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About Us

PROFESSIONAL PERUVIAN ANDES ADVENTURES TREKKING, HIKING & CLIMBING GUIDES AND SUPPORT STAFF

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Rolando, Eli, Anne (Kiwi),Mayumi & Hisao

Peruvian Andes Adventures was founded in 2003 by brothers Hisao & Eli Morales of Huaraz, together with business partner Anne Thomson of New Zealand. Hisao and Eli are from the well known Huaraz Morales Family who were among the pioneers of organising climbing and trekking expeditions in the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash when foreign climbers and explorers first starting arriving in the area in the early 60’s. Anne comes from a background of outdoor adventuring in New Zealand & several years of hiking / climbing around the Cordilleras Blanca & Huayhuash.

We are a family operated and oriented business with a background of many years experience working with trekking and climbing groups, with an ethos of having a strong family involvement in all aspects of the business as well as employing a strong staff of experienced, dedicated and trusted employees.

We respect & value all the staff who work with us & who contribute to ensuring that our clients have a wonderful holiday, trekking, hiking or climbing experience in the Peruvian Andes.

We choose to work with people who are not just “in it for the job” but who have genuine interest and enjoyment in providing quality service with a helpful & friendly attitude.

“….. The staff were always helpful & Courteous. They all enjoyed themselves which made for an enjoyable and happy trip for us: (Prue from Australia)

Sharon from Canada said: “I am a repeat customer with great reason. My first trip with Peruvian Andes I found the service to be not only professional but pleasant. Peruvian Andes has found workers who love what they do and this transfers into the way they deliver their service”

Our trek & climb staff are qualified & licensed members of the respective associations that control their various professions & all staff participate in & contribute to our annual Peruvian Andes Adventures “In House Training & Quality Assurance Courses”.

We have a strong team of support staff at the office and trek base, taking care of client reservations, tickets, hotels bookings, trek equipment and helping clients with anything they need while in Huaraz.

Peruvian Andes Adventures staff “Go The Extra Mile” to ensure a Superb Adventure Holiday!

Recent clients have said this about our staff:

Lily (USA) climbed Pisco & Yanapccha: …. guide & the crew were extremely helpful & friendly. I would not have made the summits without them. Peruvian Andes is a FIRST CLASS COMPANY.

George (USA) Santa Cruz Ulta Trek: Everyone in your organisation was extremely professional & delightful to work with.

Sam & Peter (USA) climbed Tocllaraju: Peruvian Andes Adventures is a great guide company that provides a quality experience with great professional guides.

Harry (Canada) Huayhuash trek: The guide and all the crew were absolutely outstanding in every way. They worked very hard, everything was set up for us, and all the food was just great.

 

OUR TEAM AT PERUVIAN ANDES ADVENTURES

Our staff are not just employees to us, but are part of the PERUVIAN ANDES ADVENTURES FAMILY

 

HISAO MORALES

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Business Partner & General Manager
Professional climbing & trekking guide
*UIAGM – Member of International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations
*Member – Mountain Guides Association of Perú
*Certificate – Wilderness First Responder
Birthdate: 18 September 1971
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua, German

Hisao is the third of the Morales brothers, and like his eldest brother Eli, Hisao began working with trekking and climbing groups from a young age while still at school. He soon developed a passion for climbing and climbed extensively with porters & guides while receiving ongoing instruction from Peruvian and international guide instructors with the House of Guides in Huaraz.

Hisao took a break from guiding to attend university in Lima and graduated with double degrees in psychology & philosophy, and in education. He then spent 3 months in New Zealand in 2003 on a working holiday and improving his English, before returning to Huaraz to found Peruvian Andes Adventures with Eli.

Hisao speaks fluent English and good German which he is continuing to study. Hisao has considerable experience in the education sector, business and in organising trekking & climbing groups and is our business general manager.

Dave & Pam ( USA) who climbed Urus & Ishinca with Hisao: Guiding service was truly great with the first rule being that of safety which is what it should be. We were slow but the guides patience and encouragement got us to the top – couldn’t have made it without him!

Graham from Canada said: …” Hisao, To let you know I arrived home safely last night after a memorable and amazing time in Peru . The trek will be forever in my memory . I can’t say enough about the attention to detail by you and your staff which made for such a successful and safe time. The extra effort by yourself regarding the bus journey to Lima , arranging for Paul to meet me and obtain the airline ticket to Cusco Thank you again”

Hisao has participated in an intensive WFR course and he holds his current Wilderness First Responder certification.

