Testimonials - Peru & Bolivia
Machu Picchu to La Paz
Here are what some of our customers have had to say about our Peru & Bolivia cycling holidays...
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Michelle Tarvit, Australia
Omar & Elias were exceptional guides - super hard working, friendly, conscientious, helpful and fun! Fantastic group of people. Delicious picnic lunches everyday! Great bikes. Would definitely ride again with redspokes!
Alison Blattman, Australia
The guides put in 110%. They were extremely knowledgable, attentive to the needs of all, tireless workers, yet relaxed, friendly, and a lot of fun. Great mechanics too.The bus drivers were were skilled and you could relax in their hands. Each day the ride would be different, yet all were memorable, and many times, challenging. With the Andes as a backdrop sometimes it was difficult to concentrate on the road!
Phillip McNeill, New Zealand
Overall, the redspokes Peru/Bolivia trip was a fantastic experience with a variety of challenging cycling, both physically and mentally. Fantastic scenery, particularly at the high passes. Also a very social trip with opportunity to enjoy a drink and chat about the experience. Great support and company from Omar, Angel and Julio who were very friendly, professional and only too happy to go above and beyond. Had a ball!
Jerry Bolton, Jersey, UK
Superb trip and the only one I saw offering a trip through Peru to Bolivia and staying in guesthouses/hostels. The cycling is hard (but meant to be) and the views are unimaginable. Very good value for a very good trip. This is me at the top of the pass leading into Death Road. Top speed 42.7 mph. Total calories burned in tour 52,000. Longest descent 45 miles. Longest drop 3,500 metres
Sandra Groenewold, The Netherlands
Excellent tour. Every evening it was made clear what was to be expected the next day. The cycling distances were as described and good to do. There is always a speed difference between people, some people want to go fast, others like to go slower and maybe take pictures. Therefore, our tour leader made it clear that there was no need to hurry and people could take their time.
I think the tour leader Eduardo did an excellent job, kind of a perfectionist. Sometimes it was difficult to find a guest house or breakfast but he was searching a whole evening for breakfast in a town and the next morning he found something. This is what I call real customer service. Also his crew, when something on the bike was not ok, it was fixed within minutes. And the guys on the truck and the bus were always friendly and helpful as well. Only compliments from my side.
James Ginn, Gore, Canada
I was totally spoiled by this trip from the great food to the incredible organization as well as the friendliness of the people we met along the way. With a great guide Eduardo and his support team of Alex and Lucho and the camaraderie of the group this was a tour by which I will gauge all future tours.
But in the end it is the spectacular scenery under the blue Andean sky that turns this trip into a cycling dream. Although every day was scenic I will always remember those long rides on the shores of Lake Titicaca as being nothing less than a cyclist's heaven. For one can look at all the pictures one wants but they will never relate to you the depth of the experience of this tour. So all I can say is '˜get on your bike and do some weekly sprints for a couple of months and then sign up for a redspokes tour that will not disappoint'. Hasta la vista...baby.
Tony Tapp, Plymouth, England, UK
A brilliant experience - helped in no small part by the camaraderie and friendship of the others in the small group of "conejillo de indias" cyclists. As it was the first time that the tour had run a few route detours and minor modifications to the preliminary schedule were to be expected; luckily Dermot and his dependable local support crew of Eduardo, Bernabe and Alex were always up to the challenges which were thrust upon them at irregular (but fairly frequent) intervals, and in the majority of cases the spontaneously revised schedule then presented us with unique and unexpected opportunities - street parties, bullfights and an early-morning stoop through church catacombs were certainly not on the original tour agenda!
Chris Reid, New York, USAI loved redspokes. Highlights were the country, terrain, Eduardo, fellow guests and logistical organization. I would love to ride with redspokes again.
Graeme Guilford, Waikato, New Zealand
Had a really good time but found the altitude difficult. I was able to manage my way through by resting in the support van when I was struggling . Such an interesting country, glad I went. Three hours down hill on the death road day was brilliant.
Jayne Wadsworth, London, UK
Great cycling, great people, great organisation and incredible countries!
Sue Finlayson, 22/09/2014
A fantastic way to visit a country and experience the different environments within it. The guides, mechanic and drivers were excellent in their roles of getting us from A to B safely. The differing accommodation through out the trip added to experience. Overall a wonderful experience - well done redspokes!
