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Nicholas Cino

Exploring the world and learning how vastly diverse it is has intrigued for as long as since I was a kid. For as long as I can remember I’ve been planning to journey the world starting with my own country, now after 29 years of passionate traveling (and endless experiences) I can’t say I’m ready to move on to my next destination.
We’ve been blessed with a land that’s full of life, color, history and adventure waiting at every corner. I hope I finish exploring Peru in my lifetime, and I’d like to invite you all to join us in this amazing journey.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We always tailor our trips according to our traveler's specific needs. We've been doing this all around Peru (North, Centre & South / Coast, Andes & Amazon) for over 10 years. Tailor-made trips can be very different, we've offered from crazy trips with people that wish to row around Lake Titicaca to high-end deluxe routes for chefs that wish to explore Peruvian Cuisine"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've always thought that we are directly responsible for helping improve our neighborhood, city, and country (specially if you come from developing areas such as our Peru). I initially studied environmental engineering thinking to apply this. However, with time, I found that tourism was also great means towards sustainability and also towards helping my country improve. It's not only a great a good way of helping but it is also a lot of fun and a constant learning experience as you meet and spend time with travelers from so many different cultures. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Every year, for Christmas, we travel a remote community in the Andes of Lima and try to take a little bit of Christmas to the kids. We take presents and spend a weekend playing games with them. A few years ago, we decide to go to a community called Tupe.
However, the road to Tupe ends about 2 hours before reaching the community, and from here we had to hike up to the village with all the presents. A few kilometers before reaching the village we put on the Santa costume and had "Trekking Santa" arrive to Tupe carrying all his presents, an amazing experience for us and the kids."

Featured trips & expertise

Couples at Machu Picchu
Planning Your Honeymoon in Peru

With its mysterious Inca ruins, quaint villages, beautiful sunsets and colorful Quechua culture, Peru makes for a fascinating and romantic honeymoon. The following list covers the best places to visit in Peru after you say “I do.”

Cusco Plaza de Armas
7 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In seven days, it's easy to combine Machu Picchu with day trips within the Sacred Valley, or with a visit to another region like the Amazon Rainforest or Lake Titicaca. Trekkers can conquer part of the Inca Trail plus take a hike to the brilliantly-striped Rainbow Mountain, and culturally-minded travelers who don't mind skipping Machu Picchu can head to the lesser-visited ruins of Northern Peru. Learn more about your options below.

View of Machu Picchu
Top 10 Places to Visit in Peru

From ancient Inca ruins to the mysterious Nazca Lines, snow-capped peaks to dense Amazonian jungle: Peru is one of the world's most diverse destinations. That diversity is also reflected in the stunning places and range of activities you can enjoy. Here's our list of the top 10 Peru highlights to check consider adding to your itinerary.

View of the famous archaeological site Machu Picchu
Ultimate Guide to Machu Picchu: Everything You Need To Know

The spellbinding scenery and perfect stonework of the Lost City of the Incas have fascinated historians, architects and tourists alike since the ruins were uncovered from the jungle over a century ago. To make the most of this unforgettable place, use our expert guide to Machu Picchu to plan your trip.

Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

If you’re looking for the best way to hike the Inca Trail, this classic route offers a unique approach which avoids the main crowds, and follows the ideal schedule for timing your visit to Machu Picchu.

Recent trip reviews for Nicholas

Self guided drive, Peru - Aug 26 - Sep 9, 2019

Traveler: Steve K. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

KimKim is a brilliant idea expertly executed. How to find the perfect in-country help for just the kind of travel you prefer? Ask KimKim. They put us in touch with Nicho and Diego at Peruvian Soul for our self-drive, self-guided trip in Peru. And while driving yourself in Peru is not recommended, we set out anyway to discover that it's true that the worst drivers in the world are Peruvian. But Nicho checked on us almost every day, and we did fine. At Machu Picchu, Peruvian Soul had arranged... read more

KimKim is a brilliant idea expertly executed. How to find the perfect in-country help for just the kind of travel you prefer? Ask KimKim. They put us in touch with Nicho and Diego at Peruvian Soul for our self-drive, self-guided trip in Peru. And while driving yourself in Peru is not recommended, we set out anyway to discover that it's true that the worst drivers in the world are Peruvian. But Nicho checked on us almost every day, and we did fine. At Machu Picchu, Peruvian Soul had arranged our tickets and Wilson, our guide. The experience could not have been better. Wilson was friendly, knowledgeable and flexible. Peg suffered from altitude sickness and had to miss some of the recomended highlights but got to know the towns a little better. Peruvian Soul gets 10 out of 10.