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ELI MORALES

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Business Partner & Operations Manager
Professional climbing & trekking guide
*UIAGM – Member of International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations
*Member – Mountain Guides Association of Perú
*Certificate – Wilderness First Responder
Birthdate: 22 December 1965
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua

Eli is the eldest of the Morales brothers, and began his career as a trekking & climbing guide at the age of 16 when he started working with his father & uncles as a trekking assistant during school vacations, and later became a guide for trekking & climbing groups. Eli received ongoing training & instruction from the House of Guides with Peruvian & international guide instructors and in 1999 became a qualified Professional International Mountain Guide – UIAGM

Eli now has some 20 years experience guiding trekking & climbing groups and has extensive knowledge of all the routes, local culture, history, plant and wildlife which he enjoys sharing with his clients. Eli has climbed extensively on 6000m and technical peaks, and successfully summitted Huascaran & Alpamayo with clients a multitude of times.

In Huaraz Eli is our Operations Manager – in charge of client liaison, equipment & preparation for group departures but also gets out with groups trekking & climbing as often as possible.

Eli is the proud Dad of twin daughters Analie & Tatiana who keep him running when he is not away in the mountains.

Heather & Scott ( Canada) Alpamayo Trek: Scott and I have returned back to Vermont but we haven’t forgotten our incredible trip to Peru. We can’t say enough about the fabulous job Eli and all of his staff did for us.

Mike (Australia) Alpamayo Trek: ….. we appreciated Eli’s leadership and calm demeanour and his sense of humour.


ANAMIN VALDEZ


Administration Manager

Languages: English & Spanish

In April 2015 we were delighted to welcome Ami back to our busy Huaraz office. Ami was with us previously but left to study accountancy full time and is now a qualified accountant. Ami keeps track of all our financial records and taxation reports, but also helps with client liaison in Huaraz and likes to go out on day hikes when she has time.


LANG

Huaraz Base Logistics & Trek Assistant
Birth date: 22 August 1973
Languages: Spanish, Quechua

Lang is the partner of our brother Rolando and joined our staff for the 2013 season. Lang is in charge of all our Huaraz base arrangements and preparations for group departures – from overseeing food purchase and packing, to tents, cooking & other equipment packing & maintenance. Lang also goes out with trek groups when possible as an assistant cook. In 2013 she made her first summits, climbing Urus & Ishinca with Rolando.

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Lang with Rolando & Daughters Bridgette & Isabel


ANNE THOMSON

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Sales Manager
Business Associate – Peruvian Andes Adventures (New Zealand)
Qualified Accountant ACA & Diploma Business Management
Birthdate: 01 september 1958
Languages: English, Spanish

Our “KIWI” amiga & family friend Anne lives in New Zealand where she works from her home office, but travels to Huaraz regularly to work with us here. She has trekked extensively in the Cordilleras Blanca & Huayhuash as well as climbed some of the peaks and knows the routes and many of the local people very well. Anne has also traveled in Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Titicaca and Arequipa. She enjoys the New Zealand outdoors, particularly tramping, hiking and kayaking.

 

Anne is always happy to help you with your trekking, climbing or tours inquiries

Austrian Client (Travel Agent): Anne… thank you too for all the details you gave us before we started our trip. As I already told you, because of my job here at home I really know what it means to give all those details and to reply every stupid question 😉 I know how much work it means and we really appreciate your support during our trip-preparations. We are looking forward to working with you in the future!!!

You can contact Anne directly on: anne@peruvianandes.com

 


NESTOR MORALES

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Our uncle Nestor is one of the most experienced guides & operators in Huaraz and has an absolute wealth of knowledge about all the routes, mountains, history, plants, traditional medicine and much more.

Nestor has climbed almost all the peaks in the Cordillera Blanca and there is no part of the Cordillera Blanca or Cordillera Huayhuash that is unknown to Nestor.

Our clients appreciated very much Nestors patience, kindness, incredible knowledge, attention to detail and sense of humour.

Nestor speaks good English

Nancy said: Nestor guided us safely + happily on this trek. He provided so much information about the area, climbing + trekking information stories and the plant + animals at the cordillera. He was attentive to our health as well. His hiking pace was help in keeping us together as a group. I’m positive it helped us to adjust to the altitude properly as well.

