Innovative & Enriching Itineraries
At Kuoda Travel, our personalized South American itineraries are designed to leave not just a positive impression, but a lasting one, too. Of course you’ll go home with outstanding photos (that’s a given), but you’ll also return from our tours with much more: a sense of rejuvenation, priceless memories, and new perspectives on – and a greater understanding of – the world and its cultures.
For Local Insight
We are a Peruvian-owned luxury travel agency with offices in the U.S. and Peru. Having an on-the-ground presence in Cusco gives us a vital edge. Not only do we know the region like the back of our hand, but we’re able to keep abreast of any exciting goings-on as well as any changes that may affect your travel experience. We know the best time to avoid traffic, and when festivities may result in reveler-clogged streets. Put simply, we don’t miss a beat.
To Discover the Unknown
We actively seek out the undiscovered: the hidden-away wonders, the little-known locales and out-of-the-way attractions. In other words, the things that have yet to make it into the guidebooks. We believe that by providing extraordinary experiences that fit your passion, we can take your vacation to the next level. Our focus is fixed on your individual requirements, interests and wishes, so you can expect our itineraries to be of the mold-breaking – not cookie-cutter – variety.
Best Value for Your Money
Your leisure time is a seriously precious commodity, so you have the right to expect the best return for your investment. We understand that letting us plan how you spend it is an act of trust, and we promise we’ll be there to provide personal attention and service at every point of the process. We want your luxury trip to South America to leave you longing for more, and ready to plan your next vacation with us.
Our Dedication To Our People
At Kuoda, we don’t see our clients as cogs in a machine, but as real, live people and thus deserving of the best hospitality and warmth south of the equator. A simple concept which makes all the difference. We value your opinions as we craft itineraries to exceed your expectations and surpass your wildest imaginations. It’s not just our clients that matter, either. We are equally passionate about the people and environments of the countries we send them to. This is why we’re more than happy to arrange for travelers to participate in philanthropic efforts, cultural exchanges, and other mutually enriching experiences.
Kuoda Travel was born out of a simple observation. Our founder and president, Mery Calderon, witnessed a group of exasperated tourists being shepherded onto a tour bus in Peru. This sad scene provoked a light-bulb moment: what Peru needed was a specialized, customer-oriented travel agent that treated travelers not as faceless, nameless numbers to fill coach spaces, but as individual people. Ever since, Kuoda has been providing private, flexible and personalized luxury tours all over South America.
Piecing together a complex and highly customized international itinerary online can prove difficult, not to mention restrictive – many transport, accommodation and activity services in rural regions of South America don’t have an internet presence. Traditional travel agencies often fall short too; many of these agents have never even been to South America. On the other hand, we wrote the book on luxury travel in Peru, and are now one of the best luxury tour operators in South America. Think of us as a living, breathing guidebook just for you.
For us, luxury is not defined by expense or excess, but ensuring the experience you crave and taking care of the nitty-gritty logistics so all you need to concern yourself with is enjoying your trip. This could mean staying in a 5-star hotel, of course, or it could be a charming family-owned boutique with appealing character or an unbeatable location. Either way, we won’t try to upsell you into something you don’t want.
Our intelligent itineraries are designed with you in mind, and your experience drives everything we do. This means you will never have to sleepwalk to the Lima airport in the middle of the night, only to arrive in Cusco for an exhausting day chock-full of activities; we won’t test your navigational skills by forcing you to find your own way from the hotel to your cooking class; we won’t make you cough up cash for three-course dinners when all you want is a salad. Your ease, comfort, and pleasure are guaranteed when you travel with us.
Our passionate and experienced travel-loving staff have heaps of knowledge and an adventure-seeker spirit needed to create unique and interesting itineraries. We also have a network of more than 80 top-of-their-field guides, drivers, historians, chefs and experts, who will ensure your experience is unforgettable. Even our name – Kuoda – meaning to expand, to improve, to learn and to grow, reflects our philosophy perfectly. Our team is strongly committed to these principles and is always looking for new finds to share with you here in South America.
Getting to Know You
Once you establish contact with Kuoda, we’ll ascertain the basics: where you want to go, how you like to travel, your timeframe, budget, who’s coming with you, health and diet considerations, etc. Next we get down to the juicy bits: your interests and passions, and what makes you tick. Armed with this useful information, we’ll get to work creating a complimentary itinerary proposal for your customized tour to South America.
