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Carmen Paredes

I always liked to travel, but I never thought of becoming a professional in tourism until I found out that traveling is not only about the beautiful moments I treasure, but also about the positive changes and opportunities we can share with our community and country in many ways. Now, I want to share my passion and help people around the world create unforgettable memories in my country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in tailor-made trips along all Peru, always trying to find new places and enriching experiences for travelers that are interesting in our traditions and history."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I remember that I liked to travel since I was very young. Going on trips with my grandparents to the northern Andes of Peru, where my family is from, are memories that I'll never forget. I think it was there when my love for discovering new places and learn more about my own country started.

Some years after that, I decided to study Sustainable Tourism to get involved in the development of a fair and equitable activity for both travelers and host communities."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I would say the travel experience I will never forget happened in Machu Picchu. Although I have been to Machu Picchu many times now, I will never forget the first time I went there.

I clearly remember that morning, I got up very early (I mean, I didn't sleep at all!), grab my camera and head to take the first train to Aguas Calientes. Since I wanted to get to the citadel by walking, once in Aguas Calientes town, I decided that I wouldn't go by bus and take a long way, the steps! Step by step I finally reached the entrance gate, but I just walked into Machu Picchu to start my way up to "Montaña", another one and a half hours hiking up. I got there very tired I have to say, but what I saw at that moment was not only breath-taking but a memory that I still have in my mind, the incredible views of Machu Picchu and the happiness of all the people that had walked the same way as me."

Reed boats on Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca & Short Inca Trail - 8 Days

Experience Peru's cities, Machu Picchu, and the largest lake in South America on this 8-day tour.  Start with cultural and culinary tours in metropolitan Lima before continuing to the Sacred Valley. You'll also visit the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, where wildlife and handicrafts abound. Cap it off with a one-day hike of the Inca trail, ending with a visit to the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu. 

Stone mask on the ancient temple at Chavin de Huantar
10 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Peru, you can explore up to three regions by taking internal flights or focus on one off-the-beaten-path area like Northern Peru. The highlights of the Cusco and Machu Picchu region can easily be combined with Lake Titicaca or the Amazon jungle. Alternatively, head north to enjoy lesser-known archaeological highlights, spectacular treks, and beaches. See more ideas in this great list.

The vast expanse of the Sacred Valley
2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Unique Itineraries

A two-week visit to Peru allows travelers to comfortably combine Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley with one of the country's more remote regions. Enjoy the culture and history of the ruins and villages surrounding Cusco and take a jungle excursion into the Amazon in the same trip. Or head north to the archeological wonders of Kuelap and Chachapoyas. A trip of this length also means more opportunities for trekking, including multi-day treks on the Inca Trail. See more inspiration for your Peru trip below.

Ruins at Ollantaytambo in Peru's Sacred Valley
Best Time to Visit Peru: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Each region of Peru has its own weather patterns and trip-planning considerations. The busy season for Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley runs from June-August, and you'll want to book far in advance. Try May instead—the rains have let up, and crowds are still manageable. Heading to the Amazon? Waterways are most navigable from September-November, and wildlife spotting is at its best. And you'll want to visit the coast between January-March.

Best Treks to Machu Picchu
Best Treks to Machu Picchu

A visit to Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s trip to Peru. In fact, this ancient Inca Citadel attracts over a million visitors each year. Many visitors get there by way of the classic Inca Trail. Yet, there are numerous treks that take you there, each unique in their own right.

Recent trip reviews for Carmen

Adrian

2 Weeks in Peru: 4 Suggested Itineraries · Peru - Jul 26 - Aug 10, 2019

Traveler: Adrian P. - Local specialist: Carmen Paredes

We've just come back from an amazing trip to Peru. We loved every part of it but a special mention to Jhordy and Paulieno our guide and chef for the Salkantay trek who helped us complete a tough challenge across stunning mountains and also to Manuel who led us on many hunts through the jungle.

Everything was organised by Peruvian Soul and all the connections and pickups were stress free.

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Carmen Paredes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Adrian,

Thank you very much for traveling with us. We were more than happy to be part of your Peruvian adventure and we hope to see you and your family again.

Have a wonderful week! 😊

Trip to Peru - Falguni Patel · Peru - Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2019

Traveler: Falguni P. - Local specialist: Carmen Paredes

This is the first time I have worked with KimKim And have absolutely no regrets! They paired me with a company called Peruvian Soul who exceeded our expectations! Jesus and Carmen were exceptional with the planning and always available. We got to meet Carmen in Lima, she is so sweet and caring. She would check on us throughout our trip. The local guides were beyond amazing especially Julio in Cusco. He was always available and very knowledgeable. He wanted to make sure we were okay at all... read more

This is the first time I have worked with KimKim And have absolutely no regrets! They paired me with a company called Peruvian Soul who exceeded our expectations! Jesus and Carmen were exceptional with the planning and always available. We got to meet Carmen in Lima, she is so sweet and caring. She would check on us throughout our trip. The local guides were beyond amazing especially Julio in Cusco. He was always available and very knowledgeable. He wanted to make sure we were okay at all times and just such a wonderful person. I highly recommend Peruvian Soul to help plan the most amazing vacation to Peru. Santiago, our guide for the Inca trail was so patient with us during our trek and made it so worthwhile! Macchi Picchu is unbelievable! Truly a wonderful experience!

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Carmen Paredes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Falguni,
Thank you very much for your kind words. We were really happy to have you here and meet you after months of planning your trip together. It was great to be part of your adventure in our country.
I hope to see you guys soon!
Hugs! 🤗