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Mayra Callo

Zac and I are nature lovers. We have both worked for many companies, leading groups and traveling throughout the mountains, where we like to spend most of our time. About a decade ago, we decided to start our own company (Quechua Treks) and design our own custom tours and expeditions.

We take great joy, fulfilment and satisfaction in bringing the real Peru to you, knowing you will go home having made some of the best memories of your life.

Quechua Treks takes enormous pride in our team, work, equipment and being well organized so everything runs smoothly. This way, you can rest easy knowing every stage of your trip has been well planned and taken care of. All you have to do is relax and enjoy your exposure to Peruvian culture and nature!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Quechua Treks specializes in creating unique luxury tours for families and independent travellers, whilst also specializing in tailored tours, expeditions, and many of the treks offered around the Cusco Region & Peru."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I moved to Cusco when I was 20 years old looking to live closer to the mountain ranges surrounding. Zac comes from a family of river experts, and his dad is one of our trekking guides. Our love of the outdoors helped us decide to open Quechua Treks to follow our passions."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Years ago, Zac was leading a group of Norwegians in Cusco on a trek which lasted for more than a week, while I was giving birth to my second baby. The same group of travellers organized a reunion in Norway after their amazing trip in Peru, and they invited Zac & I as a surprise. Knowing our friends in their country was amazing, and getting to know a whole different country and nature. That was our adventure of life so far."

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The Lares Trek - 3 Days

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Recent trip reviews for Mayra

Peru 2017 - family trip for robert bass, Peru - Jun 8 - Jun 20, 2017

Traveler: Robert B. - Local specialist: Mayra Callo

I have had the opportunity of planning travel with several established companies previously, ie Backroads, Vermont BicycleTours, Costa Rica Expeditions. The experience we had with Quechua Treks / Mayra was EXCEPTIONAL. She truly designed an itinerary specific for my family which was unique and certainly not the traditional Inca Trail/Machu Pichu visit. The opportunity to do the Lares Trek allowed us to see amazing countryside and visit with actual native folks. This was only possible because... read more

I have had the opportunity of planning travel with several established companies previously, ie Backroads, Vermont BicycleTours, Costa Rica Expeditions. The experience we had with Quechua Treks / Mayra was EXCEPTIONAL. She truly designed an itinerary specific for my family which was unique and certainly not the traditional Inca Trail/Machu Pichu visit. The opportunity to do the Lares Trek allowed us to see amazing countryside and visit with actual native folks. This was only possible because of Mayra's long history in this area and mastery of the Quechuan dialect. We did not see other tourists for 3 days! We found her crew (horsemen , cooks) to be professional, friendly and very punctual. The specialty guides arranged for us were very knowledgeable, truly bilingual and obviously proud to show us their country, not just going through the motions. This trip involved multiple lodging and transportation connections which all took place seamlessly. Accommodations were described accurately and there were no unexpected "surprises" either in quality of lodging, food or additional expenses. Most importantly Mayra was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and flexible with our desires. She is genuine and professional and an outstanding representative for KIMKIM.

Mayra Callo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Robert,
It was our pleasure to have you and your beautiful family in Peru.
We are more than happy that you choose Lares Trek and you had the chance to experience the less touristy part of this country.
Sending you happy toughts across the miles.
Mayra

Peru sacred valley - urubamba, pisaq, ollantaytambo, Peru - May 31 - May 31, 2017

Traveler: Charles M. - Local specialist: Mayra Callo

The service provided was the best I have ever encountered. I highly recommend using the kimkim service in Peru and particularly Mayra and James MacKender.

Mayra was terrific to work with. She was very responsive during a very difficult time in Peru. A strike in the Sacred Valley was announced for the same time I had booked a tour with kimkim. Mayra showed empathy and concern and worked with me to plan alternate contingencies and to keep me updated on the latest news. I heard from her... read more

The service provided was the best I have ever encountered. I highly recommend using the kimkim service in Peru and particularly Mayra and James MacKender.

Mayra was terrific to work with. She was very responsive during a very difficult time in Peru. A strike in the Sacred Valley was announced for the same time I had booked a tour with kimkim. Mayra showed empathy and concern and worked with me to plan alternate contingencies and to keep me updated on the latest news. I heard from her from late at night to early in the morning. She stayed with me as things changed and I felt like she really cared about me and my trip. She made it happen, and our tour was completed and we arrived at Machu Picchu on time. She followed up afterward to make sure everything was okay.

Mayra Callo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks, Charles, was a pleasure to have you with us. Glad we finally got the trip together that you wanted all along! Hope to see you back in Peru soon, best Mayra & James