan Gibson
USA
May 2016
Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Everything ran like clockwork

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We had a great trip.   Kuoda did a wonderful job, Jimmy and Hernando were terrific guides/driver for the week.

Everything ran like clockwork and we enjoyed all the activities and tours.  I cannot say enough wonderful things about the client service, attention to detail and all the arrangements being so well coordinated.

We enjoyed it all

Thanks again, Liliane

Liliane Garcia and Party
New Jersey, USA
May 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

All the tours were amazing

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Overall, it was really great and we so enjoyed being in Peru. I plan to give Kuoda Travels the highest ranking on the internet (TripAdvisor, etc.). All of our guides and drivers were punctual, friendly and very helpful. Obviously, we spent the most time with Percy and he was amazing! And, Liseth in Cusco was also very helpful. All others were great too. We enjoyed the balance of tours and free time. And as discussed, we appreciated your clear, simple, visual and organized presentation of our trip. We referenced your itinerary suggestions when we had free time and very much appreciated your restaurant recommendations.

Ok, here goes:

-Lima: Casa Inca Hotel, loved. Perfect location near the ocean in Miraflores.

-Sacred Valley/Urubamba: Monasterio de la Recoleta Boutique Hotel, loved this hotel. Very special and beautiful. We also liked the location being in the middle of the Sacred Valley – close to Pisac and close to Ollantaytambo.

-Cusco: Loved our stay at the Casa Blas Boutique Hotel. Perfect location and cozy, special rooms with views of the hills.

-Cusco: Loved our stay at the Casa Cartagena. Thank you for this upgrade!!!

-Puerto Maldonado/The Jungle: Loved the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion Lodge.

Very special place! All the tours were amazing.

Food, guides, experience was over the top! Would highly recommend to other travelers.

Thank you so much Celine and to the team at Kuoda!

Gretchen (and Family)

Gretchen Culp
Oregon, USA
May 2016
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

Tango was delightful

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It was great working with you. Everybody is back home safe and sound and enjoyed themselves. I have written a detailed review on trip advisor that is where i had found you please read that as I had told Mery your director, we were very happy how you handled Siddiqua’s illness.

Jeremy was top notch, Raul was funny and effective, Jason worked hard and one in Buenos Aires was good hotels were all very good food was excellent. Tango was delightful transport everywhere was comfortable. I recommend you very highly as i put in tripadvisor.

Thanks again

Riaz

Riaz Baber and Party
USA
May 2016
Machu Picchu and Argentinian Travel Experience

The staff is just wonderful

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We are so happy we chose your company. The hotels were all very nice. The staff is just wonderful. Full of information which was informative and interesting. We ate at some great restaurants, too. Pucallana was very nice. I’m afraid the altitude did me in!  By the time we got to Machu Picchu, Elias and Stephen were both helping me up the steps. Elias and Fausto were so very kind. But I did get to see it and Stephen was able to go around with Elias and the next day I slept in and Stephen climbed to the Sun gate. He filmed himself going up and besides sucking air he started to call it the Sun House!! Guess he had a little altitude problem too!

Coming back to Lima, I was starting to fade. We went through the The Larco museum which I enjoyed. I had to get a nap before dinner!  We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Peru.

We never would have had such a great experience without you all. Thank you so much.

Audrey and Stephen

Audrey and Stephen Terry
Washington, USA
May 2016
Amazing Cusco and Machu Picchu Adventure

I would not hesitate recommending Kuoda

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Thank you for assisting us with our Peru trip, it certainly exceeded my expectations. Kuoda to your entire staff. Boris and Fausto were excellent as were Omar and our driver in Lima. Appreciated Jason checking in to be sure we were kept informed of who was doing what, where when and how. All were on time and ensured we were well taken care of. Very nice of Mery to personally visit with us at the airport for our return flight home.

Using a travel service and guides was a first for Kathleen and I as we usually do the planning and leg work on our own or in combination with co-travelers. Kuoda impressed us on every count and allowed us to relax leaving the details and transportation to your team. Really appreciate the timely communication, willingness to work with us on our itinerary and working in the accommodations we arranged on our own.

I would not hesitate recommending Kuoda to anyone interested in using travel services or guides in Peru.

Mucho Mahalo!

 

Brian Deakins
Washington, USA
May 2016
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

They are super people

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We had a great time in Peru in major part due to the excellent care given us by Ofelia, Juan, Jason and Omar.  They are super people and we appreciated all the attention to us during our visit.  Ofelia is a wonderful guide with outstanding knowledge of Peru and Inca history and educated us a lot on those subjects.  Juan, our driver, took excellent care of us too.  As you probably know, I had a few days with some health problems and we didn’t get to do all that was planned for us but again your people took care of making even this problem more tolerable.
I haven’t started looking at photos and stuff from our visit yet but if we see something of interest we will send it to you.

One other thing.  You provided walking sticks to us for our visit and there were some small connectors that we inadvertently brought home with us.  So, we would like to send them to you in Cusco but at the moment can’t find a Cusco address for Kuoda.  Would you give us an address where we can send these items.

The itinerary satisfied our desires for visiting Peru and Machu Picchu and Ofelia, Juan and all the other Kuoda People made it a wonderful experience.  Thank you.

Regards,
Gary and Carol Beasley

Gary and Carolyn Beasley
Virginia, USA
May 2016
Amazing Cusco and Machu Picchu Adventure

All was excellent

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Hi Urpi. All was excellent and I posted a 5* review on TripAdvisor. We loved the guides and the accommodations, and all the helpful transfers.

Lee

Lee Cohene & Party
Vancouver, Canada
May 2016
A Magical Peru Family Adventure

My family and I had an excellent time in Peru

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My family and I had an excellent time in Peru, thanks in large part to the Kuoda staff. We thought you designed an excellent trip, with good accommodations, in desirable locations and that the sites were well coordinated, fun and interesting. Our favorite meal was outside of Chinchero at the home of Jeremy and his wife who is the chef on Friday, after we went to Moray. I will also always remember the visit to the Andean village where we saw a demonstration of how textiles were made.
We appreciate your request for constructive comments as well — this shows how deeply your company cares about your customers and is another reason why we are big fans of your company. Our chief comment is related to our guide, Jeremy As an initial matter; please know that we found him to be extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and polite. He did his job well in making us comfortable and giving us information about the sites, but as newcomers to Peru, we needed help and information about other things, like restaurants, recommendations about where to buy gifts, etc., and in this regard, he wasn’t very helpful. Generally, when we asked for specific recommendations for restaurants or stores to visit, we received incomplete and/or vague information, or unfulfilled promises that we would find something “at the next store” (which would later would not be followed up on).

The bottom line is we would return to Kuoda for more trips and recommend Kuoda to our friends.

All the best,

John and Simona

John Chun
USA
April 2016
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We absolutely loved the trip

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We absolutely loved the trip and everyone we met was incredible.  Everything was set up so well and everything was perfect in terms of hotels, food, etc.

We will highly recommend Kuoda to our friends and will be glad to write up something for you on TripAdvisor or other sites you may need a reference for.

Greg

Greg Smith
Massachusetts, USA
April 2016

Overall, fantastic trip

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We truly appreciate all the planning you did to make our trip special. It truly was a great experience. My daughter, son-in-law and son suffered a couple days each from altitude or bad food or drink, but they each trooped on throughout the journey. We saw some amazing places, tried some different food and drinks, made it to the top to Huayna Picchu (all of us- hooray!), and thoroughly enjoyed the sights and bing together. It was truly an experience none of us will ever forget.
Our guide, Santiago, and driver, Juan, were both great and all the hosts and other drivers as well. Santiago related well to all in our group and educated us much about the culture and country. We got to practice our Spanish with the drivers and others as we traveled, too, which was a lot of fun.
I would definitely recommend and have already recommend Kuoda Travel to others in the future.
The driver there (Jorge) went above and beyond also to take us from El Centro to Miraflores and then to our restaurant (Huaca Pucllana) that last day in Lima so we didn’t have to get taxi(s).

Thanks again so much for everything.

Cindy

Cindy Theiler
Marietta, Georgia
April 2016

We really did have a great trip

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It was great to meet you at the airport in Cusco and thanks again for all that you did.  I did feel a little distracted then after Vince had been up all night sick, but thankfully it cleared up later that afternoon in Lima.  We really did have a great trip, and it will be one the family and I remember for a long time.

We will get around to writing a review on Trip Adviser as well – I know how valuable those are since I used them. Machu Picchu, the local visits, the llamas, and cooking classes were highlights.  And then the support from you, Eyner, and Samuel made the trip very personalized and authentic.

Thanks.

Mike

Mike Recupero & Family
Washington, USA
April 2016
A Magical Peru Family Adventure

Great Trip & Loved Peru!

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We did have a very nice time and loved Peru. Our guide, driver, and the people in general were great. My mom was good most of the trip until the last two days in Cusco where I think she had some trouble with the altitude.

Everything was organized well and it was nice for me to not have to worry about any planning for the trip. I am one of those travellers who usually does things myself but with my mom thought this would be better. I was able to enjoy the trip with no stress.

The accommodations were great especially Soy y Luna. Also, I really enjoyed the two dinners at private homes. They were excellent.

Definitely returning with my wife in a few years when I get done paying for 3 kids colleges.

Thanks for the great trip.

Cheers,

Adam

Adam Byrd
Dallas, Georgia - USA
April 2016

Kuoda Travel Over Exceeded Our Expectations Every Day With Every Experience

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Dear Kuoda Team:

As we depart Lima tonight, I wanted to share with you our appreciation for all your efforts in making our trip a flawless experience. A trip to Peru has always been a personal dream that I had very high expectations of. We wanted to savor each moment and take in the culture of the Peruvian people in luxury and style.

From the moment we landed in Lima we have been treated with the utmost professionalism. Urpi and Mery both worked tireless hours to plan a trip of our liking. Each driver and guide provided enthusiasm and knowledge. Rafael has been very accommodating with our schedules in Lima.

During our stay in Cusco; Karina and Juancito spent many hours with Leon and I providing comfort and a wealth of knowledge. It is not usual one comes in contact with someone like Karina; fluent in many languages and so proud of her heritage in so many levels. Jason overlooked our journey by keeping in close contact with the guides, restaurants and us at every step of the way.

Every time we had a special request Jason made it happen.  Kuoda Travel over exceeded our expectations every day with every experience. And thats not easy. Kuoda Travel went above and beyond. Thanks Mery for meeting us at the airport and your gift.

We will be recommending your company to our friends that plan a trip to Peru.

Thanks again,

Lilly & Leon Tejidor

Lillian & Leon Tejidor
USA
April 2016

We Had A Fantastic Time Thanks To The Kuoda Team!

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We had a fantastic time thanks to the Kuoda team!

The things that made our trip to Peru superb are:

– Our guide, Jimmy.  He was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure that our days were tailored to our travel preferences.  On several occasions, he rearranged the timing of our visits to the Incan sites so that we would avoid the crowds – we had Machu Picchu almost to ourselves! He also went out of his way to be sure that our hikes were well-paced and pointed out flora and fauna along the way, which was much appreciated. Marco, our driver, was very careful and an excellent complement to Jimmy.

– The hotels.  Urpi, you did a fantastic job of matching our hotels to our preferences.  Both Sol y Luna and Casa Cartagena were perfect.

– The overall itinerary.  Urpi, again, you did a great job of providing us with really interesting and fun activities that were tailored to our preferences. With Jimmy adjusting the timing of some of our tours to take advantage of quiet times at the sites, it was clear that we would not have gotten so much out of our trip without the careful planning by Kuoda.

-Transfers were seamless.  Getting from place to place can cause a lot of stress while traveling. The Kuoda team made all our transfers and the logistics very easy and stress-free.

Thanks again to you and the Kuoda staff for an absolutely fantastic vacation.

Ellen.

Ellen Hess
Georgia, USA
March 2016

So Pleased To Have Chosen Kuoda For What Was For Us A Magical Experience!

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It was a great trip and I am so very pleased with Kuoda. I had thought about organizing it all myself but really appreciated having someone on the ground to do it all, especially when things did not go according to plan like when my daughter fell ill or when our flight to Cuzco was delayed and we had to change  our itinerary. Also have to mention that all the hotels chosen were fantastic especially the one in Lima.

I provided some feedback to Mery before we left for the rain forest. Highlights for us up till then we’re the trek to MP, tough but oh so exhilarating when we arrived at MP and so pleased with the hotel in MP expensive but worth every penny. Another highlight was the lunch in Sacred Valley at Casa de Aida! Will not forget that!

Btw, we really enjoyed the inkaterra Reserva and pleased we chose it over the the other Lodge as we preferred having the river views. Thought the facilities were great as were the guides. Only negative was one of the excursions was tough as we had to slog through and back a 3 km trail in the mud! Glad we only stayed for 2 nights which was perfect. We were ready to leave by the 3rd day!

As I mentioned we absolutely adored staying at the Miraflores Park. Fabulous location and great service.  Also the visit to the private home in Lima was great! In Lima we added on our own a visit to the Larco museum which we would not have done if we had not been to their museum in Cuzco which we really enjoyed.

Again, we were so pleased to have chosen Kuoda for what was for us a magical experience.

We definitely want to return to South America. I think Ecuador and Galapagos are next!

Thanks again for all your help and advice,

John

John Stafford & Family
London, UK
March 2016

Enjoyed Everything That Was Planned!

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Thank you so much for putting together our trip. It was wonderful and we enjoyed everything that we had been planned.

So, our time in Quito was terrific. La Rabida was a very nice and comfortable place to stay. Gonzalo was an excellent guide– we really enjoyed him and he was perfect for kids teens and grow ups.

We very much liked the Hacienda Porvenir— very nice riding– and we had perfect weather that day too. Even thought that first day was busy and full–we were able to see everything we wanted with the evening left to relax.

We were very happy with the Coral for the Galapagos– we had terrific guides and the boat was very nice. We wished we had had more time there since the first and last days were just travel days—-those 2 days were very good days of seeing many things–

My husband loved the Amazon the best– and we all enjoyed the motorboat and dugout boat we took to get to Nano. Our guide Lena was just fantastic– she was the perfect combination of enthusiastic/knowledgeable. She taught us a lot about the jungle and we saw a great deal of wildlife. We even enjoyed birding!

Papallacta was the perfect way to end our time there– I wish the weather had been cooperative to see how beautiful it was there– but it mostly rained. It was still a very good place to go to spend our last day.

Please let me know if you have any other questions! Thank you again for your help

Take care–

Leslie

Leslie Lindner & Family
McKeesport, Pennsylvania - USA
March 2016

You And Your Team Definitely Went Above And Beyond What You Were Required To Do

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We are home safe and sound.

I will never be able to thank you enough for staying with us after the airport closure and making sure we were taken care of with hotels and additional flights.  You and your team definitely went above and beyond what you were required to do.  I don’t know what we would have done without your help.

I will definitely recommend Kuoda Travel to all my friends and if we are ever down that way again, we will have you make our travel arrangements.

Thanks again,

Teresa O’Neil

Teresa O'Neil and Party
Colorado, USA
March 2016

We Wanted To Once Again Say How Pleased We Are With The Service That We Have Received From Kuoda

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Good Morning Urpi,

As Milton and I prepare to leave Cusco for Lima, we wanted to once again say how pleased we are with the service that we have received from Kuoda.  Kathy was outstanding as our guide.  She was so informative and responsive to our needs. Best of all, she made us laugh.  She really made our stay in this part of Peru a great success!

We’re looking forward to exploring Lima for our last few days in Peru.

Kind regards,

Myrna

Myrna and Milton OBrodovich
Toronto, Canada
March 2016

Everything Is Going Great!

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Everything is going great. Our send off from Lima was perfect and Omar made sure we got to our gate on time. The hotels are wonderful and so is our guide Alvin and driver Walter.  And we had  2 wonderful gourmet lunches, in Cusco yesterday and today at 3 keros in ollantaytambo – incredible food and the owner was so nice and accommodating. He had made a special -also delicious- meal for Aly who had some stomach/altitude issues. And I didn’t even mention the sights yet. Really enjoyed both yesterday’s and today’s tour. Getting ready for tomorrow now. And Aly is fine so we are all great. Thanks.

Shelley

Shelley Pavela and Family
Massachusetts, USA
February 2016

Our Trip To Peru Was Really Great And We Enjoyed It Very Much

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Our trip to Peru was really great and we enjoyed it very much. All guides were really perfect and knowledgeable, starting with Wilfredo in Hacienda Concepcion, Carina in Cuzco, Jose in Puno and the best one was Willy in Huaraz. Also Joana helped us much in Lima. In general I have to say that everything was well prepared from your side and we had no issues during all trip.

Thank you Urpi, please greet all our guides and Mery on behalf of us.

Best regards,

Valer

 

Valer Hlobil
Bratislava, Slovakia
February 2016

All The Arrangements Made By Kuoda Were Excellent

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We are sorry we’ve taken so long replying to them as we got home and then went away and now back home again. We seem to be on the go the whole time. When we retired 18 months ago one of our patients said to us, keep moving, when the grim reaper comes looking for you he won’t know where to find you. We seem to have taken him literally. :-)

It seems such a long time ago since we were in Peru. It all seems a distant memory and a dream.

Truly a dream. All the arrangements made by Kuoda were excellent. After the first slight hiccup everything else was perfect. We can’t find anything to complain about. All the arrangements went off extremely well, we were picked up dropped off and then picked up dropped off etc etc.

Thank you so much.

 

The journey to Machu Picchu was most enjoyable, especially the train journey.  The staff and the General Manager were very efficient and friendly. Once we got to the site we were met by a wonderful guide (George) who was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and fun. Barry arrived to Cusco with a bad chest which turned into bronchitis. So when we got to Machu Picchu, Barry’s lung capacity was greatly reduced. We got to the site; we didn’t think we would be able to the climb and the walk around. We did how ever have foresight to bring with us walking poles. They were a godsend as we able to walk the whole site. The guide was very understanding so he was a great help in taking things at our pace. He also took a camera from us and took great photos of the both of us, which is unusual as Barry is always behind the camera.

We had the same driver throughout our stay in Cusco who was excellent as he was always there on time. He had a very long day when we went to Machu Picchu as he drove us to the Hiram Bingham train and when we arrived back there he was on the platform waiting for us. Great service. Great guy.

We loved all that you did for us. We greatly appreciated all your help. Thank you to all the team.

Love and best wishes to you all.

Randir and Barry

P.S.

The teddy bear belongs to a school in Fort Lauderdale.  We take him all over the world and send back photos of him to the school.  The teacher then teaches the kids about each place.

Dr. & Mrs Abrahams
United Kingdom
March 2016

The Whole Kouda Team Were Wonderful!

We had a great trip to Peru and you and the whole Kouda team were wonderful!  Edward was a fantastic guide and everybody truly made our time in Peru fun and interesting.  I am catching up on work today, but will try to write more specifics tonight.  We will also email some photos.  We were working on downloading them last night; still have more to go.  It was great to meet your staff in person and I will write more details a bit later.

My best,

Janet Murphy

Janet Murphy
Florida, USA
March 2016

I Really Appreciated Your Non-Pressure Approach While I Was Planning And Changing Things

First of all, thank you so much for planning such a wonderful trip for us to Peru.  I know I went back and forth with you a lot and made many changes.  Thanks so much for your patience!  I really appreciated your non-pressure approach while I was planning and changing things.  Even though it took me a month to finalize everything, you were always so helpful and never made me feel pressure to book.  I also really appreciated the USA phone number and your quick responses.

Everything was organized so well and it was so stress-free for the entire family!  I really appreciated the constant communication and in-person contacts with Kuoda on a daily basis while we were in Peru.  Our Guide and Driver, Edward and Miguel, were awesome!  They were very knowledgeable and respectful.  I wish we could have met you, but it was so great to meet Mery on our final day in Cusco. As I told Mery, I honestly have no complaints of the entire experience and will happily refer our friends to Kuoda if they are planning a trip. Everything was delightful!

I will also happily write a review on TripAdvisor for the Company.  Keep up the great work!

Best regards,

Rashmi

Rashmi Sha
New Jersey, USA
March 2016

Can’t Recommend You Enough!

Shaman was fabulously authentic.. fabulous lifetime memorable experience… seared into the soul… just great..

helaine thankfully rebounded fully for our last day in Lima. Bartholomew addressed our interest in a quick city tour and that was great..

Hotel was beyond amazing… if you can get me the name/email of the general manger of the Lima Belmond. They allowed us to stay till 6 so generous..

The transfer from lima airport to hotel to fancy restaurant was super-duper rushed. Didn’t realize the timing… that wasn’t so great.

We should have made a later time to eat or an earlier flight (but we needed the time in Cuzco).. but it all worked out but was stressful…FYI if someone else wants to do what we did…

We cancelled IK for Sat night.. at 730 not enough time to do a tasting and then make the flight..but that was fine…too much food and money.  Ate at Rosario or something great on the water sunset memorable.

Dimas was amazing as was Jaime.. We feel so fortunate.. we loved them.. And Dimas did take some pictures of us with the shaman and said he would send them to you and our would send to us?

Great to meet Mary on Friday and love the frame.. Very generous and considerate.

Can’t recommend you enough.. Will remind the family to get on TripAdvisor and give you a gold star rating.

it was fabulous. Thank you Jenny for all.. and so many blessings in your next steps.. You have a sweet loving tender genuine heart.. I know you will serve well in whatever direction you go.

Much gratitude love and blessings sending to you…

Shoshana Susan Mitrani KNapp

Susan Knapp and Family
USA
March 2016

The Entire Trip Was Excellent!

The entire trip was excellent.  No problems and completely stress free.  All the meals were excellent which a great bonus was.  I put a review on Trip Advisor.  I know he is a busy guy but try to remind him if you can.  Again had a great time and look forward to setting up another trip in the future.

Dax

Dax Steele
Florida, USA
March 2016

Really, Your Preparation For Our Trip And Everything Booked Was Perfect

We are back and except for Helen being ill, everything was great.  We were having dinner the evening after seeing you and we wished we had asked to see if you could have joined us for dinner or lunch while we were there as it was so nice meeting with you, and my girls were asking questions about why you were in Peru.  My daughter Louise loved it so much, I am sure she will be coming back sometime in the near future.

Really, your preparation for our trip and everything you booked was perfect.  We loved every hotel, the food was fabulous, you had tickets to everything we wanted to go to and more, and everything that Kuoda did was truly done exceptionally.

The only thing on the trip that we really would have changed was our time in Machu Pichu to make it shorter, and I know I asked for the time there so only blame myself, but didn’t know it would be so hard to leave the area.  However with Helen being ill, I am not sure it would have made a difference anyway.

Our favorite was the Sacred Valley and our hikes there as well as our one day hike to Machu Picchu.  We also loved walking through Ollantaytambo and Cuzco which was so beautiful too.

Jeremy was a great guide, and Carlos a wonderful and lovely driver.

I will recommend your company and you with huge enthusiasm to anyone I know who may want to go to Peru, and let me know if you want me to go to a website to give a review.

Thanks again for all your work.  I think Kuoda is truly exceptional.

Best to you,

Nirvani

Nirvani Head
Ohio - USA
March 2016

You Are Welcome At Our Home Anytime

Thank you for all of you efforts to make our trip to Peru wonderful!  We will definitely recommend you to any friends or family who are thinking of traveling to Peru.

It was wonderful to meet you in Cusco.  And we absolutely love the coffee mugs!  Thank you so very much!  They are almost too beautiful to use, but we are using them and thinking of you and Peru when we have our coffee!

I would really like to see more of South American in the future.  Where else does Kuoda plan travel?

If you ever make a trip to the US, please let us know.  Louisville, KY is a great place to visit, but it is definitely not as high on the USA list as other cities.  You are welcome at our home anytime, but if you don’t make it to Louisville, maybe we could meet you in another city.

Again, thanks for everything.  And if you do have a great recipe for Pisco Sours, I would love to have it.  I did buy Pisco and brought it home with us.

Susan

 

Susan
USA
March 2016

We Want To Thank You All For A Great Experience!

First of all, I want to say that we were overall very very happy with the trip.  We loved Peru and had a special experience.

The highlights for us were, of course, Jimmy and Hernan.  They were just terrific.  Very informative while being relaxed and easy going.

Their insight and sense of fun were really terrific.  And they acclimated to our needs easily.

Getting teenagers up early to explore presents its own set of challenges and Jimmy was just so good with them!

Even when Jimmy wasn’t with us, he gave us great recos which made exploring on our own quite fun.  We followed every reco (in Cusco and Lima) he provided and enjoyed them all.

I am happy to sing his praises any time.

We loved Machu Picchu, the time with the Andean family and the fun experiences in Cusco.

We want to thank you all for a great experience and a lot of great memories.  Peru is a beautiful country and we will be back.

All the best,

Alison

Alison McConnell and Family
Illinois, USA
March 2016

It Was Wonderful !!

Hello Mery,

We got back last night from the Ecuador/Galapagos portion of our trip.  Just as the Peru/Machu Picchu portion, it was wonderful even though there were a few problems which Metropolitan Touring did not handle as well as you/Kuoda handled the problems we encountered because of the cancelled flight from Lima to Cusco.  We’d like to thank you again for your support.  We will definitely recommend Kuoda to friends and others who plan a trip to Peru.

We had our first coffee this morning in the coffee mugs you gave us; it was a wonderful reminder of our stay in Peru.

Best regards,

Jean-Yves & Carmen

Jean-Yves & Carmen Maillat and Susan Ryan & Ken Mosteller
Kentucky, USA
March 2016

Thanks Again For All Your Help! We Had A Great Time…

Jesus – thanks again for all your help!  We had a great time.  Just wish I had some time to rest before starting work again – we got back to the US pretty tired after everything we did.

Saludos,

Claudio Knizek.

Irene Yackovlev
Washington, USA
March 2016

Thank You For The Organization And The Great Help To Us On An Unforgettable Trip!

Finally, I have found time to thank Kuoda for the organization and the great help to us on an unforgettable trip. We know that we had the right partner for travelling in Peru and Bolivia.

Tomorrow we start our cruise around northern part of South America to Belem.

Best regards,

Benno

Benno Beck and Friends
Switzerland
March 2016

Thank You! It Was Another Great Trip With Kuoda…

Thank you! It was another great trip with Kuoda. I felt the tour guides were much better than last time. The whole planning process and the execution of the trip was all very good. I always appreciate the flexibility.

Warm regards, Dennis

Dennis Wang
California, USA
February 2016

We Had A Wonderful Trip To Peru And Thank You For All Your Work On Making That Happen

Dear Thomas:

First my apologies for taking so long to drop a line (and of course a picture) but upon our return from Peru we have been inundated with company (5 different sets!) and then we spent a week in Massachusetts. We are finally settling back into our routine and I am getting around to viewing pictures and writing my long overdue notes.

We had a wonderful trip to Peru and thank you for all your work on making that happen. We were absolutely delighted to put a face to an email voice upon meeting you. I am sure that you know that no one met us in Lima but by assuring that we made the earlier flight there was no problem with our connections.

Should you ever find yourself in the Tampa area, please do not hesitate in calling us and perhaps we can return the favor……….

Thanks again,

 

Rhea

Marc & Rhea
Colorado, USA
January 2016

Amazing & Unforgettable Trip!

We all made it home safe and sound from our amazing trip and I wanted to take a moment to let you know that we all had a wonderful time.  I appreciate all of your hard work to make our trip unforgettable.  I look forward to the next time I can make a trip to Peru.  Of course, when that time comes, I will be sure to contact Kuoda.  I felt like we were in good hands at all times and that everything was taken care of!  Everyone I worked with was dedicated to making sure Dad, Alex, and I had a safe and memorable adventure.

Thank you, again!

Amanda Holmes

Jack & Amanda Holmes
Washington, USA
January 2016

We All Had A Wonderful Time On Our Trip Into The Amazon

We all had a wonderful time on our trip into the Amazon. The Treehouse was the perfect recommendation for us and we truly enjoyed our time there. Thank you for your hard work to make it work for us!

The Treehouse accommodations were quite nice and the staff was very attentive. I would definitely recommend it for your future clients. The beds were comfortable, very few bugs and although there is no hot water, a cool shower felt good at the end of the day. We also met the owner, Vance, who happened to be there for a couple of days and he was very nice and wants the customer to be happy. He seems to be constantly striving to improve the lodge from the comforts to the staff. Our guide and boat driver were really good. Ronnie, our guide, has 9 years as a guide and was so good at finding wildlife that we would have not have seen otherwise. He spoke very good english. He was always concerned that we were having a good time and seeing everything we hoped to see. He was friendly and enjoyable to spend the time with. We saw so many birds! Macaws, parakeets, hawks, kingfisher and many others! Also, lots of monkeys, sloth, caiman, tarantula, giant ants (the biggest in the world) and the largest frog in the Amazon. We spent everyday on the boat, went piranha fishing, saw pink & grey dolphins, visited two villages, and a small monkey island (even had one of the monkeys come on to the boat). We did two jungle walks too – one during the day and one at night. We were up for anything although Ronnie would gladly adjust the schedule if we had wanted to do something different. Our boat driver was from a local village and I was so impressed that every time I lifted my camera, he would slow the boat to make sure I got a good shot.

All the best to you. If I return to Peru for travel, I will be in touch.

Merry Christmas!

Best

Sharon

Sharon Boyle and
USA
December 2015

Everything Went Smooth…

Thank you Jennifer!  Everything was AMAZING as usual.  Everything went smooth and Percy and Jaime were the greatest!  We had a blast!  Thank you for checking in and for all the communication <3 I’m sure I’ll be back 😉

Virginia

Virginia Orgonista & Friend
USA
December 2015

Traveling With Kuoda Made Our Experience In Peru Seamless, Comfortable And Personal

Thank you so much for your welcome home note and many thanks to your entire team for making us feel so welcome in Peru. Just getting back to reality after the holidays so apologies for the delay, but I did want to make sure you received some feedback.

Traveling with Kuoda made our experience in Peru seamless, comfortable and personal. We loved getting to know Juan, Alex and Corina. Everyone was very professional, informative, and genuinely interested in being a part of our travel experience – paying attention to the types of activities we were seeking, what we were interested in learning, and any questions we might have.

While the trip was planned on very short notice, I couldn’t have felt more prepared while I was there – all thanks to your team.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in a future journey to Peru!

Kristine

 

Libby Grosspietsch and Friends
USA
December 2015

The Trip Was Amazing; Truly One Of The Best We’ve Taken!

The trip was amazing; truly one of the best we’ve taken. Astrid & Gaston lived up to (and possibly exceeded) the expectations and the jungle was a great experience (especially after the high altitude in the Andes).

We were extremely pleased with the service we received from Kuoda and will be recommending you to Nael’s mom, who wants to plan a trip to Peru for later this year. Once we have the pictures downloaded, we will send you a couple.

After talking about it, there were a few items that we would change on our itinerary if we were to do it again. None are criticisms of Kuoda, but I thought I’d share anyway as they may be helpful insights for future visitors that you are assisting.

– Spend more than one day in Cuzco. We loved the city and wish we would have had another day to explore, especially since we were there on a Sunday when much was closed.

– Spend only 2 nights in the jungle rather than 3. While the jungle excursions were excellent, many were very similar, so we felt like we really only needed 1 full day to get the most out of the experience.

– Stay in the Barranco neighborhood in Lima. Miraflores was very nice, but after visiting Barranco one night, we really enjoyed the more local and historic feel of that neighborhood and preferred exploring Barranco over Miraflores.

– We should have opted for the private trek on the Inca Trail (as you recommended). We were the slower members of the group and felt like we were constantly holding our group up. Additionally, the assistant guide had to leave on Day 1 due to a family emergency and no replacement guide was provided, so we were often left without a guide nearby since our group was generally well ahead of us on the trek.

– Lima Gourmet Company provided an excellent tour, but I wish there would have been a culinary tour available that provided more of a “locals” experience. We tried a lot of the local cuisine on our own, but it would have been great if this would have been included on a tour. For example, we had the most incredible churros near Iglesia de San Francisco, anticuchos and picarones in Barranco and cuy in Cusco, but none of this was covered or mentioned in the tour.

Thanks again for all your help in making this an unforgettable vacation!

Heather

Heather Ashour
USA
December 2015

Our Trip Was Fabulous!

Our trip was fabulous and we told Mary as much when she stopped by to see us at the end of our trip!

Thanks for all your help and GREAT to meet you!

Our volunteer day with kids was actually excellent.

The whole trip amazing!

Believe me…we will definitely recommend Kuoda to all our friends here!

All the best for a Happy new year!

Julie

Julie Stark Family & Friends
USA
December 2015

We will not hesitate to contact you again when and if we plan another trip to South America.

Reflecting on the wonderful trip we had aboard the ship for 17 days and especially the 6 days we spent in the care of your company’s expert hands!

We can not say enough about how well all the Kuoda staff treated us from all the transportation, ticket handling, baggage handling, etc. But we want to particularly mention how great it was to have Jimmy accompanying us and providing all his expert information throughout our visit. He really was a joy to have as our guide!!

We will also be writing a review of your company on Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic, as both of these sites are what I used to locate and choose Kuoda as our tour provider! We will not hesitate to contact you again when and if we plan another trip to South America.

Sincerely,
Carole and Barney

Carole Turner
USA
December 2015

The Trip Was Perfect From Start To Finish, And We Can’t Imagine A Better Honeymoon!

Thanks again for planning such an incredible trip for us. Michelle and I LOVED the jungle (we got lucky and saw tons of wildlife–birds beyond numbering, hundreds of monkeys above us, a sloth, caiman, etc etc) and already can’t wait for a trip to Manaus for one of our upcoming anniversaries! The trip was perfect from start to finish, and we can’t imagine a better honeymoon.

We’ll definitely be back in Peru again and undoubtedly need some more trip planning advice. :)
Saludos,

Kyle

Kyle & Michelle
Florida, USA
November 2015

We Are Really Grateful That We Chose Kuoda To Make All Our Ground Arrangements

Hola from the UK!! Thank you very much Mery & Jesus for your continued interest!

We have now been home a week and have only just got back in to the swing of things! We had a truly memorable holiday in Peru and would like to thank everybody at Kuoda who was involved with it. As you know, we particularly enjoyed being shown around The Sacred Valley & Cusco by Ofelia and your number one driver, Ephraim, who were both superb!!! Equally, we were both impressed by meeting you Mery, at the Casa San Blas.

We are really grateful that we chose Kuoda to make all our ground arrangements. We were a bit apprehensive before coming out about using a “foreign” agency to make arrangements with, but we need not have worried, everything that you provided us with was meticulously done. We appreciated the gestures such as, the bottles of water in the cars, the forward facing seats on the train and the front seats on The Inca Express!

So Mery, can you please thank everybody on our behalf. To name just a few, from The Inkaterra Team @ The Hacienda Concepción, to Ofelia & Efraim, our favourite pair from Cusco, to Victor @ Machu Picchu, to Henry @ Puno and finally Jesus, who was very patient and kept “tweeking” our itinerary to get it right!!

It goes without saying that we would always recommend Kuoda to anyone visiting the countries that you operate in and will be making entries on trip advisor shortly, we are so pleased we chose you!!!!

Happy Christmas to you all, Alan & Sheryel Lidbetter, Burgess Hill, UK

PS, Thank you for the birthday wishes!!!!!! (The minions hats are just to remind Ofelia of us. We hope she enjoyed the poor old Guinea Pig, with her sister!!!!!!!!)

Alan Lidbetter
Burgess Hill, UK
November 2015

Overall, We Felt Kuoda Made Our Trip Extra Memorable

Overall, we felt Kuoda made our trip extra memorable. From my initial communication with you, all the way to the end, we felt extremely comfortable. I am not sure if I mentioned this to you, but I had contacted Kuoda in 2011 about a trip to Peru. I narrowed down on Kouda after extensive research online and although we had a good response from Kuoda in 2011 (I exchanged emails with Tom Carrol), we were unable to travel then. But when we finally decided to do the trip, I immediately came back to Kuoda, based on my past responses!

We were particularly impressed with the quick responses from you and the highly professional, yet personalized tour planning process. We also felt that the information you sent about last minute preparations was very useful and thoughtful. We loved our guides, Holger and Erica, our driver Marco and our host Alex. We also liked the fact that the guides were local, which made them very experienced and knowledgeable. Also, I thank you personally for creating a schedule that eliminated the altitude issues. We were very concerned about myself because I have had issues in the past, but I had no trouble at all!

The icing on the cake was when we were met by you and Mery at the airport! That was very unique and person touch that we very much appreciated!  Positive feedback is good but I am sure you want to hear about some things we didn’t like. Although I tried hard, I could not really think of anything bad!!!! You guys did such an amazing job! We would highly recommend Kuoda to any of our friends and family and will come back to you for our future trips to Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia! Thank you to you and your team for creating this special memory for us. I apologize for not including photos.

Arthi

Arthi Tamilselvam
India & USA
October 2015

We Had A Wonderful Time On Our Trip To Peru

We had a wonderful time on our trip to Peru.  Holgar was a perfect guide and you arranged a great trip for us.  We’ll send pictures soon.

All the best,

Ellen & Scott

Ellen & Scott Maynard
NJ-USA
October 2015

Thanks For Sharing Your Amazing Peru With Us!

Overall we had an amazing experience and found your team great to work with as well as reliable and service oriented, not to mention attention to detail (like a Bday cake!).  The guides were all great and Ophelia along with Orlando made things enjoyable.  Our favorite accommodations would have to be Sol y Luna Lodge in the sacred valley.  Wow what an amazing place, I think we could have spent a week in our little “bungalow”. The service and food were great there as well, and the setting speaks for itself.  The Sumaq in Machu Picchu was very nice and very service oriented, dinner there was lovely.  Our accommodations in Cusco at Manco Capac were unique and lovely.

The cooking class was a wonderful experience and we would highly recommend it to others.  Thanks for the recommendation.

The guide in Lima was wonderful and the lunch and museum visit lovely.  Your team certainly put us at ease regarding transport and other logistics. These can be tough things in a country you are not familiar with and don’t speak the language and your team was there every step of the way.  Thanks for sharing your Amazing Peru with us and we certainly will encourage others to explore Peru with your team!

Mucho Gracias,

Nancy Mowrey

Nancy Mowrey and Marylou McMullen
USA
October 2015

Can’t wait to do it again with your help

This trip changed me for the better – I can’t stop thinking about the beautiful places and people of Peru.  Can’t wait to do it again with your help.  Treated like family – I owe that to you and the Kuoda team.

Thank you!

Best wishes,

David

Mr. Berndt & Friends
USA
October 2015

They All Knew Their Trade Very Well And Were Very Caring And Courteous To Us

All 22 days we spent in Peru, and especially the 10 days of hospitality your organization gave us, are among the most memorable experiences we have had in quite some time. We are grateful you took the time to come and greet us at the airport in Cusco and again at the Bus Terminal. Nothing could testify better to your dedication to your mission and your respect and care for your guests. And thank you for the gifts.

Urpi has been very patient, diligent, and efficient in organizing our tour. She took every detail of our request into account and met virtually all of them. She is a rare precious asset. She is also a great admirer, almost a devotee, of you and your mission. Charlotte was very helpful in covering for Urpi during her brief vacation.

We would like to thank all your staff and contractors we came in contact with. I will mention those whose names I recall.

Alex in Cusco and Cesar in Lima; Gilbert, guide at Posada Amazonas; Antonio, guide in Puno; Ysabela and Pocho, guide and driver respectively in Colca and Arequipa; and Eduardo and Raphael, guide and driver respectively in Ica and Paracas.

They all knew their trade very well and were very caring and courteous to us.

The last day of our trip did not go as planned. The trip to the Paracas Island and all water activities were cancelled due to unsafe weather. Eduardo did his best to fill up our morning by tours around town and a drive to the coastal reserve. Such force-majeure was not going to spoil our experience; it gave us the opportunity to relax around the pool and enjoy the hotel grounds.

Finally, I would like to congratulate you on your philanthropic activities. I and my wife have similar philanthropies that provide modest sums of money to economically disadvantaged but academically promising high-school children. Nothing is more rewarding that giving back.

Cheers and Love

Abraham

Abraham Bekele
September 2015

We Had A Wonderful Time. Thank You For All Of Your Efforts Towards Making The Trip So Successful

Charlotte,we had a wonderful time.  Thank you for all of your efforts towards making the trip so successful.

Only comments I can think of echoes ones we already gave you in person.  Specifically, Carlos should be encouraged to continue improving his English.  However, his knowledge of and enthusiasm about the subject matter – plus his willingness to work to facilitate communication – was very good.  I would much rather have Carlos as a guide with his knowledge base than someone else with better English speaking but less knowledge about the subject matter.

Alfredo is an excellent driver.  We felt extremely safe with his driving.

Those who may be particularly subject to altitude changes would definitely benefit from going to Sacred Valley as soon as possible.  The way our trip was arranged with the most time at Cusco at the end worked well.

The cooking class was really fun!

All in all, I appreciated that everyone spoke English as well as they did given that I speak no Spanish.  So jobs well done.

Thank you also to Mery for meeting us at the end and for the lovely coffee mug.

Sally

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We had a fabulous vacation and any suggestions are just minor tweaks that may or may not apply to the next group.  I really appreciated Kuoda’s attention to all the details. All of our guides and drivers were knowledgable, professional, and very friendly.

My only other suggestions are the following.  I was more affected by the altitude than Sally was and wanted a shorter lunch after we flew into Cusco as a headache set in over our leisurely Peruvian style big meal.  I was really fortunate that the altitude affects did not keep me from enjoying any of our outings.  I am very glad we did not spend the first nights in Cusco and would recommend that as standard practice unless your tour group knows that they are immune.

Thanks again for a wonderful introduction to Peru.  We will definitely recommend Kuoda to our friends.  And thank you for the Sanctuary mug.  We truly appreciate that as a work of art after our visit.

Best,

Cynthia

 

Cynthia Frost and Sally Van Etten
California, USA
September 2015

We Fell In Love With The Sacred Valley And Of Course We Will Use Your Company Again

You did an exceptional job planning our trip, and handling all the difficulties with our procrastination issues, itinerary changes and passport problems, (no trouble by the way).  Everything was exceptional; the hotels, the locations and the wonderful birthday lunch surprise in Lima at the Museum with Bart.  Bill was surprised and it made our day in Lima very special; Bart’s sense of humor matched ours perfectly, his professionalism was very evident and his care for our safety was greatly appreciated. Our guides Percy and Bart were both full of knowledge regarding Peru and even Bill; who studies everything, learned things from them!  As for our wonderful and kind driver Samuel, there are no words to express what an exceptional person he is.  Alex is amazing and all the staff went above and beyond to help us with everything we needed to give us an extraordinary and memorable trip. Their concern for our safety was an added feature that created a feeling of safety for us that helped us feel comfortable exploring wherever we were.

Percy and Samuel, as well as being great guides/drivers are also great chefs. They provided us with an excellent lunch by a beautiful lake.  We loved meeting the beautiful ladies at the co-op and bought many beautiful items; could have bought more but not enough room in luggage, so sad…  Anyway, we would love to learn more about it and give an additional donation to help the ladies and children during the upcoming holidays.  Candace got some great pictures with the ladies.  We were able to meet your lovely Founder and President Mery Calderon.  Her heart and soul are evident in the people she brings into her company and she genuinely seems to care about the people who use her company.  She is so lovely, gracious and generous.  She gave us each a beautiful gift, which was completely unexpected. I will be communicating with her also to express our gratitude.

Candace, Bill and I will never forget our exceptional experience in Peru. We fell in love with the Peruvian people; they are a kind, hardworking, and friendly people with a quiet grace and beauty.  We will certainly recommend your company to all our colleagues and personal friends.  I am sure that Bill and I will return to Peru in the future, we fell in love with the Sacred Valley and of course we will use your company again.

Thank you is not enough to express our gratitude for everyone’s hard work in giving us an extraordinary and memorable vacation.  We will carry our memories of our time in Peru in our hearts forever.

Please pass on our gratitude to everyone at Kuoda Travel, there are too many people to name, but the attention to detail by everyone that we met at Kuoda Travel will never be forgotten by us.

Blessings to all,

Bill and Geri Jones

Hopefully we will meet on our next trip

Candace Kasperick and Family
California, USA
September 2015

The Attention To Detail Was Amazing

So very nice to meet up with you in Cusco and your two mugs have pride of place on our shelf. You should be very proud of your company, the attention to detail was amazing. Nothing went wrong (can I just ask though, how long should the tour of Lima take?). Jesus deserves a special mention, he was so patient when for various reasons we had to alter things, delay departures etc. and he was so helpfull when we had queries. A top man. If I’m right in assuming Kuoda haven’t done so many tours up in the north we thought things were worked out very well. It’s obviously not an easy place to tour and the guide and driver we had (Pedro and Mercedes) did exceedingly well under the circumstances as there was often very long road journeys during which they could not stop partly because to be frank there wasn’t much to stop for but also because the condition of the roads made stopping risky. They both went out of their way to keep the journey interesting and it shows what good guides they were to be able to make a ten hour road trip interesting and most importantly fun. Any guide can make Cusco/Maccu Piccu etc interesting not many can do so when faced with 3 road trips of between 8 and 10hrs each. If it was a bit of an experiment for Kuoda you should put Mercedes and Pedro’s names at the top of your list for future use. Pedro seems to know everyone in Peru and used his contacts all the time. Mercedes very kindly made a CD of photos she’d taken while with us and presented it to us which was a very nice thing to do.

Ofelia in Cusco with Marco the driver were also brilliant. Ofelia heard us discuss things we’d like to do and suggested changes to the itinerary which led to what was the very highlight of our whole month when she took us to the ceremony for St. Jerome. That day was simply amazing and they knew exactly how to get us to an excellent position in order to get the best out of the experience. Violetta (Puno/Sun Island/ etc) was yet another top notch guide, lovely sense of humour and so very helpfull as was her trainee Ximena. All guides were very knowledgeable on every subject and we’re very glad we used them because we would have missed so much without them. Tell Alex thanks very much for his help and his checking up on us (is he still at school? he looks like he is.). Henry (Taquille Island etc) was such a funny bloke, he made us very much at ease all the time and really enjoyed his job.

So, our trip is over. Peru is an extremely nice friendly country to tour. We never once felt in danger or uncomfortable.

With people like those we encountered working for Kuoda your company can’t go wrong. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. We’ll be back and also some of our family want to do Peru you can rest assured we will have recommended you very highly and will also do so on TripAdvisor.

Steve and Lynn Cooper

Steve And Lynn Cooper
New Zealand
September 2015

Solid Customer Service!

I want to say thank you again to your whole team for how great a trip this was. Especially when I got sick, and everyone worked through ways to accommodate a change in plans.

Boris was a fantastic guide – he shared so much interesting information with us at each stop and was really integral in making this a great cultural experience for us, too. He was also just an enjoyable person to spend each day with. It also meant a lot that Jason, Mery and you all came out to meet us and ask how everything was – that is some solid customer service!

We will absolutely be recommending Kuoda to any friends interested in traveling to Peru or other nearby SA locations.

Thanks again!

Jenn

Jenn Cox
Chicago - USA
September 2015

Everything Happened As Planned And Was Smooth And Seamless To Us

I cannot say enough good things about the entire experience working first with Jon, then you and all the rest of the people at Kuoda Travel.  Everything happened as planned and was smooth and seamless to us.  I know there was a lot of hard work and careful planning that went on behind the scenes to make sure it was easy for us.  Our guides were knowledgeable, attentive and best of all personable!  Likewise, our drivers were wonderful.  At no time did we feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Rest assured that I will recommend Kuoda Travel to anyone looking for a special experience in Peru.  As I indicated, I am a frequent user of Trip Advisor and plan to post a report of our trip on their website.  Kuoda Travel will be one of the highlights of the report!
If I can be of service to you or Kuoda Travel in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
These few words seem inadequate to express my gratitude.  I wish everyone there continued success and the best of luck!
Very Best Regards,

Bill

Bill Babbs & Friends
September 2015

It May Have Been The Best Of All Of Our Many Trips Around The Globe!

We are both still glowing with the enjoyment of our trip with Kuoda…..it may have been the best of all of our many trips around the globe….the organization, guides and communication were all top flight…….

We did get to a Chifa restaurant for lunch one day in Cusco…..not too far from the hotel….it was just o.k….probably wouldn’t go back to another…..also went to Kintaro…a Japanese restaurant near the main plaza and enjoyed just having noodles for a change.

The surprise for us the the cooking class…..great day….lasted about 4 1/2 hours and totally enjoyable.

I guess if there was one thing that would work better it would be that last very, very long day until the midnight flight home…….maybe a later flight back to Lima and setting up in one of the nearby hotels for a few hours……we figured we traveled about 35 hours that last day until home…..

Overall…..the trip was fantastic….thank you for all of your good work.

David

David Pearson
California-USA
September 2015

We Very Much Enjoyed The Luxury Of Being Met, Being Driven Hither And Yon, Being Treated In A Valued Manner

, I must say that we are very satisfied customers.  We very much enjoyed the luxury of being met, being driven hither and yon, being treated in a valued manner.  Sonia, Alex, Hernan, Eyner….your choices could not be better.  Our guides were knowledgeable and informative and it appeared to me, that they love their country, which in turn taught me a new respect and care regarding Peru.

I particularly liked the manner in which you chose a gradation of getting used to the altitude and climate by choosing areas of lesser altitude and building toward Cusco’s high altitude.  Bill developed a cold, however, that has little to do with our health in general.  We were healthy and in good shape throughout our trip.  You chose local native’s homes as lovely examples of middle class life.  They were welcoming and lovely as well as informative regarding their lives and their interests.  We very much enjoyed these visits.

The women of the village town you took us to could not have been more welcoming and gentle in their teaching us of their culture through food, implements, and crafts.  We were welcomed with flowered chains and offered benches covered in textiles.  We made sure to purchase items from each lovely seller.

Machu Picchu was almost a dream. I felt as if I was in a National Geographic movie rather than there in real life.  The fact that our husbands were able to make this particular rigorous trek was due to Eyner’s gentle care as well as respect and understanding as to when help was needed or not.  He took very good care of us on both days of climbing.

