SAM Travel Peru Staff for Treks & Tours

Our office team is the backbone to our whole operation at SAM Travel Peru and it’s because of them; we run smoothly 24/7. From the moment, you are in contact with us until the moment your tour or trek ends, they organize everything down to the smallest detail so that your trip is a memorable one. Our goal is to ensure the best quality service for our clients. For this reason, many of the office staff are also aspiring guides, who are working alongside the permanent office staff.

Saul Alvares Montalvo
Humble Entrepreneur and Founder of SAM Travel Peru

Owner and Founder of SAM Travel Peru

Prior to becoming the owner and founder of SAM Travel Peru, Saul Alvarez Montalvo worked as a porter for a couple years and then, over the next 4 years, he worked as a guide. He conducted more than 200 Inca Trail treks and other alternative treks throughout the Andes. He has also toured with groups throughout the country of Peru. His passion and enthusiasm for the Andes mountains, Incan culture, and knowledge of plants was always highlighted and appreciated by tourists. He has accomplished his childhood dream to become the owner and founder of a tour and trekking agency. As a part of this, he wants to give back and improve the lives and living conditions of local communities through employing them and supporting them with service projects.

Saul’s experience as a porter and guide has helped him gain an appreciation of what works and does not work well on Tours & treks and within tourism. Now as the owner of SAM Travel Peru, he is involved in every aspect of making sure his business runs smoothly, which keeps him on his toes. Despite his impressive workload, he keeps everything in tip top shape and all with a smile on his face.


Ana Flores
Sales and Operations Manager
Dioselina Ccapatinta Montalvo
Sales and Marketing Manager
Edison Escalante Bello
Sales and Operations Manage
Eigner E. Huanca Roca
Sales and Operations Manager


¨For Sam Travel our guide are the most important in the business, they all are fluent in English and passionate about their culture. They are all trained and retrained in first aid and carry satellite phones for any emergency to be connected to a medical professional when it needed. We can guarantee our guides will make sure you have a great hiking experience with your own family or friends¨

Our team of guides are native to Cusco and speak fluent Spanish and English; the majority of them also speak Quechua (the native language of Peru). Our guides hold degrees in tourism and have a minimum experience of 2 years under their belts. They receive extensive guide training every year and review their first aid skills annually. Our guides always carry first aid kits, oxygen and satellite phones. They are prepared with evacuation plans for any route and are very resourceful!

Our guides are very knowledgeable and passionate about their Inca heritage and history. They are dedicated to continued personal development to ensure you receive the most accurate information about everything there is to know within tourism.

Raymer Herrera Tumpay
Tour Leader
Edy Pumacahua Dueñas
Tour Leader
Marcelino Alcca Challco
Tour Leader
Miguel Quispe Mayorga
Tour Leader
Wilber Carrasco Huaman
Tour Leader
Ronald Troncoso Santos
Tour Leader
Elio Roque Gota
Tour Leader
Christian Tomayconza Ayvar
Tour Leader


Our professional chefs create delicious, gourmet buffet style meals on our treks. They prepare Peruvian and International Cuisine and always use local produce to promote healthy nutrition apart from supporting the local farmers. They can cater to special dietary needs such as vegan, gluten free and more.

Jose Villanueva


We employ about 90 porters from local communities. They all are farmers by trade and are native Quechua speakers. They are mainly from the villages of Huacawasi, Calca and Patacancha. We refer to our super porters as the” Orange Machine”. This is because they work hard during the treks; carrying duffel bags, camping gear, and more! It is important to us that we employ porters from local villages because we are supporting them to become self-efficient and helping communities to grow their economy to better their quality of lives.

SAM Travel Peru makes sure that all of our porters and their families are supported in many ways. We also help their children with their educational needs and supply them with educational materials such as notebooks, textbooks, writing utensils and more!

