Clients Testimonials

Meet the Kuoda Family

  Mery Calderon - Founder and President

I care deeply about the experience of each and every guest, so I look forward to meeting you in Cusco and hearing about your experience. Remember, you can always call me to ask questions about your trip or just to chat!


  Emily Guilmette - Marketing Director

I am delighted to be charged with telling the world about Kuoda! It's my job to make sure you have all the information about us that you need. And it's also my job to share what we love about South America with you via our Facebook, Blog and Twitter communities.


  Thomas Adams - Travel Designer

I'm in charge of helping you create the perfect itinerary and then making sure that all details are in place for your arrival. I love birds so make sure to ask me how to best experience South America's wildlife!


  Jonathan Goldsmith - Travel Designer

I'm in charge of helping you create the perfect itinerary and then making sure that all details are in place for your arrival.


  Jesus Ramos - Travel Designer

I work with you to develop the perfect itinerary and then, I work with our office team to make sure that everything is ready for your trip. I love off-the-beaten-path experiences, so let me help you have a great one!


  Corey Jay - Travel Designer

It is my goal to help you create your ideal travel itinerary. I am committed to making sure all of the details of your trip are taken care of, and that your journey is designed to be exactly how you want it!


  Cinthia Puente De La Vega - Operations Manager

I work with your Travel Designer and our office team to make sure that all of the behind-the-scenes details that will make your trip great are in place!


  Alex Baca - Reservations Manager

I am in charge of all your hotel reservations and make sure you have the best night's sleep in each destination! It is my job to ensure that all your hotels are confirmed and that you can just arrive and enjoy a good night's rest!


  Nadia Vizcarra - Chief Financial Officer

I make sure that Kuoda works financially. And I love that I get to do that for a company that is devoted to making you happy and that is devoted to the sustainability of local cultures and the environment!


  Cleydy Calderon -Logistics and Experience Coordinator

It is my job to make sure ensure the office operations work like clockwork. It is my responsibility to ensure that the entire Kuoda team has everything they need to make your adventure perfect in every way.


  David Ortegado - Logistics and Reservations Supervisor

I am in charge of making sure your itinerary is logistically seamless, and that all your trains, flights, and transport are booked and ready to go. It is my pleasure to ensure you will get the bus or train reservations that you need and can sit back and enjoy your stay!


  Mariela Hurtado - Accountant

II help Nadia make sure that all the operations are financially secure so that you have a perfect Peruvian Adventure!


  Eder Quispe - IT Director and Interactive Designer

I make sure our website has everything you need to know about Kuoda! And I also make sure you can get in touch with us whenever you need us!


Testimonials



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We appreciate everyone's efforts for making our first visit to Peru so memorable

 

Just a note to say that our trip throughout Peru with Kuoda was fantastic. All of our guides - and drivers - were excellent. Plus all the back office people, such as Alex, who kept everything working in the background, made everything happen smoothly. We appreciate everyone's efforts for making our first visit to Peru so memorable.

Many thanks,


D. Hanna and R. Batts, USA
A Magical Peruvian Adventure, November 2013


They could not have been any better

 

I wanted to tell you how enjoyable our trip was to Peru. The guides were the best. They knew the history of our excursions and were very knowledgeable in English. They could not have been any better. We went with our friends the Sheitelmans. We could only say good things about the trip. The hotels were great and all accommodations, including the vans (buses) were superb. I would highly recommend your company to anyone that I knew that would be going to Peru. If you need anything that I could help you with, please don't hesitate in contacting me. It was a vacation that I will never forget.


M. Strassberg, USA
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire, November 2013


Thank you again for a fabulous holiday in Peru

 

We did enjoy ourselves in Peru, and the other S American places which we visited. We are very happy with the arrangements you made for us, and your colleagues have been very friendly and efficient in their jobs. Our trip to Cusco/ Machu Picchu/ Sacred Valley has been very memorable. Pilar is very good tour guide, and she is friendly and most sensitive to our needs. Her explanations of Machu Picchu and other places was very detailed, clear, and interesting that we had a stranger listening on with us and commenting that she was better than the guide she had.

