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There is something truly magical about watching the clouds part, on a misty rainy day high in the Andes, to reveal the dramatic mountain peaks of Machu Picchu & the extraordinary Incan ruins! We felt so very lucky to experience the mountains & this very spiritual site. From our trip to Machu Picchu, our travels through the Sacred Valley, our boat trip on the Amazon, & our Belmond train trip across the Andes’ high-altitude plateau, we can only offer gratitude & applause for everything Marisol’s team did to make our month long trip to Peru one of our best ever!

The weather didn’t always cooperate (we were travelling at the end of the rainy season in early March), but we had exceptional people experiences, & we really appreciated the knowledge & warm personalities of all the guides & drivers Marisol’s office selected for us. The detailed pre-planning with Mark Green, the beautiful boutique hotel choices (& many much-appreciated room upgrades), & incredibly fast communication with the team while we were on the ground in Peru all contributed to make this an exceptional trip. We can’t recommend this company enough. So many standout experiences!

Besides Machu Picchu & exploring many other Incan sites, in the Sacred Valley we had a fabulous picnic organized by our guide Juan with a beautiful vista & great food from the highly rated Cicciolina restaurant in Cusco. A hike & lunch high in the Andes made for us by villagers from the Lamay community whose elders still wear their traditional dress. A 4-night small boat cruise (Delphina 1 with 4 cabins) on the Amazon River out of Iquitos where we not only got to visit several remote communities, we had the opportunity to develop new friendships on the boat.

We would definitely travel with Marisol’s office again! Very, very special & hardworking team!!!

After a false start with another firm, Mark Green put together a wonderful trip, answered all of our issues and did so quickly and without drama. Mark and his team managed reservations at spectacular dining locations, the guided tours were responsive to our interests and pace and responded well to minor disruptions. The TravelKey app was wonderful — all travel and contact info in one place, didn’t need to carry a folder of paper. The advice to stay at the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu was a highlight. Great hotel selections. We didn’t exactly know what to expect at local food adventure “Cusco Market Tour and Home Cooking Class,” but it too was a highlight. We would use Mark and his office again without hesitation.

We travelled to Peru with the help of Mark Green. From beginning of planning to the last day of our trip (July 11-23, 2023) we had an incredibly great experience. Mark listened to our preferences and concerns, which resulted in an ideal trip for us. We stayed in hotels of our liking, ate amazing food, and stayed busy with one amazing activity after another. Our guide in the Sacred Valley and Cusco, Adriana, was knowledgeable, fun, flexible, and kind. In the Amazon, Mark snagged the best guide at the Inkaterra Amazonica Reserva, Javier, who shared the secrets of the Amazon. I can’t imagine a better birthday trip.

We just returned from our amazing adventure in Bolivia and the Atacama Desert. We have been dreaming and planning this trip with Mark since 2019 (a little thing called COVID postponed our original trip). It was such a pleasure to work with Mark as we revised our original itinerary. He was easy to work with and very inspirational. He listened to what we wanted from this trip (learning about the culture, place, and people of Bolivia), shared his insights, gave suggestions for experiences we did not even know we wanted, and created an itinerary that exceeded our expectations. He created a 14-day adventure that catered to each of our individual interests from hiking, food, tapestries, and photo opportunities. He was very responsive to questions and concerns during the planning of this trip and while we were on our trip. Of course, our trip would not have been as enjoyable without our amazing drivers — who somehow got us to each of our destinations and who spotted and stopped so we could photograph foxes, llamas, vicunas, guanacos, viscacha, flamingos, ducks, Suri alpacas, and was always on the ready to stop for an armadillo) — AND our guide, Amara, who shared her love and knowledgeable for her country and language and made sure we learned something new each day.

All the accommodations Mark chose were clean, comfortable, and conveniently located. We especially enjoyed ATIX in La Paz, which showcased the artwork of Gaston Ugalde, and Explora in San Pedro de Atacama, which was luxurious and catered to our every need. The reservations Mark made for our lunch and dinners highlighted the Bolivian food culture in La Paz — we especially enjoyed Gustu (WOW!), Ancestral (DELICIOUS!), and Ali Pacha (AMAZING! — and this coming from an “anti” vegetable person!)

Although not all our itinerary was executed, we had many highlights on our adventure! It was fascinating to learn about traditional indigenous life not only through food, but by visiting the Tarabuco market, visiting master weavers in their homes, and visiting Elizabeth’s (our Sucre guide) hacienda in Candelaria, where we helped to make a traditional countryside lunch (we are looking forward to making the Sunday soup for our families). We also enjoyed the stunning views of the Uyuni salt flats — we had a delicious lunch alongside a small patch of water with flamingos; hiked a small island; were mesmerized by the reflections on the water at sunset where we enjoyed a lovely bottle of wine and some treats; and were awed at seeing the sky full of stars twinkling over the salt flats!

Our final stay at Explora Atacama was the perfect ending to a wonderful trip. We enjoyed full-day and half-day hikes, hot springs, and delicious drinks and food! A beautiful setting, fantastic staff, and many types of different adventures and excursions — there was something for everyone!!!!

THANKS Wendy and team for connecting us to Mark. We would highly recommend Mark to anyone traveling to Bolivia.

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