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Meet Boris: VBT’s Peru Leader

Born and raised in Cusco, Boris has been guiding travelers in and around his home country of Peru for seventeen years.  Boris’ fascination with Andean culture and love of Cusco’s food makes him an ideal candidate to lead travelers in an in-depth exploration of his homeland.  His keen interest in cultural interaction is contagious and any trip with Boris is likely to wind up at a local market where, he says, the essence of the Andean culture as well as customs dating back to the Incan period, are still preserved.

Boris has traveled to many different places in the world including the United States, Panama, Cuba, Brazil, and Venezuela.  His interest in the environment and preference for warmer temperatures often lead him the rainforests of South America.  However, since joining the VBT team in 2005, Boris has excelled in leading guided explorations of Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley and he’s likely to continue for quite some time.  Why? “Because I love my job… I love to travel to remote Andean communities to learn about their lives, customs, traditions… and I enjoy teaching VBT travelers about Andean culture….”  Whether walking the Inca Trail or sampling Cusco specialties at a local market, you’re sure to catch a bit of Boris’ zeal and enthusiasm while exploring Peru.

Don’t take our word for it.  VBT traveler, Elizabeth N., had this to say about Boris: “Boris was great. He was a wealth of knowledge, full of lots of energy, a great guide! He made the trip very pleasant and always went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves.”

Journeying Through the Sacred Valley

peru walking vacationsWith the 100 year anniversary of Hiram Bingham’s rediscovery of Machu Picchu approaching (July 24, 1911), there has been a surge of press and public interest in the wondrous Incan ruins lately.

At VBT we have always felt that the best way to explore the famed “Lost City” is up-close and on foot.  In his recent New York Times article, “The Hidden Route to Machu Picchu,” Mark Adams echoes this sentiment as he describes, in appealing detail, rediscovering the Sacred Valley once again.  Adams discusses some of Bingham’s less celebrated finds in the Andes, the region’s drastically varying climates, and ultimately the reward of veering off of the tourist path and taking in Machu Picchu after an invigorating hike.

The inspiration that accompanies fixing one’s gaze upon the ancient wonder is undoubtedly remarkable, but don’t just take Mark’s word for it.  Join VBT on a walking vacation through Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley and embark on a rediscovery of your own.

Click below to view a video of our own vacation to Machu Picchu.

Peruvian Contrast from Ned Van Woert on Vimeo.

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