Apu Andino is a family owned and operated tour operator with deep ties to the Inca heartland. Four generations of the family have lived and worked on the flanks of Mt. Salkantay where they raised horses and served as wranglers and guides in the largely unmapped region around the mountain. They followed old Inca trails and explored forgotten Inca sites, becoming intimately familiar with the land and its people. Since those early days, members of the family have served as wranglers, porters, cooks, and guides, and outfitters throughout the Cusco region.
Apu Andino maintains deep connections to the land, its people, and its history. Today the family uses their knowledge and love of the region to offer classic tours and treks, as well as extended itineraries and explorations to seldom visited areas. Apu Andino stands apart from most other tour agencies as it believes in creating authentic, personal experiences. It specializes in providing one-of-a-kind treks and customized itineraries that best meet the needs of each visitor.
Antonio Delgado Cavero, the Lead Guide, was raised in the mountains and worked from early childhood as a porter and as a guide on horseback before attending the American Institute in Cusco and becoming a fully certified guide. Through his many years of treks and experience with travellers from all over the world, he has become acquainted with a multitude of cultures and traditions. He designs custom itineraries with the experienced input from his father, William, and grandfather, Washington, striving to create a unique trip of a lifetime for all his passengers.
Antonio´s sisters, Anny Delgado Cavero and Maricruz Delgado Cavero are also actively involved in the company. Anny graduated from the Abaco Institute in Cusco with a degree in Administration and manages the office. Maricruz recently graduated from the American Institute in Cusco as a fully certified guide.
The family continues to maintain its connections in the mountains and throughout Peru, working specifically with three different communities in the countryside to hire porters and wranglers for the tours. They have personal relationships with all of the members of the support team and have ties with their families. Apu Andino strives to offer competitive wages to their support staff and understand through personal experience the skills and needs of all members of the support team.
The guides are fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua, and are chosen for their knowledge, friendliness, and experience in the mountains. All of the cooks are professional chefs with degrees from local vocational schools and specialize in making authentic, healthy, and hygienically-prepared meals.
Apu Andino Travel Peru is a Licensed Tour Operator