Meet our Crew

Stephano Gutierrez Manrique: Director and Founder

Stephano was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Strongly pulled towards a quieter lifestyle, he left his career of Flair Bartender behind to settle down in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Charmed by this powerful site, Stephano  grew a strong passion for the Andean culture and, sharing experience and knowledge with many native residents. His adventures eventually led him to the Foundation of Encuentros Andinos and can now share these precious treasures with the rest of the world.

 

Claraluz Llerena Saavedra: General Coordinatorclara

She was born in Cusco, Peru, Her passion is to help people who need her the most, she has a 5 year old daughter, and her maternal feeling makes her a better person to help many mothers in Cusco, her goal is to preserve and raise awareness of her own culture where she Born and grew sadly lost for generations

 

 

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Roger Benavente Mallqui: Private Chauffeurroger website

Roger was born and raised in the province of Cusco. This charismatic character is in charge of the transportation of most of our tours. Roger is very knowledgeable of his cherished land and likes to share his secrets with our guests.

 

 

Adrian and Margarita: Andean Hosts from the Community of Maucau

Adrian and Margarita are native of the community of Maucau, province of Cusco. These generous people open their home to us, allowing our guests to experience a deep connection with their land and lifestyle. Adrian is passionate with cultivation and Margarita with her stunning hand woven work. This family awaits us with open hearts, ready to fill ours with the many secrets and beauty of the Andean culture.

 

Juan de Dios and Margarita: Andean Hosts from the Community of Cancha Canchajuan de dios y familia website

Juan de Dios and Margarita are native of the community of Cancha Cancha, province of Cusco. Juan de Dios built his own house high in the Andes, working hard with his crops to sustain his family. His wife Margarita his also passionate for the land, hand weaving and will charm us with her delicious traditional cooking. This inspiring couple have a lot to teach us about their traditions and lifestyle.