We enjoyed Maras and Ollantaytambo as well as the very lovely Rio Sagrado area and hotel.  The people who are employed there are genuine and were very very kind to us.  The rooms were beautiful and the site itself a pleasure for our eyes.  The Inkaterra was a beautiful venue.  There were a couple of things that may have been due to being so busy.  Kathi and I climbed Macchu Picchu the 2nd day.  We arranged for someone from the front desk to help Bill and Richard to breakfast.  This did not occur which made it a bit difficult to navigate the steps for both since Richard is blind and Bill’s vision can be problematic.  Bill got someone from the dining room to help.  They were kind enough to come outside to help. It appears this happened twice in terms of help.

It might be wise to mention to guests that the Inkaterra is jungle like, thus full of Mosquitos.  Also, that sitting areas are not enclosed.  We were prepared for Machu Picchu and Mosquitos, but not the hotel and I would say at least Bill and I have several somewhat severe bites.  The restaurant was lovely and the staff serving were quite nice.

Oh, the J.W. Marriott was a wonderful way to begin our trip. Bill and I had a room that was mostly windows and enjoyed a spectacular view.  We all really loved the concierge services on the 24th floor as well

For me, the pièce de resistance was the Palacio Nazaranes.  Greeted with bouquets, treated with care and friendliness, we were shown our room, and I think I was in heaven.  The manager had sent lovely cheeses with tasty jams to enjoy as we unpacked.  We liked the idea of enjoying the minibar without being nickeled and dimed so to speak.  The breakfasts were filling, tasty, elegant, and with a harpist, who could ask for more.  We met William, the art restorer, and enjoyed his restoration of the courtyard wall.  We also met the manager who was most welcoming and happy to have discussions on the restoration as well as other topics.  Oh yes, I really did like that satin bathrobe.

By the way, I very much enjoyed the main food market which Eyner took us to.  It was informative to see how similar we are in our approaches to fresh foods.

The Amazon portion of the trip was Bill’s dream.  He so enjoyed sailing on the Pucate River, Marañon River, Ucayali (spelling?) River, and of course the Amazon River.  We typically had 2 full trips per day viewing mammals, birds, even piraña fishing and touching a cayman.  We loved visiting Porto Prado and meeting the teacher, parents, and the cute children.  Having been a former teacher, I was pretty excited.  Children took pictures with my cell, they sang to us, they repeated our names, and I was able to teach them a game called Duck Duck Goose.  Really, really a wonderful visit.  We also bought items from each of the families.  It felt good to know items were made with local products and natural dyes.  We even met a young artist from Holland staying in the village.

Karmelita, the cruise director could not have been more helpful.  Luis, Juan, Moises, Omar, Luis from the dining room, and Aquiles were all very nice. Their manners are impeccable and they even, after 3 days got to know what we wished to eat, or skip, and what we enjoyed drinking whether it was decaf or wine.  The rooms were comfortable spacious, and the stewards were exemplary in straightening, cleaning and forming new animals daily using towels.  From turtle eggs, to manatees, to pink dolphins and tarantulas, it was quite a learning experience.  We loved the idea that Aqua helps local communities as well as the Picaya Samira Reserve.

Thank you Jenny for arranging a trip we will always remember and value.  Please thank Meri for our drinking mugs.  I cannot wait to have my first cup of coffee tomorrow in our new mugs.

I will send some photos.

Best,

Ruth

Richard Nuanes & Party
Washington-USA
September 2015

Our Trip To Peru Was Amazing!

Our trip to Peru was amazing thanks to the great organization of your company and we loved the last four days in the rainforest as well, because it completed the trip in a unique way. Many thanks and kind regards to you and the rest of the team who made our trip an unforgettable experience.  Sabine and Heino

Sabine Hofferberth

Sabine Hofferberth and Heino Hofferberth
Western Australia
September 2015

We Had A Great Time In South America!

Many thanks for following up on our trip, we had a great time in South America!  Now we’re back home and it took us some time to adjust to time difference and adapt back to normal life.

We enjoyed Peru, Brazil and Argentina very much, with Peru particularly splendid, thanks so much for Kuoda’s perfect arrangement.  We’d like to thank Caesar, Alex and especially Jimmy for their professional service!

Specifically we enjoyed these arrangements:

1. Aranwa Cusco hotel is the best hotel we’ve been in, great location and service

2. The 2-day passes to Machu Picchu is very well planned, we enjoyed the hike very much.

Kuoda is a good travel planner, we’d love to recommend them to our friends should they visit Peru!

Thank you and best regards,

Hysan.

Rosalind Siu
Kowloon – Hong Kong
September 2015

This Trip Will Stay In Our Heart And Memory For Ever!

We are really missing our wonderful memories and daily actions in Peru and Bolivia and for sure this trip will stay in our heart and memory for ever. We are preparing a review about our travel with Kouda company to be published soon in Tripadvisor attached with some pictures. We need some times to download our photos from the camera and organize them as we have hundreds of beautiful pictures in Peru and Bolivia.

Finally, we would like to thank you Jenny for all the arrangements and emails as well as congratulate you on your upcoming wedding and wishing you lots of love and happiness… Please don’t forget to send our thanks to Alex and the whole Kuoda Team who make our trip wonderful and memorable…

All the best,

Weaam & Wesam

Weaam Behbehani
Kuwait
September 2015

Kuoda Met or Surpassed Our Expectations Across The Board

We had a fantastic time.  You did a great job, turning what I asked for into reality.  Holger was a great source of information and we enjoyed our time with him.  The hotel in Aguas Calientes after the trek was perfect (one of the best beds I’ve ever slept in.)  We also enjoyed Casa Cartagena.  They were great.  Alex was fantastic. Mery even came to see us our last morning in Cusco.  Kuoda met or surpassed our expectations across the board.  I just realized I haven’t done a review for Kuoda on Trip Advisor.  I’ll take care of that this weekend.  You’ll obviously be happy with it!

Thanks for everything.

Greg Wolter

Greg Wolter
Downers Grove - Illinois - USA
September 2015

Absolutely Flawless Trip!! Like Clockwork! And We Had A Ball!

Hi.  Absolutely flawless trip!!  Like clockwork!  And we had a ball!  Learned so much from Renee and also our jungle guides!  Breathtaking scenery!  Wonderful adventures!  Exquisite accommodations and dining!  Thank you so, so much!  I just wrote a lengthy TripAdvisor review, giving you lots of credit!  My user name is cmac889196 from Richmond, Va.  Hope it brings in more business!  Take care and hello to Renee and Fausto!

Corinne

Corinne Macintosh
September 2015

As Far As Feedback, I Only Have Positive!

Thank you again for making our trip to Peru such a wonderful experience. You, Alex, Mery, Fausto, Demus, and everybody else were great!  I was nervous prior to the trip, but my nerves were put to ease as soon as I met the first Kuoda guide in Lima.

As far as feedback, I only have positive.The guides were knowledgable and friendly, drivers were safe, transportation was on time, van was always clean, all of our questions were answered, logistics were handled and communicated to us…etc.  It was great.  Thank you.

If we ever visit Peru again, we will be contacting Kuoda Travel. You guys were great!

Sheryl

Sheryl Aterrado
September 2015

Everything Went Beautifully!

Everything went beautifully. Emily was totally surprised and very, very happy. Both Jose and Danny did a great job and the ladies here at Nazca House have been delightful. Dinner was perfect.

Jose has a few more pictures on his phone. We neglected to get his email address. Do you have it? We would love to get a copy of the pictures.

Thank you so much for everything! I could never have pulled this off without you!

Adam Thomas
September 2015

The Itinerary That You Created For Us Was Spectacular!

Thank you for your email. We had a wonderful trip and cannot praise Kuoda and its people enough! I have waited to respond to you email because Louise and I wanted to gather our thoughts and comments beforehand.

First off, it was a stress-free vacation. The arrangements were super well-organized and we always felt that we were in capable hands. The drivers and guides always arrived before the scheduled time and the office followed up when necessary (Jason called to make sure we had got off at the right train station on our return from Macchu Picchu). The cars were immaculate and the drivers were professional and drove cautiously. They were also spotless.

Every guide was superb. Personable, extremely knowledgeable and pleasant in every way. They made us feel like personal guests of theirs and were outstanding ambassadors for your company.

It was also terrific that Mery came by our hotel in Cusco and had breakfast with us. Both Louise and I were struck by how lovely she is and how her vision for her company is reflected in the overall excellence of our experiences.

The itinerary that you created for us was spectacular – people have asked us what we considered to be the highlights of our trip and we tell them it is an impossible question to answer – everything was special in its own way. The hotels that you chose were over the top! It would be difficult to say which hotel was our favorite because they all had their attractions. The rooms were great as well.

Thank you again for the trip of a lifetime!

Pat & Louise

Pat & Louise Grubb
August 2015

I’ve Been Telling My Friends About Our Exciting Trip

We had a wonderful time in Peru and we love Cusco.  Thank you for all the planning.  Ofelia was a great and knowledgeable guide who had lots of patience.  She was a pleasure to be with and we enjoyed being with her and laughing together. Cesear was a courteous and safe driver and we always enjoyed being with him in the car.

One regret that I have is not buying more stuff!  I felt like I bought a lot when I was there but when I returned home I realized I should have bought more, particularly wool scarves.

We liked Peru so much we plan on coming again.  I’ve been telling my friends about our exciting trip.   Many of them travel frequently so I would not be surprised if they contacted you to help in the planning.  I’ll give you a heads up.

I’m so glad we met even if it was brief.

Sharry

Sharry Nicholas
August 2015

We Left Peru with Good Memories of Our Trip

Thank you for your message. We were very happy to discover a country with impressive landscapes, such a rich culture, and friendly people who have preserved their traditional values. Thanks also for everything your agency did to ensure we left Peru with good memories of our trip. We will be sure to recommend your services and to use them again if we plan a trip to Peru in the future.

Francis Doblin & Family
August 2015

Thanks Again For Absolutely Flawless Trip…First Rate

Jennifer you have put together a first rate exceptional trip for us.. We have already referred some folks to you personally and I told the lady that met us at the end and presented us with those fun coffee mugs what a fantastic job you did for us.  It was flawless except for that Lima airport piece and that certainly wasn’t your fault as I think Phil did want to go into Lima for that wall textile. Thank you for checking those properties for us  The gift was a request from a friend to get an EVOLVE t-shirt and I cannot believe I lost it.  Wonder if I left it on the commorant.   RATS…  Thanks for checking for me.  If it turns up I will pay for their trouble. Thanks again for absolutely flawless trip…first rate….. LOVED the property in Cusco.. and Quito  We will share our photos with you.. Just getting them on our computers.. They turned out amazing.  It was a WOW vacation and thank you for all your hard work and patience with us.   You even came through with good weather..How did you do that?  You are the best!

Ellen

Phil Tygiel
July 2015

Wonderful Memories of Amazing Peru

Thank you for your warm message, we returned safely with wonderful memories of amazing Peru.

Your travel arrangements, care and generally the positive and professional attitude of all the Kuoda team was wonderful and we will highly recommend anyone travelling to Peru to engage Kuoda.

Wish you all much success!

Laura

Laura Geri
July 2015

It Surpassed All Our Expectations

We are back home safely and yes, reality has set in. :)

It was lovely meeting and chatting with you in Cusco and appreciate you taking the time to connect with us to see how things were going.

We would like to thank the Kuoda team for planning this wonderful trip for us. It surpassed all our expectations and we were blown away by the natural beauty (aside from Machu Pichu which was definitely the high point) of the countryside and the vibrancy of Cusco. Eyner was an enthusiastic tour guide with a lot of local knowledge and provided a wealth of information on all the sites we visited.

Our main concern about food/allergy was taken care of very well. Not only did we feel safe about the food we were eating, it was actually very good! The three course meals were a bit much for us since we typically don’t have big meals, but the food choices were all very good.

We will share some photos (Anant has about 800 to upload) as soon as they are uploaded and we have had a chance to go through them. We hope to visit Peru again in the near future to see the places that we missed on this trip and will definitely use the services of the Kuoda team again!

Abah

Abah Agrawal
July 2015

Our Honeymoon Has Been Fantastic

Our honeymoon has been fantastic and Jem & I are pretty upset about leaving Peru tomorrow ):  Thank you and the Kuoda team for putting together this wonderful itinerary in such a short time; the restaurant recommendations are particularly appreciated – our foodie cravings have been thoroughly satisfied after our visits to Pachapapa, Tres Keros, Cicciolina, El Indio Feliz, Incanto and Huaka Pucllana (we finally tried the guinea pig!!).  We even managed to visit Astrid y Gaston where we sampled the famous 30 course tasting menu you mentioned (which left us very satisfied AND concussed at the dining table towards the end) – I believe this was only possible because you scored us a reservation for La Barra which was why the restaurant allowed the switch, so thank you very much!

Sarah

Sarah Goh
July 2015

All in All a Great Success

I am on my way to Chicago tomorrow, but wanted to let you know briefly that the trip went really well.  All the staff was very good and we really appreciated being picked up and dropped off by the drivers.  (Jaime was especially nice, please say hello.)  No problems with any of the tickets – which again saved us time.  And I climbed Huayna Picchu in just over an hour and think I have some great photos – but have not had time to look yet.

I can see I made some errors in planning; we would have liked a couple more days in Cusco – but that was a function of the plane tickets and nothing to do with you or on your end.  Richard was delighted and surprised to meet your boss/colleague Mary at the airport and felt that was really far more than you needed to do.

I promise to write a little more, but just wanted to send a quick note.   All in all a great success (and too much good food.)

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly & Family
July 2015

We Had Such A Positive Experience

We had an amazing trip and were overall very, very pleased with the service from Kuoda and Llama Path.  The hotels in Cusco (Mercado Tunqui) and in Aguas Calientes (Hatun Inti) were especially lovely.  Our lunch in Maras with Tatiana was amazing and we enjoyed the time to relax in her beautiful backyard and enjoy the scenery.  Our guide in Machu Picchu (Victor) was not only well informed but did a great job managing our tour so we weren’t lost in the crush of humanity and entertaining us while he informed us.  Eduar was a fabulous guide to the sights around Cusco.  He was extremely well informed and very responsive to our questions as well as just being a whole lot of fun to spend time with.  Juancito was fabulous and efficient, I felt very secure with him at the wheel and he was also able to share lots of good information with us.  Our trek with Llama Path was great.  Our guide (Juan de Dios) was very responsive to our needs and our pace and patient with us.  Our chef (Dionisio) was fabulous and honestly made us disappointed with several restaurants we experienced after the trek.  I mean, the man works in a tent and created amazing meals which accommodated my dietary needs.  Very impressive!

Thank you so much for everything!  I’ve already passed along the Kuoda website to 3 different friends who’ve said that they plan to travel to Peru in the next year or 2, because we had such a positive experience.

Andrew & Julie

Andrew Johnson & Julie Gruszynske
July 2015

Thank You For Planning A Fantastic Itinerary For Us!

Thank you Charlotte, for planning a fantastic itinerary for us! We had an amazing vacation making wonderful memories! Yeah it’s a pity we couldn’t meet. The last day was not fun with the kids getting sick :-(. They’re fine now.

Bimba

Bimba Rao
July 2015

So Thanks Again For Taking Such Good Care Of Us

First of all, thank you so much for a wonderful trip.  We loved visiting Peru and enjoyed ourselves tremendously.  We’ll be happy to recommend Kuoda to our friends; and we are quite grateful to Jeanne Finberg for referring us.

We were also very pleased with the people Kuoda assigned to be our guides and drivers.  Renato, Erica, Cesar, Luis, Jason, Holger, and Wagner (sp?) were all excellent.  The guides were knowledgeable and friendly and the drivers were dependable and confidence-inspiring.  We particularly want to commend Holger, who was absolutely terrific.

Generally speaking, we were also very pleased with the hotels Kuoda set up for us.  Overall, our concerns are pretty minor, but we thought you might like to get some specific feedback:  The hotels in Lima were fine.  The airport hotel was exactly the right choice for our night of arrival and the El Pardo was comfortable and well-located for the 2 nights at the end of our trip.  InkaTerra in Aguas Calientes was wonderful.  We would recommend it without hesitation to anyone visiting Machu Picchu.  (There were some minor communications problems, but those were more amusing than bothersome and–after all–we should speak and understand Spanish better than we do, so there you are…)

So thanks again for taking such good care of us.  We were very happy to meet you and Mery and–as I said–we would recommend Kuoda whole-heartedly to our friends.

Tom

Tom Reilly
July 2015

Everyone Was Very Professional

We had a wonderful time in Peru…thanks to you and your team’s assistance!

As constructive feedback, just a few words on each Kuoda person who we met (I hope I am also speaking accurately for Barbie as well):

Renalto / Lima.  Very nice, didn’t seem to bother him that we had to wait an additional hour to receive our luggage.  He was also a great help getting us to and through the Lima airport the next morning.

Jason / Cusco  Pleasant but didn’t seem to click socially (per our discussion)

Juan Driver / Cusco.  Wonderful, charming smile each morning!  Great driver.  Glad he could join us at our lunch in Moray.

Ophelia / Cusco  Not enough words to express how wonderful she is.  She accommodated us at every moment and didn’t seem to mind answering all of  our questions.  She is funny, smart, and articulate.  You are fortunate to have her on your team!

Thank you to Mery for meeting us at the airport to say hello and introduce herself.

Ruben Guide / Puno, Titicaca.  Ruben was also an excellent guide.  He took good care of us and he was also articulate and adept in the history of Puno and Tiquile.  He gave us options whenever possible as it pertained to our physical ability, altitude sickness, or dining choice.  We really enjoyed the two days we were with Ruben.  He really made the two days in Puno special.

Lorenzo Driver / Puno  Too aggressive for my taste (Ruben had to tell him “cuidado” a few times).  However, I realize that is a tough area to navigate especially on a Sunday when the market is open.

Cesar Driver / Lima  Good driver

Erica Guide / Lima  Did a great job guiding us around Lima.  We encountered one hiccup in our schedule and she handled it quickly and efficiently.

All in all, everyone was very professional and we would not hesitate to steer our traveling friends to Kuoda.

On another note Charlotte, it was a pleasure meeting you and we enjoyed dinner together.  You are such a personable and outgoing young lady and we know you have good things ahead.  I also wanted to tell you that had we known what the Homestay on Amantani in Lake Titicaca was all about (now that we know) we would take part in it if given the chance.  It seems daunting when described on paper but it is very doable…you should definitely go for it!!

Barbie

Barbie Friedman
July 2015

Everything was Perfect! 

Everything was perfect. We are telling our families about all of our adventures. I will certainly send you a photo or maybe ten.  We have so any to choose from on our camera.

Could I ask one favor?  At the airport in Lima, after Inti had checked us in and we said our goodbyes, I needed some Peruvian sols for our luggage storage.  Omar, who escorted us to the hotel our first night in Peru happened to be  at the airport and we borrowed money from him.  His presence was a gift from God.  Would it be possible to have you charge my credit card 100 sols and for the cash to be given to Omar to pay my debt?  That would be so helpful.  Please let me know and then I will send my card info if it is alright.

Paula & Family

Paula Wheeler & Family
July 2015

Thank Everyone at Kuoda Who Helped Make Our First Wedding Anniversary A Memorable One

I can’t tell you how impressed we were with Kuoda. We will surely have great things to say about you on Trip Advisor and Facebook. I cannot think of anything negative to say about our trip and the way it was handled by Kuoda. From the very beginning planning stage with you Jenny to the actual tour itself. Lauren and I were so comfortable and impressed with Pilar and Ceasar, they really made the trip enjoyable. The sights we saw and the freedom of movement afforded by a private tour were remarkable. But it was the organization, punctuality and decency of the Kuoda Team that made all of the obvious grandeur of what Peru had to offer that much better. The only thing I can suggest is that you maintain the private lunches. Lauren and I were at first skeptical when Pilar told us we would be enjoying lunch at a local house. We had visions of questionable food in difficult surroundings and we could not have been more wrong. The shock and wonder of seeing the magnificent homes and tasting the delicious home-cooked food were a real highlight. I think Lauren would like to dedicate herself to being as much like Aida Paz Motta Cornejo as possible. Anyway, we want to thank everyone at Kuoda who helped make our first wedding anniversary a memorable one.

Craig And Lauren Savery
July 2015

Memories That We Will Treasure For The Rest Of Our Lives

We had a wonderful holiday thank-you, with memories that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Thanks to all your team for their help and guidance, especially Mery for taking Nicky shopping when she was without luggage. I would be more than happy to give you detailed feedback which I’ll do in another email when I get time. We’d also be more than happy to share some photos with you, but as I took almost 1200 I suspect you’ll only want to see the edited version! I’ll probably put a selection on-line when I get the time, so I’ll send you a link.

Brian

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Brian Smith)
July 2015

To Say That Our Trip To Peru Was Wonderful Is Understatement!

To say that our trip to Peru was wonderful is understatement!  We cannot thank you again for the travel arrangements, hotels, and guides we had.  We particularly enjoyed being guided by Santiago who is a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge of Peru and the various sites we visited.

Again, thank you both and the Kuoda team for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.  Perhaps we can do an Ecuador/Galapagos Islands tour with Kuoda in the future.

Cliff

Cliff Whitehead And Larry Peck
July 2015

We Were Surprised How Smoothly Everything Went

We had a great time in Peru, a very memorable holiday. Given the short notice, and deciding to come during the peak season in June,

We were surprised how smoothly everything went. Every transfer and pick up was on time, and we were very happy with the quality of hotels, guides, tours, meals, etc.

Certainly the highlight of the trip was Machu Picchu (and the Cusco/Sacred Valley area in general), but we also enjoyed getting a broader experience of Peru with the Jungle, Lake Titicaca, Lima, etc.

Paul

Paul Ramsay
June 2015

They All Went Above & Beyond To Cater To Our Every Need

From the bottom of our hearts, we wanted to thank you and the whole team at Kuoda for an incredible trip! I can absolutely understand why you chose to live in Peru, it is an unbelievably beautiful country! It truly is a budding photographers dream! The food was absolutely divine, especially thanks to Kuoda’s choices and suggestions from Pilar & Jason.

We can’t heap enough praise on everyone we met from Kuoda while there last week – Pilar, Marco, and Jason in particular. They all went above & beyond to cater to our every need and we can’t thank them enough!

We have already happily started recommending Kuoda to our friends who are interested in coming to Peru themselves.  We hope that small gesture can contribute to your future success and that of your fellows!

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful country with us!

Mike

Mike & Katie Bries
June 2015

Wonderful & Excellent!

Yes, we had a wonderful trip & will send on some photos & post reviews once we get back on our feet after the return to normal life. Both our primary guides (Robin in the jungle & Jimmy in the sacred valley) were excellent! I would also like to get a hold of Jimmy to thank him again and send a few photos, but forgot to get his email.

Darina

Darina Bellman & Family
June 2015

We Were Thrilled With Our Trip – Your Very Personalized Service

Thanks for your e-mail.  Despite our flight from Lima being canceled, we were able to rebook on LAN and made it home on time last night, for which we were very grateful.

We absolutely loved Peru and had a great experience with Kuoda.  When Mery filled in for Edgar and escorted us to our cooking class Sunday morning, I told her exactly that and sang your praises and Karina’s.  I also promised to post a review on TripAdvisor.

Mery too asked for feedback, and we told her that the only minor (emphasizing minor) thing we would change is that we would have appreciated more information about the difficulty of the Huanaypicchu hike.  While the hike may be typical by Peruvian standards, it’s quite advanced by American ones, and we were surprised.  In the end, it was fine, as Steve absolutely loved the hike, and I was glad I’d done it.  But, and I didn’t say this to Mery, it would have been better if you had let us know how challenging the mountain climb is.  Also, I don’t remember being told that the hike had to happen between 7:00-8:00am or 10:00-11:00am.  That info would have been helpful too, as we planned the rest of the day.

But please don’t get hung up on that one piece of feedback.  We were thrilled with our trip – your very personalized service, the quality of our guide/drivers/host, the efficiency of the logistics, and the amazing cooking class at Marcelo Batata that you suggested.  Thanks again for all of your help planning our adventure.  It was a trip of a lifetime.

Laura

Laura Pinsky & Steven Foertsch
June 2015

No Detail Was Overlooked, You Were Definitely The Best People To Trust Our Special Trip To Your Country

I wanted to take time to thank you, just like you and the Kuoda team took time to show us your beautiful country.

Peru is a beautiful country with intriguing history, fascinating culture, breathtaking natural beauty and colorful & friendly people. But what made our experience most memorable was the way we got to see it with your help. Right from planning our trip, to sending us off at the airport, no detail was overlooked.

Urpi, you took care of all our special requests while planning the trip. The hotels, the food (with vegetarian options everywhere) and all other arrangements were excellent. Services like picking up our bags at the train station at Machu Picchu so that we could directly go to the ruins, giving us all the tickets that we need for our free day, waiting for us at the hotel to settle us in, and being flexible on all our last minute requests were all much appreciated. Alex made sure everything ran smoothly without us having to worry about anything.

Edward was the most patient tour guide we have ever had and was very knowledgeable too. We enjoyed his company. Ronalds was such an experienced driver that we felt extremely safe with him behind the wheels. Erika was very efficient in Lima. Last but not the least, Mery’s visit to say goodbye to us was such a pleasant surprise. We felt like we were saying goodbye to old friends!

Kouda team, you were definitely the best people to trust our special trip to your country. We cannot thank you enough for making it an absolutely relaxing and unforgettable experience. You have given our family a life time of memories.

Sumana

Sumana Balakrishna
June 2015

All in All a Great Experience

We had a great time in Peru, and Kuoda and especially Jimmy did a great job.  It was very nice of Mery to be at the airport and give us a nice gift.  And thank you for help coordinating the trip and dealing with all our questions.  All in all a great experience.

Tom

Tom Kemp & Family
June 2015

Great Job Planning!

Overall we really enjoyed the trip & we think you did a great job planning it.  Let me think about the details & get back to you.  I do want you to know that we really enjoyed our guide in Cusco & Machu Picchu; his name was Jimmie.  He was great and very patient regarding Isabella who was somewhat of a challenge.  We also really enjoyed our driver Juan.  Also Ruben in Lake Titicaca was great and Vanessa in Lima as well.  I will get back to you in the next few days with further comments.

We also really enjoyed meeting you.  I appreciate you taking time out of your day to stop by the hotel to say hello.

Susan

Susan Bissette & Family
June 2015

Kuoda Provided One of The Best Travel Services We Have Ever Experienced

I would like you to know, that Kuoda provided one of the best travel services we have ever experienced. You should take this as a real compliment,  since we are really experienced travelers and have visited nearly one hundred countries using various agencies in the past. We have already recommended you to some friends who are contemplating a trip to Peru in the future.

The only sour note to our trip was provided by American Airlines, when they cancelled our return flight and rebooked the two of us on different and inconvenient flights. I don’t remember the name of the guide who helped us with our return flight check in, but we are really grateful for his help in getting us to the front of a rather long line at American saving us a 1-2 hour wait. American finally rebooked us on Copa and we actually got back to New York only two hours later than our original itinerary. Since the Copa flight departed in the afternoon, we had a 5 hour wait at the airport, but our guide took us to the airport hotel and arranged for our luggage to be stored and to use the hotel facilities, making the wait more comfortable. It is this kind of “above the call of duty” help that makes traveling with Kuoda such an exceptional experience.

Again, many thanks to the Kuoda staff for making our trip to Peru one of our very best travel experiences.

Steve

Steve Singer
June 2015

Everything Was Perfectly Designed And Organized!

We had a great time and felt the trip went really smoothly.  We loved Carlos, he was very professional and knowledgeable.  The river rafting guide was great.  All of the people that helped us to connect were great.  We also felt very safe with all of the drivers.  At the Inkaterra, we though the guide was also great (Frey).  We also really like the food there.  All of the hotels were very clean, and nice!  We had a great time and felt the trip went really smoothly.  We loved Carlos, he was very professional and knowledgeable.  The river rafting guide was great.  All of the people that helped us to connect were great.  We also felt very safe with all of the drivers.  At the Inkaterra, we though the guide was also great (Frey).  We also really like the food there.  All of the hotels were very clean, and nice!

We would definitely recommend Kuoda to anyone traveling in Peru.  Everything was perfectly designed and organized!  Feel free to share!!!

Arlene

Arlene Young
June 2015

We Would Book With You Again In A Heartbeat. We Would Book With You Again In A Heartbeat

We were truly pleased with our interactions with Kuoda and with you. We would book with you again in a heartbeat.

Jonathan was terrific; he was an excellent tour guide, very responsive, personable, and truly enjoys what he does. He and Marco were prompt and very organized. We really liked the itinerary and where we went/what we saw. Our favorite site was Machu Picchu, but the most unique thing was the time that we spent at Pablo Seminario’s pottery studio. The cooking class was really fun and was the walking tour of Cusco/Saturday market. We opted not to hike Huayna Picchu and Jonathan gave us the option of hiking the Sungate Trail instead. Despite being in good physical shape for 58 years, the altitude and steepness of Huayna Picchu wouldn’t have been a good idea for us. The accommodations and food throughout the trip were great. (Luckily we were asked by the front desk if we wanted a box breakfast on the morning of departure. We thought that Kuoda was going to provide this; Jason arrived without a box breakfast, but it worked out as the hotel took care of it.)

Again, we truly enjoyed our trip, despite the flight hassles of getting to Peru (cancellations in the US) and the flight problems between Cusco/Lima/ and Buenos Aires.

I hope that Jonathan is available to work with Sharry and John when they travel in August. I’m glad that they chose to work with you.

We hope to someday be able to visit other areas of Peru.

Lori

Lori Weiss
June 2015

We Were Very Impressed With Kuoda’s Services!

I will send you feedback as soon as I have a chance to collect input from my Mom and daughter as well (could take a while). Thank you for all of your hard work! We had a fabulous trip, and thanks to Kuoda! We were very impressed with Kuoda’s services! I’ll be back in touch with a more detailed email. I would also like to send you some photos, however, that could take a while as well. We took over 5000 photos on 6 different devices! Yes, I know, CRAZY!

Marisa

Marisa Gabbert & Family
June 2015

Thank You Again For Planning Us The Trip Of A Lifetime!

We had the most amazing time in Peru!  Thank you for organizing and planning such a perfect trip for us!

Overall everything was perfectly planned and thought out.  Our only complaint was on our car trip from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.  Our driver (Juan) arrived early and picked us up from our hotel that morning.   We even got on the road a little earlier than planned, which was great.   We were then taken to the airport in Cusco to fly to Puerto Maldanado.

Juan drove us the majority of our trip and was great, he was courtious and friendly and most of the time we felt very safe in his care.

Our guide (Katy) was amazing!!  She was so accommodating and made sure everything was perfect during our trip.  She really went out of her way to make us feel comfortable.  She was very informative and was obviously well educated on the history and culture of Peru.  She really made our trip all that we had expected and more!

Thank you again for planning us the trip of a lifetime!

Missy

Missy Peters

We Loved Our Vacation in Peru & Ecuador!!

Comment 1a

As you can see, we loved our vacation in Peru and Ecuador!!  The memories will be a part of our lives forever.  I am planning to start working on a memory photo album soon.

Our vacation got off to a bang right from the first day.  We all loved the countryside hike, tour of the alpaca farm, mountain bike and then of course our 2 days hiking Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. Percy was a perfect host, very helpful, knowledgeable, concerned and polite. We also thought our biking guides were great, in fact, I learned so much about biking!  Berk, who does mountain bike weekly, was very pleased with the tour, despite the tough steep hills.  It was definitely a thrill ride.  Both open air lunches were special too, not only was the food good, but sitting countryside was really fun for the family.

Percy made our long 6 hour hiking day just so easy. I know we couldn’t have done it without him. His knowledge and love of your country is such a benefit and treat.  Each Peruvian hotel was so unique, comfortable, we truly felt special by the staff at each hotel.

I will send you a separate email regarding our trip to Ecuador later.

Thanks to you too Jenny, your promptness, thoroughness, and concern for our vacation was truly above and beyond what was expected!

Comment 1b

As a continuation of our family trip to Ecuador, we had fun on the long train ride from Aqua Caliente to Cusco, the fashion show and dance were quite the entertainment!  Cusco was a tough day for most of the Hongs, I think it was a combination of the higher elevation plus being physically tired from the 4 busy days plus travel. After an afternoon and evening in the beautiful Cusco hotel, we all felt much better. We loved meeting Mery at the airport and discussing our travels personally with her.  The airport transfers and personal attention with our luggage etc we received was sooo nice and appreciated!

Norby was an excellent guide in Quito, we loved his calming and informative details as we toured the city of Quito and the equator. We all wished we were able to stay in the old section of Quito, the historic hotel looked very interesting.  The tour at the equator was fun and educational for all.

We all felt the trip to the cloud forest may have been just too much travel for us. We had to drive in the dark to the forest arriving later so we didn’t get to really enjoy being in the cloud forest. We all wished we had more time to zipline rather than the butterfly farm. The chocolate tour was great! Very informative and we loved the brownies.  We had NO idea how much was involved in making chocolate.

After a long 5 hour flight delay in the Quito airport, we finally made it to the Galapagos Islands.  Unfortunately we all missed reading the detailed note regarding the $100 cash entrance fee.  Norby did help us in finding an ATM machine to resolve this, luckily the airport staff was reasonable.

Our time in the Galapagos seemed too quick, and involved a lot of travel. We loved our time snorkeling with the sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and taking pictures of the unique sea animals the islands are home to. Norby was not as engaged while we toured the islands, not sure if he was the best guide of the Galapagos Islands.

Overall, our Kuoda trip was a trip none of us will ever forget. Kuoda made the trip a very unique, exciting adventure that the Hongs will be talking about for the rest of our lives.

Thank you so much Jenny, keep us updated on your new adventures.

Comment 2

Yes, we are all back and had a fantastic time!

Bevin and I were there only a week and we were exhausted but so thankful for the experience. Most hiking, biking, we’ve ever done in our entire lives but survived.

Lodging, food, excursions, scenery were all great. (only feedback would be to determine our level of these activities, one nephew rode in van 1/3 of bike trip and another nephew (13 years of age) was in van 2/3 of trip and very intense biking parts that all of us walked down instead of biking.

I opted out of the 8.5 mile trek on Inca trail unfortunately since not a big fan of peeing in the woods (only suppose to be one bathroom stop along the trail), and am sorry I missed it. If I had known ahead of time that limited bathrooms each day, I would have drank less water, or prepared myself better.

Tour guides were awesome and flexible. Learned a lot about the history of Peru, and the natives.

Thanks for organizing this wonderful trip for the whole Hong family.

Becky

Becky Hong & Family
June 2015

All Other Parts Of The Tour Was Beautiful

We really had a very nice tour; It was only possible by your thoughtful management. In Peru we really enjoyed, In Bolivia our young guide was very very good , he took care of us , and helped Malabika to climb up the highest point of the island in salt desert.

The hotel in Uyuni was not having any hot water supply. That was a little problem in that very cold atmosphere.

Only small thing is our tour to museum on the last day was in hurry, I believe we should have one more hour at least in the museum. It was very interesting and our guide had some other appointments on that day, So we finished in a hurried manner

All other parts of the tour was beautiful, my only regret is I could not meet you.

Ratnabali

Ratnabali Sengupta & Family
June 2015

The Trip was Fantastic!

The trip was fantastic and I will send you a more detailed evaluation soon.

In the meantime, thanks for all your help.  I will certainly be recommending Kuoda to my friends who are thinking of traveling to Peru.

Gary

Gary Hulett
June 2015

We Loved Our Peru Trip!

We loved our Peru trip! John was dealing with some back problems and couldn’t walk comfortably as much as he would have liked, but he truly enjoyed seeing Machu Picchu and the other incredible sites we visited. Each day was special and memorable. Santiago was terrific and Fausto was an excellent driver.

Tom and Cande both had cameras clicking at every amazing sight. My own camera was not in top working condition, so I know that Tom’s pictures will be much preferable to mine.

Thanks for arranging a wonderful experience for us. We also loved the Amazon portion of the trip and found the Delfin to be very special. The food on board was unbelievable!

Jane Ragle
June 2015

The Trip Was Fantastic

The trip was fantastic and I would not hesitate to recommend Kuoda to my friends, you guys do a great job.  I noticed you also do Galapagos trips so this may not be my last Kuoda trip :)

We actually loved the planetarium.  We were in a big group which of course can sometimes be a problem but the staff/family that run the planetarium make sure that everyone gets the opportunity to see everything.  It’s small but the family that runs it makes it very worthwhile.  They obviously love what they do.  It’s also always interesting to see the sky ‘upside down’ compared to what we’re used to and to see so many stars compared to what we see at home due to being near big cities.

As far as the chocolate – how can you go wrong :)  It was definitely fun and again the leader that we had there made the experience even better.  Also worth mentioning that being told that we didn’t have to wait for our chocolate because Kuoda/Jason would pick it up was really a nice surprise and a great example of how you guys really take extra care of people.

Also forgot to mention that you were right about Wayna Picchu – it has a scary section or two but it’s very doable and not anywhere near as terrifying as the posts on youtube and tripadvisor make it sound.  My cousin wasn’t able to do it (physical limitations) but it was a highlight for me.

Karen

Karen Meagher
June 2015

What a Wonderful Time We Had On Our Visit to Machu Picchu

We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on our visit to Machu Picchu. Dimas (I think that is how you spell his name) was a wonderful guide. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Machu Picchu. I hurt my leg on the first part of the trail and he was always there to help me if I needed a sturdy hand to help me navigate the trails. I will definitely recommend Kuoda to anyone who wants a great experience!

Deborah

Debora Smith And Party
June 2015

Learned More About Peru and its Culture & People

We had a great time in Peru and saw all the things that were important to us. Except for the first night (which Kuoda responded to very quickly and effectively) the hotel rooms were all very good. We particularly enjoyed staying with Art in Cusco (although he really does need to do something about the hot water for the showers).

All the guides where great – very knowledgeable and generous with their time. The visits to the less touristic things (lunch at Jeremy’s, the visit to the village that Kuoda sponsors, lunch on the island with the locals) were perhaps the most interesting and enjoyable. I think we learnt more about Peru and its culture and people from these visits than from anything. The food at Jeremy’s was outstanding.

We found the trip physically very demanding and Mardi suffered from altitude sickness. It would have been good if an Oxyshot cannister had been available for the bus trip from Cusco to Puno. This trip was a bit tedious with all the stops with street vendors everywhere.

Kuoda did a great job and we would certainly recommend them to people planning to see Peru.

Geoff

Geoff Lewis
May 2015

Best Vacations We’ve Ever Had!

Thank you Charlotte, we had a blast! It truly was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. Everyone was very nice and helpful and made the trip so much easier not having to think about anything too much! Lol

It was a pleasure meeting you and hopefully we’ll see you in Peru again!

Jessica

Jessica Clack
May 2015

Great Trip to Peru!

We are back home safe and sound, and just wanted to thank you for organizing such a great trip for us. The guides were great and we learned a lot about Peruvian people of today as well!

Jaakko

Jaakko Puisto
May 2015

Everything Was So Perfectly Orchestrated

Rajiv and I would like to thank you for a wonderful vacation.  Everything was so perfectly orchestrated that we didn’t have to worry about a thing.  All of the guides were great and we felt safe with the drivers you chose.

Manuel at Lake Titicaca was an especial jewel.  He gave us just enough information to make our tour very interesting without overwhelming us with so much info that our eyes were glazing over.  He also had no problem if we interrupted to ask questions.  Something that really endeared him to us was when we were walking up the hill of the big island we came upon a Frenchman who was in difficulty.  He looked like he was going to pass out.  Manuel stopped and picked him some herbs to breathe and showed him how to do some breathing exercises.  He took the time to help another person rather than leaving him by the wayside.  He also seemed to genuinely care about the family on the floating island as well as the family that provided us lunch on the big island.

When we are ready to go to the Galapagos in another year or two, we will most certainly give you a call.   You can check out my Trip Advisor review–look for “mahban.”

All the best to you and many thanks.

Rajiv & Mary

Marysusan Banavali
May 2015

Wonderful Trip to Peru

We had such a wonderful trip to Peru. Thank you so much for all your help in planning it. When I get settled more and get a chance to go through all of our pictures I will send a few.

Leah McBee
May 2015

All The Planning Was Perfect And We Loved Everything We Got To Experience

We had such a wonderful time in Peru. It’s been fun going through photos and talking to friends and family about all our experiences. It truly will be an experience we will remember and cherish for the rest of our lives.

Kuoda did a wonderful time planning our trip and every host, driver and guide we had were wonderful. We really loved Holger and can’t believe how much we learned from him. We were very impressed how the situation with our luggage was handled. We understand that mistakes and surprises happen and although it was stressful to hear that we may not have our luggage for a night, Kuoda handled the situation rapidly. It was great to get our luggage that night and then have Merry come visit us at the hotel. It really made a good impression on us.

Our trip was wonderful. All the planning was perfect and we loved everything we got to experience. I will be sending photos as soon as I get them downloaded to my computer.

Amanda & Chris

Amanda and Chris Mulliniks
May 2015

I have some photos to send, we are smiling on all of them!!

I am gradually getting back to normal after our wonderful holiday, It all seems like an amazing dream now. I took1500 photographs and am busy sifting through them, it brings it all back. I presume from your comments about smiling faces that you just want pictures of Emily and I enjoying ourselves. Manuel said we should send you the photos we took on Uros of the family we visited cutting reeds as no one had seen it before.

We can’t fault your company and the service we got, we were always welcomed in each place with details of our itinerary for the day, our days were well planned and everything went smoothly. Your guides were excellent, full of interesting pertinent information giving us a real insight into your country both past and present.

They were all obviously proud of their country and culture.

One of my friends is already interested in visiting Peru after coffee this morning. Wait till she has seen the photographs!!!

I will be in touch when I have some photos to send, we are smiling on all of them!!

Judith

Judith Webb
May 2015

We Had A Fabulous Holiday In Peru!

We had a fabulous holiday in Peru!

The itinerary met all of our expectations and was executed with professionalism throughout by the various agencies providing services. We were especially pleased with the breathtaking scenery (no pun intended) of the Andes and opportunity to visit many spectacular ruins along the Inca Trail. The personalized attention by the porters, chef, and guide from Llama Path made the experience even better—including special Mother’s Day meals prepared by our chef, Rene. The most difficult part of the trek was saying goodbye to the wonderful staff!

Holdger (our guide through the various Sacred Valley and Cuzco area activities) masterfully provided historical and cultural context as we visited each site. We enjoyed his company very much, and especially appreciated Holdger’s patience in answering our endless stream of questions about Peru. It was a wonderful learning experience! We also want to acknowledge our driver, Luis, for his stellar service in awaiting our arrival at the Puchar train station despite an unforeseen bus strike resulting in the main roads to Cuzco being closed.

Visiting Inkaterra Reserve was a highlight of our trip as well. The activities were informative and well executed by the guides, although the muddy trails were a bit challenging at times. The accommodations were very nice although some aspects of the facility were showing signs of aging (such as the suspension bridges through the jungle canopy). That said, we eagerly took a second trip through the canopy when asked by one of the guides! The food was good and the service friendly.

Our time along the northern coast was very informative and also gave us the opportunity to see daily life in a Peruvian city. The staff at Los Portales, however, was somewhat rude, presumably because of our feeble Spanish language skills. Getting laundry service was also problematic at this hotel but our guide came through in taking us to a local business instead. As hoped, we visited sites that connected the timeline of civilizations existing prior to the rise of the Inca. Admittedly, it was disappointing not to see the Sipan site but understandable due to the civil unrest in the area. The Sipan museum is among the finest collections of artifacts we have ever seen! The car trip from Chiclayo to Trujillo was a bit long, but the visit to El Brujo made it worthwhile. Trujillo offered some outstanding ruins (Chan Chan was incredible) and the Moche ceramics were mesmerizing. We also had a fantastic lunch at Big Ben!

Although we were a bit travel weary by the end of our trip, it was definitely worthwhile seeing downtown Lima—good way to spend the few remaining hours without sitting in an airport!

Our sincere thanks to you, Jenny, for an outstanding trip!

Michael & Dana

Michael & Dana Strowbridge
May 2015

I Really Fell In Love with Peru & The Kuoda Family Is Responsible For That

We were very glad to meet you and Tom as well.  We appreciate you coming out to see how our trip was going.  It is the personal touch your company has that sets you apart.  I am still wishing we could have stayed longer, especially in Cusco.  It is such a beautiful city!  I really fell in love with Peru and the Kuoda family is responsible for that.  You all made every day special and wonderful.  I will cherish every memory of every experience.

Since Josh and I both had cameras, we have over 2,000 pictures! We are still trying to go through them all.

I have been thinking about Peru and Josh and I have been discussing Peru quite a bit.  I have put a lot of thought into our experiences. Here is what I have come up with-

Kuoda review

Josh and I travel frequently and I always make all the arrangements for transportation & lodging.  I research EVERY place we travel, extensively.  I had been planning a trip to Peru since my husband said “I want to see Machu Picchu one day” and my response was “Let’s go!”.  However, we had many obstacles along the way.  Our house needed a new roof, so we delayed the trip one year.  I was very unhappy at my job and quit, so we delayed the trip another year.  Our pool was in very bad shape and the pump broke, so we delayed the trip another year!  All the while, I was reading articles and watching every travel program about Peru (Anthony Bourdain, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Booze Traveler are my favorites).

However, we have never done a land-based trip in a foreign country before. I needed an expert to plan this trip for me.  The travel agent that arranged our Euro trip tried to arrange Peru for us through Latour.  We gave them our budget, number of days we wanted to travel and told them at least four star accommodations.  They said it was not possible.  I knew they did not have what it takes to handle my plans.  Other travel companies need to pay attention to you, Kuoda.  You did EVERYTHING right.

Mi Kuoda Famila-

I am picky. I am highly detail oriented and I am a travel snob and you still impressed me.  That is not easy to do!

Tom Adams, you are at the top of your game, sir.  You picked every hotel AND room type I would have picked for myself.  Thank you for all of your efforts.  I really didn’t think someone else could do my planning for me as well as I can.  Everything was seamless!!  Thank you also for taking time to come out and meet us.  I wish we could’ve spent more time together but I was so sleepy.  You should’ve stayed and drank Pisco with us! (That’s okay, you’re coming to Phoenix in December, right?!?)

Rocio, Rosario, Aitel, Jason, Henry, Erica, our beloved Jimmy and Yuri and lovely Lillia – you made every minute of every day of our trip terrific.  You are friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable.  Jason & Erica, thank you for the assistance & special trip to the pharmacy for medicines!  You took good care of us. Aitel is a wealth of knowledge.  We are lucky to have had him with us traveling across the altiplano.  We really enjoyed learning so much from him.

Jimmy & Yuri, where do I begin?  I felt like we were all hermanos when we parted.  We really enjoyed your company, your knowledge, your friendly personality and showing us all there is to love about Peru.  You took good care of us and made sure we had lots of pictures of us everywhere we visited!  We’ve never had so many pictures of us on any of our previous trips!

We really enjoyed Lillia.  She was so friendly and easy to talk to.  I wish we could’ve spent more time with her, instead of just to/from the airport in Lima.  In my opinion, Lillia should be doing the Lima tours.  Erica was very knowledgable and friendly, but I felt we personally had a better connection with Lillia.

Seriously, please keep my contact information.

Please contact us anytime.  Ahora, somos una familia! Muchas gracias por todo!

Cassandra

 

Cassandra Smith
May 2015

Thanks Again For A Fantastic Trip!

Thanks for the nice follow-up. We had a great trip and have told many people about the wonderful arrangements you made for us.

We actually have very few pictures of ourselves on the trip. Below is one that I am sure is from a position you have seen before. When I show it to people they can’t believe it and ask if we are posed in front of a large poster! This was taken with our cell phone. It was taken late in the day after most of the visitors had left the park.

I am currently working on images from the trip but am afraid it will be some time as I like to take my time editing and working on the select images. At the end of our trips we like to put together a 150-200 page coffee-table size book on the trip complete with captions so we can remember the specifics of the trip as time the years pass. As I photograph I actually like to think in terms of pages spreads and mini picture stories for the major highlights of the trip.

If you are interested, I have a website where you can see some of the images from our past trips.  Eventually I will add some of the Peru pictures to the site. The address is psmphotography.com. From the home page click on Galleries for a listing. The trips last year to Ecuador and Iceland were particularly exciting for the wildlife and landscapes. The C&O Canal is a US National Park that starts a few miles from our house and runs along the Potomac River for 184.5 miles. This is a project Bill and I have been working on for several years and hope to publish a book on it.

Thanks again for a fantastic trip,

Bill

Bill Dehnke
May 2015

We Had a Truly Wonderful Time During Our Three Weeks Away

I think we finally have the time to respond to your letter and give you and the Kuoda team some feed back from our holiday experience in South America!

We had a truly wonderful time during our three weeks away and were so pleased with all the arrangements that you and the company put in place for our convenience while away from home.

All our guides were so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and they made the touring experience complete! We learnt so much from all of them and appreciated the confidence they seemed to have in their job, and all the information they were able to impart to us.

The Operations people who met us at airports, and checked us in for  flights etc. were punctual and very efficient, and all the drivers were excellent and we felt safe at all times.

We enjoyed all the hotels, and appreciated the different experiences offered by so many of them, in particular the Monastery in the Sacred Valley, and the Colca Lodge in the canyon. We also especially enjoyed our trips in the Sacred Valley with Holger when we visited the horse ranch for a wonderful lunch and horse riding experience which was a total surprise, and also the picnic by the lake with him and Juan the driver the very next day!

Our guides in Rio, Iguazu, and Arequipa were excellent and we also appreciated the trip to the local weavers and the Kuoda school; that provided a wonderful opportunity to get off the beaten track and to see more Peruvian culture at close quarters.

We would definitely recommend Kuoda to anyone contemplating a trip similar to ours as it made the experience very complete, and we felt so safe all the time.

Thank you to the team, and to Mery as well for coming to meet us at the airport. The photo frames were a lovely addition, and we have so many happy memories of our time in Peru.

I will send you some photos in a separate letter.

We wish you all continued success in the future, and many thanks again.

Anne

Anne Motl
May 2015

The Service We Received From Kuoda Was Excellent From Start to Finish

It was lovely to see you in Cusco.  You live in a very interesting city!  Thank you for making the effort to come to meet us.  We appreciate it.