William from the USA trekked the Santa Cruz Trail with Nestor ……” Nestor was amazing, both for the day hike & the trek. He was well-informed, had a great sense of humour, was patient yet insistent with us, and always making sure we were having a great time. A great storyteller too!”

 


PABLO MORALES

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Languages: Some English, Spanish, Quechua

Pablo is our Dad and is the patriarch of our Family. Now aged in his 70’s Pablo has lived all his life in the Huaraz area and in the surrounding mountains.

He is one of the pioneers of leading and guiding climbing and trekking groups in the Andes and participated in some first ascents made in the Cordillera Blanca by foreign mountaineering expeditions.

He has organised and guided many climbing expeditions and treks, and became an accomplished climber in his own right. . His work & association with European Travel Agencies has given him the opportunity to travel to Europe.. Now his sons and daughter follow in his footsteps with a love of climbing and trekking in the mountains. Pablo still takes a keen interest in helping with organisation for our groups and is always on hand to advise and mentor our staff.

 


MAYUMI MORALES

Mayumi-Morales-cordillera-blanca-trek-guide-and-cookTrek guide and cook
Birthdate: 22 August 1973
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, some English

Mayumi is the only daughter in the family. She studied law two years at the University of Huaraz, then married and now has two teenage children.

Mayumi is a five star trek cook and many clients who trek with her complain that they put on weight while trekking! She has a wicked sense of humour and everyone who treks with Mayumi is guaranteed to have a lot of fun. With her mother, Mayumi runs a busy Sunday market café in Huaraz, preparing and serving traditional Peruvian meals.

Some Trekking Clients With Mayumi Said: You are the best and funniest cook ever. Every day you surprised us with new delicious meals. Thank you for all the effort and a lot of fun!
*Mayumi must be the world´s best trekking cook – the food was amazing

 


ROLANDO MORALES

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Trekking & climbing guide
Birthdate: 10 June 1978
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, some English

Rolando is our youngest brother. Like all our family, he was brought up trekking, ice climbing and rock climbing and has a special passion for rock climbing.

Rolando is an Aspirante UIAGM mountain guide, Member of the Peruvian Mountain Guides Association.

Stanley (New Zealand)did multiple treks & climbing with Rolando … and thank you very much for a wonderful time and marvellous treks. Rolando was great and a first class guide. In comparison with other parts of the world that I visit there were no hitches at all and I expect at least some problems but with Peruvian Andes Adventures all went smoothly and your company was well above my expectations.

 


RODOLFO OROPEZA
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Professional climbing & trekking guide
Birth Date: 03 June 1982
*UIAGM – Member of International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations
*Member – Mountain Guides Association of Perú
*Certificate – Wilderness First Responder
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua

Rodolfo (nickname “Spaghetti”) is a valued member of our team and a lead trekking & climbing guide for us. Rodolfo comes from a family with a history of involvement in adventure tourism in the mountains and from a young age he was helping his father & brothers with trekking & climbing groups, learning climbing skills from his brothers who are also climbing guides. Upon finishing his college education, Rodolfo studied at the House of Guides, culminating in achieving his UIAGM certification. Rodolfo lived in Scotland for 3 months where he studied English full time and later also traveled twice to New Zealand where he worked and experienced “Kiwi” culture and enjoyed the New Zealand outdoors. He speaks fluent English & enjoys helping his clients very much, whether it is to attempt a summit or to enjoy a trek.

Daniel from the/ Netherlands: Climbed Pisco & Chopicalqui: My compliments to the guide Rodolfo, the cook and porters. They are really willing in trying to get you on top of the summit. Be proud of them.

Charlie (Scotland) …. Rodolfo..(guide) As always he is very professional and courteous and keeps to a nice slow pace which is excellent for us.


JORGE CLEMENTE
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Professional climbing & trekking guide
*UIAGM International Mountain guide
*Member Peruvian Mountain Guides Association
*Certificate Wilderness First Responder
Birthdate: 14 April 1963
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua

Jorge has been working as a trek guide in the Cordillera Blanca & Cordillera Huayhuash, as well as in Cuzco for more than 20 years. He started climbing in 1990, trained at the House of Guides initially becoming an Aspirant mountain guide and then passed the intensive assessment course to become a full UIAGM international Qualified Guide. Jorge is a very experienced climber and guide, having climbed Alpamayo more times than he can remember, Huascaran, Quitaraju, Tocllaraju west face, Artesonraju & Chopicalqui with our clients.

