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Who we are, and why we love travel

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 that will help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

The Peru Specialists


The Peru Specialists
About Us
Why Us
Who We Are

The Peru Specialists

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Kim MacQuarrie

Kim MacQuarrie is an American-born Four-time Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and author of 3 books on Peru. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s in anthropology. He has spent several years in Peru visiting all the Inca ruins he has been able to find, and living with the Yora, a recently-contacted tribe of indigenous Amazonians. This experience was the inspiration for his book The Last Days of the Incas, which recounts one of the greatest epic stories in the Americas - the conquest of the 10-million-strong Inca Empire by 168 Spaniards.

A keen explorer and adventurer, Kim has won 4 Emmy Awards -- 3 of them for documentaries on the Peruvian Amazon. Kim’s newest book, Adventure in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, about a 4,500-mile journey from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, will be published at the end of 2015.

Visit Kim’s website, and explore his documentary films.

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Alonso Cueto

Alonso Cueto is an award-winning author of novels, stories, and essays that explore contemporary issues in Peru and their connection to the past. A recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation grant, he holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been translated into 15 languages. He is one of the most prestigious Spanish-speaking writers.

Alonso has a unique artistic sensibility to connect imaginary with imagination. One can say that he masters the art of mind blowing travel.

Visit Alonso’s website.

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Gonzalo Salinas

Gonzalo Salinas is a Peruvian businessman and scholar with a unique vision for travel planning. He completed his Ph.D in Economics at Oxford University, and his masters in Development Economics at Harvard University. Along has fruitful scholar career, he has penned several works for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

His travel vision is a mixture of deep business research and the understanding of what a traveler looks for in South America.

Read Gonzalo’s profile.

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Javier Puente

Javier Puente holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Georgetown University. His research focuses on twentieth-century agrarian, rural, and environmental history of the Andes.

A full-time travel guide at Peru for Less between 2006-2008, Javier currently teaches modern Andean history at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, the highest ranked university in Latin America.

Javier’s extensive knowledge of the history of the Andean region, and the know-how of the ins and outs of guiding is a major piece of the puzzle in making our travelers truly experience the most out of their tours.

Visit Javier’’s Academia Profile

  • 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@latinamericaforless.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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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.

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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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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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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Abby Winship Hoyos

  Travel Advisor
  abby@latinamericaforless.com

Abby first visited South America while earning her BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Virginia, taking advantage of opportunities to study abroad in Peru and Brazil. Within weeks of completing her coursework, Abby moved to Lima to make a life for herself and continue to explore this magnificent continent. Her adventures have brought her to the top of Machu Picchu (twice!), to dancing in a candomblé ceremony in Salvador da Bahia, to sipping wine in Mendoza, to snorkeling with sea turtles in the Galapagos, and many other breathtaking places in between. In Lima, Abby has dedicated herself to blending in with the locals, so much so that when she first met her husband, he thought she was Peruvian! They share their passion for health and wellness, cats, and raising their beautiful bi-cultural daughter.

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James Gilmore

  Travel Advisor
  james@latinamericaforless.com

James grew up in Florence, Alabama, where he studied the Spanish Language and Latin American culture in high school and eventually majored in Spanish at the University of North Alabama. After receiving his bachellor’s degree, he soon realized while working in California in academia that his true passion in life was utilizing his language skills as well as cultural knowledge and experience of Latin America in the travel and tourism field.

After travelling to Peru for the first time in 2013, he was convinced of this passion, and eventually found himself settling in Lima after several trips back, where he now feels right at home. James has spent much time travelling throughout Peru and has visited almost every major tourist destination the country has to offer. Overall, he feels that the highest quality of life is travelling the world, as well as being the person who opens these doors for other hopeful travellers.

In his free time, you will catch him spending time with his wife planning future travels together, or about Lima taking advantage of everything the city has to offer, especially the exquisite cuisine of Peru, one of the gastronomic capitals of the world.

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Shawna Sanders

  Travel Advisor
  shawna@latinamericaforless.com

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 worked in Cusco for Latin America for Less and later transfered to Lima in 2015.

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

Megan McKenna

  Travel Advisor
  megan@latinamericaforless.com

While studying psychology and Spanish at GCSU in Georgia where Megan grew up, she traveled to the beautiful villages, mountains, and beaches of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. After graduating, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Peru. Megan gained a love for the culture (cumbia and salsa dancing are her favorite!) and the breathtaking sights of Peru. Among her favorite experiences are riding sand dunes in Ica, hiking to waterfalls in Chanchamayo, walking among the canopy tops in Costa Rica, and seeing an active volcano in Monteverde. After receiving her Masters at Georgia State, she decided to return to Peru. Now Megan lives in Lima and looks forward to continued adventures!

