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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.


Our Specialists are artists, educators, and scholars whose extensive knowledge of Peru’s history, culture, and economics helps us fine-tune travel packages with the best tours and unique experiences. At Peru For Less, we think there’s more to travel than just snapping stellar selfies. We believe that embarking on new adventures, conversations with locals, and even moments of silent observation are what truly enrich your time abroad.

Kim MacQuarrie

Four-time Emmy winner and author of 3 books on Peru.

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.

Virgilio Martinez

Winner of the World’s Top Chef Award

Virgilio Martinez, Peruvian chef and restauranteur is considered the greatest Latin American Chef of his generation. His experimental techniques translate traditional Peruvian dishes into beautiful modern culinary masterpieces. His Central and MIL restaurants continuously climb the World’s Best 50 Lists with Central claiming the title of 4th best restaurant in the world. Today Peru For Less counts on Martinez as Peru’s premier culinary expert, helping travelers understand the deep agricultural and gastronomic history that Peru has to offer.

Alonso Cueto

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Texas. Award-winning author.

Alonso Cueto is an award-winning author of novels, stories, and essays that explore contemporary issues in Peru and their connection to the past. His work has been translated into 15 languages and he is one of the most prestigious Spanish-speaking writers in the world. Alonso also has a unique artistic sensibility that connects the imaginary with imagination. One can say that he is a master of telling stories about mind-blowing travel.

Visit Alonso’s website.

Gonzalo Salinas

Ph.D in Economics at Oxford University

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 his 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.

About us

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

About Us

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 50 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.

How we work

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Our social commitment

The experiences Peru offers each of us are individually unique and our Peru For Less team is proud to connect you with travel opportunities that not only enrich your time here but impact the destinations and local communities we visit for the better.

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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.

Bernard Schleien
Director & Founder

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.

Richard Leon

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. As the director, 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. 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 and daughter, helping them discover the world.

Katia Silva
General Manager

Katia has worked in the tourism industry in South America for over 18 years and loves it! She says that South America has many great things to offer: fun, history, adventure, culture, great food, traditions and most of all, friendliness. Katia holds a degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Tourism. She has worked in the hotel industry in tour operators which specialize in South America. Katia says being a part of this wonderful industry is a privilege and does not consider it a job but a hobby, and loves that she can offer beautiful destinations to travelers and help them achieve their dream vacation. She even speaks 4 languages!

In her spare time, she loves to travel (of course!), go to the beach, do puzzles and read and play with her little boy.

Daniel Wong
Strategy & Development Manager

Daniel is a Sociologist who specialized in Social Theory. He has a Master in International Relations from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He likes to solve Rubik Cubes, play chess, play videogames, read books, skateboarding and climbing. In his spare time, he works on his own artisanal beer brand!

Rylee McGowan
Travel Advisor

Rylee is a photographer and musician originally from San Francisco. It was here that she studied Film Production at the State Universityand 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.

Read more about Rylee’s travel adventures

Chelsey Rickert
Travel Advisor

Chelsey is originally from Colorado but moved to Hawaii where she lived for several years. She lived mostly on Maui, where she studied Psychology and Speech Pathology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Between her last semesters at UH she came to Peru to volunteer. While she was only meant to be there for 2 months, nearly 4 years later she still calls Peru her home.

In Peru, Chelsey spent most of her time living in Cusco and knows the area better than most locals. She also spent some of her time living in Lima and Quito, Ecuador. While Cusco will always hold a special place in her heart, she is looking forward to spending more time in Lima enjoying time in the sun at the beach with her 2 dogs and taking advantage of Lima’s great culinary and art scenes.

Passionate about the Peruvian culture and social projects, which promote improvement for the community, Chelsey has spent many hours volunteering/working with many Peruvian NGOs. Always with her camera, she prefers travels that take her off the beaten path and is continuously looking for the next unique experience in Peru.