The service we received from Kuoda was excellent from start to finish.  I would not hesitate to  recommend your tour company.  Jimmy was an exceptional guide who made his explanations of his tour lively and informative.  Orlando quietly drove us safely to our destinations and was always there if we needed help.  It was also a pleasant surprise to meet Mery at our Cusco hotel after we had left you.

As I explained to Mery, we had a great tour, loved the hotels [except the Lima airport hotel, which, however, served its purpose] and were very impressed with the way the plan was changed to suit the circumstances of the strike.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our day of rest at Sol y Luna.  What an amazing setting!  The food at the Sumac was delicious and we really enjoyed the chicken soup at the Casa Cartegena.

I also mentioned to Mery that I would have really liked to have had a tour of the Cathedral in Cusco.  I did go in by myself but it would have been much more interesting to have had a guide with me to point out the special items [though I did see the famous Last Supper painting].  I didn’t get to see the Jesuit church.  However, I can appreciate that not everyone was as keen to see the churches as I was.  Seeing so many people enjoying the sunny Sunday parade in the Plaza was an unexpected treat.

What an exciting trip it was!  I haven’t looked at my photos yet as it will take a while to edit my way through a couple of thousand pictures!

Thank you for all you did to make our visit to Peru  so interesting and comfortable.

Christine

Christine Campden
May 2015

Everything Worked Out So Well!

We’re sitting in the departure lounge in Santiago waiting for our flight to Australia with our holiday to South America a wonderful memory.

As you know, we went to Astrid y Gaston last night for dinner and the meal was just delicious. Thank you for recommending the restaurant and also for making the booking. Everything worked out so well.

We also appreciated Cesar’s suggestion to book into a small hotel in the Miraflores area so that we could shower and have a rest after coming out to the jungles. That worked a treat and gave us an opportunity to ‘tart up’ a little for dinner instead of wearing the clothes we’d been in all day.

We were bowled over by Mery spending some of her precious time with us in Cusco. She’s a gem and her gift of a handcrafted photo frame was ever so thoughtful. We’ll now have to decide which one of John’s ‘trillion’ photos of Peru will go into the frame. I somehow think that it will be the one of the hummingbird flying vertically inverted. He’s more than a little chuffed about that one.

Maybe you might visit Australia to photograph our bird life. John has actually taken a photo of a sulphur crested cockatoo flying backwards. This was a rare sight.

John Douglas
May 2015

We Felt Totally Spoiled By You All

It was such a pleasure to meet you and Mery – and all of your staff – who were all lovely to deal with.

When I get home I will communicate regarding making a donation for Ermitaño which I discussed with Mery to be used to expand his obvious artistic talents.

We will most definitely make our most favourable comments to you and Trip Advisor when we get back. We felt totally spoiled by you all and have already told many travel companions about our picnic with Caesar (The King!) and Holger – it was ONE OF our many highlights with you all.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Bob

Bob Rankin
May 2015

We Had An Amazing Time In Peru!

We had an amazing time in Peru! We were very happy that we choose Kuoda and would/ will recommend Kuoda to anyone who plans to travel to Peru.

We gave feedback to both Edgar and Merry, but wanted to share with you too. We chose Kuoda because of good reviews online and because you were great to work with. We had emailed a couple different travel companies. You were always so quick to get back with us. We felt that if you were going to take such good care of us before we even committed to the travel, that you and Kuoda would continue to take care of us while traveling (which you totally did).

We were blown away by the culinary tour with Penelope! That was an amazing experience and we would highly recommend to others. We felt that the staff at the hotel in Paracas was maybe not as nice as they could have been. There was a language barrier there, the food wasn’t very good and they never had any change (not just for large bills, but even if we only needed two soles back in change they didn’t have it). I know that you had recommended the Double Tree there and we probably should have spent the extra money to go there. I’m not sure if you had heard that I had received counterfeit Soles from the bank here in the states… well I didn’t know they were counterfeit and tried to use them at the hotel… so that could be some of the reason why we felt that the staff weren’t very friendly.

All of the other hotels that we stayed at were wonderful. We especially enjoyed our stay at Casa Andina. We have never stayed at such a beautiful hotel before. The time we spent in the Andes was our favorite! Jose Carlos was an amazing guide/ teacher. He was very patient with us, with all of our questions and with our struggles on the one day hike to Machu Picchu. We all knew what we were getting into with that hike (although we didn’t realize how many stairs there were), but we would say that the description on the itinerary could use some updating. It was much more grueling than just walking ‘a lovely uphill path’. 

If we did the trip over again, we would have listened to your advice and spent more time in Cusco.

We always felt safe on the trip and our guides and drivers kept us well informed of the next day’s itinerary and meeting times. It was a pleasure meeting Merry at the airport and the picture frames are absolutely beautiful… now we just have to narrow down what photo out of seriously thousands of photos we want to display.

Thanks again for all of your help with planning an amazing vacation for us. We had a great time and appreciate your hard work and all of the friendly guides and drivers that we met along the way!

Sheri & Friends

Sheri Garbrecht and Friends
May 2015

Thank You Again For The Great Tour!

We had a fabulous day at MP with Karina. She is delightful, patient, and knowledgeable.

Thank you, and thank you again for the great tour!

John & Barbara

John Harllee & Barbara Bordelon
May 2015

Really Fantastic Trip – Peru Is Just Beautiful

Hi Jennifer!

It was great to meet you and Mery and all the rest of Kuoda! We had a really fantastic trip – Peru is just beautiful, and I can totally see why you chose to stay in Cuzco! I only wish we had had more time to explore even more and I had more space for souvenirs! I guess that just means we’ll have to come back some day!

We had no troubles with our travels either – we even got our bags in like 20 minutes at JFK! That’s pretty much unheard of (last time my boss at work went through JFK she waited 2 hours for her bags!) and caught an earlier train back to Albany.

Thank you again for an amazing trip, and for all our hosts – Evelyn and Cesar and every one else – were so great!

I think that’s all my comments so far – we really had a great time. We’ll definitely think of Kuoda for our 10 year anniversary in 2020 – we’re thinking Ecuador and the Galapagos!

Christina

Christina McLaughlin
April 2015

Gracias a Ti y a Todo Tu Equipo

Urpi buenos días!!

Disculpa que no te había escrito antes, de verdad quería agradecerles por todo, la pasamos excelente, gracias a ti y a todo tu equipo, en especial a Percy y Hernan por ser nuestro guía y transporte durante todo el paseo, de verdad no me quejo de nada, la atención y los servicios prestados superaron mis expectativas!!

A mi esposa y a mí nos gustó mucho todo y esperamos en futuro poder ir nuevamente ahora con nuestros padres si dios quiere, no dudo que para la próxima vez los contactare nuevamente.

Luis

Luis Guerra
April 2015

Every Single Day Was Very Special for Me

I downloaded thousands of photos and my heart was pounding with all beautiful memories when I saw them again and again. Every single day was very special for me. Especially, I loved the picnic with a magnificent view. It was breathtaking.

My son Johnny and I would like to say a huge ‘Thank-You’ to all Kuoda’s members, who organized and worked so hard for our perfect holiday and, including tour guides and drivers. The all tour guides have a deep knowledge and were incredibly helpful. We were very pleased wherever we arrived and whenever the new tour started, we were greeted warmly with Kuoda all the time.

To me every day was sensational to have incredible experiences and feel its culture so closely. Overall, my son and I were 100% satisfied about our holiday with Kuoda. On top of that, Mary turned up at the airport in Cusco and that was Suprise, Suprise and Suprise!!! I was gob smacked by her and told to my friends and families, “Look her, that is a key and the way how she is running her business so successfully!”

More happy to share my fantastic holiday in Peru.

Please, send my love and thank-you to Mary, Alex, Julie, Othello, Joseph and the team. Johnny and I had an unforgettable holiday in Peru.

Kind regards

Mrs.Chang

JOHNNY O
April 2015

Incredible Time on Our Trip to the Galápagos Islands & Peru

We had an incredible time on our trip to the Galápagos Islands and Peru. Kuoda guides and drivers were wonderful, and we felt they tailored our experiences to our interests. The hotels were luxurious and the meals were delicious. Thank you for arranging such a great trip!

Dale & Rick

Dale Croft & Rick Lutz
April 2015

We Really Appreciated Your Help in Planning a Great Itinerary

We are home safely, and getting back to our normal schedules.  We had a fantastic trip, and we really appreciated your help in planning a great itinerary, and making my birthday extra special with a dinner out at Limo and the Seminaro mugs!  Unfortunately our last 24 hours in Peru was a bit rough. We (mostly I) got terribly sick on our last night in Titicaca – probably food poisoning :(  It lasted about 24 hours, right up until I got on the plane, so the Lima tour day and travels home were very tough. Your guide Maggie and the driver were good sports putting up with our problems, and we are very grateful we had the driver and guide that last day.

We loved the Wanchaq market tour/cooking class in Cusco, as well as our dinner at Baco in Cusco, which isn’t currently on your list.  We recommend you try both for future client recommendations!  I will forward you the contact information for the Cusco Culinary coordinator.

Joanne

Joanne Alfieri & Eric Wolfe
April 2015

For Our 1st Experience with a Lone Guide & Driver, I Think We Are Spoiled

Meeting you and Mery at breakfast was great and now we know why Kuoda is such a wonderful company.  I will forever be grateful for all the care and concern we received when Phil became ill.  For that alone I thank you.  For our 1st experience with a lone guide and driver, I think we are spoiled.  Thank you for a wonderful Peruvian vacation.

Chris

Chris & Phil Lyle
April 2015

The Trip Was An Experience of a Lifetime!

I would like to thank you for all of your help with the trip. Marisa and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and each day was a wonderful experience.

Every Kuoda employee we encountered along the way was excellent. Our guide Carinne and Juan our driver were incredibly helpful and a great fit for us.

I am going to recommend this particular trip and especially KUODA  travel to my friends and family.

Thank you again to all of you at Kuoda. The trip was an experience of a lifetime!

Carla

 

Carla and Marisa McDonald
April 2015

We Had a Wonderful Time In Peru & Bolivia

We had a wonderful time in Peru and Bolivia.

The issue around the bus transfer was well resolved and we appreciated how responsive Kuoda was in respect of this.

We hope to visit South America again- probably Argentina and Chile..If you organize travel there, we would certainly be happy to use your services again

Eileen

Eileen Wee
April 2015

It Was Really A Memorable Trip!

Thank you the Kuoda team for everything in Peru. It was really a memorable trip.

We landed last night after almost 35 hours traveling home. We have time discussing about our next trip in South America, Galapagos and Amazon, which will be in the next couple years.

Glad to know that you like the notebook and even be in Thailand. Let me know if you have a chance to come by!

We would love to share the Kuoda team our photos, please give us time.

Supapan

Supapan Asvanit & Friends
April 2015

Thanks for a Perfect Visit to Peru

I just wanted to restate that we were 100% satisfied from starting with our first contact with you until we went through security on our way home in Lima.  Everything was smooth and entirely seamless.  We felt entire pampered and sure that everything would work out perfectly.  Our guides, the drivers, the hotels, the greeters – all were outstanding.

I do want to point out two people.  First, you have been so very helpful from the first contact.  You are the initial point of contact which is so vital. We could not have asked for a better person to help with our planning and to accommodate our many changes. The other person was Erica, our guide in Lima. Eric’s father was not feeling especially well on the day we toured Lima.  Erica was extremely attentive to him while also being able to give us a great tour.  I almost hate to single her out as you might think that there would have been an opportunity for improvement with the other Kuoda people.  The opposite is true. Everyone was wonderful.  She just happened to be “wonderful plus” which is difficult considering how great everyone was.

Again, thanks for a perfect visit to Peru.

Please forward this email to Mery.  It was great to have the opportunity to meet her also!

David

David Smith
April 2015

We Have Fond Memories of Our Time In Peru

We first want to say how much we enjoyed our Cusco/Machu Picchu trip with you. Percy was a wonderful guide and Momberto was an excellent driver. Percy made the history of the Inca come alive for all of us.

Next, regarding our luggage situation, we had trouble getting our luggage from the Left Luggage desk in Lima airport because we had no claim ticket. I don’t think we ever would have been able to retrieve our bags because the man at the desk took his job very seriously, which we understand and respect, but he would not budge without a claim ticket, which nobody had. So we wish to thank Cesar for coming to the airport at night to take care of us and explain the situation, and do whatever magic he did to get the man to give us our luggage.

That was really above and beyond. Please tell Cesar how much we appreciate his efforts.

We have fond memories of our time in Peru, and for the most part it’s because of your fine guides and associates.

Rian and James

Oceania Marina Group
April 2015

I Can Honestly Say It Made His Birthday!

Thank you so very much to the Kuoda team for the amazing cake you sent Andrew for his birthday! I am not sure who was responsible but we were all so incredibly surprised to see the cake in our room when we arrived back yesterday! I can honestly say it made his birthday! Heather and I had talked of getting a cake but had not figured it out. It was delicious!

I also want or thank you for all your patience and help with our trip. You are very accommodating and everything was seamless! You definitely have worked out all the possible bugs when planning trips. We were so happy with all the arrangements you made, including transportation, hotels, meals and tour guides! We would definitely recommend you to our friends at home and hope to return to use your services again!

Lastly, it was a pleasure to meet you on Monday. It is so nice to have a face attached to a name! We wish you well in all your future plans!

Thank you again,

Marie, Heather and Andrew

Marie O'dea & Family
April 2015

We Really Appreciated Kuoda’s Close Care and Attention to Detail

We had such a wonderful time with our trip. It was just fantastic!

Everyone is feeling better—by Wednesday, they had turned the corner.

We really appreciated Kuoda’s close care and attention to detail.  It was terrific to know that you were just an email or call away. I appreciate your being available for any of the concerns we had. I would definitely choose Kuoda again for our trip and will pass your name on to others. Matt and I might have a couple of constructive things to send along—it is on our list of things to talk about this weekend—nothing major though!

Leslie

Leslie Lindner (Hansen)
April 2015

Estuvo Todo Increíble Y Un Servicio Excelente

Que padre experiencia!! Están divinas las fotos! Mil gracias por todo!! La verdad gozamos, estuvo todo increíble y un servicio excelente. Quedamos encantados!! No tengo nada negativo que decir, nos encantó todo!!

Mil gracias y me dio mucho gusto conocerte😊!!

Un beso y hasta la próxima que estos niños se quedaron con ganas del Inca Trail y de conocer las playas!!

Margarita

Margarita Zambrano
March 2015

The Whole Trip Was Wonderful

It was a wonderful trip and thanks to you and the rest of the team for making it so memorable for us.  It was truly a lifetime experience and the accommodations, service, and guides throughout Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley were phenomenal.

If I can offer one suggestion, it is that the Lima part of the trip was not up to the same standards as the rest of the trip.  The hotel was not great, and was a big let-down after the great accommodations up until that point.  The guides and service were good, but not up the level of Wilson or Laura, both of whom were fantastic.  The whole trip was wonderful, so please don’t take these comments as a complaint, but rather as feedback that I hope will be helpful for you in the future.

George Scangos
March 2015

Disfrutamos Muchísimo Este Maravilloso Viaje Al Perú

Disfrutamos muchísimo este maravilloso viaje al Perú. Primero muchas gracias por todo tu esfuerzo para que tuviéramos una experiencia inolvidable de las maravillas de Perú.  Me gustaría decirte que nuestro guía ( Elías) fue excelente. Hizo que nuestra experiencia fuera maravillosa. Súper atento, y siempre de muy buena disposición para complacernos. El chofer Willy también .  Los hoteles muy buenos.  La única queja que tengo es del personal que nos atendió me Lima. La guía que nos toco (Maribel) muy mala. Y los choferes con mala disposición hacia nosotros. Y el hotel de Lima estaba en restauración ,, entonces muy desagradable porque muy ruidoso y polvoriento.  Pero gracias a Dios que solo estuvimos dos días en Lima.

Todo lo demás excelente ,, muchas gracias por todo tu esfuerzo y el de tu equipo. Dale las gracias de nuestra parte a Elías por todo su esfuerzo de que nos quedáramos enamorados de las partes que visitamos del Perú con el..  Y espero en volver a hacer mas viajes con ustedes…..

Marcela

Marcela Ortiz & Familia
March 2015

Thoroughly Enjoyed Our Tour

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and got accustomed to being spoiled with the individual attention. Both our favorite part of the tour was the Inca Trail hike and Machu Picchu.

I would say the least was the bus ride from Cusco to Puno.  Too long and too many stops.  I did not mind it but my son was a bit irritable.

Most of our time was spent with Diaz (?) and Mr. Juan in the Cusco area and both were wonderful.  Diaz’s knowledge of the area and Inca culture and history was great and he was receptive to all my questions.  I think we got lucky with the weather which was great.  I was very pleased with all the guides and accommodations.  The lunches we had with our guide and driver in Cusco were very nice and memorable.

All in all I was very happy with the trip and feel it was worth the extra money I spent.

Sandra

Sandra Vann & Family
March 2015

Grateful To Kuoda For Your Planning And Execution

We did indeed have a wonderful trip and are very grateful to Kuoda for your planning and execution.  We did not have ONE glitch (except for a plane that could not land, and that was hardly your fault).  The accommodations were lovely; the Kuoda personnel helpful, timely, knowledgeable and friendly; the tours and planned events just right in terms of balancing activity, learning, and exposure to the culture.

Rebecca

Rebecca Kourlis
March 2015

We Enjoyed Our Whole Peru Experience

Again, please let the whole team know that we enjoyed our whole Peru experience.  It was really such nice gesture for Mary to come and meet us on our last day in Cusco as well.  The hotels you chose were so awesome and great for the kids!  Did you know that we were upgraded at the Hotel in Lima to the Presidential suite???  It was crazy beautiful!

Again thank you for your commitment to making our trip memorable.  If you have tours in other countries please let me know!

Maritoni

Maritoni Shah & Family
March 2015

Trip of a Lifetime to Peru!

I wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to you for planning our trip of a lifetime to Peru!  Everything was wonderful- from the guides to the hotels to the weather.  We truly appreciate your attention to detail and working so closely with me to capture exactly what we wanted out of our trip.  The only negative- I didn’t get to thank you in person :)

Audrey Keller and Family
March 2015

The Best Vacation We Have Ever Been On!

I will be writing about my Peru trip on my blog over the next few weeks (two posts already!) and you can read all of my Peru posts and see photos here, with more to come later: http://www.adventuresinaubreyland.com/search/label/Peru

In addition, you can see a number of photos on my Instagram feed, though I am always posting more!  https://instagram.com/aubreyland325/

We both agree this was the best vacation we have ever been on, even better than other places I have been on my own like Spain and France.  I think for our 5th or 10th anniversary, we should come back to Peru to do the Amazon and maybe Galapagos, maybe Arequipa or something like that!  The food was so delicious, we felt safe all the time, and being in Peru during Holy Week was very special too.  I think the waiter at Limo was impressed when I was eating the cuy with my hands before he showed me how to eat it…  maybe I am a little Peruvian?

Thank you to all of the Kuoda Travel folks for giving us the best trip we ever had.  The ceramic mugs Mery gave us are on our coffee table at home on display!

Aubrey

Aubrey Williams
March 2015

I Cannot Express My Gratitude & Happiness In Finding Kuoda

We’re home now, safe and sound. We had a fun time on the cruise, and got to see some interesting places. None, however, compare to our time in Peru, which we owe to your planning and to everyone at Kuoda. Everything exceeded our expectations, and we all agree that there is nothing we would have changed about our trip. Jose was one of the best tour guides we’ve ever had; his knowledge and professionalism were incredible.  Marco was an excellent driver, who was always polite, and remained calm in all traffic situations. All of the hotels and meals were superb, everything and everyone was on time, and the schedule was full without being overly busy, allowing us downtime to relax. It was a completely stress-free week, knowing we would be met each day and have no worries about finding our way or wondering what to do. I cannot express my gratitude and happiness in finding Kuoda, and appreciate everything you all did to make our vacation an excellent one.

I hope all is well with you, and wish you the very best. If we get back to Peru, you’ll be the first person we contact, and we’ve already given a number of recommendations for Kuoda to people on our cruise. I’ll be posting a review on TripAdvisor soon.

Dianne

Diane French
March 2015

The Trip Was Magical Thanks To Kuoda Travel And Your Exceptional Staff

The trip was incredible and Machu Picchu and Cusco were the highlights.  Some of it seems like a dream now.   I still haven’t organized my photos, but when I do, I’ll be sure to send you a few.  I plan to take a day and organize photos, review the trip, read my journal and just savor the memories.  Our guide was wonderful and was full of historical information and, beyond that, his passionate portrayal of the Incas and their life and of their descendants today.

Thank you again for the beautiful ceramic cups and the picture frame.  They are wonderful pieces of art and even more meaningful that they came from a friend of yours.  I visited the website and was very impressed with his artwork.  If we had more time, it would have been nice to visit the studio.  Next time we are in Peru, we will plan to have a longer stay and visit even more places.

In the meantime, thank you again for arranging such a wonderful and memorable trip for my group.  I know I speak for the group, when I say that the trip was magical thanks to Kuoda Travel and your exceptional staff, especially Corey, and guides.

Marlene

Marlene
March 2015

Kuoda Has Tracked Down The Best In The Area  

From their website to their onsite services, Kuoda goes out of their way to make everything perfect. They have a very knowledgeable and helpful staff that are friendly and inviting. They can taylor make any kind of vacation you want. The key to a great travel agency is their vendors. Kuoda has tracked down the best in the area. They are attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. We had no problem with our lack of Spanish as they all spoke very good english. Thank you Urpi and Mery for a memorable time.

Mary Lundin

Mary Lundin and Husband
March 2015

We Had A Very Wonderful Trip To Ecuador

We had a very wonderful trip to Ecuador.

We’re back and are beginning to write our articles.  We have already begun posting photos from our trip on our social media platforms:

Overall, the trip was great!  Along the way, we realized we weren’t bird people.  LOL! On the mainland, we wouldn’t change anything with the itinerary.  The hotels were very good and the guide was great.

In the Galapagos, the Beagle was good.  The crew on the boat was exceptional.  We liked the smaller, more intimate boat.  At the very last minute, there was a change in guide.  No idea what happened to the guide who was swapped out.  The new guide was very good friends with the boat’s owners.

Anyway, we LOVED the food in Ecuador.  The scenery in the Galapagos and the Avenue of the Volcanoes was spectacular.  We never in a million years thought we’d like horseback riding.  We loved it!

Lance

Lance Longwell
March 2015

Wonderful Time!

We had a wonderful time thank you very much.  All the timings were fine and we got to do what we wanted to do.

We will be recommending Kuoda to the people we met on the cruise who are looking for a Machu Picchu trip.

WANDA JONG
March 2015

Their Services Were Exceptional!!

Thank you for all your preparations and scheduling! We had a very nice time in Peru, and Holger was a fantastic guide!!

We used Kuoda travel for a day-trip to Machu Picchu. They arranged everything: pick up from hotel; drive to train station; train tickets; bus tickets; tour tickets; guided tour; and then return trip back. There was a farmers’ strike that same day, so Kuoda called us at the hotel the day before to ensure an earlier pick-up than scheduled, so we wouldn’t miss our tour. Very pro-active!  Our guide, HOLGER, was very knowledgeable, courteous, and professional! He speaks Spanish, English, and Quechua. Truly an excellent guide! We were extremely pleased with how well everything went, especially given a potential delay with the local strike. Our experience is that their services were exceptional!!

Rick Schleihauf
March 2015

Good Memories We Will Cherish For The Rest Of Our Lives

Thank you very much. We will spread how good is your tour company. Plenty of friends and workmates were asking our tour. They loved the places we’ve visited and photos.

It’s confirmed now that Peruvian food is the tastiest food we ever tasted. We love the Peruvian sauce as well, meat and quinoa soup. Actually every food is delicious.

To all kuoda team thank you very much for everything.  You made our holiday worth keeping for. Good memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

Moreyfel´s Family
February 2015

Best Travel Company We Have Ever Travelled With!

Thank you for organizing our tour it was fantastic from start to finish , please give this pic to Jimmy and thank Mery she has THE BEST Travel Company we have ever travelled with!!

Roger Britz
February 2015

Our Wonderful Trip to Peru is Starting to Feel Like a Dream

We’re now home from our wonderful trip to Peru, where it’s starting to feel like a dream.  We would like to thank you for the unexpected gifts, and the personalized attention from yourself and the whole Kuoda team.  We were very well taken care of, and our whole trip went without problems.

Eric

Eric Butcher
February 2015

Thank You For Taking Such Good Care of US

Thank you for taking such good care of us, it was such a pleasure to be treated like we were special. It has been a long time since I have felt like that. I still marvel at the way every detail was thought of and handled.

I am now sitting in Palm Springs, California relaxing for a month in the sun. I remember you said you would send me your special ceviche recipe, so I will look forward to that since I am a fisherman and have lots of fish to experiment with.

Thanks again for a great trip, I will give out your company name as often as I can and some day I hope to go to Columbia and will contact you first for a plan. I also plan on giving your company high marks on Trip Advisor.

Dennis

Dennis Ryan and Friends
February 2015

Thanks For Putting Together a Memorable Trip

Arrived home safely and nice to see the family after a relatively lengthy time away. We loved our time in your wonderful country and have recommended both Peru and Kuoda to a number of friends. I am sure you will see some of them over the next few years. I know we plan on coming back and touring northern Peru at some point.

I really can’t make any recommendations as our trip went flawlessly. I mentioned to Mery that you did an excellent job putting the trip together given the short time constraints. Well done.

Will go through our myriad of photos and get a couple off to you and your team. Thanks for putting together a memorable trip.

Larry

Larry West
January 2015

Already Planning Our Return Visit!

We are all back home. The short comment(s) is your agency delivered what you promised and our group had a GREAT time in Peru

We are now planning our return visit in 2016. We now know we want more time in Lima down in the city (Sheraton Hotel) center where all the museums are. 3 days at Machu Picchu staying 2 nights at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, 1 night where we stayed. 2 nights in Paracas and Eduardo Tejade Rebatta as our GO TO Person in Paracas. Lake Titicaca, Olivia was a great guide Cousco and Sacred valley, What a lunch…..Most of all George “Teddy Bar” as our driver when ever possible WOW what a wonderful person…….

Stephanie

Stephanie Page
January 2015

Thanking Everyone at Kuoda Who Looked After Us

We want to thank you and everyone from Kuoda who looked after Judy and I. We are disappointed that we did not get to see all that you set up for us. Hopefully, we can do it again.

Scott

Scott Robertson
January 2015

Everyone Did A First Class Job!!

Thank you for welcoming us back home!  We had a wonderful trip in South America!  We would love to return there someday!

We would like to thank you and your incredible team for making our time in Peru so very special!  We really have a heart for Peru now!  We really loved it and the weather was perfect too!!  All along the way, our guides and drivers were so professional and took such good care of us.  They were extremely knowledgeable and made learning about Peru really fun!  We never suffered any effects from the altitude so going to the lower altitude first and working our way backwards was the best plan for us.  We met many people on our ship who had gone to Cusco first and really suffered from the altitude.  They kept saying they wished they had done it the way we did.  The acomodations were lovely!  We really enjoyed Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa!  Beautiful!  Their phones weren’t working so it was a little odd to not be aBueble to call if we needed anything but other than that it was perfect.  Corina was a fabulous guide!  She had wonderful energy and shared so many interesting things with us about Peru.  We loved her!  She was very patient with me as I tried to make up my mind on buying a lot of scarves for loved ones at the house where we learned all about their weaving and at the silver factory where I successfully found two necklaces.  It was nice to not feel rushed.  She also took the time in Cusco to show us an unexpected parade that was happening.  It was really fun to see the participants in their lavish costumes, hear the music, etc.!  Everyone had plenty of bottled water in the cars for us which really helped.  Thank you!  The train ride through the Sacred Valley was very beautiful.

Thank you for welcoming us back home!  We had a wonderful trip in South America!  We would love to return there someday!

We would like to thank you and your incredible team for making our time in Peru so very special!  We really have a heart for Peru now!  We really loved it and the weather was perfect too!!  All along the way, our guides and drivers were so professional and took such good care of us.  They were extremely knowledgeable and made learning about Peru really fun!  We never suffered any effects from the altitude so going to the lower altitude first and working our way backwards was the best plan for us.  We met many people on our ship who had gone to Cusco first and really suffered from the altitude.  They kept saying they wished they had done it the way we did.  The acomodations were lovely!  We really enjoyed Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa!  Beautiful!  Their phones weren’t working so it was a little odd to not be aBueble to call if we needed anything but other than that it was perfect.  Corina was a fabulous guide!  She had wonderful energy and shared so many interesting things with us about Peru.  We loved her!  She was very patient with me as I tried to make up my mind on buying a lot of scarves for loved ones at the house where we learned all about their weaving and at the silver factory where I successfully found two necklaces.  It was nice to not feel rushed.  She also took the time in Cusco to show us an unexpected parade that was happening.  It was really fun to see the participants in their lavish costumes, hear the music, etc.!  Everyone had plenty of bottled water in the cars for us which really helped.  Thank you!  The train ride through the Sacred Valley was very beautiful.  Both ways we were on the same side away from the river so we never really got to see that view.  We mentioned this to our guide who saw us off in Cusco and he explained how it is not possible to know exactly where the seats are located.  We understand.  It was just a little frustrating to not be able to see the scenery on the river side.  The Inkaterra Hotel was in a lovely setting. However, It did get cold in the evenings in our room and the lighting was too dim to read.  We had extra clothes with us but guests should be warned the toilet seat etc. gets cold.  It was beautiful but we felt like we were camping due to the coldness.  The dining room was very nice and we enjoyed eating breakfast outside overlooking the raging river!  Wow!  We’ve never seen a river like that before!  We ended up walking along the river one day to the museum and garden.  It was a nice way to spend the time and we enjoyed the museum before going up to Machu Picchu.  Our guide, Percy, was great!   He manuevered us around the site so we were never with other groups.  He had such a pleasant demeanor and was very knowledgeable about everything.  We really enjoyed him!  He was a good match for us!  Staying at the Machu Picchu Hotel was nice too.  They had live Peruvian music which was fun! We ended up buying a few of their cds. The front desk said they would wake us for sunrise if the weather was going to be good.  It wasn’t so we got to sleep in a little bit.  We did enjoy our second day of exploring on our own.  I think we would have stayed another day if we were to do it again. The weather was perfect….blue skies, puffy white clouds and sunshine!  Wow!  We took so many photos!  All the places we saw such as the salt pans, Moray, etc.  were fabulous as were seeing how the people actually live.  We wish we would have had a full day or so in Cusco.  It would have been interesting to see more there but at the time of booking we didn’t know how we’d do with the elevation.  Our guide in Lima, Alex, was very professional as well and got us around to all the sights and to our ship with plenty of time to check in. Didn’t get to see the fountains as we were there when they weren’t operating.  Next time!  All of the drivers were very polite and drove safely.  We really can’t think of anything to complain about!  Everyone did a first class job!!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your planning, attention to detail and making this trip so memorable for us.  We shared your name with many we talked to on the ship and we will continue to recommend you to people we know is Seattle.  You are a top notch travel agency and we appreciate you!  Thank you!

Susan & Dennis

Susan & Dennis Reed
January 2015

Highly recommend Kuoda

We chose Kuoda solely based on Trip Advisor reviews. In short they exceeded our expectations for our trip to Peru and I would recommend them to anyone travelling there. Our starting point was hesitancy about using a local company that we hadn’t heard of. Peru is an amazing country to visit with much to experience, given its history, culture, environment, food, etc. Kuoda organized a trip for us to get the most out of our time there. A big part of what made our trip special was the people associated with Kuoda that contributed to our trip. Thomas organized our travels and schedule and was a pleasure to deal with. He made sure to meet us in Cusco one morning which was nice after so many emails with him setting up our trip. Eduardo, our primary guide, was excellent. He patiently explained everything we were experiencing and answered all of our endless questions. We thoroughly enjoyed spending a few days with him as well as our primary driver Marco. Mary, the Kuoda owner, also made sure to meet us in person one morning in Cusco. Edgar and everyone else involved were also helpful.

Peru deserves a place on anyone’s travel list and I can’t picture a better way to experience it than to let Kuoda organize a trip.

Timber F.
USA
December 2014
Discover Southern Peru

Exceptional

I am an American Travel Agent and Tour Operator for ski travel. When I went to Peru with friends and family, realizing that this was not my expertise, I booked with Kuoda – because it is their expertise! I had heard of Kuoda through a friend who traveled with them and recommended them. Each hotel was carefully chosen based on our desires and each one was exceptional, our van was spotless and comfortable and our driver was wonderful, and our personal guides were incredible. We never would have learned as much about the history and culture without the personal guides. They made travel simple and removed all the stress and worry, picking us up every morning and taking us to so many wonderful places, and teaching us so much about the places we were seeing. We traveled at ease knowing that every detail and every possible problem would be handled, and it was. I cannot say enough about Kuoda – they excel at what they do. After our 10 day trip with Kuoda, we stayed in Lima for a week visiting family. The stress we felt immediately upon landing in Lima and having to get a taxi to our hotel was so nerve racking (many different taxi companies bombarded us with conflicting directions and large differences in costs), that we kept on saying “we should have had Kuoda handle this for us too!” Having traveled extensively my whole life, and being in the travel business, I am comfortable traveling on my own, but for this trip I am very happy that I used Kuoda, as it was the least stressful trip of my life.

Karen S.
USA
December 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Best care over

We had the pleasure of visiting Peru for 21 days. Kuoda Travels made this trip the best trip we have ever had with the private tours they offer. Kuoda was able to customize and personalize our trip to meet our desires, and far more than what we had expected. We had english speaking guides and drivers with us at all times. The guides were very knowledgeable of the local areas and showed us attractions, local events, and introduced us to people of the areas where we were in. We would have never seen these on our own, we were never rushed to get back to our hotels. From when we first started planning a holiday to Peru, until we got on the plane to fly back to Canada, Kuoda Travels took care of us. We flew 3 times while in Peru and traveled by guided vehicles and at no time were we ever left alone, or having the feeling that we may not make our next connection or destination. The accommodation, guides for the different areas, events, attractions they picked were fantastic. Because of the professional way they treated us at all times, we are planning on returning to Peru so we can visit with Kuoda personal and their guides. We will be sharing our next trip with our family.

Andy C.
USA
November 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Outstanding Company

We used Kuoda to book our honeymoon in November of 2011 and I could not be more happy with their services. Usually when I travel I like to plan the trip myself and avoid guided tours. But coming off of wedding planning left us too drained to plan an international trip too. My husband found Kuoda and decided to use them. We could not have expected better; even the initial planning emails were super helpful and they were able to come up with an itinerary that fit our time and budget constraints without any issues. Everything was super well planned. The guides we had were great! With private guides, it isn’t your typical guided tour group experience. We did have guided tours in the Amazon and traveling from Cusco to Puno, but both were great. Kuoda’s planning was so well detailed that when we arrived in Cusco it was just past lunch time and we hadn’t eaten; our guide asked us if we needed to stop anywhere like an ATM and we asked about stopping for food. He then produced two lunch boxes for us: they already knew we’d be hungry and planned accordingly. We were so impressed! When our flight back to Lima was delayed our guide was able to adjust her plan for us accordingly and made sure we saw what she considered the best of Lima, despite our losing some hours. In Cusco, where they are based, they even made sure to have an office representative introduce himself to us, just so we could meet. I have recommended Kuoda to any person who tells me they are going to Peru; they are definitely worth it! A coworker followed my advice and was happy with them as well. I cannot recommend this company enough!

Sara B.
USA
November 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Absolutely the Best

Kuoda travel planned and executed out 2 weeks holiday in Peru . They gave us an itinerary that got us acclimatized before we did the Cusco walk . We started in Arequipa and then to Cocha Valley and then Puno and Lake Titicaca before Macchu Picchu .

They booked wonderful hotels and were always on time and had good English speaking Guides.

We got to Meet Mery in Cusco and it was such a pleasure to thank her in person I have nothing but praise for the way she runs her company and I would recommend ,without reservation, that you contact them to plan your trip .

Indira P.
USA
October 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Outstanding!

We just got back from a 2-week trip to Peru that was organized A to Z by Kuoda. Our experience was fantastic. Hotels were top-notch, schedule was like clockwork, guides were interesting and attentive and – above all – the service was absolutely amazing. The staff pampered us and took care of all our needs, and any minor concerns were dealt with on the spot. I have rarely experienced such efficient and attentive service in any industry. I recommend Kuoda very, very highly.

WORLDXPLORATOR
October 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Family Peru Trip

I recently went to Peru with my father, and we had a limited amount of time and a lot of things we wanted to see. Kuoda planned in everything we asked for, and even more amazingly, it never felt rushed. I had time to spend at the places I really wanted to visit, and got to see a huge amount of Peru in just 10 days. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and were clearly very proud of Peru, and seemed happy to be able to share the sights with us. I will definitely be returning to Peru, and I will definitely be using Kuoda again.

Paige H.
USA
September 2014
Discover Southern Peru

Two weeks in Peru

We used the Kuoda travel to plan our 25th wedding anniversary. Jane Byrne was our travel agent. The trip was without a doubt the best planned trip we ever had had. We have travel extensively through out the world. A member of the agency met us in every airport, a driver and a great travel guide for each city we visit. When we were ready to go to a different city, they would meet us with our boarding passes. All the hotels were super beautiful. They arrange two meals with local families. The guides that they use in each city were local guides, they all had lived all their lives in that city. They knew all the locals. The owner of the travel agency met us at an airport, just to make sure that all of our arrangements had gone smoothly. First Class service!!!

John H.
USA
September 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

The Best Travel Company in Peru

You will undoubtedly be in excellent hands with Kuoda Travel. Thomas put together an excellent itinerary for the four of us (two couples) that lasted for 14 days. Once we landed in Lima from Houston, everything was handled for us which relieved all of the potential ‘logistics stress.’ Accommodations were beautiful, activities were unique, and we were able to relax while enjoying Peru ‘off the beaten path.’ We were completely impressed with Kuoda. Founded by Mery Calderon (President of Kuoda), the company does an excellent job of making you feel cared for while giving you the space that you need to both plan and enjoy a trip. Mery even visited with us over breakfast in Cusco – she was very interested in learning about our travel experience and gathering feedback to improve her company. We would love to travel with Kuoda again in Ecuador/Galapagos and/or Bolivia.

Note: If traveling to Peru, do not miss Lake Titicaca. It was a highlight for us :-)

Alexis S.
USA
September 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Treated like family

We booked a two week honeymoon with Kuoda, travelling from the UK to explore Quito, the Galapagos Islands and La Selva lodge in Ecuadorian rainforest. Kuoda were very professional and attentive and could not fault the service we received. We had a fantastic honeymoon.

Andy D.
USA
August 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Fabulous Inca Trail Trek plus Peru Tour with Kuoda

I recently went on a fabulous Peru trip that included the Inca Trail Trek with Kuoda Travel and Llama Path (for the trek). My two friends and I had a great time. Mery and her staff were super. They were always willing to help and were very flexible. We had a lovely time during our two weeks in Peru. Several of our friends have used Kuoda’s services in the past and they are the ones who recommended that we go with Kuoda and we are so glad that we did. We would not hesitate to recommend Kuoda to anyone who is considering a trip to Peru. You will be in excellent hands with Kuoda.

Ritu K.
USA
August 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Paradise in Peru

We booked our vacation to Peru with Kuoda Travel thanks to all of the positive reviews on this website. The company was as billed terrific. We planned our personlized itinerary with Corey. She did a great job at organizing everything and was in close communication by email at all times. Our trip involved: Sacred Valley (highlights were horseback riding and mountain biking), Machu Picchu and Cusco with a day in Lima at the end. We loved our guide Edward and our driver Ceasar. Edward was an encyclopedia of knowledge about Peru. All the connections were well organized. Alex was available 24/7 for calls or questions.The hotels were beautiful, restaurants delicious. No complaints. I would book Kuoda again in a heart beat!!

Laura and Trevor B.
USA
July 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Unforgettable Trip!

My boyfriend and I traveled with Kuoda to Peru in July 2014. Kuoda worked with us every step of the way and made sure that our trip was tailored to our specific interests. With the help of Corey, we designed the perfect itinerary.

Once in Peru, the entire trip was executed seamlessly by the passionate Kuoda team. The best part of the trip was hiking a portion of the Inca Trail leading up to Machu Picchu with our informative and engaging guide Dimas. This was a trip we will never forget and it was a pleasure working with Kuoda!

Sam F.
USA
July 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Wonderful attention to detail

This company is super! My husband and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in Peru, but neither of us speaks Spanish. Mery and her staff took care of everything for us from plane, train, and bus tickets to entrance fees, hotel reservations, and many meals. Throughout the week we even received anniversary surprises! Jenny, our tour designer, was so helpful. She even made the effort to come to our hotel and meet us, just to see how our trip was going. Our guide, Alvin, and driver, Fausto, where a terrific team. Alvin’s personal experiences gave us insight into the Andean way of life that we wouldn’t otherwise have gotten. We saw so many different things in the sacred valley with these escorts and felt safe and worry free the entire time. All we had to do was enjoy! At the end of our trip, Mery came to the airport just to meet us, or so it seemed. What a great touch! These folks know how to take care of their clients!

Joann Elizabeth M.
USA
July 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Excellent tour company

Our family which includes three children ages 10, 8 and 7 used Kuoda for our trip to Peru (June 2014). They were an amazing company to work with. They tailored our tour to make sure the children were not bored. Tours included Lima, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. I wish we had used them at Machu Picchu as well. The vans and drivers they use are top notch. The tour guides were excellent, interesting and knowledgeable. Additionally they planned activities that not everyone gets to do. For example, our children had the opportunity to meet with school children in a village in the Sacred Valley and they also got to play soccer with them. They found great restaurants for us and were so helpful in adjusting any last minute changes we had. I highly recommend them and only wish they were in Ecuador so they could have been our tour company there!

C. Fallace
USA
June 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Great hosts in Peru

We did a one week tour of Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu with Kuoda. They were great hosts and took care of all aspects of our trip. Bookings, transfers, tickets, restaurants, etc were all handled by Kuoda and everything went smoothly and was first class. They worked within our budget and were flexible to adjust our schedule as we desired.

In Cusco and Machu Picchu, our guide Alvin was top notch and probably one of the best guides I have ever interacted with. Additionally, it’s always preferable to support a local tour company rather than a large foreign one. Highly recommend using Kuoda!

Justin L.
USA
June 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Great service from Kuoda!

Kuoda was recommended to us by a friend, and I’m so glad we went with them! Kuoda tailored an unforgettable week in the Sacred Valley for three friends and me this past May/June in Peru.

Corey was quick to respond to our inquiries and provided us with two options for the trip – one with standard hotels and another with more expensive “boutique” selections. We chose the latter, and all of the accommodations and restaurants were fabulous! We were well cared for during the trip, with all the pesky details of travel seamlessly handled by Kuoda. Our guide, Percy, was phenomenal and offered so much background information during our excursions.

Even after we parted with Kuoda for a week of independent volunteer work, they continued to check in with us. Had anything gone awry during that time, I have no doubt that their helpful staff would’ve been on hand to help.

Highly recommend! We plan on returning next year and will definitely use Kuoda again.

Susan H.
USA
June 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Fantastic Family Peru Trip

My family visited Peru in late May 2014 with Kuoda. I found Kouda via a simple Google search and the reviews were stellar, so I figured why not send a request for information. Tom from Kouda responded quickly and was able to create an itinerary that fit our interests and needs, even with multiple changes! Once we arrived in Peru everything worked out wonderfully, we were greeted at the airport and escorted literally across the street to our hotel for our quick overnight stay. We were met in Cuzco by our fabulous guide, Jose Carlos and driver Luis, for a five day adventure in the Sacred Valley. The Kuoda team surprised our group with a lunch at a local home prepared from the ingredients in their garden and stream. This was one of our favorite experiences, to meet and see how local families live.

So much can be said but the entire trip was seamless and wonderful. Changes were made on the fly without issue. I would not hesitate to recommend Kuoda to anyone, we had a fantastic trip and will definitely use Kuoda on our next South American trip.

Krista Quinn S.
USA
May 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Peru and Kuoda Travel- Wonderful Experiences

We can’t say enough good things about Kuada Travel and our recent trip to Peru. From Lima to Puerto Maldonado to the Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco and finally to Lake Titicaca, Kuada Travel provided us with a uniquely personal way to experience this fascinating country. For those of us who don’t like to travel as part of a large group tour- Kuoda. Travel was an optimal solution, working with us to create a customized itinerary and supporting us every inch of the way with extremely knowledgeable and friendly guides and efficient transport. Thank you Kuoda Travel for making our trip to Peru such a rewarding experience!

Richard A.
USA
April 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Kuoda

Just returned from a 17 day adventure in Peru and the Galapagos. As I searched for a travel company to book this trip months ago, the Kuoda name kept coming up. I wanted a company that was based in the region that could meet my needs for a special 40th anniversary trip. Stop your search…Kuoda is the one.

Mery and her staff went out of their way to anticipate and meet our every need. Jon was very patient with me as I posed numerous questions and requests in planning the trip. When we did have a very minor issue with one of the hotels, the Kuoda staff sprang into action and our accommodations were upgraded at the next 2 locations. The guides/drivers they placed us with were top notch and Mery even met us at our hotel in Cusco.

If you are looking for a company to assist in your South American travels, check with Kuoda. You won’t be disappointed.

John S.
USA
April 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Do you want the best or not?

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a food and travel writer for a Florida publication. I have recently traveled to Peru and have a tip that’s going to save you time and money! If you want to see Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley or the Amazon, then take my word, the folks at Kuoda Travel will be a lifesaver. Our trip was amazing from the moment we got off the plane in Cusco to our return to Lima. The host, guide and our tour guide where beyond our expectations. Every excursion, every meal, every transportation we experienced were topnotch. Even our travel agent at home didn’t come close to the organization and communication these experts demonstrated. Take my advice, your going to love this team!

Alan S.
USA
April 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Trip of a Lifetime!

Kuoda Travel was so easy to work with while planning the trip for myself and three friends. The staff was great checking on us throughout the trip to be sure everything was going well. The drivers, guides, and city hosts were all punctual, friendly, and knowledgeable. Kuoda Travel made arrangements for all the accommodations, domestic flights, train tickets, and entrance tickets not only to Machu Picchu, but also museums. This was one of the best, if not the best, trips I’ve had. Everything ran smoothly. The accommodations, food, and activities were all wonderful. Thank you to Mery, Thomas, Edgar, Dania, our super guide Betsy, Mr. Juan our driver, and Alyssia. I would recommend Kuoda Travel to anyone planning a trip to Peru.

Ruth W.
USA
April 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Extraordinary Tour Services in Peru

We (3 couples) spent approximately a year planning a post cruise trip to Mach Picchu, Peru with Kuoda Travel. They were great to work with and all questions were met with prompt responses. However, Kuoda Travel really impressed us most when we were on tour. They met us in Lima when our ship arrived, took us to the airport and helped us check in for our LAN flight to Cusco, met us at Cusco, took us to lunch and then a tour of the Sacred Valley. After a wonderful night at the Rio Sagrado Hotel, they put us on the Peru Rail train to Machu Picchu all the while being escorted by one of their guides; Holger. Holger was a gentleman, educated, experienced, spoke fluent English and gave us a superb tour of Machu Picchu. They then reversed the process getting us back to Lima for our flight home. Everyone from Kuoda Tours that we met was top notch. The drivers and guides especially. Kuoda Tours is owned by Mery Calderon who is committed to providing small group tours with outstanding customer service. She has her highest recommendation for anyone considering a tour to Peru. We have never experienced the level of customer service provided by Mery’s team of professionals.

Clark F.
USA
March 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

An Amazing Tour Company

I recently returned from a 12 day vacation with my mother and sisters, to Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lima.

I took a chance (after finding just a few TA reviews) and made all of my reservations online with Kuoda. From my first encounter and booking experience with Jonathan, Kuoda has been a wonderful company to work with. I have to say, the trip was flawless. Jonathan, our reservation agent, crafted a custom, PRIVATE, tour for the 4 of us, that included all of the highlights we’d asked for and more, that we didn’t know we wanted (and would love!)

He booked first rate hotels and meals for us. Our hosts, guides and drivers were exceptional in their knowledge and professionalism. We spent the most time with our Cusco guide, Ofelia and driver, Juan. (and host Alex) They were SO patient with our questions and shopping! I feel like we made some true friends. In Lima our host was Dania and our guide was Ruth, our driver Cesar. Very informative and lovely folks.

I feel that we had a level of custom, private, tour that far exceeded my expectations, and cost no more than a US group tour with 30 people on a big bus. Kuoda Tours helped us to share a dream of our mother’s. The owner, Mary Calderon, topped it off with a personal visit in Cusco, just to make sure everything had gone well. It definitely had!!

Kelly H.
USA
March 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Best tour I’ve ever taken!

Kouda Travel has the nicest, most flexible, well informed, and friendly staff I’ve encountered in a tour company, I am so happy to have gone with them vs. some of the others (which I later encountered/overheard at Machu Picchu).

They worked well with my budget and time which still allowed me to be comfortable and not feel rushed, their selection was excellent and when I arrived a few hours early in Cusco at the last minute, I barely had to wait 10 minutes (I was expecting to have to wait an hour or so). Eliacin, my guide, was extremely well informed and flexible, allow us to adjust the itinerary based on where I wanted to spend more time or on how to avoid the crowds. I highly recommend Kouda travel for anyone traveling through Peru, I will use them for all future travels!

James D.
USA
March 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Kuoda travel for trip to Peru/Machu Picchu, absolutely terrific

If you want to travel to Peru and see Machu Picchu without having to worry booking anything yourself or travel to and from or in and around the country, book a trip with Kuoda Travel. Our trip was PERFECT and absolutely seamless. We typically coordinate our trips ourselves and find the best places to go/stay through various outlets (such as Trip Advisor), but we were extremely happy we decided to book our trip with Kuoda.

From working with Jesus to customize our trip beforehand, to having him book all of our excursions and sight seeing and transfers while in Peru, to our wonderful personal guide Juan and driver, Luis, to meeting the company founder Mery for breakfast at our hotel, it was all as wonderful of a trip as could possibly be expected. Peru is not an easily country to navigate and having them take us everywhere and book everything for us (including our entrance to Machu Picchu) was extremely helpful.

