The best of both worlds: Tailored service and group experiences
The best of both worlds: Tailored service and group experiences
Visiting Peru with the help of Karikuy Tours was the best decision I made. Julio was very personable, professional and accomodating. He really cared that I had the most enjoyable experience while visiting his country. The itinerary was exactly what I wanted, a combination of some days on my own and other days spent in organized group activities. The accomodations were excellent and the group tours and 4-day Inca Trail hike were amazing.
The Karikuy staff were reliable, culturally and historically knowledgeable and had the best local recommendations. It was also important to me that my tourism dollars went directly into the local economy and not some foreign-owned operator. Without a doubt I would recommend Karikuy Tours and will visit Peru again with them.
Honestly takes a caring interest in making friends with his clientele...
Thank-you so much Julio. You were wonderful. Every place we arrived someone was there to take us where we needed to go. We could call on Julio any time and he was always there to help us. We had a wonderful trip and it was much less stressful thanks to booking with Karikuy. I want to go back to Peru and if I do I definitely will book with Julio and Karikuy!
- Jane Ebert -
My friend Jane and I were putting together a travel itinerary that was the most complex I'd ever attempted, involving lots of local flights and hotels around Peru. Without Julio's assistance we'd never have been successful in organizing this trip and that's for sure. And what was really great is we both felt like Julio was always there for us whenever we ran into problems; airline flight delays etc. We'd call Julio on the spur of the moment and he was always patient, helpful, and just plain expert at helping us straighten things out again. Plus, on our way through Lima, Julio made time to escort us to one of his favorite local restaurants, a great place to eat and one we wouldn't have known about or experienced otherwise. To me it felt like Julio isn't just running a business, but the guy honestly takes a caring interest in making friends with his clientele, and this really impressed me about him.
Our time in the jungle and then hiking the Inca Trail is on the list of best experiences EVER. Karikuy helped us book an unforgettable experience that rivals any other vacation we've ever had. Great guides, great food, great fun. THANKS!
We wanted to travel to Peru and weren't sure who to book the trip through. After a little googling we saw Karikuy. The trip was planned great - we even went back and forth and made changes and Julio was extremely fast to respond with the changes in itinerary and prices. When we got there everything was taken care of, there were even people there to pick us up at the airport every time! I will recommend Karikuy to anyone I know traveling to Peru!
This experience was unbelievable. I did things that I never thought I would get to do and I met people that I will never forget. The opportunity would have never been available if it wasn't for Karikuy and I want to go back asap! From having the hostal booked, someone to pick me up at the airport and everything set up for me was a blessing. It really made my trip amazing. I was shown things along the trip that Im sure I never would have been shown if it wasnt for Karikuy. If you are going to Peru, book your trip with them!
would definately recommend Karikuy to any fellow traveller to Peru!
We booked a 2 week custom tour with Karikuy to Machu Picchu, Lima, Puno, floating islands, Arequipa, Nazca lines etc. and they were fabulous!! We made some changes during our trip and Karikuy was very accomodating. All the staff we met were super friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this company to anyone who would like to travel around Peru. They are very knowledgeable and give great advice!
- Cleona Luk -
I just came back from Peru with a group of 3 girls from Canada. I am very glad we booked with Karikuy. We had a wonderful experience with Julio and his network of tour guides with a special mention to Jorge Canales (Arequipa) and Oscar Marin (Cusco). From the moment we landed to the moment we left Peru we were shown great hospitality and felt safe and taken care of through out our entire trip from Lima to Huacachina to Nasca to Arequipa to Puno to Cusco to Machu Picchu and back to Lima.
Unfortunately the airline had lost my luggage upon arriving and Julio was so sweet in following up with the airlines for 7 days till it was found in order to have it delivered to my next destination. I am so grateful and thankful for that!
I would definately recommend Karikuy to any fellow traveller to Peru!
My wife and I just returned from the most amazing trip around southern Peru! Thanks to Julio and his wonderful network this was by far one of the most memorable trips we've ever taken! Karikuy's personal approach to coordinating our trip kept us worry free and allowed us to sit back and enjoy our vacation. Julio is a true professional and his tours place an emphasis on the rich peruvian culture while comfortably maximizing your time. We can't say enough about Karikuy. Julio, many thanks and best wishes brother!
The picture says it all..I had the most amazing time and experience in Peru. My trip was one year in the making, which means I bugged Julio last year and again this year to put an itinerary together to cover all the places I wanted to visit. Needless to say, after many versions a perfect itinerary was in place and I couldn't be happier with the accommodations, the fun guides and the overall experience that Karikuy had to offer and all that within a reasonable budget. I visited Lima, Nasca Lines, Huacachina, Arequipa, Puno-Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu with the short Inca Trail, all in a 10 day schedule. I would definitely recommend Karikuy to anyone interested in not just seeing Peru, but experiencing Peru to its fullest!
knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and most of all, fun!
