Noemi developed her passion for nature when she finished high school in Lima and began to travel. She decided to study to be a National Certified Tour Guide. When she visited the rainforest for the first time Noemi discovered she wanted to live the rest of her life contemplating nature. There she began work at the Tambopata National Reserve in 2009. Her love for nature led her to travel to native communities, along the Alto Madre de Dios River, and to other national protected areas such as Manu National Park. Noemi is very skillful in finding rare insects and birds, and she also enjoys learning about different cultures. You can find Noemi at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica sharing her knowledge of the Peruvian rainforest with travelers.
José Vargas was born and raised in Puerto Maldonado. He comes from a big family; 3 sisters and 9 brothers. He is one of the most experienced Explorer Guides around, and this is why he has been working at Inkaterra for little over than 15 years. Before that he worked with timber, as a gold miner, a boat driver, a brazilian nut collector and as a fisherman. José also lived 4 years in Europe being the reason why he speaks fluent french and italian. Due to all of this knowledge, José is a very valuable Explorer Guide in our team.
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.
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.
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.
Hugo, the eldest of four brothers and son of farming parents, was born in Lima but never lived in the capital. He grew up in a community near Puerto Maldonado city. At the end of his middle school education, Hugo moved to Puerto Maldonado but had already spent much of his life in the rainforest interacting with nature. At age 16, Hugo finished high school and left his family to work in the timber, mining, and chestnut industry. These jobs would later help afford his university studies in tourism. He worked for many years as a freelance guide where he visited many tourist destinations in Madre de Dios. Today Hugo is part of the Inkaterra Guide team where he is developing his native fishing skills while sharing his love for botany with travelers.
Ruber was born in 1982 in Madre de Dios. He finished primary and secondary school in Puerto Maldonado and decided to study auto mechanics at a local school. One day, while walking around town, he met a friend who invited him to work in tourism for a country house in the Amazon. Since there Ruber discovered his true calling. Soon after, he studied English in Cusco to start his journey in becoming an Official Tour Guide. Once he got back to Madre de Dios he began working for several lodges and gradually learned to recognize a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as to understand many of the uses of medicinal plants in the forest. Today we have the pleasure of working with Ruber at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica who captivates travelers with his skills and knowledge of the Peruvian rainforest.
Alberto was born in Puerto Maldonado in 1985. Since early childhood he has been in contact with nature as he grew up surrounded by flora and fauna. He has lived most of his life in Madre de Dios but had the opportunity to visit other interesting places both inside and outside Peru. It was through travelling that Alberto had the opportunity to learn about different customs and cultures. Due to his passionate commitment with nature, Alberto decided to work on something related to the conservation and protection of the environment, so he decided toto become an Official Tour Guide.. We now find Alberto at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica as an Explorer Guide developing his interest for insects, birds, reptiles and amphibians while sharing his knowledge with travellers who have that same passion for nature.
Justo was born on 1986 in the city of Puerto Maldonado (also known as the Capital of Biodiversity of Peru). Since childhood he showed great interest in nature; everything from insects to mammals; due to this he decided to pursue a career as a Tour Guide at Puerto Maldonado. After 3 years of hard work he graduated as an Official Tour Guide, and in 2007 began working for different lodges in the area. During his early years as a guide he studied and learned different topics concerning the tropical rain forest: plants, birds, insects, and the different cultures. Thanks to his efforts he learned not only English but also French. We now find Justo as an Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica where he is constantly learning new things about the rainforest during his outings with the travellers.