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Kristy T

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

Ishinca Valley in the Cordillera Blanca
Explore Mountains & Lima - 6 Days

From metropolitan Lima to the remote Peruvian Andes, this 6-day adventure brings you to the heart the action. Start in Lima— the capital of Peru—then take a scenic bus trip to Huaraz, a mountain town popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Explore 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.

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.

Recent trip reviews for Kristy

Tiffany

See the best of peru, Peru - May 26 - May 31, 2019

Traveler: Tiffany Y. - Local specialist: Kristy T

Our trip to Peru was amazing! Kristy was super helpful and very organized. This was the first trip I could finally not worry about how to get to the next destination and what kind of train or plane we have to catch. From getting us to and from airports, to different scenic destinations, to our numerous hotels, Kristy and her team were always spot on. Our local guide was also very thoughtful and looked after us very well. They made sure we were never too tired and gave us numerous... read more

Our trip to Peru was amazing! Kristy was super helpful and very organized. This was the first trip I could finally not worry about how to get to the next destination and what kind of train or plane we have to catch. From getting us to and from airports, to different scenic destinations, to our numerous hotels, Kristy and her team were always spot on. Our local guide was also very thoughtful and looked after us very well. They made sure we were never too tired and gave us numerous recommendations on restaurants and merchandise. We were able to go to at least 4 different Inca sites and we were able to do a whole circuit around Machu Picchu in less than 4 hours! All the hotels that Kristy booked for us were in great locations and were all very clean and comfortable. Thank you Kristy and to everyone who helped us with this trip. We will definitely be booking through Kimkim again!

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tiffany- Thanks so much for your kind words! It is so great to hear that you had an amazing time during your time here. Please come back and visit! :)

Trip to peru, Peru - Apr 20 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Schemilda A. - Local specialist: Kristy T

Our trip to Peru was exactly how we wanted it. Kristy was amazing, easy to reach. She was always checking on us to make sure we were fine. The trip was well planned and well organized. We visited the places we wanted and the excursions were perfect and beautiful to experience. The locals are so friendly, warm. and loving. Peru is a place we would definitely recommend, book your trip with Kimkim.

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Schemilda- Thank you so much for your feedback! I love seeing your photos. It was a pleasure putting this trip together for you and hope you come to visit Peru again. :)

Trip to peru, Peru - Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2019

Traveler: David F. - Local specialist: Kristy T

First, I want to say our trip was awesome! Using Kim Kim for our travel earlier this month, is one of the wisest things we’ve ever done with travel. They took care of all the details flawlessly and even some that we hadn’t even contemplated. Kristy, our travel assistant was wonderful in planning details to match our travel interests. Our trip started out as a suggested itinerary and she helped us tweak it to fit our needs and interests. The time of year that we traveled, played well as a less... read more

First, I want to say our trip was awesome! Using Kim Kim for our travel earlier this month, is one of the wisest things we’ve ever done with travel. They took care of all the details flawlessly and even some that we hadn’t even contemplated. Kristy, our travel assistant was wonderful in planning details to match our travel interests. Our trip started out as a suggested itinerary and she helped us tweak it to fit our needs and interests. The time of year that we traveled, played well as a less crowded, off-season travel time. Our local guide at Machu Picchu was named Luis. He was exceptional! He knew the answer to all our questions, provided us space to enjoy the experience, and was fun to be with. Another great arrangement by Kim Kim.🙂 We encountered a small change in our travel plans and received a small cash refund, before we even left Peru! We couldn’t have asked for a better planned vacation to Peru. Next year, we’ll see what Kim Kim can do for us again.

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi David- thank you so much for your feedback! So glad you had a great time here in Peru. Please let us know of any future travels, kimkim will be happy to help. :)

Dilip

Amazon jungle , Peru - Mar 20 - Mar 29, 2019

Traveler: Dilip M. - Local specialist: Kristy T

All arrangements was very good
Great guides both place
All other staff van driver
Host wear very nice
Over all all your staff or subcontractors very helpfully people we knowledgeable
Very friendly and helpful

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dilip, thank you so much for your feedback! It was a pleasure to put your trip together. It was also really nice to spend some time with you and your group in Lima. I hope you left with life-long memories. Please keep in touch for any future travels to Peru!

