Peru Luxury Travel strives to hire the best possible human capital out there. All members of our sales team (and most of our staff) must have the following qualities: first class college education in the USA or Europe; well-rounded education; strong work ethics; a passion for Peru and travel; a firm belief in giving back to their communities.
Director and Founder
Bernard attended Southwestern University at Georgetown, TX, one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the USA. After graduating with a major in history, he founded Peru For Less in 1998 and has ever since devoted his professional life to building memories of Peru for all. He has learned that there is much more to life than the ever so constant work day, and is one of seven founding members of Peru Futbol - a Peruvian NGO that aims to bring thousands of Peruvian children out of poverty, while instilling values through the teachings of soccer. Bernard has a love for Peru (especially Cusco), like so many, and finds it extremely gratifying at the end of each day that he is able to sell something he truly believes in. He has lived in Cusco for 6 months, and goes there at least 3 times a year. Other interesting factoids about Bernard: Seinfeld fanatic, Cienciano del Cuzco soccer club team rooter, independent rock music appreciator, bicycle rider, creative writer, gourmand, and skilled micro brewed beer sampler (he says he just likes the taste).
Richard attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the best schools of music in the world. He has lived in both the USA and Peru, as his family tended to move from one country to another due to job reasons. After 4 years of traveling back and forth from Boston and his home town of Lima, Peru, he graduated with a Bachelor degree in Music Business and Management. He has a passion for travel, drums, music, surfing, and the financial markets where he has been day trading for several years. He can never say no to food, especially if it is Pizza Day at the office which is, to his fortune, once per month. He loves playing with his band called Pan con Tamal and also simply grabbing his backpack and walking into unknown territory to find beautiful destinations. Luckily for the rest of us he always shares new discoveries with all his friends. As an avid traveler he has explored many countries in South America and experienced how travel can broaden his horizons by meeting new people, new cultures, and most importantly new rhythms for his drum set. Helping people is one of his passions and Richard truly believes that what goes around comes around and we all have to do our part to make our small space in the universe the best place it can be.
Aleks was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia but never managed to stay still for long in one place having lived in Europe, the Middle East and South America. No matter where he is though, he always finds the time to hit the road, either for the sake of cultural exploration, catching music festivals, or just chilling out on a remote island. Aleks received his Hospitality Management diploma from the American Hotel & Lodging Association and for some time curiously worked at a chewing gum factory. Having had enough of the 9 to 5 routine, he packed his bags and left for Latin America. His next few months were spent discovering the diverse regions of Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia getting to know the charms of South America, but most importantly its people.
Upon reflecting on his travels, Aleks decided to make tourism his career by mixing in business with pleasure, helping people achieve the same sort of experiences he enjoys so much on his travels. He spent the next few years studying at Stenden University in Qatar, where he received his bachelor degree in International Tourism Management. After working in Sales, Operations and Destination Management positions, Aleks is now focused on using his knowledge to oversee the Latin America for Less family of websites, in order to provide our visitors with an informative and user-friendly experience. When not on the road, he enjoys listening to an eclectic range of music styles, keeping fit with basketball, reading, or having a drink with his friends, who come from all corners of the world!
Matthew comes to us from the suburbs of Chicago where he was born and raised. He graduated from the University of Tampa in Florida with a major in writing and a minor in English. During his college years, Matthew spent a year teaching English in Costa Rica, where he fell in love with Latin America and fostered a desire to write about its culture. Fascinated by the warm and gentle pura vida attitudes of the ticos, he was struck by a sense of beauty and serenity he had never before encountered. In Costa Rica, Matthew was bit by the travel bug; this took him to venture throughout Central America and Europe. He now indulges in the rich and foreign treasures South America has to offer.
Matthew came to Peru to instruct English and quickly found the country had much to teach him. In his reports home, Matthew sings the praises of the best food he has ever had "except maybe for Chicago deep dish pizza." Even more than the delicious cuisine, it was the warmth of the people, the beauty of the countryside, and the bustle of Lima that captured his heart and imagination. He travels as much as his time permits and has become known as the "Tango King" in certain corners of Buenos Aires. Friend to the penguins of Puerto Madryn, the gauchos' cattle of the Argentine pampas, and the llama of Peru, Matthew cherishes the sacred and vibrant wildlife that can be found all over South America. In his free time, Matthew can be found writing, reading, or catching the latest movies. While Matthew does not miss the harsh Midwest winters, he does long for basketball and cheering on his beloved Boston Red Sox, a family inherited obsession. Nevertheless, Matthew has happily found a new home in Latin America.
