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With Peru for Less, you get more than just a tour package. You get a personalized experience from start to finish.
Our fully customizable tours let you travel the way you want, with the comfort and flexibility you value.
Learn more about the service we offer and meet the staff you will help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Inside Peru For Less

About Us
Why Us
Who We Are

We are a U.S.-based travel firm serving clients worldwide...

Founded in 1998, Peru for Less is part of the Latin America For Less travel group. We are a leading tour operator serving more than 2,500 travelers a year. We have offices in Austin (Texas, USA) as well as in Lima and Cusco (Peru) and a full time staff of over 40 people.


Peru for Less does not mean budget travel...

...it means budget-conscious travel designed to get you the most value at an affordable price. We partner only with the best hotels, guides, and outfitters to ensure maximum comfort and the highest quality.


Personalized trip planning, expert travel advice, exceptional customer service, 24/7 in-trip assistance, and more!

From creating your itinerary until your final flight back home, we handle the logistics of travel so that you can focus on what matters: enjoying the trip of a lifetime.


Ready to start planning your vacation?

For travelers who want to experience the best of Peru and Latin America.

Expert Travel Advice

An experienced Peru for Less travel advisor will work with you over the phone or by email to answer your questions and prepare you for your trip. No question or request is too big or too small. We guarantee a response within 24 hours.

Personalized Itineraries

Got a long list of places you want to see but not many days? We’ve fine-tuned our itineraries so that you’ll spend less time in transit and more time enjoying the wonders of Peru. Tell us where you want to go and we’ll create the perfect trip for you.

Flexibility

Are you the type of traveler who values independence? Our customizable PFL packages allow you to choose guided tours when you want them and free time to explore each destination on your own when you don’t.

Comfortable Hotels

We screen and select recommended hotels based on location, amenities, and positive feedback from travelers who’ve stayed there. If it’s not a quality option, it’s not on our list.

Add Extra Days in Any Destination

Want an extra day to eat your way through Lima, visit Inca ruins in Cusco, or laze by the pool in Mancora? Just let us know!.

Hassle-Free Trip Logistics

Researching and booking hotels, tours, and flights and putting everything together into a seamless plan can be the most stressful part of a vacation. Book with Peru for Less and we’ll handle the logistics. All you have to do is show up.

Experienced Peru Guides

We work with certified English-speaking local tour guides who are passionate about Peru. Our guides will engage your curiosity about history, nature, and culture, and will help you get to the heart of a destination.

Small Group and Private Tours

Choose small group or private service or a mix of both! Small group tours allow you to save money and meet like-minded travelers, while private tours give you freedom to go at your own pace and focus on your interests.

Punctual, Reliable Transfers

Any time you arrive to an airport, train station, or bus station, a PFL representative will be waiting to meet you and take you to your next destination. You never have to worry about getting stranded in an unfamiliar place.

Travel Support

Unexpected illness, delays, or cancellations can quickly derail a vacation. That’s why we monitor your trip from start to finish to make sure everything goes without a hitch. If something goes awry, our team of operators will work full time to get your vacation back on track.

Travel Insurance is Included

We include travel insurance with any booking over $350 USD. Peace of mind at no extra cost. See Terms & Conditions.

24-Hour Emergency Phone

Travel hiccups happen. You can count on us to smooth out the bumps. Once your trip begins, you have access to our 24-hour emergency phone number. Our English-speaking operators will be there to assist you with any query or concern.

Founded in 1998, Peru For Less has nearly 2 decades of experience crafting worry-free, customized vacations to Peru.

Traveler to Traveler

Peru for Less is a company of travelers serving other travelers. Many of us have years of experience exploring Latin America’s remarkable places, while others of us are just getting started.

We understand that investing in a holiday is about more than just getting there. It’s about creating a magical experience through the perfect combination of great tours, comfortable hotels, and knowledgeable guides. We have years of experience doing exactly that.

Don’t just take our word for it. Do your own research. Read our 2,000+ testimonials and watch our video reviews. Listen to our clients describe how working with Peru for Less allowed them to enjoy their vacation without worrying about the logistics. And then get in touch with us to start planning your own adventure.


Travel Blog

Experience Imagination: The Latin America Travel Blog is a living library of information, insider tips, travel tales, and how-to guides from our team of travel-loving experts.

Click on the link to see the latest on travel in Latin America: Peru For Less Travel Blog


Sustainability

We partner with locally-owned providers and outfitters who value responsible travel, environmental friendliness, and community service.

Latin America for Less is a proud sponsor of the documentary film The Macaw Project, currently in production, that seeks to raise awareness of the dangers facing macaws in Peru’s Tambopata region and to inspire all of us to take action to save these amazing birds and the environment that supports them.

Meet our Staff

We are a diverse group of travelers, hailing from cities across Peru and from countries around the world. But across our different backgrounds, we share two things in common: a passion for travel and a belief that responsive and caring customer service is the surest path to creating an excellent and comfortable vacation experience. Keep reading to learn more about the team who will plan your trip.

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Bernard Schleien

  Director and Founder
  bernard@peruforless.com

Bernard founded Latin America For Less in 1998, right after graduating from Southwestern University in Texas, with a degree in History. In his life and work, Bernard has utilized the knowledge he received from his liberal arts education, and his philosophy, history, and political science professors have been far more influential than any business readings he may have run into. At the end of the day, he believes life is about balance and connecting the dots. Bernard is very happy about the fact that he can sell something he believes in, and uses some of his earnings towards contributing to Peru-based human rights organizations. The pursuit of joy and catharsis are essential in his life, and is why he loves traveling so much. Bernard also believes there is more to life than traveling: listening to music with the lights off, slow food tasting, the visual arts, yelling gooooooool, and the laughter of his son Amaru Martí.

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Richard Leon

  Director
  richard@peruforless.com

Richard joined Latin America For Less in October 2004 shortly after receiving a bachelor degree in Music Business and Management from Berklee College in Boston, Massachusetts. After 10 years of successful work in the travel industry, he went back to school and obtained a MBA with a specialization in Tourism Management from IE Business School. Throughout his education and his career, Richard has been able to combine his passions for travel, culture, the arts, and sustainable tourism practices.

Richard spent his childhood in both the USA and Peru and is fully bilingual. His ability to navigate between countries and cultures has proven handy in working with and motivating the diverse and globalized operation that is Latin America For Less. As a manager, Richard's main goal is to serve travelers by applying high standards and ethics to all aspects of the business. He especially enjoys the challenge of immersing himself in the cultural dynamics of Latin America to successfully collaborate with local operators, communities, partners, and staff.

Outside of the office, Richard considers himself a pretty good drummer, an ok surfer, and an outdoors hiker. His personal goal is to reach the top of an Andean mountain glacier by the end of 2015. He is proud to have completed a Half Ironman (3km swim + 90km bike + 20km run). But above all else, Richard enjoys time spent with his son, helping him to discover the world.

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Aleksandar Jankovic

  Website Manager
  aleks@latinamericaforless.com

Aleks was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia but never managed to stay still for long in one place having lived in Europe, the Middle East and South America. No matter where he is though, he always finds the time to hit the road, either for the sake of cultural exploration, catching music festivals, or just chilling out on a remote island. Aleks received his Hospitality Management diploma from the American Hotel & Lodging Association and for some time curiously worked at a chewing gum factory. Having had enough of the 9 to 5 routine, he packed his bags and left for Latin America. His next few months were spent discovering the diverse regions of Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia getting to know the charms of South America, but most importantly its people.

