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Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.5
5.0 August 2015
Second trip with SAT-this time to Ecuador and Galapagos. Everything was well organized and the hotels were good.
Would travel and book again.
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5.0 August 2015
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I have to recommend SouthAmerican Travel to any one that is taking a tour to Peru or South America. My Dad and I went to Peru in April 2014 for 20 days. We found the site by chance on line and used their “create your own adventure” function and submitted it. We were contacted by Christina Schranz and she put a package together with everything we requested which included a 14 day tour of Peru from Lima to Cusco and then with a 5 day tour of the Amazon. She put the whole package together and we also asked for flights to be included and she found some for both our international fights and our connecting flights from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and back to Lima. Christina was great and she replied to all our emails quickly and professionally. My Dad and I were very happy with here service and would recommend her to put any ones travel package together!Read more
The tour itself was fantastic. We were very surprised when we arrived in Peru due to the fact that we weren’t expecting the treatment for a 3 star hotel package. We were treated like royalty we were picked up at the airport by a guide and usually a driver that took us from our hotel or airport to our next destination and gave us so much information about the area and the sites we were going to see.
The hotels were spectacular 3 star one hotel that did stand out was the Hotel El Mapi because it was far above average for a 3 star hotel with very nice rooms and a 3 course meal that was fantastic. The hotel staff was also very accommodating and helped us with all our needs. The only exception was in Cusco at the Terra Andina which was a disappointment both due to prices and poor room standards.
We had so many amazing tour guides and drivers I would like to name a few:
Christine Berg was a great when we first arrived and the city tour of Lima was very good and informative before we left.
Rosa Garcia was an amazing guide and we enjoyed the time and information she gave us thanks for the fun time and we will always remember the sand buggy ride!!
Wilfredo Ccalla was a very informative guide in Arequipa and showed us a very beautiful city.
Turismo Mer was one of the best bus drive/site seeing tours because it broke up the long drive with some cool attractions and a beautiful stop for lunch.
Raul from Export tours was our guide for the sacred valley, the Pisac ruins and visiting Ollantaytambo he was a very informative guide and very passionate about his culture and his job.
Martin Carrillo was a very informative about Quechua culture and the history of Machu Picchu and he was also very good a showing us amazing places up on Machu Picchu and some of the sacred places.
Enzo was a very amazing guide for us in the Tambopata National Reserve and river. He was very fun to be with and showed us some very cool animals and trails in the jungle. He was a very amazing person and my best wishes for him.
The Tambopata Research center was a fantastic facility with beautiful rooms and great services. The researchers were also very knowledgeable and great to be around.
I would like to thank you and all the amazing tour operators that we had the opportunity to travel with and the chance to meet these amazing people.
SouthAmerican Travel put together an amazing trip that was well laid out and hotels that were one notch above grade. Thank you for an amazing tour and wish all the guides we met the best.
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4.0 August 2015
We travelled to Chile Argentina and Brazil in 2013 we dealt with Rebecca from the Buenos Aires office and she was 1st class all the way.
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5.0 November 2018
Japan Cultural Odyssey
We really enjoyed our Discover Corps tour and can't wait to return to Japan. My wife and I took the Discover Corps cultural trip to Japan (Started in Tokyo-then a bullet train to Kyoto & more local trains to Osaka). The transportation system works well and no cars were ever needed. We were completely taken care of from booking and then thru the process. Adrienne did a great job of informing us of all the details-no planning required. Our guides in Japan, Aki and Miwa, were very knowledgeable local people & made sure we were having a unforgettable time! The cultural experience in Japan was terrific. Great mix of excitement; watching Sumo and participating in Kendo. The food was wonderful plus we were able to participate in sushi making!Read more
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5.0 July 2018
We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.Read more
5.0 July 2017
This trip was really superb, starting with the folks like Alex in the San Diego office to our tour guide in Havana, Orelvis (a perfect gentleman if there ever was one--and he seemed to know absolutely EVERYTHING about Havana), and our driver, Boris (who was an extremely safe driver, and the SUV that was our transportation was a practically new Honda), and our friendly hostess at the casa particular (B&B).Read more
But at breakfast at the casa particular, keep in mind the CDC guidelines for healthy travel: cook it, boil it, peel it (yourself) or FORGET IT. So the bowl of fruit and the fruit juices? Pass them up in favor of coffee and toast. I know that sounds boring, but after I got home, I ended up in the hospital emergency room for dehydration due to e-coli--my fault for not following the CDC guidelines.
Also, to get up to my room at the casa particular, I had to climb a narrow, curved marble staircase--I took extra care not to fall either on the way up or on the way down.
