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Why Andean Discovery?

You might be wondering what makes traveling with us so special. Here are six reasons a trip with Andean Discovery is unlike any other.
#1) Experts in South America Travel
Owners Angela Véliz and Damon Corkin lived in Ecuador for many years and have clocked countless miles traveling and exploring South America. We call it home, as we spend much of each year in the region, scoping out new destinations, developing new trip offerings, and directly overseeing our local operations. Andean Discovery’s intimate understanding of the Andean region and our love of its people and landscapes has inspired us and shaped our lives. Our passion is sharing the wonders of this special part of the world with others. We want 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 your trip from start to finish. This ensures a seamless travel experience from the first time you call us to when you land back at home after a phenomenal adventure. 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 your trip without having to worry about the logistics. Meet our dedicated Andean Discovery team.
#3) Andean Discovery Local Guides
A guide can make or break a trip. That’s why at Andean Discovery we don’t outsource our guiding. Angela and Damon, Andean Discovery’s owners, also own the local operations in South America, allowing us to handpick our guides, who have all been part of the Andean Discovery family for many years. You will find that they are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about sharing their world with you. Not to mention, they are great people whose company you will genuinely enjoy! We pay our guides very well because their levels of education and English-language fluency are superior and because they are the lifeblood of our organization. You can rest assured that you will be in good hands from start to finish because their number one priority is your safety and comfort.
#4) Flexible Travel Options
We help you design your own trip to fit your interests, your priorities, and your travel style. We will take you to little-known places you won’t find in the guidebook and when it comes to the most popular landmarks, we will get you insider access. Every one of our itineraries is tailored to your schedule and pace. We will work with you until we have designed your dream trip.
#5) Happy Travelers
There is no better way to get a feeling for a travel company than by talking to past guests. We would be more than happy to put you in touch with some of our recent guests. We also encourage you to read 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 colleagues and contacts. The guests who travel with us become part of this close circle of friends. We treasure the places you will visit and consider ourselves stewards of the region. That’s why it is so important to us that our trips not only promote cross-cultural understanding and inspire our guests, but that they serve and honor the interests of local communities. Over the years we have sponsored several sustainable development and conservation projects, like our Clean Stove Project or our Galapagos Reforestation Project. We’d love to tell you more about these exciting initiatives and we welcome you to participate in them as part of your adventure.
With Andean Discovery, you’ll see the real South America, getting a sense of the rich fabric of life there and the crucial cultural, historical, and natural influences that shape these renowned destinations. Join us and Experience Our Home as Yours.
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19