Thank you VERY much for the assistance you provided in arranging our unforgettable group trip to Bolivia and Peru. Despite the last minute schedule changes caused by the striking miners and Peruvian airlines, you and your associates ensured we had minimum of disruption on our journey. We were very happy with all the hotels, tours, and meals included in our package, and thoroughly enjoyed each of the cities we visited. Throughout our trip, all our guides and drivers were polite, professional and knowledgeable about the cities and sites. Thank you, Julio.
Took a trip to Peru and Julio totally hooked it up. Julio was able to set us all up with everything from picking us up/dropping off to the airport, setting the itinerary for the entire trip including booking flights within Peru, as well as managing to take us around Lima while translating for the 3 of us and giving historical anecdotes of Peru, Lima, and his neighborhood. Julio's hospitality in the home was also fantastic and he has a wealth of knowledge about the country as well what to do, where to go, and what/where to eat. Cant wait to go back!
This is the second time I have traveled in Peru with Karikuy. The first trip was to Huaraz, Cuzco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Markawasi and Lima. I have just returned from the second trip where we visited Lima (including Miraflores and Barranco), Puerto Maldonado and Ica (including Islas Ballestas). Both trips were full of adventure and an experience I will never forget. From the the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to the clubs in Lima to the jungle in Puerto Maldonado to sandboarding in Ica, Peru is an amazingly diverse and beautiful country with many different types of adventures to pursue. I have traveled extensively throughout Central and South America and what sets Karikuy apart from the rest is the personal attention and excellent service. Julio knows his stuff - from the best restaurants with the best prices to best tour guides, we were taken care of every step of the way. He has first rate customer service and is able to customize a trip to the type of adventure you are seeking. Whatever that may be - don't miss the best ceviche in the world!! :) I always felt safe wherever we went and I was continually impressed with each place we visited. Excellent accommodations and prices. I will be back for more! The picture here is from our hike in Markawasi. Safe travels!! :)
Our trip to Peru in April 2011 went off without a hitch thanks to Karikuy. Julio was extremely helpful with the planning, always returning emails/calls quickly and staying on top of important travel issues like reconfirming flights without our prompting. Once in Peru our guides were excellent! Oscar and his wife made us feel like family in Cusco, personally checking on our hotel room and requesting a bigger room on our behalf without us asking. In the jungle, our guide, Manuel, was knowledgeable, fun, and flexible. We loved the lodge. We originally tried to book much of the vacation ourselves until we realized Julio had access to much better prices. I highly recommend this agency. They are quick to handle any problems, answer any questions, book any type of trip you need, and all at better prices. THANKS KARIKUY!
One of the best decisions I made while travelling to Peru was to allow Karikuy to assist me along the way. They were extremely helpful, patient and knowledgeable. I had a million questions and all of them were answered without hesitation. When travelling to a place you have never been before it's important to know you are making all the right choices and seeing the right places. My itinerary was customized to my exact needs and I was guided the entire step of the way with people who cared about my experience. I had a blast and I owe a lot of that to the Karikuy team for allowing me to have so much fun while they took care of the rest! thank you Julio and the team in Peru! You were Awesome :)
Discovered Julio via the Internet. I liked that he was a young entrepreneur promoting authentic and affordable travel experiences in his home country of Peru. His business was brand new when I worked with him, and he arranged a trip from start to finish for me and my son (incorporating my own personal requests). We had a fabulous time and it was not the "same-old, same-old" boring travel-company type of a trip. We experienced Peru with real locals, seeing sights and sounds that are not on most travel brochures, and it was a trip of a life time. Julio is enthusiastic and very supportive of and interested in helping the local economy and bettering the lives of Peruvians through his programs - it is not just about providing a sight-seeing service to tourists. GREAT GUY! GREAT COMPANY! If you are adventurous, young at heart, on a budget, and can be somewhat spontaneous, then Julio and Karikuy, is for you!
I found out about Karikuy through the internet and immediately thought they're into some serious business, because of their professionally looking website and fast replies by the agents. We booked a custom made trip to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu which lasted one week and everything was just perfectly organized. We felt like everyone was taking really good care of us all the time. All the local agencies were a great pick by Karikuy and we never regretted having booked them. We will definitely recommend them to any of our friends travelling to Peru. Thank you Julio for your suggestions and help.
I just returned from my trip to Peru and we decided to go with a tour package last minute. Julio was nothing but helpful and managed to arrange everything for us in a customized and economical fashion. We managed to see everything we wanted and more! Thank you Julio!
As winner of the 2010 Karikuy Machu Picchu Contest, I was lucky enough to visit Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu with my sister on our very first trip abroad together! Karikuy coordinated all of our transfers, lodging, domestic flights on Peruvian Airlines, tour admissions, PeruRail train rides and English-speaking guides, relieving us of all the typical logistical stresses of traveling. Julio, Oscar, Marco and Wilfredo provided fascinating insights about Peruvian history, culture and landmarks during our guided tours, and we appreciated the thoughtful itinerary, an ideal mix of planned activities with other travelers and free time to explore on our own. We will remember always our first sips of coca tea and Inca Kola, stumbling onto the Festival of the Lady of the Nativity in Cusco Plaza de Armas, our pursuit of the perfect Pisco Sour and the winding Urubamba River in Sacred Valley. Best of all, Machu Picchu truly is a new wonder of the world; seeing the ancient citadel in all its architectural splendor, from the precise masonry and green terraces to the sacred llamas and ethereal mountain views, was a profound and magical adventure of a lifetime. Thank you, Karikuy.
