Aracari vs Elite Luxury Kenya - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Aracari Travel Review - Left in the Dark

3.0 October 2018
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
I've seen a number of positive reviews for Aracari Travel, and I don't want to totally discount a recent trip to Peru using Aracari. We had a nice trip, but encountered some unexpected issues along the way. Aracari provides an emergency phone number to call when an emergency occurs. We didn't encounter any emergencies until the end of our trip. Our flight home was cancelled in the middle of the night. We had trouble with our phones trying to get in contact our previous hotel in the area, so we reached called the emergency line. We asked if they could help us contact the hotel, but we were told that was the airline's problem. We weren't asking for Aracari to pay for the hotel, just for help to contact our prior hotel to see if they had any vacancies before we took a cab there. We didn't receive any help from Aracari on this at all--we never heard back from them. The odd part of this was on the way to the airport to return home, we rode with the emergency contact, Raul, and heard how business wasn't about the money to him, but rather making sure people were taken care of while in Peru. We found it odd that hours after hearing this, the response to our emergency was totally different. It was very disheartening. Maybe we were a one-off time this happened, but I would want to know about this if I were searching for a travel company to trust while traveling, and especially regarding a company that claims "luxury meets authenticity".

We encountered additional flukes such as an unexpected hotel cost, incomplete packing information, and a missed opportunity in the rainforest. I suppose no trip is perfect, but these also put a damper on our trip.

As I state above, I don't want to totally discount our trip. We enjoyed the site seeing as well as the excellent guides, drivers, and experiences. After paying thousands of dollars, we were disappointed with being left in the dark.
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Tour Aracari Company Reviews

Simply fantastic!

5.0 January 2017
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Professional travel services. The only way to experience Peru!
Our family of 5 adults had a fantastic time in Peru and visiting Machu Picchu. We had no worries and even ran into a passport issue which the Aracari Team efficiently and quickly helped us resolve. Simply fantastic!
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Tour Aracari Company Reviews

The Trip Exceeded Expectations

5.0 November 2016
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My mom and I just came back from an incredible trip to Bolivia with Aracari. Our travel planner, Erika, was incredibly professional, quick to reply and accommodating even before arriving, and planned a great itinerary for us. It was a pretty packed schedule, but we don't feel like we missed anything in La Paz or Uyuni/Siloli Desert. The places we visited and the information we received from the guides in both parts of the trip exceeded expectations and it's all still sinking in as we go through the hundreds of surreal photos we were able to take. We are extremely pleased with the week and will never forget our time in Bolivia thanks to Aracari! GRACIAS por una experiencia inolvidable :)
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Tour Aracari Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 5 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 618 $ 442
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • River Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Service Level Luxury Luxury
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Africa
Known For
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Luxury
Headquarters Lima, Peru Nairobi, Kenya
Year Established 1996 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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      About Elite Luxury Kenya

      Also called “Kenya Safaris” this company is very locally minded, offering boutique travel experiences including honeymoon, and fully customized travel.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Elite Luxury Kenya provides a travel experience in Kenya that will introduce travelers to another side of the African safari. No frills, yet comfortable, the travel options seem to distinctly be designed to showcase traveling beyond the safari. Though this is not to say safari’s are not a focus. Rather for them, a safari holiday with them means you’ll get a very diverse tour in terms of activities, excursions, and accommodations.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Those seeking an affordable Kenya, Tanzania, and / or Uganda experience. Their tours are private and completely customizable. As a smaller company travelers may find that accommodations are less luxury in feel than an established luxury safari brand, however you will be very comfortable and well taken care of. And if local touches are important to you, these will make your trip especially enjoyable.

      Where Do They Operate?

      Despite what the name suggests, Elite Luxury Kenya also provides tours in Tanzania and Uganda. Part of their mission is to introduce travelers to Kenya and these other destinations beyond the typical safari. To that end you may enjoy a beach holiday, gorilla trek, or hike up Mount Kenya.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Kenya based and small, traveling with them is a way to support local business and in return have a fully local experience. You will get a sense of the “real” Kenya, while also experiencing all the classic safari moments.

      Tours are led by local knowledgeable guides, and your trip is designed by experts for a personalized touch - this helps ensure your trip to Kenya fulfills everything you want to see.

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