Upon reflecting on his travels, Aleks decided to make tourism his career by mixing in business with pleasure, helping people achieve the same sort of experiences he enjoys so much on his travels. He spent the next few years studying at Stenden University in Qatar, where he received his bachelor degree in International Tourism Management. After working in Sales, Operations and Destination Management positions, Aleks is now focused on using his knowledge to oversee the Latin America for Less family of websites, in order to provide our visitors with an informative and user-friendly experience. When not on the road, he enjoys listening to an eclectic range of music styles, keeping fit with basketball, reading, or having a drink with his friends, who come from all corners of the world!

Matt Greenberg

  Sales Manager
  mattg@latinamericaforless.com

Matthew comes to us from the suburbs of Chicago where he was born and raised. He graduated from the University of Tampa in Florida with a major in writing and a minor in English. During his college years, Matthew spent a year teaching English in Costa Rica, where he fell in love with Latin America and fostered a desire to write about its culture. Fascinated by the warm and gentle pura vida attitudes of the ticos, he was struck by a sense of beauty and serenity he had never before encountered. In Costa Rica, Matthew was bit by the travel bug; this took him to venture throughout Central America and Europe. He now indulges in the rich and foreign treasures South America has to offer.

Matthew came to Peru to instruct English and quickly found the country had much to teach him. In his reports home, Matthew sings the praises of the best food he has ever had "except maybe for Chicago deep dish pizza." Even more than the delicious cuisine, it was the warmth of the people, the beauty of the countryside, and the bustle of Lima that captured his heart and imagination. He travels as much as his time permits and has become known as the "Tango King" in certain corners of Buenos Aires. Friend to the penguins of Puerto Madryn, the gauchos' cattle of the Argentine pampas, and the llama of Peru, Matthew cherishes the sacred and vibrant wildlife that can be found all over South America. In his free time, Matthew can be found writing, reading, or catching the latest movies. While Matthew does not miss the harsh Midwest winters, he does long for basketball and cheering on his beloved Boston Red Sox, a family inherited obsession. Nevertheless, Matthew has happily found a new home in Latin America.

Read more about Matt G.'s travel adventures:

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Diego Maguiña

  Destinations Manager
  diegom@latinamericaforless.com

Diego was born and raised in Lima, Peru but right after finishing high school, he had the opportunity to go to Europe, specifically to France to start his Economics career at Toulouse University. Living so far away from home and having a new world in front of him, Diego got curious about visiting other countries, and knowing different cultures. After 8 years abroad and a Master's degree achieved, Diego decided to go back to Peru to begin what naturally appeared to be his vocation: Tourism.

Back in South America, Diego never lost his passion for new discoveries and adventures. Working in Tourism, he got the opportunity to travel and experience living away from Lima several times; his longest working trip lasted 60 days and stretched across Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.

Having worked in the tourism industry for a certain time, Diego has acquired a strong and deep knowledge of all kinds of travels: culture, archeology, sports, nature, culinary, oenology, adventure.. Nowadays, as Destination Manager, Diego puts all his efforts into accomplishing the very first mission in at Latin America for Less: everlasting travel memories.

In his spare time Diego enjoys playing basketball and cooking for his friends.

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Brynna Burguard

  Quality Control Manager

Originally from Michigan, Brynna studied Spanish and sociology at Grand Valley State University when, during a year-long study abroad program in Costa Rica, she officially caught the travel bug. She quickly found a way to combine her love of travel and complete her major, by coming to Puno, Peru to complete an internship toward her sociology degree. At first Puno and its high altitude were a shock to the system after tropical Costa Rica, but Brynna quickly fell in love with the culture, landscape and history of the high Andes and decided to make Peru her home away from home. After graduation she returned to Puno to teach English as a second language, taking advantage of long weekends and holidays to explore parts of Bolivia, Cusco, Arequipa, and of course the enchanting peninsulas and beaches of Lake Titicaca. During her stay in Puno she also found time to support various Puno-based NGOs, learning about the realities and social problems faced by the people of the community, and attempting, albeit unsuccessfully, to learn to knit from local artisans.

While living on the shores of Lake Titicaca reminded her of Lake Michigan back at home, she ultimately felt a call to move to a bigger city, and decided to relocate to Cusco in 2010. Entranced by the slightly lower altitude (and better climate) she now calls the Capital of the Incan Empire her home- enjoying the Cusco city scene, almost as much as her weekend trips into the nearby countryside and Sacred Valley. Her next goal is to tackle some of the world renowned treks of the Cusco region, such as Salkantay and Choquequirao, and is starting the process by training on some of the less imposing mountains outside of Cusco. Having mastered Spanish, she is now looking forward to taking on a new language, and is considering studying French, or possibly even tackling Quechua.

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Tiffany Gunn

  Quality Control Manager

Tiffany originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but has lived in many places in the world. Born to a father who was a whitewater and climbing guide in California and a mother who was a Wagnerian opera singer in Germany, Tiffany had no choice but to live a life of exploration. In her teens Tiffany starting working early as a deckhand on tall ships on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., but quickly succumbed to the call of guiding, and at 19 years old began a career as a whitewater, climbing and backpacking guide throughout the U.S. In her off seasons Tiffany spent time backpacking and living in various places in Europe, using her mother's home as a base to explore the cities of Europe.

After years of enjoying, travelling and teaching wilderness education, Tiffany went back to school to finish her own education and received a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Pittsburgh studying Biology, Psychology and most auspiciously South American Archeology. This was to be very fortuitous as she studied mostly Peruvian archeology.

Tiffany returned to the wilderness after completing her B.S. to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail (2570 miles) on the U.S. West Coast, and the entire Appalachian Trail (2176 miles) on the U.S. East Coast, and finally settling in Seattle, WA to further her backcountry skiing, and mountain climbing resume as well as guiding. As an instructor for a large retail and adventure company in Seattle, Tiffany was sent to Cusco, Peru for work, and there she immediately and totally fell in love with the sights, smells, and culture of the Andes. Spending a month in Cusco she helped to host Wilderness medicine classes for a few tour companies and was introduced to the world of Latin America. After returning to the U.S. Tiffany decided to return to Cusco to begin a new life. She obtained her RYT 200hr. with Inbound Yoga in Cusco, and began teaching yoga as well as mountain and rock climbing guiding. Her work took her to the sweeping landscape surrounding Cusco, and to the towering peaks surrounding Ausagate Mt. though there was the occasional trip to Bolivia, and other parts of Peru for exploration and to learn new cultures.

Tiffany's most recent work was not only mountain, and rock climbing guiding, but researching and writing new programs, consulting for risk management, running a small Bed & Breakfast, and acting as Director of Centro Cultural de Montana-Cusco who's main goal was to teach climbing to young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Tiffany has come back to Peru to what she considers home in Lima to be with her Peruvian family, and to explore the world renowned surfing. In her spare time you'll find Tiffany eating the amazing cuisine of Peru, travelling to the Andes for climbing, or teaching yoga locally. Tiffany considers this only the "tip of the iceberg" for travelling in South America, and has a passion and hunger for more.

Rylee McGowan

  Travel Advisor
  rylee@latinamericaforless.com

Rylee is a photographer and musician originally from San Francisco. It was here that she studied Film Production at the State University and worked diligently through school at the Exploratorium Science Museum as an audiovisual technician and freelance photographer.

After graduation, Rylee had an urge to travel and explore the rest of the world, her camera at her side, and so spent time in Haiti, Mexico, South East Asia and Western Europe. She found the Caribbean and Latin American countries particularly visually exciting, although on one occasion, in Haiti, a voodoo curse was put on her by a lady worried that Rylee's camera had captured part of her soul.