Read more about Chelsey’s travel adventures

Adrienne Moss
Travel Advisor

Adrienne was born in Georgia, USA to French-American parents, and spent her first 10 years bouncing around different military bases in the US and Germany. She completed high school in Virginia and obtained her bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, before deciding to follow her true calling - travelling the world! After a year of travelling Europe, Adrienne landed in Lima, Peru, which she then called home for the next 6 years. During this time, she joined the Peru for Less team and in 2016 decided to work remotely, to explore the rest of the world. She then travelled extensively through South and Central America, Europe, India and Southeast Asia. Along the way, she met her adventure-loving husband and decided to get married in 2019. They have now based themselves in Mallorca, Spain, where they are expecting their first child, and already dreaming of their next travel adventures!

Read more about Adrienne’s travel adventures

Adam Laughter
Travel Advisor

Adam is a proud North Carolinian who was raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. At the age of 17 he had his first international experience when visiting Guatemala for a week long service trip. He instantly fell in love with genuine people, rich culture, and delicious cuisine. As an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he took every opportunity possible to sharpen his Spanish skills and discover more of Latin America.

After finishing his degrees in International Studies and Spanish, he was itching to be abroad again. This led him to Lima, Peru in 2015 to work for an NGO that was dedicated to providing low-income families with access to healthcare. He truly enjoys being a part of helping others find life changing experiences in Latin America.

Adam has come to call Peru his new home as he loves the cultural and geographical diversity it has to offer. He enjoys attending Lima’s endless festivals and events, playing volleyball and eating all of the jungle food he can find.

Read more about Adam’s travel adventures

Jacqueline Becker
Travel Advisor

Jackie studied Child & Family Development and Spanish at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. She was awarded the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for her extensive volunteer history and was sent to Lima in 2013 as an “Ambassador of Goodwill.” There she fell utterly in love with Peru. Jackie’s lived in Brazil since then (where she learned Portuguese), traveled through Argentina, Europe, and Jordan, and settled back in Lima in 2017. Jackie gets most excited about serving her community, salsa dancing, places where the view steals her breath away, and introducing others to the richness of Latin America.

Brenda Paredes
Travel Advisor

Brenda was born in Lima, Peru. Since she was a kid, Brenda has had a passion for international things, including traveling and learning languages such as English, Portuguese, French and Quechua. As soon as she turned 18, she travelled to the United States and visited many beautiful cities such as Charlotte, New York, San Francisco, Miami and more. Brenda pursued a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While Charlotte will always hold a special place in her heart, after receiving her masters she decided to returned back home after living in the US for four years.

She has travelled throughout Peru as an overseas mission trip coordinator for almost ten years. Recently, she spent two months in the gorgeous city of Cusco learning Quechua. During this time Brenda learned a lot more about her country, making her fall in love even more. These trips made her want to share her beautiful country with others, others like you.

Leila Dancuart
Travel Advisor

Leila was born in Lima, raised with both Peruvian and Brazilian customs due to her father´s and mother’s respective heritage. Passionate for traveling, learning about different cultures and trying new experiences, she studied Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.

When she turned fifteen years old and visited Walt Disney World, she fell in love with the service industry. She started working while studying at the age of eighteen as a Front Desk Clerk, and then she was a waitress at a burger restaurant. After graduating from university, she worked as a Front Desk Clerk at a local hotel Peruvian chain. She has traveled to different countries but in the near future she would like to get to know the many beautiful places and interesting things of her home country of Peru!

When she is not working, Leila loves to watch new TV shows; visit new restaurants, coffee shops and bars nearby, spend time with her family and friends, exercise and try things involving music such as Zumba or Hula Hooping. Her favorite kind of food is Peruvian and her favorite drink is coffee.

Selene Montemayor
Travel Advisor

Selene was born and raised in Lima. She received a double degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.

Since a young age, she has wanted to travel the world and explore her own country. In Peru, Selene has visited Piura, Arequipa, Cusco, Junin, and Ica, and she looks forward to going to the Amazon Jungle. One of her favorite places in the world is Cusco because of all the activities, amazing landscapes, and variety of cuisine that you can experience there. In the future, Selene would like to be part of a nonprofit orgnaization focused on providing education to the less fortunate in Peru but currently focused on her love of travel and has many destinations still left to visit.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the theatre, visiting museums, eating, dancing and always trying new things. Skydiving is one activity she’d like to cross off her bucket list.

Maribell Mormontoy
Travel Advisor

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.

Marita Mendoza
Trainee Travel Advisor

Marita was born in Lima, Peru. She studied journalism in the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru but always felt a strong connection with the tourism industry.

