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Jesus Martel

I discovered my passion for traveling when I was a child. Working in the travel industry has enabled me to pursue my passion, experience all that my country has to offer, and share my love for travel with others. I hope to have a long life to finish exploring Peru and its cultural and historical treasures. I'm very proud of my country, its people, its traditions, and all of its wonders. Let me invite you to join us for a memorable and wonderful journey in Peru.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"All destinations all over Peru. I mainly specialize in cultural activities and off-the-beaten-path experiences, which allow our travelers to have a close contact with the real soul of Peru."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started my adventure of traveling in Peru when I was a child. Many years later, I started working in tourism professionally when I joined the Peruvian Soul team. Working in travel has given me the opportunity to reinforce and apply all the previous knowledge and passion I have for my country."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I remember a time when I had the pleasure of traveling with a group of 5 students to Cusco, an emblematic destination in Peru. We all shared great moments learning about the history of Peru and the Incas. I learned from them and could also share my knowledge with them about Peru. "

Featured trips & expertise

Cusco city center
Peru's Cities, History, & Lake Titicaca - 11 Days

Explore Peru's coast, mountains, and southern region in this 11-day trip. Start in metropolitan Lima, then continue to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, to explore archaeological sites and the stunning Sacred Valley. Visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel, then keep going south to Lake Titicaca—South America's largest lake—to explore cultures who predate the Inca by millennia. Take a tour onto the lake to see the floating reed islands, textile weaving, and ancient stone ruins. Whether by plane or bus, you will be amazed at how quickly the landscape changes as you discover Peru.

Kuelap ruins in northern Peru
History & Culture of pre-Inca Peru - 11 Days

From the coast to the mountains, explore Peru's pre-Inca cultures and ruins in this 11-day itinerary. Start in metropolitan Lima, then visit Pisco on a day trip to take a spectacular flight over the iconic Nazca lines. From here, head north up the coast to Trujillo to discover the Mochica pyramids, the mud-brick city of Chan Chan, and the Tucume pyramids of the Sican people. Drive inland through the cloud forest into the Amazonas region to see Gotca waterfall and Kuelap fortress, a walled Chachapoya structure known as the "Machu Picchu of the North". With over 5,000 years of architecture and civilization to experience, this trip is a must on any traveler's list.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Water on leaves after an Amazon downpour
The Best of Peru - 10 Days

Explore Peru's coast, mountains, and rainforest in this 10-day highlights trip. Start in metropolitan Lima and soak in the coastal vibe, then head east deep into the Amazon rainforest. Explore the peaceful reserve, enjoy wildlife viewing, and stay in a comfortable lodge on the banks of a mighty river. Continue to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, and explore archaeological sites and the stunning Sacred Valley. Visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel, then keep going south to Lake Titicaca—South America's largest lake—to explore cultures who predate the Inca by millennia. Take a tour onto the lake to see the floating reed islands, textile weaving, and ancient stone ruins. Whether by plane or bus, you will be amazed at how quickly the landscape changes as you discover Peru.

Paracas Coastline Preserve
Peru's Cities, History, & Ecotourism - 7 Days

Explore Peru's iconic cities, ancient archaeological sites, and coastal wildlife in this 7-day exploration. Start in the capital of Lima, then head south to Paracas for a marine wildlife tour and views of a 2,200-year old geoglyph. Try your hand at sandboarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina before heading to the imperial Inca city of Cusco. Explore Inca ruins, bustling textile markets, and the local culture of the Sacred Valley. Finish your visit with a day trip to Machu Picchu, the iconic 15th-century citadel.

A red-headed poison dart frog
Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 7 Days

From the remote Machu Picchu ruins to the lush Amazon rainforest, this 7-day itinerary brings you to Peru's iconic landscapes. Fly to metropolitan Lima, then connect with the Inca capital of Cusco. Explore colorful textile markets, small towns, and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley before traveling east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the lush Amazon. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Recent trip reviews for Jesus

Trip to peru, Peru - May 25 - Jun 10, 2019

Traveler: Matthew C. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

My daughter and I really enjoyed our trip. The connections were seamless and always on time. The best part of the trip were our guides. They were all well informed, interesting, and just plain fun to hang out with. I would highly recommend Kim-kim.
Matthew

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Matthew!
Thanks for your nice comments for Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul did a great job planning a great trip for daughter and you! We are happy to hear you had an awesome time in Peru! For us, our clients are much more than just travelers but we love to have this special connection of friendship and show them the soul of our country! Hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did and come back to Peru some day in the future!
All the best and hope to keep in touch,
Best regards,
Jesus, Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul team

