Just outside of Lima are the incredible Pachacamac ruins, an impressive pre-Inca archaeological complex. The ruins are one of the top sights near Lima, famed for their incredible series of 20-pyramids and mysterious labyrinth-like structure. This full-day tour will give you the chance to not only visit this famous landmark but also see an off-the-beaten-path, non-touristy side of the city. After visiting the ruins, you will have lunch at a local artisan family’s house and then visit 2-3 of their workshops where you'll have the opportunity to buy their products. Few tourists go there and to see everything from hand-woven textiles made from llama wool to unique pottery using traditional Andean patterns and designs.
I was born and raised in Lima but my father is originally from a small Andean community in Huancavelica and I go back there a lot. I love these different sides of my country: the big city and the beautiful countryside. I love traveling in Peru and abroad and I even lived in Asia for a while when I was younger. I studied to become a chef in China (in Mandarin!). I obviously love food and cooking, and I can tell you all about the Peruvian cuisine if you’re interested! I’m back in Peru now but I still love meeting people from all over the world so showing my beautiful country to visitors is the perfect activity for me!
I have been working in tourism for four years already. During these four years, I have especially loved leading alternative and local tours because I can show others my country in a truly unique way. I am able to share the history and daily life of my country in an authentic way. Before I became a guide, I first started working as a dishwasher at a polleria, a chicken restaurant, then as an assistant to the cook, and finally as a waiter in another restaurant on the main square of Lima. These experiences interacting closely with tourists and popular travel destinations inspired me to begin studying tourism.
However, I also have to say that my Andean roots played an important role in my decision as well. My parents are from Cajamarca, the northern Andes of Peru, and migrated to Lima 40 years ago. As a result, my brothers and I were born and raised in Lima, but we would return to the Andes during the holidays. Living in these two drastically different places has taught me a lot about my own country and has given me a broader perspective on my surroundings. My passion for and knowledge about my country became a full-time occupation and a way of life, something I wouldn't exchange for anything in the world. I’m happy to share everything I can about this beautiful country, and I invite anyone and everyone to come and see it.