Cynthia Valladares

Peru & Patagonia Trip Leader

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Lima and then I lived in the Amazon (Iquitos) when I was a little girl then back to Lima. When I was a teenager, we moved to the altiplano, Puno- Lake Titicaca. In fact, Puno is where I discovered my passion for the outdoors since it is a place that has easy access to lakes, mountains and rivers. It is very different from the coast and I fell in love with those areas right away and since the very first moment I got on a kayak and when I summited my first mountain, I knew I wanted or I needed to be out there. I haven’t stopped since then and it's probably been 16 years already.

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What’s your favourite sport or activity?
I love being in the water, so kayaking is one of them, and I also like hiking quite a lot. When you hike to get somewhere, you get a totally different experience; the smell of the flowers, the heat of the sun, the wind or even the rain makes it more special, makes it real. I’m very excited about beginning to rock climb and I also started doing power & ashtanga yoga 4 years ago.

Your dream destination?
The bucket list is quite long now but I really want to go to India and spend at least a month there or more. It is a highly spiritual country; very rich in culture. I want to see, smell and touch the culture just like I do in my country.

Most delicious meal that you can cook?
I can cook the most amazing "lomo saltado" which is typically Peruvian with beef. I love pasta too, so seafood pasta is one of my favourites.

Favourite quote?
"Tourists don't know where they've been, travellers don't know where they're going." - Paul Theroux

One tip for our travellers?
I would tell everybody that there’s a whole new world out there that needs to be discovered so travel, learn, enjoy, experience, live and if u decide to go out there go without expectations and just enjoy every minute of it, be flexible 'cause it will never be the same as home and that makes it worthwhile seeing.

Testimonials

“She was very professional and informative, she was able to answer any questions about the areas , culture, tips for safety and comfort . She was very patient and polite even when dealing with difficult clients . She was encouraging even on the toughest days and went above and beyond, she is definitely is a keeper ! ”
- Starr Montoya (Lakeside, California, United States), Condor February 2018

“Cynthia is the best. I love her, you cant find a better human being. Such a kind and loving person, an excellent guide of the highest regard.”
- Penny Fink (Westlake, California, United States), Rebecca Fink (Westlake, California, United States), Condor December 2017

“Cynthia was hands down one of the kindest, most helpful, caring tour guides I have ever encountered. I am beyond appreciative for all her help, patience and consideration that she shared effortlessly with all of us. Her knowledge of the terrain and overall personality made the trip much more meaningful and I hope she continues leading groups for others to share in her expertise and kindness.”
- Margarita Morton (Fort Worth, Texas, United States), Margarita Morton (HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas, United States), Condor November 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1936 reviews)

    Exceeding expectations and more!

    We had been planning this trip for about a year and I had been dreaming about this trip for about 7 years, therefore the expectations were high. Active Adventures did an excellent job and our guides Kuru and Liana made this a trip of a lifetime. The most amazing part is that they always were one step ahead of planning the next meal, hike, bike or even maneuvering around the NZ wild weather. All the planning ahead and adjusting on the fly would normally turn a trip to be very stressful but we were able to sit back and relax (not literally because it was very active) and truly enjoy the beautiful landscape and everything NZ had to offer. Truly the trip of a lifetime!
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    – New Hampshire, United States
    Tui, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5048 reviews)

    Exceeded all expectations

    Our Rimu trip truly exceeded all expectations. Our Active guides, Rachael and Gary were wonderful guides with so much knowledge to share with us about the New Zealand culture, wildlife, history, and geography that we encountered along the way. This was truly an adventure of a lifetime that my son and I will always treasure.
    Mia Byrne Review Image
    – Michigan, United States
    Rimu, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5048 reviews)

    Rimu Was Extraordinary

    We have been dreaming of visiting New Zealand for a long time, we wanted to see and explore all the best sites in an active way, but doing this on our own would have been overwhelming! Active Adventures was the complete answer. They took us to the best places, sites and beautiful landscapes that we could only have dreamed about. Our group was small which allowed us all to bond, our guides Astrid and Steve could not have been better - fun, knowledgeable, organized and excellent cooks. I got the sense they really enjoyed what they do! I would strongly recommend this tour - a trip of a lifetime that words can’t describe - we will never forget it.
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    – Ontario, Canada
    Rimu, February 2018
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    Couldn't be more pleased

    Pleased especially that I made it to EBC! Out of the 10 of us 5 made it all the way. Can't believe this old man (63) was one of them. I know the only reason I did make it was due to the excellent leaders and sherpas. They were incredibly attentive and professional. We all feel how lucky we were to have the trek leaders that we had, and to have such a fun group. It far exceeded my expectations; the incredible mountains, accommodations, ample food, and exceptional leadership. The acclimation days and the slow steady pace are all that attributed to my personal success. Thank you especially Elder and Argen. I hope to take another of your treks next year, looking at Peru. Thank you to the entire Active Adventures team!
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    – California, United States
    EBC, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 34 reviews)

    Dolce Vita 2016

    We have taken many trips in our 60+ years to places across the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. Our trip with Active Adventures to the Italian Lakes District and our extended visit in Italy has to be in our top three if not our favorite trip of all time! It was definitely Dolce Vita, the SWEET LIFE. The Italian Alps and the Lakes, the hikes and the paddling were certainly up to Active Adventure’s high standard. The beauty of the mountains and the Lakes and the invigorating way we experienced them were fantastic! The things that set this trip apart and put it over the top were the culture, food, and history of the region. Having the combination of Andy, our New Zealand guide, and Enrico, our native Italian, was awesome. Enrico helped us understand first-hand the Italian people and their way of life and gave us insights and access to more than we could imagine. It seemed everywhere we went, they all knew Enrico. The food experiences were unbelievable. The small size of our group and the relationship we built made it seem as if we were family and friends completing a once in a lifetime adventure. I can’t give enough kudos to Active Adventure these two guides for this marvellous experience.
    Ernest Alphin Review Image
    – North Carolina, United States
    Dolce Vita, October 2016

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