He is super attentive to clients needs and always will make sure that clients have the best climbing and trekking experience possible.

Zuzana & Vit Vakubska from Chez Republic / Huayhuash Trek
The guide performance of Jorge was highly above standard operation, perfect professional! Thanks for this guide!!
The guide Jorge exceeded by far our expectations & made the trek perfectly suited to our needs.


MARCO MILLA
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Professional climbing & trekking guide
Date of Birth: 22 August 1971
*UIAGM International Mountain Guide
*Member Peruvian Mountain Guides Association
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua.

Marco is a UIAGM professional international mountain guide, having qualified in 1999 following an assessment by Swiss instructors. He is a very experienced climber, and has been leading climbing and trekking groups for us for several years. Marco speaks good basic English.

David from the UK climbed Ishinca with Marco said: “ Marco was the perfect guide for me. I have never had before a perfect guide. Calm, reliable, often funny”

Mark from the USA said … “Marco, Jorge, and Liberato were all wonderful, and it was a bit sad to part company with them at the end. We had a great time with them — good conversation and some laughs… and I can’t imagine a better, more congenial guide than Marco


WALTER ALBINO
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Professional climbing & trekking guide
Birth Date: 12 June 1983
*UIAGM – Member of International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations
*Member – Mountain Guides Association of Perú
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua

Walter is one of our most seasoned & experienced mountain guides. For him almost no mountain or route is impossible & technical climbing is his specialty. From an early age all he ever wanted to do was be climbing in the mountains, and he received good basic early training from his father Jorge who was one of the pioneering mountain porters in the Cordillera Blanca and who we are now fortunate to have working with us as a high mountain cook.

Walter is one of our guide experts for climbing big mountains such as Huascarán, Alpamayo and other technical peaks. Walter is studying English and has good basic English.

David (USA) Climbed Pisco & Yanapaccha: I was exceptionally grateful for the professional service rendered by my guide Walter & his father Jorge who served as the cook. Walter maintained a slow steady pace and regularly inquired about my needs. On the mountains he provided expertise which made me feel very secure. A great team, could not have been better!

Luba from Russia who climbed with Walter, his dad Jorge & Iver said… “I was very pleased with the overall trip, especially with the level of professionalism, attention & attitude of my climbing crew – Walter, Jorge & Iber. They deserve the highest marks all around!”


WILDER ALVARADO
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Professional climbing & trekking guide
Birth Date: 01 June 1978
*UIAGM – Member of International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations
*Member – Mountain Guides Association of Perú
*Certificate – Wilderness First Responder
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua

Wilder is another energetic competent & professional UIAGM mountain guide. He is vastly experienced, having guided climbing groups all the peaks in the Cordillera Blanca, including multiple climbs of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Tocllaraju, Alpamayo, Artesonraju, Ranrapalca & Palcaraju. Wilder speaks good English.

Check out the comment from Wilders client Trevor from the UK:
It was a real pleasure to be in the Cordillera in the company of such a group of professionals´s especially Wilder who was an excellent instructor and who´s patience and drive to push me really did ensure I got the most out of my course!!

Anne from Canada who climbed Artesonraju with Wilder said …. “The guide Wilder was absolutely FANTASTIC!”

Kyoko from Japan climbed Chopicalqui with Wilder: “ … The guide Wilder was very friendly and helped us so much… Wilder helped me when I felt very difficult to pass a large crevasse, & then I could pass it easily. Sunrise on the summit of Chopi was above my expectation – so nice! This trip will be my best memory”


JUAN CARLOS LLIUYA
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Professional climbing & trekking guide
Birth Date: 06 March 1977
*UIAGM – Member of International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations
*Member – Mountain Guides Association of Perú
*Certificate – Wilderness First Responder
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua

We welcomed onto our permanent guide staff in 2009 Juan Carlos. For many years he worked as a porter, cook and assistant guide before studying with the House of Guides to become a mountain guide. In 2006 he was accredited as UIAGM international mountain guide. Juan has a keen sense of humour, always ready for a joke. He speaks English and continues with English studies to reach a more advanced level.


