Traveler Review: A South American immersion, from Peru to Ecuador

"Since this trip had nothing to do with my husband's work, we were free to just let go and take everything in," said June, who recently returned from a trip to Peru and Ecuador.
The couple takes in a gorgeous vista in Peru.

Last January, June and Jerry H. packed their bags for South America to experience the magic of southern Peru and Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Looking forward to a work-free getaway, the couple immersed themselves in the culture, history, and nature of each country and wrote Rylee M., their expert travel advisor at Latin America For Less, to share the highlights of their trip.

A Peruvian and Ecuadorian immersion

“Hi Rylee,

The trip was great and one that we’ll remember forever. Jerry and I could totally relax thanks to your organization.  The itinerary package you provided us with was thorough and informative.  We always felt we were in good hands and that representatives were easy to contact.  Throughout our travels, we had excellent recommendations from hotel-keepers and from you.  Our transit experiences in vans were always comfortable and we felt safe in the hands of all drivers.  The guided tours were occasionally private and when there were others, the groups were small, always under 5 people; everyone congenial and interesting, from every part of the world.

couple at Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru, Peru For Less

Jerry and June enjoying the view of Machu Picchu, Peru.

The hotels were very clean and convenient. The train station hotel in Ollantaytambo was awesome, with great art, gardens, wonderful atmosphere and a fabulous restaurant with an old blind guy playing haunting music on an Incan harp!  The other two hotels, the one outside of Chivay and the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion in Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon, were both wonderful and well-run.

All of our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and personable. In particular, Oscar in Lima and Fabricio in the Sacred Valley were most enthusiastic.

Our adventures consisted of great food, entertainment and complete immersion in Peru’s culture, history, and nature. Since this trip had nothing to do with my husband’s work, we were free to just let go and take everything in.  Even the time without internet in the jungle and on the boat was refreshing. Being disconnected was actually really fun.

Traveler Review, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Galapagos For Less

Enjoy some rest and relaxation on a Galapagos cruise. All photos courtesy of Jerry and June H.

The Galapagos was incredible and we would have loved more time immersed in the magic of those islands.

From our first contact with you, Rylee, you were responsive to our every need.  You really listened to us and always got back to us promptly.  We’ve already recommended your company to friends and we plan to use Latin America For Less the next time we travel in South America.

Thanks so much for making this experience happen.

June F.”

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