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Supplier: M16432


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Base of operations: USA
There are many travel companies out there eager to plan a trip for you. So why pick us? The most important reason is that our company is run by real people with a scrapbook full of past travels. Our travel consultants have been to, and fallen in love with, the places where you will travel. An entire operations team makes sure that everything goes according to plan. This is your vacation, and we leave no margin for error. It's not only our job but our passion to provide you a chance to love it as much as we do.

With over 18 years of planning exciting and beautiful trips to Latin America, M16432 is honored to receive “South America’s Leading Tour Operator” award for the fifth year in a row and continues to be nominated for “World’s Leading Tour Operator". In 2010 M16432 expanded its range of destinations to cover Central America, India/S. Asia, South-East Asia and Africa to provide our loyal clients a similar M16432 experience in other destinations. Whether your interests are in historical cultures, sightseeing, wildlife safaris, luxury travel or adventure, we can build a custom itinerary to create your trip of a lifetime.
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Experience more with Yampu’s passionate travel professionals who tailor make sightseeing, culinary, safari, family, and adventure itineraries to Latin America, India, Asia, and Africa.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

In 2015, M16432 will be celebrating our 16th year of planning exciting and beautiful trips to Latin America, and our fifth year traveling to Africa, India and South East Asia. M16432 began when a Peruvian man (José Irauzqui) and an American woman met in New York and decided to travel together to Machu Picchu. Due to the unrest of the country at that time, José had not been to Machu Picchu despite being native to the country. Their first visit to the mountaintop citadel was a life changing experience. When they returned to New York they were married, and shortly after launched their travel website.

2. What is your company's mission?

It is M16432' mission to provide life changing, customized tours to our various destinations. It is our passion to provide our clients with the chance to love travel as much as we do. Our travel consultants have been to, and fallen in love with, the places where our clients will travel. We have an entire team of operations to make sure that everything goes according to plan; we work relentlessly to leave no margin for error.

3. What does your company specialize in?

M16432 specializes in customized itineraries to Latin America. We have recently introduced itineraries to India, Africa and South East Asia and are excited to evolve our products further in these fascinating regions. Our tours do not have set dates of departure so our clients have flexibility in their travel dates and destinations.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

José Irauzqui is the President and founder of M16432. Born in Peru, José traveled from a very young age with his parents around Latin America. Later he attended boarding school in Switzerland and traveled extensively around Europe and Asia. In 1990 José earned his law degree in the UK and went back to Peru until 1998 when he met Monica, his future wife and co-founder of Yampu, during a trip to New York.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Our most popular tours include our trips to Peru, our first destination offered on the website 16 years ago. Because is was the first offering on the website, we have become experts in this region and have expanded and specialized our products here including guides, hotels and tours.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

We frequently receive positive testimonials from clients who travel with us to our various destinations. Clients are often pleased with our attention to detail, deeply customized itineraries and support even while they are traveling. In the unfortunate circumstance where an issue arises while a client is traveling, our team of operations will work to solve the problem as quickly as possible, making sure the clients are taken care of.

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M16432
Highlights of Peru, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Tour
Walking the ancient ruins of the one and only Machu Picchu!

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USD 11376 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Archeology/History
Duration: 9 days
Season: January - December
Peru

Wildlife and Highlights of Peru Tour: Amazon to Machu Picchu
Setting foot in the magical Incan citadel, Machu Picchu; a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Getting up close to the fascinating variety of Amazonian wildlife, like the endangered river.

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USD 9781 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 10 days
Season: January - December
Peru

Cusco and Machu Picchu Archaeology Tour, Peru
Walking the ancient ruins of the one and only Machu Picchu. Taking a private walking tour of the gorgeous city of Cusco and its most famous ancient sites.

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USD 7655 / Per person
Tour Package
Archeology/History
Duration: 5 days
Season: January - December
Peru

6 Day Peru Tour: Visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, Pisac and Sacred Valley
Explore the ruins & villages of the Sacred Valley and enjoy a tour of Cusco with an awe inspiring train ride to Machu Picchu. Visit the very indigenous & colorful village, famous Indian market & more.

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USD 5066 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Archeology/History
Duration: 6 days
Season: January - December
Peru

Peru Motorcycle Tour
Experiencing the magic of the desert at the rolling dunes of the Peruvian Coast.

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USD 16528 / Per person
Tour Package
Motorcycle Tours
Cultural Journey
Duration: 18 days
Season: January - December
Peru

Meditation Tour in Peru 10% off.
Spend 6 days practicing meditation and yoga in this breathtaking and spiritual environment

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USD 5299 / Per person
Tour Package
Yoga & Spiritual Experience
Duration: 7 days
Season: January - December
Peru

Panama Trip from Wildlife to Waterfalls 10% off.
Relishing the natural jewels of El Valle de Anton, home to the magnificent Chorro Macho waterfall and the ancient Petroglyphs of La India Pintada.