As the winner of the 2011 Karikuy contest, I was given the opportunity to hike the Jungle Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and it was easily one of the greatest travel experiences of my life! I have backpacked all over Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Asia, but this one week in Peru managed to pack in every emotion, experience, and encounter one hopes to have after months on the road. Mountain biking! Whitewater rafting! Zip-lining! Hot springs! And let's not forget hiking deep into the jungle, losing your breath as you go up into the mountains (from the exercise and from the scenery) and then running down into the valleys where ruins and rapids await. Julio took care of everything for me ahead of time (including my vegetarian meals!), which took out a lot of the guess work. And my guides during the trek were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and most of all, fun! I have made friends for life and Peru has stolen my heart. Fanks Karikuy!
Couldn't originally find much about Karikuy but were very pleased we decided to book with this company. We had loads of questions beforehand and also made quite a few changes to our itinerary, which wasn't a problem at all for Julio. Always received a quick response and nothing was an issue. When we arrived in Peru, we were taken care of by Oscar who organized some extra sightseeing for us in Cusco. Everything went smooth, accommodation in Cusco was fantastic, superb experience. Would recommend this company to anyone who wants to relax because they take care of everything for you. Definitely good value for your money. Thank you Karikuy!
I'm really glad I picked Karikuy for my Inca Trail trip. Hiking to Machu Picchu was the best experience of my life and everything went to plan. Julio was really helpful with ongoing email communication prior to the trip, the hotel for me was ideal; with really friendly staff and was perfect place to relax after the trek. The briefing before the trek gave me all the information I needed and the trek itself was superb - excellent guides, who were so kind and informative, with just the right words to keep you going, amazing cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a great bunch of hikers. I will never forget this experience and I would recommend Karikuy without hesitation.
We booked our honeymoon trip with Karikuy not knowing what to expect, and we were super happy! Julio was always quick to answer emails and customize our trip the way we wanted it! We always had someone picking us up at the airport, and ensuring we got where we needed to go within the city. We spent a few days in Cuzco, exploring the Sacred Valley and doing a horseback tour. We spent 4 days on the Inca Trail with an amazing guide and great group! Our trip to Puerto Maldonado was also so much fun, and also a great place to relax after the Inca Trail. I would (and will) recommend Karikuy to my family and friends anytime! If you are looking into booking with Karikuy, I would also glady provide more information about our trip! It is an affordable way to see Peru, knowing you have a few dedicated people working to ensure your trip happens flawlessly! Best honeymoon ever! Go Karikuy!
Our trip to Peru was one of the best trips we've ever taken. We only had about 8 days to do all the things we wanted, but Julio worked out a very reasonable tour package for us. We met the people of the Uros floating islands in Lake Titicaca, stayed with a family on Amantani island, traveled through the Sacred Valley, explored Machu Picchu and got to climb Huayna Picchu. We ate ceviche, kuy, and alpaca, drank pisco sours, and had a 12-course meal at Astrid y Gastón in Lima. All of our drivers and guides were very helpful and personal, and they answered all of our questions. Every transition between sites was smooth and comfortable. We recommended Karikuy to our friends going on their honeymoon, and we'd recommend Karikuy to anyone else going to Peru. Thank you so much!
I volunteered at Karikuy for three weeks as part of a ten-month trip around the world, including four months in South America. Myself and my girlfriend Ania wanted something relevant to our careers in the media and found Julio through Volunteer Latin America (VLA). I enjoyed our experience very much. I must confess that not everything about the placement was what I expected it to be, but if the last ten months have taught me anything, it's that almost nothing is as you expect it will be and you will have a better time if you go into things with 'a clean mental pallet'. I found Julio to be welcoming and writing articles for Perupedia and blog posts for Karikuy was exactly my sort of thing! Living in the neighborhood of Planeta with Julio and having our meals with his family was also great. They were so generous and hospitable and I feel like I've seen the authentic Lima Peru that other backpackers don't see. It was also great to meet and socialize with other travelers during our stay. Watching movies, playing video games and going out for dinners, drinks and tours in Lima was much more fun when shared with our new friends!
As well as running the volunteer program, Julio also booked our Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, as well as our flights from Cusco to Lima and our hostel in Cusco. Julio and his associates were so helpful: for example Oscar who picked us up from the airport in Cusco and dropped us back for our return flight; and Bruno, our guide for the four-day trek to Machu Picchu, who was simply excellent. Our week or so in Cusco is one of the highlights of my entire ten-month trip and it wouldn't have been the same without the organisation and effort from Julio et al. We've already passed Julio's details on to several other travelers we've met in Colombia who are heading south to Peru. I say to you what I said to them: highly recommended!
Hello Julio, just wanted to thank you for an incredible trip. It was just what we were looking for. Everything from the sand boarding, buggy rides, repelling and all of the ruins we were able to visit, Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. I've attached some photos of the repelling trip in Corao. Thanks again.
I was collaborating with Karikuy and Perupedia and wrote some posts for the web. There I met very interesting people who I made friends with. Later I got to visit the wonderful museums and whereabouts of Lima. In balance, a very good experience, more so because of the people met and the conversations we had there.
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.