Her first experience of South America was when she traveled through Argentina and then to Peru... but she liked it so much she stayed! She realizes that traveling is always going to be an important part of her life, but for the time being, she is happily settled in Lima, where she continues to take photos, play her piano, enjoy the local music scene, and is learning how to cook Peruvian-style.

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Kelly Chrystal

  Travel Advisor
  kelly@latinamericaforless.com

Kelly comes from a big and crazy Midwestern family in Illinois, which will always be home no matter where she finds herself. After high school she went to Spain where she immersed herself in language studies, met people from all over the world, and made sure to see the best of various European cities.

A sucker for a challenge, Kelly then went on to pursue a BA at the New York University in Manhattan's eclectic Greenwich Village, double majoring in Spanish and Social and Cultural Analysis. As someone with a passion to work for positive change, during her years at NYU, Kelly volunteered and interned with non-profit organizations, spending time in New Orleans, the mountains of Colorado and different neighborhoods around New York City. With its endless cultural activities and live music scene, New York treated Kelly very well and by the end of four years she was a true New Yorker, a vegetarian living in Brooklyn.

An avid traveler and adventure-seeker, she found herself returning to Peru where she had spent a semester as an exchange student at Lima's Pontificia Universidad Catolica in 2008. The warmth of the Peruvian people, its agreeable climate, colorful culture and dynamic landscape all drew Kelly back to work in this country she had gotten to know well enough to be fascinated. She loves to read, run, and listen to music and podcasts - a newly discovered interest - while not working on the endless project of improving her Spanish.

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Silvana Zavala

  Travel Advisor
  silvana@latinamericaforless.com

Silvana was born in Lima, Peru and as a child was lucky to enjoy traveling all around South America. After traveling and working in the United States for over a year, Silvana attended Southern New Hampshire University and graduated with a major in Hospitality Management. She had the chance to work for JW Marriott Hotels in Orlando and other renowned hotel in the United States. Upon reflecting about what she loves most in life, Silvana decided to turn to tourism as a career, realizing her true passion for traveling was revealed a long time ago when she was a 10 year-old girl.

Traveling never left her to-do-list and Silvana spends most of her free time visiting new cities, but always seems to return to Peru for her family and the amazing Peruvian Lomo Saltado. She enjoys everything involving a great trip from planning - she is considered the designated travel planner by her friends and family - to nightlife, dancing, eating out, shopping, sightseeing, taking pictures, and learning new languages. She is currently learning Mandarin, her fourth language so far.

Silvana has a dedicated passion for chocolate, red wine, and recently Pisco. Although not much of a cook, she loves watching cooking TV shows and trying new restaurants. When she is not traveling, you can catch her reading, swimming, playing tennis, hanging out with friends, or watching a Seinfeld episode from her most precious collection. Silvana dreams of one day backpacking for months in Asia and Europe, continents that she hasn't explored... yet.

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Laura Simard

  Travel Advisor
  lauras@latinamericaforless.com

Laura was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and spent most of her life in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. Coming from a small town (and after watching the travel channel for a few too many hours) Laura always dreamed about traveling to exotic places. As an only child from a quirky New England family, Laura enjoyed going to Fenway Park with her parents, going on roads trips to Canada with her friends, and playing volleyball and listening to the Beatles. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Spanish as well as studying anthropology, Latin American studies, and sociology. In order to tie all of her studies together, Laura decided to volunteer at a New Hampshire jail with a reception center that provides bi-lingual resources in Spanish and English to families and friends visiting their incarcerated loved ones.

She got bit by the travel bug after traveling and living with a host family in the Dominican Republic on a high-school trip. She then decided to come to Peru to study abroad and travel during her junior year of college at La Universidad del Pacífico. She fell head over heels with the fast pace of Lima city life, a new culture, a wicked awesome host family, the Spanish language, and some of the most delicious cuisine in the world. She knew as soon as her study abroad program in Peru ended that she would want to return in the near future.

In her spare time Laura likes to pretend she is traveling the world with her idol Anthony Bourdain, practice her Spanish, watch the food network, listen to music, exercise, meet new people, Skype, go sightseeing, and drink lots and lots of Inca Kola.

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Adrienne Moss

  Travel Advisor
  adrienne@latinamericaforless.com

Growing up in a multicultural family that moved from one state to the next every few years, Adrienne says the travel bug bit her at a very young age. Between living in California, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Germany, to name a few, she spent summer vacations either visiting her large extended family in France, or exploring and camping in numerous state parks throughout the US. Adrienne grew up speaking both French and English at home, and has eagerly been adding more languages to the repertoire since high school.

Adrienne studied biology at the College of Charleston in sunny South Carolina, where she had the opportunity to get her first taste of the Latino culture by participating in an Alternative Spring Break trip in Belize. She then spent the summer before her junior year working as an au pair in Italy, and upon graduating, she decided to follow her heart, taking off for six months of backpacking through most of Western Europe. Six months later, she found herself continuing her travels in Peru and Ecuador, and trading her recently achieved Italian fluency for Spanish. Still charmed by the European lifestyle, but now fascinated by the Latin American culture, Adrienne has gone back and forth between Lima and southern France for the last two years.

She enjoys adventure sports, biking and running (especially through unknown territory!), tennis, and live music. She's a foodie at heart and is always browsing menus, trying new foods, and experimenting with new recipes. When she can find the time, she likes to read, sketch, or just kick back and relax in a hammock, dreaming about her next adventures.

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Michael Nyberg

  Travel Advisor
  michael@latinamericaforless.com

Hello everyone, my name is Michael and I come to you from the town known as Fresno, CA. Just to give you an idea of where Fresno is; it is right in the middle of California, normally known as a stopping point for people driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Born and raised in a Fresno suburb, I graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in Biology, having aspirations of attending medical school shortly after. But after some rotations in hospitals and working with doctors, I just decided that was not what I wanted for my life.

Shortly after making this decision I decided to move to Lima, Peru to teach English and volunteer. I lived in Lima for about a year, and it was one of the most rewarding decisions I ever made. I chose Lima because I wanted to really be immersed in a different culture and not be trapped in another touristy Americanized city. Turns out I made a great choice. I have always had the travel bug and have been traveling from a young age. From backpacking across all of Western Europe to adventures in Central and South America, I can never see enough, and strive to see as much of the world, and its cultures, as possible.

When I came to Peru I fell in love with the people, the history, and the cuisine. Now, I do love my hearty American meal of a huge steak and baked potato, but my favorites here (Aji de Gallina and Ceviche) might just top the list of best foods ever created. In my spare time, I can be found, reading, writing, cooking, eating, practicing Spanish, or playing numerous sports. I have a passion for sports, and all things competitive for that matter. I love turning things into a game, or competition, and making people see that there can be fun in anything they do.

I am very happy to call Lima my home, and want to soak up all parts of this extraordinary culture.

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Ryan Carrier

  Travel Advisor
  ryan@latinamericaforless.com

Ryan was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Although he is a dedicated Ohio State Buckeye fan he attended college at Walsh University in much smaller North Canton, Ohio where he majored in Government and Foreign Affairs and International Relations with minors in Economics and Business. Through a sort of strange twist of fate Ryan spent the second half of his Freshman year studying in Rome, Italy and then traveling around Europe. After this experience there was no stopping Ryan, a year later he spent the summer volunteering, living with a host-family, and traveling in Peru. He fell in love with Latin American culture and history and began to focus his studies on the region, culminating in his Senior Honors Thesis on Latin American development.