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.
Sales Team Coordinator
Originally from Michigan, Brynna studied Spanish and sociology at Grand Valley State University when, during a year-long study abroad program in Costa Rica, she officially caught the travel bug. She quickly found a way to combine her love of travel and complete her major, by coming to Puno, Peru to complete an internship toward her sociology degree. At first Puno and its high altitude were a shock to the system after tropical Costa Rica, but Brynna quickly fell in love with the culture, landscape and history of the high Andes and decided to make Peru her home away from home. After graduation she returned to Puno to teach English as a second language, taking advantage of long weekends and holidays to explore parts of Bolivia, Cusco, Arequipa, and of course the enchanting peninsulas and beaches of Lake Titicaca. During her stay in Puno she also found time to support various Puno-based NGOs, learning about the realities and social problems faced by the people of the community, and attempting, albeit unsuccessfully, to learn to knit from local artisans.
While living on the shores of Lake Titicaca reminded her of Lake Michigan back at home, she ultimately felt a call to move to a bigger city, and decided to relocate to Cusco in 2010. Entranced by the slightly lower altitude (and better climate) she now calls the Capital of the Incan Empire her home- enjoying the Cusco city scene, almost as much as her weekend trips into the nearby countryside and Sacred Valley. Her next goal is to tackle some of the world renowned treks of the Cusco region, such as Salkantay and Choquequirao, and is starting the process by training on some of the less imposing mountains outside of Cusco. Having mastered Spanish, she is now looking forward to taking on a new language, and is considering studying French, or possibly even tackling Quechua.
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.
Kelly comes from a big and crazy Midwestern family in Illinois, which will always be home no matter where she finds herself. After high school she went to Spain where she immersed herself in language studies, met people from all over the world, and made sure to see the best of various European cities.
A sucker for a challenge, Kelly then went on to pursue a BA at the New York University in Manhattan's eclectic Greenwich Village, double majoring in Spanish and Social and Cultural Analysis. As someone with a passion to work for positive change, during her years at NYU, Kelly volunteered and interned with non-profit organizations, spending time in New Orleans, the mountains of Colorado and different neighborhoods around New York City. With its endless cultural activities and live music scene, New York treated Kelly very well and by the end of four years she was a true New Yorker, a vegetarian living in Brooklyn.
An avid traveler and adventure-seeker, she found herself returning to Peru where she had spent a semester as an exchange student at Lima's Pontificia Universidad Catolica in 2008. The warmth of the Peruvian people, its agreeable climate, colorful culture and dynamic landscape all drew Kelly back to work in this country she had gotten to know well enough to be fascinated. She loves to read, run, and listen to music and podcasts – a newly discovered interest – while not working on the endless project of improving her Spanish.
Silvana was born in Lima, Peru and as a child was lucky to enjoy traveling all around South America. After traveling and working in the United States for over a year, Silvana attended Southern New Hampshire University and graduated with a major in Hospitality Management. She had the chance to work for JW Marriott Hotels in Orlando and other renowned hotel in the United States. Upon reflecting about what she loves most in life, Silvana decided to turn to tourism as a career, realizing her true passion for traveling was revealed a long time ago when she was a 10 year-old girl.
Traveling never left her to-do-list and Silvana spends most of her free time visiting new cities, but always seems to return to Peru for her family and the amazing Peruvian Lomo Saltado. She enjoys everything involving a great trip from planning – she is considered the designated travel planner by her friends and family – to nightlife, dancing, eating out, shopping, sightseeing, taking pictures, and learning new languages. She is currently learning Mandarin, her fourth language so far.