A few of my friends have expressed that they would like to visit Peru, especially Machu Picchu, I shall be recommending you and your company to them. Perhaps, we will come back to see more of Peru.

Thank you again for a fabulous holiday in Peru. Warm regards,


C. and T. Huat, Malaysia
A Magical Peruvian Advenures, November 2013


...This was by far the best!

 

The end of the trip was as great as the beginning.

We only saw one condor for about 15 seconds. It was a very still day and I do not think there was enough wind. Looked to me like this one condor decided to give it a try but gave up early? Oh well one is better than none!

The weather was great at Machu Picchu. The climb was a little scary at times (very steep, small steps). Clearly nothing you would ever find in the USA (it would be all fenced in). But we feel good that we made it to the top.

Karina suggested that we visit the market in Cusco. An excellent suggestion. We like to get some exposure to the real life in the countries we visit and found the market quite interesting.

We have had trips before using a single travel company and multiple travel companies (in order to see everything we wanted). This was by far the best! It was simple to arrange, everything went smoothly, our guides were excellent and flexible to last minute changes.

I will definitely be recommending Kuoda to others. Thanks,


T. Nees, USA
Discover Southern Peru, November 2013


We cannot say enough positive things about this tour company

 

My husband and I have traveled quite extensively and have always planned our own itinerary. After researching internal flights' rental cars etc it was much easier for me (I was planning my husband's birthday trip) to try a tour company. I provided 4 tour companies with a wish list and waited for replies. In the end Kuoda was my choice, due mainly to the interest and response of our tour planner, Thomas. His attention to what we wanted and our time line and his lightning responses were truly exceptional. We were travelling in the UK at the time we were required to finalize the trip and Tom went into the office on his day off to assist with this. Truly exceptional. Our guides (Yuri, Jose Carlos, Luis Carlos) and drivers were all wonderful. The accommodation selections, train tickets, internal flights, suggestions for free days were all put together seamlessly and fit our preferences.

We cannot say enough positive things about this tour company. My husband and I were greatly impressed and would highly recommend Kuoda to our family, friends and business associates.


D. Oslund, Canada
A Magical Peruvian Adventure, November 2013


First class all the way

 

What an amazing experience we had in Peru largely in part to the service that Kuoda Travel provided. From planning, organization, activities, hotels, restaurants and travel they did it all! All top notch professionals. They helped to plan a wonderful trip for us and took care of little details that we didn't even know we needed, such as tickets to hike Huayna Picchu, lunch at a great Cusco restaurant, private museum tour and even lunch in a locals home. In the background they tracked our progress as we traveled through Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu, Cusco and Lima. They were also helpful in negotiating through airports. Our guide Ophelia was awesome. Knowledgeable and also knew the best spots for shopping and a much needed cappuccino! Many thanks to Mery and her team: Tom, Alex, Ophelia and Fausto!! First class all the way.


W. and A. Sheasgreen, USA
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire, November 2013


Kuoda goes above and beyond...

 

We have recently returned from our South American holiday and for our time in Peru we used Kuoda Travel. Mery and her team are first class operators, very dedicated to ensuring their clients enjoy every minute of their vacation.

They were very easy to deal with in planning our trip and were very accommodating and flexible in allowing us to select our hotels and room types. They were prompt with their replies to questions and provided very comprehensive itineraries. They were very happy to organize reservations for all our dinners for the restaurants we had selected, even though those dinners were not included in our itinerary.

Upon our return to Cusco after travelling through the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Alex met us at the train station and accompanied us to our hotel and looked after our check in for us. This was around 8.30 pm in the evening. He then waited in the hotel lobby for us to freshen up and he then escorted us to the restaurant in Cusco that we had booked for dinner for that evening. This was really great service. We bumped into Alex a few nights later near the main square and he greeted us with his big smile and a hug and we had a good chat about our evening.