After graduation and a return trip to Italy with the Walsh University Chamber Singers Ryan worked for a small study abroad company in Columbus managing trips to the Bahamas. While in Columbus Ryan also fell in love with scuba diving. Yes, there is scuba diving in Ohio. It may not be a luxurious as the Caribbean but quarry diving can be just as enthralling. Before moving back to Peru Ryan was a divemaster in training at Columbus Scuba. He is also a certified wreck and cavern diver. Outside of diving and travel Ryan enjoys improv comedy, singing (mostly in karaoke bars), salsa dancing, working on his Spanish, and eating!

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Amanda Haslett

  Travel Advisor
  amanda@latinamericaforless.com

Whenever Amanda introduces herself, she never omits the fact that she is a 'kiwi'. Amanda was born in the largest city of New Zealand, Auckland, with a population of 1.5 million. Minuscule compared to the size of Amanda's new home of Lima! When she was growing up, Amanda travelled everywhere in New Zealand (NZ) by campervan and credits this to her love of nature, adventure and exploration. Amanda studied Management and Tourism in the South of NZ and went on to become part of a Human Resource graduate in a NZ company. Whenever holidays allowed, Amanda packed her backpack to trek one of the many famous NZ trails or adventure around South East Asia.

The time came when Amanda decided to travel further afield to South America, the continent which had always had an unexplainable pull on her. From day one, Amanda experienced the incredible generosity of the South Americans, the fun and easygoing culture and was constantly taken aback by the magical nature. After volunteering in Rio de Janeiro for three months in a creche, Amanda spent seven months travelling independently through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.

Amanda returned to NZ for seven months but missed South America. She has returned to the place she loves and has settled in Lima, with the aim of helping people to experience the continent she fell in love with. In her spare time, Amanda loves to travel, loves adventure sports, spending time with friends, enjoys cooking and eating good food (including of course ceviche and lomo saltado) and drinking good wine and coffee.

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Elizabeth Weintraub

  Travel Advisor
  elizabethw@latinamericaforless.com

Elizabeth is originally from Long Island, New York. At age 18, she moved to the sunny state of Florida to study at the University of Miami, where she received a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Latin American Studies with a focus on rural development and small-scale agriculture in Peru.

From her first trip to Peru in 2009 with a university volunteer project, she was captivated by the country's diversity of cultures and landscapes, as well as the contagious spirit of creativity and kindness of the people she met there. In the course of her studies, Elizabeth made numerous trips back to Peru to conduct academic research, volunteer with Peruvian and international NGOs, and guide study-abroad trips in Ica, Cusco, Cajamarca, and Lima. In 2013 she moved to Lima to fulfill her dream of living and working in South America before she continues to travel the world.

No matter where Elizabeth's travels take her, she always find a way to stay active outdoors. Usually this involves seeking out volleyball games to join, new trails to run, new paths to hike, new recipes to test out, and new tunes to dance to.

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Alisha Thompson

  Travel Advisor
  alisha@latinamericaforless.com

Originally from Long Island, New York, Alisha got her first taste of Latin America as a teenager on a church mission trip to Sololá, Guatemala. She immediately fell in love with the Latin American culture and people, which led her to study Spanish with a concentration in Latin American/ Latino Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. As an undergraduate, Alisha traveled on mission trips to El Salvador and Honduras and she completed study tours in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

A 4-month study abroad in El Salvador with the Casa de la Solidaridad allowed Alisha to combine her zeal for travel with her passion for social justice. She experienced everything from working in the coffee fields and hauling water up the volcano Quetzaltepec to swinging above the largest zoo in the country on a canopy tour.

Her quest to serve the Latin American community through solidarity and accompaniment brought her to Lima, Peru in the Spring of 2013. She lived with a host family, volunteered in local clinics, studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and also found time to immerse herself in the micro-culture of Peruvian Rugby as a member of the Cruzadas PUCP Women's Rugby team.

Despite her busy schedule, Alisha always made time to travel in Peru. She's swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon River in Iquitos, climbed 1,180 feet above Machu Picchu to the top of Wayna Picchu, volunteered in a rustic orphanage in Pampamarca, and sunbathed on the breathtaking beaches of Máncora. After all this, Alisha is thoroughly convinced that Peru is a source of endless mystery and adventure.

Alisha is now happy to call Lima her home and looks forward to taking weekend trips to Chosica and Lunahuaná to enjoy water parks and white water rafting. Now that she has mastered Spanish and Peruvian slang (she considers herself a professional jerguera), she hopes to continue her studies of Quechua and Portuguese with the goal of being quadrilingual by age 25.

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Robert Webber

  Travel Advisor
  robert@latinamericaforless.com

Living in the green and pleasant land of England, and spending much of his life exploring everything that the country of royalty, red buses and roast dinners had to offer, Robert found himself yearning for a new start and broadened his travel horizons when he began studying at the University of Kent.

Pursuing a degree of History and Spanish, it wasn't long before he set his sights on the ethereal delights of Latin America, moving to Lima, Peru, to study at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica. Here, when not studying the captivating history of the Inca and Moche cultures, he dedicated his time to social justice projects in Lima, helping to build new homes for underprivileged families in San Juan de Lurigancho and teaching basic language and life skills to the city's young people. As his Spanish improved, so did his respect and admiration for the selfless, hardworking people of Peru, and he endeavoured to contribute to the wider national community through teaching English, and giving international students a greater awareness of the Peruvian landscape by organising trips around the country.

You can take the man out of Peru, but you can't take Peru out of the man, and after two years yearning to return, he jetted into Lima, ready to start an exciting new chapter of his travel odyssey. When not learning absolutely everything there is to know about its culture and history, he is trekking across Andean passes, swimming in jungle rivers, and perfecting the surfer pose along Lima's coastline. Not to be outdone, he hopes to trek, raft, and hitchhike across the continent to Brazil, putting to the test his Portuguese skills.

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Laura Olds

  Travel Advisor
  laurao@latinamericaforless.com

Laura was raised on a small farm in upstate New York and discovered an instant passion for traveling after a service trip to the Dominican Republic through the University of Tampa where she studied. The trip was so powerful that she changed her major to Spanish, pursued a Certificate of International Studies, and quickly made up for lost time of having limited traveling experiences. Throughout her college career, Laura went on service trips to Peru and Colombia and studied abroad in Costa Rica.

Upon graduating, Laura joined the Peace Corps where she was sent to Panama to serve in a tiny fishing village composed of Latino and indigenous Embera people. While supporting her community with environmental conservation projects, the villagers taught her unforgettable skills like how to mow her lawn with a machete to keep unwanted critters away. Upon completing her two year service, Laura wasn't ready to leave Panama, so she became a Regional Leader with the Peace Corps and moved to the city of Santiago for an additional year. There, she had the opportunity to work with host country agencies and traveled the countryside by bus, boat and foot to visit volunteers and identify new communities for volunteer placement.

After returning to the States for a year, it was clear that Laura's heart was left in Latin America, so she joined the Latin America for Less team and moved to Lima where she enjoys supporting others in creating the travel experiences of their dreams. She is thrilled to be reunited with her Peruvian host family and in her free time enjoys exploring Lima's markets and cuisine with the company of a stray dog or ten that she befriends along the way.

