When you become an expat in your birth country, you learn different tricks - you are not just a traveler but a local as well. This has given me a great appreciation for different cultures and has fed my love for traveling.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in Lima, Cusco and weekend getaways from Lima. Living in Peru for 7 years has given me the chance to know where are the best places to get out of the big city and all the spots in Lima and Cusco that are popular with both locals and foreigners. In the last years I've learned first-hand all Lima and Cusco have to offer, all of which I hope to share with our travelers. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"7 years ago I joined a study abroad culinary program in Peru. Here, my curiosity began to burst. Not only did I want to travel everywhere In Peru but I wanted to learn about different cultures and different food and techniques the world has to offer. Now no matter where I travel, making a stop at a local market is at the top of my list! "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"In 2012 I went to Iquitos with a couple of German friends, we camped out in an indigenous community in the middle of the Amazon, it was not at all glamorous, but one of the most memorable trips. I got to learn so much about how the community lived, their culture, their food, and their reality. It was both eye-opening and life-changing. "
Featured trips & expertise
This adventurous 10-day itinerary combines the highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley with an unforgettable three-day mountain trek. Flying from Lima, you'll cross the Andes to reach the ancient Inca capital of Cusco—gateway to the wonders of the Sacred Valley. Tour remarkable Inca sites like Ollantaytambo, Pisac Citadel, and the salt mines of Maras, then hit the trails and hike through spectacular mountain scenery to reach the crowning glory of Machu Picchu.
Explore the best of South America's cultural sites on this comprehensive 16-day itinerary. Start in Peru, where you'll explore ancient Inca sites & set sail on Lake Titicaca. Transfer to Bolivia for a three-day adventure in the Uyuni Salt Flats, then end your trip on Rapa Nui for an in-depth exploration of the culture that built massive stone moai.
Explore the best of the Peruvian countryside on this ten-day adventure trip. Start in the capital city of Lima, then catch a domestic flight to Arequipa — the base for all adventures in Colca Canyon. You'll spend a few days exploring the condor's home, then transfer to Machu Picchu for the Sacred Valley highlights and a hike up the colorful Rainbow Mountain.
Active Andes: Cusco & Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & More - 11 days
Experience the best of the Andes on this 11-day trip. From Lima, this adventure whisks you up into the mountains to Cusco before spending several days in the Sacred Valley seeing archaeological marvels like Ollantaytambo. You'll trek on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, hike to the geological wonder of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, and kayak on Lake Titicaca.
Beginning your Peruvian odyssey in cosmopolitan capital Lima, this 10-day itinerary sees you first travel to jungle metropolis Iquitos. You then embark on a trip along the main source of the River Amazon, the River Marañón, using a lodge near Pacaya Samiria Reserve as a base for jungle adventures including night-time rainforest hikes and meeting indigenous communities. You next travel up into the stunning Andes, to ancient Inca capital Cusco and the Sacred Valley: a journey culminating in a visit to the ultimate Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. You end this itinerary by exploring another of Peru's geological wonders: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.
This sweeping two-week tour of Peru and Bolivia takes you to several of South America's most breathtaking natural wonders and cultural attractions. Start with sightseeing in Lima and Cusco, then explore the ruins of Machu Picchu and hike around photogenic Rainbow Mountain before heading to Lake Titicaca. You'll visit the lake's floating islands and learn about indigenous traditions before crossing over to Bolivia. Then enjoy several days discovering the otherworldly landscapes of the salt flats of Uyuni, visiting the ancient Andean ruins at Tiwanaku, and riding high above La Paz in the city's modern cable car system.
Recent trip reviews for Johanna
Our trip planned by Johanna was fantastic! T...
Sep 8 - Sep 18, 2022
Our trip planned by Johanna was fantastic! The hotels were all lovely, the food tour in Lima led by Amy was lots of fun and our drivers were all friendly and safe drivers. The highlight of our trip was our guide for Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Flor was an amazing guide-knowledgeable, resourceful, accommodating, considerate, and fun! Without a doubt she made our trip an experience of a lifetime! I have already recommended Kimkim to family and friends planning adventures around the world!
My 60th birthday bucket list trip was spectac...
Aug 13 - Aug 20, 2022
My 60th birthday bucket list trip was spectacular! Johanna, Edwin, Miguel and guide Valeriano all made us feel welcome and looked after us like honoured guests. The sites we visited were breath taking and beautiful. Machupicchu, Rainbow Mountains, Maras salt flats and Incan ruins to name a few were the highlights of our trip. All of our hotels were lovely , very comfortable and full of Peruvian flair and hospitality. Gotta try the Guinea pig!!!! read more
An amazing travel companion!
Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2022
What a great find kimkim has been. I wanted to plan a trip on somewhat short notice and was going alone, so the options were a bit overwhelming. Johanna and kimkim made this incredibly easy — from planning a great itinerary to communicating the entire way through my trip to ensure everything went smoothly. I felt very cared for and had an amazing adventure in Peru with a great balance of solo exploration adventure, guided activity for historical context, and people helping manage pickups/drop... read more
Lima, Parachas, Ica, Cusco, Machu Picchu with teens!
Aug 10 - Aug 20, 2022
Carlos in Lima was super knowledgeable about all of the different Peruvian foods, felt like I got an herbalist lesson along with an amazing historical overview of the culinary scene in Lima. Absolutely Wonderful.
Jaime was so kind and kept everything in order and expectations managed for the trip through Parachas and Ica.
