Elías was born in Cusco. He is the second of nine brothers and sisters. We he turned 8 years old, his family migrated to the rainforest. There he learned Spanish (Quechua being his native tongue) and about the animals, plants and culture of the rainforest. Before working in tourism, Elias worked in coffee and cacao collection, lumber industry and gold mining. Elias also had the privilege of staying at a ranch with native people from a tribe. In 1998 he began work at a lodge as a guide. From 2001 to 2003 he studied to be an Official Tour Guide. He then worked at different tourism companies as well as in the Inca Trail. Currently Elias forms part of the Inkaterra Ecotourism staff. He likes fishing, swimming and looking for anacondas. Elias has a special passion for folklore and rainforest ethno-botany.
Moisés has been part of the rainforest life since birth. Having been born in Puerto Maldonado in 1980 he has been in contact with nature since childhood. Before working in the tourism industry, Moisés has worked with lumber, Brazilian nut collecting, gold mining and in farms. During those years he learned to appreciate value and respect the Amazon Rainforest. This is why he began to study the career of “Official Tourism Guide” at the Instituto Superior Tecnológico in Puerto Maldonado, were he obtained more information and knowledge regarding animals, vegetations, and history. Now a day he is a current Explorer Guide at Reserva Amazonica lodge. He has a preference for the Amazon mammals, especially sloths.
Wilson was born in Cusco but raised in Puerto Maldonado city. Since a child he has been in contact with nature. Before working in tourism Wilson has worked in the lumber industry, Brazilian nut collection, gold mining and farming. During those years he learned to appreciate value and respect the Amazon rainforest. This is why he began to study to be an Official Tourism Guide at the “Instituto Superior Tecnologico – Jorge Basadre Grohman” in Puerto Maldonado. While studying he obtained more information and knowledge regarding animals, vegetation and history. Now a day he is an Explorer Guide at Reserva Amazonica and has developed an interest in bird life.
Jesus Glhemm Ccari was born in Puno city, in 1984. Since he was a kid Jesus was interested in nature, its wildlife, and in learning English as a second language. When he was 16 years old he decided to move to Puerto Maldonado, considered as Peru’s “Biodiversity Capital”. With his uncle’s support Jesus worked as an English teacher and studied at the “Jorge Basadre Grohmann” Tourism Institute for three years to be a guide. He got his degree as a Tourism Official Guide and in 2005 began work as naturalist guide. In 2010 he joined Inkaterra. As an Explorer Guide Jesus plays a very important role transmitting valuable information about conservation and sustainable development to the guests that stay at Inkaterra. His main interests are: photography and birds. At the present, he is in charge of a project about vagrant and migratory birds along the Madre de Dios River.
Anabel was born June 6th of 1987 and is the third of 5 children all born in Puerto Maldonado. She studied at the “Tecnologico Jorge Basadre” Institute, where she graduated as an Official Tourism Guide. She began work gaining experience as a receptionist in different lodges in Madre de Dios. Afterwards Anabel began work as a guide just before joining Inkaterra as a receptionist to better her English, flora and fauna knowledge. Anabel loves everything related to nature, specially butterflies and trees. She now enjoys taking guests on full day excursions. Anabel speaks fluent Spanish and English.
Luis Ortiz was born in the province of Manu and is the second oldest of five. When he turned 5 years old his family moved to the Tambopata area. There he grew up in a farm surrounded by an immense flora and fauna. He has been in touch with the jungle ever since. Luis learned to survive in the jungle thanks to the experience he got working for many years as a lumber jack and a Brazil nut collector. These experiences drove him to take conscience of the forest destruction and therefore decided to study to be a guide at an Institute. In 2004 he began as a naturalist and conservationist guide working in many tourist lodges and has now joined Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. His main interests are medicinal plants and wildlife spotting.
Julio Cesar Perales was born on August 22 1986 in the city of Puerto Maldonado; capital of the Madre de Dios Department. Julio is the second of four brothers. Much of his childhood was spent in the forest working on agriculture and harvesting chestnuts. Thanks to this and his grandparents teachings, Julio learned about plants and animal secrets. He studied Hospitality and Tourism becoming a professional bartender. After finishing his studies, Julio began working in tourism businesses, where he realized that he preferred exploring and being in touch with nature. This is when he decided to do a major as a Tourism Guide in a private Institute (SENATI). Today Julio works at Inkaterra developing his love for birds, reptiles and amphibians.