Peru For Less
Custom, private tours to Peru and Galapagos at local price
Kim MacQuarrie
Explorer & Four-time Emmy Winner

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.

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

About Incas - Expert Travel

About Incas Expert Travel

You will not find a superior group of local experts nor an agency with our number of testimonials. Our experience over the years, our enormous dedication, and our rigorous attention to feedback from our travelers have enabled us to justly make this claim: We are your best investment for a custom and unique experience in Peru.

Kim MacQuarrie

Four-time Emmy Winner

Kim MacQuarrie is a Four-time Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, including 3 films on the Peruvian Amazon, and author of 3 books on Peru. He first came to South America as a graduate student in anthropology. His short-term fieldwork in Peru turned into an adventure living with a recently-contacted tribe in the Amazon for four years in the 1980s and 1990s. This experience was the inspiration for his book, The Last Days of the Incas, which recounts the conquest of the 10-million-strong Inca Empire by 168 Spaniards.

Kim’s newest book, Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, takes readers on a journey down the 4,500-mile-long spine of the Andes while retelling the tales of fascinating characters who lives intersected with the rugged landscape.

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

Alonso Cueto

Ph.D. University of Texas

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

Alonso has a unique artistic sensibility that seamlessly connects imaginary with imagination. He joins our staff of specialists as an expert in the art of mind blowing travel.

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Gonzalo Salinas

Ph.D Oxford Universtity

Gonzalo Salinas is a Peruvian businessman and scholar with a unique vision for travel planning. He has a Ph.D in Economics from Oxford University and a Masters in Development Economics from Harvard University. He has penned several works for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Gonzalo’s travel vision mixes deep business research with an understanding of what travelers looks for in South America.

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Javier Puente

Ph.D. Georgetown University

Javier Puente holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Georgetown University. He currently teaches modern Andean history at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and his research focuses on twentieth-century agrarian, rural, and environmental history of the Andes.

Javier worked with us a full-time travel guide between 2006-2008. His extensive historical knowledge combined with practical guiding know-how is a major piece of the puzzle in making sure our travelers get the best tour experience possible.

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Meet our Staff

Among us, you will find great adventures, business people, historians, accountants, anthropologists, writers, economists, sociologists, and more. We don’t fall short when it comes to proving we are passionate about travel. And we have the history and staff required to deliver a trip of a lifetime. After all, your travel experience is highly related to the sum of us.

Bernard Schleien

Director and Founder

Bernard founded Latin America for Less in 1998, right after graduating with a degree in History from Southwestern University in Texas. More than any business tract he has ever read, the greatest influence on his life and work has been his liberal arts education. At Incas Expert Travel, Bernard derives great satisfaction from selling something he believes in and contributes a part of his earnings to Peru-based human rights organizations.

Richard Leon

Director

Richard joined Latin America for Less in October 2004 after receiving a degree in Music Business and Management from Berklee College in Boston, MA. After 10 years of work in the industry, he went back to school to add an MBA with a specialization in Tourism Management to his qualifications. As director, he enjoys the challenge of collaborating with local operators, communities, partners, and staff in the cultural context of Latin America.

Clement Taquet

Incas Expert Manager

Clement hails from Belgium, the land of chocolate, french fries and beer. He graduated from the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies in the heart of Brussels. Apart from photography and art, Clement enjoys skateboarding, surfing, running and is always happy to take his backpack on a new adventure. He now lives and works in Peru and co-founded the nonprofit Concrete Jungle Foundation.

James Gilmore

Travel Advisor

James grew up in Florence, Alabama and majored in Spanish at the University of North Alabama. After working in academia for a time, he realized his true passion was using his cultural knowledge and language skills to connect people via travel and tourism. Since his first visit to Peru in 2013, James has been to every major destination in the country. He now lives with his wife in Lima, where you can find him planning future travels and enjoying the exquisite cuisine.

Rachel Walker

Travel Advisor

Rachel was born and raised in a small town in New Hampshire and became addicted to traveling during family trips to Europe. After getting her Bachelor’s in French Literature, she lived in France for four years to work and pursue her Master’s in Language, Culture and International Affairs of the Americas. Her first taste of Latin America culture was through volunteering in Quito, Ecuador, and she completely fell in love. She now finds herself in Peru and looks forward to exploring more.

Elizabeth Sperling

Travel Advisor

Born and raised in northwest Ohio, Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Ohio State University in 2010. She pursued a master’s degree in ecotourism from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru and now combines her knowledge with her many experiences traveling throughout the country to help other travelers create memorable experiences.

 

Patricia Valencia

Travel Advisor

Patricia was born and rained in Lima and graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. After graduating, she worked for the Walt Disney Company in Florida and California, and then returned to Peru to work for a top retail company in Lima. Patricia began with us as an Operations Coordinator, but these day enjoys working 1-on-1 with travelers, helping to plan dream trips.

Pamela Hartley

Travel Advisor

Pamela was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She’s always had a passion for new cultures and destinations, having explored Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, 15 European countries and of course, Peru.After getting her degree in International Relations at The College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota, she worked for a few years for political campaigns and various NGOs in both the US and Lima. During her free time, Pamela can be found volunteering, exploring new coffee shops, and checking out craft beer breweries.