Peru was my favourite country visited in South America and we loved everything about it.

I would be surprised if any other operator offers a better service than Kuoda. Don't hesitate in having Kuoda look after your trip. You'll enjoy every minute of it.


N. McLennan, Australia
Journey to the Center of the Inca Empire, November 2013


...and we were extremely impressed with Kuoda!

 

First of all, we'd both like to say THANK YOU to you, and to your staff for giving us such a wonderful experience in Peru! We have been reviewing all the different places we visited, the experiences we had, and especially all the fascinating and wonderful people who we met in Peru. We were very impressed with Kuoda's arrangements, and we were most impressed with our guides: Victor Hugo in Arequipa, Evon (spelling?) in Puno, and of course, Maria Theresa in the Cusco area. Our drivers were great as well: Christian, Jaime, Denis, Louis, & Rafael. Jaime and Maria Theresa were our absolute favorites as a guide & driver duo, and we had fun and learned so much from the two of them. All of your staff who we met were helpful and very friendly, and we would highly recommend you and the entire Kuoda staff to anyone visiting Peru.

In all our years of traveling, this was actually our very first time using an "in-country" travel service, and we were extremely impressed with Kuoda! We loved our itinerary, and we were so glad we included Puno, Arequipa, and Colca Canyon, as those were areas originally in question as to whether we should travel to, since we really did not know much about those areas. We learned that southern Peru is so very different from the Cusco and Sacred Valley area, and we're certain northern Peru will be different from all the other places we've seen of Peru so far. We feel we learned so much about Peru, but we realize there is so much we have yet to learn. This recent trip has most definitely made our top 10 list of adventures, and we feel certain you will be getting e-mail enquiries from folks we know as people continue to ask about our trip experience. Without a doubt, Kuoda will come very highly recommended by us!! With all best wishes!


M. and D. Fox, USA
Jungle Adventure and Lost Cities, November 2013


They understood who we were and what we wanted...

 

We just returned from a three week tour of Peru (with 3 days in Bolivia). We have always planned all of our own vacations, but the complicated logistics were better served by a tour company. Kuoda is based in Cusco and provided us with excellent guides and drivers who took care of everything. All we had to do was sit back and marvel. As well as Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku and the sacred islands in Bolivia, we also went fishing for and swimming with piranha, as well as a taking a canopy walk in the Madre de Dios jungle. Kuoda went out of their way to find us the best accommodations possible. When one hotel took it upon themselves to upgrade us to a room that we did not like, Mery (the company owner) came to the hotel twice to make sure that we were happy. They understood who we were and what we wanted and they gave us a tour that was completely customized to our requests. Our only problem was that we did not stay longer.


C. and M. Coverdale, USA
Discover Southern Peru, November 2013


Nuestro viaje fue uno excepcional

 

Gracias por tomar el tiempo de ir a conocernos al hotel en Cusco fue un lindo detalle. Nuestro viaje fue uno excepcional, disfrutamos mucho de la ciudad de Cusco muy colorida y llena de historia. Como te habiamos mencionado Machupicchu fue impresionante y mas impresionante aun fue haber tenido la experiencia de subir el waynapicchu, es algo que deben fomentar y orientar mas no solo porque es una experiencia unica sino para que el visitante vaya preparado y vestido con ropa adecuada. El final de nuestro viaje fue mejor aun, visitar Puno y haber tenido la oportunidad de ver el Lago mas alto del Mundo no tiene precio!

Gracias Mery a ti y a tu equipo especialmente a Pilar y a Juan que estuvieron mas tiempo con nosotras y nos hicieron sentir muy bienvenidas a Cusco. Todas nuestras amistades han quedado muy impresionadas con nuestras fotos. Y muchos de ellos han mostrado interes en visitar Peru.

Definitivamente recomendare Kuoda a mis amistades para que disfruten tanto como lo disfrutamos nosotras.


B. Gonzales, Puerto Rico
A Magical Peruvian Adventure, October 2013


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