Three of our Peru Guides, Santiago, Mauricio and Jesus, Share Their Favorite Parts from Their Country
It’s not about the destination…it is about the journey!! That’s all you need to know before starting on any trip I lead!! I am a guide on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The trail that was hidden for more than 400 years when my people escaped from the Andes into the jungle; where we are able to see beautiful views and the several sections of the trail in a pretty short amount of time; where people have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It was with amazing effort that the Incas built one trail across the Andes. It is a trail that brings unforgettable experiences. People take on the challenge inspired by the beauty of the mountains, and with the protection of the Inca gods. I’ve hiked this path so many times that I lost count, but I still enjoy walking on a real 500 year old road, with all the experiences that it brings, and being able to see what the Incas saw so long ago!! Take this pilgrimage along the classic Inca Trail, and discover the heart of the Inca civilization, Machu Picchu. I’m sure it will be the trip of a lifetime. I am a guide on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and I am proud of that!!
By Santiago Castelo
There are many countries around the world, but let me introduce you to what I believe is one of the most beautiful, Peru. Peru is a place where the mountains are consider protectors, and the local people are real descendants of the Incas. Let me describe a small village that’s located in the middle of the Andes. Maras is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and is considered a world heritage site by Unesco. However, most tourists never get the chance to see the local farmers and how they live and work. If you come to this village, you can see the true miners of Inca salt, who continue to mine salt in the same manner as their predecessors. They use the same kind of tools, and even drink the sacred beverage of the Incas, known as chicha. On your Austin-Lehman Peru Machu Picchu adventure, you can understand what life is like in the countryside, and also understand what ancient Incan society was like.
Mauricio Gomez Rodriguez
A Great and Unique Adventure in the Land of Incas: Cusco, Peru
I’m so proud to be born and raised in Cusco. Cusco is the beauty of the world concentrated into one city. It has the history, cultural connections with local people, Inca sites, valleys, snow-capped mountain ranges, Machu Picchu, and much more. If Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, you’re in luck because it’s the highlight of Austin-Lehman’s Peru tour. It will be a breathtaking experience for you to be there.
Here in Cusco, we focus a lot on local culture. We follow an itinerary, but we will have extra, special experiences with local people. We will visit local markets, local houses, local chicherias (or bars.) All of these interactions with local people will be unique, memorable and unforgettable for you. Do not wait too long, come to Cusco, Peru and enjoy the best of Peru with the best company “Austin-Lehman Adventures.”