Hannah Kosgard

  Travel Advisor

Hannah grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, which is a short 20-minute drive from the famous Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Although her heart lies with the Midwestern United States, from a young age family and friends encouraged Hannah to start traveling and learn as many languages as possible.  At age 16 she embarked on her first trip out of the United States to Guatemala where she fell in love with Central American art and culture. She has been traveling throughout Latin America ever since and hopes to soon be able to check off every Latin American country from her travel bucket list

Hannah received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts and Sociology with a minor in Spanish from Luther College in small town Decorah, Iowa. During her junior year of college she studied at the Pontific Catholic University of Peru where perfected her Spanish and enjoyed diverse classes on Peruvian social issues and history. Hannah moved back to Lima in 2015 eager to start a life in a country where she felt right at home. In her free time, Hannah works with at-risk youth from Cusco studying at universities in Lima and teaches art at a girl’s shelter in the district of Canas.

Emily Richards

  Travel Advisor
  emily@latinamericaforless.com

Born and raised in a small New Hampshire town, Emily always yearned to experience something new and more diverse. Deep down a piece of her knew she was destined to explore, and as soon as she turned 18 she ran as far away from New Hampshire as she could. This led her to California to pursue a degree in psychology. After graduating, she finally found the courage to explore this passion and found herself volunteering in the bustling city of Lima, Peru.

While volunteering she fell in love with the endearing chaos of Lima and curious Limenos. She was captivated by the constant cultural events, incredible gastronomy, and livelihood of the people. When she returned home to California from her volunteer experience everything seemed so dull. So she made the decision to move back to Lima, where every day is an adventure!

One of the most impressionable experiences Emily has had in Peru was the opportunity to volunteer at the UNESCO world heritage site of Kuelap. Here she lived within the local community of Kuelap while teaching English aimed at tourism to help the guides and vendors communicate with tourists. If you have not paid a visit to the mystical ruins of Kuelap – she highly recommends it!

During her free time, Emily can be spotted running along the beautiful bike path on the malecon, searching for new restaurants to test out, or at a local trendy café - enjoying a cup of coffee and manjar pastry, while researching her next adventure!

Stefanie Backs

Stefanie Backs

  Travel Advisor
  stefanie@latinamericaforless.com

Stefanie was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada but has found herself most at home in Latin America. Having first fell in love with Latin America while traveling to the Dominican Republic for a high school Global Exposure program, she has become a passionate Latin American traveler, and returned numerous times to explore new regions before settling here.

In her first year at St. Francis Xavier University, she decided on a whim to study Spanish to complement her degree in Political Science. This degree naturally progressed to emphasize Latin American studies and concentrate on Comparative Politics of Latin America. In 2013, Stefanie studied a semester exchange at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with the goal of dominating the Spanish language and living in an entirely new culture. She was quickly enamoured with the magic of fast-paced Lima and the vibrant culture of Peru and decided then that she would move back to Peru upon completing her degree.  Before returning to Peru, two weeks after graduating Stefanie was swept away to work in Guatemala as a Program Leader for a not-for-profit organization dedicated to combining travel and social activism, Operation Groundswell. This experience challenged her to grow from a spontaneous city-hopping backpacker to an organized, intentional traveler.

In her free time you can find her exploring a new corner of the city, trying her luck with waterpolo, dancing her heart out with the Lima night life, teaching English, or volunteering with an Peruvian NGO. She also hopes to learn to play the Charango, cook Peruvian cuisine (so far her Ají de Gallina is delicious), and speak Quechua.

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Nieves Alegre

  Travel Advisor
  nieves@latinamericaforless.com

Nieves is from Yurimaguas in the northern Amazon region of Peru. At the age of 4 she moved to Lima with her family and spent half a year living in the United States (Raleigh, North Carolina) when she was 14. 

Nieves studied hospitality and events management at the Swiss Hotel Management School in the Swiss Alps. She has done internships at hotels all over the world, including Lisbon (Portugal), Geneva (Switzerland), and Playa del Carmen (Mexico). Later, she worked as a hotel concierge in Lima. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and is learning German. 

The Spanish translation of her name is “Happy Snow” (for real).  She honors her last name by smiling and laughing a lot. Nieves enjoys running half marathons, doing Crossfit, eating large quantities of food, and visiting her friends around the world. She likes to be healthy, has never owned a smart phone, and does not watch TV.  Her favorite food is tacu tacu. 

