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Elder Bejar

Peru, Himalayas & New Zealand Guide

Where did you grow up?elder-rockclimbing
I was so lucky to be born in the jungle of Puerto Maldonado. This was where I first discovered my love for the outdoors. Now I live in Queenstown, New Zealand, which is such a beautiful place. Queenstown is alive with culture and there are many outdoor activities to feed my adrenaline habit.

What’s your favourite sport or activity?
I don't have just one favourite. I love all sports that make you feel alive, challenge you and of course give you a great adrenaline rush. I'm really passionate about mountain biking, climbing, kayaking and hiking.

Your dream destination?
Wow! Hard to say, there are so many places on my list I want to see. My main destination would probably be Africa. I love nature and have always wanted to see a Black Rhino in the wild!

Favourite quote?
"Leave nothing but your footprints, take nothing but your memories."

One tip for our travellers…
This trip maybe your first, it could be your last, or it could be one of hundreds. Always remember that every experience you have is unique. Treasure them all.


  • "Wonderful leader and guide! Elder was always attentive and ready to help in any way possible, but also very friendly and enthusiastic. He was a great help and support all around."
    Karen Vann (Texas, USA) May 2016
  • "Elder always had a smile on his face and you could definitely tell that he loved what he was doing. Elder was also very patient and encouraging. He made sure we were all comfortable and safe throughout the trip. Elder did most of the food prep which was all excellent. I could not believe how awesome the meals were on this trip."
    Tarn Ostrow (Seattle, Washington, United States) February 2016
  • "Elder definitely made sure we were all getting as much out of the trip as possible. He made some killer meals and delicious sandwiches! Every time we stopped to take a photo, he was sure to explain a little about what we were looking at or comment on the beauty of the area. He is very personable, and I felt like if we were to live in New Zealand (or Peru...) we would be friends! GREAT guy! So much fun to be with."
    Abi Paxton (Schereville, Indiana, United States) March 2015
  • "Elder was amazing, he went above and beyond. Very professional."
    Kathleen Davis (Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada) May 2013
  • "Elder was an awesome guide and I wish we could have on what ever trip we are hopefully trying next."
    Kirsi-Marja Dolinger (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) May 2013
  • "Elder is very knowledgeable about both the Cusco and Amazon regions. He is also a very responsible and caring guide. In particular, Elder was responsive and attentive while Charlene was in need of medical attention for illness. He ensured we promptly were visited by an excellent doctor, and helped us have prescriptions delivered. We are very appreciative of his professionalism and good nature."
    Dave Lamoureux & Charlene Jarvie (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) March 2013
  • "Elder was fantastic, what a great guide as well as an all around nice person."
    Jen Fallaver (Glen Forrest , Western Australia, Australia) March 2013

Perfect Trip for anyone who loves Nature!

“If you enjoy being outdoors and like to challenge yourself this trip is for you. I wasn't an avid hiker before signing up for the Rimu trip but after reading the itinerary I knew I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. You never know what you are capable of until you try and that is how I feel after climbing up to the Angelus Hut and hiking to Mueller ridge. I had never climbed a mountain before (since there are no mountains where I live) but the views are more than worth the climb.
This trip is the best way to see all that the South Island has to offer, it is the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, self-exploration, and cultural immersion. Anyone can go to New Zealand and rent a car and go hiking, biking, and Kayaking; however, they will miss out on the best parts of traveling to a new place and that is the knowledge and culture that only someone who lives there would know. The guides (Tory and Vanessa) were awesome! Tory is an amazing cook, and Ness was great at making jokes and keeping the atmosphere cheery during the longer drives. I loved listening to the guides tell us about the Maori people and the local legends or folklore. I actually thought Ness was lying to me when she would tell me that the views get better after being left speechless by the scenery, but every day was better than the previous!
I have to mention the FOOD!!! The food alone is enough for me to sign up for this trip again. When I travel I don’t always know what the local food is or would be but with this trip the guides cook you all sorts of local food and all the food is fresh and delicious. If you don’t like something they will make sure to accommodate you.
Ness and Tory made you feel like this was a trip among friends and family, not strangers. I will come back to New Zealand again!”
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– Wisconsin, United States
Rimu, May 2017
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