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Bernie s 2023/03/02

Had a great trip with our guide Ray Herrera and driver Alfredo. Lots of good experiences in a short period of time 4 days. Learnt a lot not just about the main tourist destinations but Peru in general by Ray. Ray has a passion for Inca history and local produce. Ray knows all the good photo spots and we managed the sun out every day .. Good culture and if you want to get on a tour ask for Ray at Sams Travel = amazing

Tanya H 2023/03/02

Ray was our Tour Guide and Alfredo was our driver for a 4 day tour we did with SAM Travel Peru. Ray's knowledge of the history of Cusco and Machu Picchu was outstanding. Ray was very accommodating with all our needs. He stayed alongside us when trekking and helped where he could. His sense of humour was pleasant to be around. Ray spoke very good English. He is such a nice guy. I would strongly recommend Ray to be your tour guide to visit Machu Picchu. Ray explained everyday what the plans were for the next day, which was reassuring what we needed to take etc

Captanjack 2023/01/012

Our 1 day tour thru the Sacred Vally with Danny was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions in detail. I would recommend asking for him personally if you are able.

Sherry 2022/12/26

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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C Clark 2023/01/20

Wow. We had such an incredible experience in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Our guide, Dayvit, is the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had. He has such an extensive knowledge of the history and is very friendly and helpful. If you are planning a trip to Peru, I highly recommend SAM travel and be sure to request Dayvit!

Emma Dinzebach Clark 2023/01/10

2 day tour sacred valley / Machu Picchu highly recommend! David was the best tour guide. He knows an incredible amount about Incan culture and is personable and funny. He also kept us up to date on a political situation happening when we were there and was informative. Overall, this tour checks all the boxes. Thank you!

Nupur Joshi 2023/01/02

We used SAM Travel for a 2D/1N trip from Cusco to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on Dec 25-26, 2022. The team was good with communication from the start - both Saul and Junior were very helpful and professional with answering any questions and clearing up any misunderstandings. Our guide, Miguel, was prompt, pleasant, and quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed his company and insight over the 2 day trip and recommend him to anyone booking with SAM Travel.

Xueying Chen 2022/12/20

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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Brandon Slater 2022/09/30

My wife and I just completed two excursions with SAM Travel Peru and we absolutely loved them. We did the 4 Day Salkantay Wilderness + Machu Picchu and then the 2-Day Rainbow Mountain + 7 Lakes trek with guide Carlos Estrada, chefs Nerio & Lucio, and horseman Unarato. Over the last 6 days we have learned so much about the Inca culture, discovered some of the most incredible sights, and ate delicious food every step of the way. We would definitely recommend SAM Travel (especially with Carlos!) to anyone that wants an incredible Peruvian adventure. The Wilderness trek is a much quieter trail than the standard Salkantay and goes a bit higher elevation, but camping at the base of Salkantay was incredible. Carlos's guided tour through Machu Picchu was so informative. We would have missed so much without him taking the time to share his knowledge.

Kellie Taylor 2022/04/06

Big thanks to David he was an amazing tour guide who really cared for our group. He allowed us to go at our own pace and was a brilliant photographer He was really funny and is full of interesting information & his passion for his inca ancestors is very obvious and warming. He also brought us to great restaurants! This company are very good and from what I can recall were cheaper than most. Thank you!

Mike Geelhoed 2021/06/10

They took care of everything! Saul the owner is very responsive and helpful. Johnny our guide was fantastic, as were our chef, assistant chef and horsemen. I can’t recommend them highly enough and will definitely use them again if we return to Peru!

Janice-Kaneki Chen 2020/01/28

Three of us decided to choose Sam Travel Peru, reason being is it is a local travel company that help indegenious communities. We picked Lares Trek 4D3N to have cultural experience while hiking. Good foods provided by talented Mario Chef! Johnny is our tour guide, very helpful tour guide. He even helped me to carry my daypack as I was too exhausted to carry it on day 1 hiking. Strongly recommend to those like to have local experience while hiking.

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