Bethany

One week in peru: 5 great itineraries, Peru - May 12 - May 17, 2019

Traveler: Bethany E. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Booking our trip to Peru through kimkim could not have been easier! With the help of Jesus, we planned a custom trip to accommodate our time constraints and so we could see exactly what we wanted to. All of the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We definitely recommend kimkim and will be using them again in the future!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bethany!
Thanks so much for your kind comments regarding the nice family trip you had in Peru!
It was a pleasure to meet you and your family in order to talk a bit about your whole trip in Peru!
I also feel very glad to have been part of your trip adventure, which was perfectly designed to make the most of your stay in few days.
I hope to be part of a new trip in Peru for you, your family or even friends in the future as well!
All the best from Peru!
Jesus, Kim Kim and the Peruvian Soul team

Peru - mostly cusco/sacred valley/machu piccu, Peru - May 16 - May 24, 2019

Traveler: Mike B. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Wow!!! What a great experience we had in Peru using KimKim! It was a bit overwhelming to try to figure out hotels, excursions, local guides on my own, so I started looking for help online. Finding KimKim and especially our local contact Jesus made ALL of the difference. We had a FANTASTIC trip with a great itinerary of hotels and activities. We did a half day of zip line, we visited the salt pools. Of course we had a fabulous day at Machu Picchu. One surprise - the horseback riding in the... read more

Wow!!! What a great experience we had in Peru using KimKim! It was a bit overwhelming to try to figure out hotels, excursions, local guides on my own, so I started looking for help online. Finding KimKim and especially our local contact Jesus made ALL of the difference. We had a FANTASTIC trip with a great itinerary of hotels and activities. We did a half day of zip line, we visited the salt pools. Of course we had a fabulous day at Machu Picchu. One surprise - the horseback riding in the hills above Cusco was a huge hit with the family.

I highly recommend Jesus and KimKim. The communication during the planning phase was outstanding. Jesus even helped us recover a Kindle that my wife left in a hotel. He went above and beyond to make our trip special and unfortgettable.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mike!
Thanks so much for your kind comments regarding the nice family trip you had in Peru!
It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and being able to help you plan this trip to Peru along with choosing a great selection of activities which you will definitely remember forever.
Hope to be part of a new trip adventure you all have in the future as well!
All the best from Peru.
Jesus, Kim Kim and the Peruvian Soul team

Machu picchu & amazon jungle - 8 days, Peru - Apr 19 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Deb M. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Due to craziness at work, I had zero bandwidth to pull together any of the details for our trip to Peru. Thankfully, Jesus of Peruvian Soul took care of everything. He put together a lovely itinerary for me and my 9 year old that balanced our respective needs, helped us connect with the history and beauty of the Andes, and allowed us to explore the natural wonders of the Amazon. He arranged all of our hotels, site tickets, and in-country flights. Every detail was well-communicated. Transfers... read more

Due to craziness at work, I had zero bandwidth to pull together any of the details for our trip to Peru. Thankfully, Jesus of Peruvian Soul took care of everything. He put together a lovely itinerary for me and my 9 year old that balanced our respective needs, helped us connect with the history and beauty of the Andes, and allowed us to explore the natural wonders of the Amazon. He arranged all of our hotels, site tickets, and in-country flights. Every detail was well-communicated. Transfers were seamless. And the little extras were much appreciated. For example, during our last day in the jungle, I realized that I would need to figure out a way to make productive use of a 6 hour layover in Lima the next day to get fresh clothes and a hot shower. Jesus found a hotel near the airport that provided these services at a very reasonable cost. Thank you, Jesus, for an amazing adventure!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Deb,
Thanks so much for your kind words and such nice comments.
We always try to do our best in order to exceed our clients´ expectations and feel pretty happy when receiving reviews like this one.
We are all very happy that you and your son explored Peru and its iconic destinations such as Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Tambopata National Reserve, where you could admire the beauty of our rich biodiversity.
You are always welcome to Peru! Hope to be able to help you plan a... read more

Dear Deb,
Thanks so much for your kind words and such nice comments.
We always try to do our best in order to exceed our clients´ expectations and feel pretty happy when receiving reviews like this one.
We are all very happy that you and your son explored Peru and its iconic destinations such as Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Tambopata National Reserve, where you could admire the beauty of our rich biodiversity.
You are always welcome to Peru! Hope to be able to help you plan a future trip plan to Peru and any of its incredible places to visit!
Thanks again and wish you all the best! Greetings for Rocco!
Jesus, Peruvian Soul & Kim Kim!

