Jungle to Andes
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- Discover the magical Amazon Rainforest
- Experience the Pisac ruins
- Visit the Sacred Valley
- See the amazing floating reed islands
- Age range
- 18 to 65 year olds
- Hotel, Lodge
- Max Group Size
- Local Transport, Plane
- Rather Poor
- JVJustineWritten on June 25, 20173.0 - AverageThis is a very long explanation of why I found this tour to be sub-par, but I think it is worth demonstrating the facts. Per Tucan's own words on their site, "We have set high standards for our itineraries and we take great care to ensure that all of the ingredients are right, not just the price. Our accommodation is tried and tested, our expedition vehicles are the best on the road and our staff is second to none for enthusiasm and experience. Many of the included excursions in our tours are the result of years of careful research to get the right balance of quality and value." I did NOT find the quality of this trip to be aligned with the price. Most of the issues are because we were not provided a detailed itinerary (i.e., time tables, hotels, etc.) at any point before or during the tour (even after asking!!): 1) Tucan would not release the accommodation detail, even after I paid for the trip. I reached out about this, and they claimed it was against their policy. I learned my lesson here and will not book a trip without knowing this in advance. Although I was very happy with the Amazon Lodge and was ok with the others, I was extremely disappointed with the Cusco accommodations. Cusco was so bad that I and many other people on the tour paid out of pocket to get a nicer hotel (the hotel was unbearably noisy, there was no way the hotel was considered 3 stars with the lack of quality of the rooms and bathrooms, and a couple woke up covered in bug bites after their first night's stay). When we brought this up to the tour leader, he did not do anything. It wasn’t until we already booked alternative hotels that he got Tucan to agree to put us in a different hotel (we were informed of this an hour before we were to return to Cusco; we all booked something new by dinner time to ensure we had a place to stay for the night). After following up with the tour company about this, they refused to give me a refund because "alternative arrangements were made." As a side note, the hotel I booked in Cusco to replace Tucan's choice was amazingly nice, and only cost $215 for 3 nights (which was split between two people). There ARE really nice options out there, and I felt like they took the cheapest route in Cusco. 2) We did not have a good understanding of how much time we would be spending in transit. I went into this trip knowing that I would be travelling a lot, but there were a lot of instances when I found the travel unnecessary. If I had a detailed itinerary, I would have been able to notice this, realized it wasn’t a good fit for my wants, and picked a different tour. There are two specific examples of this: -The bus from Cusco to Puno is a 7.5 hour day trip. Tucan did not book the tourist bus, which takes a few hours longer, but also includes stopping to visit a few ruins, churches, and a museum to break up the long trip. I found this to be a ludicrous decision. If we weren't going to take the tourist bus, it would have been better to take the overnight bus to Puno. With an arrival time of 5:30AM, it would give us plenty of time to check in to the hotel and still make it to the Floating Islands around 8AM. -In Lake Titicaca we visited Tequile for about 3 hours (including lunch), which included 4 hour (round trip) of travel time. The island itself was pretty, but not unlike the areas surrounding Puno. Also, the main attraction of this island is the knitting expertise of the male population. They talked about this a lot on the boat ride over to the island, but once we were there, we didn’t get to see any real demonstrations or explanations of the art. We just went to shop to give us an opportunity to buy the finished products, and after lunch, we got a (this is not an exaggeration) 20 second knitting demonstration. Visiting this island was not worth the time. 3) The Amazon Lodge experience was not communicated properly. It was actually way better than they explained. I am not sure why they would sell themselves short here, but here were the discrepancies: -the transportation is not a canoe per the itinerary, it is a motorized boat with a top for shade there is hot water at the lodge for showering -you can charge your electronics (power turns on at sundown until about 10PM, and then turns on again about 5:30AM until daylight) -Tucan did not mention that the lodge has a swimming pool -They provide towels Because of the lack of proper communication, I did not bring a swimsuit and packed things I did not need (like a towel and backup charger for my camera and phone). However, this was the highlight of the trip for me and our guide was amazing! 4) According to Tucan, "People travelling on adventure tours expect more from their travel plans than just accommodation, transport and itinerary. They want genuine experience, unexpected wonders and cultural understanding. Adventure holidays can offer amazing photos, incredible scenery and the camaraderie of travelling in a group adventure." I did not get the level of cultural understanding that I wanted. In fact, I barely got ANY detail from our guides. -Our Machu Picchu guide failed to mention that it was the Emperor's country place, the purpose of all of the plazas, the slaves and metal workers brought to Machu Picchu, the mummies found at the site, information on the rituals and customs of the people that lived there, etc. I only know this stuff now because I went to a museum on my own in Cusco and read up on it. It was VERY disappointing that I had to learn the details after the visit. -Nobody took the time to go into the past and present customs and beliefs of the people that lived in most of the areas we visited (Lake Titicaca was the exception here, our guide was great). This is something that I find very important in gaining an understanding of a country and its people. I had to ask so many questions, but I felt like that should not have been necessary. And with a place so different than your home, you might not even know what questions to ask! 5) Tucan did not make it clear that you would not be with the same group of people for the duration of the trip. It made it harder to connect with people because of this. Luckily, I was not traveling alone and didn’t really need to make friends. I would have been very disappointed if I made some connections in the first few days only to be separated for the rest of the trip.Show detailed ratings
- SKSamanthaWritten on May 25, 20175.0 - ExcellentThe Jungle to Andes tour that I recently did was fantastic! Our tour leader Hernnan was great, super friendly and new so much about his country. All the included activities and hotels were fantastic especially the Eco Amazonia Lodge in the Amazon Jungle. The staff were wonderful! The lodge itself was beautiful and the activities through the jungle were the best experience. I can't recommend this tour enough!Show detailed ratingsTucan Travel commented on this reviewHi Samantha, we are so pleased you had a great trip in Peru. Remember your 5% Loyalty Discount for when you travel with us next!
- RenaeWritten on July 5, 20155.0 - ExcellentHad an amazing time, the jungle, Cusco, overnight stay on lake Titicaca, and obviously machu Picchu amazing, but my guide was the best, made everything comfortable and smooth sailing, involved whole group! And the food everywhere I went was delicious!!!Show detailed ratings
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- Day 1: Arrive Lima
- Day 2-3: Amazon Jungle
- Day 4: Cusco
- Day 5: Ollantaytambo
- Day 6: Machu Picchu
- Day 7-8: Cusco
- Day 9: Puno
- Day 10: Lake Titicaca
- Day 11: Lima
- Day 12: Depart Lima
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
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TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
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- Recommended for Peru. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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- Start and end in Lima.
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Covering a total distance of approx 2,706 km.
- Lima (Peru)
- 856 km
- Puerto Maldonado (Peru)
- 314 km
- Cuzco (Peru)
- 24 km
- Sacred Valley (Peru)
- 21 km
- Ollantaytambo (Peru)
- 26 km
- Machu Picchu (Peru)
- 8 km
- Aguas Calientes (Peru)
- 74 km
- Cuzco (Peru)
- 333 km
- Puno (Peru)
- 63 km
- Lake Titicaca (Peru)
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