The volunteer program at Karikuy is one-of-a-kind in the flexibility it provides. One works according to his area of expertise or interest - anthropology in my case - and contributes to Perupedia with the help of his or her personal knowledge and experiences. Of course, said set of knowledge and experiences is greatly expanded by the truly immersive experience at Karikuy; one stays with a family in a Lima neighborhood no tourist gets to see, marches off on excursions to the farthest corners of the country, and makes use of Mr Tello's travel expertise and contacts across Peru to make the most out of his stay. In my four weeks with Karikuy I have scaled the heights of Marcahuasi, danced with Virgen del Carmen celebrants in the Sacred Valley, cheered amidst football crowds from local club matches to the World Cup finals, and had much, much more food than I probably should have. In all, I recommend Karikuy to those looking for something beyond the run-of-the-mill straitjacket volunteer program, but who prefer instead a program flexible to one's interests, schedule and skills.
I booked 3 things through Karikuy -- a horseback tour, the Classic Inca Trail and a flight. Julio got me a great price on the flight and accommodated my request to look into changing the departure time while I was on the trail. Transportation from my guest house to the airport was also (unexpectedly!) provided. The Inca Trail tour itself was fantastic; I definitely think our group was getting every bit as good an experience as others on the trail, but for far less money. I was unhappy with the horseback tour as it wasn't entirely as described, and after letting him know that, Julio gave me a partial refund. Great value, service and attentiveness to customer requests from Julio and his local agent -- I don't think it gets any better than this!
If you're looking for a unique way to explore Peru and experience it in a different light to the average tourist, then volunteering is the way to go. I found that researching and blogging for Karikuy gave me access to a truly authentic side of Peru, living amongst the locals and gaining an insight into how they live. Using Lima as a base, I spent weekends and any chance I could get travelling throughout Peru. Julio was a friendly, knowledgeable host who gave up his time to make sure us volunteers experienced Peru to the max.
Karikuy truly lets you experience all that Peru has to offer.
Volunteering with Karikuy truly lets you experience all that Peru has to offer. You can take the trek to Machu Picchu that isn't swarming with tourists, visit the country's lesser known sites and cities, and explore every aspect of your home base: Lima. After 1 month, I feel like I got a taste of everything here...the people, the landscape, the food, and yes, the pisco....and hope to one day be back for more!
the Karikuy experience - the ultimate gateway for all that is Peru
I had the unique experience of participating in the Karikuy Volunteer Program for a solid 4 months, during which it became apparent to me that this was not your average volunteer experience. The program offered me the unique opportunity to explore this beautiful country from a safe and welcoming home base filled with warm people, delicious food (which at some point became addictive) constant support from Julio and the other volunteers and of course genuinely good fun. The program has challenged me and what I thought I knew about myself, the world and the people in it. And now, having recently returned to Canada, I can definitely say that I've been motivated to continue my exploration of Peru in the near future. This would not have been possible without the Karikuy experience - the ultimate gateway for all that is Peru :)
Thank you and your guide in Cusco Oscar for good organized 1-day Urubamba river rafting tour on the 18 of September 2010. I am satisfied with your rafting. I told my friends and display photos of your rafting tour. Special thanks to Oscar for help with tickets to Machu Picchu and the detailed information given me in Cusco.
My experience volunteering for Karikuy had a lot of firsts. First time traveling to South America, first time visiting a Wonder of the World; Machu Picchu, and most importantly first time writing for a published blog. I really appreciated the chance to start to make a name for myself with travel blog writing and my experiences traveling through Peru has fueled the fire for additional trips to South America and worldwide. Julio and Karikuy made my stay in Lima, Peru comfortable and truly memorable. When I think of Peru I will always have great memories of the delicious food, the amazing nightlife and the breathtaking views while hiking in Huaraz.
An excellent program run by an excellent host. Julio, the founder of the Karikuy organization and his family made me feel right at home during my time volunteering with the organization. Julio went out of his way to make sure I was able to have a genuine Peru experience. He opened up his home to myself and the other volunteers allowing us the opportunity to assimilate into Peruvian society. A truly wonderful experience and one I would recommend to everyone interested in seeing this stunningly beautiful area of South America.
Our trip to Peru has been an extremely enjoyable one thanks to Karikuy. Julio (founder of Karikuy) has been warm and welcoming, giving us a slice of Peruvian life with his hospitality. What impressed me more was the well planned trip that ensured we had someone to take us around at every city in Peru, since we do not speak Spanish. Thanks Julio, Peru had been an awesome trip!