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USD 9486 / Per person
Tour Package
Wildlife Viewing
Cultural Journey
Duration: 7 days
Season: January - December
Panama

8 Day Cruise in Antarctica
Pass between spectacular icebergs and through ice-filled fjords! Visit some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent!

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USD 11595 / Per person
Tour Package
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 8 days
Season: January - February
Antarctica

Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula Tour
Travel safely and comfortably aboard a small, ice-strengthened expedition vessel. Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!

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USD 9195 / Per person
Tour Package
Boating and Sailing
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 10 days
Season: January - February
Antarctica

Bolivia Discovery Tour: Uyuni Salt Flats and Lake Titicaca
Learning all about the way of life in the Uyuni Salt Flats during a visit to Colchani, a quaint village whose livelihood revolves around producing salt.

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USD 3782 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Duration: 8 days
Season: March - December
Bolivia

Wonders of Chile and Bolivia Tour: Salt Flats to Deserts
Exploring the Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert, with its impressive array of colors and textures. Magnifying the beauty of the sunrise over the Atacama Desert.

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USD 7472 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Duration: 13 days
Season: January - December
Bolivia
Chile

Colombian Coffee and Culture Tour
Get in contact with the Colombian culture and explore the everyday life of Colombians!

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USD 5903 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Duration: 11 days
Season: January - December
Colombia

Cultural Journey in Colombia
Discovering the oldest colonial settlement on Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, Santa Marta, taking in fascinating sights like the cathedral and Anthropological Museum.

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USD 4787 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Duration: 10 days
Season: January - December
Colombia

Luxury Honeymoon in Brazil
Enjoying days at leisure in Florianopolis, perhaps taking the opportunity to dive in the Arvoredo Marine Biological Reserve, the top spot in south Brazil for diving.

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USD 6899 / Per person
Tour Package
Honeymoon
Duration: 7 days
Season: January - December
Brazil

Rio and Rainforests: Adventure Tour in Brazil
Delving into the Brazilian side of the Amazon Rainforest and exploring one of the world’s last great wildernesses, led by the best local guides.

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USD 7346 / Per person
Tour Package
Wildlife Viewing
Cultural Journey
Duration: 9 days
Season: January - December
Brazil

Adventure Vacation in Brazil
Delving into the Brazilian side of the Amazon Rainforest and exploring one of the world’s last great wildernesses, led by the best local guides.

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USD 5933 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 9 days
Season: January - December
Brazil

Chocolate Tour in Brazil
Tasting some of Brazil’s finest chocolate, having examined the harvesting process from start to finish in Taboquinhas.

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USD 2038 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Cultural Journey
Duration: 6 days
Season: January - December
Brazil

7 Day Local Food Tour in Ecuador
Enjoy an explanation among of the different species and plants that are utilized by Ecuadorians for cooking!

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USD 3326 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Cultural Journey
Duration: 7 days
Season: January - December
Ecuador

Peru Culture and Wildlife Tour
Learning the traditions and culture of an indigenous ethnic group, Ese Eja! Boarding a wooden canoe to glide across the beautiful, scenic Lake Sandoval!

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USD 8957 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 12 days
Season: March - December
Peru

10 Day Wildlife and Cultural Tour in Panama
Discovering the very first European settlement on the Pacific Coast of the Americas at Panama Viejo, where only crumbling ruins remain.

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USD 5765 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 10 days
Season: January - December
Panama

Wildlife and Cultural Vacation in Patagonia, Argentina
Hiking through the unrivaled Torres del Paine National Park, with its ancient forests and colorful, tranquil lakes.

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USD 16412 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 14 days
Season: January - December
Argentina

China Cultural Vacation, 12 Days
Taste China's history and culture with each and every dish! Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center for a close look at this amazing animal!

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USD 8255 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Duration: 12 days
Season: March - October
China

Great Wall Trekking Tour, China
Hike along the Great Walls from various dynasties with different landscapes, architecture styles!

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USD 6516 / Per person
Tour Package
Hiking & Trekking
Archeology/History
Duration: 10 days
Season: March - October
China

Cycling Adventure in China, from Beijing to Yangshuo (10 Days)
Cycle through Beijing's traditional neighborhoods, Hutongs, along the narrow alleys in old Beijing.

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USD 7845 / Per person
Tour Package
Bicycle Touring
Cultural Journey
Duration: 10 days
Season: March - October
China

Peru Adventure Tour: Biking, Rafting and Hiking Journey
Exploring Lima on two wheels, discovering the best spots of the city such as vibrant Miraflores with its cliff-edge sidewalks teetering above the ocean!

