We had a fantastic trip!! Our guides were awesome! The Amazon cruise was so nice and loved that there was only about 60 people on board and each had a balcony room. Food was great. We loved that we had a private tour guide in Iguazu and Rio. The excursions were fantastic! I have recommended it to all my family and friends already! Will definitely be looking at some of your other tours in other countries for the future!

Evans FamilyBrazil, May 2019

Excellent trip to Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu! We enjoyed the sights and guides were very good. We now know a lot more about tortoises, blue footed boobies, sealions, iguanas, etc. The M/C Cormorant was very nice and there was a good group of people, guests and crew. Opportunity for snorkeling present. Quito, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Inca temples, and, of course Machu Picchu were all great. A religious parade in Chinchero was most interesting.

Erik & Lone ChristensenGalapagos & Peru, March 2019

I cannot thank you enough for facilitating the amazing trip to Peru that my sister Annie and I took last week. It was wonderful to NOT have to worry about coping with any details, since Ideal South America had taken care of all of those. The trip had enough structure that we didn’t feel like we were floundering, but we also had the freedom to come and go as we wished. I also want to praise our local guide, Bryan, and our sweet driver, Daquis (?). Both were kind, punctual, and completely professional. My suitcase got left at LAX for five days, and Bryan was very helpful in communicating to the airlines on my behalf. This is not my last trip to South America, that’s for sure, and I will be in touch with Ideal South America in the future! Thank you, thank you.

The Roddas (Annie & Katie)Peru, December 2018

Max and Ideal South America arranged a special trip for my adult children, their spouses and I which included the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Our guide, of Incan heritage, was knowledgeable and prepared, and our driver was the best. Our accommodations were gorgeous. A seamless experience. You will not be disappointed with their services.

The Winters et. al.Peru-Machu Picchu, July 2018

First, we had a wonderful time and the trip was fun and interesting. We managed not to get sick and did not have any altitude problems. Since you never met us, I will remind you that we are not exactly youngsters, as Judy is in her 70’s and I am 80 next week. Each of the steps in the trip went according to your careful plans. We had only one small glitch, which was easily reversed when Noe, our greeter in Lima, missed us (and we did not see him) at the airport exit, but he came over to the hotel after we asked the Wyndham concierge to call the travel company. All the other “hand-offs” were on time and waiting for our arrival. Neither we nor our luggage got lost.

The accommodations provided were very nice. The Nemo III catamaran in the Galapagos was a nice boat, and we were with compatible fellow travelers. Only two small complaints here. The boat, in order to make the island-hopping schedule, didn’t sail, but motored. A slight disappointment. The food on the boat was not to our liking, but it was a cruise, not a restaurant. The Galapagos islands were what we expected. Our guide, Alexi, was very knowledgeable and gave us a good understanding about the islands and the wild-life there. The views and the ocean and the birds, fish and sea lions and tortoises, and the lava fields were all magnificent.

In Peru the country was very different from where we live: on the ocean in Massachusetts. The Incan culture and Machu Picchu and the Andes mountains were astounding. The various guides were excellent. The views and the history were great.

On the whole we were very satisfied with the entire trip. We would give you and your help an A+ rating. We would certainly recommend your service/company to any of our friends seeking a similar South American trip. I have attached a couple of photos. Thanks again.

Alan Diamond and Judy GoldbergPeru & Ecuador - September 2016

Donovan …

First I would like to say that Susan and I were very pleased with our recent vacation to Peru and Ecuador, which was planned and executed by Max and Isabel at Ideal South America. The planning and options phase by Max was very thorough and easy to work through … and most importantly the end result was very rewarding.

We have had the opportunity to travel around the world, and I prefer finding a locally based travel agent with feet on the ground and long-time success with a proven

track record.  Ideal South America fit that bill.  It is always a bit worrisome to pay a good sum of money and put your faith in an organization, when you do not truly know how the trip will

turn out in the end.  Attention to detail, a stable of excellent on-the-ground partners to provide the services, such as we had both in Peru and Ecuador, are obviously critical to providing a

top-notch vacation.

