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Our trip was terrific. Nearly everything was beyond our expectations. Mostly I attribute this to your careful arrangement of every detail. You are a pro and I appreciate your individual involvement and availability when I had questions. I normally do things myself, but on a trip such as this I know I could not have done nearly as well. Having so many things taken care of by competent people made this trip a success. <br /><br />
Perhaps at the top of the list was our guide, Marco. He was superb: friendly, knowledgeable and took the time to teach us about what we were seeing. Our driver too was excellent. The accommodations in Cusco, particularly were quite nice. We enjoyed the pace of the tour, the sites, food, truly the entire experience.<br /><br />
On the trip down the Sacred Valley, each site seemed more impressive than the one before. I thought Machu Picchu would be anti-climactic. I was wrong about that. It was by far the most impressive in terms of scale and the mere accomplishment of design, construction and setting. 

- Lester M. (Falls Church, VA)
Photographed at Machu Picchu

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Peru was absolutely wonderful. First I want to say a huge thanks for all your work in planning the trip, and especially for your help with trying to figure out alternatives for Sachi. She was of course disappointed that she wasn't able to go in the end, but you made the whole thing very easy and I can't thank you enough for that.

Second, all the folks in Peru were amazing. This is the first time I've been on a trip that wasn't self-planned, and I was blown away by how much I learned from the guides and personal tours. The Inkaterra lodge was beautiful, the food was great, and all the staff were so pleasant and helpful. Si, Kim, and I had a lot of fun birding, hiking, etc.

Overall, I was most impressed with Marko and the Cusco/Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu experience. He was fantastic -- extremely personable and so knowledgeable. Our discussions about the history and political economy of the Inca and pre-Inca were the big highlight for me. I hope you'll pass on my special thanks to Marko and let him know how impressed I was. 

- Jamie B. (Halifax, Canada)
Photographed at Machu Picchu

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We wanted to thank SA Expeditions for a truly amazing adventure. The Galapagos and Machu Picchu has always been two of the top places my wife, myself, and our kids have wanted to visit. Combining them into one trip was something we never thought of. SA Expeditions made this incredible journey seamless.

From the initial planning stages with Riva, the amazing tour guides in Quito/ Cusco/ the Galapagos, and of course Machu Picchu, we had a one of a kind experience. My family has travelled throughout the world (Asia/ Europe/ North America/ New Zealand/ and Africa). This was our first South American Adventure, and it rated up there as one of our top vacations.

I wanted to give a special thanks to Rafael of the Galapagos Legend cruise, who was an amazing tour guide, extremely patient, and very accommodating. Marcos took great care of us as well as Wilbur throughout our Peru travels. Finally Oscar made sure our short tour in Lima was all encompassing, and even there we were only there for a few hours, we didn't miss out on anything. Thank you again SA Expeditions for making this a very memorable experience for my family and myself. 

- Milan, Pinkie, Devon, Dillan & Maya S. (Bakersfield, CA)
Photographed at Galapagos Islands

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Our trip was a dream come true for us. Our expectations were exceeded tremendously. The accommodations were great. A wonderful breakfast was served everywhere we went. We were not expecting that inclusion. Of course the highlight of the trip was the trek.We LOVED our guide and his crew. Who knew such wonderful food could be prepared out of backpacks. Our last day in Lima we enjoyed walking to the market, eating at LaMar, and spending the rest of the day watching surfers. It was wonderful.

Every step of our adventure was planned with great care. The places and people SA Luxury put us in contact with were wonderful. Peruvian people are the friendliest and have the best food. Of all the countries I have visited, this trip topped them all. I will definitely use tour agency again and encourage others to try you out. 

- Dana, Chad, and Kip C. (Lake Charles, Lousisana)
Photographed at Peru

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I am truly grateful to SA Expeditions for making my Peru holiday a memorable one. I have traveled all over the world but this trip definitely topped my list from Lima to trekking the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu.

A huge thank you to Riva and all the wonderful guides that made my trip amazing. I will use SA Expeditions again for Patagonia next year. 