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USD 7558 / Per person
Tour Package
Multi-activity
Archeology/History
Duration: 9 days
Season: March - November
Peru

Yoga Retreat in Argentina
Replenishing tired legs with a hilltop yoga session while enjoying views of the surrounding!

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USD 3769 / Per person
Tour Package
Yoga & Spiritual Experience
Duration: 5 days
Season: January - December
Argentina

Cultural Tour in Japan, Experience Otaku from Tokyo to Nara
Learn about and experience all things Anime and Manga with stops at J-World and the local Pokemon Center!

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USD 7069 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Duration: 10 days
Season: March - November
Japan

Cultural Journey in Japan, from Tokyo to Hakone
Visit old temples and shrines, one of Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist cemeteries as well as traditional shops selling Japanese paper and sweets, and soak in the atmosphere of pre-war Tokyo.

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USD 5962 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Duration: 11 days
Season: March - October
Japan

United Arab Emirates Cultural Journey, from Dubai to Muscat
Learn about the countries' culture, tradition and heritage. Visit mosques, historical sites, and museums.

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USD 6493 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Duration: 10 days
Season: January - December
United Arab Emirates


Reviews and Comments
No. Rating By / Subject

 1  Lacey Marwitz / Traveled to Peru July 2008
Our trip to Peru couldn’t have gone smoother! We loved every minute of it! Before our trip, we chatted with Chris online and gave him our budget along with all the sites we wanted to see. Within a day we had a packed itinerary that was totally reasonable.

All of our tour guides were exceptional and spoke great English. The local Kontiki people were fabulous! It was so nice not to have to worry about anything like transfers to our hotels, airport and tour destinations. Everyone was so nice. Carlos in ... view more Cusco was so attentive to us and even checked in on us. My favorite part of the whole trip was staying at the Wasai Lodge on the Tambopata River. It was an absolutely amazing experience to be in such a beautiful, quiet place. Our guide, Jorge, was so knowledgeable and laid back.

We weren’t sure what to expect from our trip never having done anything like this before. It is safe to say it exceeded our expectations and we’re so glad we went with Kontiki!

Thanks for everything!!

 2  Amir Katz, M.D. / Traveled to Peru, July 2008
The trip was great. Your professionalism and personal attention to detail showed all along the trip. All the things on the itinerary happened and no connection was missed. Your offices in Lima and in Cusco were very professional, friendly, courteous and helpful. I had some little complications and when I called Mr. Cubas or Mr. Terrazoas they answered promptly and were very helpful.

I enjoyed the trip very much and I am happy that I chose Kontiki for my travel arrangements to PERU. No other company ... view more could have made better arrangements at the price that I paid for the trip. I will be happy to recommend your company, without hesitation, for travel to PERU.

I will call you on the phone to thank you personally. I am sure that I will use your company for my future travel plans to South America. Please feel free to use my name as a reference. If a potential traveler needs to talk to me I will be happy to take their call or E-mail.

 3  Peter Sufrin / Traveled to Brazil May 2008
Thank you for a wonderful trip to Brazil! I got back early Saturday morning after a ten day stay in Rio and Bahia as you know, and wanted to tell you what a great experience it was. The accommodations were great in both Rio and Salvador, and the itinerary was followed flawlessly. I had the opportunity to enjoy the lovely beaches in Brazil, as well as take tours around the cities with most capable guides.
Thanks again to you and Kontiki for making my visit possible.
Best regards,

 4  Carole and Tim Kinross / Traveled to Ecuador April 2008
Our trip was amazing!

The Seaman 2 was extremely comfortable, we had a fantastic guide and we were joined halfway by the marketing girl from with a cameraman and Miss Ecuador! They were all charming and English speaking. The ground arrangements in Ecuador went very smoothly and although we did think that the Dann Carlton was a bit ordinary it was certainly well placed for the airport. Lovely hotel in Cuenca.

The arrangements for the jungle stay worked like clockwork and the lodge was fine. ... view more The most outstanding thing about this whole trip was everyone’s kindness. We were probably a bit old for the land trips on the Galapagos but everywhere, my husband particularly, had unfailing help getting about and where the lava was just too difficult we had a boatman who showed us along the coast and often saw more than the others.
A terrific trip all round, many thanks.

 5  Loli Cardeñoso / Traveled to Argentina, Uruguay and Chile
We did have a brilliant trip! Practically everything went according to plan and we were very happy with the itinerary, the hotels, the city tours and the other trips you booked for us in advance. The guides were all very good and some of them exceptionally good. We particularly enjoyed having someone to collect us from the airport and take us to our hotel and back again in unfamiliar cities. This is something we had never done before but it is definitely a very good idea and takes away most of the stress of ... view more travelling so much in such a short time.