Again, from the detailed trip information to the first airport pick-up, all the venues and adventures, the guides … everything worked out very nicely and that is much appreciated.

Les G. et. al.Ecuador & Peru – May 2017

We had a very nice vacation and enjoyed all the places that we visited. The hotel in Calafate was quite far from town so I would not recommend it for someone who is not able to walk far.

The hotels in Buenos Aires, Salta, Mendoza and Iguazu were good. The hotel in Purmamarca was different. The three nights there were too many. It would have been fine to spend two nights there but it is a very small town and we were able to do the hiking around the mountains the first full day there so there really wasn’t anything to do the last day there. The Finca La Azul was quite nice but again we were far from everything. Again it seemed that 2 nights there without a car were too many. One night would suffice.

All the sights that we saw were amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed them. The guides and drivers were super friendly and helpful. They were knowledgeable and informative. We thank you for all that you did to make this trip carefree.

The Feric FamilyArgentina, April 2018

Thank you for the most incredible 2 weeks! I have to say, it was rather flawless. We couldn’t believe you arranged for such great weather, the best guides, wonderful hotels, and such an incredible yacht.

Everyone we came in touch with from your organization was on task and incredibly professional.  A well-oiled machine.  A few family pic’s attached for you.

Where should we go next?

Katz familyPeru & Ecuador, December 2017

Hey Donovan – the overall trip exceeded our expectations.  We would definitely recommend the trip, even though it was a bit expensive for our friends, especially with the canadian dollar so low.

Thanks for putting it together for us.

Brian S.Peru & Galapagos – Nov. 2015

HI Max and Donovan,

I would like to thank you for a lovely Trip.  The Coral staff did an awesome job making our vacation spectacular.

The DietrichsEcuador & Galapagos, Dec. 2015, Jan. 2016

Hi Max,

I can’t tell you pleased we were with what you arranged for us. We, I had a great time and the fact that it was so well arranged and every stop, really was a great plus! I didn’t have t worry about a thing, starting out right from the beginning. It really made traveling in Peru and Ecuador a pleasure. We enjoyed the hotels, the upgrade in Puno was the least favorite (only because they changed for internet and offered no bottled water (as the other did – something so simple, means a lot to travelers), the people that met us and the experience in Galapagos was great. The food on the boat was average, but the guide and staff really made it a great/special time.
Walter in Machu Picchu was really great and went out of his way to make it a wonderful adventure. I forget all the people, but they’ll together set our mind at ease in the various stops we made. The train was great, Andean Explorer, long, but great experience beautiful country to see!

Thats again, I will certainly recommend this agency to all that ask!

Dave A.Peru & Galapagos - May 2016


Just wanted to touch base and you let know how great our trip went.  Other than AA losing Jill’s bag (which caused a bit of anxiety), all went perfectly!  Our guides, Israel in Machu Picchu and Pablo in the Galapagos, were incredibly knowledgeable and enjoyable to spend the day with.   The hotels you chose were just as great.  The food in Peru was as good as everyone said.  All in all, I was impressed well beyond my expectations on how enjoyable, educational and adventurous this entire trip was.   Even with the baggage glitch, our contact (Ronaldo) in Cusco did everything possible to help locate the lost bag and bridge the language barrier while talking to airport people.  So, thank you for all your effort with creating this trip for us!

Darin PetersenPeru & Galapagos, Jan. 2016

Hi Donovan the trip through Costa Rica was fabulous. Once again you did an outstanding job giving us a trip to remember. Our guide, Charlie (Carlos) was amazing.

Linda O.Costa Rica, June 2015

I had contracted with Ideal South America (ISA), after checking with eleven other travel agencies.  If you plan on a trip to South America I heartily recommend that you check with ISA, because they are a top quality firm.

Col. Ed SchollEaster Island, Peru & Galapagos, Feb. 2014