Our office staff, Saul, Yesenia, Sophia, Elizabeth, and Maribel are the backbone to our whole operation at SAM Travel Peru and it’s them whom we can be thank for a problem free and relaxing holiday for all. From the moment you are in contact with us till the moment you leave on your tour or trek they organise everything down to the finest detail, so that your trip goes off without a hitch.
In relationship to guides, we have a policy that all potential guides spend at least one year working in the office to make sure they know our operations from the inside out and are of sufficient calibre and quality before they can take a trekking group out with clients. Our goal is to insure the best quality service for our clients on the trail. For this reason many of the office staff are also aspiring guides who are working alongside the permanent office staff.
Owner and Founder of SAM Travel Peru
Saul prior to becoming owner and founder of SAM Travel Peru, worked as a porter for a couple years, and then over the next 4 years he worked as a guide, guiding more than 200 Inca Trail treks and other treks throughout the Andes Mountains. He has also escorted groups throughout the country of Peru. His passion and enthusiasm for the Andean mountains, Incan culture and knowledge of plants is always highlighted and appreciated by tourists. He has accomplished his childhood dream to become an owner and founder of a tour agency to share with people from all over the world his beloved Andean Mountains and Incan Culture and hertitage. As a part of this he wants to give back and improve the lives and living conditions of his people through employing his people, and social projects that help his people restore their pride in their history, heritage and culture.
Because of Saul´s experience as a guide and porter he has an appreciation of what works and does not work well on the trail and in the tourism business. Now as owner of SAM Travel Peru he is involved in every aspect of making sure the business runs smoothly, which certainly keeps him on his toes. Despite his impressive workload he keeps everything ship shape and all with a smile on his face no matter what the challenge.
Sales and Operations Manager
After studying tourism and gaining her official guiding qualification Yesenia has worked with several local tourism operations in the area. Yesenia has gained critical experience both of the regions themselves and also the processes and operations that are essential to keep tourism companies running smoothly.
Now working with SAM Travel Peru Tours she is responsible for reservations and operations for all of our treks and our tours to Machu Picchu and Puno. Yesenia loves the Classic Inca Trail in particular and feels a deep satisfaction when reading letters from clients who have had a wonderful experience with SAM Travel Peru.
Sales and Marketing Manager
Sophia is originally from the United States but now has received her Peruvian nationality after being married for over 16 years to a native Cuscueno. She has traveled extensively all over Peru, having worked with volunteers to Peru and various travel agencies in Cusco for the last 6 years. She has fallen in love with Peru and the Peruvian people have become her people. She works in tourism as a means to share her passion for Peru and her people with people from all over the world.
She has worked in business administration, marketing and sales in various businesses all over the world, USA, Mexico, China, Brazil and Peru for example. Working with clients to create their dream trek and travel experience gives here great satisfactions. Through marketing she wants to make sure that people know of SAM Travel Peru and the incredible value and quality of the treks and tours that it offers.
Cusco Operations – Coordination of Client Transportation for the Train and Buses
Elizabeth was born in Cusco city. Studying at the college of San Martin de Porres, she has always been fascinated by eco-tourism. In addition to her college education she studied at the tourism Institutes of KHIPU and ICPNA, which belongs to the Association of Tourist Guides and conducts an authorization course for Inca Trail Guides each year.
Having grown up with the local indigenous people of the Sacred valley she has an excellent rapport with and understanding of the communities. In addition to this Elizabeth is a great athlete, loves being outside in the fresh mountain air and has walked many of the region’s most fascinating trails, including routes to Salkantay and Choquequirao. She also loves white-water rafting, rappelling and climbing amongst the region’s many peaks. Open minded and with a great sense of humor she can always be relied upon to advise clients looking for the right adventure experience in the Cusco Area!
Reservations Assistant – Entrance Tickets – Airport Pickups
Maribel studied to be an Official Tour Guide in the University of Americana del Cusco. She works as an assistant for reservations and organizes the transportation for airport pickups to hotels and for Ollantaytambo after a person returns from Aguas Calientes. She also purchases the entrance ticket for Machu Picchu and for Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain climbs.
Maribel loves to cook, sing, and travels. She loves working at SAM Travel Peru and enjoys meeting people from countries all over the world.
Our team of guides are all local to the Cusco area and speak both Spanish and English fluently with the majority of them also speaking Quechua (the native language of Peru). With degrees in tourism and with a minimum of 2 years experience under their belts, they are full of energy. Information about the native flora and fauna, the Inca sites with a vast knowledge of ready sourced stories and legends told by the Andean people.
Our guides come highly recommended, speak fluent and clear English, and are experienced guides and very knowledgeable, and passionate for the Inca heritage/ history. They are dedicated to continued personal development and learning to ensure you receive the most accurate information about the Inca Andean culture. They are fun loving, great sportsmen, some of them are good entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” this side of Machu Picchu. Some have degrees in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology.
Our gourmet professional Cooks create delicious and abundant Buffet style meals on our treks. They prepare both Peruvian and International Cuisine and they prepare their delicious meals from a mixture of local and exotic products. They are also knowledgeable in the preparation of vegetarians meals and special diets.
We employ around 90 porters. They all are farmers by trade and are native quechua speakers. They are mainly from the three villages of Huacawasi, Calca and Patacancha. Along the Inca trail they are called our “Orange Machine” our Super Porters. Our incredible porters are ready to carry your camping gear, food at all times and they are happy to help you with your necessities. It is important to us that we employ porters from the local villages, because by doing so we are supporting their local economies and supplying them with a reliable income.
Most of them have more than 6 children and need employment. SAM Travel Peru makes sure that all of our porters families are supported and ensure the children are educated and supplied with necessary equipment like books and notebooks.
¨Remember the survival of the Inca trail would be impossible if these local people were not with you.¨