As a young woman she embarked by herself twice in the Work and Travel adventure in New York. She experienced American Culture first hand and fell in love. That is why, when presented with the opportunity, she didn’t hesitate to sail away as a photographer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

In all of these life-experiences, she had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people from different parts of the world and learning about their cultures. She also belongs to a Caporales dance group, where she practices and performs this typical Peruvian dance.

Marita loves traveling and enjoying life to the fullest, now accompanied with her two beautiful daughters and amazing husband.

Carli Tovar
Trainee Travel Advisor

Carli is originally from El Paso, Texas, but has lived in seven different states in the US with her family. She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics at IONA College in New York where she also played Division I Water Polo. After finishing school, she decided to move to Lima, Peru to teach English and learn Spanish.

Carli has always been eager for new adventures and challenges. She grew up traveling the world, and has been to over 13 countries all over Europe, Asia, Carribean Islands, North America, and is now expanding her traveling throughout South America. Besides traveling, she has a passion for hiking, cycling, yoga, music, and eating out in restaurants.

Jessica Parrish
Trainee Travel Advisor

Jess was born and raised in a small town in North Carolina, but has a traveler’s spirit. Through her childhood trips to Peru, Kenya, Mexico, Honduras, Palestine, and the Czech Republic, she realized her love for seeing the world. She left home as soon as she was able to, and spent time in Virginia as an educator before taking her skills to China - but Peru remained on her mind.

Though her last visit to Peru was in 2013, she always knew she would be back. What she didn’t know was that she’d be here to stay. After returning to Lima in 2016, she spent several years at world-renowned restaurants Central and Mil, perfecting her language skills, learning about the big city as well as villages in the Andes, exploring the local sites, and even learning a little Quechua. She thoroughly enjoyed expanding her knowledge of food and agriculture throughout the country, and is ready to share it with those who seek delicious new experiences here in Peru.

In her free time, her fondness for languages keeps her busy as a teacher, translator, interpreter, and editor.

Jana Rodriguez
Trainee Travel Advisor

Jana is an entrepreneur woman fascinated by the ancestral teachings and in the constant quest to share wellness experiences through the world. She was born in Peru, where she graduated as a Social Communicator and found her passion in the wellness tourism industry, where she had worked in roles as Tour Conductor, Operations Manager and Yoga Retreats Leader.

For many years she shared with indigenous communities in the Peruvian desert coast, highlands and rainforest, organizing and registering trips with volunteers for an NGO she worked for and discovered the immense potential and diversity of Peru. Since then, she coulndn't stop exploring her country and Latin America

In 2018 she got certified as a Yoga teacher in Costa Rica and during the world’s lockdown she dive deeper in the ancient Indian teachings, getting certified in Trauma Informed, Prenatal and Ayurvedic Yoga.

Jana is an enthusiast of Kirtan, the nervous system, non-violent communication, conscious eating, social art, public spaces and initiatives to address climate change. She is convinced that a single person cannot do everything, but can do something and that will be good for the world if it comes from a place of love.

Andrés Miró Quesada
Sales Support Analyst

Andres attended Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima where he studied advertisement. In the future, he would like to pursue a masters degree in visual arts or sociology. From time to time he likes to travel with friends around Peru to get to know his country a little better. He dreams of traveling all of Latin America to discover the fascinating and varied cultures that exist throughout the continent. During his free time, Andres enjoys watching movies and tv shows at home and also reading books and comics.

Alexandra Aguinaga
Product & Accounts Manager

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. She also has a degree in Tourism Marketing at CENFOTUR (National Center of Formation in Tourism of Peru).

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.

Ricardo Lopez
Product & Destination 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 Banco de Credito (BCP), which was a 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.

Valeria Ramirez
Experience Analyst

Valeria was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She has a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and Tourism from San Martin University with a specialization in Tourism Management in 2014. She discovered her passion for traveling at a very young age because her parents used to go to different cities inside and outside of Peru on every vacation.

She travels every year and loves to make all the bookings by herself, so she can adapt her trip as she wants, which is something that she enjoys. She has traveled to countries like the United States, Nicaragua, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, and knows almost all of Peru.