SAUL LUCIANO
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Professional climbing & trekking guide
Date of Birth: 05 October 1980
*UIAGM International Mountain Guide
*Member Peruvian Mountain Guides Association
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua

Saul is another of our experienced UIAGM guides. From a young age Saul was working as a porter with trekking and climbing groups, then he went on to study to become a mountain guide at the Peruvian Mountain Guide School, and later passed the difficult 45 day assessment to become UIAGM international mountain guide.

Saul enjoys working with groups both trekking and climbing and knows very well all the trekking and climbing routes in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing. Saul is studying English and has good basic English


HERNAN OROPEZA
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Professional climbing & trekking guide
Birth Date: 12 November 1975
*UIAGM – Member of International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations
*Member – Mountain Guides Association of Perú
Languages: Spanish, Quechua

Saul is another of our experienced UIAGM guides. From a young age Saul was working as a porter with trekking and climbing groups, then he went on to study to become a mountain guide at the Peruvian Mountain Guide School, and later passed the difficult 45 day assessment to become UIAGM international mountain guide.


Javier Cristian Huaman Diaz

For our German speaking climbing clients we are lucky to have the services available of UIAGM guide Cristian who has travelled to Austria and Germany climbing and studying German.

Andreas from Austria who climbed Alpamayo & Tocllaraju in a big group from Austria said …. ‘Christian & Juan = very good mountain guides”


HEIMER GUILLEN CELESTINO
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Qualified Trekking guide
Birthdate: 26 May 1984
Languages: Spanish, Quechua & English

Like most of our Trekking and Climbing Guides Heimer comes from a little village located at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca. He is among a number of new young trek guides in Huaraz who have studied English and undertaken full time study at the House of Guides to become qualified professional trek guides “CEAM”.

Heimer speaks good English and looks forward to sharing the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash.

Mark (USA) Santa Cruz Trek: Everything was excellent! Our guide, Heimer, was especially knowledgeable about history, culture, biology & made our experience very enjoyable.

Len from the USA said …”Everything was great. Heimer was just terrific, we would love to meet him again.”

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Heimer relaxing on trek


YESSICA MACEDO

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Trekking & Tour guide
Birthdate: 23 July 1987
Languages: Spanish, Quechua & English

Adding to our staff of great team of professional women guides and cooks, we welcome Jessica back. Previously she worked for us as secretary but she has since undertaken trek & tour guiding studies and has been enjoying taking our clients out on day hikes and short treks.

Jessica speaks good English and her fun attitude to life combined with her caring and professional attitude has made her popular with hiking clients

Jennifer on the Santa Cruz trek said: The guide was wonderful and professional: I can´t say enough good things about Jessica + her staff they were caring, professional + good natured ¡¡ you can quote me on that¡


ANA ROMERO

Assistant guide and Cook

Joining our great team of lady guides and cooks, we welcomed Ana in 2015. Ana works as an assistant trek cook but has also recently completed her professional trekking guide course and is looking forward to guiding with trek groups in the future when she has studied more English

Joe & Peggy from the USA trekked and climbed in the Cordillera Huayhuash ….”Crisaldo & Ana were delightful to work with, Cristalo in particular took on many extra duties (including carrying the climbers gear to the peaks & actually climbing & providing support for the Diablo Mudo ascent” Ana was always positive and we loved her laugh.

 


FREDY LLIUYA

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Qualified Trekking guide
Birth date: 15 June 1986
Languages: Spanish, Quechua & English

We were very lucky to have Freddy join our guiding staff in 2012. Freddy is another local, growing up in the village of Llupa above Huaraz and not far from the Laguna Churup hiking area.

Freddy studied to become a licensed trek guide at the Casa de Guias in Huaraz CEAM (Centre for High Mountain Studies) and at the same time studied English to an advanced level. He is very focused and also in 2012 completed a university degree in education and is a qualified teacher. Freddy speaks good English and is very knowledgeable about local history, culture, plant life and geology and enjoys passing on his knowledge to clients.

James & Randy from Canada did a Cordiller Huayhuash Trek with Freddy:
…Had a GREAT time. The guide Freddy & cook Cesar were excellent, as well as the rest of the group
….. Freddy was very good. Very conscientious always. Ready to answer questions always. Plus volunteered lots of information o plants, culture, mountains etc. *** five stars***

 


MIGUEL VARGAS

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Qualified trekking Guide
Member Huaraz Trekking Guides Association
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua.
Trekking Guide Miguel – nickname “Gato” which means “cat”.

Miguel comes from a large family of brothers, all who are mountain guides or porters & he was brought up in the mountains.