Bharat

Amazon jungle , Peru - Mar 20 - Mar 29, 2019

Traveler: Bharat S. - Local specialist: Kristy T

Great job by all but best from Emilia for Machu Pichu Least impress with service provided for Rainbow
Overall great experience

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bharat! It was a pleasure putting this trip together for you and your group. Thank you for your feedback, I will definitely look into your comments. Hope to see you in Peru again someday! :)

Susan

Cultural highlights of the sacred valley, Peru - Dec 24 - Dec 30, 2018

Traveler: Susan D. - Local specialist: Kristy T

Trying to plan our trip to Machu Picchu and the sacred valley online was confusing and stressful but Kristy smoothed out everything for us. She arranged transportation and provided us with an extremely knowledgeable guide, David. He was widely read and taught us about so much of the history of the Inca and pre-Incan peoples of the area. Our visit to Peru was much richer than we would have had on our own. We will use the KimKim team again.

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Susan - Thank you so much for choosing to book your trip with us! So glad you had a wonderful time and I love seeing your photos. We hope you come back to visit us again! take care and safe travels! :)

Lima, cusco and machu picchu, Peru - Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2018

Traveler: Raj R. - Local specialist: Kristy T

Stars More than 5
Prompt
Exactly as what is needed
Timely arrivals

I would recommend to anyone.

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Raj- Thank you so much for traveling to Peru with us. I am so glad you had a great time. Come back and visit again. Take care! :)

Peru highlights adventure - 8 days, Peru - Nov 17 - Nov 24, 2018

Traveler: Sonal T. - Local specialist: Kristy T

We recently came back from Peru - we are a family of four (kids are 3 and 5). Kristy was absolutely spectacular. She was responsive and communicating with us throughout our trip. She quickly and efficiently resolved little hiccups along the way. In Lima, our tour guide David was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable and more than willing to accommodate variations in our itinerary. From Cuzco to the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, we had the same guide - Flor. I cannot put into words... read more

We recently came back from Peru - we are a family of four (kids are 3 and 5). Kristy was absolutely spectacular. She was responsive and communicating with us throughout our trip. She quickly and efficiently resolved little hiccups along the way. In Lima, our tour guide David was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable and more than willing to accommodate variations in our itinerary. From Cuzco to the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, we had the same guide - Flor. I cannot put into words how wonderful she was. She has a 5 year old daughter, and was able to anticipate the needs of our children to a tee. Not only was she an amazing tour guide, but she was more than willing to act an extra set of hands for our children. Even now, they still ask for Tia Flor! We were nervous travelling with young kids, but thanks to Kristy and her team, everything was well organized and seamless. Thank you so much for an amazing vacation!

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sonal- Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy you guys had a wonderful time in Peru and it was my pleasure helping you put this together. I will pass on the message to David and Flor, I am sure they will be delighted to hear that you had a great time. :) Please come back and visit again! Take care

Trip to peru, Peru - Nov 7 - Nov 7, 2018

Traveler: Sandra R. - Local specialist: Kristy T

David was excellent would definitely recommend him and the company.

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sandra- Thank you! I will let David know as well, so glad you enjoyed your day tour with him. Hope you come back and visit again soon!

Peru, Peru - Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2018

Traveler: Michelle D. - Local specialist: Kristy T

Edy was the best!! Local tour guide made the trip an awesome experience.
Kimkim company meet our needs but there would have been less travel stress with increased communication form the company. More emails, quick call or check in would have been easy to do and made our travels much better.

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michelle- thank you so much for your review and for choosing to book your trip with us. I am so glad you had a great time in Cusco and loved Edy!

Lindsey

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

Traveler: Lindsey D. - Local specialist: Kristy T

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 :)

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Kristy T, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lindsey- Thank you again for choosing to book your trip with us! So glad you had an awesome time in Peru. We hope to see you back here again! :)

Katie

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

Traveler: Katie H. - Local specialist: Kristy T

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!

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Kristy T, 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 T

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

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Kristy T, 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 T

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.

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Kristy T, 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 T

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.

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Kristy T, 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 T

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.

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Kristy T, 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! :)