In her spare time, she likes to paint, make crafts, and run marathons.

Manuel Alonso Loayza
Operations Quality Control

Alonso was born in Lima, Peru. He studied tourism management at Ignacio de Loyola University. He speaks fluent English apart from his native language and has a passion for traveling, customer service, and music.

His first experience abroad was in Nova Scotia, Canada where he lived and studied for 6 months thanks to an academic exchange scholarship. It was an experience that helped him become more open to new ideas and made him want to travel more to meet new people from all over the world.

In Peru, he has visited Ica, Puno, Huaraz, Ayacucho, Iquitos, and Cusco, where he was amazed by the magic and greatness of Machu Picchu. Additionally, Alonso spent time in Orlando, Florida as well where he had Mickey as his boss while working at Walt Disney World. He worked at the Polynesian Village Resort in the merchandising department. Since then, he has worked in many other jobs related to customer service. He has also worked as a waiter, a travel consultant, and a receptionist at a hotel.

In his spare time, Alonso loves playing the electric guitar and has played with a lot of rock bands in several pubs in Lima. He enjoys reading books, especially the ones written by Stephen King. He is currently learning to play the piano and studying music composition in Tempo Institute in order to pursue his passion for music. His dream is to be recognized as an excellent Peruvian composer and to one day inspire others with his music.

Ruby Olortegui
Talent Analyst

Ruby is a Peruvian Psychologist who is committed to contribute in the development of people inside and outside the organizations.

She was born in Ancash where she lived until she was 17 years old. She moved to Lima to pursue her dream of studying Psychology. While finishing her studies at San Martin de Porres university in Lima, she discovered that contributing directly in the development of people is how she wanted to serve with her career. Ruby believes in living with purpose and that everybody has a unique talent to offer to make our planet a better place.

Ruby is a passionate traveler who loves to interact with people from different cultures and learn from them. She supports responsible travel and corporate social responsibility.

Gonzalo Ocaña
Reservations & Operations Coordinator

Gonzalo is originally from Mollendo pier in Arequipa. He has always loved to travel and thinks the coolest place he has been so far is Alaska because of its beautiful icy landscapes and neverending sunsets. He considers himself to be a friendly, humble, honest and respectful person.

During his spare time, he enjoys reading books, hanging out with his friends and discovering new places. He values keeping a positive attitude and is always eager to learn and grow. Gonzalo feels thankful for this new opportunity and, though a bit shy at the beginning, looks forward to getting to know each and every one of you.

Rosa Guerrero
Reservations & Operations Coordinator

Rosa Guerrero (Rose) was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She graduated from the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University where she studied Tourism and Hospitality. Now, she studies a Post Degree in Business and Sales Management in San Ignacio de Loyola Institute. Rose has travelled all around Peru, but her favourite city is Cusco, because of the food, archaeological sites and the views. She has travelled there over 15 times and still is itching to return!
Rose has more than 10 years of experience in different travel agencies, starting in Booking Sales, then as a Supervisor, and finally, promoted to the Sales department.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Rose and her boyfriend adopted a 5 year old Jack Russell dog, named Papuela! In her free time, Rose likes to go on walks with her active pup, and partake in bike rides.

Silvia Herrera
Reservations & Operations Coordinator

Silvia was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She describes herself as a reliable, friendly and organised person.
Silvia studied Tourism and Hospitality at Ricardo Palma University, she chose this career path because she likes to help, interact and be a part of people's travel adventures. Silvia considers travel to be her passion, as you not only get to meet new people, customs and cultures, but also get to make experiences which last a lifetime.
Originally, she worked for several years in hospitality, and after working on a cruise in Europe, she decided to dedicate herself to be a travel agent, participating in different international fairs which promoted Peru - which she considers to be one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Silvanas hobbies are reading, swimming and listening to music. One of her dreams is to be part of a NGO dedicated to teach music and general arts to gifted children.

