Never used a tour company before, but so happy we did! We booked our trip to Peru with literally 2 days notice. Sofia took care of everything from beginning to end. From the moment we landed to the moment we left, somebody was there to show us around and drive us to our next destination. One great thing about our private tours, was that we had a driver and a tour guide. Our guides were able to give us their undivided attention, instead of driving the van. We were amazed at how prompt each tour guide was. If anything, we noticed they were always at least a half hour early! We could of never seen as much as we did without Intense Peru's help, in so little time. They made it so easy. We were handed all of our tickets to the Inca ruins, museums, buses, trains, planes... all up front. No money exchanges all day long. No hassle of trying to figure out which way to travel and trying to buy tickets along the way or finding out that things are already sold out or booked. We never wasted a minute of our trip. Sofia did a great job picking out all of our hotels and had transportation set up for everywhere we went. After leaving Lima, we realized that Cusco was much more our style and once again with 2 days notice, Sofia managed to change around the whole last half of our trip so that we could spend more time in Cusco and had more tours lined up for us when we arrived. Holger was our tour guide in Cusco. I can't say enough good things about him! He is a great guide, very knowledgable and friendly. We even hung out with him on our free day (not part of our tour) and he took us to a local bar for some corn beer ("chicha"), and to experience Cusco's traditions away from the tourist spots. After a few short days, we didn't view him as our tour guide, but as a friend. We enjoyed all the time we spent with him and learned a lot!! It was hard to say goodbye to him as he dropped us off at the airport. The same goes for Carla and Mr. T in Lima and Leo in Machu Picchu. All our guides were wonderful. Overall, of whole trip was amazing. Everything was perfect and well organized down to every last detail. And believe me, when traveling around Peru, there's lots of details!!! Everybody (including us) thought we couldn't go away on trip to Peru with 2 days notice, but with Intense Peru and Sofia's help, we knocked another wonder of the world off our list. I wish I could take them along on my next trip.
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