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Peru Adventures Paradise Private Day Tours

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Adam G wrote a review Jan 2020
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Ozzi was an exemplary guide who lead my sister and I on the 2 day / 1 night Machu Picchu excursion along the Inca trail. We also opted in for hiking the peak within Machu Picchu called Huayna Pichu. I knew Ozzi before through his extended family who were my hosts for two months while living in Cusco. He was always a very warm guy with a big smile on his face and good local recommendations. I was very happy to support his company when my sister from the US came to visit me and wanted to see Machu Picchu. To be fair, I’m not usually one for guided experiences, as I like to explore on my own, but I have to say the experience with Ozzi has opened me up to the real benefits of a truly knowledgeable guide who loves their job. Ozzie and PAP understand taking care of people who want adventure without the headache of figuring out all the minute details, while still providing an authentic experience that goes beyond typical tourist sightseeing. Ozzi’s process of onboarding us was very smooth. He checked in regularly and made sure we had our tickets to walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in advance (they often sell out), train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, and booked our hotel room and got our food preferences for meals. He also sent over a very helpful intro tutorial and recommendations for a packing list. As a note for people from countries where credit cards are used commonly, don’t be worried that you need to pay a deposit by Western Union or Wire. I know It can freak people out, but you’ll be fine. Ozzi is super honest. The reason it’s done is that Peru is largely a cash economy. Businesses get charged outrageous rates for accepting credit cards and PayPal. When they do accept cards etc, your always paying a big premium to accommodate fees. Paying by wire or WU keeps the cost down for everyone. On arrival, Ozzi met with both my sister and I to orient us to the trip which I really appreciated and offered to pick her up at the airport. Her flight was delayed by 4 hours and he was very relaxed and yet attentive about the situation. When it comes to customer service, that’s exactly the attitude I want. He was never flustered once during our trip, and was a very upbeat and motivating presence along the way. On the trail Ozzi shared his vast in-depth historical knowledge about Incan culture and ruins, along with geography and great personal anecdotes about local culture. My sister isn’t a huge hiker and doesn’t live at elevation and Ozzi was both encouraging and very mellow about us taking our time on the path. After all, a big part of what makes Machu Picchu special is taking in the incredible sites along the way! Also, the sack lunches he brought along were from one of the best restaurants in the Sacred Valley, and were delicious and much needed healthy energy midway through our hike. Inside Machu Picchu Ozzi has tremendous insights into the architecture and it’s reflection of social, political and spirituality of the Incan culture. I’d actually previously been to Machu Picchu on my own and had hitched on with a guided group to get the inside story about the site. Ozzi was soooo much more knowledgeable, and his delivery far more engaging. It’s easy to see that he loves the place, whereas my other guide felt like he was just going through the motions. Our hotel and accommodations were solid and taken care of in advance with hot water (not always guaranteed in Peru) and comfortable beds. Unfortunately my sister came down with a bad cold and cough and couldn’t hike Huayna Pichu the next day. Ozzi was again very calm and collected while showing great concern for her comfort. She chose to rest, while he and I went on the hike. Just a note there, if you have problems with steep heights, you may want to avoid this add-on. Those steps are a doozy. On our exit, everything went smooth and the ride back on the train was comfortable and a great moment to look back on an unforgettable experience.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Michael B wrote a review Sep 2019
Scottsdale, Arizona54 contributions9 helpful votes
My wife and I wanted to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in a memorable way. Ozzi was the best guide we ever had and we have traveled all over the world. I arranged the entire trip over email over the past several months and he executed it flawlessly. I had never been asked to wire money via Western Union, but I am glad I trusted him. Ozzi owns this company after years of working for large foreign outfitters. So wiring the money was worth the chance to support a local company with great prices and service. He was waiting to pick us up in Cusco even though our flight from the states was 4 hours late and we missed our connection. He sent messages via What’sApp and were never concerned. He made all of the arrangements at the hotel that I chose. He let us wander on our own when we wanted and gave us advice on sites and restaurants to visit. On the second day he took us around the Sacred Valley and gave us a perspective we never knew. Ozzi grew up here and knows the local language and customs. On day 3-6, we hiked the trail to Machu Picchu and got the experience of a lifetime. I think everyone on the trail knew Ozzi. We opted for a private tour, so we had a chef, a waiter, and 4 porters taking care of us in addition to Ozzi. The team had everything ready for us before we arrived at lunch and overnight campsites. Hot water to wash and to warm our sleeping bags. Private toilet. The food was phenomenal. Multiple course meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They even served tea and popcorn before dinner. Snacks for the trail. On the last night they surprised us with a freshly baked and iced cake. We were happy to give them all some extra money before we left and hope that Ozzi comes to visit us in Arizona some day.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Bombaclat wrote a review Aug 2018
Edegem, Belgium10 contributions
I really enjoyed my days with PAP. All of the guides are well educated and really know their history. The guides are superb in English and they can be funny too. The environment is stunning!
