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Andean Discovery

4.6 | Excellent
  • 89% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Regional Expert
Headquarters
  • Maynard, MA, USA
Trips
  • 3

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Andean Discovery Reviews & Ratings 89% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 16 Great 0 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 2
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4.5 Meals:
4.6

Tour Reviews

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Recommends

Enjoyable experience August 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Andean Discovery organized an enlightening and enjoyable experience that friends and I shared in Guayaquil and Montañita, Ecuador. All of the transportation and trip logistics were expertly planned and smoothly executed. The Andean Discovery team helped create warm memories during my introduction to Ecuador that make me want to return and continue exploring this beautiful country with them. Thanks for exceeding my expectations!
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Recommends

The whole day was a wonderful experience August 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My brother and I were lucky to spend a day with Andean Discovery for a Pachamanca feast in Peru. The whole day was a wonderful experience off the typical tourist path where we had a beautiful drive through the valley, visited a market then spent quality time in a lesser visited village meeting a family, helping them prepare an earth oven feast, watching a live flute performance and enjoying our meal together. Andean Discovery sponsored a chimney project in the town and it was enjoyable to learn and see how our trip was making a positive impact on the local community.
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Truly a life changing experience August 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Andean Discovery crafted a custom trip to Colombia for a Lost City trek (Ciudad Perdida). It was one of the best adventures of my life, truly a life changing experience. Guide was a pro and the Chef sent ahead of us made sure we had gourmet meal at every major stop along route. I do recommend bringing a hammock if you prefer open air sleeping, the lodging is as expected for this type of journey. The multi-day hike was book-ended with luxury hotel / Villa stays, so that made prep / recovery a great experience. Def plan on going again! Thanks to Damon and his crew for taking it to another level.
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Exceeded every one of our expectations! August 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
So happy that I used Andean Discovery on a trip to Peru / Machu Picchu!

I took a trip with my brothers to Peru and we could not agree more that Andean Discovery made it the trip of a lifetime. From taking the time to understanding what we wanted out of our itinerary, to helping with all of the pre-departure details, to using the best local guides in every leg of journey - the Andean team was incredibly knowledgable, flexible, and helpful.

We spent 10 days camping and hiking on the Inca train, volunteering with a school, mountain biking, horseback riding, and exploring multiple towns all over Peru. We were looking for adventure, and the Andean team made sure we had the best local guides, each who was perfect for every part of our adventure.

Our trip ended with a visit to Aquas Calientes and Machu Picchu. The Andean team went out of their way to make sure we had the best tour guide that Machu Picchu had to offer, set us up with a breathtaking luxury hotel to relax in after days of hiking, and took care of every detail so that we could our Peruvian adventure on the best note possible.

I didn't know that a single trip could hold so much adventure, education, luxury, and culture engagement - Andean exceeded every one of our expectations!
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Epic Journey! August 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Andean Discovery crafted a custom trip to Colombia for a Lost City trek (Ciudad Perdida). It was one of the best adventures of my life, truly a life changing experience. Guide was a pro and the Chef sent ahead of us made sure we had gourmet meal at every major stop along route. I do recommend bringing a hammock if you prefer open air sleeping, the lodging is as expected for this type of journey. The multi-day hike was book-ended with luxury hotel / Villa stays, so that made prep / recovery a great experience. Def plan on going again! Thanks to Damon and his crew for taking it to another level.
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Does Not Recommend

Horrible Customer Experience and Agency with Complete Lack of Any Expertise August 2019

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Shame on Andean Discovery. When one chooses a travel agency it is for their “craft”, or expertise if you will, on knowing and recommending ALL things for the desired location. My family used them for the first time to travel to Galapagos islands. They sorely disappointed and beyond failed with the transportation from Santa Cruz island to Isabella island. This was the most atrocious life altering experience on the ocean my family has ever had and we grew up on the ocean and we both have boats on a lake and the gulf of Mexico, so we are very experienced with the seas. There were so many issues and wrong doings with this, my words will not do it justice. It was a small speed boat packed to the gizzards with people and only a few life jackets that I could see. I was alarmed by that but knew it was going to be a problem when the man handed out black vomit bags. This entire set up was not only unsafe and should be illegal, the waves and swells were larger than the boat during this time of year. I had my 74 year old mother and sister throwing up the entire miserable 2 hour ride where I had to change their vomit bags by bear crawling on the floor of the boat. There were others vomiting as well, and the worst travel experience of my life and I travel all over the world.
Again shame shame on Andean for not knowing what that experience was like and what the ocean was like during that part of their season & more importantly for not providing their clients with OPTIONS. Option to fly between the islands which we found out were available after we got off, thank god alive, that horrific speed boat. And our tour guide knew all of this and he even agreed how rough and awful the ocean and boat experience is during this time and that Andean should be made aware, which is appalling as that is their job!

I challenged the members of Andean, to go, and go now, and experience the boat ride (provided them the boat named the “GLADEL”) for themselves from Santa Cruz to Isabella for a whopping $30. I would never want one person to ever experience what my family and I had to endure.

They were the worst travel agency I have ever experienced, they were rude, unprofessional and not empathetic at all. They never even reached out after they knew we were taking the plane back between the islands because their travel guide had to fly with us. Never waste your time looking into this disaster of an agency.
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Stride Review

Massachusetts-based Andean Discovery is a family-owned business that specializes in tours of three countries in South America.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

Owners Angela Veliz-Corkin and Damon Corkin are former residents of Ecuador and travel to South America annually to keep abreast of any changes and devise new offerings. They also maintain offices in South America.

Who Travels With Them?

Individuals, families, and small groups who are seeking an authentic South American travel experience that doesn’t simply duplicate standard tours.

Where Do They Operate?

Peru, Ecuador (including the Galapagos), and Colombia. One popular tour choice combines a Galapagos cruise with a tour of Machu Picchu in Peru.

How Does It Work?

Every Andean Discovery trip is personalized to fit the traveler’s interests, budget and schedule. Activities may include hiking and trekking in the Andes, family-friendly adventures, and scuba diving in the Galapagos.

Why Travel With Them?

The Corkins know the Andean region intimately and can offer real expertise. Their guides speak fluent English and are knowledgeable and personable. The company is committed to sustainable travel.and community-based tourism that doesn’t negatively impact local culture. 

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From Andean Discovery

We are dedicated to helping you plan your dream trip to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos. We’re with you every step of the way, starting from the time you contact us through your return home.

Associations:

International Galapagos Tour Operators Association

Trips & Specials

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9 days
Private Guided
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,690

Highlights

  • Explore Isabela Island by mountain bike
  • Snorkel with sea lions and friendly sharks
  • Surf the Galapagos with instructors
  • Sleep on the rim of a dormant volcano
  • Cook a traditional meal with a local family
  • Walk through a colony of marine iguanas
  • Traverse a cloud forest canopy zip-line
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Highlights

  • Fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines
  • Boat to the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands
  • Explore stunning Paracas National Reserve
  • Visit Machu Picchu with a private guide
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13 days
Private Guided
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 5,190

Highlights

  • Explore Machu Picchu & Cusco
  • Tour the Galapagos on a 5-day cruise
  • Visit an ancient Inca Fortress
  • Discover villages in the Sacred Valley
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