Machu Picchu by Train + Galapagos Cruise aboard the Eric, Letty & Flamingo, Jan 2012

Michael Kibby

Unbelievable!!! Thank you for all you did and we had a fabulous time. We went to Angkor Wat three years ago, and we handled the logistics of getting to and from and hotel all on our own (we did hire a guide there, however)--but the trip with Adventure Life was so far ahead of that. Having you folks handle the logistics in countries where you do not speak the language and have many flights and bus connections was phenomenal. My wife went to Machu Picchu 35 years ago and all she remembers was the stress of finding air and train tickets, hotels, a place to eat, and getting tickets--but this time, with all that handled by Adventure Travel and the guide Ayul, she remembers what she saw and did. Our guide in Peru and Machu Picchu, Ayul, was simply outstanding. He made the trip significantly more complete, enjoyable, and informative. He is a wonderful man, very smart with outstanding English. If I were to return to Machu Picchu, I would specifically request Ayul. Our guides in Galapagos, Ivan and Karina, were excellent. I would travel with them again with no problem. Simply outstanding.

We had accommodations in Lima, Quito, Cusco, Ollnaitahntambo, and Aquas Caliente. The Ramada in Lima is a pit, but I can understand why it is used. It is probably clean and the rooms are large. The Casa Alyssa in Quito was one of the nicest B&Bs or small hotels we have ever stayed in. The building was beautiful, the rooms terrific, and the breakfast outstanding--freshly made omelets. The Hotel Ruinas in Cusco was excellent, truly excellent. The El Sauce in Ollantaitambo we wonderful, with good accommodations. The El Maipo in Aquas Caliente was okay, pretty spartan and the same menu every night at dinner. Would have preferred not to be obligated to eat there. The Eric--we loved the ship, its crew, and its food. It was far better than we expected. We felt the snorkeling masks and snorkels could definitely use upgrading--but I was also delighted that there was a 3XL wetsuit.