Silvana has a dedicated passion for chocolate, red wine, and recently Pisco. Although not much of a cook, she loves watching cooking TV shows and trying new restaurants. When she is not traveling, you can catch her reading, swimming, playing tennis, hanging out with friends, or watching a Seinfeld episode from her most precious collection. Silvana dreams of one day backpacking for months in Asia and Europe, continents that she hasn't explored…yet.
Kelly was born in North Carolina, and after living in Maryland, Colorado, and Kentucky, ended up back in North Carolina. She studied Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of South Carolina. To enrich her degree, she decided to study abroad in Costa Rica. While she had an amazing stay and the Ticos couldn't have been friendlier, many of them spoke such great English that it was hard to practice Spanish! After graduating, she decided to perfect the language while helping the world at the same time as a volunteer English teacher at a public school in rural Chile. She loved Chile, her gracious host family, and her hundreds of students who were adorable despite their attempts to turn her classes into chaos. After that incredible experience she returned home, but Latin America was already tugging at her heartstrings and she decided to return south and ended up living and working in beautiful Buenos Aires for 7 months. She returned home just in time for her fifth consecutive winter.
Kelly is a cowgirl at heart and makes it a point to ride in each new place she visits. She has explored beaches, jungles, deserts, pampas, and the Andes foothills on horseback, and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon! She also enjoys food, wine, salsa dancing, hiking, and reading. She is thrilled to continue exploring Latin America from Lima and to learn everything that this new city has to offer!
Mark grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an American father and a Bolivian mother. Many summer vacations throughout his youth were spent traveling to Cochabamba, Bolivia. It was at this young age that his love for Latin American culture was born. After high school, Mark went on to the University of Maryland, College Park, to receive his bachelor’s degree in Economics and a certificate in Latin American Studies. During his years at the University of Maryland, Mark had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica. Marks love for Latin American culture was furthered during this incredible study abroad experience, as it was the first time he has ever been to a region as tropical as Costa Rica’s jungles.
After his time at the University of Maryland, wanting to get in touch with his Latino roots, Mark knew there was only one place that he belonged, and that was south; so he came to Peru. In September 2011, Mark arrived in Peru for the first time to volunteer at an AIDS shelter, Hogar San Camilo, in Barrios Altos, Lima. His experience at the shelter exposed Mark to the warmness of the Peruvian people. He also had the opportunity to try much of the delicious Peruvian cuisine, with anticuchos, or beef heart, being by far his favorite dish.
Mark enjoys playing all sports, especially tennis, soccer, and basketball. He is a real movie buff and loves to watch and discuss all sorts of movies, horror movies being at the top of his list. Mark also loves to dance and has found his way to the dance floors of many Peruvian discos. Between the people, food, and dance, Mark has fallen in love with Peruvian culture and looks to make his home here in Lima.
Kristina comes from the small town of Groton, Massachusetts. From a young age, she has been blessed with the opportunity to travel around the world with her family. Some of Kristina’s fondest memories include trips to Hungary to visit family, the Caribbean, other European countries, and the island of Barbados. Her particular interest in the Latin American culture and the Spanish language was first sparked by her friendships with her Latino coworkers while working in a Tex-Mex restaurant during her high school years.
Kristina attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied communications and business. During her college years, she had the opportunity to work at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. There, she made more international friends, and her desire to travel to Latin America and become fluent in Spanish grew even stronger.
In January of 2010, Kristina set off for an internship in South America. There, she lived with two host families and learned Spanish, while volunteering in an orphanage in Cordoba, Argentina, and a hospital in Cuzco, Peru. Her time in Cuzco was especially memorable because she was assigned to work in the delivery room where she witnessed nine live births. She particularly loved Peru for the local food, breathtaking views, and the warmth and generosity she received from the locals. After her return to the United States, Kristina completed a marketing internship within the restaurant industry, and also took a job waitressing part-time while completing her final two years of study at Northeastern.
When she isn’t working or studying, Kristina can be found dancing, choreographing, writing, or volunteering. Her desire to help those in need has lead her to be involved in a number of volunteer projects across the U.S. including relief for Hurricane Katrina victims. She hopes to continue to do volunteer work wherever she may be and she is excited for the challenges that lie ahead.