AJ Smith, London, UK
Peru to Bolivia was one of the best trips of my life. It was my first tour through another country on a bike and it most definitely will not be the last. It's the best way to see a country - you see everything, no flying over what could be below/sitting on a bus for hours missing everything you past by. You see everything and get a real feel for what makes the country tick. Eduardo, Alex were the best cycling buddies and Lucho did so well on the Road of Death!! Such a good trip!
Dave Short, County Durham, UKTrip was excellent with great leadership by Eduardo and helped by a very strong crew even though some of them were new. All were helpful and friendly at all times. They all helped to create strong team bonding amongst the team.
Kiran Nimmagadda, Los Angeles, USA
I would like to thank Eduardo for leading an outstanding cycling trip in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes and the Amazon basin - he was a perfect ambassador for Peru and strove to make the trip as best as it could be for the cyclists. Many thanks also to Alex and Lucho for their tireless work in providing support for our group.
Thank you to redspokes for offering this cycling tour - the scenery was spectacular, the food was delicious, and the cycling was adventurous! I very much look forward to going on another adventure cycling trip with redspokes.
John Farrelly, Claremont, Australia
I had another great trip courtesy of redspokes, my third. Had a fantastic holiday with all problems sorted by Eduardo and his crew. All I had to do was ride, eat and enjoy the scenery. Definitely not my last tour with you guys.
Tim Dunsby, Dorset, UK
A varied and excellent tour. Eduardo, Alex and Eduardo 2 looked after everyone exceptionally well. Eduardo was very knowledgeable and enhanced the trip for everyone. The ride out of Copacabana provided one of my best days on a bike ever and "the road of death" was very memorable. Overall great value for money.
Anthony Lengden, Sheffield, UK
This was my second redspokes trip, and I was pleased to be reunited with people I'd met on my last trip 4 years ago. The cycling itinerary was comfortable with regard to hours in the saddle while allowing for challenging climbs and descents. This also meant time off the bike could be put to good use exploring local areas and customs. Some of the best memories weren't planned, like mingling with the locals at a bullfight in Lampa and eating diverse street food. I'd be very happy to book another cycling adventure with redspokes.
Sarah Cutts, Perth, AustraliaThe Peru / Bolivia trip was even more exciting than I had expected. Amazing scenery, great cycling and a fascinating culture. The support from the team couldn't be bettered.
Stuart Williams, Kidderminster, UK
This tour was fantastic. It managed to throw up so many different unforgettable experiences. Riding the Altiplano, descending the Road of Death, climbing Andean passes, downhill's that went from glaciers to jungles with humming birds, festivals everywhere we visited, Machu Picchu, bullfights and dancing in the streets of Lampa, seeing La Paz, cycling the shores of Lake Titicaca, karaoke with Henning and much, much more!
The support of Eduardo and his team was just great. Nothing was too much trouble! With lots of explanations and assistance with translations, they helped me get so much more from this tour.If you want a big taste of South America tied in with some great riding '“ this is the tour for you!
Steven Lindsay, Manchester, UKThe Peru / Bolivia team were fantastic, extremely helpful, great mechanics and huge fun. The tour provided many great moments and memories and the local staff were top draw. Superb tour!!!
Trevor Hammond, Northwood, UK
Where did you find Eduardo? An absolute gem of a guy. It was a great trip but he made it a great experience with his fountain of knowledge and ability to deal with the negative situations that unfortunately occurred. Two amazing countries with such diverse and spectacular scenery. Photographs don't do it justice. You have to be there to appreciate it's beauty.
Cath Breckell, Colchester, England, UK
I thought the trip was awesome! A real challenge physically (and psychologically too at times) but that was what I wanted when I embarked on the trip.
I had never been on a redspokes tour before and so I didn't really know what to expect. The organisation before the trip was excellent and Bryony in the office showed endless patience with all my naïve questions! Once in La Paz the tour guides gave me complete confidence in the trip we were undertaking and although I knew it could be a challenge, I felt very supported and well prepared.
