Our Traveler Reviews

SA Expeditions is an intimate and experienced international team operating in South America. We have all lived in and traveled through the region in a professional capacity, giving us the first-hand experience and knowledge necessary to plan and provide the most reliable excursions in South America.

Understanding that an expedition to South America can be a significant investment, our mission is to make your experience unique and memorable. From the moment you contact us until you return home we work with you to develop your ideal trip. We know your guides, hotel representatives and drivers by name, and frequently communicate with them, tailoring the experience to meet your particular needs and interests.

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In Their Own Words...

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Staci, time has literally flown since we got home from Peru. Thank you and the staff at SA Luxury for arranging an amazing experience for us. Your recommendations were perfect. We continue to talk about all our experiences as we freely share pics and stories with family and friends. The staff was exceptional with their knowledge and attention to detail. We had so many pleasant surprises as we explored Lima, Cusco, Moray, Mara, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. We had no idea that Peru had such diversity in cultures, terrain and climates. Your recommendations significantly surpassed expectations. The accommodations in the Inkaterra hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu were perfect. My husband can't stop talking about the accommodations and service! We really appreciate your customized touches in planning this trip with our hunting trip to Córdoba, Argentina. All arrangements were perfect. We look forward to our next adventure with you. 

- Gene and Lisa G. (Azle, TX)
Photographed at Machu Picchu


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Our trip to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu was phenomenal, and we thank you for your work and efforts. We would recommend SA Luxury Expeditions to family and friends, and would encourage them to work with you. There were no shortcomings on the trip. Kristy and I have been so used to trips were it is nonstop travel and touring, and we come home and we need to recharge and relax. This trip was an excellent blend of sightseeing, but also allowed us to relax. The best day of the trip, besides our visit to Machu Picchu, was the drive through the Sacred Valley, including stops at Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo. It gave us the opportunity to visit some interesting Inca archaeological sites, and interact with some beautiful people. For restaurants, in Lima were loved Maido, and in Cusco we loved Limo and Cicciolina. Attached is a photo of Kristy and me at the peak of Huayna Picchu. We would recommend that if able, people do this hike. While extremely dangerous, it does provide the best views of the ruins at Machu Picchu.

- Jason and Kristy C. (Holbroken, NJ)
Photographed at Huyna Picchu


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Staci, a large THANK YOU to you and all your associates at SA Luxury Expeditions, the guide (Freddy) , driver and Allison were fantastic. The logistics were seamless, tours breathtaking and accommodations perfect. 

- Howard G. (New York, NY)
Photographed at Sacred Valley


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South America is an amazing continent and I had been dreaming of travelling around it for many years. After much research on various tours I could do and travel companies, SA Luxury was my firm choice in assisting me with putting together my trip. Staci Steele was my main contact and is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and patient. She went back and forth for several months in communications with me, tirelessly providing information, checking out activities, guides and accommodation, to tailor my personal trip of two months around South America. No question was too much trouble, and being able to put together my own itinerary with selection from their portfolio of accommodation and activities based on my personal timetable, was invaluable.

I started in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, travelling to the Amazon and Machu Picchu in Peru, down from Atacama to Patagonia in Chile, and up through Argentina before crossing into Brazil and then home via Rio de Janeiro. As a single female traveller with only a beginners understanding of Spanish, I was concerned with security as well as wishing to travel comfortably and ensure I maximised my experience with all the must-see's of each of the countries I visited. All the stress of transfers and making flights was looked after as I had an ambassador in each city meet me from the plane, deliver me to and from my hotel or cruise and provide knowledgeable day tours, and manage any changes to my itinerary as the trip progressed. When a flight was delayed causing me to miss a transfer, I was potentially going to loose an entire day in one of Patagonia's luxury lodges – one of my trips' splurges and I had been looking forward to it for weeks.

I emailed Staci from the airport and she immediately rearranged emergency transfers that involved two people driving me through the night for five hours to make sure I didn't miss the next days' activities. I slept in the transfer vehicles and was able to do an amazing mountain hike in the morning, horse ride across the pampas in the afternoon and the all-inclusive meals were out of this world! I was overwhelmed with how quickly and efficiently my trip was put back on schedule and crisis averted. Staci also checked in with me every week or so just to see if there was anything I needed and to check on quality of the hotels and tours. SA Luxury' fantastic customer service allowed me to leave the organisation to them and focus on the amazing experiences of each place and activity, and truly soak it all in.

I highly recommend Staci and SA Luxury to any traveller wanting to visit South America. They have so much knowledge of the countries and best places to stay, guides and activities. You won't miss a thing! 

- Deirdre M. (New Zealand)
Photographed at Machu Picchu


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Staci, yes we are settling in from that wonderful trip. The accomodations were great! The Marriott in Lima was the perfect location for a few nights; the other hotels (especially La Casona) were spectacular. And all the food was wonderful-even my son's foray into guinea pig! The "Marco's" were very good guides, kept us entertained and imparted a lot of information we never would have learned. The folks who picked us up and delivered us to the airports were also very good and helped to get us oriented. We think the horseback ride was so much fun, in depth look at some villages, frankly those were the absolutely best horses I have ever ridden. And everyone else who had not ridden much were very comfortable since the horses were so responsive. It would have been nice if we could have done a bit of trotting etc but Marco and his horse seemed to have a "male v male" issue so he was led by one of the trainers. In short, all of your people could not have been more accommodating to our needs.

