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Carla Pando

My name is Carla - I am a travel agent and part of the Quechua Treks team. We love to travel and consider ourselves nature lovers but more than that we enjoy bringing the real Peru to you, we will provide amazing travel experiences. Our goal is that our passengers take with them the best experience they could ever have.
By the way, I´m a visual artist!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in custom tours in Peru and Bolivia, creating custom-made tours for families, groups, honeymooners and independent travelers. I love putting together packages with traditional tours and mixing them with adventure, artistic, non-traditional tours and local experiences.”"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I moved to Cusco 10 years ago, since I've been living here I've been working in tourism. I have worked at the front desk of Loki Hostel, Managed the Yamanyá Backpacker Hostel, and started working with local tour operators 6 years ago. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget the first time I visited Paucartambo for the festivity of Virgen del Carmen, I was amazed to be part of a celebration that takes place every year to pay tribute to the virgin. It is an Andean festivity full of color, dance and lots of beer! It is incredible the religious devotion that can be appreciated mixed with the dance companies that pay tribute, and after dancing all night long a perfect way to finish the day is going to Tres Cruces to see the sunrise. "

Featured trips & expertise

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Rainbow Mountain
Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 8 Days

Explore the essential highlights of Peru on this 8-day itinerary. Begin in the metropolitan capital city of Lima, and explore the vibrant city by bike. Then, head to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, and get a taste of the local culture on a culinary tour. Next, discover the beautiful textiles and incredible ruins of the Sacred Valley, and spend a full day taking in the majesty of Machu Picchu. Top it all off by summiting the colorful rainbow mountain - the perfect photo op!

Water on leaves after an Amazon downpour
The Best of Peru - 10 Days

Explore Peru's coast, mountains, and rainforest in this 10-day highlights trip. Start in metropolitan Lima and soak in the coastal vibe, then head east deep into the Amazon rainforest. Explore the peaceful reserve, enjoy wildlife viewing, and stay in a comfortable lodge on the banks of a mighty river. Continue to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, and explore archaeological sites and the stunning Sacred Valley. Visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel, then keep going south to Lake Titicaca—South America's largest lake—to explore cultures who predate the Inca by millennia. Take a tour onto the lake to see the floating reed islands, textile weaving, and ancient stone ruins. Whether by plane or bus, you will be amazed at how quickly the landscape changes as you discover Peru.

A red-headed poison dart frog
Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 7 Days

From the remote Machu Picchu ruins to the lush Amazon rainforest, this 7-day itinerary brings you to Peru's iconic landscapes. Fly to metropolitan Lima, then connect with the Inca capital of Cusco. Explore colorful textile markets, small towns, and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley before traveling east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the lush Amazon. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.