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Elder Bejar

Peru, Himalayas & New Zealand Guide

Where did you grow up?
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.

Elder Bejar

Testimonials

“Yes! Elder is a great person. His constant smiling is contagious, his cooking skills are off the chart, and he's a pretty snazzy photographer! He and DK together are such an amazing pair. The life of any party. Elder taught me a lot about New Zealand. He also taught me some Spanish, encouraged me to try new heights/colder waters, and even a better way to eat an apple. We were so lucky to have him as our guide!”
- Whitney Wells-Corfield (Montpelier, Virginia, United States), Winter Rimu June 2018

“Elder was also awesome! He gave super helpful tips while we were hiking and shared lots of cool experiences about being a guide in the other Active Adventure programs. Also, he was very attentive to our food needs and really cooked some amazing stuff! He also gave personal recommendations for how to eat New Zealand yummies we might not be familiar with (such as marmite and bio-Yogurt and Tim Tams)”
- Sahar El Abbadi (Goleta, California, United States), Rimu Queenstown December 2017

“AWESOME! Elder and Ken had a great relationship. I can't believe how well we ate with Elder at the helm. He was so accommodating of some of the individual's food requests. He was always one step ahead and made sure we never went hungry. On tough hikes he was there to help us along the way, he always had such high energy and was easy to talk to. ”
- Pam Lin (San Francisco, California, United States), Rimu December 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.54 out of 5 (from 990 reviews)

    Fantastic trip

    This was my first hiking trip, and I must say it was fantastic!!! Patagonia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been (and I travel a lot). I want to mention that you have to be in reasonably good physical condition to enjoy this trip. I am glad that I trained for it. Arturo, our tour guide and Catherine (the W Trail guide) were excellent. They also made sure that they accommodated my dietary requirements (gluten, diary, and soy free) on the W Trail, which is not an easy task. I enjoyed every moment of the trip. I will definitely book another trip with Active Adventures, now that I know how much I enjoy hiking and active trips.
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    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Condor, August 2017
  •   4.54 out of 5 (from 990 reviews)

    Magnificent views

    This was clearly one of the more spectacular trips we've taken because of the mountains, glaciers and beautiful weather. But it was a tough one. The W segment was a bit crowded so be ready to share a lot of the trail with a lot of people, especially at the refugios.
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    – Minnesota, United States
    Condor, December 2016
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1347 reviews)

    Great guide

    Jessica was wonderful and so was the intern Jessica. Loved the people on the trip. Nice size group - 13!
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    – Ohio, United States
    Tortuga, August 2016
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1904 reviews)

    Best Ever!

    Trip of a Lifetime for sure! I’m still on a NZ High :-D))
    Thanks to Nick B & Melissa for their knowlegde & Expertise experience, which made our trip successful & FUN! With their encouragement, I was able to challenge myself & push beyond what I thought my abilities were.......THANK YOU!!! Such a pleasure getting to know Nick & Mel, we were spoiled & enjoyed every minute of this adventure with them. Highly recommend Active Adventures NZ making dreams come TRUE!
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    – Montana, United States
    Tui, March 2018
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1904 reviews)

    Tui Adventure

    This trip was all I had hoped for and then some. I expected beautiful scenery and exciting activities, but I did not expect the personal touch from our guides. One of the group members mentioned chips and salsa... that night we had chips and salsa to go with our appetizers. They knew I love birds, so I was introduced to every bird possible - along with descriptions of the birds’ personalities and habits. There seemed to be no end to Dani and Emma’s knowledge about New Zealand and that made a huge impact on our trip! We all felt like family by the end of the week, and for a person traveling alone, that is a wonderful gift!
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    – Texas, United States
    Tui, March 2018

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