Laura was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and spent most of her life in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. Coming from a small town (and after watching the travel channel for a few too many hours) Laura always dreamed about traveling to exotic places. As an only child from a quirky New England family, Laura enjoyed going to Fenway Park with her parents, going on roads trips to Canada with her friends, and playing volleyball and listening to the Beatles. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Spanish as well as studying anthropology, Latin American studies, and sociology. In order to tie all of her studies together, Laura decided to volunteer at a New Hampshire jail with a reception center that provides bi-lingual resources in Spanish and English to families and friends visiting their incarcerated loved ones.
She got bit by the travel bug after traveling and living with a host family in the Dominican Republic on a high-school trip. She then decided to come to Peru to study abroad and travel during her junior year of college at La Universidad del Pacífico. She fell head over heels with the fast pace of Lima city life, a new culture, a wicked awesome host family, the Spanish language, and some of the most delicious cuisine in the world. She knew as soon as her study abroad program in Peru ended that she would want to return in the near future.
In her spare time Laura likes to pretend she is traveling the world with her idol Anthony Bourdain, practice her Spanish, watch the food network, listen to music, exercise, meet new people, Skype, go sightseeing, and drink lots and lots of Inca Kola.
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.
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.
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!
Whenever Amanda introduces herself, she never omits the fact that she is a ‘kiwi’. Amanda was born in the largest city of New Zealand, Auckland, with a population of 1.5 million. Minuscule compared to the size of Amanda’s new home of Lima! When she was growing up, Amanda travelled everywhere in New Zealand (NZ) by campervan and credits this to her love of nature, adventure and exploration. Amanda studied Management and Tourism in the South of NZ and went on to become part of a Human Resource graduate in a NZ company. Whenever holidays allowed, Amanda packed her backpack to trek one of the many famous NZ trails or adventure around South East Asia.
The time came when Amanda decided to travel further afield to South America, the continent which had always had an unexplainable pull on her. From day one, Amanda experienced the incredible generosity of the South Americans, the fun and easygoing culture and was constantly taken aback by the magical nature. After volunteering in Rio de Janeiro for three months in a creche, Amanda spent seven months travelling independently through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
Amanda returned to NZ for seven months but missed South America. She has returned to the place she loves and has settled in Lima, with the aim of helping people to experience the continent she fell in love with. In her spare time, Amanda loves to travel, loves adventure sports, spending time with friends, enjoys cooking and eating good food (including of course ceviche and lomo saltado) and drinking good wine and coffee.
Operations and Customer Service Manager
Heidy was born in Cusco Peru where she graduated as a Computer Engineering from San Antonio Abad University. She moved to Lima and received her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from ESAN Business School with an emphasis in finance in 2011. She also completed a module of international business while on MBA at Florida International University, US in 2010.
Heidy has more than five years of experience organizing travel, volunteer and other education programs for international participants, before completing her master program, she spent more than a year living and working in Costa Rica where she had the fortune to enjoy the “pura vida” experience. Development projects, teaching and learning languages are things she loves, she is fluent in English, knows some French and Portuguese and her goal is to speak fluently one more language. Family and friends are the most important things for her; Heidy is always in a good mood, especially when she starts the day with a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.
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.
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.
Rodrigo is a Hospitality Management graduate from San Ignacio de Loyola University. He was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Since he was a child he has spent his spare time doing three things: Sports, Traveling, and Languages. Every year made sure to keep a busy but fun schedule during vacations.
When he was 16 he started College and got into the College Futsal Team playing against different Colleges and also in the Professional Futsal League of Peru. Thanks to the effort he put during practices and games he got the chance to play for the Futsal National Team of Peru three times: twice for the U-20 National Team and once for the Adult Team. During College he studied and practiced sports full time, and during summer vacation he went to the US three times for professional experience as part of a Work & Travel Program. He worked in Oregon and Utah in different Luxury Ski Resorts where he had the chance to meet really good friends from all over the world. At the age of 21 he finished college and got hired by Westgate Resorts, a Timeshare Resort chain in Park City, Utah for one year to be trained in Management Positions. During this year he spent his time working, traveling, practicing extreme sports, going out with friends, coaching soccer for kids and playing soccer in the City League. After his experience in the US, he came back to Peru for vacation but the warmth of his country and family made him stay.
