Tucan Travel has been around since the 80s and offers fully guided tours all over the world. It offers tours in Peru and Bolivia for travellers of all ages. Group sizes are between 12 and 45.
Most tours with Tucan Travel go from Lima to Cusco and back or Lima to La Paz in Bolivia. Be aware though that tours do not operate everyday, often just once a week.
Pros:Advanced booking: You hardly need to do any research in advance as Tucan Travel is all inclusive and will book most tours for you and including food depending on the tour.
Safety: conditions in Peru and Bolivia can sometimes be unsafe. Tucan Travel offers safe transportation and accommodation.
Fully guided: There will be a tour guide for your entire trip that will help you with your questions and concerns.
Guaranteed departures: For most of their tours they offer guaranteed departure, meaning once you book your tour, you are absolutely sure of your departure. Some tour companies only depart when they have reached their minimum quota.
Cons:Price: Tucan Travel offers budget travel at sky rocketing prices and take an enormous profit margin on their sales. Most tours have accommodation that is either basic or the equivalent of a 3* hotel. If you were to pay local prices for this, your trip would cost up to 60% less.
Information: Make sure to read the included / not included section of their tours very carefully. Some parts of their tours are not covered in the tour price given and you may be asked to provide additional payment.
Tour guides: Since Tucan Travel isn’t operated from Peru or Bolivia, they have less on ground control over their guides and conditions so if something goes wrong, travellers have to contact the main office.
Lack of Flexibility: You are stuck with the group you part with. Imagine spending thousands of dollars on your trip and then having to spend it with people you don’t like. With Tucan Travel itineraries are fixed and you cannot change your itinerary during your trip. It is not possible to stay longer at a destination you really like or leave early if you don’t.
Group sizes: Depending on the tour you take in Peru and Bolivia, tour group maximums vary between 12 people and 45. Bigger tour groups make logistics difficult and provide less individual attention.
Tucan Travel is a safe way to travel through Peru and Bolivia and offers great experiences on the way but reviews often mention unplanned changes to itineraries and inexperienced guides. With some extra research you could easily plan your entire trip yourself for a fraction of the price while staying at nicer accommodation under more flexible conditions.