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Why Andean Discovery?


You might be wondering what makes traveling with us so special. Here are six reasons your trip with Andean Discovery will be unparalleled.
#1) Experience Our Home As Yours
Owners Angela Veliz-Corkin and Damon Corkin lived in Ecuador for many years and spend much of each year in South America, developing exciting new trip components and overseeing the local operations. Our intimate understanding of the Andean region, developed over years of living, traveling, and exploring in South America, has inspired us and shaped our lives. We are passionate about sharing that adventure with others, and in this spirit, we invite you to Experience Our Home as Yours.
#2) With You Every Step Of The Way
With our U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts, and local offices in South America, we directly coordinate all aspects of the trip from start to finish, ensuring you a seamless travel experience. We are truly with you every step of the way. We take care of all the details so you can be free to enjoy each and every moment of the trip, without worrying about the next logistic. Meet our dedicated Andean Discovery team.
#3) Andean Discovery Local Guides
We understand that a guide can make or break a trip. Because the owners of Andean Discovery, Angela and Damon, also own the local operations in South America, we handpick our guides, who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about sharing their land with you. In addition, they are wonderful individuals whose primary concern is the safety and comfort of our guests. We pay our guides very well because they are the most educated, they speak excellent English, and they have been a part of the Andean Discovery family for years. They are the lifeblood of our organization and you can rest assured that you will be in good hands from start to finish.
#4) Flexible Travel Options
We customize our trips to fit your interests, your curiosity, and your travel style, and we take you to little-known places you won’t find in the guidebook, providing nuance and insider access at even the most popular of landmarks. Every one of our tours is personalized to your needs, interests, budget, and schedule. We will work with you to design your dream trip.
#5) Happy Travelers
We encourage you to contact our past guests to hear about their experiences traveling with us. Just let us know if you’d like to speak with some of our recent travelers. You may also view our Reviews and Testimonials page.#6) Our Commitment to Local Communities & Sustainability
Andean Discovery was founded on the principle of community-based tourism, which takes into account first and foremost the well-being of the people and places we visit. Over many years, Andean Discovery has cultivated an intricate network of trusted contacts, treasured places, and sustainable tourism initiatives. When you travel with us, you are invited into this circle of close friends and colleagues. As stewards of this region, we are dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding that inspires travelers, and also serves and honors the interests of local communities. For example, we sponsor sustainable projects that benefit local communities and ecosystems–from our Peruvian Clean Stove Project to our Galapagos Reforestation Project. We’d be happy to tell you about some of our latest projects and you’re welcome to participate, too, as part of your adventure.

With Andean Discovery, you’ll come to understand the fabric of real South American life, the bottomless reservoir of fascination, and the crucial cultural, historical, and environmental issues that still influence these renowned destinations today. Join us and Experience Our Home as Yours!