Jennifer H. from Maui, Hawaii; traveled to Peru, Brazil and Argentina
I just wanted to email you and thank you for everything that you arranged for us during our recent trip to Peru, plus Brazil. It all went like
clockwork and each guide was there exactly as arranged and all the transfers went very smoothly. Everywhere we stayed we had excellent service and extremely hospitable staff. Especially at the 2 Aranwa hotels where we particularly liked all the employees I have to say that the people of Peru are among the nicest people I have met.
All our guides and tours were excellent. We loved Machu Picchu and some of us, including me hiked to the Sun Gate on the 2nd morning. We were very
lucky with the weather everywhere we went, particularly considering it was the rainy season. And all our flights flew as planned. We had a bit of a scare while waiting to fly to Lake Titicaca, but at the last minute it cleared and the flight only took 37 minutes. I should also mention that we particularly enjoyed spending time with the family on the island. They are such a charming family and we enjoyed talking to the 2 boys and seeing the
knitting that the older one does. Charlie bought one of his hats for $10. The lunch was maybe the best meal we had anywhere. The soup was delicious
and the trout too was excellent. We had a very nice day and we loved their traditional dance and the costumes.
Iguacu Falls was well worth going to and I'm glad we saw both sides and that you let us know that Americans have to have the extra visa. Our ship with Oceania did not know this and all the people who went on their private overnight tour could only visit the Brazil side. Not very professional of them. We also enjoyed Tiago the guide that we had with us all day and at the airport. We were very lucky and saw an alligator, a huge cat fish and in the afternoon monkeys all around us. Tiago said he hadn't seen the monkeys for several weeks. And we loved those Toucan birds in the bird park.
Linda N. from New Jersey; Group Organizer; traveled to Chile & Argentina
...Spiced Destinations really does take care of everything and the organizer is treated as a valued customer. I would sum up Spiced Destinations in three words - 'the very best'.
James C. from Calgary, Canada; traveled to Peru
Just returned home from our South America trip and Per was fantastic. Guides where excellent and all the arrangements went like clock work. Thanks for your arranging the Peru portion. Very enjoyable and I now want to explore more of South America. The people, culture history is all fascinating.
Natasha Y, from Rockville, MD; traveld to Peru
We are back and had a wonderful time in Peru. We were well taken care off by your team and the arrangements were excellent.
Everything went on very smoothly and the weather was good also, except for one day.
Soy e Luna was the best hotel and the Christmas dinner was nicely done.
Victor, the guide up on Machu Picchu was very good.
Perry N. from Los Angeles, CA; traveled to Peru
We’re back from our two-weeks in Peru, and I wanted to let you know how everything went. First off, it was a great trip. There were no problems with transportation, housing, meals or general schedule. In fact, everything went just as planned. Our tour guide, Judith, and driver, Ricardo, were both excellent. Spending 9 days with them was a pleasure. We saw all the sights, had great meals, and really enjoyed their company. I would recommend them to anyone traveling to Northern Peru without hesitation. The Amazon portion of the trip was also problem free. After meeting up with our guide Roger at the airport, we were taken to the docks for the boat ride to the lodge. Once there, Roger was our personal tour guide, so we didn’t have to deal with any groups while traveling around the area. He was very informative and really helped explain all that we saw. The lodge was great, but on the rustic side. It reminded me a boy scout camp, but with liquor and better food. We actually made a change to the Celba Tops lodge for the last night. We wanted to visit Iquitos on the last day, and the only way to do that was to move closer up river. So Roger was able to arrange for us to stay the last night in air conditioned comfort. Boy, was that a relief. While I liked the rustic nature of the Explorama lodge, 3 nights was more than enough. We then spent the last day with Rodger touring around Iquitos. This really capped the trip, as we not only got to see the jungle, but see some of the sights in town. Roger is another guide that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Iquitos and the surrounding area.
So overall this was a very stress free holiday. I want to thank you for all the work you did in putting this together. It really showed in the seamlessness of going from one activity to another. I’ll definitely be contacting you for our next visit to South America.
Alana B. from Pasadena, CA; traveled to Peru
Thanks for following up on our trip. Our trip was absolutely amazing! We really had a great time. We were very impressed with the level of service that your company provided us. Everything was smooth and easy with no complications. Thanks for making our trip a memorable experience. I have already referred your company to a friend of mine.
Adamm G. from Santa Monica, CA; traveled to Argentina & Peru
Having just returned from a trip to South America I cannot praise the work by Spiced Destinations and it’s president Eitan Silberberg enough. Eitan was recommended by Lima Tours who in turn was recommended by a travel agent friend. From the planning stages until the day we left Eitan was there. He made suggestions for all facets of the trip. This included Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, and especially Peru with Macchu Picchu as the main destination. Eitan’s choice of hotels was superb. He advised and set our itinerary, made hotel reservations, included meals, and arranged for transportation and guides throughout the Peru portion. The airline and most of the hotel stays were booked through our own use of miles and hotel preferred guest status. Never the less Eitan took the time to advise us on all aspects of the trip.
The trip went flawlessly and we are especially grateful for his choice of guides while in Peru, which included the best of all our years of travel.
I cannot recommend Spiced Destination more highly.
Rachel W. from Long Island City, NY; traveled to Peru
We got back yesterday and I wanted to thank you for creating the PERFECT trip. Happy to discuss everything if you want feedback, but suffice it to say it was amazing. We particularly loved Titilaka. I hope to work with you again soon.
Jerry L. from Sherman, CT; traveled to Peru
Thank you for creating a great Peru trip for me and my family. Everything you told me about how Peru has changed over the past 36 years since I was first there turned out to be absolutely correct. The time constraints we gave you, I know, were challenging but you managed to come up with an itinerary that was flawless. Our guides that you arranged through Lima Tours were not just tour guides, they were scholars. We all came away feeling as if we really knew Peru and the Andean culture. The next time we travel to Peru we would like to spend more time in the Sacred Valley and less time in Lima. The Sacred Valley has some of the nicest people, and the most awe-inspiring scenery that I have ever seen. The guide that you had arranged to be with us in the Sacred Valley, and in Cuzco, was a wonderful woman named Yashira. She went over and beyond what she was supposed to do for us. I can't begin to tell you how kind she was, and how knowledgeable. She was really great with our 15 year old daughter. Yashira, by her enthusiasm, revealed how much she loves being a guide and doing the work that she does. She's a real treasure. Thank you for getting us together with her. Our accommodations were wonderful and we had no problems. We particularly enjoyed staying at Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley. What gorgeous grounds! To sum it all up: This trip was a wonderful experience from start to finish. It has opened up a new world to our daughter, and she now has the travel "bug." What more can we ask for?
Melissa S. from Gainsville, FL; traveled to Peru
I am writing to thank you for booking such a fantastic trip to Peru for me. All of the details were taken care of, so that all I needed to do was show up and have a great time.
The hotels were outstanding, particularly Los Portales in Cuzco and La Hacienda in Paracas. The Hotel Ferre in Lima was a little bare bones, but I imagine that it's difficult to find budget accommodation in Miraflores. It met my minimum criteria of being clean and in a safe area, and in addition the staff was very friendly and helpful.
Thanks again for such a great vacation! I would definitely recommend your service to others and you will probably hear from me again in the future.