A thank you note to Karikuy for all arrangements in Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, 4 days Inca Trail to Machu Pichhu, Puno - Lake Titicaca and Nazca Lines. Julio was very prompt and diligent in responding to all questions and made sure all transfers/hotels were safe and comfortable. I highly recommend Karikuy for travels to Peru. 3 cheers to Julio and Karikuy! Thank you again.
My daughter Kristin always does something memorable for her birthday. This time she decided to celebrate in Peru and asked me, her father, to come along. I said okay, however, she had to make all the arrangements. After some research, Kristin decided on booking with Karikuy. Kristin worked with Julio to plan and organize our nine (May 11-19) days in Peru. With me in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kristin in Buffalo, New York and Julio in Lima, Peru, coordinating this trip was not going to be easy.
As it turns out, Julio did it all and then some! From the moment my daughter began working with Julio setting up the tour until the time we departed Lima to head home, the level of service that Karikuy provided us is unsurpassed! 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 hotels ensuring we got to where we needed to go. We even had folks briefing us on the following day's itinerary. We definitely made the best choice by choosing Karikuy.
Our arrival in Lima was late in the evening. However, Aaron was there to greet us, take us to our hotel and provide us detailed information on the following day's flight on Peru Air to Arequipa. Aaron made us feel comfortable. In Arequipa we did an afternoon tour of the city and the following day we did Class IV white water rafting in the Chili River!
We took the tourist bus to Puno with stops along the way. At Abra La Raya, the highest elevation on the tour at 14,232 feet (higher than Mount Fuji), we felt like being on top of the world!
We spent a couple of days in Puno, a port city in Lake Titicaca (12,507 feet elevation). We took a boat ride to visit the people of Uros that live on floating islands made of reeds (papyrus). Unbelievable! Our next stop was on the island of Taquile. We climbed to the top of the island, an elevation of 13,284 feet for the best fresh trout lunch ever! A very memorable day which is also Kristin's Birthday!
Every day is an adventure! Even the bus to Cusco was exciting with stops along the way to visit many archeological ruins, churches and museums. In Cusco we had just enough time to have dinner and have an early turn in to prepare us for the hike to Machu Picchu!
We got on an early bus that took us to the train station to ride on the historic Peru Rail to kilometer 104. It was like going back in time! We met our guide Juana in kilometer 104 where we began our two day Inca Trail hike. Juana is amazing! Best guide ever! She explained everything from the history of the Inca people to naming flowers and orchids along the trail! The hike to the Lost City of Machu Picchu was the highlight of our visit. We trekked for 16 kilometers (about six hours) going up and along a mountain to the Sun Gate for our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. It was definitely breathtaking!
This trip was the best ever! If I were to compare this with all the other trips I have taken, this would be on the top of the list. If you haven't been to Peru you are missing out. I would recommend this to all my friends and family! I recommend Karikuy! It is an affordable and the level of effort is five star! The most memorable experience my daughter and I will never forget! There is so much more to write about of our trip. We had so many great experiences. Why wait till retirement…go now!
When we decided to book our trip to Peru, we thought we would just wing it and hope for the best. But once we started researching and found the trips offered by Karikuy and the ability to customize your itinerary, we thought it was too good to be true. Julio helped us decide the best trip to suit what we wanted and he executed it flawlessly! It was comforting to know we'd always have a guide to pick us up at the bus station or airport and take us to our already booked hostel. And Julio always picked the best possible tours and hostels at an affordable price. Every day was a new and fun adventure but the Jungle Inka Trek was definitely the highlight of our trip.
There's no other way to book a trip to Peru than going with Karikuy. Affordable, reliable and very knowledgeable about travelling in Peru. Thanks Julio! You gave us a trip of a lifetime!!
Booking with Karikuy tours was a great experience.
Booking with Karikuy tours was a great experience. Julio was very helpful and answered all of our questions prior to booking. We chose a private 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and received a great price. Unfortunately, last minute one person in our group was not able to join so there were only three of us attending the trek. We did however feel very safe with our guide, porter and chef. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome to their country and in showing us their culture. The trek itself was an amazing experience with beautiful senery changes and views. I would definitely recommend Karikuy tours again and our Porter, Percy. Also, The extra cost to make it a private tour seemed well worth it if you can afford it as some other groups just seemed too large in size.
Thank you Karikuy Tours for making our Trek in Peru special!