He has an ingrained knowledge of traditional life in the mountains, plants & animals that is unique to those who have inherited culture and history from their families and environment.

Miguel is very outgoing and friendly and many clients have enjoyed his company and commented to us about how caring he was, especially with clients who were not feeling well or were tired.

Mirjam & Bjorn(Germany) Alpamayo Circuit Trek: Dear Miguel:: We admire how fantastic you did your job. You never gave us the feeling to hurry. Every time you adapted to our speed and suggested us breaks if we needed them. You were flexible with the trek program too. You were always helpful and friendly

 


MARCO HUANE

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Trainee Trekking guide
Birthdate: 12 October 1979
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, some English

Marco worked for several years as a trek assistant &climbing porter.

He has now commenced his studies at the House of Guides to become a professional trek guide and intends to follow up with studies and practical experience to become a mountain guide.

 


DAVID OROPEZA

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Qualified Aspirant Mountain Guide &Trek Guide
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua.

David (nickname Condor) is the middle brother of our Orepeza brothers guiding trio. . He is Asprirant UIAGM mountain guide and a very experienced trek guide.

He has a wicked sense of humour and always goes “the extra mile” to make sure that his clients have a fantastic time, often taking clients out for a day fishing or for an extra tour or activity in his own time. The most exciting moment of his career was falling into a crevasse when a large snow bridge collapsed under his feet in 2007, leaving him swinging some 15m down on the end of his rope. With his typical humour he said “it was the first time & I am not sure if I want to do it again”

He says that his English is “So So” but his clients tell us that his English is not so bad, and he works with us as a Basic English speaking guide or assistant to a fluent English speaking guide.

Amy (UK) Santa Cruz trek said: “David was a great guide, relaxed and easy going, knowledgeable of the mountains, flexible in terms of our needs and fitness level (trekked at a good pace with plenty of short rests), felt we were in good hands”

Tom from the UK trekked the Huayhuash & said: David our guide is a walking encyclopaedia of flowers and mountains. His knowledge of mountain weather & trails kept us safe & prepared each day. His gentle pace allowed our bodies to adapt to the altitude & still arrive at lunch or campaments on schedule. He was extremely patient with our passion for photography (1114 photos on my camera) where stopping for flowers or landscape was very frequent. He waited & answered our many questions”


Wilfredo (Willie) Morales

 

 

Trek Guide & Aspirant Mountain Guide
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua

We were pleased to welcome Willie to our team of trek guides for the 2015 season. Like most of our guides Willie grew up in a village in the hills above Huaraz. After finishing his high school education he studied full time to become a professional licensed trek guide, aspirant mountain guide & also studied English to an advanced level. Willie has already become a popular guide with our clients and all appreciate his in-depth local knowledge and happy nature.

Alan from Australia & Peggy from the USA did Huayhuash Trek 15 days & climbing Pumarinri & Diablo Mudo said ….
Willie, our guide, impressed us with his warmth, friendliness, expertise and his passion in sharing ‘his’ mountains with us.

At 25 years old Willi was a phenomenal guide – his maturity, positive attitude & ability to remain unflappable & calm under stressful situations (a landslide that blocked a road on the way to camp 1) was amazing. We’ll long remember his sense of humour, broad smiles and laughter.


YOVANA HUANE

 

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Morales Guesthouse and Huaraz Client Help

The delightful Yovana takes care of guests staying in Morales Guesthouse, preparing delicious breakfasts and attending to guests needs while they are staying in Huaraz.

Yovana is studying tourism and English and enjoys chatting with guests, practicing her English and answering clients questions – always with that beautiful smile!

Mark from USA California: “Yovana goes to great lengths to make sure her guests are taken care of. Yovana makes great breakfasts, and is so friendly with everyone. We had a beautiful time in Huaraz and recommend the Morales Guesthouse to anyone visiting Huaraz”.

 


CUSINGA FAMILY (Lima)

 

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The Cusinga family of brother & sister Patty & Paul together with their father Julio are our trusted Lima colleagues who meet clients at the airport, make transfers to hotels, bus stations & airport and run clients around Lima. They also help out clients who may have problems while in Lima (lost luggage etc) and on request organise private guided Lima city tours.

Isabel & Carl from the USA said: We (especially Carl) enjoyed your man in Lima, Paul. He diligently waited for our delayed flight and had a sign at the arrival area. Carl enjoyed chatting with him about a variety of topics. We also enjoyed the Goldmuseum and wished we had more time to do so.