If you are booking a trip anywhere in Peru or to the wonderful site of Machu Picchu, we HIGHLY recommend using Kuoda Travel to do so. You will not regret it.

Clayton T.
USA
March 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Flawless Travel with Kuoda

My trip to Peru exceeded every expectation and Kuoda’s help with the planning ensured that each leg of my travels was flawless. I chose Kuoda after contacting several agencies because Kuoda seemed the most interested in helping me personalize my trip while others seemed to have a more established agenda they preferred tourists to follow. I was very pleased at the level of help they offered, their prompt replies to my many questions and the degree of customization they provided. The personal guides and drivers were all attentive, extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and patient. The accommodations they arranged were all well run, beautiful, interesting and conveniently located. Each meal was excellent and memorable. Even the agency owner, Mary Calderon, added a remarkable personal touch by making the effort drop in over breakfast while I was in Cusco. This agency is top quality in every way and I recommend them without hesitation.

Doug S.
USA
March 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Fabulous vacation thanks to Kuoda Travel

For our 50th birthdays my friend and I met in Peru for a 7 day trip to Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Lima. Kuoda travel modified our trips according to our requests. We were greeted at the airport and excorted to each stop. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful. Our guide through Cusco and Machu Picchu (Pilar) was wonderful. Everyone was accommodating to any minor changes requested. I highly recommend Kuoda Travel. Make sure that you get to Machu Picchu in the morning. It tends to rain in the afternoon.The accommodations they arranged were all well run, beautiful, interesting and conveniently located. Each meal was excellent and memorable. Even the agency owner, Mary Calderon, added a remarkable personal touch by making the effort drop in over breakfast while I was in Cusco. This agency is top quality in every way and I recommend them without hesitation.

Kathryn G.
USA
March 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Initially skeptical…but travel with Kuoda was seamless!

I have never used a travel tour company. Have always booked everything myself. Peru posed some big challenges in coordinating transport to the different areas we wanted to explore. I decided (reluctantly) to inquire with tour groups, two I found on tripadvisor, one I just called locally in the U.S. (the one in U.S. was worthless but thought I would give it a try) Both peruvian tour companies responded quickly. But what set Kuoda apart from the other is that when I told them what I wanted to do, they really worked with me and listened! I worked with Jesus in the office via emails and he came up with ideas for our itinerary that I would have never thought of! They also gave advice and information prior to the trip which was incredibly helpful for packing and being prepared! As stated in my title of this review, working with Kuoda was seamless! It made the trip almost stress free! We travel with our kids and we are vegetarian and my one kid has allergies. Everyplace we went to Kuoda had prepared them for our meals. We had tour guides for Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and finished our trip in the amazon at hacienda concepcion..all transport, many meals and tours were completely set up via Kuoda. Our guides were informative, professional and very caring and drivers were safe and punctual! We were lucky to have Ofelia – our tour guide for Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley and Cusco – she is so passionate, smart and totally gets traveling with kids! Mery has created a wonderful company to be very proud of – she helped escort us back to the airport as we were leaving for the Amazon. If you are thinking about travel to Peru and want an amazing unforgettable experience, look no further! Kuoda is worth every cent!!

Donna W.
USA
February 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Wow! Cusco and Machu Picchu with Kuoda was fantastic

Didn’t know what to expect but was so blown away with my trip to Cusco with Kuoda. My guide Sheila was not only wonderful but knowledageable. She really knew her facts, myths, behind the door storires and communicated them easliy. I loved the personal attentionl When we were driving back from Machu Picchu, she stopped on the side of he road – it was very dark – and asked us to look at the stars. We could almost touch them! When we were going to Machu PIchhu she made sure we had mosquito cream – and boy were we glad. No question was too “dumb” she answered them all. Our driver was a good communicator too and so gracious. My trip was last year and when I reeturned someone asked me who they should hire as guides while in Peru and in Cusco, and without any hesitation I said Kuoda. Kuoda thank you for making my tirp meaningful.

Regina F.
USA
February 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Perfect trip!

Had the opportunity to travel to Peru and wanted to stay longer to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley but didn’t have time to plan this myself for a group of 5 traveling together. Based on Trip Advisor advice, chose Kuoda Travel. Couldn’t have been happier. Every detail was taken care of and the itinerary was customized exactly to our request. We wanted a guide but didn’t want to be “hand held” the entire trip. They designed an itinerary that left us with just the right amount of free time, yet the information and guided parts of our travels were great. The guide Karina was very knowledgeable and put up with our group with grace (we sometimes got off schedule). Having a US office for payment was also helpful as we weren’t wiring money to a foreign country.

Peggy C.
USA
February 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Fantastic Experience

We wanted to visit Peru in order to see Machu Picchu. The trip that Mery and staff at Kuoda worked with us to design was so much more than “just” Machu Picchu. First, the hospitality of the Kuoda staff and the guides and drivers along the way could not have been any better. Second, the variety of places we visited and experiences we had was educational, enlightening and fun. Third, it was amazing how many times we said, “can you believe what a great value this is?” And finally, Machu Picchu was magnificent, the perfect capstone to a wonderful 10 days with Kuoda Travel in Peru.

Dan C.
USA
February 2014
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Kuoda Travel helped me plan the “PERFECT” Peruvian vacation!!

We just got back from a 28 day vacation in Peru and it was perfect thanks to Kuoda and Thomas Adams, my trip coordinator. Thomas and I spent 4 months honing down the perfect itinerary and then he and his company made it happen. We hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, toured Lake Titicaca, rode the Andean Explorer, whitewater rafted, cruised the Amazon and all the details were in order. All the guides were wonderful and very knowledgeable. The drivers were punctual and skilled. These guys specialize in planning a unique experience just for you and they do it well!!! Nothing but praise and kudos!! By the way, Peru is an awesome place to visit!!!

Ann and Steve R.
USA
February 2014
Discover Southern Peru

Perfect in every way!

Four of us turned 2 weeks of our lives over to Kuoda Travel and Mery Calderon … and it was awesome! The planning for our trip was easy and we were able to customize the tour exactly to our desires. Throughout the trip, we were provided with a private vehicle, driver and guide – wonderful, friendly and knowledge people all. We stayed in outstanding and varied hotels (check out the Monasterio in Cusco, the Casa Andina in Arequipa and Colca Lodge in Colca Canyon!). We saw many incredible and well known sites in Peru – Machu Pichu, soaring condors in Colca Canyon, the Uros floating islands in Lake Titicaca, the Andes, llama and the Maras salt mines.

But, we also saw many unexpected things – me hand feeding grass to a llama (!); small towns with local artisan, food and medicinal markets with yarns and clothing made in every color of the rainbow; dishes like causa, ceviche, quinoa and hundreds of types of potatoes. Other favorite memories include: riding the Orient Express train to Machu Pichu and standing on the caboose’s open-air deck with live music and drinks in hand, breakfast at the Monasterio hotel, crossing Lagonillas pass at 14,468′ and trying to breath, standing on the balcony of the Casa Andina Arequipa’s Imperial Suite – the nicest hotel room we’ve ever stayed in – and looking down on the sites!

All of these great memories are due to the exquisite planning and flawless execution by Mery and her team. Thanks again, Kuoda, for a GREAT trip. We’ll be back!!

Bob F.
USA
January 2014
Discover Southern Peru

Genuine care for their client’s experience!

Kuoda planned part of our student trip to Peru, specifically to Cusco and the surrounding sights. The travel was coordinated perfectly and our schedule was planned so considerately to include a mix of cultural activities, culinary treats and real local experiences. Everyone who we worked with from Kuoda was professional yet warm and everyone went above and beyond.

Our van drivers felt like a part of our group by the end of the trip and were getting extra water for students who were ill and watching out for us as we crossed streets in the city. We really felt a part of the Kuoda family! I would recommend using Kuoda to plan your Peru travel if you’re looking for a service with high attention to detail and a genuine personal touch.

Liz K.
USA
January 2014
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Kuoda Travel is worth every penny

It might not be the cheapest option for travel in Peru, but Kuoda Travel is definitely worth the higher cost. Everything from the travel planning in advance to the excellent service and outstanding guides throughout our July 2013 three-week trip was simply wonderful. They offered flexibility in choosing our trip options, were responsive to our feedback to the initial itinerary they presented (for example, we asked for hotels that were not international chains and they came back with lovely, local boutique hotels with charm and character), and were incredibly quick to respond with confirmations for our chosen dates when we were ready to book our flight.

The guides in Peru are all free-lance and local, and so we had a different guide for each region we visited. Across the board, Kuoda chose excellent guides who were knowledgable, nice, fun, punctual and when we asked them about their experience working for Kuoda (as free-lancers) we could tell that it was a favorite of theirs for trips to guide.

Kuoda worked to make our experience more personal, for example a lunch on Taquile Island (Lake Titicaca) was on a private outside deck for just the four of us traveling together, where we noticed lunch set for 20+ participants elsewhere. For the few occasions that we needed to be part of a larger group, they chose the highest quality outfitter, as with Llama Path on our Inca Trail hike.

We very quickly discovered that we had nothing to worry about anywhere that we went and that we were in good hands throughout the trip. The accommodations were great. We can’t say enough good things about the guides. And Mery Calderon, the owner, was very eager to make a personal connection with each group who booked with Kuoda. She came to the Cusco airport to meet us herself. Kuoda relies on word of mouth for finding new customers. We’re happy to join the group of people who praise Kuoda Travel and would recommend it to anyone.

Ellen P.
USA
December 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Kuoda is terrific

My husband and I have traveled quite extensively and have always planned our own itinerary. After researching internal flights’ rental cars etc it was much easier for me (I was planning my husband’s birthday trip) to try a tour company. I provided 4 tour companies with a wish list and waited for replies. In the end Kuoda was my choice, due mainly to the interest and response of our tour planner, Thomas. His attention to what we wanted and our time line and his lightning responses were truly exceptional. We were travelling in the UK at the time we were required to finalize the trip and Tom went into the office on his day off to assist with this. Truly exceptional.

Our guides (Yuri, Jose Carlos, Luis Carlos) and drivers were all wonderful. The accommodation selections, train tickets, internal flights, suggestions for free days were all put together seamlessly and fit our preferences.

We cannot say enough positive things about this tour company. My husband and I were greatly impressed and would highly recommend Kuoda to our family, friends and business associates.

Dianne O.
USA
December 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Like a family visit!

Our time in Peru could not have been better. Edgar, Maria Theresa and Marco looked after us so well, and our time was spent in a rich variety of experiences that we could never have been able to organize into such a short time frame on our own. The accommodation was excellent (especially in the Sacred Valley!) and the activities organized – the llama farm, the horse riding, the Hacienda dining, the visit to the local community, the salt mines, the Cusco tour of the ancient buildings and the colorful markets, are all fresh in our minds and without being rushed packed such value into our trip – I did not talk to anyone else who had done as much! Maria Theresa has such a wealth of knowledge of the history of your country, and her guided tour of the ruins at Machu Picchu was fascinating and educational and delivered with such warmth and humor – we missed her so much after we left Peru!. Also, the little touches, like being met in Lima, and Edgar’s nightly phone calls, were appreciated and really helped to keep the trip worry free.

I will certainly be recommending Kuoda to Australian friends and family (and have already done so!)

I hope if time is kind to us that we can travel with you again soon

Fiona W.
USA
December 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

We Can’t Resist Returning to Peru – Thank you Kuoda

Wow – my husband and I returned home last night from another vacation in Peru. A few years ago we discovered Kuoda who organized the most amazing journey for us throughout Peru. Have to say it did not stop there we have returned to Peru every year since ( 6 times). In the process we have learned a little Spanish and become more familiar with doing some things on our own but we always look to Kuoda for the special touches. Once again we enjoyed a few splurge days at Sol y Luna where we never tire of the beautiful gardens. Also discovered a new restaurant for us in Cusco called Greens. We actually enjoyed organic greens here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This time our Kuoda friends involved us in some of the philanthropic work they do for outlying villages where few tourists ever visit. As a person who knits and spins Kuoda helped me satisfy my desire to connect to the fiber related activities in local communities. Sometimes after all our trips to Peru I get to thinking we have seen it all but this time we were introduced to an amazing old Hacienda (Huayoccari) in the Sacred Valley that is still inhabited by the descendant of the owners . This is a place that is a living museum full or amazing art and an extensive display of ancient artifacts and treasure from Inca period and before. Here we had a gourmet lunch complete toasts of good wine. And just when I thought there was not a new store for me to discover for shopping treasures I found a jewelry store on San Blas (Esma) that had some unique jewelry made from silver and fiber. Ah fiber and silver for me a perfect combination. For my husband and I Kuoda is not only a fantastic travel company – it is an ongoing experience in our travel lives.

Lynne D.
USA
November 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Amazing Family Experience in Peru

When we were planning our trip to Peru with our four kids, we really wanted to see as much of the Country as possible, get up and close with the people and the culture and see as many of the incredible sites that Peru has to offer that we could. Kuoda gave us that, and so much more. From the first stages of planning and finding out what was really important to us as a family to the final day of our journey, we were in the BEST hands with Mery and the wonderful people that work for Kuoda. All the travel arrangements (accomodations, many meals, flights, bus tickets, train tickets, and guides) were flawlessly put together to weave the most amazing adventure for our family. And speaking of the guides (Jorge, Hector, Herbert and Ivan) were superb-knowledgeable, helpful and personable–you could ask them anything. And they really enjoyed sharing their traditions and life with us. Our kids were very comfortable throughout the trip and never tired of the stories and information provided by our wonderful guides. And if any activity seemed like it might be too much for the kids at the given time, we switched it up and did something better suited to the present situation (and I can admit our guides were usually more aware then we were when the kids had hit their limit!) We also had flexibility within our daily travel plans. If we wanted to stay a little longer at a site or have a little more free time as a family at any given location, they supported and facilitated our wishes. The accommodations were wonderful–from the Amazon to the home-stay on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca–and everywhere in between–we couldn’t have been happier. We were always met at airports, bus stations, train stations by the friendly faces of Kuoda–a really wonderful thing when traveling with four young children–and lots and lots of water (So nice)!! We also liked that Kuoda gives back in a sustainable fashion to communities in Peru. It was nice to know that, when we were there, money from our visit to the village of Umasbamaba would be going to help construct a pharmacy there. Our children talk about our trip to Peru to this day in great detail. Peru, and Kuoda, left quite an impression on us all! We were treated like family and can not recommend Kuoda enough.

Lianne H.
USA
November 2013
The Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

We appreciate everyone’s efforts for making our first visit to Peru so memorable

Just a note to say that our trip throughout Peru with Kuoda was fantastic. All of our guides – and drivers – were excellent. Plus all the back office people, such as Alex, who kept everything working in the background, made everything happen smoothly. We appreciate everyone’s efforts for making our first visit to Peru so memorable.

Many thanks,

D. Hanna and R. Batts
USA
November 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

They could not have been any better

I wanted to tell you how enjoyable our trip was to Peru. The guides were the best. They knew the history of our excursions and were very knowledgeable in English. They could not have been any better. We went with our friends the Sheitelmans. We could only say good things about the trip. The hotels were great and all accommodations, including the vans (buses) were superb. I would highly recommend your company to anyone that I knew that would be going to Peru. If you need anything that I could help you with, please don’t hesitate in contacting me. It was a vacation that I will never forget.

M. Strassberg
USA
November 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Thank you again for a fabulous holiday in Peru

We did enjoy ourselves in Peru, and the other S American places which we visited. We are very happy with the arrangements you made for us, and your colleagues have been very friendly and efficient in their jobs. Our trip to Cusco/ Machu Picchu/ Sacred Valley has been very memorable. Pilar is very good tour guide, and she is friendly and most sensitive to our needs. Her explanations of Machu Picchu and other places was very detailed, clear, and interesting that we had a stranger listening on with us and commenting that she was better than the guide she had.

A few of my friends have expressed that they would like to visit Peru, especially Machu Picchu, I shall be recommending you and your company to them. Perhaps, we will come back to see more of Peru.

Thank you again for a fabulous holiday in Peru.

Warm regards,

C. and T. Huat
Malaysia
November 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

…this was by far the best!

The end of the trip was as great as the beginning.

We only saw one condor for about 15 seconds. It was a very still day and I do not think there was enough wind. Looked to me like this one condor decided to give it a try but gave up early? Oh well one is better than none!

The weather was great at Machu Picchu. The climb was a little scary at times (very steep, small steps). Clearly nothing you would ever find in the USA (it would be all fenced in). But we feel good that we made it to the top.

Karina suggested that we visit the market in Cusco. An excellent suggestion. We like to get some exposure to the real life in the countries we visit and found the market quite interesting.

We have had trips before using a single travel company and multiple travel companies (in order to see everything we wanted). This was by far the best! It was simple to arrange, everything went smoothly, our guides were excellent and flexible to last minute changes.

I will definitely be recommending Kuoda to others.

Thanks,

T. Nees
USA
November 2013
Discover Southern Peru

We cannot say enough positive things about this tour company

My husband and I have traveled quite extensively and have always planned our own itinerary. After researching internal flights’ rental cars etc it was much easier for me (I was planning my husband’s birthday trip) to try a tour company. I provided 4 tour companies with a wish list and waited for replies. In the end Kuoda was my choice, due mainly to the interest and response of our tour planner, Thomas. His attention to what we wanted and our time line and his lightning responses were truly exceptional. We were travelling in the UK at the time we were required to finalize the trip and Tom went into the office on his day off to assist with this. Truly exceptional. Our guides (Yuri, Jose Carlos, Luis Carlos) and drivers were all wonderful. The accommodation selections, train tickets, internal flights, suggestions for free days were all put together seamlessly and fit our preferences.

We cannot say enough positive things about this tour company. My husband and I were greatly impressed and would highly recommend Kuoda to our family, friends and business associates.

D. Oslund
Canada
November 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

First class all the way

What an amazing experience we had in Peru largely in part to the service that Kuoda Travel provided. From planning, organization, activities, hotels, restaurants and travel they did it all! All top notch professionals. They helped to plan a wonderful trip for us and took care of little details that we didn’t even know we needed, such as tickets to hike Huayna Picchu, lunch at a great Cusco restaurant, private museum tour and even lunch in a locals home. In the background they tracked our progress as we traveled through Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu, Cusco and Lima. They were also helpful in negotiating through airports. Our guide Ophelia was awesome. Knowledgeable and also knew the best spots for shopping and a much needed cappuccino! Many thanks to Mery and her team: Tom, Alex, Ophelia and Fausto!! First class all the way.

W. and A. Sheasgreen
USA
November 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Kuoda goes above and beyond…

We have recently returned from our South American holiday and for our time in Peru we used Kuoda Travel. Mery and her team are first class operators, very dedicated to ensuring their clients enjoy every minute of their vacation.

They were very easy to deal with in planning our trip and were very accommodating and flexible in allowing us to select our hotels and room types. They were prompt with their replies to questions and provided very comprehensive itineraries. They were very happy to organize reservations for all our dinners for the restaurants we had selected, even though those dinners were not included in our itinerary.

Upon our return to Cusco after travelling through the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Alex met us at the train station and accompanied us to our hotel and looked after our check in for us. This was around 8.30 pm in the evening. He then waited in the hotel lobby for us to freshen up and he then escorted us to the restaurant in Cusco that we had booked for dinner for that evening. This was really great service. We bumped into Alex a few nights later near the main square and he greeted us with his big smile and a hug and we had a good chat about our evening.

Peru was my favourite country visited in South America and we loved everything about it.

I would be surprised if any other operator offers a better service than Kuoda. Don’t hesitate in having Kuoda look after your trip. You’ll enjoy every minute of it.

N. McLennan
Australia
November 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

…and we were extremely impressed with Kuoda!

First of all, we’d both like to say THANK YOU to you, and to your staff for giving us such a wonderful experience in Peru! We have been reviewing all the different places we visited, the experiences we had, and especially all the fascinating and wonderful people who we met in Peru. We were very impressed with Kuoda’s arrangements, and we were most impressed with our guides: Victor Hugo in Arequipa, Evon (spelling?) in Puno, and of course, Maria Theresa in the Cusco area. Our drivers were great as well: Christian, Jaime, Denis, Louis, & Rafael. Jaime and Maria Theresa were our absolute favorites as a guide & driver duo, and we had fun and learned so much from the two of them. All of your staff who we met were helpful and very friendly, and we would highly recommend you and the entire Kuoda staff to anyone visiting Peru.

In all our years of traveling, this was actually our very first time using an “in-country” travel service, and we were extremely impressed with Kuoda! We loved our itinerary, and we were so glad we included Puno, Arequipa, and Colca Canyon, as those were areas originally in question as to whether we should travel to, since we really did not know much about those areas. We learned that southern Peru is so very different from the Cusco and Sacred Valley area, and we’re certain northern Peru will be different from all the other places we’ve seen of Peru so far. We feel we learned so much about Peru, but we realize there is so much we have yet to learn. This recent trip has most definitely made our top 10 list of adventures, and we feel certain you will be getting e-mail enquiries from folks we know as people continue to ask about our trip experience. Without a doubt, Kuoda will come very highly recommended by us!! With all best wishes!

M. and D. Fox
USA
November 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

They understood who we were and what we wanted…

We just returned from a three week tour of Peru (with 3 days in Bolivia). We have always planned all of our own vacations, but the complicated logistics were better served by a tour company. Kuoda is based in Cusco and provided us with excellent guides and drivers who took care of everything. All we had to do was sit back and marvel. As well as Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku and the sacred islands in Bolivia, we also went fishing for and swimming with piranha, as well as a taking a canopy walk in the Madre de Dios jungle. Kuoda went out of their way to find us the best accommodations possible. When one hotel took it upon themselves to upgrade us to a room that we did not like, Mery (the company owner) came to the hotel twice to make sure that we were happy. They understood who we were and what we wanted and they gave us a tour that was completely customized to our requests. Our only problem was that we did not stay longer.

C. and M. Coverdale
USA
November 2013
Discover Southern Peru

Nuestro viaje fue uno excepcional

Gracias por tomar el tiempo de ir a conocernos al hotel en Cusco fue un lindo detalle. Nuestro viaje fue uno excepcional, disfrutamos mucho de la ciudad de Cusco muy colorida y llena de historia. Como te habiamos mencionado Machupicchu fue impresionante y mas impresionante aun fue haber tenido la experiencia de subir el waynapicchu, es algo que deben fomentar y orientar mas no solo porque es una experiencia unica sino para que el visitante vaya preparado y vestido con ropa adecuada. El final de nuestro viaje fue mejor aun, visitar Puno y haber tenido la oportunidad de ver el Lago mas alto del Mundo no tiene precio!

Gracias Mery a ti y a tu equipo especialmente a Pilar y a Juan que estuvieron mas tiempo con nosotras y nos hicieron sentir muy bienvenidas a Cusco. Todas nuestras amistades han quedado muy impresionadas con nuestras fotos. Y muchos de ellos han mostrado interes en visitar Peru.

Definitivamente recomendare Kuoda a mis amistades para que disfruten tanto como lo disfrutamos nosotras.

B. Gonzales
Puerto Rico
October 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

…and have been singing our praises about Peru and Kuoda!

Thank you! and Happy Holidays to you and everyone at Kuoda.

We really had a marvelous time – thanks to you – and have been singing our praises about Peru and Kuoda! Best wishes,

W. Schwartz and R. Eisner
USA
October 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

The Best Possible Way to See Peru

Kuoda Travel is a wonderful tour company. Lotte, our trip advisor, did an exceptional job of arranging a 30 day tour of mainly pre-inca civilizations. Many of the ruins we visited in September and October 2013 are relatively unknown, but so astounding that we ran out of ‘wow’s’ long before reaching touristy Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Despite the remoteness of some of the sites (e.g., Chavin de Huantar, Kuelap, el Brujo), food and accommodations were always suitable. Indeed, many of our hotels were far above the three star standard we had requested. Our guides were knowledgeable, conscientious, accommodating, and friendly. And our drivers were just the best. It is too difficult to pick the best part of our trip, because the whole thing was the best part, but we certainly appreciated having just the two of us in our own tour group. We could leave for and arrive at a site earlier than bus tours, and our guides always knew where to go to avoid crowds. Mery and her staff at every location went out of their way to make this the trip of a lifetime, and we have no reservations about highly recommending their services to anyone.

Teddy M.
USA
October 2013
Discover Southern Peru

…will recommend Kuoda as the travel agency of choice to friends and colleagues

Thank you for your note. We really appreciated you stopping by the hotel in Cusco to visit with us. It meant a lot and was a very nice touch of additional customer sensitivity on your part. Your approach to the development and operation of Kuoda Travel is spot on and we wish you great success as you continue to develop the company.

Please know that all of us will recommend Kuoda as the travel agency of choice to friends and colleagues.

Take care,

H. Walker
USA
October 2013
The Grand Tour - Experiencing Southern Peru

Kuoda truly is superb!

We just returned from a three week tour of Peru (with 3 days in Bolivia. We have always planned all of our own vacations, but the complicated logistics were better served by a tour company. Kuoda is based in Cusco and provided us with excellent guides and drivers who took care of everything. All we had to do was sit back and marvel. As well as Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku and the sacred islands in Bolivia, we also went fishing for and swimming with piranha, as well as a taking a canopy walk in the Madre de Dios jungle. Kuoda went out of their way to find us the best accommodations possible. When one hotel took it upon themselves to upgrade us to a room that we did not like, Mery (the company owner) came to the hotel twice to make sure that we were happy. They understood who we were and what we wanted and they gave us a tour that was completely customized to our requests. Our only problem was that we did not stay longer.

Mary C.
USA
October 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Your company did an amazingly great job of making the time seamless and without a hitch

The only problem with our trip to Peru was that it was too short! We didn’t want to leave! It’s really difficult to identify the highlights, as there was so much that we enjoyed (pretty much every minute of the trip). I would say that we particularly enjoyed some of the “small things”. Sitting in the church square at Tipon having our box lunch, strolling around the town of Andahuaylillas. We are they type of people that really enjoy the “off the beaten track” experiences, and I think you will find that many others that want a customized trip also really enjoy those respites from the tourist crowd.

Of course, Karina needs to be commended both for her excitement in her guiding, as well as the personal attention she gave to Mary, who wasn’t quite as mobile as us. And Marcos was always early, making our days full and without a hitch. Special thanks to Thomas, who really coordinated the whole trip and was very responsive to both my inquiries and adjustments. Getting met in Lima (even though we weren’t spending time there) was a very good thing, as it gave us the assurances that everything was going to be “just fine.”

Your company did an amazingly great job of making the time seamless and without a hitch. All of the transfers went like clockwork. Also, you get HUGE points for our prepaid lunches being some of the best meals we had (Cusco, the place near Moray, Urubamba, the box lunches). Many other tourist agencies would just try to make money on these items; you made them part of the experience. That is very important and shows that you are trying to deliver quality, quality, quality.

Hotels:

  • Since Naomi and I have already been to Amazonia (Napo in Ecuador); this is what I would call “Amazonia Light.” Fantastic food and good accommodations (a little crowded). The excursions are OK, because they don’t really have much to work with in that area. Your guests should be presented with options for Amazonia (hard core, luxury, etc, depending on what type of experience they want). For us, it was perfect, because Mary has never been and we couldn’t do hard core with her; others may want something that is more challenging with more opportunities for wildlife.
  • Inkaterra (Machu Picchu). Fantastic. Would have thought about doing 2 nights there (first day, just going to hotel; second day doing Machu Picchu very early; then leaving the third day), so can climb Wayno Picchu (which I did, but would have preferred collapsing at the hotel!)
  • Palacio Nazarenas. Five nights was perfect. Really let us get to know Cusco and get the visit to Tipon and Andahuaylillas. A great hotel. We only ate there the first evening for convenience. Extremely expensive dinners (poor value, no ambience). With all of the great restaurants in Cusco, you would be best to have all of those recommendation (and possibly reservations) for dinners outside the hotel ready for your clients. We ate at MAP (incredibly great but incredibly expensive), Limo (lunch, and dinner; solid), Chiccolini (dinner; the best we had by far) and the Grill (lunch care of you, and dinner; solid).

You have our highest recommendations and we will spread the word to anyone interested in visiting Peru. Best,

R. Hegger
USA
October 2013
From the Amazon to the Andes

We had a wonderful time in your part of Peru, far beyond our expectations

We are home safely after a couple of days stopover in San Francisco.

It was very nice to meet you and also Mery in Cusco. We had a wonderful time in your part of Peru, far beyond our expectations. The culture, history, scenery, people and food were amazing. We kept thinking that we are so lucky to be experiencing all that your region has to offer.

We could not have asked any more from Kuoda from the moment we first contacted you to when we were met at Cusco airport until the time we left Alex to board our flight to Lima. Your company’s professionalism and passion is a credit to Mery and her team.

Once again thanks to you, Eduard, Hernan, Alex & Mery for a wonderful experience that we will both treasure for a very long time. (Hopefully I spelt the names correctly). One day we hope to come back.

G. and R. Hampson
Australia
October 2013
Amazing Cusco and Machu Picchu Adventure

Thank you and your team for arranging this memorable experience for us.

Thank you! We had a wonderful time in Peru and would definitely recommend Kuoda to our friends. As we told you before, Pilar is a great tour guide and Marquio is a safe and punctual driver. We also appreciate Edgar’s daily phone calls and you taking the time to talk to us in Cusco.

We couldn’t have asked for more in a trip and we want to thank you and your team for arranging this memorable experience for us.

Best regards,

S. and B. Fung
Canada
September 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Katia and I enjoyed a lot our trip in Peru

Sorry for the late to reply to your mail.

Katia and I enjoyed a lot our trip in Perou.

Keep going with quality of services. You know how to do it.

We’ll advise the friends who plan to spend time in your country to get in touch with you.

Best regards from France,

G. Delepanque
France
September 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We loved the country and the people, especially the Kuoda team.

We had a great time with Kuoda and greatly appreciate the organisation that went in to making the trip so enjoyable. Joelle and I are still travelling (Canada) but Katia and Gerard are back in France.

When we slow down for a couple of hours I will give you some more detailed feedback but for now would just like to say that the whole experience was marvelous. We loved the country and the people, especially the Kuoda team.

D. Burden
Australia
September 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

You have a wonderful support team!

Thank you for explaining the Marriott situation in more detail. Overall, it was one small item in a truly wonderful trip. Everyone we encountered was great and we really enjoyed everything. Of course Machu Picchu was the highlight, but we were quite pleasantly surprised by Pachacamac after the seal trip was cancelled.

I’ve mentioned you to a couple of colleagues who are hoping to visit at some point. I’ll be sure to tell them again when they get a bit more serious about their planning and timing.

Please pass along our thanks to everyone who helped us with planning, driving, and guiding. You have a wonderful support team!

Regards,

K. Wilson
USA
September 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

I would absolutely recommend them!

My husband and I spent 9 days in Peru with Kuoda. We visited the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu and Cusco, with a few smaller stops along the way. It was wonderful! From start to finish they were there to answer our questions and help us figure out what we’d like to see on our trip, all while working within our budget.

Our guide at Machu Picchu and in Cusco was a lot of fun, knew tons of information and we learned so many interesting things. One of the greatest parts of the trip was that they took care of everything, train tickets, moving luggage, etc. I loved the mix of time with a guide, as well as time on our own, with plenty of restaurant and activity suggestions from guides. I would absolutely recommend them!

L. Collins
USA
September 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Wonderful anniversary vacation in Peru thanks to Kuoda

My wife and I had a wonderful anniversary vacation in Peru thanks to Kuoda. We stayed in really romantic hotels, especially in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Our guide, Edwin, was fantastic and we couldn’t have seen as much as we did in and around Machu Picchu without him. He was very knowledgeable about the culture and history of the area and he seemed to know everyone in Cusco.

The tour was really well organized and the connections were smooth. We started off in the jungle outside Puerto Maldonado where the lodging and food were out of this world, although we didn’t see as many animals as we thought we would. Jose, our guide at Titicaca, was also great and taught us a lot about the people who live on the lake. We highly recommend Kuoda for anyone wishing to travel to this wonderful and friendly nation. It was really worth it.

H. Treisman
USA
September 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

I hope if time is kind to us that we can travel with you again soon

Our time in Peru could not have been better. Edgar, Maria Theresa and Marco looked after us so well, and our time was spent in a rich variety of experiences that we could never have been able to organize into such a short time frame on our own. The accommodation was excellent (especially in the Sacred Valley!) and the activities organized – the llama farm, the horse riding, the Hacienda dining, the visit to the local community, the salt mines, the Cusco tour of the ancient buildings and the colorful markets, are all fresh in our minds and without being rushed packed such value into our trip – I did not talk to anyone else who had done as much!

Maria Theresa has such a wealth of knowledge of the history of your country, and her guided tour of the ruins at Machu Picchu was fascinating and educational and delivered with such warmth and humor – we missed her so much after we left Peru! Also, the little touches, like being met in Lima, and Edgar’s nightly phone calls, were appreciated and really helped to keep the trip worry free.

I will certainly be recommending Kuoda to Australian friends and family (and have already done so!). I hope if time is kind to us that we can travel with you again soon.

F. Wallace
Australia
September 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

We felt very spoiled and privileged to have used you for our tour

We cannot thank you enough for our amazing Peruvian explorations. Without exception, your staff are 7 star. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome and they were all so gracious with our never-ending questions. And do not worry, nothing spoiled our trip – every day was filled with more wow’s. Peru is amazing.

And there is just so much more to discover – 5000 years of civilizations cannot possibly be covered in a month or even a lifetime. We came away with many more questions than we started with; and only a very superficial understanding of only a few of the pre-inca civilizations. Perhaps someday, the remaining quipus will be interpreted and humankind will better understand how much was lost when that system of writing was destroyed. For now, one can only wonder about civilizations that obviously relied on geometry, science, and mathematics.

We will pass on our recommendations for Kuoda (already did so at the airports on return flights) – our experiences far exceeded our expectations. We felt very spoiled and privileged to have used you for our tour. As promised, Ed will be reviewing his photos in the next couple of weeks and will forward some.

Take care, and enjoy that wonderful clear, clean, Cuzco air and sunshine. Cheers,

T. Moline
Canada
September 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

…those special experiences, the intimacy, the personal touches, the ones that allow you to experience the people of Peru

After another well know international travel company let us down by cancelling our Peru tour we were left with flights from Australia and a burning desire to complete our planned trip. We found Kuoda Travel and took what we thought was a gamble on a local company, they had some good reviews but, we are so far away in Australia.

I sent an enquiry to a few companies and I have got to say that the response from Kuoda Travel sold me, I was instantly engaged with what they offered, it seemed perfect. At this stage I will mention a really great guy, our Travel Designer Jon, he really made our decision easy with his impeccable communication and his willingness to work with us to build our perfect adventure.

We went from a group tour to a private tour, and while it cost a little more we were so much better off, particularly in Peru, we had such good company from our Guides and Drivers and had seamless entry to attractions and experienced many things that would be impossible with a group tour. Our accommodation was perfect, we settled on our selection from Jon’s recommendations, he even pushed us toward some and was absolutely correct.

Accommodation: JW Marriott in Lima, perfect location for a few days in Lima’s Miraflores area, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge, I have got to laugh when I say that they provided “Hot Water Bottles” in our lodge, a cold front passed over South America and it was really cold, but beautiful, what a story to tell! We felt like Tarzan and Jane with our adventures into the deep forest. The Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado in the Sacred Valley, we stayed in and Andean Cottage with views over the complex, it was inspiring to stand on our balcony and breathe in the vista, they do need to put wine glasses in the room, although it was interesting watching them being delivered on a golf cart from our balcony! Sumaq Machu Pichu Hotel in Agua Calientes offered us a view of the raging river from our balcony and a nice respite from our walks at Machu Pichu, I was lucky enough to win a massage from a birthday promotion at the hotel. The Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel and Spa was perfectly located in Cusco, a walk to the square and Pisco Sour making lessons were a lot of fun. Puno, we had a long bus trip to get to Puno the Libertador Lago Titakaka was a great relief, the view of the Sunrise in the morning was sensational from our room, what we did not realise was that we were looking over the Uros islands, one word “MAGIC”.

We had so many Bucket List experiences, all the ones you expect and plan for with a visit to Peru, and we would have got these on our Group adventure with the big international tour company, yes we would, but we would not have gotten the lasting memories afforded by Kuoda Travel, those special experiences, the intimacy, the personal touches, the ones that allow you to experience the people of Peru.

Thanks to the Kuoda Travel team for making our trip so easy, we were left to enjoy, and we did!!

J. Burgess
Australia
September 2013
The Grand Tour - Experiencing Southern Peru

…everyone else at Kuoda also did a great job

We really had a great time visiting Peru and only wish we could have stayed longer – everywhere we went, we wished we had a bit more time to spend! We enjoyed all the activities in the jungle, were very impressed by the Inca sites, and it was also really interesting to see how the local people live, especially on Lake Titicaca. Edwin was a fantastic guide, and everyone else at Kuoda also did a great job. We’ll definitely recommend you if we hear of anyone going to Peru!

Thanks again,

J. Treisman
USA
September 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

We have no reservations about highly recommending their services to anyone

Kuoda Travel is a wonderful tour company. Lotte, our trip advisor, did an exceptional job of arranging a 30 day tour of mainly pre-inca civilizations. Many of the ruins we visited in September and October 2013 are relatively unknown, but so astounding that we ran out of wow’s long before reaching touristy Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Despite the remoteness of some of the sites (e.g., Chavin de Huantar, Kuelap, el Brujo), food and accommodations were always suitable. Indeed, many of our hotels were far above the three star standard we had requested.

Our guides were knowledgeable, conscientious, accommodating, and friendly. And our drivers were just the best. It is too difficult to pick the best part of our trip, because the whole thing was the best part, but we certainly appreciated having just the two of us in our own tour group. We could leave for and arrive at a site earlier than bus tours, and our guides always knew where to go to avoid crowds. Mery and her staff at every location went out of their way to make this the trip of a lifetime, and we have no reservations about highly recommending their services to anyone.

E. Moline
Canada
September 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

This was as close to perfect as it gets

Jesus, of Kuoda travel, helped us plan our vacation to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon and Machu Picchu in September 2013. He was very responsive, knowledgeable and patient. We are both seniors in good health but like to travel at our own pace and generally avoid tour groups.

This was as close to perfect as it gets. We were picked up on arrival and departure at each airport, provided with excellent guides and drivers, very pleasant hotels and given as much help and guidance as we wanted without it being over bearing.

The sights were absolutely breath-taking and exceeded all our expectations. We would like to thank everyone at Kuoda and their affiliates for a wonderful experience and in particular Daniel and Rodrigo at La Selva Jungle Lodge.

J. Drewett
Canada
September 2013
Galapagos and Machu Picchu Travel Experience

The personal attention makes for a great experience

I would highly recommend Kuoda Travel for a trip to Peru. They planned the trip, our first to South America, perfectly, and the experience was first-class. We saw so much, but never felt rushed or herded along. Little things like meeting us at the crazy Lima airport and the Cusco airport and train station with a guide and driver made it stress-free. We enjoyed the entire trip – Cusco and area, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lima – and every day was quite different. Our guide Edward had a great style – very friendly, informative and helpful, but not overbearing. He provided lots of information from his perspective as a native of Cusco, and he made sure we saw a lot on the way, not just at each day’s destination(s).

A private, guided tour for two of us seemed like an extravagance at first, but we later determined it was the only way to go and worth the extra expense. Peru is not an easy country to tour independently like most European and some other South American countries – partly due to transportation – and a tour of some kind is almost a necessity unless you are backpacking. However, group tours are not our thing and this is definitely a huge step up. For the main part of the trip, we had the same guide every day, and a car and driver. The personal attention makes for a great experience. We got to know our guide, and had conversations during the day, not just “tourist information.”

We did meet 9 Kuoda staff at various times during the tour, including the president Mery, and to a person they were outstanding. They even surprised me at the Cusco hotel, after several days in the Sacred Valley, with a birthday cake! There are many tour companies to choose from in Peru and this one is first class.

C. and T. Field
Canada
September 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

The perfect end to a perfect vacation.

Thank you for your outstanding efforts in designing our Peru travel itinerary. Our journey to Peru was truly magical…

Peru is a beautiful country with amazing natural wonders, history and historical sites, culture and cuisine, and the most gracious and genuinely kind people. How could we not have had the most magical adventure?

With the expert assistance of Kuoda Travel our Peruvian experience was enhanced in every aspect due to the personally designed travel itinerary, with every transportation and accommodation reservation, activities, travel assistant, driver and guide scheduled to perfection…allowing us to fully enjoy all the wonderful Peruvian sites, culture, experiences and memories. And with the expert and professional assistance of every one of the Kuoda travel team members involved in our personally guided trip.

Beginning with our travel designer Tom, who was able to plan our 10 Day Machu Picchu/Cusco/Sacred Valley/Amazon trip personalizing to our travel dates, requested inns, activities that were on our wish list. And even included meals at Pachu Papa and 3 Keros, two fantastic Peruvian restaurants. Tom was very helpful and patient with all our questions and requests during the planning process, with his frequent, kind and prompt emails.

We loved the smiling airport greeters holding a sign with our names. Our travel coordinator in Cusco, Edgar, who met us at the beginning and end of our Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley portion of our trip and called to check on us every night and reviewed the next day’s adventure. Our gifted Cusco and Sacred Valley driver who navigated those narrow roadways expertly and always ready with a cold bottle of water.

We looked forward to our daily adventures with Pilar, our absolutely fantastic personal guide, who guided us through all the Inca ruins including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Pilar easily explained the artistry, architecture, culture and history of all the sites. She shared so much information not found in the 5 travel books I read before our trip. But she was more than an expert, she was thoughtful and kind by pacing us slowly allowing us to adjust to the Andean elevation, taking our pictures and indulging us with fantastic meals and off the beaten path wonders such as the Cusco market, the San Blas church pulpit, the Salinas salt pans, and a 6 course meal at 3 Keros restaurant served personally by famed chef Richardo. Pilar shared her love for her country.

At the recommendation of Kuoda travel, we were hosted during our 3 day amazon basin adventure by the wonderful Inkaterra staff. We loved the cabana lodging and the food and service was excellent. On our amazon excursions day and night through the jungle and up and down the river, we were amazed to see so many fascinating, rare and beautiful animals.

Our trip sounds perfect…and it was. We had ideal weather, sunny and clear, that is until our travel day home. Upon our departure from our Amazon lodge it began to rain and after our arrival to the Amazon airport the weather caused a 6 hour delay in our departure flight to Lima. We arrived at the Lima airport with 30 minutes time to make our connection home. Without the Kuoda agent who was a the arrival gate waiting for our delayed flight, rushing us to the front of the line in ticketing and running us through the airport to customs and the appropriate departure gate, we would have never made our flight by just minutes. The perfect end to a perfect vacation.

We cannot thank Kuoda Travel and all their travel experts enough for creating the experience of a lifetime.

R. and T. Lynch
USA
September 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

All your staff was professional and wonderful

Overall it was a wonderful experience. All your staff was professional and wonderful from booking to execution. We especially enjoyed Henry. Your country is wonderful and the people even better, we hope to do a jungle tour in two years and will contact you for sure.

Thank you so much for making Mixtura happen at the last second it was great!!!

P. Guarno
USA
September 2013
Amazing Cusco and Machu Picchu Adventure

We had a great personal experience in Peru with Kuoda

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. We had a great personal experience in Peru with Kuoda Travel. So let me start at the beginning…

Jesus was great working with us to come up with an itinerary that we wanted. He was always very quick to respond and personable (that even came across in email). He seemed truly interested in making it the best trip it could be for us. He always answered our questions and concerns in a timely manner. It was nice to finally meet him when we arrived in Cusco!

Our experiences with Ophelia were outstanding! She is not only a wealth of knowledge about the area but she is fun to be with. She quickly understood the pace we liked and responded accordingly. I think we got in some extra hiking! It was an advantage that she speaks Quechua so that she could communicate with many of the people in the small villages. This made it a much more personal experience. She also happily honored some special requests that we had like a visit to the ceramic store in Urubamba and eating guinea pig!

Juan is also a very nice, good natured man. Ophelia and he were a very nice combination! We enjoyed them both very much. They both seem to enjoy what they are doing and that truly makes a difference! It created a fun atmosphere.

We didn’t have much time in Lima but Vanessa was also very informative and nice. She did a great tour of Lima. It gave us a totally different perspective after staying in Miraflores.

Alex is very nice, communicative and eager to please. He seemed truly interested that we were having a good time. It was nice of him to check in with us at Sol y Luna. We asked him to book the chocolate factory tour in Lima for us and that was done when we arrived.

Overall we had a great trip and would recommend Kuoda to anyone traveling to Peru! Thank you,

J. Brittain
United Kingdom
September 2013
Peru's Greatest Sights

Thank you for your hospitality and wonderful service

We are back in Los Angeles and back to the grind of work and responsibilities. Our trip to the Galapagos was magical like our time in Peru. This will be a trip that we will always treasure. We have already recommended Kuoda to the friends we made on our cruise in Ecuador. Thank you for your hospitality and wonderful service.

Warm wishes,

K. and Allen Chiu
USA
September 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We loved our trip and we highly recommend Kuoda

Our family of two parents and four girls, ages 20, 18, 15 and 13, just returned today from a 10-day trip to Peru organized by Kuoda Travel: we loved it. Kuoda did a great job. Mery Calderon and her staff cared about our family, and called us each day to make sure we were happy with our day’s experience and to go over tomorrow’s activities.

The arrangements went as planned, all of the hotels, guides, meals and activities were perfect, and we truly enjoyed each day. Special mention must go to our guide, Holger, who brought the Incan culture, religion, and ruins alive through thoughtful explanation of the history, beliefs and lives of the Incan people. There was no “canned’ explanation of attractions, but rather Holger provided a fully engaged discussion of the place we were and its role in Peruvian history. After hiking all day up 3,500 feet to enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, Holger got up the next day at 4 am to be on one of the first buses up (we stayed at the Sanctuary Lodge) to join us to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu.

We should also mention that Kuoda arranged a lunch for our family at the house of Aida. Aida is a remarkable woman who maintains a large garden where she grows all of the vegetables served at the lunch. Aida and her husband spent an hour with us after lunch talking about the Sacred Valley and the traditions of the local people; she was delightful.

By the end of our 10 days, our family kept on talking about how personal and special we felt, and how well we came to know Peru. We loved our trip and we highly recommend Kuoda.

J. O'Brien
USA
August 2013
Peru Family Adventure

The support we received from our guides and Kouda Travel was just awesome

Just a little note to tell Mery and everyone what a great trip I had to Peru. It was very exciting. I really enjoyed the Jungle trip. It certainly was thrilling. I am glad that I got to travel with such a great group of people. The support we received from our guides and Kouda Travel was just awesome. Take Care.

Bye for now,

J. Phillipson
Canada
August 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Thanks for setting up such a great trip

I had a great time. I told my family about the trip and all of our adventures. My brother in law is very interested and we may do another trip as a family in the next few years. I am still amazed at the old Inca walls that are still standing and the craftsmanship that built them. Simply amazing! You have a very beautiful country and I will be going back to visit again.

Thanks for setting up such a great trip and for all the guides (who gave us all hugs when we left) for making this such a memorable experience.

Many thanks to Lynn and Gary for all the work they did and all my travelling companions for such a great time.

M. Yearwood
Canada
August 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Thank you again for taking such good care of me…

I hope this note finds you well. I have already recommended your company to a friend who is considering Peru. Highlights of the trip were Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo ruins and Sol y Luna), lunch at Aida’s and Cusco.

It was such a pleasure to meet you and all your staff, Alex was awesome! Thank you again for taking such good care of me on that Thursday and Friday.

Thank you again Mery. I just had the opportunity at a wedding this weekend to tell again our story of Peru. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Take care and have a great day.

P. and C. Day
USA
August 2013
Discover Southern Peru

We will not hesitate to recommend Kuoda to others…

Here is our feedback on the trip:

  • Great accommodations in all cities – Hotels had good locations, were clean and provided good service. The only exception was the hotel at Aguas Calientes which was directly across the street from a bar that played extremely loud music till very late at night, making it very difficult to sleep. The meals provided were well planned and gave us a good taste of the local flavors. The lunch at Trujillo was especially nice, with delicious food and a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Good location of accommodations with respect to sight-seeing. Almost every hotel was within easy walking distance to sites and/or places to eat.
  • Transportation was great whether it be air or land. No problems with any flights, and all the drivers were awesome in getting us where we needed to go, both carefully and timely.
  • Guides, all other guides went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of and made sure if there was something else that we wanted to do or see, that it was included. For Bret finding a specific shirt in Cusco and for Bill being able to go to the Hard Rock Café in Lima. Juan (Sacred Valley and Cusco) was a particularly outstanding guide. He was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited, was enthusiastic about what he was doing, and was very likable. He went out of his way to assist us in finding things we wanted and enabled us to see the Pisac ruins in addition to the Pisac market.
  • Colca Canyon – Based on the information we received before arriving in Peru, we were under the impression there would be time to see the canyon, but due to actual timing with the way our itinerary was put together (some of it our fault), the guide indicated and verified that it was not possible. We would have liked to have seen the canyon, but understood the circumstances. We just would like to suggest that when an itinerary is being put together that if there is a slim chance of seeing something, that it be conveyed.

Our experience with your company was wonderful, we will not hesitate to recommend Kuoda to others and if we are in the area again, we will certainly seek out your services.

W. Loesch and B. Fischer
USA
August 2013
The Best of Southern Peru

All I can say is that “personal” for Kuoda really means personal

First, Kuoda was extremely responsive. They replied to all of my emails in the organizational phase of our trip within hours. Their responses not only answered by questions directly, but also added a lot of helpful information and suggestions. This continued while we were enroute and while we were in Peru.

Second, their guides and trip planners are first rate. My son, daughter and I agreed at the end of our trip that there had not been a minute wasted and that we had absolutely maximized the use of the relatively short time we had in Peru. Our trip truly was customized to our interests and schedules.

Third, and most importantly, Kuoda specializes in “personalized” trips for couples, families and small groups. I do not consider myself to be a seasoned traveler, but I have been overseas several times and I’m not naive about the ways of commerce. I know there is tremendous competition among the many tour guides operating in Peru and that all of them tout “personal” service. All I can say is that “personal” for Kuoda really means personal. I felt like I was dealing with friends more than people I’d hired to show us around.

I couldn’t recommend Kuoda more highly.

