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Kristy Tizon

Kristy is a Peruvian-American who is originally from Los Angeles but now calls Lima, Peru her home. Growing up as a Peruvian-American, she was able to experience the best of both worlds. Her passion for travel and for Peru, led her to launch Miski Travels. Where she plans customized trips for travelers looking to explore Peru the local way.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in all things Peru! From the city of Lima, where I currently live, to Cusco where you can visit the ruins of Machu Picchu, to the Amazons where you can explore the jungle. I am also your go-to-girl on restaurant recommendations. After all, Lima is the gastronomical capital of Latin America. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I grew up visiting Peru and would fall more in love with the country with every visit. In March 2016, I wanted a change and decided to make the big move to Lima, Peru. I thought, what better way than to work as a Travel Coordinator and help people plan their trips to a country so close to my heart. I would consider myself a local now and will only recommend the very best in Peru! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I've been to Cusco 4 times now and in 4 different travel styles, from staying at hostels to staying at the JW Marriott. The one Cusco experience I will never forget is spending New Years Eve in this magical city. It was filled with people ready to bring in the New Year. Fireworks illuminated the sky in the Plaza de Armas, a sea of people walking around the plaza wearing yellow to bring in luck for the New Year. We spent the weekend hiking Rainbow Mountain, ATVing through the Sacred Valley and then hiking to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain mountain. It is a trip I will never forget. Cusco is a magical place filled with great energy and it's one of my favorite places in the world. "

Featured trips & expertise

Paved Inca Trail
Jungle, Mountains, & Machu Picchu - 9 Days

If you have an adventurer's heart, this 9-day exploration of Peru's jungles and mountains is perfect for you. Start in Lima and enjoy a diverse mix of architecture, world-renowned restaurants, and eclectic neighborhoods. Continue to Cusco—the capital of the ancient Inca empire—and explore narrow cobblestone streets, colorful markets, and ancient ruins. Get a rush of adrenaline as you bike, raft, and trek through Peru's mountains on your way to the Machu Picchu ruins—the iconic 15th-century royal Inca citadel. Continue to the Amazon rainforest for an unforgettable stay in a nature lodge deep in the jungle.

Glacial lake in the Peruvian Andes
Andes Exploration: Huaraz & the Cordillera Blanca - 5 Days

From metropolitan Lima to the remote Peruvian Andes, this 5-day adventure brings you to the heart of the mountains. Start in Lima— the capital of Peru—then take a quick flight to Huaraz, a mountain town popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Spend a day exploring the city's history, then head into the mountains to see stunning glaciated peaks, bright blue mountain lakes, and Peru's highest mountain—Mt. Huascaran, which towers at 22,205 ft.

Rainforest in Manu National Park
Sacred Valley & Manu National Park - 14 Days

From metropolitan cities and ancient Inca ruins to remote jungle lodges, this 14-day exploration of Peru's history and nature is perfect for the adventurous traveler. Start in metropolitan Lima then continue to the imperial Inca capital of Cusco. Explore 15th-century archaeological sites, zip line through the Sacred Valley, and spend a day exploring Machu Picchu before continuing to the Amazon rainforest. Spend 4 days deep in the Manu National Preserve exploring the jungle and seeing rare wildlife. With luck, you might see the reclusive jaguar—king of the Amazon.

Restorative yoga in the Sacred Valley
Restorative Wellness in the Sacred Valley - 7 Days

Rejuvenate, awaken, and connect in Peru's Sacred Valley during this 7-day intentional wellness trip. Start in Lima's eclectic art neighborhood of Miraflores, then head to ancient Cusco and your cozy bungalow retreat in the Sacred Valley. Connect with your body and soul through ancient meditation practices and energizing yoga practices, ending your trip with a visit to the famed Machu Picchu ruins. 

Nazca Lines in Peru's Nazca desert
Peru's Cultural Highlights & Nazca Lines - 9 Days

From Lima to the Nazca Lines to iconic Machu Picchu, this 9-day adventure brings you to Peru's cultural and historic highlights. Start in the metropolitan city of Lima, then head south to Paracas. See the massive Nazca Lines by airplane tour and try your hand at sand boarding on the nearby sand dunes. Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, visiting ancient Inca ruins and bustling textile markets, and experiencing local culture. End with a visit to the famed 15th-century imperial Machu Picchu ruins located high in the Amazonian cloud forest.

