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Zacarias De Ugarte

Peru Guide

ZacariasZac was born in Cusco and comes from a family of guides and kayak champions; his father was one of the first kayak guides in Peru and his brother was a pioneer kayaker, descending rivers throughout the Americas, and representing Peru at the highest level.
Zac lives with his wife in Cusco who is also involved in adventure travel, operating hiking trips on the Lares Trek. They have five children and their love and passion for exploring Peru is infectious! Zac has a wealth of experience, having guided trips around South America for more than 15 years.

Testimonials

  • "Zac was awesome. Indefatigable, attentive to every need, good spirited (even when obviously tired after a lo-o-o-ng day). And extremely well-connected--it got to the point where we joked that Zac didn't go more than 15 minutes without greeting someone he knew."
    Andy Zipser (Mint Spring, Virginia, United States) January 2015
  • "Zac was amazing and I cannot fault him. He has to be one of the best trip leaders I have had the pleasure of traveling with."
    Vanessa Muellner (Botany, New South Wales, Australia) December 2014

Trip Reviews

 4.50 out of 5 (from 14308 reviews)

LEGENDARY

“Travelling to New Zealand has been on my bucket list for nearly half my life, and I'm so glad I spent three weeks there with Active! I was a bit worried going by myself, but it turned out to be the best vacation of my life. They took us to so many spots that I probably would have never seen if I tried to organize everything on my own. It was great to have them feed me, drive me, hike me, and take me to our accommodations at night - not once did I have to worry about anything. The accommodations themselves were so fun and unique, staying in them was a highlight of my trip. Our guides, Kim and Ashleigh, were fantastic young ladies. Ash was an amazing chef and Kim rocked the in-bus narration. I also think we had a phenomenal group of people who clicked very well, and absolutely the best weather one could wish for.

Even when there were a few changes to the itinerary due to road damages, weather issues, or anything else, the guides were on top of it so fast that we barely even noticed there was a problem. We did miss out on snorkeling with the fur seals, and our Franz Josef Heli-Hike was cancelled, but we were still able to see seals and take a helicopter ride to a glacier at another time. No loss whatsoever.

I'm a fairly active person under thirty, who lives in an mountainous region, and I was still challenged by the hikes and activities they provided. I also have bad knees, and was still able to get up and down the more difficult mountains. For those wondering abut the multi-day hike, it's definitely a work-out, but totally worth it! And be sure to invest in a hydration bladder, you'll really appreciate it! If you're looking for an outdoor adventure with lots of activity and fun, this is definitely one of the better ways to explore New Zealand.”
Janine Carbone's Review Image
– New Hampshire, United States
Rimu, April 2017
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Why travel with Active Adventures?

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Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

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As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

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