Nieves Alegre

Travel Advisor

Nieves is from Yurimaguas in the northern Amazon region of Peru. At the age of 4 she moved to Lima with her family. She has a Bachelor’s in International Hospitality and Events Management from the Swiss Hotel Management School in Leysin, Switzerland. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. Her favorite destination in Peru is the Amazon and her hobbies of choice are running and visiting friends around the world.

Megan McKenna

Travel Advisor

Megan studied psychology and Spanish at GCSU in her home state of Georgia and as a student traveled in the Caribbean and Central America. Later she served as a Peace Corp volunteer in rural Peru, an experience which inspired her to return and settle in Lima. Among her favorite  travel experiences are riding sand dunes in Ica, hiking to waterfalls in Chanchamayo, and walking among the canopy tops in Costa Rica.

Emily Richards

Travel Advisor

Born and raised in a small New Hampshire town, Emily hurried to California as soon as she could and studied psychology. A volunteer trip to Lima enamored her to the culture and cuisine and motivated her to return. Emily worked for a time with teaching English in the community of Kuelap. Today she lives in Lima and can be spotted running along the beautiful malecon bike path, searching for new restaurants, and planning her next adventure.

Silvana Zavala

Travel Advisor

Born in Lima, Silvana studied Hospitality and Tourism in both Peru and the US. She’s traveled extensively in South America from Galapagos to Patagonia, Uyuni, and Easter Island. On your trip to Peru, she strongly recommends that you sample all the delicious varieties of Peruvian cuisine. Her top South America travel memories: Snorkeling with Galapagos sea lions and being in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 World Cup.

Kristy Tizon

Travel Advisor Assistant

Born and raised in sunny southern California, 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. She is now happy to call Lima, Peru her home. You can catch her having a picnic on the malecon, perfecting her chilcanos, visiting her favorite restaurants

Burke Johnson

Travel Advisor

Burke was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Westchester, New York. A few years after graduating from Dalhousie University, his passion for travel and music catapulted him on a Latin American adventure with his guitar. Some of his favorite experiences to date have been surfing in Costa Rica, sailing through the Caribbean, guiding tours in Ecuador and hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Gonzalo Zapata

Coach Auditor

Born in Lima, Peru, Gonzalo moved to the United States at a very young age. After graduating from the University of North Texas in 2008 with a degree in Political Science, he came back to Peru where he specialized in the Hospitality and Tourism at Le Cordon Bleu Institute and also worked for the Marriott Hotel in Lima. During his free time you can find Gonzalo playing soccer with friends, practicing paddle board, and also planning his next trip inside Peru.

Jose Zegarra

Office Manager

Jose trained as a tourism guide at Centro de Formation Turistica in Peru before moving to Cusco to work as an trekking and mountain biking guide.. He returned to Lima to study languages and joined our accounting team where he has enjoyed learning about the tourism industry and helping clients enjoy the many fascinating attractions of his native country. His passion is to travel until his last dime is spent and his greatest dream is to visit all of the world’s continents.

Alexandra Aguinaga

Product & Accounts Manager

Alexandra grew up in New Jersey, USA, until the age of 10 when her family moved back to Peru. In high school her passions were Peruvian history and archaeology, which motivated her to study Hotel & Tourism Management at San Martin de Porres University. During her final year completed an internship at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Back in Lima, she worked at the VIP Lounges at Jorge Chavez Airport and now works with us at Peru Luxury Travel.

Ricardo Lopez

Operations Supervisor

Ricardo in a native of Lima and is currently finishing his degree in the Administration of Tourist Companies at the National University of Federico Villarreal. He is our resident expert in Operations and Administration at Peru Luxury Travel. He has traveled extensively in the North Amazon and eastern regions of Peru and dreams of visiting all of the country’s provinces. He has previously worked for such companies as E. Wong and Banc de Credito (BCP).

Rossy Leon

Operations Quality Control

Rossy was born in Lima and has a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. She has many years of customer service experience working with companies such as Disney and Starbucks and as a coordinator at a 5 star hotel. Rossy believes in the power of travel to open people’s minds. She’s traveled to the beaches of northern Peru, to Cusco, Huanuco, and Ica, and looks forward to seeing more of Peru and the world.

Maribell Mormontoy

Operations

Maribell was born and raised in Cusco, studied Tourism at Universidad San Antonio Abad in Cusco and later Hospitality Management at San Ignacio de Loyola University. She’s traveled to Park City, Utah, and Nantucket Island as part of a work-travel exchange program and also got a change to visit major U.S. cities such as Chicago, Boston, and Maui. She now lives in Lima and enjoys showing the city and other part of Peru to friends who visit from abroad.

Elizabeth Cabrera

Operations Coordinator

Elizabeth was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and graduated from San Martin de Porres University. Her travels in Latin America have taken her to cities such as Panama City, Bogota, Guayaquil and Buenos Aires, which is her favorite for its art and culture. After college, Elizabeth had an opportunity to interact with travelers from all over the world while working at the VIP Lounges at the Lima airport. Today she helps us craft seamless vacation experiences for our clients.