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Date of experience: January 2018
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norm784784 wrote a review Feb 2018
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom36 contributions14 helpful votes
We didn’t the 4D/3N Inca Trail trek in January with PAP, which was booked through Aspiring Adventures. Our guide was Alex and he was really good; excellent English and his knowledge of the trail, Inca history etc was very good. He came to our hotel the night before the trek in order to run through things, give us extra information, confirm pick up location etc. This was really helpful. (If you pay the extra to have the porter carry a duffle bag for you, your guide will also drop this off during the pre-trek meeting.) The trek was great! Would definitely recommend it. The PAP team were really good. As it was late in the season there were only 4 tourists in our group and we had 1 guide, 9 porters and 1 chef looking after us. The camping equipment was reasonable; me and my wife had a two man tent which was OK for 3 nights (but a little bit smaller when you’ve got your bags in there as well) and there was also a shared eating tent, where we had all our meals. The food is very good, considering we were on a trek up a mountain. You get breakfast, lunch and dinner provided, all of which was very nice. The servings were also big and we didn’t not go hungry. I think for nearly every meal there was left over food that got finished off by the porters. The guide and porters were all very nice and friendly. During the day you don’t really see the porters, as they are busy setting up/taking down camp, but the guide stays with you all day. In terms of difficulty, my personal view is that the trek is a medium. It certainly isn’t easy, but there is no technical climbing and it is a well trodden path all of the way. There are a couple of steep sections, going up and down steps, but all easily doable in walking shoes. Although the trek itself isn’t difficult, the altitude can cause problems, especially on day 2, which is the steepest ascent. The highest point on the trek is 4200m. I would definitely recommend a few days in Cusco before the trek in order to acclimatise, If you can cope with the altitude, then this is a very enjoyable trek and the scenery is stunning. Machu Picchu itself is amazing and well worth the 4 day trek. The number of people doing the Inca Trail trek is limited to 500 per day, but the number in Machu Picchu itself is limited to 3500 per day. There are a lot of coach and train groups that arrive. From what I saw, doing the trek definitely makes the experience more special and enjoyable. We did the trek at the end of January and we were the last group that PAP had before the February shut down. Although this was rainy season, we were very lucky with the weather. It rained and thundered during the night, but during the day the weather was very sunny and nice. For the trek, it is worth noting that Peru is a tipping society; be prepared to tip you guide and porters and make sure you take cash with you.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Jonathan wrote a review Dec 2017
Brooklyn, New York22 contributions29 helpful votes
What a wonderful day we had with Vidal and Victor at Macchu Picchu. It all started in Cusco when Victor briefed us on the trip and helped me buy some more tickets for my eight year old twins and all of our train tickets. Vidal came and found us on the night before our trek in Aguas Calientes and we made plans for the morning. While Victor went ahead to buy bus tickets, Vidal took us down the hill to the bus station. When we made it to Macchu Picchu Vidal took over most of the guiding while Victor helped my 83 year old in-laws climb up and down all the Incan stone steps. Vidal is a highly educated, intelligent, and dignified man, able to converse fluidly on a wide range of subjects. He revealed the mysteries of the ancient Incans to us little by little. Also, his English is extremely good. After about three hours touring the main Macchu Picchu site, our group split in two. Victor took my wife, oldest child, and niece up the steep climb of Wayna Picchu while Vikram continued to take me, my in-laws, and my eight year old twins through the rest of the site. Macché Picchu is what you have heard and more. I don't want to say too much so you can experience it for yourself, but suffice it to say for all the adults, this was one of the great experiences of our lives. Thanks so much to Adios Adventures for a wonderful trip!
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Date of experience: December 2017
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