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steve!
Thanks for the nice comments! It was a pleasure having you here and spending some time with you and Peggy! You are both great travelers!
I know our driving is "a bit" crazy but I'm sure you'll soon see we have some tough competitors for the "worst drivers award" in other parts of the globe hehe. Regardless you guys coped with the challenges pretty well and I hope the stunning views as you drove through the Andes were well worth the effort!
All the best from Peru,
Nicho

Sofia

Get to know part of peru by car, Peru - Aug 5 - Aug 18, 2019

Traveler: Sofia S. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Dear all,
It’s not today that I going to review my experience. But just to let you know that it was by far the most incredible trip that we made. It was not just about the place itself since there are incredible places all around the world, but it was the way you all took care of us. You know when you go to a place and there is a family relative that knows you and he provides not only what you need but also surprises you all the time? That’s how we felt all the time!
Question:
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Dear all,
It’s not today that I going to review my experience. But just to let you know that it was by far the most incredible trip that we made. It was not just about the place itself since there are incredible places all around the world, but it was the way you all took care of us. You know when you go to a place and there is a family relative that knows you and he provides not only what you need but also surprises you all the time? That’s how we felt all the time!
Question:
Are all the agency’s that you work with like Peruvian Soul?
If so you have made a difference in the traveling world!!!!

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Sofia!
Thanks for the awesome review! :)
It makes us really happy that you had such a great time with us and that you see us this way! We really do our best to try and show you the "soul" of our country and that you take a great experience back home. I would have loved the meet you and the family, unfortunately, this time it wasn't to be, however I think Anne and the rest of the team did a great job right!?
Whenever you feel like visiting Peru again you now have good friends here!
All the best,
Nicho

Trip to peru, Peru - May 17 - May 24, 2019

Traveler: Ashley V. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Such an incredible trip. Peru is a beautiful country in its landscapes and it’s culture. The whole vacation was amazing. Sacred Valley, Aguas Callientes, Cusco, and Lima, every part was unique and thoroughly enjoyable. Machu Picchu was obviously the highlight of the trip. Hiking to the Sun Gate was a little rough but absolutely breathtaking, totally worth it. Sacred Valley was probably our favorite part. The salt mines, moray terraces, Ollantantaytambo fortress, and of course the Pachamanca ... read more

Such an incredible trip. Peru is a beautiful country in its landscapes and it’s culture. The whole vacation was amazing. Sacred Valley, Aguas Callientes, Cusco, and Lima, every part was unique and thoroughly enjoyable. Machu Picchu was obviously the highlight of the trip. Hiking to the Sun Gate was a little rough but absolutely breathtaking, totally worth it. Sacred Valley was probably our favorite part. The salt mines, moray terraces, Ollantantaytambo fortress, and of course the Pachamanca dinner was delicious. Kimkim made it possible to fully enjoy that with as little stress as possible. Our guides were amazing, Julio in Sacred Valley, Freddy in Cusco, and Cynthia in Lima. So friendly and knowledgeable. They made sure we were comfortable, happy, and well fed during our entire stay. The hotels were also great, very welcoming to go back to after a long day of sightseeing. Would definitely return to Peru and definitely recommend kimkim.

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ashley!
Thanks so much for such kind reviews!
We are very glad that you had a wonderful trip Experience in Peru along with your travel partner as well as the best excursion with each tour guide, which were carefully selected for you to have a memorable Adventure.
We hope to be part of future trip Adventure to our country as it has a lot to show to visitors and you will be one of them 
Wish you all the best and stay in touch!
Greeting from Peruvian Soul and Kim Kim teams!

Grand peru adventure, Peru - May 1 - May 30, 2019

Traveler: Suzanne N. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Our thirty day tour of Peru was amazing! We visited Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chacapoyas, Tarapoto, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Paracas, with excellent support from our local specialist, Nicholas, and each of our fantastic guides. Special thank yous go out to Henry, Gustavo and Julio, who taught us so much over several days, and made all of the pieces of our trip work together seamlessly. The best thing I can say about the trip is that there was not a... read more

Our thirty day tour of Peru was amazing! We visited Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chacapoyas, Tarapoto, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Paracas, with excellent support from our local specialist, Nicholas, and each of our fantastic guides. Special thank yous go out to Henry, Gustavo and Julio, who taught us so much over several days, and made all of the pieces of our trip work together seamlessly. The best thing I can say about the trip is that there was not a single place we visited, where I wouldn't have been happy to spend more time. We wanted a tour which included history, culture, food and nature, and the Peruvian Soul plan provided this, perfectly. It was an incredible trip for us, one we feel very lucky to have made with Peruvian Soul.

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Suzanne!
Sorry for the late reply. It makes me so happy that you had a nice time with us! Travelers like you guys, so eager to learn about a countries culture and nature make our job worthwhile! ;)

All the best,
Nicholas