My motto is, "To travel is to live!" I specialize in tours that protect the natural treasure and culture of Peru while providing the best experience. Peru is the epicenter of Andean culture, which is why they call it the "belly button of the world." Being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the Americas, there is so much history and tradition that is still present here today. I know from experience that each individual who travels here leaves in awe of how beautiful and culturally rich Peru is. Working with people is another highlight of this industry, and I strive to give each individual the experience of a lifetime.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Peru and Bolivia; Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, The Amazon, Cusco, Lima, Ica, Paracas, Nasca, La Paz, Copacabana, Sucre, Uyuni. Adventure treks, cultural experiences, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. We do trips from Peru to Bolivia through the beautiful site of Lake Titicaca, which is the highest navigable lake in the world. We specialize in luxury travel and have access to some of the best accommodations you can find at a price that is reasonable. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, I have traveled abroad for years and have experienced many different cultures, but Peru has an energy about it that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. When I was 17, I traveled to Italy with my family and I caught the travel bug. It was like a seed was planted and this is where my passion began to grow. I now call Peru home after studying abroad here, which is when I fell in love with the stunning city of Cusco. I work for Peruvian Sunrise, a Peru tour operator here, which just makes sense, and I enjoy working with people, which is definitely a plus in this industry. After all these years traveling, it excites me to help others create their experiences abroad that they will remember all their lives."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"When I was in Peru in 2012, a few friends and I decided to take a weekend trip to the high jungle and spend our time off the grid with a shaman. We loaded up in a van in Cusco full of some other passengers and headed through the mountains. At our first stop a few hours in, we got out and rode mountain bikes for 3 miles down into the high jungle, passing small villages. At some points the road was almost washed out because of all the rain they had been getting. We arrived at a little town and had lunch, then loaded up again into a different car. From here we continued on until we descended into the high jungle. A few hours later, we stopped and got into a different, smaller taxi. We were in a small town called Quillabamba. At this point, we started up the mountain until we got to a place where we couldn't drive any further because the road was too dangerous. We had to get out and start hiking, but at this point it was evening and getting dark. I remember at this point we all looked at each other like, "What in the world did we sign up for?!" We met up with our Shaman at this point and he led us through the jungle, across a raging river, and to a small shack. We thought maybe we had made it, but no, this is where we were handed oversized rain boots for the rest of our trek. With only 3 headlamps and 6 people, we stumbled our way through the jungle in the complete blackness of night for what felt like 2 hours. Finally, we arrived. With no electricity, a makeshift outhouse, the best vegan food I have ever had, waterfalls, temples, and a wonderfully pleasant Shaman, this is how we spent the 4 day weekend. I'll never forget how terrified I was at the point we had to get out of the car, and then the incredible feeling I had when we left. That place will always have a piece of my heart."
Featured trips & expertise
Enjoy the beautiful coffee region of Colombia with a 3-day hike through a forest of local palms. With 3 snowy peaks that rise higher than 4,800 meters above sea level, Los Nevados National Park extends over 58,300 hectares (more than 143,000 acres, or about as big as the city of Chicago) in the central Cordillera of the Colombian Andes. This region has an extraordinary ecosystem of flora and fauna because of the high elevation. Perpetual snow provides water here, which is essential to the preservation of life. This trek is great for adventurers looking to enjoy the great outdoors.
Explore the Cordillera Huayhuash on this 9-day adventure through one of the most impressive regions of the Peruvian Andes. This is one of the lesser-known and uncrowded treks due to the remote location of this beautiful mountain range.
Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the Cotahuasi is the deepest canyon in the world, cutting through the Coropuna and Surimana massifs. With numerous hiking trails and vantages points, Cotahuasi is a beautiful region that few travelers get to see. With single and multi-day tours, you’ll get to hike the length of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
Thousands of people visit Peru every year for a chance to hike one of the world’s most famous treks — the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In order to plan a great trek and memorable experience, here’s an insider’s guide on what to expect, what to avoid, and how to get started in organizing your trip.
Recent trip reviews for Carolyn
Lima and machu picchu, Peru - Jul 26 - Aug 2, 2017
We had a couple of minor hiccups with miscommunication causing delays but Diego always tried to make things right and waited in our hotel lobby to personally apologize. Other than that great service.