Veloso Tours

Reviews of Veloso Tours

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Cosmopolitan Cities, Enchanted Waterfalls and Beach Paradise

By Ouma on 2 Nov 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

Visited Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Salvador and Praia do Forte. Each day presented wonderful sights and experiences giving us wonderful memories. Our guides were exceptionally helpful, informed and generally went out of their way to make our holiday experience brilliant. Rio and Salvador are lovely cities to visit and the Iguassu Falls are completely amazing, in fact indescribable. Praia do Forte was a lovely place to wind visiting the turtle project and wallowing in the lovely warm Atlantic Ocean. This was topped be the sight of an adult Humpback Whale breaching, albeit through binoculars!!

Rating for tour operator Excellent

Extremely polite and knowledgeable with help to arrange our tour. Always someone available either by phone or e-mail. Even arranged an hotel upgrade in Rio.

Peru - a beautiful country full of contrasts - desert, mountains, jungle, ancient civilisations, wildlife

By Colin F. on 21 Oct 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

Our overseas trips are generally packed with activity and this was no exception. We began our first full day in Peru with a 4am pickup from our hotel in Lima to travel south to Nasca to fly over the enigmatic Nasca Lines - something I'd wanted to do for over 40 years. The flight didn't disappoint, the lines were clearly visible and the pilot skilled in getting the best angles. From Nasca we headed to the Ballestas Islands to view seabirds and sea lions in abundance. Once back in Lima we flew to Arequipa, visiting the colonial city centre including the cathedral and the monastery. There were superb views of the surrounding volcanoes. Next to Chivay, starting point for the Colca Canyon and the condors. On arrival in Chivay we visited the local hot spring pools for a relaxing soak before dinner. Next morning was another early start to reach Cruz del Condor in time for the first condor flights of the day; two hours and several hundred photos later I was pleased with my efforts and confident I'd have some good images. Visits to Maca and Sibayo completed the day. Next day we crossed the Altiplano to Puno where a carnival celebrating the anniversary of the local university provided a specularly colourful display. A full day excursion on Lake Titicaca included visits to the floating Uros Islands and to Taquile Island; lots to learn about local culture (and of course souvenir opportunities). From Puno once again across the Altiplano with visits to villages, churches and a museum en route to Yucay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a welcome rest day spent walking locally and photographing humming birds in the hotel garden we had a full day tour of the principal sites in the Sacred Valley including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray and the salt pools. From Yucay we headed to Machu Picchu on the Vistadome train. Machu Picchu was everything we expected; beautiful, spectacular, mysterious. We were lucky that our first visit was on a relatively quiet day (or is it always quieter in the afternoon?); our second day (arrived ~8am) was much busier - we resisted the temptation to join the masses wanting to enter Macchu Pichu at first light (much overrated according to our guide due to frequent early morning cloud cover). We walked to the Inca Bridge and to the Sun Gate for different perspectives and even more photos. From Machu Picchu to Cusco; this was our favourite city and in hindsight we should have planned for an additional day here. The tour of the cathedral, the Koricancha, and outside of the city, Sacsayhuaman and Kenko with a small group, private transport and a very informative guide was excellent. For the final section of our trip we flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado then transferred by motor canoe to Posoda Amazonas (rainforest lodge). Our initial shock at the temperature and humidity (36 C and ~100% humidity) were soon overcome as we encountered Capybari, Cayman, Red Howler Monkeys, a whole array of colourful birds and an amazing variety of insects of all sizes (mostly very large!). Unfortunately we were not successful in our attempt to see the Giant River Otters; the guides, spotters and boatman did their very best but it just didn't happen. The activities, timed for early morning and late afternoon to maximise wildlife viewing (and avoid the hottest part of the day), were led by a young, enthusiastic and knowledgable guide. His ability to spot wildlife was uncanny - given the level of camouflage many insects, lizards and even some birds have developed.

This was an excellent trip with many highlights; early morning starts and challenging conditions (altitude, heat and humidity) were amply rewarded.

Rating for tour operator Excellent

Our final itinerary was put together as the result of a number of very helpful discussions with staff at Veloso Tours following initial contact at the Destinations travel show in London. It soon became obvious that a standard group tour would not meet our desire to visit a number of geographically separated sites within Peru. The staff at Veloso Tours were very knowledgeable and whilst putting together our requested itinerary suggested other visits we could make in the same vicinity. These suggestions were based upon our personal interests, as noted by the staff in our early discussions. We were initially concerned about travelling 'alone' (rather than in a small group) on a bespoke itinerary but our doubts were set aside as we realised that we would have our own regional guide and driver for each section of the trip. In the event this worked incredibly well and we will have no hesitation in repeating this format on future trips. The documentation from Veloso Tours was exceptional and made available well before our departure. The details were well presented and all encompassing; even the names of our guides were provided in advance. During our 21 day trip all travel / transfer/ tour / guide arrangements worked as outlined; we were taken to and met at airports (including 3 internal flights); drivers and guides appeared at our hotels as promised and the whole trip just 'worked'. We would have no hesitation in using Veloso Tours for future trips to Latin America.