The activities and attractions were first rate (but you must keep in mind that you're on "Cuban time," and not everything runs like a Swiss train). From the Hemingway house to the canon ceremony (which I loved even though it was a substitution for another event that was unexpectedly closed) to the jazz club (again, we went to one jazz club that for some reason didn't work out, but no problem--Orelvis took us to another jazz club recommended by his supervisor in Havana) to the art museum to the Malecon to the outdoor terrace at the Hotel Nacional and more, it was amazing how much we saw of Havana in about 72 hours.
There were only four people on the trip, and that was both a good thing and a bad thing--good because each of us received a great deal of attention from Orelvis and bad because two of the four didn't want to follow the itinerary and often went off on their own and then kept the rest of us waiting for them to return (highly frustrating--finally Boris said, "the schedule is the schedule," and we stopped catering to them). One of them spoke fluent Spanish--good for her--but I did wish that Orelvis had curtailed the lengthy conversations that she initiated with him, which the rest of us could not understand.
Two of my favorite activities were ones that I arranged myself: attending the world-class ballet at the gorgeously restored el Gran Teatro and then taking a yellow 1950 Chevrolet convertible with an Italian driver, who was an absolute hoot, back to the casa particular.
And the food at the private restaurants known as paladars was first rate. We even had lunch at one that Anthony Bourdain recently featured on his CNN travel show "Parts Unknown."
Just a small word of caution: sometimes there wasn't enough bottled water in the SUV in which we were riding, especially when we were dropped off at the casa particular at night. Make sure that you have plenty of bottled water with you at all times. (The CDC even recommends that you brush your teeth with bottled water.)
I also wish I had brought another pair of shoes with me because with all of the walking in the heat of the Cuban sun, my feet swelled. Fortunately, I had brought some Band-Aids with me, which helped cushion the sore spots.
I highly recommend this trip--to my way of thinking, it's much better than taking a cruise ship that only docks in Havana for one or two nights--and the "Havana Weekend Getaway" is the most popular trip to Cuba that is offered by Discover Corps, as I learned from Orelvis.
|Tours||2 Trips||28 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 249||$ 399|
|Operator Type||Custom/Private Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Seattle, Washington, USA||San Diego, California|
|Solo Friendly||N/A||No single supplement|
San Diego based tour company Discover Corps is a leader in the rapidly growing field of volunteer vacations. Operating since 2004, Discovery Corps trips average one to two weeks and focus on volunteering either with children and schools or with animals and wildlife conservation.
What Makes Discover Corps Stand Out?
They are focused on providing travel experiences with a wider humanitarian purpose - and help you put your tourism dollars to good use on the ground. The world of “voluntourism” is a sticky area, and has been met with some criticism over the years, so traveling with a reputable and transparent company has become super important.
With Discover Corps, volunteering, responsible tourism, and giving back to local communities is their entire brand - not just a buzzword on the “about us” page. So for those travelers who truly want to make their vacation about volunteering first and tourism second, Discover Corps is a great choice.
Discover Corps trips are all inclusive, and while volunteering is the primary focus, sightseeing and cultural activities are also included. Their trips are very popular among families, friend groups, and solo travelers.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Discover Corps?
These tours are best suited to travelers who want to have a humanitarian focus on their next trip. And if this idea is new to you, but you are interested in getting involved, Discover Corp is a great way to start.
The average age on a Discover Corps trip is 45-65 except in summer, when families with children as young as 10 are welcome on “family friendly” trips.
Wildlife lovers as well will love the opportunities available on Discover Corps Nature & Wildlife conservation tours. You’ll have a chance to get up close to some amazing species, learn about their habitats, and get to participate in various initiatives designed to protect these habitats.
Discover Corp travels around the world, in rural villages, beach locations, and rainforests. Popular destinations are primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Discover Corps Travel Style
Their all-inclusive trips combine light volunteer projects with sightseeing and cultural immersion. They also offer support while you’re on site – from building classrooms to improving water systems to creating eco-friendly homes. The ideas come from the local communities themselves, and local staff plan everything in advance.
Why Choose a Tour With Discover Corps?
If you’re the kind of person who likes being actionable and getting involved with protecting threatened cultures, wildlife, and contributing to growing communities in need of schools and homes, then Discover Corps would be a great choice.
Volunteer vacations are one of the best ways to get to know the local people on a different level than many tour companies provide. Rather than simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re out in the neighborhoods meeting everyday people.
“Traveling with a purpose” might seem like a thrown around phrase these days, but it is the entire philosophy around every Discovery Corps trips. So when you join one of their tours, you’ll be surrounded by guides and other travelers for whom this isn’t a buzzword - it’s an important and meaningful mission.