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Jessica Danker

  Travel Advisor
  jessica@latinamericaforless.com

Jessica was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her mother worked for an airline, so luckily enough she was always travelling! Her first international experience was an unforgettable trip to Germany with her family and close family friends. Ever since, she has been hooked on travel and everything you can learn from it. She has travelled through Western Europe as well as Central and South America.

Taking a small break from international travel to complete her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Community Health, she was eager to start travelling again by graduation.  Shortly after graduation, she moved to Santiago de Compostela, Spain to teach English to primary school students. It was here that she fell in love all over again with travel, culture, and trying new food! After her year in Spain she didn’t want to give up living abroad so she came to Lima, Peru to work for a small NGO.  Working with the surrounding communities in Lima was an incredible experience she will never forget and has led her to continue her abroad experience in Peru.

In her free time she enjoys a great café con leche, going for a run on the malecon and eating all that the Peruvian culinary world has to offer. Her favorite Peruvian specialty is a spicy Ceviche.  Here favorite city in Latin America is Santiago de Chile and she can’t wait to go back!

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Anna Folz

  Travel Advisor
  Anna@latinamericaforless.com

Anna is originally from Long Island New York. She grew up traveling the world which exposed her to new cultures and life styles. Her first true taste of Latin America was during her gap year, before college, when she spent 10 months in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Brazil. After these few months, she was hooked on Latin America. During her 4 years as an undergrad at Franklin & Marshall College she designed and implemented a small organization that provides fuel efficient stoves to families in central America. This organization coupled with her studies in Public Health and International Studies lead her back to Latin America in August, 2015. At this time she started working for a small NGO in Lima Peru. She was only supposed to stay in Lima for a few months but quickly fell in love with the country and all its culture.

Albert Einstein once said, “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. For Anna, living and working in areas of Latin America and experiencing their cultures is what she was born to do.

Other than exploring Latin America, Anna loves to play rugby and experience new cultures by their foods. It is nice to know that no matter how different countries may be, they still have many things in common, like sports and delicious food.

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Pamela Hartley

  Travel Advisor
  pamela@latinamericaforless.com

Pamela was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She started traveling before she could even walk and hasn't stopped since. Pamela found a passion for new cultures and destinations early on as she explored Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, 15 European countries and her very own home country.

After high school, Pamela took the bold decision to drastically change her surroundings and moved to Duluth, Minnesota for college. She pursued a degree in International Relations and Global, Cultural and Language Studies at The College of St. Scholastica. She then stayed in the Twin Cities for one more year working for two contested political campaigns and a progressive grassroots non-profit. Last year, she decided to return to Lima to work and volunteer for two NGO’s focused on ending extreme poverty in the Peruvian slums through empowering local leaders, community development programs and facilitating access to mobile health clinics.

Pamela truly believes in international relations and views travel and learning about about other cultures as the best way to spread shared interests, sustainability, cooperation and understanding. This is why she is an advocate for opening pathways to travel, adventure and hands on work.  

During her free time, Pamela can be found volunteering for TECHO, exploring new coffee shops (even though she doesn’t drink coffee), and checking out craft beer breweries. She enjoys playing tennis, live music (especially jazz), and a really good cup of green tea.

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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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Patricia Valencia

  Sales Management Coordinator
  patricia@latinamericaforless.com

Patricia is known by most of us as Pachi.  She was born and raised in Lima, and graduated from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola with a degree in Hospitality Management with a specialization in marketing. A year later, with a growing interest in consumer behavior and customer relationship management, Pachi went back to her alma mater to study hotel and restaurant management.

In 2009, Pachi worked at Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL) and the following year for Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA).  Her experience with the Walt Disney Company nurtured and expanded her vision to create experiences and memories for every guest, always providing genuine service with a caring smile. Back in Peru she worked as a staff recruiter in human resources for a top retail company that owns famous Peruvian fashion brands, and after that joined the LAFL and PFL  team starting as an Operations Coordinator and managing aspects of quality control. These days Pachi enjoys one-on-one contact with travelers, helping them plan dream trips!

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 .

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Kristy Tizon

  Travel Coordinator
  kristy@latinamericaforless.com

Kristy was born and raised in sunny southern California, just 20 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles. She always considered herself an All American-Peruvian girl. She was raised in a relatively normal American family, but her parents made sure she never forgot her Peruvian roots. Kristy likes to think she got the best of both worlds.

