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James L. Mackender

Recently returned to Peru this year, and having spent time in the Amazon Jungle I'm developing programs and custom trips, for travelers, that go beyond the traditional Jungle lodge routes and take you deeper into this incredible environment. I want to build journeys into this part of South America that offer experiences you can't find anywhere else here.

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.

β€œIt 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?

"Having spent some time in Cusco 10 years ago, I recently moved back to get involved with the travel industry here again. 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

Trekking in the Cordillera Huayhaush.

Trek the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru - 8 Days

This awesome eight-day trek 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 - but the challenge is well worth it for the chance to see colorful lakes, glaciers, wildlife and Peruvian mountain culture.

Dusk over the Vilcabamba Range

Peru: Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

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.

Ukukus performing rituals

Best Peruvian Festivals: Celebrating Inca Traditions

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.

Dusk over the Vilcabamba Range

Trek to Peru's Vilcabamba: The Last Stand of the Inca - 7 Days

Spend a week trekking to the last capital of the Inca resistance at Vilcabamba, renamed Espiritu Pampa by the Spanish. This 7-day adventure takes in ruins along historic trails, over high Andean passes, through cloud forest and remote indigenous towns.

Aerial View of the Tambopata Jungle

Amazon Jungle: Tambopata on a Budget - 5 Days

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.

Tambopata Rio as the sun sets.

Rafting Expedition on the Tambopata River - 9 Days

This adventurous 9-day trip has all the ingredients of a legendary and enduring journey. The trip starts out with a drive over a 15,000 ft. pass, and then continues down the Tambopata River for six days, running class IV rapids and camping out each night. Excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife comes with the territory in this remote section of the Amazon jungle.