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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
Adventure in Patagonia - 18 Days

There's a primal beauty to South America's Patagonia region that you'll discover over 18 adventure-filled days. You'll visit all the highlights including the massive glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field plus the mountains around El Chaltén. Even better, you'll head to Torres del Paine to embark on the famous W circuit trek before venturing to the far south of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego for even more nature excursions.

Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina
Discover Argentine Patagonia - 10 Days

Discover the highlights of Argentine Patagonia on this exciting 10-day trip that features hiking on a glacier, boating through an ice field, kayaking on a pristine lake, and so much more! You'll start with a quick stay in Buenos Aires, watching tango dancers perform in the street and experiencing traditional café culture. Then catch a flight south to El Calafate, the jumping-off point for exploring Los Glaciares National Park. You'll trek on the surface of Perito Moreno glacier — an unforgettable experience — before enjoying the scenic drive to El Chaltén, a hot spot for hikers, rock climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Finish with a few days in Argentina's Lake District, tasting artisanal chocolates in charming Bariloche and kayaking through the crystalline waters of Lago Nahuel Huapi.

Classic Argentina: Mendoza & Patagonia - 8 Days

A week and a day is enough time to enjoy many of the highlights in Argentina. From Buenos Aires, you'll travel to Mendoza, ground zero for wine production, and enjoy a tasting of the famous Malbec varietal. Then you'll fly into Patagonia for a tour of Perito Moreno Glacier plus a visit to Tierra del Fuego where you'll sail the waters of the Beagle Channel.

Classic Argentina: Mendoza & Patagonia - 9 Days

In a mere nine days, you can experience four of the most beautiful locales in Argentina. The first is nation's chic capital of Buenos Aires, from which you'll travel to Mendoza to sample the region's famous Malbec wine. Then you'll fly to El Calafate, home to the mammoth El Perito Moreno Glacier before finishing the trip in Tierra del Fuego with a boat trip down the Beagle Channel, just like Charles Darwin.

Classic Argentina: Mendoza & Patagonia - 10 Days

This 10-day excursion is perfect for adventurers who want to experience Argentina's rich culture. From Buenos Aires, you'll travel to Mendoza and sample the region's world-famous wines, particularly Malbec. Then it's time to venture into Patagonia where you'll tour the massive Perito Moreno Glacier and enjoy a boat ride down the Beagle Channel, in Tierra del Fuego. 

Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, & Mendoza - 11 Days

Over 11 days in Argentina you'll experience unforgettable adventures amid the country's most spectacular scenery. After exploring Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Mendoza for wine tours and mountain hikes in the Andes. Then you'll head to Patagonia's Los Glaciares National Park and marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier before finishing with nature tours and canoe trips around Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.