D. Hardymon
USA
August 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

…will definitely contact you if I ever do return

Thanks, we had a great experience. I enjoyed the whole trip, the highlight or course being Machu Picchu. In the future I’d love to return to Peru to see the rain forests, and will definitely contact you if I ever do return.

Thank you,

F. Molina
USA
August 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

…what a fantastic tour company you run

I’m still smiling after SUCH an amazing two weeks in Peru. Your ears should be burning since we’ve told all of our friends about what a fantastic tour company you run and how you made our trip so special in every way. I think we’ve become your local PR company and many have asked for the itinerary and details so they can book a trip with Kuoda in the coming years!

I want to send you our wonderful friends, since I know that they will be lifelong “family” members with you and your team, too!

My very best,

Guljarani Family
USA
August 2013
Discover Southern Peru

We would be happy to call upon you again upon our return some day to South America

Thank you for your e-mail and for the wonderful time we had in Peru. Everything was very well planned, and your staff was extremely attentive to our every need. Our guide Jose Carlos was great, our drivers terrific, the accommodations were terrific, it was really helpful that Edgar checked in with us every day, and most of all Tom was awesome in helping to plan it all.

Thank you for all of the great assistance. We would be happy to call upon you again upon our return some day to South America. Please thank all of your staff again for us.

Best regards,

P. Polifka
Canada
August 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Thank you for an adventure that I will remember for a long time

I feel like I am sounding like a broken record, but I agree with everyone that this was am absolutely amazing trip. All of our accommodation were first class and all the guides that were provide were very knowledgeable and had such great passion for their country.

I know I have passed on your name to others who seem to be interested in travelling to Peru.

Again thank you for an adventure that I will remember for a long time.

D. Peters
Canada
August 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

We will probably be back in a few years and we will definitely be in touch.

We had a marvelous time. The accommodations were great, guides were knowledgeable and on time, we give credit to all the drivers for their patience and driving skills and the help from Kuoda for putting this great trip together was greatly appreciated. We have already sung your praises when we returned to Canada. My sister and brother in law would also like to visit so we will probably be back in a few years and we will definitely be in touch.

Thanks for coming to the airport to wish us a goodbye. We did feel like family.

Wishing you all the best in the future,

L. and G. Sturch
Canada
August 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Our warm appreciation to everyone who was there to make our vacation so special.

We had a wonderful time. Your people are wonderful everyone was super attentive. Jose Carlos was very informative and knowledgeable and we loved his passion for Peru. We were always happy to see Juan’s smiling face when he picked up and we appreciated the nightly calls to check in on us.

The Ecuador portion of the trip was also fabulous. The Athala turned out to be great and we met some very nice people from around the world. The Galapagos is beautiful and interesting and we loved all the various animals that we’ve only seen in pictures or on television before. The crew was fantastic; they did everything to make sure we had a great time.

I can’t think of anything that you need to improve on really. Our Anniversary and my birthday were very special this year because our kids were able to be with us. Anytime the four of us get to spend time together is precious and memorable.

Thank you again I will recommend your company to anyone I know who is planning a trip to South America. For sure!! All the best to you and please send our warm appreciation to everyone who was there to make our vacation so special.

Berman Family
USA
August 2013
Galapagos and Machu Picchu Travel Experience

I enjoyed my trip arranged by Kuoda very much.

It is always nice to hear from you! Thank you for asking about my situation with the luggage even after the trip has finished. I really appreciate all your help.

I enjoyed my trip arranged by Kuoda very much. I enjoyed meeting your staff; Ofelia, Edgar and Alex were all great. And of course, I will never forget our dinner on my last day with you.

I hope we can stay in touch. Please definitely let me know if you are in the US- I would love to meet you.

Take care for now,

A. Warenica
Canada
August 2013
Amazing Cusco and Machu Picchu Adventure

All the Kuoda people we met have been very professional, patient and really fair.

Kuoda Travel is simply great, we scheduled first class customized tour of 18 days along Peru and Bolivia with Kuoda through emails (the classical tour Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, sacred valley, machu picchu, puno, titicaca lake, la paz , sucre and so on … )

The quotation we got was significantly lower than the one we have received from the most known Italian travel agent for Peru and the quality of the Hotel was absolutely better on respect of that proposed by the Italian tour operator.

All the Kuoda people we met have been very professional, patient and really fair.

M. DiToro
Italy
August 2013
The Grand Tour - Experiencing Southern Peru and Bolivia

Not a detail was forgotten thanks to Kuoda

My family and I had an incredible time in Peru…and there was build up. We’d been talking about this trip for years, so we had expectations. Mery and her team were incredible. Our guide Jose Carlos grew up in the Andes. He shared his life with us, his traditions and his country with pride, expertise and warmth.

The accommodations chosen were top notch and the food was delicious. We always knew what came next and fit in so much! Yet, we maintained the flexibility to make it our own.

We really felt we got beyond the ‘touristy’ side of Peru, though we got that too. Not a detail was forgotten thanks to Kuoda. My family and I recommend them without reservation

L. Berman
USA
August 2013
Galapagos and Machu Picchu Travel Experience

Adventure of a lifetime

My wife and I planned a trip to Peru only a few weeks ahead of time, but Kuoda was more than willing to accommodate us and help us plan an unforgettable adventure. From the amazon to machu picchu to cusco, our trip was amazing and our accommodations first class every step of the way. Kuoda even managed to get tickets for us to huayna picchu, which is no small feat considering our time constraint. We wished Kuoda held more tours outside of Peru and that all travel companies can live up to their standards. Thanks you Mery and everyone at Kuoda for giving us an adventure of a lifetime and we hope to see you again soon.

Jiansan G.
USA
August 2013
The Amazon and Machu Picchu

…our wonderful 2 weeks in Peru with the help of you and your company.

Just wanted to let you know we arrived home safely after our wonderful 2 weeks in Peru with the help of you and your company. It was a pleasure to meet you in person and we really appreciate you making last minute adjustments to guide choices.

Jose Carlos was a treasure trove of information……a natural teacher!!! His use of objects to demonstrate what he was talking about was such a wonderful visual. We learned so much in the 1/2 day we spent with him. Please share with him how happy we were with his services.

Best regards,

D. and I. Kessel
USA
July 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

The experience was different every day and they were all very exciting.

Our family had a wonderful time in Peru. The experience was different every day and they were all very exciting.

All the tour guides were professional and very helpful. They were all very knowledgeable about the history, culture and tour sites. They also made good restaurant recommendations to us.

Thanks!

C. Lu and Family
USA
July 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We will forever compare all vacations to this one!

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Peru using Kuoda Travel and we cannot say enough about this company! We only had 7 days, but it was a fabulous experience! We constantly felt that Kuoda Travel wanted this to be our best vacation ever. The knowledge and professionalism of everyone we met through Kuoda was outstanding.

This is one case where you truly get what you pay for. Our accommodations were spectacular. Our guide, Jimmy, was an encyclopedia of information. He was always making sure we were happy and doing what we wanted to be doing. Group tours might take you to all the sights, but with Kuoda Travel, you learn more, go where you want, get to ask as many questions as you want, stop and admire as long as you want, take a break when you want, or just skip a stop and move on to the next one.

We will forever compare all vacations to this one! THANK YOU, KUODA TRAVEL!

C. Suleyman
USA
July 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Kuoda really delivered for us

We had Kuoda set up a one week tour for our family in July and we couldn’t have been happier with their service. We had already spent a week in Cusco at a Spanish language school (Amigos – highly recommended) so they customized our tour to focus on the outlying areas (of course, including Machu Picchu). Granted, we wanted to be spoiled a bit and asked for 4 and 5 star hotels.

We had our own van and driver and they really took good care of us. Cost was $250 / for tours, hotel and most meals. I’m sure we could have found a cheaper tour but I doubt we could have found a better one. And I’m sure they would have found cheaper accommodations had we requested it. But we didn’t know if we’d ever get back to Peru so we went for it.

It was nerve wracking paying for the tour upfront after only having seen positive reviews on the web, but Kuoda really delivered for us. Thank you Mery, Juan and Juan for an amazing experience!

M. Vasey
USA
July 2013
Amazing Cusco and Machu Picchu Adventure

Thanks for the amazing experience!

Mery, it was really nice to meet you in person and Jesus, thanks for the amazing trip that you put together for us.

Our experience was certainly really positive, we really enjoyed every aspect of the trip and we really loved Peru! We are a little sad that we were not able to take the train from Cuzco to Puno, I’m sure it would have been a really nice ride but I guess safety comes first! I wanted to thank you for re-arranging the transportation to allow us to continue our trip to Puno despite the strike. Lake Tititicaca was also really nice and we enjoyed it a lot.

We will definitely recommend Kuoda Travel to our friends who want to travel to Peru!

If you would like us to share any picture or post some of them anywhere on the internet, please let me know. I was just able to go through all the pictures taken and some are gorgeous!

Peru is such a gorgeous country! Thanks for the amazing experience!

D. Raspelli
Italia
July 2013
Discover Southern Peru

…thank you so much and congratulations on a well managed business

This was an amazing trip we will talk about for years, or as Nick puts it, for the rest of his life. He took more than 1000 pictures. We made several friends with whom we will share pictures, stories and perhaps more adventures.

I want to thank you and your company Kuoda Travel for the professional and personalized tour. We never felt rushed or under pressure. It felt more like friends going on a trip. I was very impressed with the knowledge and friendliness of the staff as well as the selection of hotels.

We have only good comments here in our home land as we tell everybody about our trip to Peru. Rest assured that you made from this trip a memorable one for my son and I. It was just what the doctor ordered.

Once again, thank you so much and congratulations on a well managed business. I hope to use Kuoda again in the near future.

D. Villar
USA
July 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

What a wonderful place Peru is and what a great job Kuoda did…

I want to thank you and everyone at Kuoda for all their time, effort, and patience (especially Edward and Waldo) in making our trip a truly memorable (in a good way) experience. Your personal knowledge of hotels, restaurants, transportation, etc., was invaluable in taking the stress out of our journey–and with all that we packed into such a short time, it could have been very stressful indeed.

Jon did an admirable job of finding hotels that were the best fit for us. Edward was a wonderful guide–and companion. He anticipated our needs, made the history and culture of Peru come alive for us, and was unbelievably patient. And Waldo was an amazing driver. Rachel and I couldn’t believe how he managed to get to our destinations quickly without making us sick or scared. Rachel already loved Peru, but Joe and I had never been there before… You made us love the country and its people.

We are telling our friends what a wonderful place Peru is and what a great job Kuoda did in making our trip a memory of a lifetime.

A. Chisolm Family
USA
July 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

You definitely choose the right one (guide) for us.

Thanks so much for forwarding so many photos to me. I just came back from my trip to Kauai, Hawaii. Please do extend my thankfulness to Edwin. He is a very knowledgeable Tour Guide. You definitely choose the right one for us.

Have a great day!

M. Seng
USA
July 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

We had a great trip, thanks to you and your tour company

I touched down Monday morning in Newark and went straight to work. I believe Elsie and Chungmien arrived late Tuesday in Singapore after a long layover in Amsterdam. Mona and ChengKee are still on their flight back to Singapore via the Middle East. They are not scheduled to land till tonight (Morning in Singapore) since they spent a couple nights in NYC before they left for Singapore.

We had a great trip, thanks to you and your tour company. We will definitely recommend your tour agency services if we have friends /relatives wanting to visit Peru.

S. Peng
USA
June 2013
Exploring Southern Peru

We all loved the trip to Peru and talk about it often

It is great to hear from you. We all loved the trip to Peru and talk about it often. We will sit down and compile our thoughts and favorite parts of the trip and get back to you.

Best regards,

J. Sharp
USA
June 2013
Peru Family Trip

Thanks again for making our trip so memorable

As we said when we met you, we lived the trip. Everything about your company is first class. It was so nice to be on a trip where our hand was held at all times and we could relax and enjoy the trip without any anxieties. Our favorite parts were machu picchu and lake titicaca We really enjoyed our lunch there and in the sacred valley they added a special touch. Our guides were all first rate.

Thanks again for making our trip so memorable.

L. Gorman
USA
June 2013
The Grand Tour - Experiencing Southern Peru

We would like to thank the entire team again for a memorable experience.

We had a great trip. We are cherishing our memories and experiences with families and friends here. We have several people ask us about your company and we shared our positive experiences with them and have highly recommended your company to them. So we hope if any of them choose to use your company you will provide them best experience. Your company and the team did a fabulous job. I am sure you will keep up the hard work.

We would like to thank the entire team again for a memorable experience.

A. Shah
USA
June 2013
A Magical Peru Family Adventure

That is a memory of a lifetime

We just loved Machu Picchu. That is a memory of a lifetime. I thought that Alvin was a very capable and interesting guide. He knows his history and he has provocative and fascinating insights Manuel was also a kind and thoughtful guide- nice fellow. The drivers were really good. It isn’t easy driving in back road Peru!

Food: excellent, Hotels largely excellent. Aranwa and Casa Andina Private Collection in Lima were just right. Sanctuary Lodge is probably not a good value for $$, BUT you can’t beat the location by a mile and their food was delicious. We really enjoyed many things in Cusco (especially the kids dancing)… and we enjoyed lunch with the artist family in the sacred valley. He is good! She is a very good cook, too! I am so glad we saw the salt flats and agricultural research center- they were highlights for us, even though we didn’t feel all that great at the altitude yet.

Thanks for all you did for us and best of luck in the future.

A. Farley
USA
June 2013
From Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca

It was good to interact with knowledgeable guides who had passion to explain things.

Thanks Mery to you and your team, for organizing an excellent vacation.

Absolutely we will be recommending Kuoda to our friends and when we visit that part of the world, we will have our travel plans through Kuoda.

Regarding highlights of our trip :

  • Knowledgeable, friendly and energetic guides at both Cusco / Sacred-Valley / Machu Picchu (Jose-Carlos) and Posada-Amazonas (Enzo). We are inclined towards learning new culture, as in our past trips to other countries, so it was good to interact with knowledgeable guides who had passion to explain things.
  • Hotels were excellent. Sol Y Luna stood out the best.
  • The guides and pick-up persons were on time and took care to ensure there were no hick-ups
  • Vehicles were good / clean and there was personal touch of water bottle in the cars.
  • Our trip designers were patiently clarifying things as we were booking the trip from US.

Finally your personal touch via the gift you gave us at the Cusco airport and took the time to meet us, was appreciated as well :-)

Thanks,

 

 

K. and D. Biswas
USA
June 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Nos hemos llevado el mejor de los recuerdo de su pais.

Todo ha estado perfecto!!! No tengo nada para mejorar!!! Mis padres y mis tios ya quieren organizar un viaje con uds. para el anyo proximo. Lo estare contactando en el futuro para que me arme un programa para ellos.

Estamos muy agradecidos con todos uds. (Ud., Edgar, Mery, Karina y Luis) por tan hermoso viaje. Nos hemos llevado el mejor de los recuerdo de su pais.

Con mucho cariño para todos uds.

Familia Kofman.

Kofman Family
USA
June 2013
Cusco y Machu Picchu en Familia

The hotels were all very nice, the food was delicious and the people were all nice to meet.

It was a pleasure traveling with Kuoda as everything went very smoothly and we really appreciated having someone who knew the area help in the planning. We really can’t thank Thomas enough for all the work in helping us create the right itinerary for our needs. Juan was a great guide and knowledgeable about the area, He was very easy going and never pressured us to get moving even if we can take quite a few photos. Wilbur was an excellent driver, the biggest testament of this is that even though Jamie normally gets motion sick and even with all the rough and curvy roads she never even felt slightly ill.

For us I think there were many highlights. Certainly Machu Picchu was fantastic and was the center of the trip, but we also really liked seeing Moray, Maras, Tipon and Pikillacta. The last 2 were really good as they seemed removed from the typical tourist itinerary and were amazing to see in their own right. The hotels were all very nice, the food was delicious and the people were all nice to meet.

We will definitely recommend Kuoda to anyone we know that is thinking of going to Peru.

Have a great day and thank you again for the hospitality,

P. and J. Swindon
USA
June 2013
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

…and hope to have more trips with Kuoda in the future

It took some time to respond to you as we were in denial that our vacation finished. This was one of the best trips we had for a years.

Everywhere we went, we were met with your devoted and knowledgeable guides and kind drivers, who gave everything of themselves to make our trip full success. It was much better that we hoped for.

Just to mention Cesar and Fernando in Lima, Victor in Arequipa, Manuel in Puno, Dimas and Edgar in Cusco, William in Manu reserve, and all the drivers, and send them big hug and warm regards.

We will definitely stay in touch and hope to have more trips with Kuoda in the future.

All the best.

J. and N. Radivojevic
Canada
May 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

You will be in good hands with Kuoda Travel

From our arrival in Arequipa, we were well looked after. Our guides were very professional and helpful. Our drivers were very cautious on the road and our cars were always clean. In addition they were always on time. In Arequipa, my friend lost her immigration paper. Grace, our guide, went out of her way to help us even though she was not scheduled to meet us that afternoon.

Catherine, our guide in Cusco and Machu Picchu, was very experienced and shared a wealth of information when showing us the different archeological and historical sites. Edgar, never failed to call us each evening to make sure we were doing well and having a great time.

It was so nice of you to come meet us upon our arrival in Cusco and came to see us off too. You were so efficient in helping my friend with her lost immigration paper that we didn’t even get a chance to worry about it.

During our 15 days in Peru, we felt safe, comfortable and well taken care of. It was completely worry-free. Everything went as clockwork. It was one of our best trips. We did and saw everything that we planned to at our own pace. We enjoyed the food and also the meals that you arranged for us. Everything was first class. We couldn’t ask for more.

To the folks who are shopping for a great tour operator: look no further. You have found THE ONE. You will be in good hands with Kuoda Travel. You deserve the best.

Best,

C. Hui
Canada
May 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

One of the best parts of our trip was our positive experiences with Kuoda Travel staff!!!

Ever since we returned from our trip to Peru, we have extolled the virtues of Kuoda Travel and the wonderful staff we have met to all of our friends and family. One of the best parts of our trip was our positive experiences with Kuoda Travel staff!!! If we decide to return to Peru, we would definitely consider contacting Kuoda Travel again.

Sincerely,

D. Plumptre
Canada
May 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Thank you so much for the experience of a life time

Yes we have received them.

Been busy playing catch up since we got back.

We had a wonderful time.

Al the logistics went off without a hitch.

Thank you so much for the experience of a life time.

R. Blanchet
USA
May 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Everyone was on time, thorough, thoughtful, and knowledgeable

We had a wonderful trip.  It was incredible in every way.  Your people are of great value to your business!  Everyone was on time, thorough, thoughtful, and knowledgeable.  I was teary-eyed when Karina said her goodbye — she is wonderful! And Juan’s driving skills are to be commended!

Thanks for providing a perfect, memorable adventure!

Sincerely,

A. Dawley
USA
May 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Everything was so well organized

We had a lovely time in Peru. Everything was so well organized that we didn’t have to think about any details during our vacation, which was wonderful. Kristina is doing just fine…thank you for asking about her. And, the ceviche was wonderful.

Next year, we may plan a trip to Chile or Argentina to visit some wineries, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know.

Thanks again for helping with a wonderful vacation.

S. Disisto
USA
May 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Kuoda lived up to expectations and the trip was indeed memorable.

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Peru and the climb up Macchu Picchu was magical. Kuoda lived up to expectations and the trip was indeed memorable. Your service is excellent and our guide, Ever was simply amazing.

We were a little let down by the flight delay but Kuoda immediately tried to turn our vacation right back around and I’m very impressed and appreciate the effort that your team has put in.

If I return to South America some day, I will definitely engage your services. I will highly recommend your services to my friends and family.

Thank you for the great memories.

H. Chong
Singapore
May 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

La lista seria larga, pero, en general, tuvimos una serie de experiencias nuevas, muy positivas y memorables.

Fue un placer conocerla y de antemano le quiero agradecer toda la ayuda que Ud. y su personal nos dieron durante nuestra visita al fabuloso Perú.

Todos nosotros, sin excepción, gozamos de la hospitalidad y gran servicio que nos ofrecieron. Usted tiene una agencia turística bien organizada y de la cual se debe sentir muy orgullosa.

Entre los comentarios negativos, solo se mencionarían dos: la tardanza en el servicio en el restaurante en Cusco y la falta de aire acondicionado en el Hotel Santuario de Machu Picchu, pero esto último, no está bajo su control.

Los aspectos muy positivos e impresionantes, fueron:

  • Todas las ruinas, en Machu Picchu, Moray, Pisac, etc. Acomodaron el itinerario como lo pedimos y tuvimos de la oportunidad de visitar los lugares claves entre Cusco y Lima.
  • La comida excelente en todos los lugares que visitamos, pero se debe destacar la amabilidad, sencillez y hospitalidad de alta clase de la pareja en Urubamba donde comimos  el almuerzo. La visita al jardín que mantienen fue una experiencia muy placentera y de un  buen sabor campirano.
  • La sabiduría, conocimiento de la historia de Perú, patriotismo, entereza moral y dirección  de nuestra guía Kathy. Siempre puntual y presta a ayudar. Muy instrumental en facilitar nuestra visita en cada lugar anticipando nuestras necesidades y arreglando de antemano nuestras llegadas a restaurantes y cada sitio por visitar. El Tambo del Inca es precioso. El buffet desayuno es impresionante. El hotel Monasterio es señorial, colonial y la comida 5*.
  • La dexteridad y suavidad de nuestro chofer Roberto.
  • La generosa hospitalidad y gran servicio de todos y cada uno de los hoteles donde nos hospedamos.

La lista sería larga, pero, en general, tuvimos una serie de experiencias nuevas, muy positivas y memorables.

Muchísimas gracias por todo.

De Ud., muy cordialmente,

Dr. H. Ruiz y familia
USA
May 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

You not only met our expectations, you exceeded them. Because of your efforts, our Peru trip was one of our best trips ever

Thank you so much for all you did for us.   You not only met our expectations, you exceeded them. Because of your efforts, our Peru trip was one of our best trips ever (we travel a lot, so that is really saying something)!   All of our guides were wonderful.  We learned so much and got to do many things that we never would have gotten to do if we had been in a big tour group.   Every little detail was taken care of for us so that we could relax and enjoy your beautiful country.

As I think you know, we learned about Kuoda from a friend who traveled with you last year.  She spoke very highly of you, and now we know why she insisted that we contact Kuoda before booking with a tour group.   I have been recommending you to our friends who like to travel. Hopefully, some of them will have the opportunity to travel with you in the future.

Thanks again for making our Peru experience exceptional!

Best regards,

J. and D. Houston
USA
May 2013
Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca

It was an appreciated extra service and totally unexpected. Kuoda certainly takes care of its customers and we will be recommending you to our friends.

Just a quick note to say thank you for all of the services and happy memories that Kuoda has provided, from the moment of our arrival until our departure. We were so surprised when we were greeted at the airport in Lima today and escorted to our international flight. It was an appreciated extra service and totally unexpected. Kuoda certainly takes care of its customers and we will be recommending you to our friends.

We are quite tired from our day of traveling and are off to rest and gather strength for our tour of Quito tomorrow and our Celebrity Xpedition cruise on Sunday. When we get home, I will write again about our fantastic guides, drivers, hotels and experiences. If you ever decided to travel to British Columbia, please let us know. we would love to be able to reciprocate and show you our mountains etc.

Sincerely from your devoted clients,

D. and K. Smith
Canada
May 2013
Discover Southern Peru

We saw a great variety of wonderful sites and were very happy with our vacation.

We are safe at home after a great trip with Kuoda. Your staff truly exceeded expectations and we would certainly travel with your agency again. I had asked for a birding expert in the jungle and William certainly was up to the task. We also appreciated your involvement in supporting and setting up visits with the weavers and the lunch in a private home. We also we appreciated that changes to our agenda such as visiting the ship Yavill (sp?) in Lake Titicaca were accommodated. Overall our trip was well planned and comfortable. We saw a great variety of wonderful sites and were very happy with our vacation.

J. Barnum
USA
May 2013
From the Amazon to the Andes

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!!! A true vacation of a lifetime!

We are back at work and still reliving our vacation through the stories of our trip!  Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful trip.

Highlights of our trip:

  • The Rainforest:  what an adventure!  Our guide Jaime was incredible making the jungle come alive as well as keeping us safe.  Loved seeing the monkey’s swing from tree to tree!  Although I hate spiders, it was very cool to see a tarantula up close and personal.  The accommodations where wonderful and we met so really nice people.
  • Sacred Valley:  our guide Ofelia and driver Luis were fantastic!  More like family than guides, they welcomed us into Peru through their eyes.  Every day was better than the last.  Really found the salt ponds incredible!  Loved the lunch at your friend’s house!!!  That was a REAL highlight!  Such wonderful people and the lunch was so yummy!  One of our best meals.
  • Machu Picchu:  WoW!  What can you say!  El Mapi was very nice, modern and wonderful staff.  Agua Calientes was a cute little town.  Enjoyed wandering around in the evening.
  • Cusco:  Such a beautiful city!  Great food, wonderful plazas, and enjoyed the less modern feel.  It was so nice to walk around at night and enjoyed the sounds of the city.
  • Lima: Dinner for my birthday at Astrid y Gaston was amazing.  The service was excellent and the food ……wow!
  • The personal attention by Kuoda Travel:  Bringing me a birthday cake at the hotel. Calling every day to see how our day was and if he could help with anything.  You calling to wish me a happy birthday, Ofelia and Luis….making each day better than the last!  A+ in my book!

My biggest highlight of the trip was Peru itself.  I came to Peru for Machu Picchu.  What we found was an incredible country with more to offer than I had known.  The people of Peru are warm, kind and happy!  Made me realize how I take things for granted at home and gave me a more profound appreciation for all that I have in my life.  I am lucky to have the means to travel and see the world.  I am even more blessed to have made new friends in Peru and will carry the memories in my heart for years to come!!!

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!!!  A true vacation of a lifetime!

Always,

P. Loch
USA
May 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Kuoda and all your partners exceeded those high expectations and gave Gay and I the best 25th anniversary trip we could have dreamed of!

Many thanks to everyone who works for you and who I came into contact with through you. Each person I interacted with was ultra professional, a wonderful disposition/personality, truly helpful and concerned, had great response to questions/concerns and easy to work with. Having this level of competency across your staff & independent partners is very difficult and a true testimony to you and the way you run the company.

  • Lotte was fantastic to work with and she built the perfect itinerary.
  • Each agent in Lima was there waiting for us the minute our plane landed and took great care to ensure we reached our destination easily and comfortably.
  • Eduardo Castro and Juan (driver) were the best tag team in the Sacred Valley/Cusco we could have dreamed of.
  • Eduardo’s passion, knowledge, personality, love of Peru, ease of life and overall gentleness made Gay and I feel like we were with family every minute we were together. Seeing Peru through the “back door” was a specialty of Eduardo!
  • Each hotel was good to excellent and Sol Y Luna is the pinnacle of hotels that we will never ever experience again.
  • Lunch with your friends house & baking bread were side trips that no tourist truly experiences.
  • Having Alex check in on us in Cuzco made us feel like someone was watching over us.
  • Having everything prepaid, prearranged, our own car/driver allowed us to experience every minute in Peru without concern or worry.
  • Refugio Amazonas was amazing and Naun our guide was incredible with his knowledge of the rain forest and his ability to spot birds and animals and then explain everything in detail was perfect.

I had very high expectations as I had read all the positive statements about Kuoda online and with high expectations it is easy to have disappointment… But Kuoda and all your partners exceeded those high expectations and gave Gay and I the best 25th anniversary trip we could have dreamed of!!!!

Gay and I read the book “Turn Right at Machu Picchu” by Mark Adams while exploring the Sacred Valley/Cuzco. It is so good you should include it as recommended reading with every itinerary you send out. Look it as it was a New York Times best seller in 2011 and it is a fun easy read that everyone will enjoy.

Thank you for your attention, your concern and obviously your love for every client – it will be impossible to top this trip thanks to your team! We only hope that you and your staff let us know if you are ever in San Francisco California as we would love to show you the same hospitality when you visit!

Our Deepest thanks

M. and G. Chiapetta
USA
May 2013
Costa, Sierra, Selva: Peru's Greatest Sights

Loved, loved, loved it!

We had an incredible trip and are just now getting settled back home! All of the guide, hosts, drivers & accommodations were wonderful. We truly had the trip of our lives. Sorry we did not meet you as well. We will recommend Kuoda to everyone who talks about Peru. Loved, loved, loved it!

T. Stewart
USA
May 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

The trip was planned very well and lot of small details were thought about which was much appreciated

Thank you for all of your help in putting together a wonderful trip to Peru!  We had a fantastic time and were able to accomplish quite a lot in our short time there.

Overall, the trip was planned very well and lot of small details were thought about which was much appreciated (all of the tickets purchased in advance, water in the car, oxygen, the ease of changing anything we may have wanted to do or see, a representative waiting for us in Lima and offering the airport hotel as an option prior to our flight home). Ofelia was lovely and extremely knowledgable as well and we felt safe with Jaime behind the wheel. And of course, Mery’s assistance during the flight delay was fantastic.

I would say that there were a couple of small details that would have been helpful in making things just a little more comfortable.  For example, the meal planning – on the day we flew into Cusco, we had to leave our hotel in Lima before breakfast and were not scheduled for lunch until 2pm.  Maybe a small snack earlier in the day would have been nice? The same with our return to Lima, it might have been nice to have some suggested places to grab a quick bite or offer a small meal given the timing of our travel.

Again, all in all the trip was really excellent and we both had a really fantastic time.  Thank you all for providing such a great experience that we will be sure to remember!

E. Goldman
USA
April 2013
Machu Picchu Adventure

“Short, clear and honest” KUODA travel in Peru–The ONLY way to go!!!

Here it comes “short, clear and honest”: KUODA travel in Peru–The ONLY way to go!! Guides-always on time and VERY knowledgeable. Hotels-nothing but the BEST. Transportation (bus-trains-airplanes)–ALWAYS on time. The best package—Kuoda Travel

P. and D. Fischer
USA
April 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Hotel accommodations were superb, sightseeing more interesting than we anticipated, everything done in an unhurried manner but we knew a lot of work had been put in prior to our arrival.

We all had a fabulous  time and will surely recommend  Kuoda to anyone interested in Peru.

So many memories and funny moments, we all got along well and communicated in four languages. English, German, Czech and Renate speaks fluent Spanish (lived in Puerto Rico for many years) so she did a lot of negotiations on our free days.  First class accommodations in all locations, especially in the jungle we were surprised at the level of comfort and amenities.  As far as high altitude is concerned, I was the one who suffered most (thanks to  my age and weight) but everywhere there was a helping hand to  pull me up the steps or slopes, and there was no rush to get where we were going.  The arrangements you set in motion prior to our arrival were evident and much appreciated.  Bottles of water in the car the moment we arrived everywhere, guides awaiting us with “Maja Fara “signs who whisked us and our luggage out of the airports without any visible effort.

Not to mention the military marching band which met us at the airport in Cusco (your president was in town and here we thought it was all in our honor HA HA).  Hotel accommodations were superb, sightseeing more interesting than we anticipated, everything done in an unhurried manner but we knew a lot of work had been put in prior to our arrival.

Our trip couldn’t have been better and I couldn’t have picked a better group of people to travel with.  Everybody returned happy and will certainly recommend Kuoda Travel to our friends.

Have a great day,

M. Fara
USA
April 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

It was truly a great experience in a lifetime to be able to hike the Inca Trail especially with the family!

We were very glad to meet you and Mery in Cusco. Good company and delicious food at Pachapapa. How tender & tasty the meat of alpaca is. But it is hard to try it again after we visit the llama & alpaca farm. Now we prefer to wear the alpaca scarf and gloves instead.

It was truly a great experience in a lifetime to be able to hike the Inca Trail especially with the family! Machu Picchu could be captured in one picture but the Inca Trail consists of so many amazing sceneries and unforgettable memories. We all completed the Inca Trail hike despite altitude sickness for KO & myself. Where there is a will, there is a way.

We were all very pleased with Kuoda Travel. There is always a staff from Kuoda who took care of us on the 1st day we arrived at Lima until the time we departed for US on our last day.

Thanks again for being our trip designer! Best of luck in your future!

C. Chan
USA
April 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

…and the excellent attention to details.

Thanks again to you and the entire Kuoda team. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the excellent attention to details.

Regards,

P. Fearon
USA
April 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Everything was as expected or beyond expectations. You are the world’s best travel agency!

Also do you know of other travel agents like you that are fantastic doing tours in Australia or New Zealand or anywhere else? Don’t know if you know of other small travel agents like you that do a great job with great guides… Maybe some of your customers have even mentioned some.

Kuoda is fantastic. Anyone that is visiting Peru and does not use Kuoda is making a big mistake.

Every single thing was perfect. Everything was as expected or beyond expectations. You are the world’s best travel agency!!!!

My husband and I had 8 wonderful days in Peru from the time you met us at the airport until you saw us off at departure. We cannot thank you enough!!!

Hope to use you again,

G. and J. Harwood
USA
April 2013
The Best of Southern Peru

Thank-you for the wonderful service we received from your company

I wanted to thank-you for the wonderful service we received from your company on our recent visit to Peru. Sheila and Juan did a wonderful job and we really enjoyed our lunch with your friends in Calca.

Thanks again,

D. and L. Jensen
Canada
April 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Wonderful Experience

We traveled to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lima on a 7 day tour in April of this year with Kuoda Travel. This was the first time we had tried a small, locally owned travel company and we were overwhelmed. We were extremely pleased with the guide, Jose Carlos, the driver Ronald, and all of the outstanding hotels that were provided. Kuoda is based in Cusco, so they provide excellent local knowledge. In the planning stage, Kuoda offered us a variety of options at various costs and let us make our own decisions regarding what we wanted to see and where we wanted to stay. My wife and I were joined by her sister and a friend (who came from a different location) – and everything was coordinated perfectly. Kuoda is also very, very focused on customer satisfaction – someone from their office called us each night to make sure everything was going superbly, and the owner Mery Calderon met us on our last day.

Gerry F.
USA
April 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Thanks so much for helping us create a fantastic trip. The itinerary was perfect.

We’ve been back now for a couple of weeks but happily still have great memories of our time in Peru.  Thanks so much for helping us create a fantastic trip.  The itinerary was perfect. We really enjoyed our hotels, our guides, drivers, etc.  We will always give Kuoda a strong recommendation if and when we have friends traveling to Peru.

Thanks again

E. and S. Janowsky
USA
April 2013
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

I walk around with a smile on my face each time I think of our amazing trip!

So nice to hear from you and although our trip was 24 hours getting here the time spent in Peru was wonderful beyond our expectations. Your team made all of our adventures smooth and seamless in the caring way each guide assisted us. The knowledge, friendliness and concern for each of us was clearly evident in the way we were all treated.  You did indeed make my birthday trip an experience that I will remember always. I walk around with a smile on my face each time I think of our amazing trip! Thank you so much and if your travels bring you to SF let us know we would be delighted to host you in our home!

T. Juhl
USA
March 2013
Costa, Sierra, Selva: Peru's Greatest Sights

Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful trip for us

The trip to Peru was great. My friends and I were enjoying very much. Once again, thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful trip for us :).

I would highly recommend Kuoda to my friends who would like to visit Peru in the future:)

Thanks very much.

K. Ng
Canada
March 2013
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

…one of the small things that attention to detail that Kuoda offer.

The first time I contacted some months ago I had our needs attended too – initially with Lotte who organised the Itinerary with me – and what a great job she did! We had 6 days enjoying The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. The days were exactly how we liked them – informative and designed for my husband and I to have fun filled and unbelievable experience. She listened to our needs and that we liked to walk etc and the attention to detail was unreal. She also came to meet us for lunch in Cusco just to see how our tour went and any feedback – another gesture that made our tour personal.

We were picked up by our guide Jose Carlos and driver Juan in Cusco and formed a strong bond with both these guys over the next few days – Jose Carlos was exceptionally great guide who was passionate for his country and history. He was informative and not “over the top” and very easy to be with and listen too. Jose Carlos was very “hands on” to show us the traditions with playing instruments and showing us different ways to distinguish the culture. He was with us for Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and Cusco as was our driver Juan. What a charming man for his little English, he showed us such warmth and we both loved his company. Juan was waiting for us on the platform after Machu Picchu- the train couldn’t stop at normal platform in town and had to change due to flooding- most of the people from the train were taken to more buses to get to their destination however we were picked up and after a long day couldn’t of been more pleasantly received- one of the small things that attention to detail that Kuoda offer.

Juan drove us back to Cusco and on booking in we were met by a representative of Kuoda young Alex Baca- this was just to see if we were booked in ok and if there was anything he could do for us- I couldn’t believe this “extra” service – he had organised an upgraded room – with a spa bath which was well received after all our walking – Alex also organised our boarding passes and then came with Juan to take us to the airport – he booked us in and spoke perfect english – a fine young man.

We were very lucky to meet Mery the owner of Kuoda- what at charismic, dynamic person driven to provide the perfect holiday and more for visitors to South America- she is passionate with her staff (who she calls family) and want everyone to have lasting memories of their visit.

We had an amazing time and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kuoda Travel- their vision is amazing!

B. Bortolin
Australia
February 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Everything from being met on our arrival in Lima until our departure from Lima at the end was outstanding

We had a fabulous time in Peru – it was really the highlight of our whole trip!  Pilar was a wonderful guide and we felt very safe with our driver Juan.  Our time in Machu Picchu was magical with two sunny days which was a bonus given the time of year we chose to visit.  The hotels were magnificent, especially in the Sacred Valley and Cuzco!  They were second to none.  Everything from being met on our arrival in Lima until our departure from Lima at the end was outstanding.

The only criticism I would have at all was that the quality of accommodation in Argentina was not up to a similar standard.  The hotel in Buenos Aires was ok but nothing special.  Our city tour there was only a half day so a bit disappointing.  Our guide up at Iguazu Falls was fantastic and went above and beyond to make sure that Robert was well taken care of given he was on crutches at the time.  He also suggested we do the additional optional boat ride which was well worthwhile – he was very knowledgeable and a real character and made our day very enjoyable.  The hotel in Iguazu Falls was again ok but more than a bit tired – we were housed in the older section that had not undergone renovation.  Both hotels were clean and serviceable but really would class them both as a low 4 star.

We would definitely recommend Kuoda to any of our friends who might travel to Peru.  We have travelled extensively and have had good, bad and indifferent experiences with tour operators – you are definitely one of the best!

K. LeFroy
Australia
January 2013
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Our guides were knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating to my family’s needs. I like when there is some flexibility to the day

Thank you for asking about the rest of our trip. Overall, we had a wonderful time and Kuoda was great. All of your people were on time, friendly and efficient! It was also very nice meeting Mery at the end of our trip. Our guides Vanessa and Alvin were knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating to my family’s needs. I like when there is some flexibility to the day. As far as the hotels that we stayed in….The Doubletree was okay and our least favorite. It was clean, but not the nicest area, but I guess it met our overnight needs. The Marrriott in Cusco was was very nice and a great location as far as finding restaurants nearby at night etc. The service at the hotel is not perfect yet. Hopefully they are still working out some inefficiencies in service.That was also our findings in the hotel in Paracas. The hotel and it’s grounds are just beautiful, the service for dinner at the hotel was slow and kind of bumbling and ill prepared for small crowds. The Sumaq Hotel, the hotel rooms really need updating (the bathrooms were fine) but the service and food was very good. If you needed something, it was done quickly. You do have to also be aware where the location of rooms are because the train goes right passed the hotel and you feel like the train was IN our hotel rooms when going by! We also thought The Aranwa Hotel was very unique, but unfortunately didn’t allow us too much time there because of our delay coming back from Machu Picchu. The only thing that we might have changed was maybe not staying overnight in Machu Picchu and gone back on the same day to avoid staying at another hotel.

If you need any recommendations as a travel company, please let me know. We are happy to give you a terrific rating. If you have any other questions about our travels, don’t hesitate to ask. It was nice meeting you and good luck in whatever you do in your future.

Take care,

D. Wulfsohn
USA
December 2012
Experiencing Southern Peru

All in all, we are impressed with the professional services and personal details given by Kuoda Travel.

Happy New Year.  We wish you wonderful 2013.

We enjoyed our stay in Santiago.  It is a very modern city, a bit like Singapore and LA, just smaller.  There is nothing to see or do in Santiago, but it seems a nice place to live.

Buenos Aires is a grand city, like Paris.  Unfortunately, it is not very well maintained.  We visited the usual tourist places and saw the Tango Show.   It is interesting to find these South American cities are very different from each other.  Before we came to South America, I imagined them somehow alike.

We are now in El Calafate, Patagonia.  It is a beautiful place with the lake and mountains.  Very open and dry.  We will go to the gracier trekking tomorrow.  It is so nice to get out of the city.

We all enjoyed our Cusco/Machu Picchu trip.  It was very memorable.  We like to thank our guide and the driver. They were patient, flexible and professional.  The guide was quite knowledgeable.  We could appreciate the sights and events well, thanks to him.  He was polite, courteous and friendly.  He not only explained about the tourist sights, he also talked about local life style while we visited local markets. It was very interestesting.

Machu Picchu was truly impressive, and the Sumaq hotel was excellent.

Of tours in Sacred Valley, we particularly enjoyed the first day lunch at the local artist couple’s house.   We found Moray and the salt mine quite interesting.  Children really enjoyed to see the Alpacas and Llamas.  I liked the setting of the hotel.  The only complaint is our second day lunch.  It was too far and the food was average.  If we skip the lunch, Moray and the salt mine are close and we could have more free time.   Sacred Valley is large and we needed to drive a lot between the sights.  I understand that some people like to see them all, but it will be nice if you could let us know the driving time required, so that we can make decisions.

Cusco is beautiful and very well maintained.  Novotel was good – convenient location, modern facilities and historic building.  Our guide recommended some restaurants, and they were all good.  The walking tour was interesting.  We especially enjoyed the market.  It is similar to wet market in Hong Kong.

All in all, we are impressed with the professional services and personal details given by Kuoda Travel.  Thank you very much for being patient and flexible with our changing requests.

We have traveled other large, personalized tour companies, but you are better because you did not bring us to souvenir shops and waste our time.

N. Morota
Japan
December 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

It was the little things that made this trip so special…. We especially enjoyed our lunch in the Sacred Valley! And having a private tour made it so much easier travelling with the kids!

We wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our visit to cusco and Macchu Picchu in Dec 2012.  It was incredible experience,  in no small part due to the Kuoda team.  From the first the trip planning was handled promptly and professionally by Victoria, and continued with you and Pilar and everyone else who we met on our journey.  It was the little things that made this trip so special…. We especially enjoyed our lunch in the Sacred Valley!  And having a private tour made it so much easier travelling with the kids!

Each year at our children’s school they have to do a speech about something of their choice… Madeline’s was about Macchu Picchu this year.  It had a lasting impact on her, and having Pilar there to explain everything made it that much more special.

So thank you!  And please let me know if there is anything I can do to help promote your company… everything was absolutely first class!!

All the best from Vancouver

S. Augustus & Family
Canada
December 2012
Costa, Sierra, Selva: Peru's Greatest Sights

We had a very good trip in the jungle with most of the credit going to our guide

Louis did a great job in Lima taking us to and from the hotel and the airport, please thank him for his good work.

We did visit Pantanos de Villa in Lima on the first Sunday.  It is a very good area for bird watching and the attached Black Vulture photo was taken there.  We saw about 40 Peruvian birds there that can only be seen in a costal marsh.  The Hotel Duo got us a cab to this location and the driver returned 4 hours later to take us back.

We had a very good trip in the jungle with most of the credit going to our guide, William.  He is a very wonderful and hardworking man knowledge and understanding of the natural history of the Amazon was amazing.  Many times each day he would spot birds, snakes, monkeys, and frogs that we would have missed if it had not been for his trained eyes and knowledge.  It was a great pleasure having him as a guide.  The location at Rio Heath was very nice and the staff was wonderful.  I enjoyed all the meals and the rooms were very nice and clean.  We went on several hikes and I enjoyed each, but by far the highlight was the clay lick.  There we saw 6 different parrot species and two different macaw species, with Red & Green Macaw putting on a great show.  I have only started going through my photos and have attached one for you.Lake Sandoval was fantastic also as we had a great time hiking the trails and paddling around the lake.

The return trip went without a glitch.  I will get in touch as soon as Patty and I can get an outline  of the trip.

Thanks for everything!

D. Martin
Canada
October 2012
Jungle Adventures in Tambopata

We took many photographs but they will never do the country justice, the memories will stay with us

Our holiday was wonderful, thanks to you and all the super guides we had, Victor, Ivan and Jose’ and the great drivers who’s names escape me, they were all so caring and excellent at their jobs.  Peru is a beautiful country with it’s many changing vista’s and the people so gracious, a holiday we will never forget.  We took many photographs but they will never do the country justice, the memories will stay with us, especially Machupicchu. We think it’s not so much the ruins as it’s location, it’s breathtaking.  We chose to do the walk to Mandor and the Botanical Gardens on our free day, I think it is in the village of Aguas Calientes.  It was a very nice walk along the river and through the wild but interesting gardens with a small but very nice water fall at the end.

We loved Cusco and were glad we bumped into you at ‘Kushka’ the lovely little deli restraunt   We have no complaints at all apart from the fatigue with the altitude, which by the way was very manageable, we didn’t miss a thing and have very fond memories of our trip to Peru.

Many thanks to all of you for a dream trip.

Kind regards

L. and R. Hill
Canada
October 2012
The Grand Tour - Experiencing Southern Peru

Kuoda is the best!!

We had an amazing trip to Peru where we visited the Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lima. Every detail of the trip was planned and executed with perfection by Kuoda tours. The company has it’s main office in Cusco so they really know the country intimately and were able to give us some special experiences that most other tour companies do not offer. In the Sacred Valley we had lunch with a Peruvian couple in their home…and in Lima we visited a beautiful house that was built in the 16th century where the ancestors of the original owners still live there! The hotels we stayed in were fabulous-not just hotels but destinations with many things to do and see on the property. Kuoda knew not only which hotels but which exact rooms were the best in every hotel…and they were spot on! When we arrived in Cusco there was a beautiful gift with a note from Kuoda welcoming us. Mery who is the owner of the company came to our hotel to meet us and find out how things were going and what they could improve on. All in all it was a fantastic trip and if you want great customer service and a great overall experience in Peru you must use Kuoda!

Anna B.
USA
October 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Thank you for your personal response to our inquires..for your assurances..for your patience..and for your professionalism

I wanted to touch base and let all of the people at Kuoda who were involved in our wonderful trip to Peru know that it was an experience that we will be retelling for years. Thank you for your personal response to our inquires..for your assurances..for your patience..and for your professionalism. Ken and I were unsure of which of the hundreds of agencies to go with…we did our research..and I must say that it was your immediate response and your manner that initially encouraged us to use Kuoda. The itinerary was tailored to our personalities perfectly. We love the beauty of your country..Machu Picchu was amazing and one of the highlights of Ken’s life will be his trip to the top of  Huayna Picchu. But I have to say that the trip to the village school and our visit with the women of the Chinchero community, who were so gracious and showed us their weaving traditions (and even invited us into one of their homes to see the guinea pigs) touched me deeply and was among my most memorable.

 

Ken is a brave traveler, however I am not..ha. I can look back and say that my fears were unfounded. Previous nightmares of driving in strange places where the laws of traffic that we are used to do not apply were unfounded because Jimmy was an excellent driver and completely took that stress away from us. There is nothing that I can say that will adequately tell you how much we appreciated Ophelia, her knowledge, her sweet personality, and her eagerness to please. Kuoda made us feel very special and although your job is as a travel agency, the way in which the entire staff attends to the “customer” spills over into a realm that encourages good and positive feelings about your country and it’s diverse and wonderful people.

Thank you and best wishes.

R. Mullins
USA
September 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

There were so many wonderful moments that we had while there…

I just wanted to express my thanks for planning such an excellent adventure for us.  We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.  You were superb to work with especially with such short notice of our trip.  Everyone we met who worked for Kuoda were wonderful.

Our driver, Jose, navigated the narrow road and steep ones very well.  I never was afraid.  His personality was super and he was prepared for our needs, whether it was with an ice cooler with water in it or toilet paper when a bathroom didn’t have any.  He was very kind and it was great to get to know him and his love for Peru.  We enjoyed our time with him.  Jose willingly tried a new American candy “War Heads” and was kind enough not to spit it out even though it was very sou!

I think Ofelia was the absolute best personal guide you have employed.  She was extremely knowledgeable about the areas we visited.  Her positive nature was wonderful to be around every day.  She understood how important it was for us to not only see the tourist sites but to also be amongst the Peruvians and come to a greater understanding of the wonderful Peruvian people.  Ofelia understood what was of the most importance to us, so if needs be, our schedules were adjusted in order to accommodate our desires.  She was our photographer too which was a big undertaking with three cameras and a cellphone to be taking pictures with.

Ofelia and Jose contributed to making our trip a once in a lifetime experience!  When we said goodbye on our last night to Ofelia, I have to tell you I cried as I felt that I was leaving not saying goodbye to a tour guide, rather I was saying farewell to a good friend.  We shared many wonderful experiences together.

There were so many wonderful moments that we had while there.  It would be difficult to say what was my most favorite part of the trip as there were many.  I’ve enclosed some of my favorite memories for you to take a peek at.

Being able to spend some time with the wonderful women who taught us how to weave was another highlight as was going to the after school program both of which are sponsored by Kuoda was a great experience.  If was obvious that the tutors have a love for the children and a commitment to them too.

We were surround by the handiwork of the Inca’s and their predecessors.  I enjoyed being able to ask all of my questions and receive answers without feeling like I was distracting a tour guide.  Rather, it was like being shown around by our friends, Jose and Ofelia.

Then there was Machu Picchu.  A place that took my breathe away!

Bread making classes, to music lessons, to eating guinea pig and everything in between was wonderful.

Everything exceeded our expectations.  We highly recommend Kuoda to others planning to visit the Sacred Valley.  In fact, I’ve already referred you to a few people I’ve met who are planning to visit Machu Picchu next year.  We hope one day to further explore the Amazon, Nazca and Galapagos and we will definitely be contacting Kuoda when we do.

