Guide at a Glance
Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru
Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing
I am an adventure guide. I have a passion for sharing the culture, history and beauty of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in an energetic, friendly, fun and spiritual manner. I am the owner of this company and take special care to make sure every customer has an amazing experience in Peru. I speak fluent Quechua, Spanish and English.
I started working as a porter on the Inca Trail at age 16. I then worked as a chef on the trail while at the same time attending the University of San Antonio in Cusco. I studied for a four-year degree program to become a certified guide, completing course work in tourism, history, archaeology, flora, fauna, medicine, psychology and English. I have been working as a guide for the past seven years and have led over 500 trips to Machu Picchu.
During this time, I also was a production assistant on the movie, Mi Chacra.
I am a native Quechua speaker who was born on a farm in the Sacred Valley and grew up with seven brothers and sisters. My mom Andrea never attended school but worked very hard tending her farm and selling and bartering corn, guinea pigs, peaches and eggs in order to support her family. She strongly believed in the importance of educating her children, however, it was very expensive to buy uniforms and school supplies. Luckily, she had inherited two bulls from her mom and every year she would sell one of her bulls to raise money for me and my siblings to go to school. She would then trade the other bull in for two young bulls, which would grow during the course of the year and be ready to sell when school started the next year. This process was repeated every year until all of the children finished school. I am forever grateful for the hard work of my mom and because of my childhood, I am strongly committed to supporting children and families in the mountain villages of the Sacred Valley through social projects and by working with locally owned farms and businesses.