He loves cooking, dancing, spending time with family and friends but he dedicates most of his free time to practicing sports. If he is not training for soccer, you will find him surfing or running. He also loves traveling and feels that no matter where he goes there is always something new to visit and something new to learn. For Rodrigo there is always a reason to be happy and you will always find a smile on his face.
Karla is a Tourism & Hospitality graduate, born and raised in Lima. At a very young age her love for travelling started to develop when she had the amazing opportunity to travel and live in different places within Peru thanks to her father’s career in the Military Forces. This love for travelling has been re-affirmed by her travel and work experiences. After being a member in AIESEC Peru where she had the opportunity to meet a global community of students from different parts around the world, interacting and learning from them, she decided to change her major from Architecture to Tourism & Hospitality. After graduating, she decided that was time to go for new experiences and meeting more cultures and people so she went to United States to work as an intern at Park Hyatt Washington DC Hotel and afterward to Australia to work as a trainee in Quay West Bunker Bay Resort, both experiences were very rich for her career development as well as for her personal growth. From all these opportunities, she discovered that her passion for travelling has become part of her life and that it is the career path she wants to follow.
In every trip what she enjoys the most is going to museums and different restaurants to try the local cuisine. When some of her friends came over to visit Peru, she was the first in joining them to show them around and take them to experience the local life, not only the touristic places. She enjoys outdoor activities, going to the gym, and never stops!
After being abroad, she returned to Peru with her goal of living and working in Cusco to experience more the richness of this area, where she finally could enjoy the local life in Urubamba, before moving to Lima. Her next goal is studying a master next year in Tourism Management in Australia, travelling Asia and continuing learning French.
Born in Tacna, South of Peru, and raised in Lima, Peru, after finishing school I couldn’t wait to get into the magical world of photography. I studied photography at IPAD (Instituto Peruano de Arte y Diseño) and I was living through the lens of my camera - I took my hobby and made a passion of it. During that time I also developed my languages abilities, starting with English, later being introduced to Chinese by a university class, and finally self-studying Korean.
Next, I studied Tourism and Hotel management at San Martin de Porres University; finishing my studies, I had the chance to travel to Cusco to work in a family hotel located at the Sacred Valley. I was going to have my internship in that hotel for 6 months, but during my first week, I was offered a receptionist position, and spent one year there, day by day being amused by the magic of the Sacred Valley. Living in the middle of the valley and being surrounded by nature was one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had. It definitely was a challenge, but an enriching challenge. I believe everyone should disconnect from the busy world and try living in a different atmosphere at least once in their lifetime. The more I learn about my country, the stronger I feel about working to promote it as a great tourist destination.
I'm not only interested in my own culture, but also in other cultures from all around the world, and I find it amazing how people develop different ways to express themselves and tell us a story according to their background and the atmosphere they live in. I want to see it all closely I want to travel all around the globe with my camera, which has been my biggest dream for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been worried about the world and trying to keep it green and clean, and one of my dreams is to run my own sustainable ecotourism business, cooperating with communities to make tourism a way to obtain economical benefits for development.
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.
Cusco Guest Relations
Rachael was born and raised in the steel city of Sheffield, England. Choosing to follow her passion for literature, she graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in English Literature in 2008. Unsure of which direction her life would take at this point, she found herself enrolled on a holistic therapies course and the manager of a busy park café. Then, during the summer of 2009, she discovered an enthusiasm for baking. After a few months of experimenting in the kitchen, using vegetables as a basis for her recipes, there emerged Feel-Good Cakes; her specialist cake business.
Feeling unsatisfied in England however, her thoughts turned to travelling and exploring. She felt hungry for travel and was itching to explore a different continent and culture. She got her first taste of travelling when she went Greek island hopping at 17. When at university, she traveled across India, as well as visiting numerous other European countries in those few years. So in the summer of 2011, during a climbing trip in France, she made the decision that the following year she would take off to discover South America. Travelling across Colombia, she instantly fell in love with Latin America. When eventually landing in Cusco, Peru, she knew that she had found a place that she could call home.
