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Amazonas Explorer
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Amazonas Explorer offers you fun new ways to see Machu Picchu and Peru. We use adventure to escape the crowds, show you special locations and create lifelong memories. We are a small owner operated company, who love what we do. Based in Cusco for over thirty years we offer you world class guides, superb safety and equipment, fully risk assessed itineraries, faultless logistics, great back up and sales staff who really know what they are talking about. Choose from Peru’s most comprehensive selection of fixed departures, with ten high quality small group tours each week. Or design the ideal custom made itinerary for each individual client with our honest advice, unrivalled local knowledge and fast response times. We operate the best Peru family trip available and count the Wanderlust World Guide of the Year amongst our staff. We support Travelers Against Plastic, are currently joint chair of ATLAS ( Active Travel Latin America Specialists) and have planted almost half a million native trees in the Lares valley since 2007 as our commitment to 1% for the Planet. There is a reason we are the choice of discerning agents and travellers across the world.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

I must have inquired with 4 different tour operators, but Amazonas Explorer was the first to call me back about a tour to Machu Pichu. I said, what the heck lets do it! We wanted a flexible tour and thats what we got! We were in control of everything we wanted to do, and the tour guide we got made our experience even more amazing! It was 150% worth it to book with them, it was a perfect experience. From the moment we got picked up from the airport, to the moment we checked into the hotel, to the moment we reached the top of Machu Pichu, it was great!

Thank Jennifer P
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DougieStewart, General Manager at Amazonas Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2013

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review about us! We are so glad that your experience was memorable. We strive to provide the best of service in everything that we do and are pleased that our attention to detail made your trip perfect. Thanks so much again for travelling with us and please keep in contact and tell your friends and family.
Safe Travels!

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

W tinted a rafting experience that would satisfy my yearning for adventure with my wife's more cautious approach and our guid Juan Carlos and Cesar were not only very knowledgeable but also very sympathetic to our needs. They chose the Perot waves and rapids to get us all happy, from our 14 year old to our 7 year old novice. The picnic after was very good and I liked the briefing the previous night as it made us all sleep better...if safety is a concern and you want experienced guides, this is your company and I will definitively use them again.

Thank Philippe V
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DougieStewart, General Manager at Amazonas Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2013

Cheers! We love to go rafting and because we almost all have families, understand the dynamic that goes with it. We also have all the appropriate gear for all ages. Juan Carlos and Cesar are the dynamic duo when it comes to most things and especially rafting.

Thanks so much again for taking the time and saying such nice things. We wish you all the best and hopefully a visit back to Peru here in the near future.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This ride was one of the highlights of our trip. We got to see villages, farms and native farmers up close and personal. The views were spectacular. Javier did an excellent job of guiding our group of intermediate riders through dirt roads and single track trails. Some biking skill is required as there were a few rocky sections. The support van was always close to help (including giving a lift to one of the riders who was suffering from the altitude). Lunch was a very good selection sandwich making materials.

The only reason I didn't give the trip five stars was the bikes. The Kona $2000 full suspension bikes are getting near the end of their life and could definitely do with some maintenance. I am used to riding a well tuned high-end dual suspension bike and these just didn't measure up for me (although my co-riders all loved their bikes)

Thank ma_opinions
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DougieStewart, General Manager at Amazonas Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2013

Thank you for your comment. The Maras Moray Bike Assalt is one our most popular rides for a very good reason. With 360° panoramic views of the Sacred Valley, a blend of cross country and downhill, along with cultural aspects of the Moray circular ruins and the Maras Salt pans, this has something for everybody. We are so glad you liked it as it is one of our favorites too.

Our $2500 Kona Full Suspension bikes are some of the best that you will get in Peru. They come fully equipped with disc brakes and our onsite staff makes sure that they are well maintained and safe. We are always updating our vast fleet of bikes in order to make sure that we are offering the best possible product as these are the bikes that we ride as well.

Thanks again for letting us know how we did.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

There is another comprehensive review of this trek from Sept. 2012 and I agree with all of the writer's points so no need to repeat them. I made this trek in October of 2012 and found the Amazonas staff to be outstanding. Our guides Nilda, Cris and Nilo were knowledgeable, experienced and gracious. Alex's food was outstanding and kept our energy up on the trek, and the muleteers were helpful and professional.

If you choose to do a trek around Machu Picchu, you'll be in good hands with Amazonas Explorer.

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DougieStewart, General Manager at Amazonas Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2013

Very nice comment, thanks for letting us know what you think! Here at Amazonas we work closely together as a team. From the office administrative staff, guides, cooks, porters and muleteers, we are all striving to make the experience enjoyable and without issue.

We thank you again for sharing your opinions with us and hope to see you again in the future.

All the best.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

This trip was partly inspired by Mark Adams book, "Turn Right at Machu Picchu." We both wanted a big adventure for our honeymoon, and wanted to be challenged. We got both of those wishes in spades...
Amazonas Explorers, the outfitting company, proved their mettle in an itinerary that continued to evolve as Mother Nature prevented us from doing the initial alternative to the original plan. We all affectionately called this Plan C. Dougie, Juan Carlos, and the porters and cook had never ever been on the trails we traversed. In fact, on Day 7 of our trekking, Dougie (who has been to Machu Picchu 300+ times) commented that he believed we were the first white people to ever walk the precarious, mountainside, treacherous trail we found ourselves on. The overall consensus by all Amazonas Explorers employees was that it had the most beautiful, spectacular views of the Andes they had ever seen.

Granted, we had spacious tents that were set up by the porters; Pedro the cook created wonderful, savory meals three times a day, providing us with 5,000+ calories per day; and we even had a toilet tent. But this was by far the most difficult thing Nina has ever done, and Jamie equates it to a marathon played out over eight days. It was grueling, 7+ hours of difficult trekking up and down most days, scaling summits that reached 14,500 feet and negotiating mud, loam and a healthy dose of horse poop. We bathed in a crisp mountain stream once.

After 8 days of hiking the Andes vertical wilderness, we arrived in Aguas Calientes, the town that is the launching pad to Machu Picchu. There we enjoyed our first dose of hot water trickling down upon our heads in over a week. We arose at 4:45am Tuesday the 8th to catch our half hour bus trip up the switchbacks to MP. And although we have all seen the photographs from many angles, nothing can prepare a mind for the reality of the experience. We now know why a particular author theorized that this and other Peruvian edifices were the work of aliens... Even though we were there to see and experience it, it boggles the mind, and does not seem quite real. It is a Disney fantasy world times 100. And then add the fact that it was built for a society to actually live in, and done so 500 years ago by a civilization that had not discovered the wheel, the arch or the written word.

Words fail, both written and in conversation, but know that we did exactly what we wanted to do, and we agree that the honeymoon brought us closer together. Peru holds such magic and mystery and we both want to return someday.

Thank Nina H
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DougieStewart, General Manager at Amazonas Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2013

Wow! Thanks for the detail and the review. We are so glad that you were able to be flexible as sometimes weather in Peru creates situations that require a certain amount of malleability. Other companies might have packed it up, but if we can find a way, we will get it done.

The Choquequirao is not an easy endeavor, but one that is always rewarding in the end.

Thanks for putting you’re your honeymoon in our hands, so very nice to hear that an amazing trek has brought you closer together.

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