I was part of 'Seldom's' group and just returned to the USA. Karikuy tours provided a wonderful experience in Peru. Your guides were prompt and knowledgeable. Oscar met us with a smile, and we stayed at his wife's B & B where we were treated like family. All of the 'hostels' far exceeded our expectations both in warmth and hospitality.
The two days of touring in Cusco were very informative. I did feel that we did try to cram too much into those days--I understand that Peru has so much to offer and you want to share it all! The Inca trail guides were SUPERIOR! Valerie was organized and informative. Guido has such heart and was gently encouraging. After childbirth, I found the trail to be most challenging for me. Hector rescued our two fellow travelers who couldn't continue.
I appreciated how all tour guides were on time, friendly, and delivered all tickets and information necessary. A suggestion for Peru--take some of the fees from the trail and invest in composting toilets! The porters are a wonder too! The camp food was excellent and abundant. The trip to Puno was informative too. The floating islands were quite unique as was the cultural background. Great guide on that trip too. I had some trouble at the airport. Evidently one is not able to take fossils out of Peru. I bought one for my son and one for my grandson at one road market on our trip to Sacred Valley. I would have appreciated knowing we couldn't take them out of the country. The seller didn't tell me that. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed your country and people. Warmth and hospitality abounded. Thank you.
Joining a group tour is not our idea of seeing places because of lack of flexibility and would limit our interactions with the locals. The main purpose why we travel is not only to see places but also try to learn the country's culture, history and interact with the people. Julio Tello of Karikuy made it possible for us to achieve all these at a very reasonable price. Special thanks to Tarsis Ayala (Lima) who went above & beyond in guiding us to restaurants where the locals go. We very much enjoyed the food at La Buena Muerte Cevicheria & El Tio Mario Anticucheria. Also, many thanks to all the guides for their insightful knowledge shared to us. We will highly recommend your organization to everyone who's planning a trip to Peru. Muchas Gracias !
This tour was hands-down the best part of my (group of 7)'s visit to Peru. It was action packed, very well organized and the best part of it was our tour guide. Aurelio (I forget his last name but we did the tour from May 26-29). We did the Inca Jungle Tour. Aurelio was so patriotic, fun, excited, organized and caring. He led us around and we had complete trust/love for him. Thanks so much for an amazing adventure!
The trip of a Lifetime. Great service, great value and a great guide in Miguel. We were a small group and we had an absolute ball. The contact with the locals added to the experience. We packed a lot into our two weeks and I don't think we could have done better. Highlights were the train from Puno to Cusco and of course the Lares Trek. We climbed the stairs to Machu Picchu and our guide took us to a great spot to see the sunrise. A magical moment. We ascended Huayna Picchu which completed the experience. Glad we chose Karikuy and would not change a thing. Thanks to everyone for the blast!
The Corto Maltes Amazonia was our adventure. Karikuy was super helpful seeing that everything went smoothly prior to the trip. The jungle adventures were great and our lodge was the perfect refuge after a day of strenuous hiking. We even had a beautiful parrot visitor. I highly recommend!
Great trip, great value, great service! I am very well-traveled but had never worked with a tour company before, so I cannot believe my great good fortune in finding Karikuy. I was traveling alone, and don’t speak Spanish. Julio listened to what I wanted, customized a tour for me at an incredibly reasonable price, and I was over-the-moon happy with the entire trip, which was 2 weeks. There were no snafus, it was seamless. I can’t wait for someone I know to go to Peru so I can recommend Karikuy to them. Go!!
I really enjoyed this trip to Peru. And thanks to you guys, you made it easier for me. I did it in just 5 days! It was crazy, I wouldn't make it without your help, advice, and timing! I totally recommend. I took the Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley tour with them, and the Titicaca lake (Uros islands) tour.
