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Matt Steeves

I grew in up in Boise, Idaho, a perfect place for adventure. As kids we spent our time rafting the rivers, hiking the mountains, fly fishing the streams and generally enjoying the great outdoors.

I first came to Cusco, Peru as an English teacher before working for a couple of travel operators in the town. I eventually found my perfect match with Amazonas Explorer. While there are plenty of companies here who sell adventures, there is probably no one else who lives and breathes adventure as much as the Amazonas Explorer team. It just took me back to my childhood, where having adventures was the very point of life.

So when not out joining onto the adventures we run, I can be found on the end of the line talking with clients to help them design just the right Peru adventure for them. Machu Picchu is obviously the draw that makes people want to come to Peru, but what I try and do is show people that there is more than one way to get to Machu Picchu and that Peru really is a world class adventure destination.

Who knows, you may even be in town when I am playing in one of the local bars with my band! Just don't leave it too long, as you might find I have been signed up by EMI and whisked off to a life of limousines, whisky and rock ´n roll.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in creating exceptional Peru adventures for discerning travelers. I want to help you discover more than just Machu Picchu, to explore safely beyond the crowds and immerse yourself deeper into Peru. By adding in the adventure, I believe that you will elevate this from an ordinary tour to one full of special shared moments, one with time to hear yourself think, and one which you will remember for ever."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I grew up loving adventure and that tends to broaden your horizons. So I set out to Latin America to look for more adventure. I made my way South from Mexico, through some great countries, and eventually met my wife in Cusco and stayed. It was just a natural progression to end up working here in the travel industry to show other people what fun combining adventure and travel could be."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Not quite sure the one that springs to mind is fit to publish in its entirety! Let´s just say it came it after a long night jamming guitar and drinking rum with the locals in a small Nicaraguan coastal town."

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