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Emma West Rasmus

  Travel Advisor
  emma@latinamericaforless.com

Born and raised in rural New Hampshire, Emma is a New Englander at heart and loves the rocky, misty Atlantic coastlines, the lakes and forests that were her backyard growing up, fresh lobster and the eccentric accents of the New Englanders around her. For college she somehow ended up in Minnesota-the only place in the U.S. with colder winters than her home state-but fell in love with the Land of 10,000 Lakes anyway. At Macalester College she studied Hispanic Studies and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and found her niche in exploring the intersections of neocolonialism and gender in Latin America. She fed her desire for adventure by spending vacations admiring Gaudí's designs in Barcelona, watching midsummer fireworks displays over the Bosphorus Sea in Istanbul and studying Quechua in Bolivia.

It was this academic interest and a love of Latin America that initially drew Emma to Peru to study at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima for her semester abroad where she not only studied gender, but traveled to the Andes, Amazon and everything in between, and created relationships with Peruvians that deepened her understanding of the country and her commitment to come back to learn more. After graduating, Emma returned to Peru to work for a local NGO dedicated to the personal and political empowerment of Afro-Peruvian women and is so grateful for her new role with Peru For Less to be able to share her passion for Peruvian culture, food (it is seriously the best!), history and the amazing people and landscapes that make Peru such a unique and beautiful place.

When not trying to convince everyone she knows to travel to this incredible country, Emma can be found rollerblading around the streets of Lima, finding strange images and materials to make into postcards and perfecting her homemade pisco sour.

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Heidy Aspilcueta

  Operations and Customer Service Manager

Heidy was born in Cusco Peru where she graduated as a Computer Engineering from San Antonio Abad University. She moved to Lima and received her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from ESAN Business School with an emphasis in finance in 2011. She also completed a module of international business while on MBA at Florida International University, US in 2010.

Heidy has more than five years of experience organizing travel, volunteer and other education programs for international participants, before completing her master program, she spent more than a year living and working in Costa Rica where she had the fortune to enjoy the "pura vida" experience. Development projects, teaching and learning languages are things she loves, she is fluent in English, knows some French and Portuguese and her goal is to speak fluently one more language. Family and friends are the most important things for her; Heidy is always in a good mood, especially when she starts the day with a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.

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Ricardo Lopez

  Operations Project Manager

Ricardo was born in Lima and is currently finishing his degree in the Administration of Tourist Companies at the National University of Federico Villarreal. His expertise in both Operations and Administration, and his kind character, have been warmly welcomed at Peru For Less. Ricardo has a love of Peru and has spent a large amount of time traveling through the Amazon in the North and East of the country. He has previously worked for such companies as E. Wong and Banc de Credito (BCP), valuable experience that taught Ricardo about the inner workings of companies and customer satisfaction. In his spare time Ricardo enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and going to the cinema. Like many at Peru For Less, Ricardo happens to be a fanatical football supporter - his team is Alianza Lima, regardless of what others may say. In his spare time, Ricardo enjoys swimming, camping and trekking - he often wishes he had more free time to pursue his outdoor passions though! Over the weekends he is often found with his friends in some of Lima's more animated night clubs where he enjoys a little rum. He dreams of getting to know all the provinces within Peru.

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Hellen Gamarra

  Operations

Hellen was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she attended San Martin de Porres University and graduated in Tourism and Hotel Management. While attending university, she had the opportunity to travel to the U.S on two occasions. The first one was to Big Sky, Montana where she worked as a steward. She found this experience very rewarding given that it allowed her to interact with new people, practice her English skills and why not, getting to try every now and then a tasty dish made by her peers. The second one was to Burlington, Vermont where she did an internship for Comfort Inn & Suites. At the end of this job, she and a couple of friends travelled to NY for five days to visit the city that never sleeps. Right after coming back to Lima, she found herself travelling again, this time to Cusco to work for a family hotel located in Sacred Valley where she became Front Desk Manager. Of all the places she's visited, the ones she'll always want to come back to are New York City and Cusco. Even though they have marked differences, she feels they are magical in their own way. Although travelling is very fulfilling for her, she finds it very important to spend time with her family and close friends, especially when they have a laugh together. Whenever she has to go somewhere, she can't leave without her IPod to listen to music from the 80's or 90's, singing as she walks. She loves the rain and cold weather, does not care much for summer which is her least favorite season. Hellen finds herself at peace drinking a Frapuccino, having long talks with her friends, eating yogurt and cereal anytime of the day or having a dessert made every now and then by the best cook she knows: her mom.

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Maria Mormontoy

  Operations

Born in Tacna, South of Peru, and raised in Lima, Peru, after finishing school I couldn't wait to get into the magical world of photography. I studied photography at IPAD (Instituto Peruano de Arte y Diseño) and I was living through the lens of my camera - I took my hobby and made a passion of it. During that time I also developed my languages abilities, starting with English, later being introduced to Chinese by a university class, and finally self-studying Korean.

Next, I studied Tourism and Hotel management at San Martin de Porres University; finishing my studies, I had the chance to travel to Cusco to work in a family hotel located at the Sacred Valley. I was going to have my internship in that hotel for 6 months, but during my first week, I was offered a receptionist position, and spent one year there, day by day being amused by the magic of the Sacred Valley. Living in the middle of the valley and being surrounded by nature was one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had. It definitely was a challenge, but an enriching challenge. I believe everyone should disconnect from the busy world and try living in a different atmosphere at least once in their lifetime. The more I learn about my country, the stronger I feel about working to promote it as a great tourist destination.

I'm not only interested in my own culture, but also in other cultures from all around the world, and I find it amazing how people develop different ways to express themselves and tell us a story according to their background and the atmosphere they live in. I want to see it all closely I want to travel all around the globe with my camera, which has been my biggest dream for as long as I can remember. I've always been worried about the world and trying to keep it green and clean, and one of my dreams is to run my own sustainable ecotourism business, cooperating with communities to make tourism a way to obtain economical benefits for development.

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Jose Zegarra

  Operations

Jose trained as a tourism guide at Centro de Formación Turística in Peru before moving to Cusco to work as an adventure guide, specializing in long and short trekking and mountain biking routes. He returned to Lima in order to study Portuguese and perfect his English, and joined the accounting team at Latin America For Less where he has enjoyed learning about the tourism industry and helping clients enjoy the many fascinating attractions of his native country. Jose is an avid cyclist and is often spotted hurtling around the streets of Lima on his bike. He also enjoys playing football with his Latin America For Less colleagues, but his greatest passion is to travel until his last dime is spent and his greatest dream is to visit all of the world's continents. He considers Peru to be the most privileged country in the world and he loves the people and the culture of his homeland.

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Alexandra Aguinaga

  Operations Coordinator

Alexandra grew up in Orange, New Jersey, USA, hearing her family tell stories about Peru and its wonderful food. When she was 10, her family moved back to Peru; and in high school, she traveled to different parts of Peru in her history classes. During those years she also participated in cleaning archeology spots in her district, specifically Palao. The passion for her heritage and Peru's history motivated her to study Hotel & Tourism Management.

During her final year of studies, she completed an internship in Paradisus Punta Cana- Dominican Republic, where she met amazing people and great coaches and made lifelong friendships. She later completed a supervisor trainee program at Marriott in West Virginia, where she and her front desk co-workers were known as the A-Team (yes, like the movie). Her roommates were from South Africa, Argentina, Philippines and India, and through them she got to experience different foods and cultures.

Next, she worked at the VIP lounges at Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima, helping passengers with flight information and any assistance they might need. Her next adventure was the opportunity to return to Punta Cana, where she was able to work as an Event Coordinator, making arrangements for supplies, flowers and items for each event. During all of these amazing adventures, she learned, laughed and experienced great times.