Ivan Garcia

Cusco Office Supervisor

Ivan studied tourism in both Perú and Spain, lived and worked in Europe for 7 years, and has traveled through several countries in South America, North America and Europe. His passion for anything on two wheels has fueled his adventurous exploration of South America’s geography and amazing cultural diversity. Iván has also worked in customer service for international companies and is motivated to help travelers to have an great experience wherever they go.

Carlos Billota

Cusco Guest Relations Officer

Carlos was born and raised in Cusco, Peru where he also studied tourism and hotel Management at Cenfotur.  Carlos is a people person with several years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Ashley Althouse

Cusco Guest Relations Officer

Ashley comes from a small Ohio town and a very close-knit family. In 2013, her senior year at Wright State University, she traveled to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest to study conservation biology with WSU, a trip that proved to be life changing. She completed her master’s degree of Sustainable Tourism through Arizona State University online.

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. As a student, she has visited Peru’s three major regions: coast, Andes, and rainforest. For Priscilla, tourism is a way to meet people from all over the world and not only show them how fantastic and “weird” your culture is, but also learn a little about them and their lives.

Fabricio Ortiz De Zevallos

Tour Guide

Fabricio is our official tour guide for Machu Picchu – one of the best if you ask us. He is originally from Cusco and has encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its history. Luckily for our travelers, his passion is to find the most fascinating and enchanting ways to share his wealth of information. In his spare time Fabricio enjoys river rafting, trekking, mountain biking both as a guide and a practicing expert.

Angel Seron

Senior Web Designer

Meet Angel Seron, our web designer and artist, graduate of Toulouse Lautrec Superior Institute of Communication and Design in Lima. Angel was born in Puerto San Juan de Marcona, 8 hours south of Lima. Angel wed his two principal passions — art and computers — by pursuing an education and career in graphic design, multimedia, and web design. He is an avid football fanatic and enjoys baseball, traveling, dancing salsa, and kicking back with Spanish rock on the stereo.

Juan Miguel Mifflin

Graphic and Web Designer

Juan Miguel Mifflin is a graduate of the prestigious Catholic University in Lima. He has lived his whole life in this city and continues to enjoy its many concerts, museums, and cultural attractions. Juan Miguel has also traveled widely around Peru, including trips to places like Ica, Nazca, Chiclayo, Arequipa, Cusco, Piura and Pisco. He considers Chachapoyas to be the most beautiful site in all of Peru. He would like to make a trip to the Peruvian jungle, but his ultimate dream destinations are China and Japan.

Fernando Ramos

Web Programmer

Fernando hails from the valley of Huaral, two hours north of Lima. He has top notch programming credentials, having studied Systems Analysis and Programming at the SISE Institute and Advanced Programming in Web Languages at TECSUP. Fernando’s other interested include strumming the guitar, cycling, and playing football. His greatest travel adventure has been climbing as high as 5,557m above sea level to the top of Mount Huaytapallana in the Andes.

Silvana Tineo

Finance

Silvana is a Lima native with a love of travel. Her best childhood memories are of visiting family in Chiclayo and enjoying the gorgeous beaches of northern Peru. Silvana earned a degrees in Tourism and Hotel Management from San Martin University and has also studied Accounting. Silvana speaks English, Spanish, and French, and is looking forward to learning Portuguese next to get ready for a future trip to Brazil.

Deysi Becerra

Finance

Desyi was born in Lima but spent most of her life in the beautiful jungle city of Tarapoto. She has solid credentials in tourism, having earned degrees in Tourism Administration from the National Univeristy of Federico Villarreal and Community Based Rural Tourism at the University of Antonio Ruiz de Montoya. Her future goal is to obtain a Masters Degree in Cultural Heritage Management. In her free time she likes to read, shop, take walks, and go to the movies and concerts.

Ana Mesias

Finance

A proud Lima local, Ana attended the Instituto Particular de Lima and received a bachelors degree in Accounting. She has more than 15 years of professional work experience in administrative and accounting positions with Peruvian enterprises and legal offices. She has also traveling within Peru including the Amazon and southern Andes. Huancayo, with its rich folkloric traditions, is her favorite destination. She would one day like to retire in beautiful Arequipa.

Nancy Violetta

Office Caretaker

Nancy was born in the small city of Huancavelica, but has lived in Lima since she was six years old. She has been our beloved office caretaker for more than 5 years and enjoys 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. Her dream is to travel to Brazil and celebrate Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Cynthia Huaynate

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. As a teenager, Cynthia visited Cusco and dreams of returning. Puerto Chicama, with its beaches, pier, and local seafood specialities, is another favorite. She recently traveled to Tarma, the “Pearl of the Andes” and was enchanted by the variety of local flowers.

Istvan Csordas

Executive Chef

Istvan is among the most popular members of our team and not just because he keeps us happily well-fed. Istvan grew up in Hungary near the border with Slovekia and studied culinary arts in the city of Gyor. He has traveled extensively around Europe, including trips to Greece, Germany, England, Ireland, and Bulgaria. He has lived with his wife in Lima since 2013 and looks forward to visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu in the near future.  


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