Kristy graduated with a degree in Communications Studies from California State University Long Beach in 2014. Although she visited Peru many times growing up, she always dreamed about moving to Peru for a part of her life. As a senior in college, she decided to move to Peru for her last semester and give it a try. This is when she truly fell in love with the country, the culture, the people and most definitely the delicious food. After moving back home to the States, she was on a mission to make the big move back to Lima, Peru.

She is now happy to call Lima her home.  You can catch her having a picnic on the malecon, perfecting her chilcanos, visiting her favorite restaurants or trying to convince her cousins to move down to Lima with her. Kristy is very excited to be a part of our team and looks forward in assisting you with your travel plans.     

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Hellen Gamarra

  Operations and Customer Service Manager

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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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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Jose Zegarra

  Office Manager

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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Rossy Leon

  Operations

Rossy was born in Lima and she has a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola witha specialization in Events Organization. She has been working in customer service for a long time, with her first job was with Disney and then Starbucks. After that, she gained experience in logistics in a commercial company and with an internship as group coordinator at a 5 star hotel. She has also done volunteer work in Lima, Huaura, Junin and with an international program in Canada. In all these experiences she learned a lot about different cultures, people, projects, development in health, business, gender & education, and managing social networking.

Her dream is keep traveling around Peru and get to know the whole world from different perspectives; because, in her words: “traveling opens your mind, your ideas, makes you be aware of other realities, allows you to meet amazing people and enjoy beautiful landscapes.” She recently backpacked through the north part of Peru for a month and her favorite beaches from that trip are Vichayito and Mancora in Piura. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Cusco, Huanuco, Chanchamayo and Ica.

In the future she hopes to work more with Social Responsibility in the tourism and hotel sector, which is something that she is very passionate about. She is currently learning Portuguese and hopes to study Quechua one day. In her spare time she likes exercising, playing rugby, watching soccer, and reading novels about “magical realism” such as books by Isabel Allende’s. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Maribell Mormontoy

  Operations

Maribell (two “ll’s” to make her unique, her father said) was born and raised in Cusco, Peru. She studied Tourism at Universidad San Antonio Abad in Cusco but after some time off traveling and working she studied Hospitality Management at San Ignacio de Loyola University.

At 19 she learned about Work & Travel exchange programs that opened her eyes to new experiences.  During the winters she worked in Park City, Utah and during the summer on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts (where she would love to live)—packing and unpacking was exciting for her every time. It was on the island where she confirmed her passion for customized service and hospitality that led her to continue studying.

Besides working at well recognized and high standard hotels and restaurants she had the opportunity to visit some of the main cities in the US such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, with her favorites being Boston and Maui, Hawaii.

Being abroad she appreciated more her ancestral culture, the love for her people and the extraordinary cuisine. Now she is currently living in Lima and she proudly shows the city & other parts of Peru to her friends from other countries when they come to visit. One great dream of hers is keep learning about other cultures and traveling farther (especially Europe and South West Asia) to finally be a world citizen.

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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 at San Martin de Porres University.

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.

Elizabeth Cabrera

  Operations Coordinator

Elizabeth Cabrera was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and graduated from San Martin de Porres University in 2009. Since she was young she has always been interested in the geography of different cities all over the world, but it’s her own country that really makes her feel like the luckiest person in the world and she is proud to be Peruvian. She has travelled extensively throughout Latin America, visiting cities such as Panama City, Bogota, Guayaquil and Buenos Aires, with her favorite destination being Buenos Aires because of its vibrant culture & art. She also had the opportunity to travel twice to the U.S. for an internship which is where she found her love for tourism and realized that serving people was what she wanted to do with her life.

After graduating from college, Elizabeth worked at the VIP Lounges at the Lima International Airport which was a job she loved as it allowed her to interact with travellers from all over the world and in many different languages. She also taught English at San Martin de Porres University.

In her free time Elizabeth loves taking long walks and admiring the Pacific Ocean.

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Dianny Loza

  Operations Coordinators

Dianny was born and raised in Puno, Peru. She came to Lima to study at San Martin de Porres University and graduated with a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management.

Dianny feels lucky to have been born in Puno, a touristic town rich with tradition. Growing up here inspired her own interest in travel and learning more about the history of Peru. Dianny’s love for culture was instilled by her family. From her father and uncle, she learned the importance of doing something that will impact future generations.  

So far, Dianny has traveled to Ica, Arequipa, Cusco, and Ancash in Peru and Bolivia. The Peruvian jungle in another destination - among many - that she would like to visit.

Dianny speaks Spanish, English, and little bit of Italian. She would like to learn Portuguese and French. During her free time she enjoys watching movies, shopping, exploring new places and being in close close contact with nature.

