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Kristy Tizon Kimkim

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 kimkim, 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. "

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 6 times now and in 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. 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."

Torres del Paine National Park
Outdoor Adventures in Argentinian & Chilean Patagonia - 17 Days

Patagonia's massive glaciers, unspoiled forests, icy lakes, and rushing rivers make it one of the most attractive destinations in the world for outdoor adventurers. On this 17-day itinerary, you'll discover the region's incredible landscapes on an array of guided tours and independent excursions. Get up close to glaciers, trek and sleep in a tent in Torres del Paine National Park, boat along the Beagle Channel, and see penguins swim and play on an island in Tierra del Fuego. All of this and more awaits travelers on this once-in-a-lifetime journey!

A glacier in Patagonia
Outdoor Adventures in Argentinian & Chilean Patagonia - 15 Days

This thrilling 15-day itinerary takes you to the highlights of Patagonia for outdoor adventures in both Argentina and Chile. You'll start on the Argentinian side, getting up close to the Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate before taking a scenic drive to El Chaltén for hiking and climbing. Then you'll cross over to Chile for four days of trekking on the famous W circuit of Torres del Paine National Park. Finally, you'll head back to Argentina to explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, cruise down the Beagle Channel, spot penguins in the wild, and dine on freshly caught seafood in Ushuaia.

Ushuaia at sunset
Outdoor Adventures in Argentinian & Chilean Patagonia - 14 Days

Escape to one of the most beautiful regions in the world, Patagonia! This 14-day journey begins in Buenos Aires, then quickly moves along to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. After marveling at the Perito Moreno glacier, you'll take the scenic route to El Chaltén for a full day of self-guided hiking. Cross the border to Chile to access the windswept Torres Del Paine National Park. You'll spend four days hiking the famous W trek before circling back to Argentina, where you'll spend the end of the trip exploring the mythical Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

Rocky scenery and glacial lakes in Patagonia
Explore Buenos Aires, Mendoza, El Calafate & Torres del Paine - 16 Days

Located in the far reaches of South America, Patagonia is famous for its breathtaking natural scenery. Take your time exploring both the Argentinian and Chilean sides on this 16-day adventure around the region. First you'll get oriented in Buenos Aires, attending a tango show and day-tripping to the river delta of Tigre. Then continue to the renowned wine-growing region of Mendoza to sip and swirl Malbec on a winery tour. The trip takes you to Patagonia next, where you'll spend the bulk of the trip trekking on glaciers, hiking the legendary W circuit in Torres del Paine National Park, and horseback riding or kayaking outside El Calafate.

Torres del Paine at dawn
Explore Mendoza, El Calafate & Torres del Paine - 14 Days

Boat past glaciers, tour vineyards with views of the Andes, and hike in South America's best national park on this 14-day adventure through Argentina and Chile. You'll start with a couple of days in Buenos Aires before you take off to discover two incredibly beautiful regions of Argentina — the famed wine country of Mendoza and El Calafate, the gateway to the spectacular Los Glaciares National Park. Then cross the border to Chile to discover the ruggedly beautiful Torres del Paine National Park, where you'll embark on one of the most rewarding mountain treks in the world, the W circuit.

Dramatic scenery in Patagonia
Explore the Glaciers & National Parks of Southern Patagonia - 15 Days

Experience the natural wonders of Patagonia on this thrilling 15-day adventure. The itinerary takes you to both Argentina and Chile, starting with a few days in Buenos Aires to sightsee and learn about tango culture. Then you'll fly south to El Calafate to see some of the region's most awe-inspiring glaciers. Cross the border to Chile to hike in one of South America's top national parks, Torres del Paine. Finally, continue to Tierra del Fuego for a cruise down the Beagle Channel, observe penguins in the wild, and visit the windswept national park at the end of the world.