Johan Quispe
Reservations & Operations Coordinator

Johan was born in Cusco, Peru. He studied tourism at the Tupac Amaru Institute in Cusco and is close to finishing his studies in Administration at the Continental University, after that, his next goal is to be able to specialize in Customer Service Management.
After studying tourism, he began working as a tour guide at the Inka Museum in Cusco, where he learned to love Peruvian culture more and all history with the account. He began a very beautiful adventure in the world of hotels in Cusco, passing through Pariwana Hostels, Hotel Arqueologo, Explora Valle Sagrado and Belmond Hotel Monasterio. Johan took on positions such as Receptionist, Head of Security, Head of Housekeeping, Guest Relations Executive and Duty Manager. These experiences allowed him to acquire skills which help him to understand and help travelers to enjoy their entire adventure so they can have unforgettable memories and experiences of their trip.

In his free time, Johan likes to play basketball, listen to music, watch movies, and above all to be able to travel and see more new places.

Cristhian Valdivia
Flight Specialist

Cristhian was born and raised in Lima where he studied Tourism and Hospitality at San Martín de Porres University.

His life experiences have always been related to tourism and transportation, for example, when he was younger, he moved to Costa Rica where he learned about the importance of nature and taking care of the planet. He also worked for prestigious airlines in South America such as LAN Chile and TAM Airlines and for Cruz del Sur (one of the top bus companies in Perú!)

In 2016 he completed a masters degree in human resources, and his motto in life is: if you want to have a successful group of people then you have to invest in their development and empowerment.

During his free time, you can find him at the beach, or riding his bike!

Jhonatan Covarrubias
Reservations & Operations Supervisor

Jhonatan was born in Cusco, Peru. He has loved to travel since he was a young child, which led him to study tourism at San Antonio Abad University. During his studies he participated in a Work and Travel Program and he spent two winter seasons living in Breckenridge, Colorado. Jhonatan enjoyed the time he spent in the United States making new friends from around the world, learning about their traditions and cultures, and, of course, snowboarding. The experience also motivated him to continue traveling and study more languages.

After studying tourism, he worked at the Marriott North in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received Best Employee of the Month recognition. Then he came back to his hometown and worked at Pariwana Hostel as the Receptionist and Front Desk Manager before joining our Peru for Less team in Cusco.

In his free time, Jhonatan likes to play guitar and dance salsa.

Stephanie Mainza
Reservations & Operations Coordinator

Stephanie originally comes from Cusco, she is a very proud Cusqueña and loves her culture and traditions. That’s why 10 years ago, she decided to become a tour guide and after a few years started her second career in Management. Now, Stephanie holds two degrees and is extremely proud of that.

Stephanie has extensive experience in the tourism industry, and she always seeks to provide the best customer service she can. She feels the most rewarded when passengers end their trip with a smile on their face and are grateful for her work.
Due to both of her parents being musicians, Stephanie has a passion for music, she believes that music is what the feelings sound like and that is the only universal language.
Aside from music, she also loves trekking,she has been doing this from a young age and it is something which is soul-fulfilling for her.

Daniella Beccaria
Cusco Guest Relations Officer

Daniella was born in the sunny beach town of Santa Cruz, California. She spent her youth there before moving to Washington state to pursue a degree in journalism, photography and Spanish.

She graduated from Western Washington University in 2015 and began working professionally as a photojournalist in the Seattle area. She has photographed everything from protests and political rallies to music festivals and Machu Picchu.

After moving to Peru in 2018, she fell in love with the people and culture and decided to stay in Cusco where she now works with Peru For Less. Traveling, dancing, meeting new people and spending as much time in nature as possible fuel her love for life.

Fabricio Ortiz De Zevallo
Official Guide Cusco

Fabricio 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 University 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.

Peter Cosio
Official Guide Cusco

Peter was born and raised in Cusco’s well-known artisan’s quarter of San Blas, just a few meters from the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, where he played as a child. Peter grew up involved in the culture and bustling tourist activity around Cusco, which made him passionate and proud about the enormous cultural legacy of his ancestors. As the love for his land and history grew, he was inspired to pursue a professional career as a certified tour guide, so that he may transmit his knowledge to visitors from near and far.

He has been working in the tourism industry for 15 years, and 10 years as a Machu Picchu specialist guide. Peter feels fortunate to work around one of the seven Wonders of the World, and to meet new and interesting people every day with whom he can learn from and share knowledge.

Ivan Garcia
Official Guide Cusco

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 a great experience wherever they are traveling.

