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Nicholas Cino

Exploring the world and learning how vastly diverse it is has intrigued me 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 35 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 on 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 (especially 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 a powerful tool towards sustainability and also for helping my country improve. It's not only a great 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 to remote communities in the Andes and try to take a little bit of Christmas to their 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. This meant that 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 at Tupe carrying all his presents, an amazing experience for us and the kids."

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu Adventure - 11 Days

From Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu, this diverse itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Spend some time exploring Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon and beautiful Lake Titicaca. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco, discover colorful textile markets in the Sacred Valley and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Rainbow Mountain, Peru
11 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 11 days in Peru, it's the perfect amount of time to explore two regions. You can visit Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca or explore the Sacred Valley and the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Whether you're interested in pre-Inca civilizations, Lima's buzzing food scene, hiking the Inca Trail, or seeing exotic birds on a jungle trail, find out how with these five unique itineraries.

Lake Titicaca, Peru
6 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Six days is just enough time for an efficient tour of the country's highlights. You can certainly visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley—and if you fly into Cusco instead of Lima, you can even fit a short Inca Trail trek in the itinerary. If this isn't your first visit to Peru, you might want to skip Machu Picchu in favor of a wildlife tour in the Amazon or an excursion to the more remote reaches of Northern Peru. Find out more below.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Best of Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Spend some time exploring Lima before heading to the colonial city of Arequipa to explore one of the world's deepest canyons. Depart for Lake Titicaca, a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, ending at Machu Picchu.

The Inca ruins of Winay Wayna along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Excursion - 10 Days

From bustling cities to remote Inca ruins, this 10-day tour of Peru's highlights is perfect for adventurous travelers. Discover Peru's metropolitan culture in Lima, then continue to the Incan capital of Cusco. Tour the Sacred Valley before embarking on the Inca Trail, finish your trek in Machu Picchu. Finally, head to Lake Titicaca for cultural experiences among the lake's islands. 

Machu Picchu at sunset
Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 7 Days

Explore the essential highlights of Peru, including visits to Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain, on this weeklong adventure. Begin with a night in Lima and head to the Sacred Valley, where you'll enjoy cultural experiences and a tour of the Maras Salt Flats. Hike part of the famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, where you'll spend a day immersed in Inca history. End your trip with a special hike to the brilliantly-hued Rainbow Mountain.

Recent trip reviews for Nicholas

Andrew

Cusco Region with Julio... · Peru - Mar 7 - Mar 12, 2020

Traveler: Andrew L. - Local specialist: Nicholas Cino

Julio was an excellent tour guide who grew up in the Cusco region and was like traveling with a family friend. He was knowledgeable about the various ruins we visited and provided great advice on dietary choices and knew when to push and when to back off on physical challenges with the high altitude. Our five days of hiking allowed for a good understanding of the region along with the natural resources, the local food and the people. This trip was customized to our desires by KimKim and I... read more

Julio was an excellent tour guide who grew up in the Cusco region and was like traveling with a family friend. He was knowledgeable about the various ruins we visited and provided great advice on dietary choices and knew when to push and when to back off on physical challenges with the high altitude. Our five days of hiking allowed for a good understanding of the region along with the natural resources, the local food and the people. This trip was customized to our desires by KimKim and I could not imagine a better experience in this region. Machu Picchu was awesome but our 15 mile hike from Chinchero to Coya was truly the highlight. Judeas, our driver, was always prompt and professional. A great vacation!

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Nicholas Cino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andrew!
Thanks for the great review. I've very happy you had a great time with Julio! He is great! And I makes me really happy too that you liked our trip layout! Huchuyqosqo is a great hike! Good job with it! Next time you must try our Ausangate hike!
All the best, 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:
Are... read more

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