John wants to visit Machu Pichu next and we will definitely get in touch with you when the time comes. With many thanks and good wishes,

 6  Valerie Jeffries / Traveled to Brazil August 2008
We are back from Brazil and had a really good time.

I like Rio – I didn’t know what to expect but it is a very easy city to be in. Our hotel was very good even though it is a 3 star. The position of it is great and the service efficient and friendly. We stayed in the Martinique Hotel which is almost on the front of Copacabana beach. The night market was a stone’s throw away and was good to visit.

The Iguazu Falls are amazing and a must for anyone who goes to Brazil. We had a really good ... view more guide too who was very knowledgeable and of course got us into the National park quickly avoiding the queues. I hadn’t really appreciated that we would be spending a day in Argentina, so that was exciting. There is one thing that I really did need to know beforehand and wasn’t told: The soaking under the falls is extreme. I didn’t know that I would be getting that close to the falls and that the boat would be actually going under the falling water. I was actually terrified. It was a fantastic experience though!!

The resort at Recife is a lovely place. I can’t fault the food or the staff there and the setting and the beach is beautiful. However, I do think that people should be aware that it is about 45 minutes car drive out of Recife, and so there is not anything really around the resort. The next small town (Porto do Galinas) is about 20mins away but is not the sort of place you would want to go to of an evening as it is very set up with local bars but nothing that is just a restaurant.

Overall though a very good relaxing holiday. Best Regards,

 7  Catherine Dougherty / Traveled to Peru
Thank you for the welcome home. I intended to write to compliment you on the fantastic arrangements and support personnel that you and Kontiki arranged. Kuzie and Jose met us on arrival and were enthusiastic ambassadors of their city. Our accommodations at the Country Club were incredible. I am so glad we wound up in the residential area of San Isidro, instead of Miraflores. Originally I had reservations about the “second choice” hotel. My mistake. The decor, welcome champagne, warm staff and beautiful, ... view more large rooms were the best! Our city guide (Veronica) was absolutely wonderful. She gave us suggestions for dinner and saw to it that we had a fine table. The air transport to Cuzco was seamless. Our guide (Fernando) taught us a lot and again timed our tour extremely well. The Monasterio was a beautiful hotel. The Orient Express train was lovely. Carlos, our guide, learned our names and knew so much history. The Sanctuary was amazing. I loved the afternoon tea and again the staff knew us by name from the first introduction. Every staff member was helpful and cheerful. Our private guide, Lucretia, was also great. It was a pleasure to tip them, but in no way were we made to feel that a tip was necessary or expected during any part of our stay. The transfers were smooth and timed well. All in all, we had a fantastic time. Thank you so much for your wonderful itinerary and carefully planned activities. The Peruvian contacts you have are first rate, speak English well and provide clean cars. I know I haven’t mentioned everyone by name, but each and everyone we came in contact with deserves a great deal of credit and demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism.
Thank you, Jake, and Kontiki, for a trip we will always regard as top notch. You made it so easy for us to enjoy!

 8  Valerie, Parker and John Thomas / Traveled to Ecuador and Peru August 2008
Our trip to Peru and Ecuador was just completed. We so appreciated all the things your staff did to make it an exceptional experience. We want more – and the first place we will call will be Kontiki.

The team in Lima was outstanding. Kuzi met us at the airport at some awful hour and made sure we got to our hotel and were briefed on next steps. She even was there when we did not show the night before due to weather delays. The staff jumped in to rearrange things when our plans changed (due to the ... view more weather delays in DC and Atlanta) and the Cusco staff was outstanding. We loved the hotel accommodations we had and the friendship we found everywhere.

Your staff throughout was eager, helpful, fun and very knowledgeable. We have already mentioned the Kontiki name to many on the Galapagos leg so we hope that will turn into new business for you. We want to explore SA some more. Whether it is next year or the next, we will be back (the upper Amazon in Brazil or Ecuador, Argentina and Chile to ski and explore and Patagonia are all high on our list. Plus we did not get to Lake Titicaca due to the weather situation so of course we have to get there too!).

So you are not done with us yet! Thanks for all you did to make this one of our favorite family adventures ever!!

 9  Devon McCabe / Traveled to Brazil July 2008
This trip was beyond amazing!!!! The Amazon changed my life. Every single guide there seemed like my best friend! The falls were also incredible and our guide (Tony) went way way way beyond for us. I am so sad that it is over. I have such great memories of this vacation!!!! Thanks you so much for organizing a trip that fit every inch of our personalities. I feel like you knew us!

 10  Maura Mancini / Traveled to Brazil July 2008
The trip (to Brazil) was soooo amazing! All of the guides were wonderful. The hotels were great, and Anavilhanas Lodge was a gem. :-) Thank you so much for everything!