Machu Picchu Tour - Andean Heartland, Peru

By Tony T on 25 Sep 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday that comprised of a brief overnight stay in Lima before heading on to Cusco for 5 nights. The private itinerary included a Cusco City Tour (half day), a day trip to Machu Picchu via train and a Sacred Valley day tour. None of the tours disappointed and the initial view looking down on the Inca ruin of Machu Picchu was a memorable experience. The last full day in Cusco was a free day and being a keen bird watcher I pre-arranged a 'birding' tour with a local 'birding' company. The return overnight stay in Lima allowed for a half day tour of the city before getting dropped off at the airport. My only criticism was that we only viewed the Huaca Pucllana pyramid from the vehicle. I would have preferred to have walked around the site.

Rating for tour operator Excellent

I highly recommend the Machu Picchu Tour offered by Veloso Tours. Machu Picchu has always been somewhere I have wanted to visit and we enjoyed an efficient hassle free service from start to finish. Both our Lima and Cusco guides were very knowledgeable and added value to the tours. I have previously always arranged my own itinerary but I suspect we'll use Veloso Tours again when we return to South America to visit Chile.

Culture,Wildlife, Adventure and New Friends

By Intrepid Traveller on 14 Sep 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

A week's trip to visit Lima, the Sacred Valley in Peru, Machu Pichu andCusco. A second week visiting Quito in Ecuador followed by a week on a small boat touring the Islands of the Galapagos

Rating for tour operator Excellent

We travelled with Veloso Travel. Their organisation was superb and we had a good balance of interest and relaxation.
They gave valuable information before travelling.
Their guides were particularly good in Peru and we learned a huge amount about the Inca civilisation.
The Galapagos was a full on holiday, but so worthwhile. A certain level of fitness is needed, but crew on the boat Beluga ensured passenger safety at all times and were charming and helpful. The cabins were very comfortable with en suite facilities.

Natural World of Costa Rica

By Helen on 4 Sep 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

2 week holiday to Costa Rica. Travelling around the country and experiencing beautiful scenery and wildlife. Organised by Veloso Tours. Very well organised and we received very good service through out our trip.

Rating for tour operator Excellent

Excellent service. Organised a holiday taylor made for us.

Perfectly organised

By Neeta on 30 Aug 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

We had a tailor made family tour to Mexico for 10 days and we wanted to fit a lot in so it was an involved schedule. The Velosa team took a great deal of time and effort with us to ensure the tour met our needs and it fully exceeeded our expectations. All Velosas's representatives were approachable and knowledgeable and we were particularly thankful to Paula and Victoria for their input with our itinerary and flight confirmations.
All transfers were on time and the guides booked for us in Mexico were knowledgeable and could not do enough to help.

Rating for tour operator Excellent

They were excellent
Very professional
All information presented in a pack

Stunning

By Mitch on 9 Aug 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

Bella Vista Cloud Forest -- Nappo Wildlife Centre Amazon Jungle' 7 Night Cruise Around
Galapagos The Experiance Was Like 3 Seperate Holidays All Folling One Another A LIFE TIME EXPERIANCE

Rating for tour operator Excellent

VELOSO TOURS Were The Best Holliday Company I Have Ever Used The Ittinery Was Exellant And Every One Was Where They Where They Supposed To Meet Me

A most worthwhile trip

By Loo the Llama on 24 Jul 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

We visited Bolivia & Peru, learned a lot about Inca culture, current politics and culture of the two countries. We had knowledgeable and friendly guides who spoke very good English and were enthusiastic about their country.

Rating for tour operator Excellent

Veloso was extremely helpful and went out of their way to provide us with the tailor made tour we wanted. Their personal knowledge, particularly of Bolivia, enhanced our experience.

Tailor-made sightseeing

By Ric & Subaru, Leicester on 23 Jul 2017

Rating for tour operator Excellent

Extremely helpful in organising the logistics of the trip, flights; hotels; drivers; guides etc. and assisting us with our wishes and providing helpful suggestions for us to get the most out of our fantastic holiday..

we travelled to brazil and argentina ; we then cruised back to Venice

By surveyorman on 17 Jul 2017

Rating for this holiday Excellent

Velosso organised the flights hotels guides for our stays in Rio, Iguasso, Salvador and finally to join an MSC cruise back to Venice. It was all seemless no hassle and informative. A greta credit to their dedication to detail and experience

Rating for tour operator Excellent

Attentive informed experienced and prepared to take the time and trouble to ensure we were both comfortable and happy with our plans and aspirations