Born in Cusco, my family has always loved being active. In fact, I come from a family of champion kayakers and guides. My dad was one of the first kayak guides in all of Peru, and my brother was a pioneer in the field, kayaking through the toughest rivers in the Americas and representing Peru in international competitions. Seeing the passion and adventure within my family made me want to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a guide.
After working for many years in mainstream tourism, I decided I wanted to lead my own tours rather than work for other companies. I wanted my tours to really focus on protecting the environment, providing high-quality experiences, and taking travelers off the beaten path. I’ve worked in tourism for 15-years, and I love being outside everyday, sharing the beauty of Peru with travelers and exploring my own country. In fact, when I’m not leading tours, I’m often bringing my five kids on treks of our own. Already I can see some of them develop a dream to lead tours, just like I did as a kid on tours with my dad. I guess you can say adventure really does run in my family!
Growing up in a small village near Cusco, some of my richest childhood memories involve learning about my ancestral heritage. As the son of a family of farmers, my culture’s rich agricultural tradition was an integral part of my life and taught me to be truly proud of my background. As I heard the stories of my culture, I was always excited and wanting to learn more, so much so that it became my ultimate dream to go to university. Determined to make it to university, I worked many odd jobs and spent endless hours studying. Not only did I get my degree, but through school I realized my true dream, to become a tour guide.
I’ve been working now as a tour guide for the past 11 years and still feel extremely lucky to have achieved my dream. Whether I’m meeting a tour group, listening to cooking tips from one of our chefs, or discovering a new path along the Inca Trail, I’m so happy to have found a job that lets me do what I do best: learn. I love taking my guests off the beaten path, showing them the real Peru beyond what the tourists see. Through my tours, I love to share my ancestor’s culture, customs, and beautiful land.
Through my many years as a tour guide, I’ve discovered that my ultimate partner in leading tours is Mother Nature. As an adventure guide in Peru, I have led tours in the mountains and jungles on all sorts of tours like trekking, mountain biking, and birdwatching. Not only have I taken travelers all over my beautiful home country of Peru but also to fascinating neighboring countries like Chile, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
I’ve been so lucky to have witness such beauty in South America, and because of this experience I have developed a profound appreciation for the environment and commitment to ecotourism. Through my tours, I hope to not only show travelers to beautiful parts of Peru but also educate them on the importance of protecting the land. My tours are also centered around social responsibility and supporting local communities through education and preservation. Peru is a beautiful place, and I want to show this to travelers from all over the world. I hope that by going on my tours I can provide them with a newfound love for Earth and our local culture. Through responsible travel, we can really create a global appreciation for the world we live in, and in turn we can protect it.
It’s no secret that we all love the great outdoors. Even though we are constantly outside hosting tours and treks, we still spend our free time outside! We love to do adventure activities such as trekking and mountain biking. We enjoy spending time in nature in a more relaxed and peaceful way. For example, Zac loves photography because it allows him to stop for a moment, take in the landscape, and capture that feeling.
Since we all love adventure, nature, and travel, our next dream destination would be Iceland. The country is so unique and is full of so many incredible natural marvels, such as glaciers, hot springs, and active volcanoes to trek across. As a team bonding trip, it would be incredible to rent a car and explore the country together. Of course, there would be plenty of trekking and camping involved in this trip too!