 


Esteban Cipriano

 

Trek Cook

 

Esteben is our most experienced trek cook, having been with us since the commencement of our company. Not only does he prepare delicious meals for trekking & mountaineering groups, he also is a tutor at the Huaraz cookery school, teaching high altitude cooking.

Esteben is also an accomplished mountaineer and has been high mountain cook for many climbing expeditions, although now that he is more senior he prefers to stay lower and cook for trek groups.

William from the USA trekked the Santa Cruz with Esteben ”… The meals on the trek were fantastic! The morning snack bags were a perfect mix on nuts, fruits & sweets. I really enjoyed tea time, especially the jam. Having tea many times throughout the day was nice too”

 


CESAR HENOSTROSA

 

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Trekking & Expedition Climbing Cook & assistant guide

Cesar has been cooking for trekking and climbing groups in Cuzco and Huaraz for many years, following completion of chef training in the Huaraz technical institute.

He also works cooking for large groups in Chile and Argentina after the Peru season has finished. Cesar is an experienced climber, and as well as cooking delicious and varied meals he works with us in the high mountains as porter.

Mike Group (Australia) Alpamayo Trek: Cesars food was excellent. His savoury pizza was superb! His soups were great….. Cesar is a gem, his cooking alone is excellent but his personality bubbles out of the cook tent and helps like create a humourous camp.

 


YOVANI GLORIA

 

trekking-cook-Yovani

Trekking & Expedition Climbing Cook

Yovani is aged in his late 30’s and originally worked as a climbing porter.

In the last few years he attended chef school and he now enjoys preparing delicious trekking meals and climbing with our groups in the mountains. With his mountaineering skills, he is very adaptable and a valued staff member for high mountain expeditions.

Len (USA) Huayhuash Trek .. Yovani can be a cook in the best NY restaurant.!

Evan from the USA…” Jovani the cook made such great breakfasts, lunches and dinners. How did you find this person? He was outstanding”

Peggy from the USA trekked the Cordillera Huayhuash said: …”Yovanni (our cook) was exceptional. He created wonderful & gourmet meals throughout our 15 day trek with very limited resources. His dishes could easily compete with the best restaurants in Huaraz”

 


LIDA CORSINO

 

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Trekking Cook

Joining our growing company of women trek cooks, we welcome Lida.

Lida is another professional cook who when she is not working with our trek groups is a chef in a restaurant and also runs a small shop.

 

 

 

 


JORGE ALBINO

 

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Trekking & Expedition Climbing Cook

Jorge is the father of Walter, one of our top climbing guides. Jorge is another great cook and is a specialist in cooking for the high mountain.

In his earlier days he was known to be the strongest porter in the whole of Huaraz & has climbed several times Huascaran, Alpamayo, Chopicalqui, Tocllaraju & has also climbed in Bolivia.

He was lucky enough to be invited to be part of a Peruvian team that climbed in the Himalaya and it is said that the Sherpas were absolutely amazed at how strong & capable he was on the climb.

We are now very lucky to have Jorge working with our climbing & trekking groups.

Anne from Canada .. “Jorge the cook is AWESOME!, the best cook in town, he takes care of my food intolerance”

 


ALFONZO SOLANO

 

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Trekking Cook

Alfonzo’s age is a mystery, but he has been going forever and is an excellent cook. In his younger days he was a serious climber and climbed almost all the range of the Cordillera Huayhuash.

He no longer works as a climbing porter but continues to enjoy cooking fantastic meals out in the mountain camps and likes learning new recipes.

It is rumoured that he once carried 50kgs to a Huascaran high mountain camp!

Troy (USA) .. Also I can’t say enough good about our cook Alfonzo. The food he prepared was top-notch

Charlie from Scotland said .. “Mario & Alfonzo also work very hard to ensure that we have everything that we need. Alfonzo did a great job of drying Charlies boots after he waded across a river in them

 


IBER SOLANO

 

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Porter, Assistant Guide

Keeping it in the family, Iber is the son of our regular trek cook Alfonzo.

Iver is multi talented, being one of our strongest climbing porters & assistant trek guide and also assisting with administration at our base . Iver is married with two children

 

 

 


ROGER NIETO

 

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Porter & Assistant Cook

Roger is Eli’s son in law. He operates his own small business selling cooking gas to households, but in his spare time also works with us as a porter and assistant to the trek cooks.

