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Review of Andean Ways

Andean Ways
Ranked #5 of 32 Outdoor Activities in Puno
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Visit Uros Floating Islands by Kayaks, flexible, unique and amazing experience. Classic tours to Lake Titicaca and daily departures to Tiwanaku in Bolivia from Puno with visits along the way.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We paddled with Edison to the UROS Island from beside the Libertador hotel. We went through the maze of reads where you can easily get lost and met only a few local boaters and no tourists (except us...). Then we arrived at the islands, most tourist boats were gone, we had the islands to ourselves. You can spend he night on some islands on the northern parts that are well equipped to welcome tourists. We paddled around and came back for a 3 hour tour. You can add lunch on one of the islands if you want but we did the day before on the tourist boats.
It was a GREAT experience. The kayaks are brand new. Edison was exceptional. He brought water and sun hats. We were only wearing a long sleeve t-shirt, and that was enough. Probably the best way to experience the islands. I recommend strongly this new friendly
tour company.

Thank TravelPete88
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

We used Andean Ways for our transfer from Puno to La Paz. Since the journey was a long road trip, Andean Ways made it a full day tour plus visit to sights and Tiwanaku. Edison came to our hotel the day before to fully briefed us on the border procedures and on what to expect. Everything was exceptionally smooth. Alex was our guide and Roberto was our driver on the Peru side. They took very good care of us. We had to switch vehicle and team on the Bolivia side with Juan Carlos as our guide and another Juan Carlos as other driver. Both teams were highly professional and caring and the vehicles are in great conditions. It turned what is supposed to be a boring road trip into another highlight of our visit to the two countries. We made the most of our time.
The price looks expensive but I check other operators. A private transfer without the tour are more or less the same so it is nice to add a bit extra to have the tours.

Thank leungccm
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

We were unable to procure Bolivian visa's before we left the US on our trip to Peru so I contacted Edison at Andean Ways via email. We had very limited time in Puno - 2 nights but we Really wanted to see Tiwanaku & Puma Punku which are located across the border in Bolivia. Edison and our driver Roberto met us at the airport and then drove us to the Bolivian Consulate where the journey began in our quest for the Bolivian visa's. We arrived in Puno at 1PM and the consulate was due to close at 4PM, no worries we have 3 hours to fill out ALL the necessary paperwork. We went to an internet café because the documents had to be filled out digitally. Our Spanish wasn't that good so Edison had to do some translating for us. He and his team were indispensable in getting everything we needed on time and in the proper format. He even sent someone to the bank for us to deposit the money for the visa's while we continued creating and filling out all the paperwork that was required. We finally finished the paperwork and raced back to the consulate with 15 minutes to spare. We celebrated our success by taking a picture with consular officer and our Passports with Bolivian visa's. The next morning Roberto and our Peruvian guide met us at our hotel and then drove us to the Bolivian border crossing where we were handed off to our Bolivian guide & driver. We were assured the crossing would be easy, given we had ALL the right paperwork and we had each paid the $165 for the visa. Needless to say the crossing took over 1 1/2 hours, but we made thru. Our afternoon trip to Tiwanaku & Puma Punku was well worth the effort. These ruins are A Must See for everyone if you make it to Lake Titicaca. A nice lunch was provided and then we headed back to the border crossing for another hour long wait. We successfully made it back into Peru but it was getting late. On another positive note and with a Can Do attitude, our guide and driver took us on a dirt road at night and we were able to experience the Portal de Aramu Muru. Wow what an overall experience !!! Many thanks to Edison and his team at Andean Ways for all their experience and help in making this trip possible.

Thank beachman77
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Made the arrangements in town to go kayaking with Edison. It was easy and only needed a deposit to hold our spot (we didn't have enough cash on us) A cab picked us up in the morning, and brought us to the sight we would leave from. Edison let us go at our pase, and was so friendly. We did want to stay long on an island, so he said we can leave when we choose. We learned tons. This is by far the best way to visit the islands. We lived it so much we have him a good tip.

Thank Nicholas K
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

What an incredible day!!! Edison is the BEST!!! He met us at our hotel bright and early this morning with some kayaks and we set out on an adventure on Lake Titicaca. He took care in every little detail, from bottled water, to sun hats, which I am so thankful for. Edison had the best attitude and sense of humor, he kept it light and positive but also explained a bunch about the history and the culture. He gave us a VERY fair price and we felt really comfortable with him. He also connected us with an awesome tour of Taquile Island!! And then Edison, had a car waiting for us to take us back to the hotel at the end of the day. Everything was done with such care and detail, that you can only get from a small, local family business.

We really appreciated Edison and Andean Ways. We highly recommend!!!

1  Thank ChristopherChristoph
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Edison G, Gerente at Andean Ways, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Good Day to you!
Chris and Chio, I cannot thank you enough! I'm really happy to meet you!
It was really an amazing day because of you two.
Share the kayak passion with you is what I really love to do.

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