Edwin in Cusco and the Inca trail and Machu Picchu I really cannot say enough. His knowledge of Incan history and his capacity to tell it through a captivating... read more
Peru - a fantastic experience
Aug 4 - Aug 11, 2022
Johanna and her team did a fantastic job in setting up a great trip for first timers like us. They were thoroughly patient and ever helping in last minute schedule changes. An experience we will cherish for ever.
Peru is great. Just looking forward to going back there!
Jul 25 - Aug 2, 2022
The trip was very well organized. Thank you Johanna!
Flor Zuniga was our guide for Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. She is very knowledgeable, friendly, patient, a great person overall and an excellent guide.
Lima Gourmet (Kimberly) and Berrios Travel (Juan) were our operators for the food tour and the day trip to Huachachina. Both were excellent and made the trips memorable.
I chose to go with Kim Kim even though I was ...
Jul 4 - Jul 8, 2022
I chose to go with Kim Kim even though I was unfamiliar with it because of its custom tour feature. I did not want to go with other existing tours as they involved hiking or the duration of the trip was too long. At same time I did not want to plan the trip myself and go to an unfamiliar country with an unfamiliar language by myself. With Kim Kim's custom feature you have the freedom to change your trip however you please.
In my case my local expert was Johanna from Miski Travel and it was... read more
Johanna:Every single aspect of my trip was ...
Jul 1 - Jul 9, 2022
Every single aspect of my trip was top notch. I was very impressed with the professional attitude and knowledge every person involved in my trip showed. I will definitely recommend KimKim to my friends and family when it comes to vacationing abroad.
I am looking forward in booking my next trip. Please thank Luis, our guide in Cusco, he went above and beyond.
We loved everything about our Peru trip and w...
Jun 4 - Jun 14, 2022
We loved everything about our Peru trip and would definitely recommend and use kimkim for our next adventure!
Johanna from Miski travels was our coordinator and she exceeded our expectations. She paid huge attention to detail and her customer service was on point.
Sonia was our local tour guide and we loved that she was very passionate about her country; super fun to work with. read more
One of the most memorable trips of our family! Everything is well planned. Johanna is very h...
Jun 3 - Jun 11, 2022
Everything is well planned. Johanna is very helpful, respectful and very knowledgeable in everything .
She surprised me with her ability to answer questions and call any time of the day.
My family enjoyed our trip to Peru. All the amazing places that we wanted to see, we’ve visited at no time! Our tour guide Luiz of Cusi Travel is very helpful and smart! He was always ready to provide us his hiking sticks to help us while hiking, he was very helpful. . He kept us focus to what he was... read more
La guía turística Sonia y el chofer Donato fu...
Jun 4 - Jun 14, 2022
La guía turística Sonia y el chofer Donato fueron muy excelentes, puntuales, amables y serviciales. Para mí fue muy memorable visitar machupichu, rainbow mountain, el valle sagrado, la vía Ferrara, en fin todo. Su organización y puntualidad fue muy sorprendente. Disfrutamos a millón. read more
Fabulous two week trip to Peru
May 21 - Jun 3, 2022
After being frustrated with the responsiveness and plan put together by a different travel agent (who we'd actually used before and liked), we turned to KimKim based on a family recommendation. Everything about our experience with KimKim was excellent.
* Within hours of the original request, Johanna had put together a custom itinerary for our 2 week trip to Peru.
* Johanna was prompt in responded to questions and changes, incorporating her ideas into our own seamlessly.
* During our... read more
fabulous trip with the easiest planning process
Jun 2 - Jun 9, 2022
This trip was brilliantly organised - Johanna was excellent with communication and helping us be flexible with our itinerary.
Key people that we thought were excellent:
- our taxi driver in Lima, Ernesto
- our food guide in Lima
- the tour guide at Machu Picchu, Richard
We thought the itinerary was the perfect balance of everything and really enjoyed our trip. The only thing we would have changed in hindsight is to spend one less night in the jungle and instead spend this visiting... read more
Trip was great and planned well
Jun 1 - Jun 4, 2022
We had a great time and enjoyed all the plann...
May 15 - May 23, 2022
We had a great time and enjoyed all the planned activities! it was a bummer about the train strike and missing Inca trail but kimkim was able to pivot and help rework travel plans quickly. Would book with them again :) read more
The amazing Peru trip!
Apr 24 - May 12, 2022
The fantastic and unforgettable Peru trip!
We had a wonderful 19 days trip in Peru. Johanna was very patient with me, customizing the trip itinerary and the hotels to my satisfaction. We started at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion where we met several new friends. We then explored Sacred Valley, the incredible Machu Picchu, Cusco and the beautiful Rainbow mountain. The bad bumpy roads between Cusco-Ollantaytambo, Cusco- Rainbow mountain made our journey harder and very tiring. Our... read more
Once in a lifetime trip!The overall feedbac...
Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2022
Once in a lifetime trip!
The overall feedback for the trip was excellent. Johanna organised everything so well We couldn't have done it without her. When we initially thought of a trip we were considering booking everything separately and trying to do it ourselves but the logistics proved too difficult. Johanna was excellent and worked with us to develop our ideal itinerary. The suggestion she made were excellent and things we wouldn't have thought of were covered.
The first section of our... read more
Mar 5 - Mar 12, 2022
Flor Zuniga through Miski travels was our guide for 4 days in Cusco, sacred valley and Machu Picchu. Her English is fantastic. She is extremely knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions. She went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible. She even walked us to dinner one night even though our tour portion was over to ensure we got there on time and safely. You can tell her customers are very important to her. She’s extremely friendly, fun to be around, and... read more