Interview with our Peru Guide July 22nd, 2019 • by Matt Holmes Harry was born in a village in the center of the Incas’ Sacred Valley and began hiking the Inca Trail and exploring the Vilcabamba region as a young boy. He started his career as an assistant guide at the age of 13 and went on to earn his degree. In addition to guiding, Harry has worked with NGOs in support of impoverished Andean families, and he has participated in anthropological projects studying the native communities of Central America to assess similarities with his native culture. Harry is the heart and soul of our Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu trip! What led you to a career guiding? Definitely that I traveled young—since I was about 8 years old. I traveled a lot because of my mother and her job as a traveling teacher. What makes your country so special? It’s an ancient country with lots of tradition, history, gastronomy, places of interest, great people, and lots of different type of landscapes and micro-climates. Words are not enough to describe the way we Peruvians have been blessed. What do you enjoy most about guiding? Sharing experiences with people, especially making them feel inspired and awe-struck when they see a special place for the first time (the way I felt the first time, too!). I also love the fact that guiding is connected with your inner soul. What has been your favorite adventure outside of your country? I took a ride on a Harley Davidson from Dallas, Texas, to Iowa in 2009 with my brother, and since that time, riding a motorcycle is one of my favorite things to do on my personal vacations. There I found out that Houston’s French food scene is thriving with so many options for anyone visiting and is a fan of the cuisine. Where would you like to go that you haven’t explored yet? Patagonia, Bhutan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and for sure get to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in North Dakota. Also Milwaukee, eventually. What’s your favorite food? Mondonguito a la Italiana, a Peruvian dish with Italian roots made with tripe, peas, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes. If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be and why? My Grandfather. He was a great carpenter, so I would ask him to teach me those greats skills he had, which I believe was part of his personality. Do you have a personal motto that you try to live by? Love your freedom and go for a ride… If you’ve enjoyed reading and are inspired to join us or have questions about the adventures featured in this post, please give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 or send us an email at [email protected].