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Pablo Tour
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Owner description: Pablo Tour "is a Peruvian tour operator based in Arequipa city, Thanks to our professionalism, we are highly recommended by all travel handbooks about Peru. Pablo tour has no limits in offering the same tours-treks that all the other travel agencies offer. Pablo tour doesn’t pretend to have big groups; our tours and Treks are especially designed for special clients, according to the physical condition of each group.We never join our customers with other travel agencies.In our tours and treks we avoid the classic travel agencies and the big tourists groups. we have our own guides. we support local guides in colca and in cotahuasi canyon. The owner Edwin is a local official guide :English and French and the advantage is, Edwin offers interesting treks.In our treks ,we support local communities in Colca Canyon and Cotahuasi canyon.
Reviewed June 19, 2014

I recently did the Colca Tour - Culture And Nature Tour In Colca Canyon. It was great. The tour is designed for max 6 people but we were the only ones who booked for that day. The guild was Umberto, who was very knowledgable and friendly. During almost all of the tour we were the only tourists at the stops. The only problem was that Pablo Tours requires a western union or moneygram deposit. I had a lot if trouble with western union, where my credit card canceled payments and called me thinking it was fraud.

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

We did a 4 person, 2 day trek with Pablo Tours a few weeks ago and have mixed feelings about the experience. First off, the company was great and the guide, Vladimir, was helpful, personable, and knowledgable about the area. We enjoyed doing the trek in the opposite direction so we weren't walking in a herd or constantly passing people. The food and 1 night of accommodations were pretty impressive and definitely a step up from what we saw other groups had. The difference in breakfasts was particularly noticeable, which is such an important meal before hiking. It was also nice for it to be all inclusive... I think after you add all the extras in, the other standard tours were only 40-50 dollars less per person. Most of the other groups had 10-12 people in them and seemed to be a younger crowd. Transport was shared with these groups and was comfortable, but I think maybe too many stops for souvenir shopping and quick photos. Day 2 in general lacked the wow of the Cruz del condor on the first day.

My biggest issue with this 2 day trek, and unfortunately most of the others ( even 3 day ones), is that you leave ridiculously early in the morning and the schedule has no flexibility. On day one, we got on the bus at 3 am, which was painful. It was great to be at the condor stop on time, but hard to function. Our group was fairly fast at hiking down on day 1 and arrived to our lunch stop early. We unfortunately had to wait 2.5 hours at this point for the food to be prepared.... I guess normally it takes groups longer to arrive. I hoped that since our group was quick we'd be able to adjust the schedule for the next day, but that just isn't possible.

On day 2, we had to start hiking at 4 am, completely in the dark. We arrived at the top of the canyon at 645am, again several hours before the expected arrival time. Unfortunately we weren't able to enjoy any of the canyons beauty because we hiked with headlamps the whole time up. Once in town, we had to wait until 945am to board the bus and begin the journey back. frustrating to be forced to wakeup so early and then again have to wait for food and for other groups. Furthermore, we ascended 4000 ft over 8km without breakfast, so make sure you bring lots of snickers or other high calorie foods.

If I could do I again, I would do this hike over 3 days independently and at my own pace. there is absolutely no need for a guide and there are many hostels and places to eat along the way. I'd particularly recommend going at it alone if you are a relatively fit hiker as you will be frustrated with all of the waiting and the lack of flexibility in the schedule.

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Pablo T, Public Relations Manager at Pablo Tour, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2014

Thank you very much for your review , we apreciate your time, also we are very happy that you think our food and accomodation is better compared with other groups and congratulation for your good physical shape , most people find the trek inside the canyon very hard .
for sure for the 2 days trek inside the canyon you don´t have choice and you need to leave very early because the first day we trek 6 hours and from Arequipa to Cabanaconde with stops and visit is 5-6 hours.

We wait long time in the Oasis because we arrive there at 1 pm and there, there is a swiming pool and thanks to our opposite trek we arrive there and is empty not tourists, this is the idea enjoin the nature without big groups.

On the second day of the trek ( 2 days trek in colca) Yes we need start very early because the temperature during the day there is 25-30 grados centigrados and the start of the trek is at 2200mhsl and Cabanconde is 3300 mhsl. (8 km of path-uphill)

the most customers make this trek in 3-4 hours.

the Name of this tour is 2 days colca trek on the opposite direction Yes we avoid the big groups.

for this trek we have 2 options:

By tourist bus on shared service that pick up the passenger from 3 to 3: 40 am

and by private car service that leave 6 am.

You have chose the tourist bus on shared service but with the private car service is other think, you don´t leave so early the fist day : for the 2 days trek you leave 5 am and for the 3 days trek you leave 6 am.

And for sure the private car service is more expensive compared with the tourist bus on shared service. beacause on the private car service transport we go with maximun 6 customers and during the trek you don´t carry any think, you carry just your camera , we use mules and horsemen that carry 12 kilos per person during the trek

with the private car you don´t wait for other groups on the last day of the trek the driver wait for our own group to visit the valley and for sure you will decided where stops along the way.

The tourist bus on shared service is inexpensive but the negative aspect you explained it well.

thanks to reviews from our customers we changed the departure´s by tourist bus on shared service from 8 June 2014 we will leave the first day from 7:00 am to 7:30 am, and the last day to come back to Arequipa we will leave from 7:30 to 8:am.(from Cabanaconde)

And Please (to our futures customers) don´t trek the last day of the treks from the canyon to Cabanconde so late because is very hard to trek up hill with 25-30 grados centigrados.

Have a nice day

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

There were 4 of us on this tour. We found the booking of this easy and Edwin was very helpfull and prompt. Our guide was Vladimir and our driver was David.He was an excellent driver , he drove safely and carefully.Vladimir was such an amazing guide, he really looked after so well and his enthusiasm for the flora and fauna, the geology and Inca civilisation was infectious.He has a great sense of humour and was really good fun to be with.

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Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Last week we had a great trip around the colca canyon. Pablo tours more or less reverses the classic route. This makes for a steep and quite tough downhill route the first day, a more easy second day, and a rewarding climb the last day. The accommodation and food was excellent (given the limited options in the colca canyon). As we travelled from/to Arequipa with other groups, we were able to compare accommodation/food with other tours and Pablo tours really seemed the better option (more breakfast, better quality lunches/dinners).
Last but not least we had an excellent guide (Edison). He knew a lot about the natural surroundings, and was a real help during the more difficult parts of the trek.

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

My partner and I did the 3 day not classic Colca Canyon trek. It was three days of challenging hiking but an amazing experience. Vladirmir our guide was awesome. He was passionate about telling us about the area and its history. He made sure we always felt comfortable and kept us well informed. Best of all we are vegan/vegetarian and he went out of his way to ensure we had the appropriate food for our journey. I would highly reccommend this professional company. All costs are included in the tour, therefore there are no surprises. It was a very memorable experience.

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