Rachael loves to travel, climb, cook, read, run, dance and sing (badly, in the shower). In England she voluntarily taught English, ran a baking club and assisted with a running club in a school. She finds bliss in coffee, dark chocolate and red wine. Eating out is firmly one of her favorite pastimes. In Cusco, she can be found walking towards the serene Temple of the Moon, sitting in a café with cake, coffee and a good novel or out with friends amidst the bustling centre of the Plaza de Armas. Fascinated and enraptured by the Cusquenian culture and lifestyle, she is often caught smiling at the thought that this is the place that she now calls home.
Cusco Guest Relations
Claudia was born in Cusco city. Since she was 13 years old she has had a special interest in learning foreign languages, had a passion for traveling and learning more about her own Culture. Somehow she already knew that the Tourism Field would be part of her future. She is a graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management at UNSAAC Cusco. Claudia was learning English and German while going to school. When she was 18 years old, she traveled to the US as part of an International Exchange Program. Living in Boston for a period of 2 years she took different classes to improve her Hospitality knowledge. In 2007 Claudia came back to Cusco to finish University and soon after had the opportunity to start working for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines as a Guest Services Officer. She moved up quickly to a Senior Guest Services position due to her strong customer service and problem resolution skills.
For 5 years she traveled around the world, visiting countries like Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, England, Ireland, Sweden, Greece, Holland, Denmark, Bahamas, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Cayman Island, St Martin, Key West, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.
Claudia came back to Cusco, her beautiful and loved hometown every time she had a chance. Recently working as a in Cusco as a Group Coordinator. She is well known for receiving positive comments. Claudia always has a warm, welcoming smile and friendly approach with her guests.
Dunker Torres Escalante
A Cusco native, Dunker has studied philosophy and theology in the San Antonio de Abad Seminary in Cusco and tourism administration at the Instituto Latinoamericano. Before becoming a guide for Peru for Less, Dunker went to Lima and committed much of his time to public service. He was the administrator for a retirement home and clinic for people with little means, many of whom were suffering with tuberculosis. Additionally, he helped with a rehabilitation center for street kids ages 14 to 19. After experiencing the commotion of the capital city, Dunker left Lima and taught Quechua in the provinces of Espinar and Paruro. He is now happy to be pursuing his passion for alternative tourism at Peru for Less in Cusco.
Dunker believes Peru has much to offer: all one needs to see it is assertiveness and an adventurous spirit. He would be one to ask, as he has traveled through 12 of Peru's 13 provinces! In his travels, the country's varied valleys, crisp streams and snow covered mountains have captured his attention. Through these journeys he has come to understand a lamentable consequence of globalization: the gradual loss of his rural brothers' traditional customs and values. Though he has made it to Guayaquil and Quito, Dunker hopes his next trip to Ecuador will include a stop in the Islands of Galapagos.
As the promoter of a cycling club in Cusco, Dunker spends time on his bike or organizing events for this group. Recently, Dunker has gotten into the habit of making pizza at friends' or relatives' houses as a way to unwind and enjoy the weekend.
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.
Fabricio Ortiz De Zevallos
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.
Manuel is a Peruvian-American who grew up between both countries. Growing up in Lima, Manuel enjoyed going on hikes in the Andes with friends, and going off’-roading in the country’s northern beaches.
After graduating from high-school in Lima, Manuel took a gap year in Australia, where he surfed Coffs Harbour, and backpacked through Queensland and New South Wales. Manuel moved to the U.S. where he earned a B.A. in International Relations and Philosophy from Florida International University, where he was the jazz music director and a DJ for the WRGP Radiate FM, FIU’s college radio.
In 2011 he moved back to Peru, started a record label, and began a career as a journalist, writing for several Peruvian and U.S. publications. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, checking out bookstores, collecting records, trying new restaurants, and philosophizing about pop culture.
Britt was raised near San Francisco, California on a steady diet of Italian food and sunshine. When Britt wasn't playing soccer, she had her nose in National Geographic magazines dreaming of faraway places.
She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where she earned degrees in marketing and art. During the summer of her junior year she traveled to Zambia as a volunteer. Observing the struggles of poverty and witnessing the strength of those she met left a lasting impression on Britt and solidified her desire to be a part of the international community.
