We went out with Jim and Gladys Sykes three times over the four days we were in Aguas Calientes.
First of all, we found them very accommodating. They met us at our hotel, and offered us binoculars and ponchos, even though we didn't need them. Many people don't travel with binoculars so this is an important feature..
It is great to have two guides as they complement each other and are experienced in knowing where to look. We saw around 40 species of birds over three days, and many of the birds several times. This includes the famous Cock of the Rock and the Highland Mot Mot.
Both Jim and Gladys are highly intellegent and interesting to talk to. We learned a great deal more about Peruvian culture, politics, and Peru in general during our slow walks with them. Jim is an American and Gladys Peruvian, so we were able to get both perspectives. We feel we have two new friends.
The cost of the tours is reasonable, and they brought cookies and fruit to eat along the way!
As well, they were able to accommodate slower walking times.
All in all, we couldn't recommend them more highly.
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