Amanda from the UK trekked Santa Cruz & Climbed Pisco: Roger (porter) was very pleasant, hardworking and a joy to have around.

 

 

 


MAXIMO HUANE

 

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Trekking & Climbing Porter, High Altitude Cook

Maximo is the Dad of our two young staff members Yovana and Marco, and he has worked in our family trekking business for many years. He is extremely courteous and very warm hearted. He has vast experience as a climbing porter and also cooks at high altitude camps.

He has climbed Huascran, Alpamayo, Tocllaraju and many other mountains in the Cordillera Blanca. He has also been in Cusco and Arequipa working as a porter for a glacier research company.

 

 


GRISALDO RAMIREZ

 

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Grisaldo has been working as a porter since 2005 and is very experienced, having climbed all the big peaks in the Cordillera Blanca including among them Huascaran Sur, Artesonraju Alpamayo, Caraz Norte and Palcaraju.

Grisaldo is married with two children.

 

 

 


JOHN OBREGON

 

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Porter

John is a very young, fast, strong, and friendly porter and he is always willing to do what is needed.

When he is not working as a porter he can be found working on a small farm and playing soccer at his village above Huaraz.

 

 

 


RODOLFO QUEZADA

 

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Porter & Trainee Cook

Nickname “Ashcash” Rodolfo is one of our most experienced climbing porters, having climbed Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Tocllaraju and Pisco several times.

He also has a passion for cooking and has often worked with our groups as an assistant cook.

He has just commenced a training course to become a trek cook – look out for Rodolfo cooking up special treats out on trek in the future.

When he is not working with us, Rodolfo is a builder and a farmer, and is also busy looking after his three children.

 

 


JOSUE

 

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Porter & Trainee Cook

Previous clients will remember the delightful young Josue meeting them at the bus station or out on day hikes.

He is now a qualified joiner / carpenter and produces beautiful handcrafted wooden furniture. In the season when time allows he enjoys working with us as a trek & climb porter.

 

 

 


CLIMBING PORTERS

 

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We have a valued team of experienced, highly trained and strong climbing porters to assist you with your climbing adventures.

All have accreditation and are licensed by the Association of Climbing Porters, and are well equipped with good quality climbing equipment and mountain clothing.

 


VICTOR

 

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Arriero or Donkey Driver

Victor is just one of our trusted arrieros (donkey drivers). He lives two days hike away from Huaraz in the mountain village of Colcabamba and works with us in the Cordillera Blanca.

Victor is a farmer, but works with us in the trek season to earn extra income which he uses to pay board and school fees for his two daughters who are studying at High School & University in Huaraz.

Victor is always happy and smiling, and works hard to make your holiday special.

Matt & Jolene from Canada said: Donkey driver. – We´ll take Victor anytime!. He´s great.

Michael from Switzerland said about the Cordillera Blanca donkey drivers … “*The effort of the donkey drivers (Jaime & Victor) was outstanding & for us extremely impressive.The donkey drivers treated their animals with respect !!!!!

 


SEGUNDINO

 

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Arriero or Donkey Driver

Segundino is another of our many trusted and hard working donkey drivers.

He lives in Llamac and accompanies us on Cordillera Huayhuash treks. He is also our local expert trout fisherman!

Andrew & Leah from the USA did a Huayhuash Trek & said … “We liked the use of local resources (donkey drivers, food), appreciated that the donkey drivers ate with us at night & not on their own. Overall thought it was a well run trek through a beautiful area. Cesar is a great cook!”

Tom from the UK said about his donkey drivers “… “Jimmy & Roger” – not being able to become more acquainted with these two respectful, even deferrable young men was largely due to my poor Spanish. Nevertheless, I am very pleased with their expertise with the animals, all of which appeared very healthy and cared for, and their support of camp selection and tent pitching. Their water collection, fishing expertise and just being the silent/quiet organisation behind the scenes every day for our comfort & enjoyment.”

 


And where would we be without the support and encouragement of our parents?

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Pablo, Anne, Noel, Rosemary & Señora Isabella

2010 our parents enjoyed a tour to Cusco & Machu Picchu

Pablo & señora Isabella Morales from Huaraz, Noel & Rosemary (Anne parentss) from New Zealand – relaxing in Machu Picchu with Anne

 

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