Julio and Karikuy were our boots on the ground planning a study abroad experience for seven students and myself. We had a unique itinerary and budget as we traversed the country. Karikuy made it the trip of a life time. They were always accessible and helpful as we traveled from sea level to over 4,000 meters and back down again from ocean to mountains to jungle. The jungle experience at the Inotawa Lodge was the unexpected highlight - completely off the grid and amazing everything from the food to the accommodations and everything in between. We will be back again!
I spent a lot of time and effort trying to find the perfect trek for a small group of three with an absolute time crunch. With the February restrictions on the Inca Trail, we ended up with the Salkantay as our option. From the get-go, we were provided with exceptional turnaround time on questions, and full transparency from Karikuy. When we met with the representative in Cusco the night before the trek began, everything took on a very real feel--by the end of day one, we knew that the choice we made couldn't have been better. Every portion of the trek for our group went flawlessly; the food was good, the sleeping conditions better than expected, and the Salkantay is full of breathtaking views. A company can make or break a trip like this, and thankfully not only did I have the best company and friends with me, but the guides were outstanding (Leo and Joel were outstanding). I will not hesitate to book through Karikuy again on my next venture in Peru.
We had an amazing time in Peru as Julio's team at Karikuy put together a perfect custom itinerary for us that included Cusco, an Inca Trail hike, Machu Picchu, and Huayna Picchu. We had no issues throughout our entire trip from the time we landed in Cusco until the afternoon we departed. All of our hotels were excellent and any transportation arrangements (cars, trains) were always on time.Special thanks to Oscar (our driver in Cusco), Jaime (our Cusco guide), and Neilo (our Inca trail and Machu Picchu guide) for their professionalism and service. It is clear that Karikuy works with the best local people to ensure that you have an amazing trip and memories to last a lifetime. We highly recommend using Karikuy for your trip to Peru and seeing the magical, mystical and breathtaking Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
This was a wonderful experience, going from the tranquility of Lake Titicaca, then trekking up in the hills on the Salkantay Trek, before finishing at the wonder of Machu Picchu. The organisation was smooth & untroubled, and the hotels booked were good, in particular the one in Cusco which was beautiful. Our plans had to change along the trip & this change was accommodated without any problem.
My family, ie., me, my husband and daughter booked tour with Karikuy from August 17th to August 24th. This was the best trip we had and enjoyed our time in lima, cuzsco, machu picchu, sacred valley. They were prompt in providing transportation and friendly tour guides. I strongly recommend Karikuy tours and will not be disappointed. We heard about karikuy tours from a friend at work who had a group tour and they recommended to us. I called Julio couple of times while I was in Peru and he always answered me promptly. My daughter said she wants to go back to peru another time. Overall this is the best tour.
I booked my jungle trek with Karikuy tours without knowing much about them and I am very pleased with my decision! Julio was always very helpful and responded fast to my questions. Also, a guide was sent to my hostel to prep me for the trek and even offered to come back and explain for my friend who was arriving the next day. Also while I was in Cusco, I asked for a last minute tour of Sacred Valley and everything was set up for me in no time. I had an awesome adventure during the jungle trek and I do recommend it with Karikuy tours (with rafting and ziplining :D) because the prices are good and its a well organised trip. Was really worth it!
Had a great trip with karikuy tours during our family backpacking trip to Peru. They organised our nazca lines trip which was all excellent. I would have organised a lot more trips through them to save myself hassle if I had known how good they were.
Our tour with Karikuy was amazing! originally we were only going to book Machu Picchu jungle trek but decided to do a custom two week tour through Peru. Everything was perfect all the sights and cities we wanted to see were included and all our accommodation, transport and tours of local attractions. It made it so easy and was a nice break from having to organise everything ourselves. We basically showed up at each stop there was always a friendly tour guide waiting with good english. The price was fantastic and the accommodation was always clean and in a good location. Machu Picchu was the highlight we had an amazing tour guide and a nice small group. we had so much fun we wanted to do it over again when it had finished. Cannot recommend this agency highly enough.