Silvana Tineo
Finance Manager

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.

Deysi Becerra
Finance Senior Analyst

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.

Ana Mesias
Finance Assistant

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.

Verónica García
Account Receivable Assistant

Veronica is a professional with 8 years of experience in the international tourism sector, she specialises in product development, contracting, finance and operation management. Veronicas passion is travel and learning about different cultures, that is why she’s travelled to more than 15 countries in less than 5 years! Another passion of Veronicas is volunteering and social projects, she believes it’s extremely important to influence our world by sharing our time and talent with those in need.

Braulio Chihuantito
Marketing Supervisor

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.

Juan Miguel Mifflin
Content & Designer supervisor

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.

Angel Seron
Web Auditor and Technical Optimization

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.

Gabriella Smith
UX Designer & Social Media

Gabriella comes from England. At aged 18 she moved to Berlin, Germany where she received a double degree in Media and Communication Design with Macromedia Hochschule Berlin and University of Westminster.

Gabi made the most of her 4 years in mainland Europe and travelled all over, visiting Spain, France, Hungary, Portugal, Holland, Poland and many more. Her Peruvian grandma has always influenced Gabi to have a love of Peru, and after many trips over the years, Gabi decided to make the move to Lima in 2021. She hopes to learn more about her Peruvian heritage and discover more of the beautiful country, whilst also exploring more of South America.

In her spare time she volunteers as a graphic designer for an NGO for Peruvian children. She enjoys listening to reggaeton, trying to learn languages, learning how to bake, meeting new people and hanging out with friends.

Michael Wieck
Seo Specialist

Michael was born and raised in Michigan, United States but has always had a strong interest in seeing more of the world. After graduating from New York City's Brooklyn College in 2011 with a degree in English, he spent much of the next several years traveling while using New York and, later, San Francisco as his home base. After a backpacking trip to Peru in 2016, he fell in love with the country and decided to make it his home. Since then, he has traveled widely throughout the country and is constantly working to expand his knowledge of Peruvian culture.

In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, watching films and listening to music, as well as outdoor activities like hiking and camping. If he can't be found in the mountains or jungle, he'll likely be found in the kitchen experimenting with different international cuisines--another passion of his.

Gaston Lee
Multimedia & Photographer

Gastón was born and raised in Salta, a city in northern Argentina, and is the third of four brothers. From a young age, he has enjoyed the outdoors and camping. Gastón spent several summers at his grandparents' country house as he has many fond memories, like learning how to ride a bike. Shortly after high school and during the beginning of his university studies, Gastón was a roadie for a rock band.

In University, he started studying economics but switched his focus and graduated as an architect from the Universidad Católica de Salta. After graduation, Gastón began an epic cycling trip through South America, riding through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. During this time, he discovered his appreciation for photography. When Gastón takes photos, he aims to capture the most iconic aspects of the landscape and the people of each place he visits. He moved to Cusco at the end of his bicycle adventure and looks forward to using the city as a base from which he can explore the surrounding region and beyond.

Jose Salvador
Tech Support Analyst

José comes from Chinca. He graduated in Technical Support and Network Administration. Jose likes to learn and practice what he has learned in his IT area and aspires to become one of the best in IT conservation. José’s passions include sports and soccer and likes to spend his free time reading and watching different series’.

Ian Burke
Video Content Manager

If you were to travel to Dublin, Ireland 15 years ago and ask Ian’s mother if she thought her eldest son would spend much of his adult years travelling and working abroad, she would have laughed you out the door. But as unlikely as it seemed, that is exactly the case with Ian. Having shaken his childhood shyness and graduating from the National film School of Ireland, he has spent most of his time making short movies, attending music and film festivals and travelling the world.

His first major taste of adventure came while inter-railing around mainland Europe. From there, he went on to work and travel around the USA for 2 years. After returning to Dublin to work on some projects, it was time for Ian to see more of the world and he set out on a road that led to Peru. As an avid fan of history and delicious food, it didn’t take long for him to fall in love with Cusco city.

Equipped with earphones, a good book and surrounded by some of the most amazing sites in the world, Peru is the ideal home for Ian right now, even though he may miss the occasional Guinness!

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.

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.

Istvan Csordas
Executive Chef

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

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


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