I recently returned to Peru early in 2017, we are developing programs and custom trips, for travellers, that go beyond the traditional routes and take you deeper into the incredible environments that exist in Peru.
Having spent time in the Andes during my first time here I explored much of the Cordilleras Vilcanota & Vilcabamba around the Cusco Region. These are vast mountain ranges, with routes, natural environments & community cultures you're unlikely to experience elsewhere.
Increasingly the Amazon Jungle is becoming a more popular destination for adventurers, it's one of the largest natural environments in the world. We're trying to open up routes that differ from the traditional jungle lodges around the big towns like Puerto Maldonado and are developing exploratory & expedition style routes into domains that are more natural, less traveled, rich in wildlife and native habitats.
We're building journeys into this part of South America that offer experiences you can't really find anywhere else.
I like to approach travel in a way that all things are possible and when the opportunity arises I get great satisfaction designing tours for adventurers that like to go beyond the traditional routes.
“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"The Amazon Jungle, Trekking in the Andes, Customised Tours in Peru."
How did you get involved in travel?
"Living in Cusco about 12 years ago, I worked here for a few companies & decided to return to get involved with the travel industry here again because the excitement of travel in this region draws you in. The atmosphere, culture, mix of locals and traveling groups in the city makes Cusco the destination for all travelers."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"The Andes are a special place and have great memories of trekking around a lot of the routes here in the Cusco Region. More recently I have been into the Peruvian Amazon, along the Madre de Dios, looking for new places and ventures. The scale of the river and the jungle here is awesome and the people that live here are just as friendly as those you find in the Andes. The further in you go the more you realise how interesting life is here and the opportunities there are to uncover some indigenous communities."
Featured trips & expertise
Discover Peru's Cordillera Blanca as you trek, climb, and scramble over snow- and ice-covered moraine rock into the high altitudes of the Andes. Not for the faint of heart, this 19-day itinerary is for the somewhat experienced climber and altogether adventurous spirit. This program includes acclimatization hikes and a basic climbing course to practice the skills required to reach the summit of Alpamayo. It's also an excellent trip for photography lovers — the views are simply breathtaking!
This awesome 12-day adventure takes you to the pristine heartlands of the Cordillera Huayhuash, one of the most stunning mountain areas in Peru. Your lungs will be tested as you cross four passes over 14,700 feet (4480 m)—but the challenge is well worth it for the chance to see colorful lakes, glaciers, wildlife, and Peruvian mountain culture.
For several millennia, Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range was an important cradle for ancient civilizations. These steep slopes and valleys also served as a refuge for the last rebel Incas retreating from the Spanish invasion. This itinerary provides an intimate look at this region of ancient trails and archaeological sites, perfectly suited for active travelers looking to explore the Peruvian backcountry on foot and sleep out under the stars.
Peru's rich history of the Inca entwined with influences from the Spanish colonial era have combined to create amazing festivals. Some of the festivals are religious and to be respected but are open for the enjoyment of everyone who visits Peru. This article includes some of the best festivals and where to find them.
With this 10-day itinerary, you'll trek to the last capital of the Inca resistance at Vilcabamba, renamed Espiritu Pampa by the Spanish. This adventure takes in ruins along historic trails, over high Andean passes, through cloud forest and remote indigenous towns.
This foray into the Peruvian Amazon basin offers a wide variety of activities over five days. In addition to exploration of the jungle and its extraordinary plant and animal life, you'll encounter local communities and farms, learning the traditional ways of the indigenous people who call this land their home.
Recent trip reviews for James
Trip to peru, Peru - Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2018
Amazing trip! Have not done much traveling outside the U.S., so was a bit nervous. Our travel specialist was James Mackender, and he made us feel very at easy with traveling abroad in Peru. Everything was perfectly planned--flights, pick-ups and drop-offs. Our guide for the Treehouse Lodge/Iquitos was Guido. Very knowledgeable, spoke excellent english, friendly, very personable. The Treehouse Lodge was beautiful, and the day and night excursions were once in a lifetime. Our next part... read more
Choquequirao to machu picchu - 6 days, Peru - Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2018
James did an awesome job. Due to bad weather conditions, we had to change to a different route and he met all my needs. The Choquequirao Trek was beautiful, my guide Noé was fit, knowledgeable and always in a good mood. The equipment was brand new and well suited for the trek. I was able to get a special diet during the trek and the food tasted very good. The cook and horseman worked really hard! I thank James for this five star experience in the Andes!
Lima, huaraz & cordillera huayhuash, Peru - Aug 11 - Aug 20, 2018
James is such a wonderful specialist and I had the best experience with him. Before, during, and after the trip, he was thorough in keeping contact and made sure that we were on the same page about all of our treks and events we were planning on doing while in Peru. He gave lots of tips about what to pack for a trip such as this one, a trek through the Andes. He went above and beyond all of my expectations; his encouragement and enthusiasm for planning and following through with this trip... read more
An experience to remember forever, Peru - May 17 - May 20, 2018
so this wasn’t just you’re average planned trip, I was in a bind from a last minute trip because i had broken up with my ex girlfriend, flights were paid for. looking online i discovered kimkim, so i thought i’d give it a shot. I was referred to james on kimkim, was the best trip planner i could ask for, he was very accomadating to my needs, even helped me out when i got to cusco for my shortened trek, trip to machu picchu, day tour to salt mines, moray and sacred valley! His team are very... read more
Deborah's trip to the amazon, Peru - Apr 14 - Apr 16, 2018
I'm a traveler success manager at kimkim, and I booked part of my recent trip to Peru with James at Unu Raymi.
I had been itching to check out the Amazon rainforest, but knew that I wouldn't have a lot of time to explore during my recent trip to South America. James helped me plan a great 3-day trip to Huitoto Lodge; a beautiful, family-owned, remote lodge in the Tambopata region of the Peruvian Amazon.
Huitoto Lodge is situated on the bank of its very own oxbow lake, slightly removed... read more