Her appreciation of Latin America evolved during a backpacking trip through Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua after college. Desiring to spend more time south of the US border, she attended graduate school in Mexico City for her masters in international relations. After returning to the States and working as a grant writer in San Diego, California for two years, Britt could no longer ignore the sweet whispers of wanderlust. As such, she bought a one-way ticket to South America in 2012 and has since explored Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. She now calls Peru her home away from home.
Britt enjoys reading a good book, improving her Spanish, and never passes up an opportunity to go camping.
Marketing & Web Content Writer
Anabel hails from San Diego, California, city of eternal sunshine and quintessence of all that is laidback. As a daughter of Mexican parents, she was raised on a mixed cultural diet of telenovelas, cartoons, movies dubbed into Spanish, MTV, gangsta rap, and Mexican rancheras from the likes of Vicente Fernández and Rocio Durcal. Her true and early passion, however, was reading. She proudly admits to being a nerd and is the kind of person who buys textbooks. And reads them for fun.
Her love of learning came to fruit with admission to Cornell University, from which she graduated cum laude in history. Anabel went on to USC for a graduate degree, also in history. After working for a period of time in education in Los Angeles, she uprooted herself from the U.S. and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here, (although she had previously thought herself fluent) she learned Spanish as a foreign language (i.e., che, boludo, quilombo, chamuyo, etc) and every facial and hand expressions that go along with porteño-speak. Buenos Aires served as a launching pad to travel to other parts of South America including Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. Having had her fill of steak and Malbec, Anabel relocated a second time to Cusco, where the people are warm, the food is quite tasty, and history remains present wherever you go.
When not reading or greeting and guiding travelers, Anabel's other interests include cooking, eating, beer-connoisseuring, drinking yerba mate, trekking in the mountains, and doing/seeing/living what she has only read about in books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheila Fessler Garcia
Sheila was born in Cusco, the daughter of a Peruvian mother and a German father. As a child she moved to a small village in the Southern part of Germany. Even there, the Peruvian culture was always present and being home was like growing up in a “little Peru” in Germany. After working and studying in Germany, Sheila traveled to Peru and learnt more about the Peruvian culture and deeply fell in love with this amazing country. During her volunteer work in Cusco, she felt an even stronger connection to Peru and since then her wish to go back to Peru was more and more present.
Sheila loves traveling and lived in Argentina for a year. While working in Buenos Aires she traveled as much as she could and got to know various regions of Argentina. She also traveled to Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia and learnt more of the rich Latin American culture. Back in Europe she decided to study in the Netherlands with the aim to get to know another country and language and with the wish to meet people from around the world. She graduated from Stenden University Leeuwarden with a major in International Tourism Management and a minor in Spa and Health Management. Finally, Sheila has came back to Peru to settle down in a country that is so important to her. She is very happy and feels peace in Lima.
In her free time, Sheila loves to cook, especially Indian and Pakistani dishes and enjoys watching youtube tutorials to create delicious surprises for friends and family members. She also loves to prepare Pisco Sours and to learn more about Peruvian cuisine. Also, listening to audio books and singing along to the music of Tizianno Ferro give her inspiration and help her to recharge her energy.
Data Entry & Admin Projects
Stephen Mariano Cabrera hails from Cleveland Ohio in the United States. Mariano´s mixed heritage--his mother grew up in rural Wisconsin while his father came to the United States from Guatemala—sparked an interest in Latin America at an early age. Frequent trips to visit family in Guatemala gave him an ardent desire to perfect his Spanish. This goal took him from language classes in high school to literature classes in college where he came to enjoy the poetry of Vallejo, Neruda and Borges.
In his junior year of college Mariano took this journey another step further doing a year-long study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he fell in love with mate, empanadas and the wide ranging music scene he found there, from jazz to bossa nova and tango. After finishing his studies he couldn´t wait to return to Latin America and leapt at the opportunity to work for a research study in the highlands of Peru.
Taken by the beauty of the land, the food (and one particularly special young woman) he decided not to leave the country after the study ended and moved to Lima where he is thrilled to join the team at Latin America for Less to help other travelers to know the wonders of his newfound home.
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.
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.