Lima's coastline
Flavor, History & Wildlife in Peru - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary is perfect for travelers who love exploring exciting cities but still want to get off the beaten path. Start in Peru's capital city, then travel south to see the extensive Nazca Lines by airplane tour. Visit the Ballestas Islands off the coast of Pisco to see endangered birds, marine mammals, and charismatic Humboldt penguins. Return to Lima to explore the city's history and its gastronomic and cultural scenes. Visit top destinations like the eclectic neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco, the Larco Museum of pre-Columbian art, and the historic central plaza.

Recent trip reviews for Kristy

Lindsey

One week in peru: 5 great itineraries, Peru - Sep 15 - Sep 22, 2018

Traveler: Lindsey D. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

Kristy was absolutely incredible! From planning the trip, to the level of communication we received during the trip, I felt well taken care of throughout the whole thing. Kristy was able to create a custom experience for a trip to Peru for my friend and I. No matter what we threw her way (new locations, different sights to see), she was able to revise our itenerary quickly each time while giving us real-time feedback on what she would recommend.

During the trip, my friend and I truly felt... read more

Kristy was absolutely incredible! From planning the trip, to the level of communication we received during the trip, I felt well taken care of throughout the whole thing. Kristy was able to create a custom experience for a trip to Peru for my friend and I. No matter what we threw her way (new locations, different sights to see), she was able to revise our itenerary quickly each time while giving us real-time feedback on what she would recommend.

During the trip, my friend and I truly felt like we were VIP. When we arrived at each destination, there would be someone waiting for us to take us to our hotel. It was completely stress-free! The majority of the tours were private, meaning my friend and I could ask all the questions we wanted. We felt like we got the most out of each experience. The tour guides were so friendly and passionate about the history behind each sight or destination.

I would highly recommend traveling through KimKim (as long as all the agents are as incredible as Kristy). It takes the stress out of planning, booking and traveling throughout a foreign country.

5 stars all around :)

Katie

One week in peru: 5 great itineraries, Peru - Sep 15 - Sep 22, 2018

Traveler: Katie H. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

I had the most incredible trip to Peru! Kristy was amazing to work with from the planning stages to preparing for the trip, to every detail during the trip! For planning, Kristy listened to what we wanted to get out of our trip and planned the perfect, custom itinerary. She was quick to respond and listened to our needs and helped us stay realistic when we were trying to cram too much into our time in Peru.

During our trip, everything was seamless and stress free. We had amazing guides the... read more

I had the most incredible trip to Peru! Kristy was amazing to work with from the planning stages to preparing for the trip, to every detail during the trip! For planning, Kristy listened to what we wanted to get out of our trip and planned the perfect, custom itinerary. She was quick to respond and listened to our needs and helped us stay realistic when we were trying to cram too much into our time in Peru.

During our trip, everything was seamless and stress free. We had amazing guides the entire trip! From David & our food tour in Lima, to Lucas & Efrain who took us to the Ballestas Islands and Huacachina and lastly Edwin, who was an expert on all things in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Pichu. Every guide was well-informed, fun and adjusted everything to fit our needs.

Our hotels were are all in great locations, they were all cute & fun to stay in. Transportation was also a breeze, with Kristy doing an amazing job making getting from A to B so easy. Someone was always greeting us with a smiling face.

Kristy was amazing to work with. It was an incredible trip & would 100% recommend working with Kristy to anyone who is traveling to Peru!

Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Katie! Thank you so much for your review. I am so glad you and Lindsey had a great time during your time in Peru. We enjoyed having you travel with us. I hope you left Peru with long lasting memories. Hope you come visit us again in the future! :)

Lourdes

Lima and cusco , Peru - Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2018

Traveler: Lourdes E. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

Everything was so awesome ..I'm so glad I met Kristy. She is did a great job:)

Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lourdes! So glad you and your family had a wonderful time in Peru. Peru and I miss you guys already. Come back to visit soon! :)

Thomas

Lima and cusco , Peru - Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2018

Traveler: Thomas E. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

Our family’s trip to Peru was amazing, and a lot of the success is owed to our specialist Kristy. She was fully involved in our trip planning and spoke with my wife multiple times to answer all of our questions and help plan out a custom package. Upon arrival, she met us at the airport and ensured that every step of the way was taken care of. While in Peru, Kristy was always just a phone call away - she went above and beyond multiple times to ensure that our trip was smooth and a success. In... read more

Our family’s trip to Peru was amazing, and a lot of the success is owed to our specialist Kristy. She was fully involved in our trip planning and spoke with my wife multiple times to answer all of our questions and help plan out a custom package. Upon arrival, she met us at the airport and ensured that every step of the way was taken care of. While in Peru, Kristy was always just a phone call away - she went above and beyond multiple times to ensure that our trip was smooth and a success. In several instances, she came to meet us to help and to ensure that our trip was the best. I can’t say enough good about the kimkim experience and our specialist Kristy - I am grateful for our experience.

Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Thomas! Thank you so much for choosing to book your trip with us and thank you so much for your kind words. It was my pleasure helping you and your family plan your trip to Peru. We can't wait until you guys visit us again. Take care! :)

Lares trek + 2d inca trail, Peru - May 16 - May 19, 2018

Traveler: Chris L. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

My entire trip to Peru was incredible thanks to the help of Kristy and the rest of the Miski Travels team.

Kristy is an incredibly organized and smart professional. Her deep relationships with the local vendors in the area is an immediate value-add for her clients. In addition, her english/spanish translation is invaluable for english-speaking travelers. She was able to organize everything from travel, entertainment and restaurants to trips outside of Lima such as the famous Manchu Picchu... read more

My entire trip to Peru was incredible thanks to the help of Kristy and the rest of the Miski Travels team.

Kristy is an incredibly organized and smart professional. Her deep relationships with the local vendors in the area is an immediate value-add for her clients. In addition, her english/spanish translation is invaluable for english-speaking travelers. She was able to organize everything from travel, entertainment and restaurants to trips outside of Lima such as the famous Manchu Picchu tour and Paracas.

I highly recommend those traveling to Peru to leverage the expertise of Kristy and the Miski Travel team. Their high-touch service is worth every penny.

Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chris! Thanks so much for booking your trip with us and for your kind words. We are so glad you had a wonderful time in Peru and hope you left with some great memories. We hope you come back to visit again! :)

Trip to peru, Peru - May 8 - May 21, 2018

Traveler: Christine B. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

Christy did a super good job accommodating all my special requests and last minute changes. We were supposed to fly into Lima but a delayed United flight caused us to miss our connection in Houston. I found a flight into Quito that put us there two days earlier than we planned to visit this city. Christy quickly fixed things, had a pick-up waiting for us at that new airport and had a hotel room waiting for us. Another memorable person was David who took us on an all-day food tour in Lima. He... read more

Christy did a super good job accommodating all my special requests and last minute changes. We were supposed to fly into Lima but a delayed United flight caused us to miss our connection in Houston. I found a flight into Quito that put us there two days earlier than we planned to visit this city. Christy quickly fixed things, had a pick-up waiting for us at that new airport and had a hotel room waiting for us. Another memorable person was David who took us on an all-day food tour in Lima. He has a great fun loving personality for a tour guide. He will teach you how to make a Pisco Sour and Ceviche, tour a market and have lunch with a great view of the ocean. Other tour guides in Equador and Peru seemed to want to tell us lots of details about each city, suburbs, and counties. Things like population and square meters. I'm not sure maybe they need to know such information to pass their Tour Guide Exam. We finally mentioned to one that we were more interested in learning about the culture, history, flora, and fauna. The tour got a little more interesting at that point.

Kristy Tizon, local specialist, responded to this review:

It was a pleasure meeting with you Christine! Thank you for traveling with us. Hope you left with wonderful memories of Peru and that we will see you back soon! :)