Thank you once again for sharing your beautiful culture, passions, family and lives with us

L. Pfanmiller-Azegami
USA
September 2010
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

We especially liked being able to customize our trip and to have the personal attention that all of you provided

Willa and I wanted to collaborate on our comments and we’ve taken more time than we intended to catch up with each other.

Our trip to Muyuna Lodge was quite an adventure.  We started out being about 3 hours late due to a delay in our flight out of Cusco.  There was no one in Iquitos to meet us.  We finally found someone in the airport who reached Muyuna’s local office (our cell phones had no service) and they agreed to pay for a taxi to bring us to their location.  (We ended up with one of the little local moto-taxis, which was quite a fun trip in itself.)  Mario and the ladies in the Iquitos office were very lovely once we got there and even brought us sandwiches as we had missed lunch by several hours.  Since the boat to the Lodge had left long ago, Kuoda arranged for a private boat to take us upriver, for which we were very grateful.  When we got to the tributary to take us to the Lodge, we had to change from the boat that brought us from Iquitos.  We were met in a small boat by Boris (the Lodge manager) and a boat driver.  The river was very low on the day we arrived and we got badly stuck in the mud trying to get up the tributary.  Boris, the boat driver, and a local who was passing by jumped into the river and pushed and pulled to get us unstuck.  It was quite the effort….luckily it was successful and we were on our way.
We were the only Americans at the Lodge during our stay, and we enjoyed meeting other guests from all over the world.  There were only 10 of us staying there, so it was a small and congenial group.  Our cabin was quite rustic, but comfortable, and the staff were all very pleasant.  Some highlights while we were there were piranha fishing and visiting the local village.  We also enjoyed the jungle walks and the evening boat excursion.  We saw lots of beautiful birds, but were a little disappointed that there were not many animals, other than a small number of monkeys.  We did not realize that when the water level is low, it is more difficult to see animals since the boats can’t get back into the jungle where many of the animals stay.  While we had a good time and enjoyed what we saw, a better wildlife viewing time of year might be at the end of the rainy season when the water is still high and boats can navigate further back in the jungle.
Overall, we had a wonderful stay in Peru.  We very much appreciated meeting you, Mery, as well as Edson and Victoria.  We especially liked being able to customize our trip and to have the personal attention that all of you provided.  And, our guide, Pilar, was a pleasure in every way, as was our driver, Marco.  All of you made it a very special trip and we are happy to recommend you to anyone who hopes to visit your lovely country.

Thanks again to all of you.

W. Swartz
USA
September 2012
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

I recommend that you use Kuoda and you will have the best experience of your life…

I just recenlty used the services of Kuoda Tours and I was very satisfied with the personal service and the well organized staff. They were always looking for our interests and helping us before and during our trip. The iterinerary that Mery sent us was executed to perfection. All of our connections from Lima to Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and Aguas Calientes were on time and no issues.

Mery the owner went to see us on a Sunday morning to thank us for choosing them… We were the ones that were crazy thanking her ! Her team is so polite and always providing the best information.

I recommend that you use Kuoda and you will have the best experience of your life.

Sincerely,

E. Caban
USA
September 2012
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Fantastic Peru Vacation

Four of us visited Peru using the services of Kuoda Travel. I cannot say enough about Mery Calderon and her wonderful team. We were taken care of from the moment we arrived until our departure. With our travel counselor from Kuoda Travel, Tom, we were able to plan our whole itinerary, including what level hotels to stay at to fit our budget. They added additional things to our trip, such as a visit to a wonderful couple’s home for lunch, a visit to a rural farm, where we were able to see ‘first hand’ how close the Peruvian culture is linked to the earth. It was truly beautiful. I got a little stomach problem that incapacitated me for one day, the people from Kuoda, checked in on me often during the day, as did the hotel staff. I would not hesitate to use Kuoda again when we travel to Peru. The quality and value for dollars is fantastic. The people of Peru, as well as the beautiful and interesting sights, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, the Amazon, the whole trip was well worth it. A very special place.

Alyse P.
USA
September 2012
Discover Southern Peru

After all, your company has now provided us with two trips of a lifetime!

We would like to thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to meet with us in Cusco before our trip to Puerto Maldonaldo and the Amazon, we really appreciated it.  It was such a pleasure and honour to meet you after having been in communication with Victoria and Kuoda for so long.  We truly do hope we can return to Cusco, and, as discussed, possibly rent an apartment in the Sans Blas area for a month.  A side trip to Trujillo and surroundings on the North Coast look very appealing and we look forward to communications with you and Kuoda for our future plans.  After all, your company has now provided us with two trips of a lifetime!

Who knew two years ago our lives would have been changed and that we have fallen in love with not only Bolivia but now Peru and her wonderful people!  Yes, it is true, all countries around the world have many problems, however, that does not take away how proud you should feel about your country and its people.  North America has lost a lot of civility over the decades and we cherish how in your country people still treat others with kindness and respect and have held on to such strong family values.  I hope these values continue to flourish and it is one of our missions to promote tourism whenever we can.  South America is truly a living history and is an astounding place.  We feel everyone should visit if they are fortunate enough to do so.

Oh my goodness, I almost forgot to tell you about our Jungle experience.  We watched a mother Jaguar with cub for an hour (just across from the Macaw Clay Lick); saw two Tapirs (close range); two caimans; a number of Capybaras; a very large snake; some monkeys and more.  The jaguars and tapirs I know were extremely rare sightings — we can’t believe our luck!!!!!!!! Karma was with us the entire trip!!!!!!  Unforunately, Rob picked up a bad cough and upset stomach on the plane home.  At  least we stayed in good health while away, no altitude sickness, just some mild diarrhea, a little motion sickness but nothing serious or anything to affect the enjoyment of our vacation.  We do have a few more days to relax until we get back to work on Mon. Oct. 1st, so I’m sure he’ll feel better by then.

Take care of yourselves and give our love to your husband, little Maja and all the people at Kuoda who help make people’s dreams come true.

Keep in touch.

Warmest Regards,

R. Holbein & S. McKelvie
Canada
September 2012
The Grand Tour - Experiencing Southern Peru

It was nice not having to worry over small details…

I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip to Peru. Veronica put together a great itinerary for us, and everything went smoothly. It was nice not having to worry over small details and to simply have time to enjoy the trip. All of our guides and drivers were pleasant and very informative. We found Peru to be beautiful and fascinating, and I will certainly recommend your services to anyone I know who might be interested.

Sincerely,

C. Rose and family
USA
August 2012
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

We had a fantastic time…

As we are waiting to embark, it makes me sad to leave Peru where we had a fantastic time. Every single logistic piece worked beautifully, thanks to you. When I first talked to you, you promised me a travel experience I would never forget so thank you for EVERYTHING.

I will miss Peru.

Thank you for everything,

A. and K. Chinca
USA
July 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Thank you for taking care of everything…

Thank you for taking care of everything. For me, the highlight was seeing the INCA ruins. They were awe-inspiring. My son loved climbing Huayna Picchu and I know he loved the dogs at Urubamba Villa! All of us were happy with the accommodations – especially the hotel at Cusco.

We had a great trip. Right from the time we started our inquiry until we boarded our return flight in Lima, Kuoda took excellent care of us. Our guide, Ella, was knowledgeable, professional and courteous at all times. The same can be said about our driver, Gronelle. The accommodations were exceptional. We lunched with a local Peruvian family. Excellent local food in delightful company. Staying in Sacred Valley for the first 2 days was a good idea – helped us get acclimatized to the altitude. The logistics were all well taken care of. All in all, we had a great time and we would definitely recommend Kuoda to anyone planning to travel to Machu Picchu.

Thanks again – please convey our best to Mery and the gang. If we do plan another trip to Peru, we know whom to reach out to.

All the best,

M. Dutta
USA
July 2012
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

A trip very memorable and unique…

We indeed had a wonderful honeymoon in Peru thanks to Kuoda Travel! We were very impressed with the responsive communication and help we received during the planning stages of our trip. Tom did a wonderful job listening to what we wanted to do, made great recommendations on activities, and helped us stay within our budget. During the trip, all the logistics were taken care for us, which helped us really enjoy our time. All the guides that we met were very organized, on schedule, professional, and very informative, and the hotels were some of the best we’ve ever stayed at.

Our favorite activities included the via ferrata /zip lining, and personal cooking class with Ricardo – they made our trip very memorable and unique. We highly recommend Kuoda to any friends or relatives that may be planning a trip to South America!

Thank you again for the care that we received on our honeymoon! It was truly one of the best trips we have been on, and we will remember the food, sights, sounds, and people we met for many many years to come!

Best wishes,

E. and J. Ooi
USA
July 2012
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

The Peru trip, was, no doubt, one of our most enjoyable trips…

We would like to thank you for a most impressive, very well organized, interesting, enjoyable and enriching trip to Peru you prepared for us.

We are most impressed by your organizational skills and flexibility which ensured our complete satisfaction with the trip.

Your guides demonstrated a lot of knowledge, passion, devotion and willingness to meet all our expectations and beyond, as well as a good ability to answer effectively and rapidly, together with your back office, any request.

The Peru trip, was, no doubt, one of our most enjoyable trips, if not the best. We’ll warmly recommend to all our friends to use Kuoda as the Tourist company for their trips to South America.
Love,

M. and O. Almagor
Israel
July 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

My trip to Peru touched me in ways that no other trip has ever been able to do…

My trip to Peru touched me in ways that no other trip has ever been able to do. I cannot even begin to express to you what this trip meant to me. But, I will give it a try. Here goes.

First of all, I discovered Kuoda on the internet and I sent out inquiries to many other tour agencies. Tom was the first to respond and I was impressed by his openness to questions and with the answers that he provided. Others in the group cautioned me that there were so many other tour agencies that may not be legitimate so I had to be careful. Needless to say, Tom had me convinced that Kuoda was the tour agency that I wanted to choose. I knew that he was competent and capable just by his emails.

From the beginning, he made me feel that he really cared about his work, was passionate about what he did, and that he was very knowledgeable in so many areas. He really worked with me in crafting the trip that I felt was “perfect”. We literally had nearly 300 emails between us by the time the trip started. Through it all, he was patient, meticulous, informative, and just amazing! Every detail was taken care of and when I had questions about something, he had already taken care of it and he anticipated what needed to be done. He became a friend and I hope to continue communicating with him until such time that I can visit your amazing country again. He truly embodies the philosophy and vision that you have for Kuoda.

Meeting you was so very special. We did not expect that you would spend the time to talk to us. It was such a pleasure meeting you and I understood why Kuoda stood out among all the other tours that I had taken. It is your philosophy and vision for the company that permeates throughout your organization and the services it provides.

Peru is amazing in it’s own right but it was what Kuoda provided us during the trip that made it truly an unforgettable place. Everyday was filled with something unexpected. First of all, the meals were just fantastic and each day, we enjoyed eating amazing Peruvian cuisine. Lunch with your friends at the Scared Valley just blew everyone away. They made us feel like we were a part of their family and we were amazed with her cooking and gardening skills. Meals at the other family homes in Puno were also wonderful. Even the boxed lunch on our journey to Puno was absolutely delicious. We also did not expect to visit the school and weaving community. The boat ride across the lake to Sillustani was also special. These are just a few of the things that made the trip special. Little things, like providing bottled water every day, was greatly appreciated. I’ve been on tours where we had to get our own bottled water and it really was a problem. We were spoiled beyond expectations and I don’t know how I’ll be able to go anywhere else after this trip. I’m already thinking that I want to see more of South America and travel again with your company. Kuoda certainly has set the bar very high.

Finally, what touched me the most was your giving back to your community to help the people. Being a teacher, I really believe that your children should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Sorry for sending such a lengthy email but I really wanted to say “Thank you Mery”. I’m left feeling sad that the wonderful journey is over and I can’t help thinking about it all without getting a bit emotional. The trip changed and touched me in ways that I never imagined. Just know that you and everyone at Kuoda made my dream come true and that I will never forget the memories that were created thanks to your amazing company. Needless to say, I will be singing your praises and recommend Kuoda to all. I’ve already told my two children that they will have to travel with your company. Once again, thank you for everything.

Much aloha,
Love,

G. Hirano
USA
June 2012
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

My family had a wonderful time in Peru…

I can’t thank you enough for all the arrangements that you made. My family had a wonderful time in Peru. The country was beautiful and the people were very warm. My wife, mother, and sister are still talking about the trip because it was the experience of a lifetime. Thanks to you and the agency for keeping my loved ones safe and helping us to learn about the history and beauty of Peru.

Many of my friends and coworkers have been anticipating my return home to hear about my experience, and Kuoda Travel will be the first words out of my mouth.

Thanks again and all the best,

R. Hom and family
USA
June 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We had a great time in Peru…

We had a great time in Peru and wished it could have been longer. The planning, from yourselves was excellent. The guides were good, pickups always on time etc. Hotels were very good, especially the Novotel in Cusco and the Sol y Luna lodge. We liked ending the holiday by the Pacific Ocean and it was a nice touch and one we hadn’t thought of.

Regards

S. Lloyd Scriven and Family
USA
June 2012
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Our trip was a success on all counts…

It was a pleasure to meet you on our last day in Cusco. I truly felt that you cared for your customers. That was important. And it was very nice of you to provide us with a car and a guide in Lima before our departure. This really helped us because my son had been sick for three days by then and my husband was getting sick too.

As I already said when we met and I would like to repeat this again, our trip was a success on all counts — the itinerary and the guides were excellent and the hotels were just right for what we needed.

Vilensky Family
USA
June 2012
Peru Experience

Kuoda Travel, a fantastic Cuzco-based tour company…

..Once we arrived in Cuzco, our travel guide took over, making this the most luxurious trip I’ve ever been on. Jack booked our entire Cuzco/Puno trip through Kuoda Travel, a fantastic Cuzco-based tour company. We stayed at amazing hotels, were given private transportation whenever possible and were constantly lead through significant sites by English-speaking tour guides flush with knowledge. Having private transportation already organized for the entire trip made my life so much easier as negotiating transportation is not my favorite pastime and is never fully secure.

Kuoda’s President, Mery Calderon, even paid us a visit during our time in Cuzco to make sure everything was going smoothly and that we were enjoying our trip. Although we all had a tough time acclimating to Cuzco’s altitude, Mom definitely suffered the most, missing our first morning tour. Thankfully, the hotel had beds made of angel wing feathers so she was left in a comfortable place. Jack and I took in the Sacsayhuamán ruins above the city of Cuzco along with La Catedral on the plaza and the Temple of the Sun around the corner. We found some delicious food near our hotel before preparing for our early morning departure the next day to Pisac in the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo, our last stop before heading to Machu Picchu. Our lunch outside of Pisac was fantastic. It was a private lunch with an ENORMOUS spread of typical Peruvian dishes, including vegetarian options for Jack. This will stand out in my mind as the best exposure Jack and Mom had to typical Peruvian dishes. Although I tried to expose them to as many as I could, it wasn’t possible without a spread of dishes like this lunch provided. In Ollantaytambo, we got to relax in another fantastic hotel directly behind the train station where we were surrounded by gorgeous flora and even a sauna. Mom didn’t stop talking about this hotel (El Albergue) for the entire trip, especially once we got to my site and were sharing one room between the three of us.

The next day, we hopped on a train after a minor delay thanks to a transportation strike in Cuzco and headed to Aguas Calientes. Once we dropped our luggage off at another great hotel *with bathtubs* (Andina Luxury) and jumped on a bus up to Machu Picchu. I was not prepared for how the views of the ruins would affect me. They are just so perfectly maintained, so extensive and so majestic that it is hard to be dispelled by the thousands of tourists crawling throughout the ruins like ants – at least at first. We spent the entire morning and afternoon being led through the ruins by our guide but at no point did it feel tiring. Yes, it was a huge amount of information, but our guide did such a good job of making the information relevant to what we were seeing in each moment that I felt constantly engaged; she even told us how to get to a great private spot to relax the next day. After enjoying a huge buffet at the entrance to the park, we went back down to our hotel, said goodbye to our guide and utilized the fantastic bathing facilities of our hotel before heading out to explore the little enclave at the foot of one of the world’s wonders.

I decided that I would like to hike up Huayna Picchu when it opened at 7am the next morning, so I woke up at 4:45 to eat a light breakfast before taking an early bus up to the park. I ended up arriving at the gate to Huayna Picchu at about 6am, giving me one hour of waiting before I could enter and begin the ascent. I was the first person in line, the first one to sign in, and the first one to make it to the top – in 24 minutes at that! I was under the false impression that it was sort of a race to the peak so I jetted up as quickly as I could, soaking myself in sweat and glory before reaching the top of an incredibly steep peak. The views from Huayna Picchu were worth every sweaty step, and having it all to myself made me incredibly happy. I walked/jumped/slipped around the rocky peak for a while before settling into a comfortable spot to listen to Bon Iver and look out over Machu Picchu, the end of the Inca Trail and the surrounding mountains. It was fantastic. On my way back down, I met Mom and Jack, so I turned around and hiked part of the trail again so they could get some good views of Machu Picchu.

We caught a train back to Cuzco in the afternoon in order to get back into the city with enough time to prepare for another early morning the next day when we would take a tour bus from Cuzco to Puno.

I ended up sitting next to a fantastic guy from Australia who was traveling around North and South America before starting at a job in early 2013. After seeing the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, he would be heading across the lake to La Paz, Bolivia to do some site seeing and to ride bikes down some road of death. Right?! He made the ten-hour trip to Puno much more interesting than just staring out of the window. We stopped at some ruins, churches and a market along the way, but I would’ve done a direct train trip if it had been any faster. Puno was not very impressive and the floating Uros Islands were painfully touristy. After seeing these islands, we took our private (read: room for napping) boat over to the island of Taquile. This island was much less disappointing. We hiked up to the highest point of the island from which we could see the Bolivian shoreline and a 360-degree view of Lake Titicaca. We ate a delicious fish lunch as we looked out onto the lake. It reminded me of Spain as we sat on a sun-bleached island in a vibrantly electric blue basin.

From Puno, we took a plane back to Lima. It was very sad to see them go at the end of the trip, but after spending so much time out of site and on vacation, I was eager to get back to work. Or I guess eager to get back to my attempts to start work.

Since my vacationing has ended, I have had my first health promoter capacitation and I have begun writing my project. Currently, Alison (my site mate) and I are preparing for the group of volunteers that will be arriving next Friday for a few days of training and observation of our work here in Sicchez. FUNNN!

T. Manning
USA
May 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

We had an amazing time…

We had an amazing time! It was an incredible adventure and our guides were fabulous. The food was amazing, the sights, the sounds of the rainforest and everyone was very friendly and warm. We’ve been recommending the trip to all our friends.

Thank you,

C. Overholt
Canada
May 2012
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

We throughly enjoyed our time in Peru…

We want you to know that we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Peru. The service provided from the initial planning stage to the final send off couldn’t have been more precise and thorough. Every question we had was answered promptly. The guides were very knowledgeable and always arrived at the stated time. The drivers were courteous and competent.

Thanks again for providing us a memorable trip and an insight into your countries history and heritage.

Fondly,

J. and D. Hutkin
USA
May 2012
The Grand Tour - Experiencing Southern Peru

Our vacation package from Kuoda was excellent…

It is good to be home again. I left my home in Florida on March 23rd and returned on June 4th. Our vacation package from Kuoda was excellent. Your attention to detail was welcome. All of your guides were very knowledgable and fun to be with. Our experience was greatly enhanced by the efforts of Kuoda. The Orient Express was the perfect way to arrive at Machu Pichu. Juan was the perfect guide. Our climb up Waynu Pichu will be one of my most cherished memories. Thanks again for all your help.

C Walker
USA
May 2012
From Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca

Great time on our trip to Peru…

I wanted to let you know that Ken and I had such a great time on our trip to Peru. Thank you so much for coordinating everything and always being so responsive to my emails.

M. Uhle
USA
May 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

I cannot stress how Kuoda Travel far exceeded my expectations…

I cannot stress how Kuoda Travel far exceeded my expectations.

It was so nice to have a friendly face greet us at the airports and such friendly tour guides, they were all outstanding. I especially adore Juan, he led us thru Machu Picchu. He was wonderful (as were all your guides.)

My sincerest thank you

J. Whitcher
USA
May 2012
From Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca

A memorable trip to Peru…

On behalf of my family, I want to thank both of you and your team at Kuoda Travel for a memorable trip to Peru. Over the past eleven days we experienced the warm hospitality of the Peruvian culture and the enriching history found in your country. And, Mery, what a delight that you took the time out of your busy day to visit with us in Cusco. We felt very privileged that you wanted to meet us personally and check in on the status of our travels. We give you a big ‘thumbs up’ on the trip and the personal attention you provide your clients.

We want to thank you again for all that Kuoda Travel did to provide our family with a very enriching travel experience.

Thank you for the memories that we will always be able to share! Via Con Dios!

Su amigo,

R. DeBeikes
May 2012
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

We had a wonderful time, and meeting you was a pleasure…

We had a wonderful time, and meeting you was a pleasure. Feel free to use us as references for anyone who needs to hear about our experience.

Thanks!

D. and J. Traina
USA
May 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

I will definitely recommend you to others…

I will definitely recommend you to others and hope someday we can travel with you again. We do hope to visit South America again and will be sure to let you know.

Take care and I’m certain you will have continued success!

L. Zagarino
USA
May 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

The people of Peru and Kuoda are so very friendly…

We had a wonderful time. The people of Peru and Kuoda are so very friendly. Almost every day was a highlight, from sampling your foods to seeing the unique sites, it was a joy.

A. Chou
USA
April 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

As for Peru, it really exceeded our expectations!…

As for Peru, it really exceeded our expectations! The people were delightful, the food delicious, and the hotels we stayed at were exceptional.

Lunch in the Sacred Valley was very special, we felt like a long lost family member. She is an excellent cook!! Their house is lovely, and the garden a wonder. We’d wished we’d had a bit more time there to see her husband’s beautiful watercolors, though.

Walter was an excellent driver, and we felt very safe with him. And then there is Besheila she is a treasure! She is smart, funny, imparts knowledge in an interesting way, and really gave us a better understanding of not only the Incas, but Peruvian people. We were very fortunate to have had her as our guide, although in truth she felt more like a dear friend in a very short time. We were very sad when she left us in Machu Picchu. She made the trip for us, and we would highly recommend her to anyone who travels to Peru.

Kuoda did a great job in a very short time to put together a memorable trip for us. I would highly recommend them without any hesitation.

With warm regards to you both,

J. and S. Richards
USA
April 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

We had a fabulous trip to Peru…

My wife and I arrived home in the US safely from Peru on Saturday. We had a fabulous trip to Peru and greatly enjoyed our visit to your country. The arrangements were superb and all our guides were attentive and informative. Needless to say, the trek to Machu Picchu was spectacular, but also very physically demanding.

Again, many thanks for a job well done!

Best regards,

T. and L. Hedrick
USA
April 2012
Jungle Adventures and Lost Cities

Thank all at Kuoda for making our Peru holiday memorable…

Both my husband and myself would like to thank all at Kuoda for making our Peru holiday memorable. Your attention to detail from the time we arrived at Lima to our departure was exemplary. There was no aspect of our visit that we could raise any negative comment against.

Once again we would like to thank you for your efforts. We have already recommended Kuoda to friends who are planning a Peru visit.

Best Wishes

L. Kakoilo, Kazaki
Russia
April 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

It was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken…

Dottie and I have been talking about it since we’ve gotten home, and telling anyone that will listen that it was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken. And we’ve let people know that the people at Kuoda, especially you and Maria Theresa were what made it so special. If we could we would be on a plane tomorrow to begin another three weeks in your wonderful country.

R. Roth
USA
April 2012
A Magical Peruvian Honeymoon

We had a wonderful time in your great country…

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back in touch with you. Yes, we had a wonderful time in your great country. EVERYONE for KuodaTravel was great! All your efforts made our trip just perfect! Many thanks for all your efforts in making our trip so perfect!

Kaps Family
USA
April 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Jackie and I cannot even begin to describe what a wonderful experience and adventure we had!…

From the moment we stepped off the plane in Lima, sailed down the Tambopata river, slept in the open air in the Amazon rainforest, climbed the hilly streets of Cusco, explored the Inca wonders in the Sacred Valley, wondered at the marvelous Machu Picchu, tasted the salt at Maras or sailed the beautiful waters of Lake Titicaca, there was not a single minute that wasn’t breathtakingly amazing or perfectly executed by you and your team.

Our guides and drivers were fantastic. They all really went out of their way to make the most of our trip (not to mention getting a great deal on our laundry!!!!). The educational component of the trip made our site visits not only memorable, but mentally and spiritually enriching. We especially loved learning about all the history and cultural aspects of Peru and Peruvian culture, both past and present.

The hotels far exceeded our wildest expectations! Jackie and I aren’t used to being so pampered and the romantic touches were very nice and appreciated. Logistically, it was flawless. Whether it was a plane, train or automobile, boat or park ticket, our guides were always there, Kuoda sign in hand, waiting to whisk us away to the next adventure or give us good insight as to how best to enjoy our free time. There is great comfort in knowing you are being so well taken care of and can spend your time soaking up the experience rather than sweating the logistical details.

Tom, what can we say other than Thank You. From the first e-mail, we felt like we’d known you forever, and we always felt that you were truly crafting an itinerary for us!

It was a honeymoon that we will never, ever forget. We simply cannot wait to get back and will no doubt be calling you when we plan our next sojourn, either back to Peru or somewhere else. We have referenced you to many of our friends as well.

Thank you all again from the bottom of our hearts, it was truly an amazing experience.

Best to you and yours,

N. Jones
USA
April 2012
A Magical Peruvian Honeymoon

I wanted to thank you for a wonderful and very well executed trip…

We returned yesterday morning from Peru – I wanted to thank you for a wonderful and very well executed trip. Everything was simply perfect – you guys are really professional!

Anyway, some feedback:

– We liked very much the attention to details – for example that we were met at Lima even though all we had to do was cross the street to the airport hotel.

– Rudy was an excellent guide – the two days at the sacred valley was excellent. The bicycle tour was very good as well (eventually we split Men and Women – the Men took the bicycle trip).

– Inka Trail was excellent. The guides, porters, logistics, chef, were all first rate.

A. Shashua
USA
April 2012
An Andean Adventure

All the Kuoda staff met and exceeded our expectations…

On your part, we all felt like we had just the right amount of time in each location. You had advised us to have an extra day in Cusco, which was right on target; we would have been very frustrated if we’d only had one night there. And all the accommodations you helped us pick were perfect. We will certainly recommend Kuoda to our many friends who make similar trips. And maybe we will travel to South America again someday ourselves!

Thanks again

J. Wysor
USA
April 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

I count myself among the very fortunate to have chosen Kuoda from the many travel agencies in Peru…

Thank you for your thoughtful and careful attention to every detail in the planning of my trip to Peru! I had a wonder-filled experience and see why all of you at Kuoda so successfully guide your clients to see the country you genuinely love. It is a pleasure arranging travel with you as it feels more like doing so with a trustworthy friend than with a business.

I count myself among the very fortunate to have chosen Kuoda from the many travel agencies in Peru. All of the details -hassle-free travel transfers, accommodations fitting my personal needs and taste, professional and knowledgeable guides, delicious food options-combined to make my trip a fantastic experience! And, meeting you and Mery was a highlight.

I have no suggestions for changes or improvements, and I’m still smiling weeks later reliving the trip.

C. Georgiu
USA
April 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Thank you very much for arranging such a fabulous holiday for us…

All the arrangements and execution of them were flawless. It was so nice not to have to worry about anything. We all had a great holiday – even the kids were pleasantly surprised – and believe me, from them that’s high praise indeed! So, all in all, a great holiday. The organisation by Kuoda was fabulous.

So a big thank you to you and the Kuoda team.

Best wishes,

Gaunt Family
UK
April 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

Our trip was out of this world…

I wish I could buy you a beer or better. Our trip was out of this world. I am a ski guide at the ski area where we live. Been doing it for 17 years. I was so impressed with Kuoda’s guide selection. College grads, tourism majors, archeology, history , economics, industry, culture , they had it all. On time, amiable, humorous, took their job serious.

We spent a week in Buenos Aires, 2 weeks on a cruise, then two weeks with excellent accommodations, fantastic guides, itineraries arranged by you.

We have given your name to several groups and 25 people who read my daily blogs.

Told them to put SA on their bucket list and to contact you. Don’t get too excited but you are worthy of as much as I can pass on.

F. Dolman
USA
April 2012
An Amazing South American Experience

Thank you for all that you did for us…

Mery and Staff, we just wanted to drop you a line and give you a formal thank you for all that you did for us. You were amazing from beginning to end (and beyond).

The hotels you chose for us were wonderful. Our guides and drivers were also great, knowledgeable, friendly and were a pleasure to spend time with. We think that Francis must be the very best guide in all of Peru! I would go on a vacation with him anytime.

The food choices you made for our family could not have been better. You showed us that Peru is truly a food connoisseurs delight.

You didn’t create a vacation that just showed us Peru…. You created a vacation that allowed us to experience Peru. Thank you a million times over.

Sincerely,

Mayo Family
USA
March 2012
Southern Peru Experience

I’m too tired to write an appropriate thank you note but service was beyond excellent…

Perfecto in every respect. It was such a joy doing business with you, Mery and the staff and a bonus to meet you both. You all made the trip an experience of a lifetime for me and my family. We can’t thank you enough for going above and beyond all our expectations. You made everything run so smoothly.

You and the team at Kuoda Travel are absolutely AMAZING.

Best regards to you all

Phillips Family
USA
March 2012
The Amazon and Titicaca Lake

We had a great time on our trip to the Galapagos…

We saw so many incredible animals and met so many unique people on our boat. All of our transfers went flawlessly from flying into Quito to our last day in Guayaquil. Thank you for arranging a great vacation!

This was a great trip for a family with children the ages of ours. They could keep up the entire time with the activities and truly enjoyed being around the animals. The sailing itinerary was perfect as we got to see every animal that we wanted (sea lions, giant tortoises, iguanas, boobies, flamingos, eagle rays, sharks, dolphins) and our days were so full that we fell asleep every night at 8 o’clock.

We are telling all of our friends that they must visit the Galapagos!

Thanks for your help in designing our trip.

D. Gibson
USA
March 2012
Galapagos Experience

I don’t think we could have seen, done or enjoyed more in such limited time…

The trip went very well, and your help, advice and careful planning are largely responsible. Given our personal limitations as a group, I don’t think we could have seen, done or enjoyed more in such limited time.

Everything was a highlight. The cloud forest near Machu Picchu was most magical for me, although I had to spend a lot of time looking down at my feet on the trail, instead of outward at the peaks and clouds. The boys enjoyed the Inca trail and the jungle. I love people and cities, and Cusco must be one of the world’s best places. Your guides and services were excellent. Dinner and sightseeing in Lima were superb. The grilled pacific rockfish at your recommended restaurant in Lima was as good as any fish I have ever eaten. Lima is a vibrant and diverse city and ready for prime time as a tourist destination.

Best regards,

D. Rodman
USA
January 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

We all greatly enjoyed our trip and traveling with Kuoda!

I know we’d all love to come back and visit Peru again. Thanks also for being so accommodating and helpful with our itinerary and changes to it. We really appreciated it. All of our guides, drivers, and everyone we met connected with Kuoda were wonderful.

And I’d like to especially thank you and everyone at Kuoda for not only helping to make our trip possible (and on such short timing) but also helping to make it such a memorable trip for us.

Hope all is well with you, too,

Best,

S. Shirazi
USA
January 2012
The Grand Tour - Experiencing Southern Peru

We had a great time…

You guys did a great job planning everything and we enjoyed the whole trip. Thanks again, we will recommend Kuoda to anyone else going to Peru!

J.Jordan
USA
January 2012
Costa, Sierra, Selva: Peru's Greatest Sights

Thank you! We had a fantastic trip!

My mom, my husband and I really want to thank you for all your effort. Especially when my mom wasn’t feeling good in Cusco. You are able to adjust the itinerary immediately for us. We really appreciated it.

Thank you again!

Best Regards,

I. Chen
Taiwan
January 2012
At the Top of the World

We had a great time on this trip….

Some of the best highlights:

  • Urabamba Valley: the logistical easy adjustment to the altitude, alpaca farm, scenic car drive, beautiful hotel, ancient pisac and pisac market.
  • Machu Picchu: early morning logistics were great, amazing views, and Jose Carlos was very insightful
  • Cusco: enjoyed the hotel, walking around the city and Pacha Papa restaurant
  • Lake Titicaca: hotel was good, trip to the Uros and Taquile Island was really fun

Another great component to the trip were both of our tour guides: Jose Carlos and Ivan. Both were very professional and made a nice connection between the history and culture with each of the local venues that we visited.

The combination of logistical know how (organized transportation and strategic planning), tour guide professionalism (local insight and careful guest attention), and accommodations made for a great trip, and I would recommend Kuoda to anyone making a trip to Peru with similar requirements.

Thanks!

Best,

C. Peron
USA
January 2012
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

Some of the hotels you guys picked really were some of the most beautiful hotels I’ve seen

I was just looking at some of our Peru pictures and remembering what a wonderful time we had, in large part due to you and all of your help accommodating our plans and arranging everything for us. Some of the hotels you guys picked really were some of the most beautiful hotels I’ve seen. And Peru really is an amazing and beautiful country. I know we’d all love to come back and visit Peru again. Thanks also for being so accommodating and helpful with our itinerary and changes to it. We really appreciated it. All of our guides, drivers, and everyone we met connected with Kuoda were wonderful.

And I’d like to especially thank you and everyone at Kuoda for not only helping to make our trip possible (and on such short timing) but also helping to make it such a memorable trip for us.

Hope all is well with you, too.

Best,

S. Shirazi and family
USA
January 2012
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

This was a fantastic trip…

My daughters and I have recently returned from a tour of Cuzco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Lima. This was a fantastic trip. The team at Kuoda made it so. From the initial, correspondences with Tom during the planning phases of the visit, to the wonderful guides who smoothed our way on each phase of our journey, all of our interactions were personable and professional. Each hotel and restaurant was wonderful.

Thanks especially to Rudy, our guide for much of our visit, for his humor, extensive knowledge of the history and culture of the region, our intro bird watching through his eyes. Our trip to Peru and Machu Picchu actually exceeded expectations.

Kuoda made it that much more special.

Go Kuoda!

S. Bow
USA
December 2011
Cusco and Machu Picchu Experience

A fabulous time in your wonderful country…

I am almost recovered from vacation…. been resting up after a fabulous time in your wonderful country. We all loved the trip! Kouda did a great job coordinating the trip of a lifetime. Wish you could plan our jaunts to other countries too!

It was so nice to finally get to put a face to all the e-mails. Thank you for getting up so early on Christmas morning to meet us.

We absolutely loved our magical journey and cannot stop talking about it, thinking about it, and dreaming about being there again!!

Liz

K. Rateliff
USA
December 2011
An Amazing Peruvian Adventure

Our trip was awesome!

Thank you so much. It is hard to pick out a highlight because everything was great. The Inca trail hike was definitely a favorite as was Francis and his very informative tours of the Inca sites. The hotels were beautiful and just what we like.

D. Laham
USA
December 2011
A Magical Peruvian Adventure

This was a wonderful vacation for all of us…

We arrived back home this past Monday night. I wanted to write you and thank you, Maria Teresa, Edson and your entire team for making our trip to Peru so successful.

The trip was really terrific!

The schedule, the activities and most of all, Machu Picchu, were just terrific. This was a wonderful vacation for all of us and we are very grateful for the great job that Kuoda did for us.

Warm regards,

R. Rubin and Family
USA
December 2011
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

It was amazing! We had a really great time…

Thanks in large measure to Kuoda Travel. The schedule you put together was perfect.

We had enough time in Machu Picchu to have a really good exploration of the site as well as to do all the main walks out of there – to the Sun Gate, the Inca Bridge and up the small mountain behind. Having lunch up there meant we could enjoy the afternoons when the crowds were much smaller.

The days spent in the Sacred Valley made a great start to the holiday. As well as visiting various Inca sites, we also very much enjoyed the side trips – to the weaving village, the lunch with the artist and his wife, the visit to the alpaca/llama farm.

As well as seeing the tourist sites, we felt that (thanks to we also got a taste of the real Peru. Eduardo Castro is a great guide – knows the sites very well, friendly, excellent English, ready to talk about all sorts of interesting things and flexible – where we wanted to change the schedule slightly or linger longer in a special place. I am recommending Kuoda Travel to colleagues in Rio and you can expect some follow-up from here next year.

Greta and I hope that at some stage we can also return to Peru. We were really taken by the country, the people (so friendly) and by the efficient way they have organized their tourism.

Best regards,

S. Ollerearnshaw
Brazil
November 2011
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire

We highly recommend Kuoda Travel for all travel needs to Peru…

We travel a lot and have always done our own planning and organization of an itinerary. However, when contemplating a trip to Peru we felt the need to consult with a travel agent to assure we would see all of the attractions on our list. After an extensive search we found Kuoda Travel (headquartered in Cusco, Peru). We were drawn to Kuoda because of the many positive reviews posted by prior customers.

After our initial conversation with the trip organizer (Tom) we were sure that we had made the right choice. Kuoda Travel worked closely with us and handled every detail in an efficient, thorough and expeditious manner. They responded immediately to our questions and concerns. They made reservations at all of the hotels and specific rooms we selected, they prearranged all of our in country flights and supplied all of the tickets for the various sites and attractions. The guides and chauffeurs were always on time. They were pleasant, courteous and knowledgeable. Everything went as smooth as clock work. All we had to do was relax and enjoy. We had a fantastic time.

At the end of our trip, we got a surprise visit from Mery Calderon, the owner of Kuoda Travel. She is a kind, caring, and dedicated person clearly committed to giving the best possible service to her clients.

We highly recommend Kuoda Travel for all travel needs to Peru or any of the neighboring countries. We will always be grateful to the people at Kuoda for making our dream vacation a great success.

R. Spivey
USA
November 2011
Discover Southern Peru

Exceptional people end up with exceptional people…

You were great to work with and you put together an excellent itinerary in very short order that fit our requirements extremely well. It didn’t end there as it sometimes can in other organizations when one is turned over from sales groups to operations groups. Everyone that we met within the Kuoda organization were absolutely top drawer and worked hard to make our experience as memorable and pleasurable as possible.

I can summarize by saying that we were really pleased not only with the sights that we saw but with the exposure that we provided with in terms of normal Peruvian life in the areas that we toured.

The quality of everything all service, accommodation, meals, arrangements etc. was fantastic. In our brief meeting with Mery, her charm and personality filled the room. A company takes on the personality of the person at the top, and it is never more obvious than in Kuoda’s case and that is a very good thing. Exceptional people end up with exceptional people.

G. Little
Canada
November 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We were pleased with the service and the prompt response to our questions and needs…

Hi Tom and Kuoda Travel Friends;

We cannot thank the Kuoda staff enough for all that was done to make our vacation a huge success. Meeting Mary in person at the end, added a special touch. It confirmed the fact that Kuoda Travel offers attentive, caring service.

We were pleased with the service and the prompt response to our questions and needs. The hotels met our expectations, the sites were beautiful and interesting and the climax of our trip: Machu Picchu, was magnificent.

We’ll be sure to tell everyone who’s interested in visiting Peru, to contact Kuoda travel. We hope to use your service again. Once again; “Thank you”. We’ll keep in touch and hope that you will do the same.

Sincerely,

R. and Y. Spivey
USA
November 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We had a really great time…

We had a really great time – thanks in large measure to Kuoda Travel. The schedule you put together was perfect. The train journey to Aguas Calientes is a great way to travel in. We had enough time in Machu Picchu (an incredible place and setting) to have a really good exploration of the site as well as to do all the main walks out of there –  to the Sun Gate, the Inca Bridge and up the small mountain behind. Having lunch up there meant we could enjoy the afternoons when the crowds were much smaller. You found us three really good hotels.

The days spent in the Sacred Valley made a great start to the holiday. As well as visiting various Inca sites, we also very much enjoyed the side trips to the weaving village, the lunch with the artist and his wife, the visit to the alpaca/llama farm. As well as seeing the tourist sites, we felt that (thanks to your programme) we also got a taste of the real Peru. Cusco was very impressive also with the Inca and colonial history side by side.

I am recommending Kuoda Travel to colleagues in Rio and you can expect some follow-up from here next year. Greta and I hope that at some stage we can also return to Peru. We were really taken by the country, the people (so friendly) and by the efficient way they have organized their tourism.

Best regards,

Steve

S. Ollerearnshaw
USA
November 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Thank you for organizing a wonderful tour for Tim and me…

We loved our trip and will enjoy the memories for many years to come. Pilar was an excellent guide. She was well prepared, patiently answered all of our questions and was enjoyable to spend time with. We will happily recommend Kuoda Travel. Again, many thanks!!

N. Sawyer
USA
November 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We want to thank you and the entire Kuoda Team for our Peru experience…

Hola Mery,

We want to thank you and the entire Kuoda Team for our Peru experience. We will never forget it! Our thoughts are still swimming in memories of the culture, history, cuisine, flora and fauna, and most of all people. Your staff and contractors made us feel welcome and looked after us; we know we were in good hands.

We enjoyed meeting you especially after hearing so many wonderful things about you online and from your staff.

Best Regards,

R. Herdez
USA
October 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

We had the most amazing trip!

We told Mary that it was because of you that we went with Kuoda. You did a fabulous job for us. We think our trip was perfect. We have all been busy recommending Kuoda. I plan to get on trip advisor soon to let the world know what a great job you all did.

1. The guides were wonderful! What I liked the most about both Edward and Manuel was their local connections and knowledge. They seemed to have an in depth understanding of the history as well as the culture. They also seemed to have great relationships with the locals we met along the way. This gave us a way to meet these people and get a closer look at their real lives and culture. Also, both guides seemed to know how to pace things for us—not too much but certainly as much as we were willing to do and see.
2. The itinerary was perfect!!! We appreciated the altitude adjustments, the amount of time in each location and everywhere we went. I would recommend that exact itinerary to others with similar interests. It was just the right amount of time in each locale and we really did get to see a lot of places!
3. The opportunities to go to the village and to German and Aida’s house were unforgettable! I felt so fortunate to have the chance to be with these wonderful people in their home environments. Those two experiences were among the highlights of the trip for me!!!!
4. The food was delicious! I did not expect to eat quite so well.
5. The personal attention from Kuoda at the airports was really nice. It took all the stress and worry out in areas where we could have had problems. Thanks to all those who helped us at the airports.
6. The drivers were all very good and personable.

So, to sum it up, I was more satisfied than I had expected. I have returned home with such a love for Peru and her people! I am telling everyone they need to go visit—and to use Kuoda to make the trip more pleasant.

Again, it all started with you. You steered us in the right direction when we were trying to determine our best itinerary. You never made us feel that we were a burden. You were extremely prompt in responding to each and every email we sent. You did an outstanding job. Thank you!!!!

Please feel free to give my name as a reference.

Thanks for your patience.

A. Granbery
USA
October 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

You exceeded our expectations in every way…

It was a pleasure to meet Mery yesterday on our drive to the airport. I hope she passed on our praise of the company – you exceeded our expectations in every way. We have been many places and I would have to say this ranks right up there with our trip to India. The sights were truly spectacular and everything worked according to schedule. Jerusha planned a perfect trip for us and your follow-up helped make it so successful. Pilar and Roberto were wonderful to be with. We especially enjoyed the visit to the alpaca farm, which I did not realize we were doing as well as lunch in our host’s home. Our hike on Wed, am was awesome!

Thank you again. I will certainly recommend Kuoda to anyone interested in a Peru trip.

Warm regards,

Rhonda

R. Biller
USA
October 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Well, I’m back in Israel now with wonderful memories of my trip to Peru…

I am so happy that Tali recommended your agency to me. From the very beginning (emails with tom some months back) everything was done very efficiently and professionally, with patience and courtesy. You can be sure that I will recommend you highly to my friends and will certainly contact you again for any trips I may take to the areas you cover.

J. Abu-Tomah
USA
October 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Thank you so much for planning out such a wonderful itinerary for us…

The places, schedule, guides made our trip very memorable and it was lovely to meet you in Cusco.

Thank you for all your help with the many many interactions we requested of you.

Warm regards,

A. and J Jain
India
October 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

The trip was PERFECT and couldn’t have been better…

Thank you so much for your email.

We LOVED Peru! The trip was PERFECT and couldn’t have been better. We loved the people we met and everything we saw. The highlights were definitely Machu Picchu (which we were astoundingly connected to) and Lake Titicaca. We still can’t get over it.

We’ve been telling everyone here how wonderful your company is.

Hope to be back!

A. Bruno
USA
October 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

I wanted to join Ann in thanking you for organizing a wonderful trip for us…

This is one 30th wedding anniversary that we will remember!!

We both loved Peru and its people, who showed a lot of warmth and friendliness towards us.

Best regards,

Philippe

P. Bruno
USA
October 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Kuoda made it look so easy, and feel so comfortable…

Hi Tom, (and Edson, and of course Mery)

We’ve been asked so many times how the trip was, and we’ve given variations of “fabulous”, and huge compliments to Kuoda. Peru has an unbelievable variety in climate and terrain – a desert as stunning as the Sahara, mysterious jungle, mountains higher than the sky, architecture ancient, colonial and modern, even islands that float…and you took us to see it all, at our pace, without a hitch. Kuoda made it look so easy, and feel so comfortable…that only happens with tremendous organization, attention to details details details, and the right people in the right jobs.

The guides were unbelievably knowledgeable and fun, moving at our pace, modifying the schedule if it was better to do. They all spoiled us, and we loved it. The drivers, every one, were excellent.

Our rainforest stay at the Inkaterra Amazonica Lodge was perfection – the setting, our cabin, the main lodge, the food. 4 days in a little bit of heaven.

Then we left the rain forest for the Sacred Valley – and Sol y Luna, where they upgraded us to their best units! Stunning. On my birthday yet!

There was of course Pilar- we felt so fortunate to be with her. Such a terrific guide, our cusquenan friend. So glad she was with us for Machu Picchu. Pilar does all the little things that move her steps above the rest – not only does she know the history, architecture and the people, but she made sure we got to the best viewing spots…all while making sure we were not causing interruption or intrusion on any other group.

Cusco – what fun to have parades happenning! Lots to explore and enjoy.

One very definite high point not mentioned yet…meeting you Tom (and having you come a second time to see us off from Cusco!), and Edson, made us feel very special, welcomed and important.

Kuoda’s level of personal attention or attention to detail is AAA+.

hugs to all of you,

Janis & David

J. and D. Topp
Canada
September 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Overall, our trip was wonderful…

Everything went perfectly. It turned out that there was never a need for worry. We will definitely remember Kuoda for future travels to South America.

As for highlights of our trip, it’s rather difficult to single things out. The itinerary suited us perfectly, and each day was wonderful. There was really nothing we were unhappy about.

D. Thorkildsen
USA
September 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

We all agreed that it was a perfect vacation, couldn’t have been better…

We had a really wonderful time in Peru. We all agreed that it was a perfect vacation, couldn’t have been better. Our guides were all fantastic. The drivers, as well. All the points on our itinerary were wonderful. There was so much to see in Peru. . The people of Peru, the history, the culture, all so interesting.

What a wonderful trip! Thanks so much for all of your help. We will be planning a trip to see the Galapagos for 2013. So, we will be in touch.

Warm wishes,

Alyse

A. Plotkin
USA
September 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Big big thank you to the entire team at Kuoda…

Many apologies for not getting back to you, I’ve been traveling.

In fact, I’ve been meaning to write and say a big big thank you to the entire team at Kuoda. My mother and her friends had a wonderful time and were all praise for your arrangements, efficiency and friendliness. My father is planning a trip next year and I’m sure we’ll be in touch!

Once again, many thanks

B. Srinivasan
India
September 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Thank-you for working with my wife and I…

Thank-you and the rest of the team for working with my wife and I to organize what was truly a collection of experiences neither of us will ever forget.

From our arrival in Lima through to our departure 16 days later, our itinerary was executed flawlessly by your team. Smiling faces greeted us with a Kuoda sign at every airport. The transportation was always first class with great drivers that arrived each day in vehicles that sparkled. The guides: knowledgeable, helpful, energetic and a pleasure to spend our days with.

My wife’s favorite memories are of the time we spent in the Tambopata jungle. The river otters in Lake Sandoval, an anaconda snake on the shore of Gamitana Creek, and sharing delicious pisco sours with new found friends every evening are just a few.

I will never forget hiking to Machu Picchu after climbing off the train at KM 104. The views of WinayWayna becoming larger as the Urubamba river below became smaller. The satisfaction of reaching the Sungate; looking back from where I had hiked; looking ahead to the first glimpse of the city.

There are many other memories, the catacombs in Lima, shopping in Cusco, Sunday market in Pisac, Maras salt mines, exploring the Moray and Ollantaytambo archaeological sites, and the floating Uros islands of Lake Titicaca to name just a few.

My wife and I have had the privilege and opportunity to travel all over the world. I have booked trips with tour companies and I have planned trips on my own. I am glad we decided to go with Kuoda. It was worth every penny.

Thanks again,

S. and Y. Battistolo
USA
September 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

We love Peru and Kuoda…

I really do not know how to thank Mery and you for making our visit such a incredible and memorable one. As you know my friends depended on me alone to select a tour company and I am so glad to choose Kuoda. You all made a great difference for our trip.

After visiting Rio and Buenos Aires, all of us agreed that Peru is tops. We love your country, the friendly people and of course the great food. We had a grand time and enjoyed the great hotels you chose for us. The itinerary you planned for us was very enjoyable and Kuoda exceeded our expectation by miles.

Also our special thanks to Jimmy the guide for such an outstanding job. We have travelled the world and Kuoda is the best company we have ever experienced.

You have a great country and we were very surprised how nice Peru is. Certainly there are many highlights like Machu Picchu and beautiful Cusco but the most outstanding one was our visit to the Peruvian Orphanage. Most of us were in tears to see how beautiful and joyful the kids were in spite of their background. Some of us wanted to take the kids home. We love the hugs and the time we had there. We shared our box lunch with them and we cleared the mini bar in all hotels and Sanctuary Hotel in Machu Picchu of all the snacks and chocs (they were included in the room rate) for them. Jimmy the guide was nearly in tears as our Mr Tan made a touching speech and presented our donation to them. It was a real treat for us to know the other side of Peru other than just only the tourist sites. We spend about 3 hours there and cancelled the other 2 tours. It was worth it.