Our overall experience with Karikuy has been very good. We did the jungle Inca trail, the Titicaca (Puno, Uros, Amantani (overnight) and Taquile) and then one night in Arequipa. The one problem we had was with pocket money. We never knew how much pocket money in cash would be necessary. For example on the islands of lake Titicaca we wished that we had more money to buy stuff from the families and such. Otherwise everything worked out well, we especially enjoyed the jungle Inca Trail with our fabulous gang and very good guide! Thanks.
I booked my trip within a week of my departure. Not knowing whether I'll be able to visit every place I wanted to, I contacted Karikuy. Julio was extremely responsive and helpful. I had a great trip with no problems. There was always someone to meet me in all the towns and everyone was quite patient in dealing with my limited grasp of Spanish. I'll recommend Karikuy to anyone interested in visiting Peru on a budget.
My sister and I booked our travel to Peru with Karikuy Tours, we were pleasantly surprise how things evolved smoothly, we were picked up at the airport and bus terminals on time by local guides who were pleasant and professional, and they were available to answer questions. The accommodations on hostels were clean and close to the city centers. All of these allowed us to enjoy the amazingly beautiful Peru fully. We will definitely recommend Karikuy Tours to friends and family, if we went back to Peru we will use karikuy again.
My sister and I joined Karikuy's 9 day "Southern Circuit Tour" end of April 2012. The itinerary was so nicely planned and Julio is always quick in responding to our inquiries. We have seen (and enjoyed) a lot in our tour. We had once worried about having altitude sickness in Puno and Cuzco but the itinerary allowed us sufficient acclimatization. We virtually had no altitude problem and had a really really great time, particularly in climbing up the Wayna Picchu to overlook the stunning Macchu Picchu!!!! Thanks Karikuy for pre-ordering the very limited tickets to Wayna Picchu for us! :)
We were always given good care during transfers between airport, bus stations and hotels. All tickets required (for local tours, bus tours and excursions) in every cities we visited they were always ready for us once we arrived.
We went to the Cortes Maltes resort in Puerto Maldonado with Karikuy. Before we made our way to Peru, I did some research and found some great information about Karikuy. Julio was very helpful throughout the booking process and it's just too bad we didn't get to meet him during our trip.
We had a great time in the Amazon (minus the fact that we were sick, but that's our own fault). The food at the resort was excellent! Especially since I am vegetarian, I was very happy to see that the kitchen prepared delicious and different meals for me the 4 days we were there. Amazon is beautiful and I would recommend that you definitely visit it.
This is a vacation that we call it an expedition or adventure, learning lots of things not from books but we were there myself to experience life in another part of the world. Macchu Picchu is its climactic part of our trip, although I struggled to climb Machu Picchu but happy to see we were up there and knowing a lot of its historical facts.
We take this chance to thank Karikuy, especially Julio and the rest of the team for making this happen without much trouble. There are surely other great highlights of our trips. We could not imagine ourselves sand boarding in the dunes of Ica that we never did in our life; climbing a much higher elevation in Puno, the Taquile island at Lake Titicaca. We were gasping for breath but it is worth the experience ... THANK YOU, KARIKUY, THANK YOU, JULIO, making it happen ... Go Karikuy, Go !!! More success !!!
We had a wonderful trip and will be back in a heartbeat. The service was outstanding, people were friendly, polite and we enjoyed every moment of our stay. The hike was a real challenge and the tour guides helped us get through every hurdle. We would like to specially thank Oscar, and Cusco city tour guide Roni for having made our stay in Cusco memorable. The El Balcon Hostel at Cusco was a very good choice as it was centrally located and close to all the sites.
Thank you again for making our trip a success. We will definitely contact you when we plan our next trip to Peru and would be happy to recommend you to all our friends.
Julio and his team of guides made our trip to Peru amazing. We had a very tight schedule and he arranged the perfect itinerary and took care of everything. My daughter and I will forever remember our trip thanks to Karikuy.
My son and I recently had a very memorable trip to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu arranged through Karikuy. It's a leap of faith to book online however the team at Karikuy were a tremendous choice. They are highly organized, punctual and professional. I would not have the slightest hesitation in booking future trips with this team.
I was travelling on my own and was really worried about the 2 day trip I had booked with Karikuy, but it exceeded my expectations. guides were very knowledgeable, spoke good English and were very attentive. Transfers from one place to another were very well organized, and the staff always made sure we got safe to our destinations and met us everyday to tell us about the next days schedule. I would recommend Karikuy to everyone who travels around Peru, very reliable and caring. Thank you!!
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!