- Julie L. (Hong Kong)
Photographed at Machu Picchu

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Over all our South America experience land and cruise was wonderful. When we arrived in Iguazu our guide took us directly to the falls. The falls on the Argentina side were magnificent and we took the zodiac ride under the falls! It was so wet, even Andy's wallet got wet in his pocket. That was one of the highlights. We celebrated Andy's birthday doing the zodiac. It was scary but fun. Over all experience was good and we would like to do it again in the future.',

- Donna O. & Andrew K (Carmichael, CA)
Photographed at Iguazu Falls

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Although I have lived in Peru for several years, I wanted to make sure that my parents' first trip to Peru was exceptional. I had very particular ideas about what I wanted our trip to be like, so I contacted Staci with all of my ideas and she was able to create the perfect itinerary for us. Our private tours were just the pace that we wanted so we could enjoy our trip, but not be exhausted by the end of it. Our private guide, Marco, was also really knowledgeable and really added to our whole experience. Thank you. 

- Emily G. (Texas)
Photographed at Machu Picchu

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My husband and I just returned from a 9 day trip to Peru. From the moment we contacted SA Expeditions to inquire about travel to Peru to the follow-up after we returned from our trip, we received top notch service. Kristina, our travel advisor, was always quick to respond to all of our questions and concerns and planned a perfect trip that was tailored specifically to our interests. Each and every property that we stayed at fit the description and service level that was promised and every guide and driver was professional, on time, knowledgeable, and, most of all friendly.

We were pleased to have a guide, Silver, in Cusco and Machu Picchu with years of experience under his belt, as he was able to answer all of our questions about the rich history of Peru. Having extensive personal experience in the travel industry, it is extremely difficult to plan travel that is flawless, but SA Expeditions did just that. We had the trip of a lifetime and will absolutely return to South America in the future and will, without hesitation, have SA Expeditions plan our next adventure.

- Heidi & Konstantin (Rochester, MA)
Photographed at Peru

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Everything you arranged was perfect! Allison met us at the airport and escorted us to the hotel, and escorted us back to the airport on our departure. Jose (and our "super" driver Wilfred) met us punctually each day and provided as much in-depth information as we requested. We really enjoyed meeting and traveling with Jose in the highlands. Both he and Wilfred were most accommodating.

Sophia was terrific, very knowledgeable of Lima and a very pleasant person to be with. Seemed like a friend almost immediately. We did cut the city tour short by eliminating the visit to the silver museum (due to early departure the following morning) but the tour did give us a general feel of the city, which is what we wanted. Thank you, all arrangements were exact. ',

- Steve & Gayle (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
Photographed at Machu Picchu

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Dan and I really enjoyed our time with SA Expeditions from beginning to end. The service overall was great. We appreciated the balance of guides, who were there exactly when we needed them, but were not abrasive and allowed us our own time.

All of the restaurant and hotel recommendations were exactly what we wanted. We ate both delicious high-end cuisine and local food. Dan's favorite part was probably when our guide in Cusco took him to a local "Polleria" for chicken and chips. The hotels in both Cusco and Machu Picchu were literally the best hotels either of us had ever stayed in.

Machu Picchu was obviously a highlight. We both appreciated being on our own schedule, but also that the guide had a structured tour in mind. We also liked the differing histories we received in Lima and Cusco. Our guide in Cusco gave us all the information we could possibly want about the Incans, while our guide in Lima made sure to focus on parts of history outside of the Incans.

The only thing that did not go as planned was the weather, which made us happy. We were told to expect rain in Cusco and Machu Picchu, and fog in Lima. We had nothing but sunshine the entire time.

Overall, we could not have been happier with our tour. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip.

- Grace & Daniel L. (London, UK)
Photographed at Machu Picchu

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We really enjoyed our guided tour. The accommodations were outstanding along with our tour guide, Marco. Everything was very organized and planned out. Cusco city was a pleasant surprise. We truly enjoyed the restaurants there and felt very safe on all our outings. Machu Picchu exceeded our expectations. Marco did a wonderful job navigating me (Carol) through steep areas since I am afraid of heights. We will highly recommend your tour company to all our friends. Thanks to you, Riva, for all the effort planning this trip. 