The group I was with were a fantastic bunch of people who I feel privileged to have met. I believe that was one of the key things that made the trip so fantastic '“ especially when unavoidable things like illness strike, the support and encouragement of like-minded people is awesome. From what I can gather, redspokes folks are always pretty cool by definition!
I loved the variety of the adventures we had along the way. Bolivia and Peru were such vastly different countries and every day gave us new insights into the fascinating cultures and amazing sights to be seen. I know I would never have been able to see so much travelling any other way than on two wheels '“ it was definitely the way to go.
I would definitely do a redspokes tour again and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone '“ even if they had never done a trip like that before. Do a bit of training beforehand though'¦ I was glad I put some hours in on the bike for a couple of months before I went. Although you don't need to be super-fit or super-human, you will get more out of the tour if you are fit enough to relax about the demands of the ride and cycle every last mile if you can (you didn't sign up to sit in a minibus after all!)
Christine Jackson , Isle of Wight, England
This was my fourth redspokes tour and it totally lived up to my expectations yet again! A magical 17 days of stunning scenery, challenging and varied biking, and amazing cultural experiences, culminating in a visit to the breathtaking Machu Picchu.
It was so rewarding to be able to explore the more remote areas of Bolivia and Peru, with a delightful group of like-minded cyclists and get a real insight into life in these beautifully diverse countries. By the end of our third day in La Paz we had been treated to the local fireworks display, attended a evening function with a well known Bolivian musician and participated in the local street carnival, all superb extras that we just weren't expecting!
The organisation was excellent and it was difficult to believe that this was the first time the trip had run. Even the political strikes around Cusco and an enforced change of route didn't mar the group's cycling, due in no small part to the fantastic support and expertise of Dermot (trip leader), our local guide Eduardo, and his support crew of Alex and Bernabe. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They all looked after us brilliantly and were always happy to answer our endless questions! I now know the difference between a llama and an alpaca and due to Bernabe's never ending patience my Spanish continues to improve!
Can't wait for my fifth adventure with redspokes!
Diane Davis, Glasgow, Scotland
A fantastic support team! Dermot, Eduardo, Barnaby, Alex......what a great job you did. Endless patience, kindness and helpfulness. Outstanding. I thought the people on the tour were great. It was also small enough for us all to gel and be ' a group', that worked well for me. The trip was excellent value for money. There was always plenty to eat (except on the Chicken Feet Soup night!!), I enjoyed the roadside eateries, and the local restaurants. The accommodation was always the best of what was available. The itinerary was good.......the cycling was adventurous, fun and challenging. The scenery was stunning. It was a great way to see Peru, we got to see lots of things you wouldn't see on a usual tour. I think a highlight for me was visiting the local villages up in the mountain on their market day...I found the cycling very tough - the hardest of the whole trip, but it was great to visit these places and a great way to see them.I so enjoyed the trip and that was largely down to you guys who helped get me over those tricky early days. I'm so glad you didn't let me duck out in La Paz!!
Patricia Caro, New York, US
This redspokes tour attracted the coolest nicest people (remember summer camp?) and was led by a caring, competent, and cheerful staff who loved sharing their insights. The cycling was a rich combination of ever-changing slopes and surfaces.
The peoples in the Andean settlements were welcoming and very sweet, including the kids who stole our hearts and sometimes -temporarily- our bikes. Cycling into their communities and markets, past their terraced fields of potatoes (4000 kinds!) and quinoa and wheat and corn was heart-warming and enlightening.
Hannah Macdonald, Liverpool, England, UK
What a fantastic experience, The culture, scenery and company of both the group and the support team made the whole experience a memorable adventure, every day a different encounter. once again redspokes has left me hugely impressed, and in ownership of some fantastic memories.
Phil Tuner , Middlesbrough, England, UK
I want to say a big thanks to Dermot, Eduardo, Bernaby and Alex who pulled out all the stops to make our tour of Bolivia/Peru a wonderful experience bringing together a fantastic group who made it even more enjoyable with constant good humour and camaradarie, despite some minor setbacks, which as we were the first group to undertake this ride were to be expected.
To top it off were the ad hoc activities, a street party, bull fight and crashing a private party in a Bolivian restaurant were just a few, not to mention the Star Wars bar!!!!! (Cusco) unforgettable. Many thanks again redspokes see you next tour!
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