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Elsa Almenara

  Operations Coordinators

Elsa was born and raised in the fast-growing city of Lima, Peru. She received a double degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.

The travel bug bit Elsa when she was 5 years old during a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Since then, she has gone back to the United States several times to visit New York, Colorado, Washington DC, New Jersey, Texas and Florida. Spending New Year’s Eve in Time Square, New York was a thrilling experience she will never forget.

Discovering the many wonders of Peru is a top priority of Elsa. She has traveled to the provinces of Piura, La Libertad, Ica, Arequipa and Cusco. In the near future she would like to cross Huaraz, Cajamarca, Ayacucho and Pucallpa off of her To-Go list.

Elsa's personal goal is to step foot on every continent (at least once), be fluent in at least 4 languages, and become an active volunteer in addressing children’s needs.  She balances her life outside of work by trying new restaurants or bars, going on walking tours through Lima, cooking with friends, dancing, and reading a book along the Malecon of Miraflores.

Ivan Garcia

  Cusco Office Supervisor

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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Priscilla Alcala

  Cusco Guest Relations

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.

Pablo Luna

  Cusco Guest Relations

Pablo was born and raised in Lima, Peru, but moved to Cusco several years ago to be closer to many of his relatives. He decided to study tourism because it's a profession that allows you to meet a lot of travelers and share positive travel experiences. "It's one of the coolest jobs of the world," he says.

He loves Peru for its food varieties and diverse geography, and always recommends travelers get to know the friendly locals.

Pablo is happiest anywhere with a beach in front of him, and loves swimming and eating seafood. His hobbies include playing the guitar, dancing, and going to the gym. He also enjoys studying his other passion, marketing.

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Carlos Billota

  Cusco Guest Relations

Carlos was born and raised in Cusco, Peru where he also studied tourism and hotel Management at Cenfotur.  Following his passion for travel and learning about different cultures, he lived and worked in Australia for about four years. In addition to Australia, Carlos has also explored countries in South America and Asia. 

Carlos is a people person with several years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. He believes that the key to success and happiness is doing what you love and helping people along the way makes it even more rewarding. In his free time Carlos loves going to the gym, helping people work out, and reading about new places to discover.

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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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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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Manuel Vigo

  Marketing & UX 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 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 Writer & Manager

Britt is a travel enthusiast hailing from San Francisco, California.  

She graduated from Gonzaga University with degrees in marketing and art.  A backpacking trip through Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua after university opened Britt's heart to the cultural variety and beautiful landscapes of Latin America. This led her to Mexico City for graduate school. 

In 2012, Britt bought a one-way ticket to South America on a mission to explore its length and width. Peru is now home-sweet-home for Britt. 

Anabel Mota

  Marketing & Web Content Writer

Anabel hails from San Diego, California, city of eternal sunshine and all that is laidback. Her true and early passion was reading. Stories were her first entry into different worlds and provided mental practice for what has become a life of travel and a career in writing. She admits to being a nerd and is the kind of person who buys textbooks. And reads them. For fun.

Anabel studied at Cornell University and graduated cum laude in history, worked in education in Los Angeles for a few years, and then decided to move to Buenos Aires, Argentina. What was supposed to be a 1-year trip became a lifestyle. Since 2010, Anabel has lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Cusco, and Chiang Mai (Thailand), has traveled extensively in South America and Southeast Asia, and has Europe and Africa's many and diverse countries in her sights.

When not reading or writing about South America, Anabel loves to eat, drink, and do, see & live 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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Braulio Chihuantito

  Web Programmer

Braulio is from Cusco and very passionate about software and programming. Currently, he is investigating web and mobile applications, and aspires to become a great developer who creates many software systems. One day he would like to study photography and merge it with his passion for software design.

Braulio likes to play soccer, watch movies, and hangout with his dog Loki during his free time. Also an avid trekker, the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek are at the top of his must-trek list.  

 
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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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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.

Cynthia Huaynate Segura

  Office Caretaker

Cynthia was born in La Oroya, a small town in central Peru, and moved to Lima when she was six years old.  Today she lives in the bustling capital city with her husband and 13-year-old daughter.  

Peru is a country with a lot of diversity. Of all the places Cynthia has visited, Puerto Chicama is among her favorites. The town boasts beautiful beaches, a pier, and a variety of delicious local dishes made with fresh fish. She recently traveled to the mountain town of Tarma, dubbed "the Pearl of the Andes," and was taken by the variety of flowers that grow there and later took part in the dancing celebrations of La Fiesta de Santiago in Huancayo.  As a teenager, she traveled to Cusco with her family and hopes to visit again in the near future.  

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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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