She loves love travelling and anything and everything related to art. One of her favorite pastimes is to walk around the city listening to house electronic music on her headphones and looking for different types of architecture, be it Baroque, Colonial or modern.

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Claudia Fernandez

  Operations Coordinator

Claudia was born in Chiclayo Peru, and graduated in Tourism and Hotel Management from San Martin de Porres University in 2010. After school she had the chance to do an internship in Paradisus Punta Cana Resort where she rotated through 12 different departments. She found this experience very important because this gave her a whole vision of the hotel and also the opportunity to live in a breathtaking place.

Her next experience was at Swissotel Lima where she worked in Guest Services. She really liked this job because she could talk with and meet many different people. After this, she had the opportunity to work at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, a beautiful hotel that is more than 100 years old, where she worked as the Housekeeping Supervisor. This experience allowed her to improve her English skills and continue to work with travelers from all over the world.

Claudia loves spending time with her family and friends and especially being able to travel with them. Summer is her favorite season of the year because she visits her hometown and enjoys the beaches and delicious ceviche.

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Patricia Valencia

  Operations Coordinator

Patricia was born and raised in Lima, and received her bachelor degree in Hospitality Management with specialization in Marketing at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. She is currently studying for a Hotel and Restaurant Management postgraduate diploma.

Patricia has customer experience abroad, working for the Walt Disney Company. In 2009, she worked in Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL). The following year she worked for Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA), an experience that nurtured and expanded her vision on creating experiences and memories for every guest and genuine service that always comes with a caring smile. Back in Peru she worked as a waitress and hostess in a very well-known restaurant where she learned to always serve guests and have fun while doing it, so next time they will come back and ask for you again. She also has experience in the back office; she worked as a staff recruiter in Human Resources for a retail company that owned the most famous fashion brands in Peru. She has the proactivity and willingness of learning the most of each experience and never gets bored of it.

She loves to read fashion, entertainment and trendy blogs during her spare time. Photography is one of her favorite hobbies, as well as shopping, eating and going to concerts, art shows and the theatre (mostly to see musicals that are her favorite kind).

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Claudia Cavero

  Sales Assistant Coordinator

My name is Claudia and I am a graduate of Hospitality Management at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola and Hotel and Restaurant Management at University of Houston. My first job experience was with Disney, for sure the happiest place on earth and later on I got the chance to do some internships in 5 star hotels in Lima. I have a passion for hospitality and service as well as an enormous pride on Peru and love to share it with everyone. I had the chance to live in Orlando for 4 months and Houston for 6 months, where being away from Peruvian cuisine was the hardest part, but I am planning to go back sometime to pursue a Master's degree.

Currently fluent in Spanish and English, I have plans to pick up my unfinished studies of Portuguese and German. In my spare time, I am usually at the gym, eating, sleeping or watching soccer (my favorite sport for sure). My favorite dishes are Ceviche and Ají de Gallina as well as Pisco Sour for a drink. I look forward to make everyone's experience visiting Peru the best it could be!

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Shawna Sanders

  Office Supervisor Cusco

Shawna grew up in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Though she loved the open spaces of Canada, she dreaded snowy winters and spent her days absorbed in National Geographic magazines and Discovery Channel documentaries highlighting exotic cultures and tropical climates. She graduated from Whitman College, a liberal arts college amidst the onion and wheat fields of southeast Washington where she pursued her lifelong fascination with animals and nature by majoring in Biology.

A study abroad experience in Mexico piqued her interest in Latin American culture and the Spanish language. After backpacking around Western Europe, and completing a conservation internship in South Africa, she found herself drawn to improve her Spanish and explore South America. Originally planning a three month volunteer and travel adventure, she has now been living in Peru since 2010. After spending over a year in the Amazon, she moved to Cusco in December 2012 and fell in love with the city. She is looking forward to ensuring Latin America for Less clients make the most of their experience in Cusco, and enjoy the city as much as she does.

Shawna spends her free time in Cusco combing local markets for great deals, hiking the hills around the city, volunteering with a local dog shelter, and cooking her favorite Peruvian dishes.

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Priscilla Alcala

  Cusco Guest Relations Officer

Priscilla was born in Lima but raised in Andahuaylas-Apurimac and in Cusco. She graduated as a Professional Tour Guide from CENFOTUR in Cusco and is now studying Tourism and Hotel Management at Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University.

From a young age, Priscilla has loved traveling and also learning about other places and people. As a student at CENFOTUR, shhe had the opportunity to travel within Peru and to experience the 3 natural regions: the Coast, the Andes and the Jungle. Her favorite are the Andes because deep in the mountains you can find amazing views of turquoise lakes and fresh but cold air, as well as the great knowledge that Andean people have and their deep connection to their beliefs.

She has also travelled outside Peru, to Bolivia, Brazil and Chile so far; meeting amazing people in each country and making unforgettable memories. She definitely wants to return to these countries some day, but in the meantime prefers to keep traveling to new places. She studied Tourism because she loves that you can constantly meet people from all over the world and not only show them how fantastic or "weird" your culture is, but also learn a little about them and have an idea of how their lives are. Exchanging this information makes for great experiences for her as she learns a little more about our big world and its people every day.

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Dario Meneses

  Cusco Guest Relations Officer

A native of Cusco, Dario takes pride on being a highlander. While never having seen a single Indiana Jones film in his life, his interest in Archaeology started at an early age when he became enthralled with the study of ancient peoples, the way they lived, and what they believed in. Dario's burning desire and acute curiosity to discover all that can be explained without using math (his nemesis) has been satisfied while studying Archaeology at the Catholic University of Peru.In order to use this knowledge in a way that is more directly accessible to the public, he is working to become a licensed tour guide. Dario is also a firm believer that everyone has something to teach and something to learn. Apart from feeding his insatiable curiosity with new discoveries and teachings, Dario enjoys relaxing at coffee shops with friends while exchanging ironic jokes and odd comments on almost any subject.

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Ivan Garcia

  Cusco Guest Relations Officer

Ivan studied tourism in both Perú and Spain, and lived and worked in Europe for about 7 years, before the powerful strength of the Pachamama and his Inca roots brought him back to his hometown (Cusco, Perú) where he currently lives. Iván has several years of experience in the tourism field, and has traveled through several countries in South America, North America and Europe.

He is passionate about anything with two wheels (especially motorcycles and mountain bikes) and this pushed him to discover more and more about South America's geography and its amazing culture, history food and societies - although he particularly loves Peru.

In his free time Iván loves taking the hardest trails on his mountain bike and going downhill on the scariest roads he can find. He's also an experienced motorcycle rider and loves to take his bike on South American roads, and has even participated in long expeditions around the continent crossing Ecuador, Perú, Chile, Bolivia, Brasil and Argentina, for about 2 months!

Along with his many adventures, Iván has also been able to work in customer service for international companies and is motivated to help travelers to have an great experience wherever they are traveling.

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Paola Sifuentes

  Lima Guide & Guest Relations

Paola is a graduate of Tourism and Hotel Management from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the Universidad Ricardo Palma, with studies and experience in International Commerce. She enjoys speaking different languages and can communicate in English, French, Italian, and would also like to learn German in the near future.

Paola is very spontaneous, friendly, and enthusiastic. She likes meeting new people, is very talkative and is always smiling. She loves reading, especially Paulo Coelho books. She likes watching movies and tries to go to the gym often, as she enjoys spinning.

Paola is always willing to learn and makes the most of every experience. She would like to travel around the world and visit different places to learn more about others cultures.

