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Fiama Alarcón

I was born and raised in Cusco, a city with a lot of history and cultural and natural wealth, and that attracts many travelers from all over the world. I am a Peruvian tourism professional, passionate about traveling and exploring new environments and cultures.

I had the opportunity to spend a part of my childhood near the indigenous communities of Ausangate in Cusco and be able to be part of their customs and lifestyle, thanks to that experience I have developed a high sense of sensitivity for the rest, and I believe that responsible tourism is an excellent tool to support the sustainable development of high Andean vulnerable populations.

I love sharing the inspiring world of my culture with visitors, those memorable and authentic adventures, which at the same time generate benefits for local populations.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in the design of authentic adventures in Peru, tailor-made itineraries, in which a deep connection with nature and local culture is fostered, and local populations are involved, in a responsible way, to improve their living conditions.

Activities that allow knowing Cusco, my hometown, and its surroundings, in a unique way and especially trekking activities in off the beaten path circuits, in the Peruvian Andes, and mainly in Ausangate, where we have developed trekking itineraries, complemented by comfortable and cozy mountain lodges, a truly life-changing experience."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I love to travel, I think it's an excellent way to learn about life, each destination has something particular to teach its visitors, and knowing different cultures and ways of life helps us to develop a broader perspective of the world, and a space to get in touch with ourselves and value more what we have. Since I was a child I had the opportunity to travel a lot to the Andean communities of Peru, as a result, I know the value of our culture, and I am really proud of it, and it is satisfying to work to help our visitors to know it in a responsible way, as it will help us to preserve it."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Each trip, even if it is short, has unique and unforgettable moments, experiences from which you learn a lot. The last trip I did had a special essence, since it was the first time I did it alone, I had wanted to visit Chachapoyas in the north of Peru for a long time, it's amazing everything there is to discover in this country, it was an enriching experience where I was able to connect with nature, enjoy breathtaking landscapes, and meet incredible people and renew my desire to continue exploring the world, now, I am already looking for my next destination."

Featured trips & expertise

Apu Ausangate, Peru's Sacred Mountain
Sacred Valley & Ausangate Mountain - 12 Days

Experience Peru's rich cultural history and hike through the Andes on this exciting blended trip. Spend several days exploring ancient Inca sites in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Then continue on foot through the mountains, trekking on and around Ausangate through vast glacial valleys and between herds of wild vicuñas. Spend your nights in cozy mountain lodges operated in collaboration with local communities.

Mt. Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) at sunrise
The Ausangate Lodge-to-Lodge Trek

Avid hikers, this one's for you! Follow the Camino del Apu Ausangate through the Cordillera Vilcanota mountain range, accompanied by llamas and horses loaded up with gear. You'll overnight in traditional tambo lodges, enjoy authentic Peruvian cuisine, and gain a better understanding of life in Andes.

Ausangate Trek
Ausangate Camping Trek

If you’re looking for a beautiful and more remote trek in Peru, the Ausangate trek may be perfect for you. On this 8-day itinerary, you’ll discover the beauty and rugged highlands of the Ausangate region, hike past glacial lakes, and wander amidst herds of alpacas.

Recent trip reviews for Fiama

Gareth

Machupicchu & palomani pass , Peru - Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2018

Traveler: Gareth B. - Local specialist: Fiama Alarcón

Slightly tricky to say who we are reviewing here; all the preliminary bookings, queries etc were expertly handled by Fiama, our KImKim representative in Cusco, but in reality both our trips were organised and run by Andean Lodges, a local company there, and their people were delightful. Especially helpful was that their rep, (Alphonso?) came to our accommodation before the trips to give us a briefing and answer questions, and he looked after the luggage we didn’t need whilst we were in the... read more

Slightly tricky to say who we are reviewing here; all the preliminary bookings, queries etc were expertly handled by Fiama, our KImKim representative in Cusco, but in reality both our trips were organised and run by Andean Lodges, a local company there, and their people were delightful. Especially helpful was that their rep, (Alphonso?) came to our accommodation before the trips to give us a briefing and answer questions, and he looked after the luggage we didn’t need whilst we were in the mountains. Our first trip, to Machu Picchu by minibus/train/bus seemed daunting at first because it required us to juggle several sheets of paper tickets for the various stages of the trip, but everything worked out well and our guide on the day was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was an intense 4 hrs there, though, and with a touch of stomachs-sickness I would have liked to be able to just sit and rest for an hour or so. The included meal afterwards was excellent - but one suggestion from me; it was not explained which part of the menu applied to us, we were lucky that people on the next table had already worked it out.
Next trip - 3 days hike - was great, but let it be noted that altitude sickness made it far tougher than the website hinted at. The Lodges themselves were fabulous, much grander and impressive than the website had suggested. The best aspect of this trip was what I least expected - that the native Indian “road crew” , despite the language barrier, were great fun and good company, whilst staying discreet and not intrusive. Our guides (on different stages), Jeremy and Jacqueline, were excellent and genuinely were enjoying it as much as we did.

Can thoroughly recommend Andean Lodges to anyone looking to do these kind of experiences. One recommendation to the organisers, though - whilst we were totally expecting to give tips to the gang, it was unclear how much, to how many, and when, which could have been a bit awkward (we bluffed our way through) - so a bit more up-front clarity around that would be welcome.

Thanks, everyone!

Fiama Alarcón, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your comments, we appreciate all your suggestions, you may rest assured that we consider all the details that you mentioned. We are happy that you were part of Ausangate experience, hope to see you again soon.

Angela

Ausangate trek, Peru - May 4 - May 7, 2018

Traveler: Angela I. - Local specialist: Fiama Alarcón

We had an amazing trip to Peru thanks to Fiama and Andean Lodges! We did a 4-day trek through the Ausangate Region with guides Luis and Bruno who were very knowledgeable about the local area and culture and made sure we were well taken care of. The lodges were comfortable and clean and the staff were very accommodating. If you're looking for something off the beaten path, a trek in the Ausangate region with Andean Lodges is it! Thank you!

Fiama Alarcón, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your comments. If you love the mountains and are looking for a place that can connect you with nature and local culture, Ausangate is the best alternative. And the comfort of our lodges is the perfect complement to this unforgettable experience. We are glad that you enjoyed your trip with us, hope to see you again soon.