- David & Carol C. (Bellefontaine, OH)
Photographed at Machu Picchu

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My wife and I love to travel and take educational tours, so when we wanted to see Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands, after researching different tour companies, I contacted SA Expeditions. From the very beginning I dealt with Riva and found her to be most knowledgeable, helpful, and very responsive to my questions as well as promptly returning my telephone calls. When she was away, her partners were the same.

My wife and I had a wonderful 18 day trip to Peru and Ecuador. The accommodations were great and the tour guides were excellent. They went out of their way to point out places of special interest or which were not on the itinerary. I would not hesitate to recommend the company for your South American travel needs and we will be using them in future for travel to Brazil and Argentina.

- Deodutt & Chaula P. (Fort Myers, FL)
Photographed at Lima

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We thought that your company, SA Expeditions, was fantastic in organizing our whole vacation. We felt that our whole experience was wonderful and all of the activities were once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We are writing to you right now because we didn't want to miss the opportunity to tell you how great your company was in organizing our vacation. We even lost a suitcase on the way there and you were instrumental in helping us get it returned the next day. We felt safe and secure with all of our transfers and all of our tour guides. Thank you again for our great trip! 

- Stephanie, Amy & Beth Anne (New York, NY)
Photographed at Peruvian Desert

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We would use SA Expeditions again and will recommend to all our friends to use your services. We felt taken care of and had no worries. The connections, reservations and provisions were wonderful! The people we worked with were extraordinary and we felt we made real connections with all of them. Especially wonderful was Allison, whom we shared the experience in the Amazon and she took the time to show us the market in Cusco and help with our plane reservations we had through another company.

Our guide in the Amazon was Carlos and we cannot say enough good things about how he helped us to understand the rain forest and his passion made it come alive. He was so happy to show us the jungle and was so happy when we spotted some monkeys or had other special moments. Jose was our guide in Cusco and Machu Picchu and he was just perfect and we enjoyed him so much.

We will always remember our hotel in Cusco and the wonderful staff and our room in Machu Picchu in that beautiful setting. It was the trip of a lifetime and your firm made it happen in the most perfect way. Thank you and the wonderful people working for SA Luxury!

- Clyde & Krimhilde B. (Irving, TX)
Photographed at Amazon

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We had a wonderful time and just loved Argentina! If we had stayed a few more days, we could have helped celebrate the election of the new Pope!

The two hotels in Buenos were terrific and we loved spending time in the two different areas. So much to do and we were so lucky to have been able to get tickets to the first Philharmonic performance of the season at the Teatro Colon, thanks to Carolina, who was just terrific. A tour of the opera house was definitely a highlight and then to be able to attend a performance was very exciting. I've been to a number of opera houses worldwide—it's one of my goals when I visit a foreign city.

The hotel in Iguazu was definitely unique and we enjoyed our stay there. I'm guessing that the Falls were the most spectacular part of our trip! Linda has seen Victoria Falls and said these far surpassed them. We were so close to them and since it was so hot and humid, were happy to get sprayed while viewing them and then to get absolutely drenched on the boat! It sure felt good.

Once again, many thanks for your responsiveness and setting up a wonderful trip for us. 

- Ginny C. (Douglaston, NY)
Photographed at Iguazu Falls

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Thanks for all your help in making this a trip we will always remember!! The logistics were perfect, the accommodations were even better than we expected (and our expectations were already high) and the guides were fabulous. In particular, Fernando's knowledge of all things Inca – and his enthusiasm – made Cuzco and Machu Picchu absolutely a breath-taking experience. We were at Machu Picchu at 6:45 AM and there was some morning fog. When it cleared in about 30 minutes and the Andes became visible it was like a curtain going up on a Broadway show; it was a staggering view. My wife and I are very experienced travelers – and this was one of the best adventures of our lives! I have only praise for everyone at SA Expeditions. 

- Steve C. (New York, NY)
Photographed at Machu Picchu

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Thank you so much for a wonderful trip! Craig and I have had Machu Picchu on our lifetime list for several years, and you all made it a wonderful experience! Your company gave us just the kind of vacation we enjoy - supreme accommodations, gourmet cuisine, wonderful guides with impeccable English, and the grand scenery of Peru.