This is your private and wholly customized tour, so we think it’s only fair you get to have your say. Which is why at this stage, we revert back to you so you can share your thoughts. Once we’ve received your feedback, we’ll start refining your itinerary, all the while remaining in contact by phone and email should you have any thoughts, concerns, or lightning-bolt realizations. The process continues until we’ve crafted an itinerary about which you are truly excited!
Finalization, Confirmation & Deposit
Once you give us the final nod of approval for the itinerary, we’ll begin confirming hotels and trains. After between two and three business days, we’ll report back with updates. At this point, we also request a 30 percent deposit. Upon receipt of the deposit, we’ll continue arranging the details of your personalized trip, reserving tours, transportation and entrance tickets. We confirm all bookings in advance, so you know exactly what to expect and don’t have to worry about unexpected last-minute changes.
Preparing for Departure
After poring over the details and ensuring everything is in place, we’ll send you the full detailed itinerary for your luxury tour via email. This is when the excitement really begins. Your impending trip will seem more real than ever as you read through day-by-day accounts of planned activities, as well as hotel names and addresses, guide meeting times, key transportation information and locations. We’ll also include contact names and numbers for the Kuoda team as well as helpful packing tips and details about changing money, insurance and health precautions. Ninety days before departure, we will request the remainder of your payment.
Arrival & Your Travel Experience
This is when you will see just how we have developed our reputation as one of the best tour operators in South America. As soon as you arrive, you will be met at the airport by your Kuoda host who will take you to your hotel, go through your itinerary, provide directions for meeting your guide and generally make sure things go as smoothly as possible for you. Have any lingering questions or hesitations? Now is the time to ask! After, your guides will take care of all the day-to-day logistics, as well as dealing with any unexpected hurdles you encounter. A Kuoda customer service representative will also check in every other day just to make sure everything is going as expected. And should you have any burning questions or a need for assistance, the Kuoda team is always contactable 24/7 via Whatsapp, phone, and email.
We’ll do our best to make your return journey home as smooth as possible. A Kuoda team member will go with you to the airport and ensure you are comfortably settled in your departing flight. We’ll also be contactable upon your return.
Personalized Travel Experiences
No stone is left unturned in our quest to deliver exceptional private tours to South America. With us, it’s all about you! We take your wants, needs, time constraints, budget and personal travel style into account to deliver experiences that are far from standard.
The level of service you receive and the experience you have is of the utmost importance to us. We cultivate and maintain excellent relationships with top South American guides, hotels and restaurants to ensure the best for our clients.
Attention to Detail
With Kuoda, details are everything and thanks to our diligent approach, nothing falls between the cracks. When you use Kuoda to plan luxury travel in Sough America, you can rest assured that your trip will be seamless.
Our team visits and thoroughly investigates all destinations, services, and amenities featured on our unique itineraries, so we can be sure we are offering the best quality, services, and price for our clients.
Our network of carefully chosen partners are selected based on the quality of their services and on their sustainable approach and practices, which ensure local communities benefit as well as our clients.
At Kuoda, we don’t rest on our laurels. We are constantly trying to discover new and special experiences that can make our customized tours to South America truly special.
At Kuoda, we take our ethical and social responsibilities very seriously. We believe that tourism in South America should have a positive impact, which is why we are committed to following ethical practices. Not only do we treat the cultures we visit with humility and reverence, but we also strive to create a two-way dialogue that’s enriching for both visitors and locals. Through sustainable tourism practices, communities can focus anew on their traditions, celebrations, stories and traditional arts, and can devote more resources to maintaining their cultures, heritages and even languages. Our guests have the opportunity to see the world and contribute to it in a way that is more responsible and, ultimately, more rewarding..
When it comes to environmental responsibility, we take our cue from the Quechua, the indigenous people of the Andean highlands. They hold a strong belief in the power of Mother Earth, or “Pachamama,” and so do we. We always seek to steer our guests toward culturally authentic experiences that protect and preserve the ecological environment they interact with. Our goal is to have minimal impact on the areas we visit. To ensure we attain this, we only work with trusted providers, suppliers, guides, and accommodations who share our eco-minded beliefs.