Gustavo Martinez

South America Trip Leader

gustavo martinez

Gustavo was born in Lima, the capital of Peru. But somehow he's known ever since he was a kid that his soul belongs in the countryside. Gus says: "My grandfather was a very enthusiastic hiker of the highest peaks around the Central Andes until his last days, that's why I think my passion for hiking, trekking and the outdoors is in my genes." Gus lived in Sydney, Australia for two years, where he travelled around and met people from all over the world. "I literally lived in a house with guys from five continents. There I learned how rich and unique the human cultures are, but in the end we are all beings trying to discover life! Thanks 'Straya!' " Tavo, as he is also known, found out that meeting different people while hiking and trekking matched the role of being a guide - so here he is!

Testimonials

“Wonderful! Fantastic! Superb! Excellent! They're are no superlatives that don't describe Gustavo. I love him. He was ALWAYS working to make sure everything went well for us. He helped me with my Spanish. He is patient, charming, considerate, funny, sweet, and incredible kind. When my sinus problem kicked up, he spent an unbelievable amount of time trying to help me find Pseudoephedrine. I gave up long before he did, and started to feel guilty because he was far more worried about me than I was!”
- Roni Chapman (Sun City West, Arizona, United States), Jaguar June 2018

“Gustavo was awesome!! He was kind, considerate, always aware of everyone and ensured that no one was left out of the mix. Gustavo was fun to be though he also maintained control with an easy going manner. If he didn't know the answer he would always do a followup. I believe Gustavo is a real asset and ambassador to A.A. ”
- Shelly Lenaghan (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Jaguar September 2018

“Gustavo was great! Always smiling and extremely helpful to all participants! He’s a keeper!!”
- Leland Clement (San Diego, California, United States), Jaguar October 2018

Trip Reviews

  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1357 reviews)

    Incredible experience

    We had an amazing time in the Galapagos!
    Everything was perfectly organized for us. All we had to do was show up - just as it said in the description of the tour.
    Our tour guide Zambo would always tell us well in advance what we would be doing on the next day, what we had to bring, what we should wear.
    The food was always organized for us; they would always ask us beforehand what we wanted to eat.
    Everywhere we went they were expecting us and everything went smoothly.
    Zambo was an amazing guide! He was extremely knowledgeable. He had an answer for everything and he was very patient with our kids. One could see that he enjoyed showing his home to us.
    The encounters with the animals were truly amazing. We saw blue footed boobies, frigate birds, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, penguins, hundreds of sea lions, sea iguanas, etc.
    The animals seemed at ease with the humans around them in some cases almost curious.
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    – Sai Kung, Hong Kong
    Tortuga, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5048 reviews)

    Another Memorable Trip with Active!

    The Rimu trip was my 6th trip with Active Adventures and it again confirmed why I enjoy traveling with them. The trip was very well organized. The guides (local to New Zealand) were professional & FUN! We did so many activities that will forever be etched in my memory...kayaking Milford sound, hiking a section of the Routeburn Track, 3 day backpacking trip through Nelson Lakes. All amazing!
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    – California, United States
    Rimu, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5048 reviews)

    Loved it!

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and felt we saw and experienced much of the island. Ben and Emma were exceptional guides: friendly, fun, knowledgeable, and hard working! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with this trip and they went out of their way to make it even more special. The sites were amazing and to top it off we had outstanding weather.
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    – Alaska, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 939 reviews)

    Manuka-February 2018

    This is our third Active Adventures trip and we have never been disappointed. Each trip has been a learning experience for us. The beautiful sights and people we have met along the way have made it a very worthwhile event that we will never forget. We enjoyed working with your professional team of staff and guides and hopefully one day we will return for another adventure. Thanks, Steve and Marilyn.
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    – Washington, United States
    Manuka, February 2018
  •   4.54 out of 5 (from 1031 reviews)

    Trip Review Condor

    The Active Adventures "Condor" trip to Patagonia and the Argentinean Andes is a "must do" adventure if you enjoy hiking around glaciers, lakes and mountains. The views are spectacular. The quality of the guides is first rate on all elements of this trip.
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    – Queensland, Australia
    Condor, January 2018

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