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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.

We traveled from the U.S. to Peru for the week of Thanksgiving, and Mark Green and everyone in his office did a great job creating the trip for us. We traveled with three teenagers and we visited an ecolodge in the rainforest in the Amazon Basin, and then went to Cusco to visit the Sacred Valley area as well as Machu Picchu. Mark made all our travel and hotel arrangements and did a great job organizing the whole trip. Our guides and drivers were fabulous and we learned just how important having a great travel agent was when Peru began having protests that shut down the cities. Our travel agent and guide managed to reschedule each of our days, filling in where possible with activities that we could do even though no cars were allowed to move on the streets and all the of places we had planned to go were shut down. We still ended up with a great visit and we really got to see so many wonderful parts of Peru thanks to all of the help from Mark’s team—thank you!

Our trip was amazing! We saw and did a lot of things in Bolivia and Peru—from visiting the salt flats, checking out a silver mine, boating on Lake Titicaca, visiting cathedrals and museums, eating delicious foods, and meeting wonderful people. We were delighted from start to finish with the exceptional advice and service of Marisol’s crew.

Upon our late evening arrival in Bolivia, there was a strike set to happen in Santa Cruz, so Mark, our trip planner, put us in a hotel near the airport and put us on an early morning flight out of Santa Cruz for our safety. While we missed two days in Santa Cruz, we had two extra days in Sucre, which was probably our favorite city. We really appreciate the attention to detail and concern of Mark.

A big thank you to Wendy for our WOW Moment. The unobstructed expanse of the isolated salt flats make star-gazing on the Salar a truly spellbinding experience, as the full breadth and immensity of the night sky can be observed and appreciated with the telescope provided or with the naked eye. Located at altitude with almost no light pollution thanks to a sparse population, the Salar de Uyuni is one of the best places to stargaze in South America.

Every guide we had was outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed every moment. We definitely and highly recommend Mark from Marisol’s team to anyone who wants to visit Bolivia/Peru.

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