ECS Travel Review Peru
Prior to holiday
Eliu Campos listened to my requirements and created an itinerary that included all of my requests. He modified it to suit my budget without ruining the content of the tour. Payments made by credit card were smooth and everything was booked quickly.
He also contacted us regularly throughout the trip to keep abreast of our holiday.
All transfers were spot on with people waiting to meet us at the airport/ bus station/ train station, all were made in safe, sensible cars or vans.
I was hesitant with regards to the long bus journeys that were required (Lima-Paracas-Nazca-Arequipa). However, the buses were amazing. Superb legroom, comfortable seats and entertainment if you wanted it. I would however take earphones to block out the sound of this system.
The Andean Explorer train was ok, however, had I known the buses comfort I’d do the Puno-Cusco by bus instead. The meal served was excellent and the train was on time.
The Vistadome train wasn’t up to the same standard. On our outbound journey we were given 2 seats that had been squeezed in, and were totally different from the other customers, however, the train was full and we were unable to move. The return journey offered better seats and much more comfort, until the waiter smashed a glass all over me! (and really didn’t know how to deal with it). This however was not the fault of ECS, although I would recommend they book decent seats for future customers.
We visited many wonderful places. The Nazca Lines flight were amazing and a must do. The Colca Canyon was special and we saw 10 condors flying extremely closely to us, simply breathtaking! Machu Picchu obviously and the incredible Manu Park.
We had amazing private guides in Arequipa, Colca, Manu Park, Lima and Machu Picchu. The guide Liz in Arequipa was incredibly passionate about her city and I enjoyed talking to her about life in Peru and the politics of the country. Ruben in MP was extremely knowledgeable. Jose in the jungle was a brilliant spotter, who just needed a brief glance to identify an animal. The guide in Lima (Fabina I think), again was friendly and knowledgeable. I did however have some criticism of our guide in Cusco. Whilst she provided us with the information required about the sights, I felt she lacked the passion and it was simply ‘a job’ for her to do. Likewise on the journey to the Sacred Valley, she didn’t talk to us at all, just left us to ourselves. I’m not suggesting she bombard us with talk for the entire journey, but a small chat here and there.
We had some meals included and they were lovely. The extra detail of our anniversary meal was an excellent addition, thank you!
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge meals were delicious.
He also made reservations at Central and Astrid/Gaston for us (Go to Central it’s far better!!)
We stayed in some lovely hotels. Particularly the Colca Lodge and Sanctuary Lodge. However, the Casa Andina Private Collection in Puno, Select in Lima, Sonesta in Arequipa and Hacienda in Paracas were good. The jungle lodges were well kept up and offered good facilities for their locations.
I highly recommend this company to anyone wanting to travel to Peru.