I am already telling my Malaysian friends how great Peru and Kuoda is. You can be sure you will get more business from this corner of the world.

Meantime you are authorized to use this e mail as a testimonial and give my email address to anybody who wants to contact me about your company.

My best warm regards.

Sincerely

R. Teo
Malaysia
September 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Our trip to Peru has definitely been a highlight…

Tom,
I want to say THANKS too!!!!!!! It was definitely a trip of a life time. Javier and Carlos was absolutely GREAT!!!!!!! I can say they were more like friends by the end of the trip.

We have traveled fairly extensively in the U.S., Europe, the Mediterranean and Caribbean, but our trip to Peru has definitely been a highlight, largely due to the Kuoda team. I have to admit I’m a detailed travel planner and usually do not enlist help. We, quite frankly, cannot imagine having made this trip without Kuoda and I believe it has spoiled us for our future travel plans!

Your patience in input, answering questions, and finalizing details for planning our trip was terrific, Tom, and thanks much for that. We felt safe and secure our entire trip, knowing everything was taken care of, doublechecked, and would work perfectly. It was so nice not to have to worry about the details of transportation, tickets, waiting in lines, touring with crowds, boarding, hotel check-ins, etc. because it was ALL taken care of for us! What a delightful way to be able to concentrate on what the trip is all about…not the logistics!

And, yes, we definitely want to come back to visit Peru again with Kuoda. We have recommended you with no reservations to friends of ours and will continue to do so. We can’t thank you enough for all the attention we were given and how special Kuoda made our trip…your people and services are absolutely terrific and greatly appreciated by us.

Thanks again, and we look forward to working with Kuoda again soon. Would you please pass our appreciation on…and our best wishes until we can enjoy our travels together again?

Warmest regards,

Betsy and Mark

B. and M. Paulley
USA
September 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Victor and I wanted you to know how much we liked using Kuoda for our travel experience…

As we talked about in our Cusco hotel prior to going to the Rain Forest, we loved our guides and drivers and thought they did a wonderful job of giving us interesting information. All were very personable. The Rain Forest guide who was Rudolfo was very good as well.

T. Quintero
USA
September 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Our organization of our itinerary was perfect…

I wanted to write and tell you that we had a fantastic time. Your organization of our itinerary was perfect.

All the guides from our pick up in Lima with Christian to meeting Edson in Cusco and then Hector for our trip around the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu were outstanding.

The scenery in the Sacred Valley and especially Machu Picchu exceeded our expectations- it was amazing- and when we tell people about our trip we do say that it needs to be seen to be believed. The experiences we had and the people we met were wonderful and we have both certainly taken away fond memories of our time in Peru. It is especially great to think back on our holiday when we are back at work!

So thank you again Tom- we will recommend Kuoda and particularly yourself to anyone who is thinking of going to Peru. If we decide to return and explore other parts of Peru or Ecuador/ Galapagos Islands we will certainly contact Kuoda.

Muchas gracias

S. and S. Halpenny
USA
August 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

We really enjoyed our stay in Peru…

My wife and I would like to express our sincere thank you for the hospitality and care accorded us by the management and staff of Kuoda Travel. Special thanks to Mery for going out of her way to meet us and to send us off. We are lucky to have Jimmy as our tour guide. He is like a walking history book imparting all his knowledge on the history and culture of the Incas and the Peruvians to us.

We really enjoyed our stay in Peru. You have so many fine hotels and well developed facilities for tourists to visit those places of interest. Of course to the ladies, it is a shopper’s paradise. It was an eye opener for us. Peru is so developed and so rich in history and culture. We have got a lot to learn from you.

Thank you again

S. C S
Singapore
August 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

I can never thank you enough for everything…

I am so sorry it has taken me so long to write to say THANK YOU for taking care of Brian this summer. He had such an amazing experience and you are a huge part of the reason why. You went so far beyond my expecations and I am so very grateful. Brian was shocked and amazed at how kind and generous you were to him. He loves you and your family too. We have been away since he got back and during our entire trip, he continued to tell me stories about his experiences in Peru. He loves it there and he was very moved by the work you are doing at your center with the children. You should be so proud of your efforts!

I can never thank you enough for everything. I hope one day I can do a similar favor for you. In the meantime, I would like to make a donation to your children’s center. Please let me know how I can do this.

A million thanks again.

Lots of love,

Holly

H. Fogler
USA
August 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Thank you so much for arranging a wonderful vacation…

Thank you so much for arranging a wonderful vacation. It was one of the best vacations I have taken and I have been to over 30 countries. Peru is a beautiful country. The people were kind and interesting, our tour guides were knowledgeable and also lots of fun and full of energy. I was also very impressed with the hotels. Some of them were so nice I didn’t want to leave. Also, the food is just fantastic, I especially enjoyed the trout but I didn’t have the nerve to try guinea pig. Next time I am in Peru I will eat the guinea pig. We also enjoyed very much the train ride to Manchu Picchu. The fashion show and entertainment was a pleasant surprise.

Please extend my thanks to the entire Kuoda team for a fantastic vacation.

I will definitely return to Peru and I am telling everyone I know about the fantastic vacation.

Take care

J.Sabourin
USA
August 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We had the BEST time in Peru…

Everything was wonderful! We had the BEST time in Peru. Everything went perfectly. The weather was spectacular, so thanks for arranging that too!!! I am sooooo glad that I had the extra time in Machu Picchu, it was magical and I loved it there. The highlight of the trip was definitely Huayna Picchu. That hike was so much fun! I read one reviewer that said, skip Huayna Picchu, are they nuts???!!! I’m sure it isn’t for everyone, but that was a definite must see for me.

There really isn’t anything that we didn’t like. Each thing was different and I felt like we had a good variety of things that we did.

All the best!

H. Jarvis
USA
August 2011
Personalized Peru Travel

We had an amazing trip…

We just arrived back home from our trip to Peru this morning, and I wanted to let follow up and let you know that we had an amazing trip. Everything went smoothly, and we loved everything about the trip, particularly the Amazon and Machu Picchu, Thank you so much for putting together our itinerary!

We will definitely be recommending Kuoda to any of our friends that are interested in traveling to Peru!

D. Brace
USA
August 2011
Personalized Peru Travel

We would be happy to share about our overall experience with Peru and with Kuoda Travel!

First, we would like to say the guides that Kuoda provided us were absolutely wonderful! Because of them, we can honestly say that our time in Peru was nothing short of spectacular. Everything was organized, efficient, and professional. We always felt like we were in good hands. Everyone appeared knowledgeable and passionate about the country.

I already expressed this to Mery when she greeted us in Cusco, but I wanted to give special attention to our guide Eduardo. I was impressed with his medical training regarding high altitudes and he made us feel at ease when we were not feeling 100%. His warm and enthusiastic personality made that portion of the trip a highlight for us. He should be commended because for us it was like traveling around with an old friend.

We did want to mention that we were impressed that all guides were always there (at the required time) to greet us and guide us to the next step. We would have been lost in trying to purchase tickets and board the Inka Express bus if it were not for our guide Henry in Puno.

A special thanks to Edson for calling in and checking on us on a few occasions when he found out that we were pretty sick. It was comforting to know that someone was looking out for us and if we needed additional medical attention, someone would have been there to provide guidance it if needed. I felt this was an instance in which Kuoda went above and beyond.

The highlight of the trip for us was actually Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands. We enjoyed the tour, meeting a family, trying on their traditional clothing, and taking a ride on a reed boat around the lake. Seeing the morning sunrise over the lake was something that we will always remember. Thank you for also organizing the opportunity to visit the authentic village in the hight plain of chinchero, near Lake Piuray. It is these types of experiences that travelers get to witness the true authenticity of the place visited, giving us a very real look into the lives of the local people. We will always remember our time there, participating in a ceremony and dancing with the village women.

In conclusion, we truly enjoyed our trip to Peru. We have looked forward to visiting this beautiful country for some time, so a special thanks to Kuoda for all their help in making our trip to Peru, finally a reality!

We will definitely recommend your company to others.

Thank you!

A. Lesner
USA
August 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Thank you…

I want to thank you again for putting our trip together. The trip will provide great memories for a lifetime.

C. Wang
USA
August 2011
Peru Family Travel

We had an amazing trip…

We just arrived back home from our trip to Peru this morning, and I wanted follow up and let you know that we had an amazing trip. Everything went smoothly, and we loved everything about the trip, particularly the Amazon and Machu Picchu, Thank you so much for putting together our itinerary!

We will definitely be recommending Kuoda to any of our friends that are interested in traveling to Peru!

D. Brace
USA
August 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Overall it was a wonderful trip…

Overall it was a wonderful trip, you did a great job and all the sites we saw were really interesting. Both guides and drivers were terrific. Betsy in particular. She knew her stuff and had plenty of patience.

T.Newell
USA
August 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We had a nice time in Peru…

We had a nice time in Peru and the trip arrangements were definitely up to our expectations. We will definitely consider Kuoda next time we plan to visit South America.

Best, A. Das
USA
August 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

The four of us would overwhelmingly recommend Kuoda to anyone considering travel to Peru…

I found the communications with you to be excellent. You were quick to respond to comments and made useful suggestions for the itinerary planning. The detailed Itinerary provided as a guide for our trip was excellent. We liked the fact that it listed our hotels, flights, and detailed information on what we would see. I always felt like you were providing the personal attention that we were seeking when selecting Kuoda. As background, I had pursued quotations and discussions with three other companies before selecting Kuoda. You answered my questions directly and provided us with the confidence that we were in good hands.

We were impressed that at every stage of our travels from arrival to departure there was a handover between drivers/guides and left us with little doubt about what was going to happen. This was incredibly valuable as we never felt stressed during our travels. Having the boarding passes already printed when we arrived at the airports and train stations was terrific. No standing in line or having to navigate the local processes. This all went very smoothly.

We found all of the drivers to be very professional and safe. We also appreciated how they kept the inside of the tour buses clean. We did remark that one day we would get out at the end of the day and there was dirt and dust on the floor from our shoes. The next day it was clean. We also appreciated having the bottles of water available.

We want to let you know that Refugio Amazonas was a definite highlight of our trip. From meeting us in Puerto Maldonado to the trip to the lodge and back to the airport, the transitions were smooth and seamless. The accommodation at the lodge was better than expected and we loved every minute of it. Our tour guide “Paula” was excellent and we learned so much from her.

We really enjoyed the visit to the local community in Chinchero and the opportunity to buy products from the individuals that created them. This was very enlightening and one of the experiences we find ourselves telling others about now that we have returned.

We have been telling many family and friends about the great experience we had visiting Peru and how wonderful it was to travel with Kuoda tours. The four of us would overwhelmingly recommend Kuoda to anyone considering travel to Peru.

G. Denney
USA
August 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

Myself and my wife had a fabulous time in Peru recently…

Myself and my wife had a fabulous time in Peru recently. The Peruvian people, weather, cuisine, landscape and history are truly amazing and I have let all my friends & family know to add this country to their bucket list of places to visit in a lifetime. It is not uncommon for local people to not realize the beauty of the place they live in and it often takes an outsider to bring this point home. Right from the first call I made to you, to the last conversation I had with you on the way back to Lima, you and your staff (Victoria, Edson, Jernan -sp? ) have been simply extraordinary. You truly delivered a “personalized” tour for us and I want to thank you for the same. Please convey a special thanks to Edward Castro. He is an amazing tour guide and handled the job in a very professional manner with the right amount of personal touch.

Good luck to you and hope our paths cross again.

Regards,

S. Dongre
USA
July 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We really fell in love with Peru!

It is an amazing country! We had a very big expectations but all of them were satisfied!!!!

We loved our guide Juan Carlos in Cusco: he was so enthusiastic and well prepared! Please, tell him we will always remember him!!

We also loved the days in Manu, in the very basic tented camp but the feeling to be really in the middle of nowhere! And we also spotted a leopard: what a big luck!!!

So this holiday will always stay in our heart and who knows maybe we’ll be back one day!

Have a good day.

F. Putelli
Italy
July 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

It was a nice way to end a great honeymoon…

Peru was awesome! Yes indeed we are planning on returning – there is so much more to see, and the service from Kouda and your guides, drivers and hoteliers was outstanding.

It’s hard to say what the highlight of the trip was as everywhere we went was a unique experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the beach – it was very relaxing and just what we needed before the trail.

Cusco was great, I think next time we will spend a few more days here. The Quinua Hotel I think has to be our favourite – a fabulous apartment and the staff was very accommodating and friendly…. we didn’t want to leave.

Our guide on the Machu Picchu Trail – Santiago – was fantastic.

The Amazon Reserve was also fantastic. We enjoyed the night tour and the lake trip. The rooms were very relaxing and clean.

It was very nice to meet Mery, it was a nice way to end a great honeymoon.

Cheers R. and E. Hedley
USA
July 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

I wanted to thank all of you over at Kuoda…

I wanted to thank all of you over at Kuoda for making our trip to Peru so amazing! It was also really cool to meet you and the entire team. I’ve already started recommending you guys to people I know :) If you ever need a reference, I’m sure all of us would be willing to put in a good word.

M. Yen
USA
July 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We really enjoyed the itinerary and all the trip adventures…

Now that we are all back home and our Peru-Bolivia memories are still fresh, it is the right time to say thank you for a wonderful experience.

We all really appreciate your efforts in making sure that all the required trip logistics (i.e. guides, hotels, drivers etc.) operated perfectly.

We really enjoyed the itinerary and all the trip adventures. It was a real excitement to meet you both at your home town – Cusco.

Thanks again from your new friends in Israel – the “Yossi Kahana Group” : Rachel, Aida, Zvi, Rivka & Jacob, Nily & Igal, Luna & Yossi.

Y. Kahana
Israel
June 2011
Peru and Bolivia Personalized Travel

La Paz is a city full of life…

Even there were no festivals people were playing instruments, singing songs lighting fireworks and celebrating. We were told this is common on Friday and Saturday nights. Thousands of people lined the streets and for us that is so incredibly unique. This is so very different from home. We do not have the same sense of celebration or joy in our country. Bolivia, and I expect South American countries share that in common.

Each city we visited was the same. In fact, when we were in Potosi a band in the hotel or nearby played until 4:30 a.m. Just pure celebration. Now that’s what we call living!

We found the Bolivians to be very polite, hardworking people with much pride. From the moment we landed on Bolivian soil we felt at home. We also found the people to be very honest and genuine which was most refreshing.

Service throughout was exemplary.

S. & R. McKelvie
Canada
June 2011
Custom-made Bolivia Travel

Truly a great, memorable vacation…

Truly a great, memorable vacation. Your service was better than expected.

Thanks again,

K. Bickell
USA
June 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

THANK YOU for the wonderful service you provided….

First off I would like to THANK YOU for the wonderful service you provided. You not only met but exceeded my expectations. Our trip to Peru was wonderful from the time we arrived in Lima to the time we departed Lima.

The Mira Flores Hotel was Fantastic as were the other hotels. Everyone was very very friendly and I would not only recommend Peru to my friends but would recommend they call Kuoda Travel if they ever do go.

I want to personally thank you again for all your help.

Take care,

L. Arnold
USA
June 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Thanks…

Thanks for a great itinerary; we had a wonderful time.

L. Best
USA
June 2011
Peru Family Trip

We had a very good time in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu, and Lima…

I want to begin by telling you that the logistics were flawless: always a person to meet us, a car to take us, a guide to help us, and correct reservations for hotel rooms, museum tickets, train tickets, plane tickets.

Thank you for all your help. Best Regards,

D. Stevens
USA
June 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Thank everyone at Kuoda for making our holiday so memorable…

We got back from our holiday a few weeks ago and wanted to send an email to thank everyone at Kuoda for making our holiday so memorable. We had a wonderful time and really felt that everyone at Kuoda went out of their way to make it that way. From the initial planning and the selection of locations and hotels, to the guides, drivers and people at Kuoda headquarters: everything was superb.

Many thanks

C. and R. Langston
UK
June 2011
Peru Anniversary Travel

Thank you for making our trip a memorable one…

We are just settling in after the wonderful excitement of our trip to Peru. It was really tough to return home, we wanted to stay longer as we have fallen in love with your country.

Thank you for making our trip a memorable one. Everyone at Kuoda is professional, efficient and caring, I must say that as an experienced traveler I have never encountered such outstanding service. Your staff went above and beyond with every detail and exceeded our expectations.

You can be sure that I will recommend you to all my friends.

Thanks again to everybody at Kuoda and we will definitely stay in touch.

All the best,

D. and L. Linari
June 2011
Personalized Peruvian Vacation

All of our guides were wonderful…

All of our guides were wonderful. As far as our highlights, we enjoyed pretty much everything. We absolutely loved Machu Picchu and the Floating Islands. If you asked my kids what the best part was, they’d be torn between Machu Picchu, the Floating Islands, and the Amazon (but I think Machu Picchu would win).

For me, as wonderful as those sights were, I loved the people. The Quechwa people of the Andes stole my heart. What charming people! And the people that lived on the Uros were absolutely delightful! I also loved my visit to the orphanage in Puno and I wanted to thank Edson, Jose Luiz, and Victor for making that possible. That was such a wonderful experience, and I will not forget them. I’m already working with some people here to raise money to buy things they need and ship it over.

So, while I know that wasn’t on my itinerary, I want to thank you all for making that happen!

L. Simpson
USA
May 2011
Peru Family Travel

Thank you so much…

We had a fabulous time. Thank you so much for the arrangements by Kuoda.

M. Go
Philippines
May 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We had a wonderful time in Peru and absolutely loved the country…

I appreciate all of Kuoda’s help in making our trip smooth and enjoyable. We loved entering rooms to find welcome notes and little treats waiting for us. It was the personal service that your company provided that made this trip a special one for us as opposed to “just the norm”.

It’s really impossible for us to pick favorites, because the whole trip was incredible. The beach, jungle, sacred valley, Machu Picchu and Cuzco were all fantastic trips in their own right, and all were great.

A. Siegrist
USA
May 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Our sincere thanks for arranging such a wonderful introduction to Peru…

Hi, Our sincere thanks for arranging such a wonderful introduction to Peru. Your communication, from your prompt response to our initial email query through to the execution of the trip, was superb. Thomas is a skilled listener who coordinated a trip that exposed us to fascinating and beautiful aspects of your country. Edson was attentive and available while we were in Peru.. We were quite pleased with the quality of our guides throughout the trip, most especially with Pilar. Her level of knowledge and enthusiasm was delightful.

Please appreciate that we were very pleased with our trip to Peru and would unquestionably contact you to help arrange trips to other places in South America.

Best wishes,

H. & M.Farbstein
USA
May 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

How lucky we were to discover Kuoda!

My husband and I had done some research and knew some spots we wanted to explore in Peru, but we knew we didnt want a group tour.

Victoria, Kuoda trip planner, helped us sort through the myriad of options and arranged the most efficient travel schedule. She worked closely with us to put us into quality lodging and to meet our budget targets. She encouraged us to include some unique places in the itinerary. All of her logistics worked out wonderfully. Much of the time it was my husband and me with a driver and a guide. We loved Peru, but what made the trip were the Kuoda people: the planners and everybody! from those who met our planes and transferred our luggage and our drivers to our special personal guide, Betshi, made this an absolute favorite.

Victoria and Mery (owner) checked in with us to make sure all was well. Everyone from Kuoda was extremely knowledgeable and took so much pride in their Peruvian heritage and personalized their service beyond any of our expectations.

J. O'Neil
USA
May 2011
Peru Customized Travel

We wish all the best for you and your team for a successful future…

Dear Mery, It was a pleasure to meet and dine with you tonight. We had a strong impression that your passion and commitment of providing the best service to your clients are unquestionable.

Please extend our sincere thank you to the rest of the team such as Edson, Tom, and all the drivers and guides. They all do appear to us that they are striving for excellence. We truly appreciate their efforts and time. We believe a key success to any business is its human resources, and you clearly have that factor covered.

Machu Picchu is on our “must travel” list in our life time. We thank you for assisting us in achieving such goal.

We wish all the best for you and your team for a successful future.

Regards,

C. and D. Ko
USA
May 2011
Personalized Peruvian Travel

We had a fabulous experience traveling with Kuoda!

Hi Victoria, We had a fabulous experience traveling with Kuoda! As I said to you in person, right from the beginning I enjoyed our correspondence. You really listened to all of trip desires and catered to our interests. I wish I was back at the Quinoa Boutique hotel right now!! It was absolutely delightful to meet you in person–and David and I were touched that you took the time to come by and say hello. Your warmth and positive energy made us feel so comfortable and “at home”. Jimmy and Hernan were the best people to travel with along the Sacred Valley. Jimmy’s passion for the country and historical knowledge made him the perfect guide. And, Hernan’s happy, calm demeanor made us feel very secure. We all became friends by the end of the trip.

Machu Picchu of course was majestic and spiritual. It was better than I anticipated. It is the perfect marriage of natural environment and man-made structure. I have travelled all over the world, and Machu Picchu is among the top most amazing things I have ever seen.

Cusco was the perfect place to “unwind”. We loved staying at Quinoa because it felt like our own apartment. You also structured the trip perfectly. After eating dinner out 4 nights in the Sacred Valley, it was so wonderful to then be able to relax in “our own place”. We took advantage of the food basket in the kitchen and ate in “3 of the 4 nights”. It was so wonderful to stare at the beautiful Cusco lights at night.

Peru is a most wonderful country with warm people. You are welcome to post any of my comments on your website.

R. Coun
USA
May 2011
Peru Anniversary Travel

I wanted to say how spectacular our trip was…

Once again, I wanted to say how spectacular our trip was. Perfectly planned to every detail and we LOVED every moment. And I mean LOVED.

Thank you again for absolutely everything!

A. Watlington
Bermuda
May 2011
Peru Anniversary Travel

If you’re looking for something special, try Kuoda Tours…

If you’re looking for something special (as opposed to a set formulaic tour planned for what tour companies think an “average tourist” wants), try Kuoda Tours. I wanted to plan a trip to Peru for our 30th wedding anniversary. I had a response overnight, followed by several weeks of what I can only say was exceptional, very personalised service. My agent spent a lot of time getting to know what my wife and I liked to see, hear, eat, do etc., and then designed a package specially tailored to fit our “fantasies”. For example, as he knew I was interested in music, so he arranged a personal demonstration of Andean musical instruments by a local Cusco musician at a musical instrument museum (just us!).

We had indicated that we were not keen on international style hotels with bells and whistles but would prefer to pay a bit extra for quaint/unusual/quirky accommodation. So we got to experience everything from a very Spartan (but magnificent) ex monastery to a home stay with the indigenous people on Amantani island (on the other side from the tourists), to an eco-style hotel, to a very quirky/arty boutique hotel in Cusco. We had said we were interested in trying “new foods” so our agent organized a lunch with a local family in their home in the Sacred Valley (no other tourists) and another lunch to sample traditional Andean cuisine (the real thing).

Guides are also seemingly hand-picked. Our main guide (our week in the Cusco/Sacred Valley area) was without doubt the best travel guide we have ever experienced; a wealth of interesting knowledge and a good companion. Some of the guides seem to have been selected on compatibility grounds (had interests in common with ours or with our professions).

Definitely our best holiday experience so far, so, as you can gather, we have little hesitation recommending Kuoda Travel. (I should also mention that at the end of the holiday we were visited separately by both our agent and the owner of the agency herself for a “debriefing”).

R. Holborn
USA
May 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We had an absolutely wonderful time in Peru…

The entire trip was absolutely seamless with no problems (besides a little stomach issue with my wife). We were very happy with Kuoda and all the recommends made. Edward, our guide in Cusco, was fantastic. The drivers were also all wonderful. My wife and I had a fantastic time experiencing the food of Peru.

Our highlights were some of the simple things like the stop off at a Chicha restaurant/bar with Edward after Machu Picchu, walking around Cusco, and our favorite experience, having lunch with the family after the Pisac market. As I mentioned before, this was our first venture to South America. We both loved it. The people were all wonderful and we felt very safe the entire trip (though we didn’t venture around Lima beyond Miraflores). We have already recommended Kuoda to many of our friends and families who are feeling inspired by our pictures!

M. Mullinix
USA
May 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We had an amazing time in Peru!

Kuoda did a wonderful job of ensuring that everything went smoothly. The highlights for the boys were the tree climb in the rainforest (all 4 of us made it to the top!) and seeing Machu Picchu. The kayaking was also a big hit! Our rainforest guide, Berly, was terrific with the kids and the lodge was fantastic. On our last night we filled out the evaluation and my 8-yr-old wrote in that he liked the pancakes. The next morning at breakfast, Berly presented the boys with pancakes made especially for them!

At Machu Picchu, our guide Pilar was great and had answers to every question! So much better than following around a group of 20 and trying to hear your guide! We really enjoyed the second day at Machu Picchu. We went up early (but not 4am!) and hiked up to the Sun Gate where we were able to hang out and soak in the spectacular scenery.

In Cuzco, some of the sites on our agenda (Koricancha & the cathedral) were closed when we were there since it was Holy Friday. We felt like we saw plenty, but it’s probably something to be aware of for tours in future years. We did get to see Holy Week processions in Cuzco and in some other little towns in the Sacred Valley. In Lima, the day room and the 4-hr tour were perfect. We were surprised at how much we enjoyed seeing the conquistador’s home – it made the boys study of Pizarro in school seem a lot more real. Thank you for everything!

The Elliot Family
USA
April 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Thank you so very much to all of the people at Kuoda…

Thank you so very much to all of the people at Kuoda who made our recent April trip to Peru so amazingly beautiful. Our guides at Cusco, Puno and Lima were knowledgeable about their areas, their cultures, and their language. Not only were they informative, but also kind.

They handled our two problems so adeptly: taking good medical care of an injured knee in Cusco; then in Puno, getting us to the airport before the miners’ strike blocked the roads. We felt that we were in such good hands! The drivers too were good at their jobs, getting us around safely and quickly, and they too were kind and polite. Many thanks to Edson, Fernando & Benjamin (Cusco), Manuel (Puno) and Alicia (Lima). You all taught us so much about your beautiful country.

M. McGuinness
USA
April 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

I am writing this report for those who may be interested in travelling to South America…

I am writing this report for those who may be interested in travelling to South America and who may be interested in using the services of Kuoda Travel. The communication thru email with Thomas (sales team) was fast and with reliable responses. There was no need for any security deposit before he committed to craft an agenda based on our specifications.

We were new to South America and wanted to cover as much as possible given our 3 weeks. Over the 2 months after communicating with Kuoda, I think we went through almost more than 10 revisions till we finally settled on our trip. I would highly recommend using Kuoda Travel if your plans include Peru as we had wonderful experience with the team.

The owner Mery Calderon met us personally at the hotel while we were in Cusco and always checking on our needs and what our experiences were like. The team ops person, Edson called us when we reached each new destination to check on our trip progress.

M. Chuang
Singapore
April 2011
Peru, Argentina and Brazil Luxury Travel

We are safe at home and still enjoying the memories of our Kuoda Peru trip…

We are safe at home and still enjoying the memories of our Kuoda Peru trip. I was able to send notes of appreciation to our guides, except for Jimmy, since I did not take his email address. I would appreciate if you could pass the message to him that we enjoyed the time we spent with him and all his efforts to make our trip a success.

P. Karpoff
USA
April 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Just wanted to give you a little feedback on the trip…

We loved it! The guides, Fernando in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and Manuel in Puno/Lake Titicaca, were wonderful. They both had interesting information to impart and were very sincere in guiding us through their respective areas. Dania (I think that’s the spelling) in Lima was also very interesting. It was fascinating to get the different perspectives re: Inca vs. Spanish culture. All had good English, and it amazes me that they’re able to be so fluent without having studied in an English-speaking country.

The hotels were wonderful. I think my favorite was the one in the Sacred Valley. It was also great to be able to stay in Machu Picchu an extra day at the hotel there, and do the walk to the Sun Gate. The Cusco hotel was a little -over the top, but it was a great location.

The communication between the main office and guides/clients was good. We appreciated your getting us to the airport early on the day of the expected strike (even though it meant getting up at 2:30 a.m.!), though it appeared not much came of it. We saw a lot of people arriving at 8 or so with no apparent trouble. But nobody knew what would happen, so the early departure was good. (We were hoping Manuel and the driver would make it back to town with no trouble.) I would have liked more hiking and maybe kayaking (on Lake Titicaca), but I think the others were happy with the level of activity we had. We needed more time, and maybe one day Bruce and I will return and do the things we missed this time. I will definitely recommend Kuodo Travel to friends and acquaintances. You do an excellent job.

J. Kenamore
USA
April 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

Thank you Kuoda! We felt like we were being hosted by family, not a Tour Company!

Everyone we had the pleasure of meeting treated us with such kindness and respect.Thank you to Chris in Lima, Jose in Cusco and Jose in Puno. Thank you, Edson; we always knew you were watching over us. And thank you Victoria for all your patience and suggestions to make our tour perfect!

B. Willis
Canada
April 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

I’ve told many people so far about Kuoda and Peru…

Hi Victoria, thank you for the note! Year is good so far here in Miami – hope it’s also good for you. I’ve told many people so far about Kuoda and Peru, so I’ll be sure to keep up the referrals!

P. Spartin
USA
March 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We really enjoyed the visit. Peru is a beautiful, friendly and exceptional country…

Thank you very much. We really enjoyed the visit. Peru is a beautiful, friendly and exceptional country. We loved the nature and people. I think it was great that we went to villages and saw the real life of Peruvians. I think the organization and trip itself were well planned with few minor things that I mentioned to her.

Thank you to Mery that she arranged Cesar to show us Lima. We wouldn’t be able to see all we saw ourselves. We had a very good guide and an exceptional driver. Unfortunately, one week is not a lot, but we are really happy we have chosen Peru and Kuoda.

A. Plotkin
USA
March 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

It was a trip to remember…

I can’t remember, after the trip, whether I wrote to you to thank you for all you did for my family and me. It was a trip to remember, and I know my two daughters will remember it for the rest of their lives, as will Tracy and I.

I am hopeful that Tracy and I will be in South America within the next two years or so. I would really like to go to Ecuador and Chile, so we’ll contact you when it comes time to plan the itinerary. Tiffany has the travel bug, now, and she is planning to go to Cambodia and Thailand this coming November. I’m wondering if you have any tour companies you could suggest. I know it is a long way from your geographic area, but I was hoping that maybe you have contacts in that area that I might use. A recommendation from you means a lot to me.

G. Krinke
USA
March 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We recently used Kuoda Travel services to acquaint us…

We recently used Kuoda Travel services to acquaint us with the areas near Cusco and Machu Picchu and Colca Canyon. Geri Rodriguez made the arrangements with you several months ago.

I wanted to compliment the guides and drivers we had during our stay in Peru. In Cusco, Theresa and Roberto took care of us and the care was of the first order. Theresa showed herself to be knowledgeable, personable and very patient with us. She filled us with interesting facts about both the history and current situations in the area. Once or twice she was able to quickly and decisively make last minute adjustments to our itinerary to be sure we maximized our time there. In addition, she was very personable and was quick to anticipate our individual needs – even when we hadn’t made them obvious. Our lunch with Aida and Herman in Calca was a highlight. It was obvious that they enjoyed seeing Theresa and it was very nice to have that personal connection with Peruvian family life.

Also Roberto took good care of us and proved to be a very safe and savvy driver. I will personally recommend Theresa to anyone we know who is planning on traveling to Peru and using Kuoda Travel. Please greet her for me.

In Arequipa, Victor and his driver (name forgotten) took us overnight to Colca Canyon. He too proved to possess a lot of knowledge of the area and was a good guide. Thank you for your help in making our trip a grand success. I’m sure we’ll use your services when we visit Peru again.

G. Merseth
USA
March 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

We all had a fantastic time…

We were so happy to have Betsheila as our primary guide…can’t say enough good things about her. She kept a perfect schedule, yet we never felt rushed. She had in-depth knowledge about every place we visited and always kept everything interesting. On a personal level, she really clicked with our group and we feel like we made our first Peruvian friend. Nicknamed “Denis the Menace” on Day 1, our driver was always professional and was never a menace on the roadways. We always felt safe with him and he always kept the van spotless.

Edson was great, checking in with me nightly to make sure all was well. Really outstanding service. Hotel-wise, we were blown away by the casitas at Sol y Luna…definitely a highlight of the trip. Hatun Inti was nice enough except for a couple of issues. All of that being said, we had the trip of lifetime. The cultural activities planned were spot-on with what we were looking for. This was a first private tour for all of us, and it was a great experience. I would absolutely recommend Kuoda to any of my friends and family without reservation. You all did an outstanding job…thanks Tom.

D. Kalira
USA
March 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

It’s been a while since our trip, but wanted to relate to you how very much Daryl and I loved Peru and the trip…

Everything was far and above our expectations. Everything went very smoothly expect for the Puno part – there seemed to be an issue with our bus reservations [which your guide handled very well] then ran into same situation at the hotel in Puno – again the guide there handled very professionally – and of course the mess up with the time of our flight back to Lima – different from our itinerary and getting us in too late to get to the museum that we had planned – but all worked out in the end.

The guide in Puno was great. But have to tell you that we both really loved Shelia in Cusco – Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu – how lucky for us that we had her for the longest time. She is a gem – not only knowledgeable and a wealth of information but she really made us feel that it was our time to spend where we wanted to. I can’t praise her enough!!!! The home lunch at Ida’s was incredible – the meal was by far the best we had in Peru and what a wonderful couple – was one of our highlights of the trip.

C. Zionce
USA
February 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

What a wonderful time we had in Peru…

Wanted to let you know we are back home and to say what a wonderful time we had in Peru. It was so nice to have all our arrangements made and everything taken care of for us. We loved our guides and driver and the lovely accommodations.

Kathy Stanwix
USA
January 2011
Peru Luxury Tour

Thanks for a wonderful time…

We all had a wonderful time, even though it was brief. Kuoda (and Edson) did a great job in coordinating our travel, as we hopped from city to city, from plane to car, to bus to boat. Traveling with children in unfamiliar surroundings is never easy and your professional staff made it stress-free for us, allowing us to enjoy the beauty and charm of your country.

The guides – especially Luis in Puerto Maldonado and Gabby in Cuzco/Machu Picchu were excellent. They accommodated our needs, were flexible when they needed to be, while still managing to get us through our program. Very professional of them! Thanks again for a wonderful time and keep up the good work!

S.Rajgopal
USA
January 2011
Peru Luxury Tour

Thank you for all of your help in getting our trip organized…

I know it was last minute and appreciate all of your effort and keeping us informed. Have recommended Kuoda to all of my friends and also on Fodors blog. Well, it was too bad to have to revert to our normal routines here, but we had this “Machu Picchu high” that lasted for several days after we got back, which made things much easier. Thanks so much to you, Rina, Willy, Cesar and Edson for making things work so well and for finding such great things for us to do and places to stay. (We enjoyed meeting you, too.) We have already forwarded our itinerary to several neighbors who want to take a similar trip, and you may expect to hear from them. Machu Picchu obviously is an experience without comparison. We were extremely glad, on balance, that we were there in the rainy season — it must be unbearably hot and crowded, or at least a lot less magical, in the (US) summer. We’ve been making that point to friends who have asked about going. All the other Inca ruins we saw were also much more impressive than we had expected, especially Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

We had some concern about the visits to the Andean village and Awanakancha — we were afraid either that they might be tourist traps or that we would feel like the indigenous people were embarrassed to be showing off for us. But they were both very pleasant visits. Lunch with the artist’s family (I’m sorry I’ve forgotten their name) was also really enjoyable. The se�ora is very gracious and funny, and a good cook.

The Inkaterra MP was extraordinary. There probably is some virtue in staying at the Sanctuary, but Inkaterra and its extensive grounds were gorgeous and we would stay there again if we came back. The food was also especially good. Sol & Luna was also a little spot of paradise, with equally good food. Casa San Blas was less distinctive, but the view was certainly impressive from the upstairs patio. Limo is a great place. They went far out of their way to be helpful and to accommodate us once we mentioned Kuoda to them. The food was outstanding and the view of the New Year’s festivities was unsurpassed. The service was also exceptional.

You should steer people to Cusco for New Year’s if that’s feasible and suggest they make reservations well in advance– we were just there by coincidence, but what a coincidence! Spending the first night at the airport hotel was wise. The DoubleTree in Lima was very nice and in a good neighborhood for walking around. We ended up just doing a paseo from there to the nearby parks. Rosa Nautica is expensive and the service was kind of slow, but the food was excellent and the setting is beautiful. On balance we would go there again. Rina could not have been warmer or more considerate. She clearly loves showing people the Inca ruins — it comes out in her work. She gave us an understanding of and appreciation for what we were seeing that we could never have had on our own.

Once again, a spectacular trip, and we were very happy we chose Kuoda to help arrange it!

J. & K. Conrad,
USA
January 2011
Peru Luxury Travel

It was a great trip…

Thanks, Tom. It was a great trip, with lots of great photos. Thanks, and we’ll reach out next time we head down to Peru.

Hallman/Mesman Family
USA
January 2011
Peru Luxury Tour

We are all back in our regular orbits and missing Peru greatly…

I wouldn’t mind moving there! First of all, thank you for putting together a great itinerary, and managing perfectly all the numerous travel arrangements – from flight and hotel bookings, van rentals, excellent guides, and that most wonderful lunch we had at Ida’s house! It was nice of you to come and meet with us when we re ached Cusco… made the experience more personal.

Kuoda’s choice of hotels was perfect, as was the choice of guides like Maria and Jose Louis. Both were very knowledgeable, diligent in managing our travel, and a pleasure to interact with. Fernando at Refugio was terrific as well – he arranged extra hikes to satisfy our need to experience more of the forest. Thanks also to Lewis Guerra who received us in the Lima airport late at night when we came in from Houston. Happy New Year to you and the rest of the Kuoda family!

Mukerji Family
USA
January 2011
Peru Luxury Tour

Para nosotros el viaje a Peru fue inolvidable!

La atencion que usted y todos los de Kuoda pusieron en todos los detalles hizo que nuestro viaje saliera perfecto! No tengo las palabras suficientes para agradecerle a usted y a Kuoda por habernos organizado un viaje tan lindo donde no nos teniamos que preocupar de NADA menos pasarla bien!

Los hoteles estuvieron lindos, los vehiculos de transporte nuevos y limpios, los choferes y guias amables, y los restaurantes con comida muy rica. Todos en nuestra familia seguimos recordando y platicando lo increible que estuvo este viaje! Mil gracias!

El Hotel Miraflores, como usted nos habia dicho, es un hotel muy bonito con muy buen servicio y habitaciones muy lindas. Mi hermana no tuvo ningun problema en tener a sus tres hijos en una habitacion — creo que usted les habia hecho la reservacion para una mini-suite. Que habitacion! La habitacion tenia un jacuzzi, del tamano de una picina pequena, y un sauna dentro del cuarto! Los ninos se la pasaron de maravilla ahi!

A nosotros nos encanto llegarla a conocer en persona. Que linda que vino a vernos la noche de año nuevo. Espero que se la haya pasado muy bien con su familia festejando la llegada del 2011. Nosotoros cenamos en el hotel y luego nos fuimos para la Plaza. Que experiencia!!

Despues de hechar las fotos que no nos gustaron, nos quedamos como con 1300! … le mando la que es para mi mi favorita, no porque es la mas bonita, ni porque es la que esta mejor tomada, ni es la mas turistica, sino porque es la que mejor captura lo bien que la pasamos nosotros (los primos) y todos nuestros hijos. … Espero que la disfrute usted tambien! La foto es de nuestros hijos y fue tomada en Machu Picchu cerca del Recinto del Guardian.

Le mando saludos carinosos de toda nuestra familia, y le deseamos un 2011 lleno de salud y felicidad.

E. Schlusselberg
USA
January 2011
Peru Luxury Tour

Both Filippo and I were quite pleased with the trip and the work you did to make it special…

From my point of view the highlights were our guide in Cuzco and Machu Picchu as she made all that she took us to come alive. We found her knowledgeable, enthusiastic and quite personable.

We were so happy that we decided to stay at the Monasterio as it too was one of the trip highlights. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend Kuoda and have already told my travel agent about you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

A. Gottlieb
USA
January 2011
Peru Luxury Tour

A wonderful time we had in Peru…

Wanted to let you know we are back home and to say what a wonderful time we had in Peru. It was so nice to have all our arrangements made and everything taken care of for us. We loved our guides and driver and the lovely accommodations. Thank you so much!

K. Stanwix
USA
January 2011
Peru Luxury Tour

We had a fantastic trip…

We loved Peru and the service of Kuoda Travel. As I found your company from positive reviews, I would now like to add mine as well.

J. Wilson
USA
December 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Regarding Kuoda and your services…

I have only one complaint. You guys are so unbelievably fantastic that everyone else pales in comparison! We felt totally spoiled by Kuoda. Edward was the most astonishingly great guide; Miguel was warm and friendly always; Edson was always there orchestrating – it was such an outstanding experience that really has been unmatched by anyone else.

The trip was truly fantastic. I know I can speak for us both to say it ended up being a trip of a lifetime. I am now a huge iguana fan! I think I have at least 200 photos of the little guys! I really do feel Kuoda is a very special company that is devoted to customer service and delivers. I have had enough experiences (such as being abandoned in Morocco) with travel companies that I do know you really are exceptional – a best travel agency.

I am so glad I came upon your site and we both thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you again, Jerusha. You did a fantastic job of planning the perfect vacation. I have already given your name to three people who are thinking of going to Peru.

P. Worock
Canada
November 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thank you for all you did to make this journey so memorable…

I have had a very busy week since my return from Peru. I still can’t believe that I was actually there! I told you that I cried when I finally saw Machu Picchu. It was a fantastic journey filled with surprises. Kuoda was above and beyond all my expectations. We could not have asked for anything more.

The hotels that we stayed at were wonderful. Our favorite was San Blas in Cusco. We also loved El Albergue in Ollantaytambo. I think we had the very best room. The view was wonderful. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. And then there was Ernesto. What a gem. We could not have had a better guide. He was so passionate about his heritage. He treated us like we were family. What a very intelligent man.

Louis, our driver, was so cute. Even though he could not understand us, we made sure he was part of all the laughs we had. And we certainly laughed a lot. I hope that Ernesto had as good a time as we did. Cesar, our driver in Lima, was also wonderful. We were not with him as much, but he is a very knowledgeable man. We enjoyed him. Oh Jerusha, thank you so much for being patient with all my questions and concerns. I had no need to worry. I will return to Peru and see all the sights that we did not have time to explore on this trip.

Thank you again for all you did to make this journey so memorable.

M. DiMauro
USA
November 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We had simply the best time…

Thanks for helping us plan a completely perfect honeymoon. Hard to note highlights since every single part was new and interesting, not to mention fun and luxurious. Perhaps if we had to choose, highlights would be cooking with the chef in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu of course (we in particular loved our hotel) and Cusco was ridiculously beautiful. Actually every single accommodation we had was perfect. Thank you again!

J. and J. Thom
Canada
November 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We loved Peru!

The trip you planned for us was perfect! Kati, our guide, from Cusco was the best. We couldn’t have gotten any better. We had no problems that I saw the whole time and when we wanted to change a few things, it was no problem. We can’t thank you enough. We are telling everyone how great Peru is and hope someone else decides to go. If they do I’ll send them your way. Thanks again.

J. Cozze
USA
November 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thanks for a great experience!

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Peru thanks to Kuoda’s excellent service! Kathy and Alicia were very knowledgeable and I left knowing that I learned a lot about Peru. The drivers were also excellent as well as other staff that checked on my happiness almost daily. All the hotels were wonderful and the food was fantastic.

Thanks for a great experience!

R. Stowe
USA
November 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

What a trip – it was wonderful!

Thank you, thank you all!! I think we were most impressed by Peru’s diversity, geographic as well as cultural! Since we had previously spent some time in Peru’s Amazon, we were intrigued by the dramatic differences on the coast and in the highlands.

There is something unique to see every few miles! We could easily spend more time in the beautiful cities of Cusco and Arequipa; Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca are fascinating; and meeting the ladies and children in the highland village was certainly a memorable stop for us. Peruvian people are some of the warmest we’ve met in the world. And of course, the food – we loved it, even the cuy!! The local guides were experts, which, for us, made our Peru tour one of the best experiences in all our travels.

You managed everything! When we actually had to start paying attention to the plane tickets home, I felt like we were coming out of a dream! Jerusha, from the moment we first talked, I felt comfortable that we were in good hands. You perfectly tailored the itinerary to our interests, physical abilities and timeframe. And during the entire two weeks of the trip, the guides and Edson regularly asked about our satisfaction with the tour, showing a sincere interest in our personal level of comfort and expectation.

Your team finds the best guides and very safety conscious drivers! Each guide reviewed with us the following day’s itinerary, and without fail, we were met on time. And it seemed to us (we asked!) that there is a mutual respect between the guides and people at Kuoda, with everyone committed to providing us, the clients, with the best possible experience. Kudos to you, Mery, and your excellent team at Kuoda!

L. and L. Lutchansky
USA
October 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Without doubt one of our best trips ever!

I am not really sure where to begin and how to put into words my feelings about our recent trip to Peru. Without doubt one of our best trips ever and Kuoda had a lot to do with it. The beauty of the country and warmth of the Peruvian people was reflected in the people who work at Kuoda.

From the moment we arrived and were met at the airport, we knew we were in good hands. Kuoda made us feel comfortable and that we were taken care of by friends and family. A truly worry-free experience with attention to detail. Always prompt pick-ups and itineraries that were customized on a daily basis to enhance our experience. A special thanks to Sheila who spoke with enthusiasm and great knowledge about her homeland. She became like a close relative who shared her country with us. Miguel, Senior Siesta, who made us feel safe on those crazy back roads. Thank you.

To Edson who worked hard behind the scenes to make sure everything worked like clock-work, even making phone calls to us along the way to make sure we were doing OK. We appreciate all he did. To Mery who met us at the airport at the end of our holidays. She is beautiful inside and out. Thanks for almost making us cry when we left. Peru will have a special place in our heart and so will all our new friends and family at Kuoda. The small local tour company that could and did come through for us.

Dr. Ch. Migas
Canada
October 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We have had more than we can count on this trip…

First of all we want to thank you SOOO much for the amazing dinner at Cicciolina…it was beyond our expectations. I tried cuy for the first time…had it as an appetizer in a confit served over a yellow mash of potatoes. DELICIOUS!!. We all agreed the rest of the dinner was equally wonderful. Next, we want to thank you for upgrading our rooms here in Puno. They are beautiful and HUGE and the service is lovely. What a treat!! Our guide here, Jose, is a doll and we have enjoyed him so much. It’s really a plus that you hire guides that have grown up in the area where they are guiding…it makes the trip seem even more personal.

Mery, you are running a first-rate organization – a best travel agency. We loved the lunch experience today at the little family run restaurant on Taquile. There was a larger group there as well, but Jose asked them to seat us in the family’s courtyard area…so it was our own little private dining room on the shores of the magnificent lake, with the children playing at our feet. It was another “It doesn’t get any better than this” moment…of which we have had more than we can count on this trip.

L. Frey and Party
USA
October 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Very much enjoyed meeting you in Cusco during our trip to Peru…

Our trip was fantastic! We saw and experienced much more than we had expected, due entirely to your careful planning and our knowledgeable guides. Our hotels were all excellent, as were the restaurants where we were able to enjoy authentic Peruvian cuisine.

You really do offer customized travel and unique and unforgettable travel experiences!! We’re already thinking about another trip to Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. We would be remiss if we did not tell you about our wonderful guides and drivers.

Katherina and Carlos were a great team; Katherina taught us a great deal about Peruvian culture and the everyday lives of the Peruvian people. We especially enjoyed our visit to the lady weavers in the Andean community. Our guide in Puno, David, treated us to a visit to a pre-Incan temple on Taquile Island and he performed a ritual passed down from his father.

Our host in Lima, Cesar, was extremely helpful in getting us in and out of the airport, driving us around town, and telling us about life in Lima. And it was comforting to know that Edson was tracking our travels during our visit. Thank you, again, for your hospitality.

P. and K. Leonard
USA
September 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Kuoda exceeded our expectations in every way…

We had a fabulous trip! Kuoda absolutely exceeded our expectations in every way. The tour guides and drivers were amazing! We were especially thankful to everyone that worked so hard to still get us to Machu Picchu with the recent strike. We took over 800 pictures! I will send a few select pictures to you along with some of the trip highlights. Thanks again for everything!

M. B. Rowles
USA
September 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

A wonderful trip!

I wanted to follow up with you to thank you and Kuoda Travel again for a wonderful trip. So first – thank you again VERY much from my entire family. I could not have imagined a better introduction to Peru. You have an expert and experienced team and the friendliness, knowledge, and attention to detail of your staff is among the best I have experienced in many years of travel across five continents.

Mery, thanks again for sharing your team with us (in particular, please thank Marie Teresa again!) and all the best to Kuoda in future.

D. Vance and Family
USA
September 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thanks again for the great service of your whole staff…

Thanks again for the great service of your whole staff, esp. the Cusco staff. It was a pleasure to meet Mery and good of her to take me shopping for sweaters. Very good trip.

P. and J. Condon
USA
September 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thank you very much on behalf of the group!!…

I want to thank you for the good planning and execution of our trip, which matched our expectations and will be kept in our memories for long time. We enjoyed very much the Amazonas jungle, specially the Refugio Amazonas Lodge which was very unique. Cusco was a great fun, the rafting was enjoyable and challenging in a decent level.

The Inca Trail was, with no doubt, the peak of the trip – remarkable views, good guide, excellent food and a true physical challenge. The idea to add the Titicaca Floating Islands was very good. The trip to the Bolivian desert was also very nice, great views. All the hotels were very good. So, basically everything was great, and I want to thank you very much on behalf of the group!!

D. Steinfeld and party
Israel
September 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

The entire trip was wonderful and well planned…

Everyone was wonderful from Kuoda. You did a great job. We would absolutely recommend Kuoda and use you again if we travel to the area. The highlights were the people and scenery. You are great and we so appreciate your attention. All-in-all a great experience. Hasta Luego!”

S. Albright and party
USA
September 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Our experience in Peru was perfect…

Thanks to Kuoda. The planned itinerary was excellent, the execution was flawless, we were grateful for the constant attention and support including the quick reaction to the bag forgotten in a van. We are very grateful. Thank you!