Trip to peru, Peru - Nov 17 - Nov 25, 2018

Traveler: Julie R. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Our trip to Peru is one of our top 5 trips ever taken (and we have done a lot of traveling). In large part the reason this trip was so good is because of the excellent itinerary, seamless transitions and transportation to each of our destinations, and wonderful accommodations. We started our trip in Lima - we arrived in the morning after an evening flight from the states. We were picked up from the airport and taken to our hotel. From there we were on our own to explore the city which... read more

Our trip to Peru is one of our top 5 trips ever taken (and we have done a lot of traveling). In large part the reason this trip was so good is because of the excellent itinerary, seamless transitions and transportation to each of our destinations, and wonderful accommodations. We started our trip in Lima - we arrived in the morning after an evening flight from the states. We were picked up from the airport and taken to our hotel. From there we were on our own to explore the city which was easy to do. We stayed in the Miraflores neighborhood and explored that region on foot. We took a taxi to the historical part of the city. Taxis were easy to hail. On day 2 we flew from Lima to Puerto Maldonado where we explored the Amazon basin. We were met at the airport by our hotel greeting party and were taken by boat to our lodge - Inkaterra. Here we stayed in delightful cabins equipped with hamocks (as well as beds of course) where we could lay down and relax and watch the river flow by. From the hotel we were able to do several excursions led by our excellent guide, Michel. We saw all kinds of rainforest flora and fauna, walked across rope bridges in the rainforest canopy and learned about the food and medicinal gifts of the rainforest. We spent about 2 full days in the rainforest and one more would have been good but we were on a tight 9 day schedule. From the rainforest we headed to the mountains. We landed in Cuzco and then were taken down to our hotel in Urumbamba - lower elevation to help with adjusting to the altitude. The whole family took Diamox before getting to Cuzco and we all avoided altitude sickness. We stayed in a fabulous hotel called Sol y Luna. On our second day in the sacred valley we took part in the Llama pack project. This involved trekking and herding llamas up the side of a mountain. After a breathless but beautiful hike, we stopped for lunch with the llamas which was delightful and then trekked back down the mountain. This experience was incredible and I would highly recommend it to any travelers to the Sacred Valley. The local llama herders who were with us have some llama/alpaca wool souvenirs to sell. If you are interested, make sure you have plenty of cash for the larger items (the prices are a bit high). The next day was spent exploring the other wonders of the sacred valley to include Inka farming site at Moray and the salt flats of Maras. Our guide Danny did a fantastic job teaching us the history of the Inkas as well as modern Peruvian culture. From the sacred valley we took the trip to Machu Picchu. The train ride to Ollantaytambo was very scenic and a small snack and drink were served. After a night in the hotel we boarded a bus and headed up the death defying road to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu itself is indescribable and even more beautiful than pictures suggest. Danny again served as our guide through the site and let us take our time to take it all in all the while explaining to us one of the most amazing and mysterious civilizations of the world - the Inkas. That afternoon we made the trek back to Cuzco and spent the last day of our trip exploring this beautiful and culturally enchanting city. We were sad to leave this amazing country. All ground transportation was planned by Jesus. I bought the intra-country airline tickets (cheap) but Jesus helped me determine which flights to choose so the itinerary would work well. Reading the guide books, I found a trip to Peru intimidating but Kimkim and Peruvian Soul made it easy. The hardest part was deciding what we wanted to see - with only 9 days to see it.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Julie,
Thanks so much for your kind words. They motivate us to continue working on creating the best trip experiences possible for our travelers and innovating so our clients have a trip of a lifetime.
I appreciate you trusting us and the work we do and hope you come back to Peru some time in a near future.
It was a pleasure to be part of your wonderful family adventure to our country!
Wish you the best for you and your family!
Greeting from Kim Kim and Peruvian Soul team!
Jesus Martel

5 days in peru: 5 different itineraries , Peru - Dec 14 - Dec 20, 2018

Traveler: Stephanie B. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

I would say that the service received by Jesús Martel was beyond great. He coordinated a fantastic itinerary for our 6-day trip to Peru. Whenever I had a question, he replied immediately. If I needed a change in the plan and no matter how many questions I had, he replied promptly. In addition, he has a pleasant, positive and upbeat outlook and I would definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone. ¡Un millón de gracias, Jesús!
One of the guides who took us to historic downtown Lima and to... read more

I would say that the service received by Jesús Martel was beyond great. He coordinated a fantastic itinerary for our 6-day trip to Peru. Whenever I had a question, he replied immediately. If I needed a change in the plan and no matter how many questions I had, he replied promptly. In addition, he has a pleasant, positive and upbeat outlook and I would definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone. ¡Un millón de gracias, Jesús!
One of the guides who took us to historic downtown Lima and to the horseback riding tour is named Rodrigo. He was very knowledgeable about everything and pointed out many sites and anecdotes.
Diego Zimmerman was with us all the way when we requested a change in hotel. He is also polite and easy-going when confronted with our request!
I love, love, Peruvian Soul and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I wouldn't have known about them if it wasn't for kimkim.
Thank you all!

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Stephanie!
We are really glad to know that you enjoyed your trip a lot!
This was by far a trip of a lifetime and we invite you to come back to Peru again some day! We will be more than glad to help you arrange another trip experience for you and your son or with your husband!

Wish you a very nice 2019 full of great experiences!
Warm regards from Lima,
Jesus