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Fabricio Ortiz De Zevallos

  Tour Guide

Fabricio is our official tour guide for Machu Picchu - and he is a great one at that. He is from Cusco and his knowledge of the city, its history, the surrounding area and Machu Picchu is unbelievable. He is in fact a direct descendant of one of the last Inca and is deeply proud of his cultural heritage. Fabricio studied mechanical engineering at the National Univeristy of Engineering in Lima. Engineers don't often become tour guides but by some stroke of luck Fabricio was given the opportunity, after graduating, of accompanying a few tourists through Peru. He became their defacto guide through his home country and at the end of the tour realized that he had found his true calling. Embarking upon a new stage in his life Fabricio started studying to become a tour guide.

Fabricio is deeply knowledgeable about the Inca Culture and is also very keen to share his wealth of information with anyone who cares to listen. He enjoys river rafting, trekking, mountain biking and is both a guide and an expert in each field. He is bright eyed, charismatic, and aims to give tourists the best possible experiences of Peru imaginable. He dreams of one day being the best Tour Guide in Peru - we at Peru For Less however, know that he already is.

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Fabricio Ochoa

  Tour Guide

Fabricio was born and raised in the Incan capital of Cusco, which inspired his fascination with archeology and history from a young age. During his childhood, he spent his time learning and practicing arts and sports. At the age of 10, he fell in love with Karate and decided to dedicate his time to this particular martial art. Karate, as well as the military and religious schools that he attended, gave him the determination to become part of the Cusco Karate Team, and eventually part of the National Peru Team. During school, he participated in many local and international competitions in Peru and Chile. He earned 1st place in the Southern Peru Region Championship several times and twice he came 1st in the National Peru Championship.

For his remaining two years of school, Fabricio worked as a Karate teacher, whilst training to obtain the black belt. He also spent his final year of school volunteering at the firefighters Cusco department. After school, he joined University to study tourism. He earned a degree in Archeology from San Antonio Abad del Cusco University and a degree in Tourism from Antonio Lorena Institute. His experience living in Cusco and its surrounding countryside made him realize that this is what he truly loves and where his passion really lies. He now divides his time between working as a tour guide, whilst continuing to further his education and enrich his knowledge at university.

As part of his studies and his job as a tour guide, Fabricio has explored many parts of the southern Andes of Peru, leading groups of tourists through these areas. He is always proud to learn, teach and be part of this local culture. Fabricio is now excited to take the next step in his career with Peru for Less and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion with visitors from all over the world.

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Manuel Vigo

  Marketing Manager

Manuel is a Peruvian-American who grew up between both countries. Growing up in Lima, Manuel enjoyed going on hikes in the Andes with friends, and going off'-roading in the country's northern beaches.

After graduating from high-school in Lima, Manuel took a gap year in Australia, where he surfed Coffs Harbour, and backpacked through Queensland and New South Wales. Manuel moved to the U.S. where he earned a B.A. in International Relations and Philosophy from Florida International University, where he was the jazz music director and a DJ for the WRGP Radiate FM, FIU's college radio.

In 2011 he moved back to Peru, started a record label, and began a career as a journalist, writing for several Peruvian and U.S. publications. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, checking out bookstores, collecting records, trying new restaurants, and philosophizing about pop culture.

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Britt Fracolli

  Content Manager

Britt was raised near San Francisco, California on a steady diet of Italian food and sunshine. When Britt wasn't playing soccer, she had her nose in National Geographic magazines dreaming of faraway places.

She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where she earned degrees in marketing and art. During the summer of her junior year she traveled to Zambia as a volunteer. Observing the struggles of poverty and witnessing the strength of those she met left a lasting impression on Britt and solidified her desire to be a part of the international community.

Her appreciation of Latin America evolved during a backpacking trip through Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua after college. Desiring to spend more time south of the US border, she attended graduate school in Mexico City for her masters in international relations. After returning to the States and working as a grant writer in San Diego, California for two years, Britt could no longer ignore the sweet whispers of wanderlust. As such, she bought a one-way ticket to South America in 2012 and has since explored Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. She now calls Peru her home away from home.

Britt enjoys reading a good book, improving her Spanish, and never passes up an opportunity to go camping.

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Kathleen McAfee

  Marketing and Content Writer

Kathleen is no stranger to the life of a traveler. Since the age of 16, her parents never could seem to keep her at home as she traveled to China, Eastern and Western Europe, and Africa as a scholar and orchestral French Horn player.

The daughter of a U.S. Airforce pilot and a U.S. Army surgeon, Kathleen spent much of her childhood moving as her parents were reassigned to military bases throughout the Midwest and Alaska. After completing high school in Texas, Kathleen attended St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

She completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and decided to pursue a Master of Public Policy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. While she always felt that she left a little piece of her heart in the Lone Star State, Kathleen developed a soft spot of Southern California's sunny weather, eclectic style, and the Pacific Ocean.

After graduate school, Kathleen began working in California in the legal field, but later realized that life was calling her in a different direction. At the recommendation of some of her close Peruvian friends, Kathleen decided to take a vacation to explore the country they spoke so fondly of. After a short time in Perú, she fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, and the way of life; she quickly discovered that she never wanted to leave. She returned to the U.S. only briefly to sell her furniture and her car in order to fund her excursions through Perú. What started as a temporary get-away soon turned into a way of life. She began volunteering with environmental non-profits in the northern part of the country and made lasting friendships along the way.

Now Kathleen calls Lima her "home away from home," although she frequently visits the warm, sunny northern Perú to see friends and surf. In her spare time in Lima, she enjoys running oceanside, Ashtanga Yoga, surfing, and consuming anything prepared with the popular spicy pepper known as ají.

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Sjaelan Evans

  Social Media Coordinator

Sjaelan is a small island girl born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She came to Peru in September 2014 and fell in love with the city of Lima where she quickly decided to make it her home. Sjaelan has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of New Brunswick and worked as an Account Manager in an Online Marketing and Social Media agency for 4 years before making the leap to Peru.

Sjaelan has always had a love for traveling and exploring new places and cultures, but her interest in Latin and Central America peaked in 2009 when she spent 3 months in Costa Rica traveling around the country. Here her passion was fueled and she made a vow to herself to find her way back one day - enter Peru.

In her spare time, Sjaelan enjoys meeting new people, eating Peruvian food (in particular Lomo Saltado), reading, experiencing the night life of Lima, playing Ultimate Frisbee (a sport that she says sounds lame but swears is hardcore) and taking runs along the Malecon.

Anabel Mota

  Marketing & Web Content Writer

Anabel hails from San Diego, California, city of eternal sunshine and quintessence of all that is laidback. As a daughter of Mexican parents, she was raised on a mixed cultural diet of telenovelas, cartoons, movies dubbed into Spanish, MTV, gangsta rap, and Mexican rancheras from the likes of Vicente Fernández and Rocio Durcal. Her true and early passion, however, was reading. She proudly admits to being a nerd and is the kind of person who buys textbooks. And reads them for fun.

Her love of learning came to fruit with admission to Cornell University, from which she graduated cum laude in history. Anabel went on to USC for a graduate degree, also in history. After working for a period of time in education in Los Angeles, she uprooted herself from the U.S. and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here, (although she had previously thought herself fluent) she learned Spanish as a foreign language (i.e., che, boludo, quilombo, chamuyo, etc) and every facial and hand expressions that go along with porteño-speak. Buenos Aires served as a launching pad to travel to other parts of South America including Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. Having had her fill of steak and Malbec, Anabel relocated a second time to Cusco, where the people are warm, the food is quite tasty, and history remains present wherever you go.