I especially wanted to mention several things: first of all, I truly appreciated your personal help in preparing for the trip and answering my multitude of questions. Being prepared for a trip and having knowledge of what to expect, including special tips on staying comfortable and saving time is one of my biggest concerns. Secondly, David - we missed our connecting flight from Lima to Cuzco. Within the hour of calling him, David had us rebooked and ready to get back onto our vacation. Talk about service and saving our vacation!

Third, Allison. It was so nice to have a smiling face greet us as we started our dream vacation in Cuzco. She was a lovely host. Fourth - our beloved Demas. He was able to accommodate our last minute request for a Sacred Valley Tour and was also our guide to the quaint city of Cuzco. We are avid travelers and have been around the world, from Rome to Manila and many places in between. Demas was the BEST cultural tour guide we have ever had. His passion for Peru and the amazing Incan culture infuses your day with magic. Last but not least we cannot say enough about our trekking group - Wayki treks - Frankie and his crew kept us motivated, well fed, and comfortable along a gorgeous and challenging trail. Our journey was fantastic! Thank you ever so much! 

- Amabel & Craig (Orlando, FL)
Photographed at Inca Trail

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Thank you so much for our flawless trip. We cannot thank you enough for the treatment we received. You (personally) responded to all of our pre-trip questions promptly and thoroughly, and at every point in our trip we felt secure and confident in the hands of your team. Of special note is the prompt and professional manner that you, Allison, and Jose Angell responded to our unexpected change of plans.

We want to particularly thank Jose Angell. He was passionate in telling the story of the Incan people. He was knowledgeable of the Incan abilities in architecture, engineering, construction and even hydrology. He explained the religion of the Incans, coinciding with our tours of Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Cathedrals.

We will not hesitate to return to South America. There is much more to see in Peru and when the time comes we will consider only SA to guide us. Thank you again for showing us the wonderful country, people and customs of Peru!

- Richard & Janet E. (Big Lake, MN)
Photographed at Sacred Valley

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We just have to say that we enjoyed our trip a lot, all of us, and we want to congratulate and to thank you VERY MUCH. Everything was perfect! The good choice of hotels, the competence of the guides, the kindness of the drivers, the good rhythm of the trip... And we have been so lucky with the weather so we could see the Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca with sun! We were sorry not to see you in Lima before leaving so as to thank you so MUCH. But we'll see you next time!

- Gwenn & Antoine H. (France)
Photographed at Sacred Valley

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My husband and I just returned from an absolutely spectacular trip to Chile and Argentina planned by SA Expeditions. Not only was the trip planned to perfection -- with a perfect mix of city activities and adventure travel, but because of the meticulous work SA Expeditions had done, it was the easiest trip I've ever taken. Everything was paid in advance, which allowed us to relax and just enjoy everything. We were met in each airport by English speaking guides, who answered any questions we might have, and all of our accommodations were perfectly situated in areas that were beautiful, walkable and safe.

The thing that really blew me away, though, was the crescendo of the trip. While everything we did and everywhere we stayed was top-notch, each successive stop and activity just got a little more wonderful than the last. The result was a truly fantastic week and a half that we'll always cherish. I highly recommend SA Expeditions to anyone looking to travel in South America, whether you're looking for a low-key trip or an action-packed adventure. We got a wonderful mix of both and enjoyed every second of it!

- Danielle V. (Alexandria, VA)
Photographed at Patagonia

Meet Staci
"After spending 5 years in Lima, I fell in love with Peruvian cuisine, my favorites... Pisco Sours and vegetarian tacu tacu. Fortunately, I married a Peruvian chef!"
Meet Kim
"After a decade in the US-corporate world, I relocated to South America and was immediately captivated by the beauty of its landscapes, culture and life-style. No doubt it’s forever changed me."
Meet Jenny
"Having spent my childhood amongst the rolling hills of the UK, I fell in love with the Andes on visits to Chile, Bolivia and Peru and made my permanent home amongst the mountains of Cusco."
Meet Sara
"I’m most amazed by the vastness of South America – its pristine nature, exhilarating outdoor activities, fascinating cultures, unimaginable archaeological sites, and heavenly cuisines… there is something for everyone!"