- LaDonna S. (Fairfield, CT)
Photographed at Sacred Valley


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Our tour was really successful in every way, and the relaxed pace and timing was really the way to do it. Machu Picchu is quite remote and hard to get to, so taking time to get their in stages makes for a more enjoyable experience. For those who can afford it, your choice of accommodations would be hard to beat. All the hotels really took care of us, as you would expect from 5-star resorts. The pick-ups, drop-offs, logistics and coordination was all very seamless. It was nice to be able to relax and not really worry about anything, knowing that you had already figured everything out. We very much enjoyed Marco. As I have done on other tours, I made the effort to make a personal connection with him and my group. We invited him to all our dinners and lunches when he was available, and enjoyed his company. The boys were amazed by the experience, and I think it will be something they never forget.

- Roger H.
Photographed at Machu Picchu


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My wife and I took the opportunity of travelling to the World Cup in Brasil to and tour the South American highlights. Based on Trip Advisor feedback we contacted SA Luxury Expeditions for assistance in arranging our itinerary and travel. Right from the time we initially approached SA Luxury Expeditions they (Kristina) were incredibly responsive and helpful. We knew the highlights we wanted to see but their local knowledge was invaluable in translating our wish list into a practical itinerary. Our actual travel arrangements were wonderful; the hotels were all excellent, the guides knowledgeable and personable and the logistics ran like clockwork. The thoroughness and attention to detail of all the arrangements left us completely free to enjoy our trip. 

- Steve & Donna K. (New Zealand)
Photographed at Machu Picchu


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My husband, 23-year old son and I just returned from a truly spectacular and informative journey through Cusco and Machu Picchu, and we wish to express our deepest thanks to everyone at SA Luxury Expeditions who contributed toward our remarkable vacation.

From the moment we stepped off the plane in Lima and were met by the smiling, charming Allison, every aspect of our trip was perfectly choreographed, smooth and professional. More important, thanks to the encyclopedic knowledge, patience and graciousness of our guides, we learned much about not only the ancient Incas and their timeless legacy, but also the contemporary culture of the Andes people and their dedication to keeping alive many of the ancient crafts – notably the magnificent woven goods.

In particular, we wish to acknowledge the ever-genial virtuoso Fernando, who provided us not only exceptional insights into the facts and theories governing the Inca culture and the breathtaking sites on our itinerary, but also details of modern life for Cusco residents, the pivotal role of Catholicism in contemporary society, geology and cosmology, and other subjects. Fernando was unfailingly affable, gracious, informative and respectful throughout our intensive three days together. It is no exaggeration to say that Fernando's tutelage transformed our journey into an unforgettable experience. SA Luxury Expeditions has an outstanding ambassador in the modest Fernando, and we were delighted to be matched with a guide of such expansive knowledge, compassion and stamina.

Finally, our half-day tour of the cosmopolitan economic and political powerhouse of Lima, led by Julia, provided a fascinating counterpoint to our travels in Cusco and Machu Picchu. 

- Nan, Doug, & Nathaniel C. (Peoria, IL)
Photographed at Huyna Picchu


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I can tell you from day one until the day we left Cusco, that our experience was a magical and wonderful. SA Luxury Expedition is truly and exceptional tour company. Please pass on our thanks to Marco for taking care of Wilbur and my postcards. I'm sure Wilbur received a wonderful send off at Macho Picchu by Marco. Thank you for everything.

- David & Karl (Palm Springs, CA)
Photographed at Machu Picchu


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Thank you so very much for our wonderful first experience in South America. We both love culture, and absolutely love getting out of the U.S., so it's difficult to pick one highlight. One of our favorites was the FOOD of Peru, oh my goodness - we wish we could eat like that every day back home. But otherwise we loved the Amazon, the entire experience that was the Inca Trail (again - food FAR exceeded our expectations, it was amazing), traveling to see the different cultures that lived outside of the urbanized areas (we saw this on the bus ride from Cusco to Puno, and then in Puno traveling out to see the Unos people and those on Taquile Island), Lake Titicaca itself, and the "cat park" in Lima.

The guides and representatives were incredible. The knowledge about the cultures, history, and fluency in English are unmatched, (for us to date anyway!) We were braced to be flexible. We knew we had a tight schedule, and neither one of us is fluent in Spanish so we expected some challenges - but there were none. Everyone was kind, knowledgeable, and on time. (A change from what we are use to in Africa, lol.) Our favorite hotel was the one in Cusco, followed by the Amazon lodge.

The Inca Trail was once in a lifetime. It was by far the most physically challenging thing I've ever done (day 2)... Jeremiah was basically running up the mountain. But I wouldn't change a single thing (except maybe a slower hike on the last day to take in the sunrise a little more, we booked it to beat everyone to the Sungate - we did that "normally two hour hike" in 45 minutes). The views were breath-taking.

Thank you once again for a wonderful experience, we know who we are using the next time we return to South America! 

- Sarah & Jeremiah P. (New Berlin, WI)
Photographed at Rio de Janeiro


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