When not reading or greeting and guiding travelers, Anabel's other interests include cooking, eating, beer-connoisseuring, drinking yerba mate, trekking in the mountains, and doing/seeing/living what she has only read about in books.

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Angel Seron

  Senior Web Designer

Meet Angel Seron - our web designer and artist - who studied at the Toulouse Lautrec Superior Institute of Communication and Design here in Lima. Angel was born in Puerto San Juan de Marcona, a beach town close to Ica and roughly 8 hours from Lima. Angel lived in this idyllic setting until he was 17 and often reminisces about his childhood, which he describes as the peaceful life of sitting on beaches, swimming in the sea and enjoying the fresh clean sea air. From an early age Angel has been fascinated with art and while he whiled away his time painting and drawing as a child, he never imagined his passion with the arts would accompany him into his career. At University Angel decided to combine his passion for art with another passion of his - computers. Pursuing an education in graphic design, multimedia and web design was an obvious choices and Angel graduated at the top of all his classes. Angel has been an avid football fanatic his entire life. He also enjoys baseball, traveling, is in love with Salsa, and likes to kick back with some Spanish rock. In his spare time Angel enjoys reading and studying to keep in touch with all software innovations. Despite regarding himself as a homey kind of guy, Angel adores going out with his friends and meeting new people.

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Juan Miguel Mifflin

  Graphic and Web Designer

Juan Miguel Mifflin attended the prestigious Catholic University in Lima, Peru. He's lived in Lima, Peru, his entire life. In his free time Juan Miguel enjoys going to concerts, the theater and watching movies. On Sundays he likes to tour the museums in downtown Lima because it's less crowded. Juan Miguel has traveled widely around Peru, including trips around the coast like the cities of Ica, Nazca, Chiclayo, Arequipa, Cusco, Piura and Pisco. According to Juan Miguel, Chachapoyas has the most beautiful sites in all of Peru. He wants his next adventure to be a trip to the Peruvian jungle. His dream vacation destination is Asia, especially China and Japan.

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Fernando Ramos

  Web Programmer

Fernando hails from the valley of Huaral, two hours north of Lima, where the fruit is fresh and the people are warm and friendly. As befits a Programmer, he is interested in all matters of information technology, having studied Systems Analysis and Programming at the SISE Institute and Advanced Programming in Web Languages at TECSUP.

But far from being a nerd, Fernando has many outside interests, from strumming the guitar, to cycling, playing football or enjoying the beach in summer. He has also been lucky enough to travel extensively through Peru, climbing as high as 5,557m above sea level to the top of Mount Huaytapallana in the Andes. However, he still has ambitions for further travel, both within and beyond Peru, as well as honing his programming skills.

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Silvana Tineo

  Finance

Silvana was born in Lima, and has loved traveling since childhood. She has fond memories of traveling every year to visit family in Chiclayo and enjoy the amazing beaches of northern Peru. She is a graduate of San Martin University with a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management and also has experience and additional studies in Accounting.

Silvana enjoys learning about new cultures and communicating with people from around the world. She speaks English, Spanish, and French, and is looking forward to learning Portuguese next and have the opportunity to travel to Brazil in the future. During her free time, Silvana loves dancing, singing, watching movies, and spending quality time with her family, friends, and boyfriend.

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Deysi Becerra

  Finance

Desyi was born in Lima but spent most of her childhood and adolescence living in Tarapoto, one of Peru's beautiful cities located in the jungle. Desyi graduated with a degree in Tourism Administration from the National Univeristy of Federico Villarreal and also studied Community Based Rural Tourism at the University of Antonio Ruiz de Montoya. She also plans to study for a Masters Degree in Cultural Heritage Management and Tourism.

Desyi has always loved traveling. It is hard for her to choose her favorite place because she believes each destination has its own charm and certain things that make it special. In her free time she likes to read, go shopping, take walks, and go to the movies and concerts.

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Ana Mesias

  Finance

A proud Limeña, Ana was born and raised in Peru's bustling capital city. She attended the Instituto Particular de Lima and received a bachelors degree in Accounting. Ana has more than 15 years of professional experience working in administrative and accounting positions with Peruvian enterprises and legal offices.

Although she has lived her whole life in Lima, Ana has traveled to many places within Peru, including the Amazon and the southern Andes. Fascinated by its folkloric appeal, Huancayo is her top travel destination pick; however, she dreams of retiring in beautiful Arequipa. In her spare time, Ana enjoys going to the cinema and watching Steven Spielberg movies with her family. Ana is happily married with 2 children.

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Evelyn Gordillo

  Finance

Evelyn was born in Trujillo, a city known in Peru as 'The City of Eternal Spring', located in northern Peru. She grew up in this beautiful city and has many fond memories with her family there. Evelyn graduated with a degree in management and international business and plans to study a masters in corporate finance.

In her spare time she enjoys, cooking (especially desserts), going to the movies with her family, reading books on personal motivation, and playing sports, like basketball and volleyball. For Evelyn, traveling is not only something she loves, but also a way to relax. She especially likes to learn about and from new cultures.

Traveling around the world is one of her dreams. She's already traveled all over Peru, visiting Chiclayo, Piura, Tumbes, Ica, and Nazca. On her visit to Ecuador, the order of the city, warm people and beautiful beaches were a welcoming treat.

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Renato Marimon

  Office Manager

Renato was born and raised in Lima, Peru. In 2006, he graduated from the National Agrarian University - La Molina, the country's leading university in the fields of forestry and agricultural sciences. Since graduating, he has managed landscaping projects and was involved with an ecological project to install urban vegetable patches. Renato also has experience in apiculture (the maintenance of honey bee colonies) and learned the practice of falconry, during which time he had two female hawks.

Like other travelers, Renato enjoys visiting new destinations. In tune with his appreciation for nature, he likes to trek and take in the sights and sounds of new places he visits. He'd travel just about anywhere, but he's particularly fond of remote regions where nature remains untouched. Cusco and Mancora are among his favorite destinations in Peru; while his visits to Lake Michigan and Miami, Florida, in the U.S; Paris, France; and Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, rank among his favorite international experiences.

During his free time, Renato enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling to new places, of course

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Nancy Violetta

  Office Caretaker

Nancy has lived in Lima, Peru ever since she was 6 years old. She was born in the small city of Huancavelica and is incredibly proud of her Andean roots. Nancy has been working with Latin America for Less for over 5 years now and she loves meeting all the international employees at the office. She has travelled extensively across Peru including Ica, Cusco, Arequipa, Tacna and her personal favorite Trujillo and Huancacho.

When not at the office, Nancy loves to read her favorite author, the Chilean Pablo Neruda and watch the National Geographic channel. Her dream has always been to travel to Brazil and celebrate Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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Istvan Csordas

  Executive Chef

Our Executive Chef, Istvan, is easily one of the most popular member of the Peru For Less family. He keeps us well fed! Istvan grew up in Hungary near the border with Slovekia and studied culinary arts in the city of Gyor. Istvan's favorite Hungarian dishes are Transylvanian Cabbage and Goulash. He also likes Peruvian Lomo Saltado.

He has traveled extensively around Europe, including trips to Greece, Germany, England, Ireland, Bulgaria, and many more. He hopes to explore more destinations in South America, like Argentina and Brazil. Istvan looks forward to visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu in the near future. Istvan moved to Lima in 2013 with his Peruvian wife. They have been married since 2011. In his free time, he enjoys watching classic Robert De Niro and Al Pacino films. He also likes outdoor activities like skiing and swimming.

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