D. Kahneman and Family
USA
August 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

It was a great experience travelling with you…

Let me first tell you that it was a great experience travelling with you. Everything went smoothly, according to the plan, with no problems. The guides were all excellent (especially Sheila). We were very happy to meet you personally in Cusco and we share the same warm feelings with you. Again, we all thank you very much.

I . Domb and party
Israel
August 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Peru was wonderful and I would recommend your company to anyone thinking of going…

We had a great time. We really enjoyed the guides, Delford in the jungle was amazing, Luis was fabulous, Lisabeth was great and Magally, you couldn’t not look at her and not want to smile back. Manuel was kind also. Peru was wonderful and I would recommend your company to anyone thinking of going. You do run a very organized company and the trip was very smooth and professional. It was a first for us to have guides like this. Thank you

C. Reysbergen
USA
August 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

You and your staff did such a great job I will be forever grateful…

I am been very busy since I got home but wanted to share my thoughts with you on our trip. First of all Rudy did an outstanding job as did our driver, who kept the car very clean and drove with the utmost care. We all are very independent travelers and have never used a tour company or guides before. But this trip we only had a few days in Peru and knew that this was too special of a place for us to try to do by ourselves. So we turned our trust over to you and a fine job you did.

I feel that we got 110% of our money’s worth and this trip was worth every cent. I could have not done a better job myself even for two times the price. The accommodations, food and transportation were all very comfortable and made you feel more “local” then tourist. Rudy really kept an eye out for us and made sure we had a good time and took very good care of us. You and your staff did such a great job I will be forever grateful.

P. Lemieux and party
USA
August 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

It’s time to say thank you!! We had a wonderful trip…

We finally got home and unpacked and now it’s time to say thank you!! We had a wonderful trip – truly a once in a lifetime adventure! Your office staff did a perfect job planning our trip, and your field staff (drivers and guides) did an equally perfect job showing us your beautiful country and its friendly people.

The sites were spectacular, the people were some of the most friendly and knowledgeable we’ve ever met, the food was awesome and the hotels… what can I say? The Monasterio is truly world-class, the Sanctuary was a real jewel and being upgraded to the Imperial Suite at the Casa Andina Arequipa was an incredible, unexpected treat.

P.S. Please let us know when you begin planning trips elsewhere in South America. We want to be repeat customers!!

B. Frint
USA
August 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We wanted to thank you for the marvelous time we had in your country…

It’s hard to believe it’s been three weeks since we left Peru – the time has flown. We wanted to thank you for the marvelous time we had in your country and the amazing arrangements you made for us. I feel we got really the best Peru has to offer. Our guides were excellent. We enjoyed meeting you in Cusco, and we wish you the best in the future for you and your growing family.

Aloha (means hello, goodbye and love in Hawaiian)!

W. and L. Jong
USA
July 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

The memories will be with us forever…

We had a great time in Peru and really appreciate all the work you and everyone at Kuoda put in to make sure our vacation was wonderful. The memories will be with us forever. A big THANK YOU to our guides; they were the best!! Please say hi to Ruben, Edward and Evan for us. Their knowledge and enthusiasm made for a fun and educational trip. Ruben’s knowledge of the flora and fauna of the jungle was incredible, and I know we saw a lot of things other groups didn’t because of his knowledge and willingness to spend a little more time to really make sure we enjoyed things.

Edward was my personal favorite. Again I was amazed by his knowledge of the history and the area. I especially liked the way he related to Conor and Maegan. They both had a great time largely because of the guides. What made the trip really special were the more personal touches like the trip to the village to meet and watch the women weave.

Richards Family
USA
July 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We really enjoyed our trip – Kuoda did a great job…

The guides were all fantastic – both the Kuoda guides and the Llama Path guides on the Inca trail. They were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The drivers also did a phenomenal job. We’ve organized “private” tours previously, but we’ve never had a company that gave us such personal attention.

It’s wonderful that you take the time to personally meet all of your clients and show them how passionate you are about making their tour a success. Your team shares this enthusiasm as well. We would certainly recommend Kuoda to others considering travel in Peru. Please extend our thanks to your team – hopefully we will meet again in the future!

J. and C. Bernick
USA
July 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

You planned and executed a superb itinerary…

My family and I just returned from our trip to Peru and still, two weeks later, we all have a glow from our incredible experience. You planned and executed a superb itinerary. Truly, it was a hassle-free trip (which, when traveling internationally, is no small feat.) Lourdes, our guide for most of the trip, had the trifecta of the perfect guide: 1) knowledgeable, 2) flexible, and 3) patient. She was our “Inca Mama” and our trip simply would not have been the same without her. I’ve attached a photo of her here, taken during our visit to Machu Picchu.

Thank you for your professionalism, your attention to detail, and your thoroughness, from booking to our farewell dinner in Cusco. I will not be able to recommend Kuoda highly enough to anyone considering a trip to Peru.

B. Costello
USA
June 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Barbara and I would like to express our great appreciation…

Barbara and I would like to express our great appreciation for all that you, and your staff did to make our recent vacation to Ecuador and Peru so memorable. Tonight, we have been downloading our pictures which brought back so many fond memories (together we have taken over 2500 pictures, which we will need to consolidate before showing them to our friends).

The drivers were all very knowledgeable and courteous, and the guides were helpful, understanding, especially sympathetic to Barbara’s bronchitis, and my shoulder issues. They made the trips enjoyable and personable with their detailed knowledge of the places we visited, their English was outstanding, and their grasp of vocabulary brilliant. Sometimes, information can just be poured at you so that your mind ceases to take it in, but your guides made visiting each location not only interesting, but memorable too.

I would like to think that they too enjoyed their time with us as much as we did with them. The hotels that you selected for us were comfortable, safe, and centrally located to all the places that we could want to see on our own and your recommendations for restaurants equally good. All-in-all, this was a wonderful, well-scheduled, and thoroughly organized private trip, and we appreciate your patience in working with us over the months of planning to get it “just right”.

We were met by your representatives on time, and as scheduled in our detailed itinerary, which we were able to alter as circumstances required, or as we requested; the guides, and drivers being only too pleased to work with us to anticipate our needs.

We really enjoyed the variety of travel methods employed in our itinerary, especially the Galapagos yacht and the Andean train, but most of all just having the private use of a vehicle, driver, and expert guide to reach our destinations in comfort, security, and more importantly, at our own pace. You treated us like family, and for that we are most grateful, and this vacation will long remain in our memory, especially through Barbara’s scrapbook, and my diary, yet to be written.

It is our hope that we may stay in touch and if we can provide to any of your potential customers assurance of your wonderful company, its organizational skills, and its caring attitude, we would be delighted to do so.

Thank you again Mery, for making that extra effort to ensure our vacation was such a success, we certainly appreciated it.

R. and B. Caselton
USA
June 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We had a great time in Peru!

We enjoyed every aspect of our journey, but, of course, the highlight was Machu Picchu. What an amazing place! It exceeded our expectations. We can’t thank you and the entire Kuoda staff enough for such an incredible experience.

Every Kuoda representative that we encountered was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly from Alex and Lisbeth to Marta and our dear driver, Jose Luis. We adored him.

We truly appreciate all of your assistance in putting this fantastic trip together on such short notice. You made it so easy for us. The entire experience from start to finish was wonderful.

Ch. Tucker
USA
June 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thank you for the wonderful trip that you and your team provided to my father and I…

I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful trip that you and your team provided to my father and I. Everything during the trip was wonderful and we were taken care of every step of the way. The itinerary you created for us was perfect, given the length of time we had. My only regret is that I didn’t plan for a longer vacation, because we had such a great time. All of the guides and drivers we had were exceptional, but I have to specifically mention Julio and Miguel.

Miguel has excellent driving skills and his unflappable nature during the occasional difficult (and/or congested) driving conditions was a marvel to us, as we are used to seeing a lot of impatient and discourteous drivers at home. We really enjoyed having Julio as our guide; he is very knowledgeable, helpful and personable.

He helped us try to find the location of a particular shop during our guided tour of Cusco, and when we found that it had moved (requiring a taxi ride out of the historical area of town), he volunteered to meet us the next morning and accompany us to the shop. That he would accompany us on his day off to make sure we found the shop and assist with any necessary language translation was very much appreciated. We really enjoyed both their company.

Being able to see Machu Picchu was the intent of this trip and while it was the highlight, I did not expect to become so enamored with the Sacred Valley’s beauty, culture and the warmth of its people. I think that touring with your company allowed us to connect on a more personal level and I was truly sad to leave. It really did feel like we were leaving friends.

A direct result of how much I enjoyed this trip is that it has created a desire to return, which I hope to do before too much time passes by.

Ch. Lee
USA
June 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

It’s not the little things Kuoda does that makes a difference, it’s everything…

It’s not the little things Kuoda does that makes a difference, it’s everything. From the start of the booking process with the level of information provided and their flexibility, to the final goodbye after touring with each guide, the experience and their service is just exceptional and exceeded all our expectations.

Mery, as Managing Director, has a wonderful team working with her and she sets the standard like her visiting our group with a doctor when two of us were ill and somehow achieving multiple room upgrades for us. It’s obvious that Kuoda is not only popular with those who tour with them but also the properties where Kuoda guests stay.

The final itinerary suggested, after our input, was just perfect for the amount of activities and leisure time. The guides are all very knowledgeable and pitch the level of information provided perfectly. They are also very friendly, good humored and very caring.

The drivers were all excellent and the properties at which we stayed were comfortable and close to the main attractions or organized to reduce travel stress. Rather than just a generic itinerary, Kuoda appear to really think about each individual program to make sure each guest has the best possible experience.

They may be somewhat more expensive than some others but you pay for what you get and what you get with Kuoda is fabulous value for money and a brilliant holiday experience.

R. MacDougall
Australia
June 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

I can whole heartedly recommend Kuoda to anyone who is interested in a great customized tour operator in Peru…

Having just returned from my trip to Peru with Kuoda, I can wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who is interested in a great customized tour operator in Peru. We were impressed with their customer service from the minute we began our email exchanges while working out the itinerary.

We were VERY involved in every location and hotel choice and we asked many, many questions. They never complained and responded quickly to every question. We had certain things in mind and they made some (excellent) recommendations.

We spent the first four days in the Sacred Valley and we absolutely loved the area. The landscapes are amazing and we loved the special events Kouda arranged  a market trip with a local chef in the Sacred Valley followed by him preparing a lunch for us in his restaurant (one of the best meals we had on the entire trip – thanks Ricardo!); and another lunch in the private home of a Peruvian couple which was amazing, both the food and the company. In addition, they took us to a local village which no other tour company visits to see weavers and it was a very moving experience.

All this and I haven’t even mentioned Machu Picchu yet! Our private guide, for most of the trip, Maria Teresa, was so friendly and helpful and she was chock full of knowledge about everything we were seeing. Raul, our driver, was always smiling, extremely conscientious and punctual and, most importantly, an excellent driver! We felt like we were traveling with our friends. As far as we are concerned the convenience, comfort and peace-of -mind offered with a private customized tour (with the best hotels!) is priceless. And Kuoda was by far our best private tour experience to date.

We received 2 phone calls during the trip from Mery Calderon, Kuoda’s Director who arranged our trip, just to check in on us and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. She made a point to come to our hotel in Cusco to meet us to talk about our experiences in Peru. We loved her! Mery Calderon is extremely customer-service focused. That is her true goal.

We were very happy to hear that she has expanded their services to the Galapagos and by next year they will be going to Argentina. We were thrilled as we will definitely travel with them again!!

L. Spina
USA
June 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We had an absolutely wonderful time in Peru…

We Sharmas had an absolutely wonderful time in Peru and I think we want to come back to South America and you bet we will use your agency again. I loved having both Maria and Lisbeth be our guides. They were both so excellent that I actually felt my eyes tear up to say good bye to them. I have already spread the word to two parties from work that are planning a similar trip, so you will be hearing from them soon.

A. Sharma
USA
June 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

The itinerary you planned fit our needs perfectly…

We absolutely loved our days spent with Rudy – he did a fantastic job and was pleasure to be around. His quick wit, brought many laughs. Rudy’s ability to relate his knowledge of Inca history and Peru was extremely helpful and informative – especially for first time visitors. You are very fortunate to have him as part of your team, and we were very fortunate to have him on ours! The itinerary you planned fit our needs perfectly – thank you for paying such good attention to detail.

G. and D. Bergquist
USA
June 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thanks for a first-class experience. We’ll never forget it…

Thank you very much for everything, we had an unforgettable vacation, and Kuoda has been flawless. Marijana has already given our itinerary to her boss, so you might be getting another client. Once again, thanks for a first-class experience. We’ll never forget it.

Dr. M. Budisin
Canada
May 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thank you for the wonderful job your tour company did on our trip…

First, let me thank you for the wonderful job your tour company did on our trip that we completed this morning. We are now home safely. Your company saw to our every need and was very professional. Our guides at each stop were so knowledgeable about the areas we visited.

We have already recommended Kuoda to several people that we have met along the way as we tourists compared the companies we were using. I expect that you will hear from one or more of them.

K. and M. Baker
USA
May 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We never will forget our time in Peru…

Highlights of the trip were Machu Picchu of course, next was the Nazca lines and then the floating islands of Uros. We also really enjoyed seeing how the people live in Peru. It was great just driving through the countryside and seeing day-to-day life. The itinerary that you worked out for us was awesome. We felt like we saw different aspects of Peru, rural and city, as well as different parts of Peru in the short time we had available.

The time layout was good for us. Guides were good. Sheila remains our favorite. We also enjoyed our city tour of Lima as an add-on. Vanessa was fun and interesting! Hope all is well with you. You did a fabulous job for us. We never will forget our time in Peru.

C. and K. Raabe
USA
May 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Kuoda’s philosophy, customized itinerary, and individualized service were perfect…

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We can’t thank you and the whole Kuoda team enough for everything you did to make our vacation in Peru so special. We had always traveled independently in the past so were a little hesitant about the idea of signing up with an agency, but Kuoda’s philosophy, customized itinerary, and individualized service were perfect.

We especially appreciated your flexibility and quick action when a weather delay caused us to miss our connection to Lima. You did a great job rearranging our internal flights, hotels, and itinerary at the last minute to make sure we didn’t miss out on anything.

The attention to every detail made the trip hassle-free for us and we saw and learned so much more than we could have on our own – the weavers in the local village, the private music demonstration and the trip to the local food market in Cusco were fantastic.

All of the guides and drivers were extremely knowledgeable and professional and we really enjoyed our time with them. (Not to slight anyone else, but Kathy and Freddie are outstanding!) Peru is a beautiful country and the people are amazing. We hated to leave and would come back in a minute!

Thank you again for sharing and for being such wonderful hosts.

B. and P. DeSalvo
USA
May 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

It was our pleasure to have your company in Cusco…

Pity the time we spent together was too short. Thank you for all the arrangements, we appreciate the effort and care you took in the selection of the places we stayed at, our various guides and drivers who were all wonderful and really made our vacation very enjoyable indeed.

E. Tan
USA
May 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

The trip was great, thanks to the Kuoda Team…

The trip was great, thanks to the Kuoda Team, who organized our 15 day trip to Peru, from the jungle trip, the Sierra, as well as to Lake Titicaca, with memorable experiences that will be treasured for years to come. If there is one highlight to mention it has to be the visit to Machu Picchu.

The first time we saw the Lost City of the Inca, we were speechless; pictures cannot really do justice to it. On the second day of our visit, it was all misty and dreamlike, so unreal. We also enjoyed the gourmet experience at Sol Y Luna in The Sacred Valley. It was a nice surprise, unexpected. That was also the first time we tried Cuy, which was delicious. We also tasted Alpaca during lunch at the Andean Explorer, which looked and tasted like beef.

A. and S. Santojo
Canada
May 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thank you and the Kuoda team for fantastic two weeks in Peru!…

I wanted to thank you and the Kuoda team for an absolutely fantastic two weeks in Peru! We loved it and wanted to stay longer. Cusco and Machu Picchu were breathtaking and Las Arenas de Mancora was perfect! Really!

D. Force
USA
April 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We wanted to tell you how happy we were with the trip…

We wanted to tell you how happy we were with the trip, and how much we appreciate the efforts by you and your staff to get us through our whirlwind trip of southern Peru. We have a lot of great memories from the two weeks we spent in the various locations.

The guides were great and very kid-friendly (our son still misses Eduard from Cusco). And getting the blanket we left on the bus in Puno back to us before we left the country was over the top in terms of service – we could not have been happier.

J. Eakle
USA
April 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

Thank you for treating us like honored family members during our 11-day stay…

Thank you, Mery Calderon, for running Kuoda, a “class-act company,” hand-picking “cream-of-the crop” staff, and treating us like honored family members during our 11-day stay. Our personal guides, Maria-Teresa, Carlos, and Alvaro, as well as personal drivers, Freddie and George, each did their best to contribute towards a seamlessly performed plan from our welcoming arrival, to our reluctant departure.

Unfortunately there is so much to Peru, that those 11-days barely touched the heart of the country. We came as tourists, left as friends, and look forward to our return. You are the best, and you’ve made us really care about the Peruvian people we’ve had the pleasure to meet, especially your staff.

T. and R. Gunter
USA
April 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We are back in Dallas after an amazing trip!

I can’t say enough wonderful things about you, the guides and the way our whole trip ran so smoothly. I’ll send you a more detailed email later, but I just wanted to say thank you!!!! We all loved Percy and Carlos!! They were amazing!

L. Corson
USA
April 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We have loved this tour. Peru is an incredible country…

Great to meet you last night. I was a bit tired and it’s always a little difficult to have a conversation with the kids – especially Drew – around. As I told you we have loved this tour. Peru is an incredible country. We are so sorry that we don’t have more time here. Sheila has been so great to us. We will miss her a lot!! I know how hard you and your staff worked to make this trip successful for us – and it truly was. All the best.

H. Floger
USA
March 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

A memorable, fun and exciting trip!

The kids arrived home in the middle of the night on Monday. Leah called around 10 a.m. the next morning to tell me of their wonderful time and how much you and your staff did to make the trip, not only memorable, but fun and exciting. She did not have a negative thing to say and she said that everything was just perfectly planned for them.

Leah has her photos on Facebook and my friends are telling me that they are fabulous pictures. I don’t belong to Facebook, so I haven’t seen them yet. Our family went out to dinner on Tuesday evening to our favorite Mexican restaurant…Don Jose’s. Eric and Leah shared a lot more about their time in Peru and their Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. They were so impressed with Raul. Eric and Leah said that their porters were dressed in nice attire with sturdy hiking boots. They said that it wasn’t the case with other groups and they felt sorry for groups with porters that only had sandals to walk that difficult terrain.

Both thought that the meals along the Inca Trail were delicious. Eric was wishing for the pancakes with the caramel sauce again. It was so neat that you incorporated so much culture and history into the tour and it was especially nice to meet the Peruvian people and see their villages and homes.

During their short time in Lima on the final day, they bought my granddaughter (their niece) a lovely handmade adoptable doll named “Chaska.”

Mery, we cannot thank you and your staff at Kuoda enough for making Leah and Eric’s trip to Peru an amazing experience.

M. Russell
USA
February 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

We want to thank you very much for this wonderful trip to Peru…

It was really fantastic. We travel a lot, but never felt in such careful hands. The people in Kuoda were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. And what’s more, we felt how they sincerely love their native country. We wish you and your company all the best. Warmest regards from the coldest Moscow (- 25 ºC)

A. and L. Nikolaev
Russia
January 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

The trip was a wonderful adventure for us…

Happy holidays to you and your wonderful staff! May the new year be fantastically prosperous for you. We had a nice reunion of our travelers in late November. We all agreed that the trip was a wonderful adventure for us, and the planning you put into it made for an itinerary that was perfectly suited to our group’s travel desires. It was a busy schedule, and for a group of seniors it was strenuous, but we all agreed we didn’t see how it could have been changed without having to omit something or extend the time of our travels. Once again, thanks for your help. It made for an unforgettable trip for us all.

D. Olander
USA
January 2010
Peru Luxury Tour

This is an overdue thank you for your support during our trip last month…

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We appreciated the time that you took to take us to dinner and listen to our reactions to our trip experiences. We also want to thank you for the chocolates and wine which were delivered to our room in Cusco. It was a very thoughtful and considerate (and delicious) gesture, which we enjoyed very much. Thanks again.

J. Robbins
USA
December 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

Our wonderful trip with friends over the holiday season

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Dear Mery and all our wonderful friends at Kuoda,
I hope you did not think that we had forgotten you. On the contrary, we think of you very often and even spoke of our wonderful trip with friends over the holiday season. They were very impressed and were thinking of visiting Peru, but it turns out the wife cannot be at high altitudes above 8,000 feet, so I think they will not be able to come unless they skip some of the really wonderful sites that Peru has to offer. We loved the wonderful pictures you sent, which remind us of our visit to the local village. It is always delightful to see the smiling faces of the children. Every day I enter my front door and see some of the beautiful objects we purchased there. So all of you and Peru are very much with us all year round.

A. and J. Levine
USA
December 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

Mil gracias por todo, fue un viaje tan hermoso…

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Mil gracias por todo, fue un viaje tan hermoso… la gente, los paisajes, la comida, nuestro extraordinario Edgar que no podría haber sido mas agradable, atento y por cierto con un conocimiento y pasión por la cultura, historia de Perú que quedamos encantados.

Un gran abrazo.

C. and M. Igonda
Argentina
December 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

I have recently returned from a six-day Peru trip organized by Kuoda and I was extremely satisfied…

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A guide assisted me in the Lima airport in the transition from the international to domestic flight to Cuzco. In Cuzco, my two travel companions and I were greeted by Mery Calderon, who had planned our itinerary and helped us with every detail, who has a wonderful warm personality and who kept checking with us every night to see if all was well.

Our guide Kathy and driver Anthony took great care of us for the next five days, meeting us each morning at our hotels and taking us around to different sites. We have learned so much from Kathy about the Inca history, Peru’s beautiful country, culture and people, she took us on a great hike along the valley in Maras and through Machu Picchu, we browsed through open markets in several towns. She gave us great tips on how to spend our free time and went out of her way to help with anything we needed. She has such a sunny personality and many useful contacts at her fingertips.

We always felt safe in our driver’s Anthony’s hands. He was courteous, efficient, and extremely nice and kind, we just loved him. The comfortable new van was roomy and always clean, bottled water always available for all of us.

Another Kuoda guide, Percy, who we previously met by chance on a train with another group, helped us kindly with a problem at Huayna Picchu gate when we were on our own time.

Kuoda is extremely reliable, they employ the most wonderful people and I would definitely use them again and recommend them to everyone who wants to spend a quality time in Peru and have a great fun at the same time.

D. Pesels
USA
December 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

Just a short note to let you know that we all had a great time in Peru…

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Your planning and itinerary was just right. Edward was a super guide, fluent in English and knowledgeable about all things Peru; Mario was a very safe and reliable driver. Please convey our thanks to Mery for the nice dinner at the Alhambra, and the wine and chocolates in the hotel room was a very nice touch.

Kuoda has assembled a very professional and outstanding team. Your showing up at the Libertador was a pleasant surprise, glad that we all got to meet you! Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2010, and hoping that some day we will work together again in planning another fun vacation in South America.

O. Seng
USA
December 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

Kuoda far exceeded our expectations and we had a really wonderful trip of a lifetime!

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As we told Mery at the airport in Cusco, Kuoda far exceeded our expectations and we had a really wonderful trip of a lifetime! Kuoda does an excellent job and those little extra touches (like the treats in our hotel room and the water bottle holders) made us feel very special. It was all great, but I think what struck me the most was how much all of you did to personalize the trip for us and give us a unique experience we could not have had with anyone else. Ricardo is a delight and I will never forget the ladies of Umasbamba.

D. Foster
USA
November 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

We had the most excellent experience

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It’s already 2 weeks after we came back from our trip. We had the most excellent experience and a great encounter con las vistas, la gente y la cultura peruana.
El viaje era (was) en muy bueno ambiente y tu eres la mejor. Muchas gracias para todo, ha sido un placer y le deseo todo le mejor.

T. and A. Levit
Israel
November 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

It was an AMAZING, INCREDIBLE trip…

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It took some adjusting, but am getting back in to the “normal” schedule post Peru 😉 It was an AMAZING, INCREDIBLE trip. A huge thanks to Kuoda who played such an integral part in making it such an enjoyable trip. It’s really a top-notch agency, so thank you! Please extend my thanks and gratitude to the entire team… everyone did a fabulous job!

A. Torani
USA
October 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

The best trip we have EVER taken…

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Still can’t believe we’re home and not in Cusco anymore. I know why you stayed. What a wonderful place. I will have a full letter with lots of photos for you in a week or so but let me just say “WOW”! My husband and I have literally travelled around the world ten times and being in Cusco and the Valley with Edward and Freddie was, perhaps, the best trip we have EVER taken. Will write a better, more coherent letter in a bit, but for now, thank you for the trip of our lives.

G. and D. Moore
USA
October 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

What an AMAZING time we had!

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We made it back to Kentucky safe and sound a couple of hours ago. I think I can speak for both of us on what an AMAZING time we had! We can certainly put together some highlights and send some pics your way via flickr. It was great meeting you and we cannot thank you enough for your patience with us and working out an ideal package that encompassed the many wonderful facets Peru has to offer.

A. and H. Youngblood
USA
October 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

Thank you for the very good job you did organizing our tour…

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I want to thank you for the very good job you did organizing our tour and all the staff (they were very nice with us, especially in the days when Fausta felt sick). We were back in Italy Saturday afternoon, after the stops I told you in Cartagena (beautiful) and Aruba, which was perfect for the last 4 days of complete relaxing but the best memories still are from Peru and its beautiful people! We had a funny last day in Lima too, where we enjoyed some fantastic ceviche!

M. and F. Dal Monte
Italy
October 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

Still awestruck by our trip to Peru

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After being home for a few weeks, and going through about 2000 photos, we are still awestruck by our trip to Peru.  We have not finished making our album, but when we get the photos together, we will send you a disc.

I am interested in going to Equador and the Galapagos Islands for a trip with my entire family (6)  in 2011.  When is the best time to go?  We were hoping to go in early January, but that may not be the best time.  We are not in a hurry to book now, I am just beginning to compile into.  Thanks for everything.

B. & R.. Heller
USA
October 2009
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Impressed with the Whole Experience

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We arrived home yesterday morning and are slowly getting back into the swing of things at home. I am so thankful for all your help making our tour such a wonderful experience. We were really impressed with the whole experience, from beginning to end, with Kuoda. Everyone we encountered associated with the company were wonderful people, professional in every way. Our guides were well informed and courteous, the drivers skilled and courteous, the accommodations lovely, the meals along the way were always a special treat. As was the bottle of wine and the chocolates in our room in Cusco! We all had a great time.

A. and D. Welford
USA
October 2009
Peru Luxury Tour

We had a terrific time

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Well we both thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We both felt that the hosts and guides and drivers really catered to us and the restaurants and hotels that you picked were delightful. I thought that Macchu Picchu would be the highlight of the trip for us but the visit to the jungle and the Urkos Islands and even the little village of Chinchero were each exceptional in their own way and anyone one of these visits would have made the entire trip worthwhile.

For feedback, both Monta and I agreed that the bus ride from Cusco to Puno was super long. It was nice to see so much of the country, but it would have been nicer to have a shorter journey. Also, Monta and I had never had a cooking class and it was interesting to see how Richard prepared his dishes. We both felt that he served us too much food. It was very good… just too much.

I am feeling much better now. I did see my doctor here in the US and he did put me on some strong doses of antibiotics. Even with the extra strength imodium I was still have symptoms. I am doing fine now. Thank you for asking and thank you to both Edgar and Ceasar for “guiding” me to the proper pharmacies.

Again… we had a terrific time and feel so fortunate to have had such a wonderful trip, in such a beautiful country with such an exceptional staff ushering us to every stop on our itinerary. Thank you so much for the wonderful trip.

V. Lemke
USA
October 2009
Peru trip

Memorable trip

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Hi Mery!!

Thanks to you also for a memorable trip. It was everything we could hope for. We’ve been obsessively editing photos and we’ll send them soon.

F. Siciliano
USA
September 2009
Peru trip

Everything went very smoothly

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I just got back from a trip to Cusco and the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu booked wtih KUODA TOURS. Everything went very smoothly. The guides met us at each stop, the plan was very clear each day. Jole did a great job in coordinating everyone’s itineraries (we were a tough group with lots of changes and different arrival times!). Mery, the director, runs a very tight ship with a very personal touch. And the LLAMA PATH trekking group did a fabulous job getting 6 of us through the 4 day Inca trail hike. All very professional!

I can recommend KUODA and LLAMA PATH to anyone!

I am also interested to get info on how to wire money to your school account.

Please send the whole group details.

B. Watson
USA
September 2009
Peru trip

We had a very nice trip

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We had a very nice trip, and we appreciate all of the efforts of you and your colleagues to ensuring that all aspects of our trip went well.  Our guide during our time in Peru was fantastic, and we would appreciate it if you would provide the attached photo to her.  Thank you, and best regards

J. & J. Kilyk
USA
September 2009
Peru trip

Experience of a life time in Peru

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Yes, we had a wonderful time and an experience of a life time in Peru, with a lot of help from Kuoda! We thank you very much for the attention to detail and thoughtfulness of yourself, Luis our host, and our guides Gabby, Jose, Alvaro, and Victor as well as our drivers Ronato, Washington, and Jorge as well as Ricardo the chef and Raphael from the local village Umasbamba!

We took lots of pictures and are happy to share a few of them. Since we took so many, it will take a little time to share, but we will send them.

Thank you again!

S. & O. Warner
USA
September 2009
Peru trip

Beyond our expectations

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Thank YOU for planning such a memorable and rewarding trip to Peru.  Everything was beyond our expectations.  We appreciate every detail to the trip that was executed in such a timely manner, and the professionism of the entire staff.  Jole, although we never did get to meet you, we had great interactions with Luis; with Gabby who is a wonderful and informative guide from whom we learned so much history and culture; and with Edgar who is a careful and skillful driver.

It is hard to choose what experiences that I most enjoyed since each had its highlights.  I think I would have to say I was invigorated by the jungle days.  Luis, our guide in Tambopata, is so knowledgeable about the area and he took very good care of us.  I liked the adventure.  Our cooking class with Ricardo was so much fun.  When I tell folks back here about the class and the visit to the weaving community, they are most impressed that experiences like that are included in a trip.  Don’t be surprised if you get more clients based on our experiences.

I did not know too much about Peru before our trip and my researching your beautiful and diverse country.  I now look at this adventure as one of the highlights of my many travels.  I hope to return some day.

K. Whitaker
USA
September 2009
Peru trip

Your staff (and our trip) was awesome!

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We also just returned from a 17 day Peru trip organized by Kuoda Tours. South America has a lot of travel logistic issues and security issues that were beautifully handled by Kuoda. From the moment we arrived until we left 17 days later we were looked after by their staff. They exhibited a high degree of professionalism and concern for the travelers under their care and this showed in every aspect of our trip. Trip was flawless and well-executed with awesome one-on-one guides. I have travelled extensively and consider Kuoda the perfect choice for South American travel. Jole Segers was a great travel consultant who helped us personalize our plans. The director, Mery Calderon took a personal interest in making sure everything was top-notch. Great trip in all aspects!

Thanks again for everything!  Your staff (and our trip) was awesome!

D.Hanson
USA
September 2009
Peru trip

The whole trip was personalized

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We have been very busy since arriving back home from Peru.  Our kids went back to school and are all starting sports and have numerous activities.  I miss vacation!  Here are some comments for the website, if you choose to use them:

Our family travelled to Peru this summer with Kuoda Tours and had a great experience.  From the minute our plane touched down in Lima, there was a guide and driver to meet us and take care of us.  All of our guides with Kuoda were very professional and really tried to make our vacation enjoyable, easy and informative.  We had a particularly good experience with Sheila, who changed our travel plans one day to include an exotic animal rescue because she realized that our boys (ages 6,8,10) loved animals.  The whole trip was personalized just to our specifications and our kids had an awesome time.  One of our favorite parts of the trip was the Amazon rainforest as well as our visit to the small village of Umasbamba where we learned the art of weaving…truly unique!  Mery, the owner, called several times to check on us during our trip which added a personal touch.  The whole trip was orchestrated perfectly, including time alone for wandering the streets of Cusco.  We loved our time in this beautiful country and will be back one day to hike the Inca Trail!

Thank you again for a great vacation, Mery.  We will mention you to any friends here that are thinking of travelling to South America.  You can certainly use us as references, particularly for families with children.  We would like to travel to the Galapagos sometime in the next few years and I will contact you when we are ready.

We have not forgotten about the Kids Center and will let you know what we can do.

D & D. Gibson
USA
August 2009
Peru Family Trip

Marvelous trip to Peru

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I would just like to thank you for putting together such a marvelous trip to Peru for me and my husband.  Usually, I like to put the itinerary together myself but after doing a little research, we decided that it would be much easier to have an expert do this type of trip for us (especially since we were booking our trip on fairly short notice).  I looked to Trip Advisor for suggestions about which tour operator to use and Kuoda got such great reviews, I contacted them immediately.  Jole got back to me about 30 minutes after I sent my email with a wonderful itinerary she put together based on what I had said I was interested in doing in Peru.  The trip itself was absolutely flawless!  From the driver, to the hotels, to the restaurants they chose for us…it was absolutely amazing.  Mery certainly has put together an excellent team.  We had the good fortune of meeting Mery at the airport as we were leaving Peru.  Her enthusiasm for her job and her country is infectious.  I have already recommended Kuoda to all of my friends and family.  I just wish I could use Kuoda for all of my trips!

C. & N. Hourihan
USA
August 2009
Peru trip

Everything about the company and the country was absolutely fantastic

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We’d just like to say thank you very much for our recent holiday. Everything about the company and the country was absolutely fantastic, and we all had a wonderful time. Picking out highlights is hard. Obviously, Machupicchu was one of the main reasons for the trip, and it didn’t disappoint, in fact it was even more impressive than we thought it would be. Watching the condors over the Colca Canyon was an experience we won’t forget, and all of the countryside around that area is spectacular. Cusco is a lovely city, one that I’d like to return to sometime – there are so many restaurants we never got chance to try!

But some of the extras that we weren’t expecting when we looked into going to Peru were also highlights themselves. Visiting Umasbamba community was very interesting and it was really good to meet the local people there and see their way of life. I know that Paul, as a teacher, wants to follow up the work that you’ve been doing with the children. Ricardo was an entertaining host as he took us to his local market and showed us how to cook lunch; I’m hoping to try the lomo saltado sometime! And the rafting was great fun, none of us had ever done it before.

The best part about the whole holiday however was the personal touch. All of Kuoda’s representatives were very professional and friendly, without exception. Special mention has to go to Julio, our guide in Cusco, with his knowledge of pretty much everything related to Peru, and his good humour. We enjoyed our few days in his company, and managed to teach him a few things about English football! The personal nature of the trip was summed up when we were able to postpone our visit to Ollantaytambo ruins, so that we could watch Cusco play a home game on the Sunday afternoon, accompanied by Julio! Many thanks to him. Also to our driver, Jose Luis, who waited for us during the game! – he was superb throughout, and a great character; many thanks to him too. Luis, our representative in Cusco, was also very helpful, and always on hand if we needed him. And it was lovely to meet you at the end, Mery, and a nice touch to come and see us in the VIP lounge!

There’s lots more I could say but it would take as long as the holiday did to say it! Attached are a just a few of the hundreds of pictures we took. Unfortunately, we can’t travel quite so far a field every year, but we’d like to think that we can return to South America sometime, and if we do, we’ll certainly be coming to you!

All the best and thanks again

M. Martin
UK
August 2009
Peru trip

Fantastic time

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We got back safe and well, although exhausted!

Sorry I did not reply, Things have been extremely busy!

I hope you and the team are well, I am hoping to get some pictures onto a disk for you soon and posted over. In the meantime I have attached a few!.

It seams like such a long time ago that I was climbing over Machu Pichu, and exploring lake titicaca but we had a fantastic time and thanks again for organising such a great trip – you can be sure that I will be running a marketing exercise in the UK amongst all of my friends.

Keep in touch & all the best,

A.Levine
UK
August 2009
Peru trip

Not only memorable, but fun and exciting

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Hi Mery…The kids arrived home in the middle of the night on Monday. Leah called around 10 a.m. the next morning to tell me of their wonderful time and how much you and your staff did to make the trip, not only memorable, but fun and exciting. She did not have a negative thing to say and she said that everything was just perfectly planned for them. Leah has her photos on Facebook and my friends are telling me that they are fabulous pictures. I don’t belong to Facebook, so I haven’t seen them yet. Our family went out to dinner on Tuesday evening to our favorite Mexican restaurant…Don Jose’s. Eric and Leah shared a lot more about their time in Peru and their Inca Trail hike to Machupicchu. They were so impressed with Raul. Eric and Leah said that their porters were dressed in nice attire with sturdy hiking boots. They said that it wasn’t the case with other groups & they felt sorry for groups with porters that only had sandals to walk that difficult terrain. Both thought that the meals along the Inca Trail were delicious. Eric was wishing for the pancakes with the caramel sauce again. It was so neat that you incorporated so much culture & history into the tour and it was especially nice to meet the Peruvian people and see their villages and homes. During their short time in Lima on the final day, they bought my granddaughter (their niece) a lovely handmade adoptable doll named “Chaska”. Mery, we cannot thank you and your staff at Kuoda enough for making Leah and Eric’s trip to Peru an amazing experience. I have passed on information to my manager and told her what a great job your company did. Hopefully something will come of it. Please keep in touch. Warm regards

M. Russell
USA
August 2009
Peru trip

Echt totaal geen klachten

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Beste Jole,

Dank voor je attente email. We hebben zeer genoten van onze Peru reis. Je organisatie was perfect. Echt totaal geen klachten.  Ik zal jullie bedrijf bij iedereen die een Peru trip overweegt aanraden. Ik heb een aantal foto’s op de site van Flickr gezet.  Ik zal je uitnodigen om ‘ friend’ te worden, zodat je ze kunt bekijken en downloaden. Je bent ook vrij om ze op jullie website te zetten. (niet onze gezichten svp).

Hartelijke groet,

Kallman family
Holland
August 2009
Peru trip

Wonderful Vacation

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I want to again say a big thank you from Jean, Rachel and myself for a wonderful vacation. Throughout our many travels, working with you and your team was the very best. Jole created a trip that fit us perfectly and Teddy & Raul executed it perfectly. We also appreciated the special way you recognized Rachel’s birthday. She cherishes especially the bracelet which she wears constantly and the beautiful cape from Raul.
I have not forgotten about reaching out to Bank of America in Florida. I have a call with the bank tomorrow with plans to discuss your needs. In addition to the wire transfers, I will inquire about merchant services to see if there is an alternative to PayPal for accepting US credit cards.
Please know that we will happily be a reference for KUODA and your fine service. Again, many thanks for everything.

Jay

J. Chapin
USA
July 2009
Peru trip

Everything was perfect

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We made it home safe, but are already missing Peru! Thank you so much for organizing such an incredible journey for us. Everything was perfect, and your staff was so professional and accommodating. Eric and I appreciate all of the effort you put forth, and were so glad that we were able to meet you in person. Getting to know you and more about the Peruvian culture was one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you also for the wine and chocolates…it was a very nice treat after the 3 nights on the trail!
I am trying to get all of my pictures organized, but in the meantime I posted some on Facebook. I will e-mail you again when I get the rest in order.
Please tell your staff thank you for their time and energy. I am going to especially miss my amigo Reynato who always made sure I had candy and water.  You and your staff are always welcome in California!

Sincerely

Leah Monson
USA
July 2009
Peru trip

I can’t imagine better service

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I would highly recommend Kuoda Tours based out of Cusco. Our family had an excellent experience with this company. We spent two weeks in Peru and our trip was customized exactly to our wishes. As we had children, Kuoda arranged extra activities that they would enjoy. The service was flawless. We had a private driver and car the entire time, and every time we arrived at a different location (either by air or train), our next guide was there to great us with a smile. The owner, Mery, was available by phone at any time and called us frequently to check on our trip. She came to see us twice. I can’t imagine better service.

Gibson family
USA
July 2009
Peru trip

Do not hesitate to use them you will not be disappointed

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A group of ladies from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs used KUODA Tours for our Peru trip.  We took a chance on a smaller tour operator and it was the best choice we could have made.  Mery is the owner and the personal service she provided was outstanding.  She seems to never sleep because no matter what time I sent an email inquiry to her she immediately responded.  I chose this tour operator on behalf of my other 5 companions so I was a bit nervous wondering if I had made the right choice.  Well, the group was ecstatic about the choice.  I could go on and on about how wonderful Mery and her tour guides were.  By the way Carlos was our main guide and he was outstanding.  I must say the very first impression helped me immediately feel at ease.  When we arrived in Lima there were what seemed like hundreds of people with signs waiting to pick up their customers. I saw signs that were literally scrawled on paper with a ball point pen to the most professional sign with large printer quality letters in a laminated sign board.  Well guess what, that was the sign that had my name on it.  I was so pleased and from that point on they never disappointed me or the others in our group.

Do not hesitate to use them you will not be disappointed.

K Griffith Party
USA
July 2009
Peru trip

Our best trip so far

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Mery,

Jeff and I cannot stop talking about you and our trip to Peru. It was our best trip so far. Cusco and Machu Pichu are amazing places, but you made it possible for us to have a truly worry free time. Thank you so much. I can’t wait until I see you again! You always have a home here if you want to see Canada!

Please let me know if I can help as a reference to any potential clients.

Lots of kisses!

Muriel

M. Kramer
USA
July 2009
Peru trip

Terrific and Adventurous Trip to Peru

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We had a terrific, adventurous trip to Peru. Thank you for Kuoda’s excellent services.
Relaxing in Lima and having ceviche at Pescado Capitales was a great way to wind down the trip. The ceviche was incredible.
My personal highlights were definitely Machupicchu and the Amazon. Being in Machupicchu is truly a special experience. The intricacies of the city with the terraces, temples, and homes on top of the mountain was amazing. The back drop of the lush mountains that surrounds Machupicchu bring together man’s ingenuity and the beauty of nature.
The other highlight for me was the Amazon. While at the Inkaterra lodge, a pack of squirrel monkeys were passing through during our stay there. Tiny monkeys were climbing across trees just outside of the restaurant as we were walking around. I was also able to go on the hike to Lake Sandoval. While the hike to the lake was quite strenuous due to the mud, the serenity of the lake and the wildlife we saw was worth it. The guide pointed out to us two separate families of howler monkeys. It was kind of funny because I told my friends that I really wanted to see monkeys in the amazon and I was able to see both squirrel monkeys and howler monkeys there. We also saw amazing birds and butterflies.
I actually tend to like vacationing on the beach and just relaxing. This was the most adventurous trip I’ve taken and very much enjoyed it. I now miss waking up very early and being treated to the sights of Peru.
I hope you were able to see my pictures through the link I sent around a week ago.

Thanks again and take care.

T. Kim
Michigan, USA
June 2009
Peru trip

Thank you for make our trip to Peru so amazing!

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We just wanted to thank you again for helping to make our trip to Peru so amazing! Percy was an excellent guide. He was intelligent, friendly, and helpful. He was definitely a perfect fit for our needs. We felt so lucky to have him as our guide! William was an excellent driver and always made us feel safe during our adventures.
Thanks for helping us to have the trip of a lifetime in Peru. Peru truly is a magical place. We will definitely be recommending Peru and Kuoda to our family and friends when/if they travel to Peru in the future.
Thanks again,
Mark and Jill Guinn

M. & J. Guinn
USA
June 2009
Peru Trip

Thank you again for making this worry-free and unforgettable trip possible

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Hi Mery,

I’d like to thank you and the rest of the Kuoda staff for the meticulous planning and fluid execution of a perfect itinerary through Peru.  I picked Kuoda after doing much internet research about different tour operators and found that Kuoda was the only one with a 100% customer satisfaction rate.  All the reviews of your company were glowing and I did not come across a single negative review.  After travelling with Kuoda, I can see why.

Our itinerary included Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu, and the Tambopata Reserve.  We were met at each airport and city by a Kuoda representative or a guide.  All car travel was done with a private driver and modern, clean vehicles.  Our guides Jessica, Sheila, and Francis were fantastic.  They were friendly, fun, informative, and professional.  They allowed us to experience the nuances of their country in a way that we could never have achieved travelling on our own.  Your staff really made us feel that we had a friend in every city we visited.

So thank you again for making this worry-free and unforgettable trip possible.  I will tell everybody about your company and I will make sure to contact you to plan our trip to the Galapagos once my kids are old enough.  I’ll also send you a link once I get all my pictures posted on my flickr site.

Best wishes from California,

S. Jo Party
California, USA
June 2009
Peru trip

Machu Picchu was spectacular

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Mery:

I just wanted to check in with you to let you know that Ari and I are having a wonderful time.  Macchu Picchu was spectacular, and our room at Inkaterra is great.  Thank you also very much for the wine, and for the water bottle holders.  They have been invaluable during our hikes.  In fact, I like them so much, I wanted to bring some home for our parents.  Can you please tell me if there is a place in Cusco where I can buy them?  (I have seen other water bottle holders in Pisac and in Aguas Calientes, but the ones you gave us are so much lovelier.)  Or, can I purchase extras from you?

I am looking forward to returning to Cusco!

Thank you,
Jenny

J. Chu
USA
Jun 2009
Peru trip

The trip was amazing!

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Mery,

Thank you so much.  The trip was amazing!  I am sad to be back (even more so since I am swamped with work).  We will certainly be sending you photos for your website of highlights from our trip as soon as we have had a chance to sort through our pics.

Hope you are doing well and thank you again for doing such a GREAT job in organizing a fantastic trip!

C. Lazo and family
USA
May 2009
Peru trip

Mery you are the best

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Jose,

The trip was so awesome. You had done a great job with my itinerary and I do want to thank you. THe guides, drivers, staff, Mr.Liu, YOU and Mery were great. The sights were spectacular esp. Machupicchu, Lalke TiTicaca. My most favorite city was Cusco -so beautiful, so much history and so friendly.

The one thing I certainly missed is the culture and the people. I was traveling alone and I certainly found out that the people in Miraflores are very nice. THANK YOU MY FRIENDS  Roberto, Anna and the Gonzales family. Not forgeting Mery. Mery you are the best.

Hope to see you all in a couple of years. Jole ,now I know why you felll in love with Peru.

Thank you so very much. Please tell Michel,Tedy, Martin,Edgar I said hi.

Sincerely,

Kai

K. Hoong
USA
May 2009
Peru trip

Other than being sick here and there, the trip was wonderful

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Mery,

It was our pleasure meeting you and your team. We always felt well cared for and listened too.  You are the best.  A special thanks to Rolly and Raul.  They were fabulous.  Other than being sick here and there, the trip was wonderful.  Will send you photos soon.

Sue

Lowe family
USA
May 2009
Peru trip

Overall, Kuoda did an exceptional job!

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Hi Mery,

You asked that I email you a review of our trip.  Most of this was covered at dinner or on the phone, but here is a summary.

1.  Guides & drivers make the vacation.  All of Kuoda guides and drivers were excellent. They communicated well, were very knowledgeable and enjoyable to be with.  The Klein guides were also very good, but Kuoda was a step above.

2.  Vehicles are also very important.  The vehicles were all very good, roomy and comfortable.  The one exception was a couple of the flip-up seats (for rear access) were very uncomfortable on long drives.

3.  Machupicchu, Sacred Valley and all of the Inca ruins we visited were great.  Nazca lines were also great but it was a very long day driving – flying would have been better.  Colca valley was beautiful – they did a good job helping us acclimatize to the altitude.

Klein overall did a nice job.  The tours around Quito were very nice as was our guide Aleyandria.  Hacienda Pinsaqui in Cotacachi was wonderful.  Galapagos were great.  The only thing we didn’t care for was the Chaski Train (long, dusty, constant fumes, repetitive scenery)

4.  We were also very pleased with the job you did arranging the time with the Shaman, which was a late request from us.   When our flight was delayed from Cusco to Lima, Kuoda also did a great job arranging tour of Cusco market and a beautiful lunch overlooking Cusco.

Overall, Kuoda did an exceptional job!  I am very happy we found you.  We will be sure to recommend Kuoda whenever possible.

Thanks for making it a great vacation!!

B. Feldman
USA
May 2009
Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos Trip

We are so lucky to have found you!

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We thoroughly enjoyed our travels, from sightseeing and eating ceviche in Lima, to enjoying the natural splendour from the Amazon to the Andes, to understanding and appreciating the history of Peru and its people.  And I know there is so much more we didn’t have the opportunity to experience!

What wonderful people we met along the way!  We were so warmly welcomed by all those we met in the village communities along the Amazon who graciously gave us a glimpse of their lives. We loved listening to the childhood stories of Ricky, our guide in the Amazon, who grew up as one of those village children and who ran to play football with them as soon as we arrived. And of course meeting all of you at Kuoda and hearing a little about your lives. Mery, your passion for your country and your genuine interest in each and every one of your clients enables you to run an outstanding company.  We are so lucky to have found you!

Thanks again for everything.

Warmly,

Sari

S. Goldenberg
USA
April 2009
Peru Private Tour

I would definitely recommend Kuoda

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Hi Mery – thanks for checking in on us.  I can speak for Tito and myself, and I think the rest of our group will agree, that we had an amazing trip to Peru.

Here are some of our personal highlights/comments and everyone else can respond with their own as they wish.

  • We felt comfortable knowing that all the details were planned and confirmed for us (flights, trains, hotels, etc) – The Ramada for the first night was a great decision.
  • The guides meeting us at our destinations and checking us into the hotel was wonderful and really alleviated some stress for us!
  • My favorite hotel was in Sacred Valley in Yucay – the location was peaceful and very pretty.
  • The restaurant recommendations for the most were spot on in the various cities.
  • The guides were very knowledgable and we felt like we could’ve asked them anything and they’d have an answer for it.  I’m sure that Gary and Jose Luis are exhausted from us still!
  • The private van was comfortable and we enjoyed the privacy and flexibility it offered us.
  • In hindsight, I would’ve loved to do the private transfer to Puno instead of the bus.

That’s all I can think