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

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Best trip ever!

    Wonderful 30th anniversary trip to the Galapagos -- so glad we were able to explore these amazing islands. A true adventure for two biology majors! We really got a sense of the strong environmental preservation efforts underway there, and were in awe of the amazing land and sea creatures we encountered. Plus a terrific local guide and fun group of co-travelers made this a trip of a lifetime!
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Tortuga, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Fantabulous

    A simply amazing trip-- pristine scenery, magical and majestic mountains, and all coordinated seamlessly by a fantastic trip leader and guides. Our family of seven-- spanning the ages of 78 to 12-- was perfectly supported, educated, and delighted by Arturo our trip leader and the local guides. They are all kind, fun, and experienced. Cem was true to his name, a gem, ever so patient with those of us with sore joints, and always with a sparkle or story to share.
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    – Florida, United States
    Condor, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Challenging and Fun!

    My trip to Argentina and Chile was more than I imagined it would be. I was in awe of the natural beauty of the areas we hiked in. However, the most important thing I take home with me is the personal relationships I formed with my group, especially my leader, and now friend, Mayra Callo. She was amazing. I am a "beginner hiker" so her patience and close attention on the harder treks was appreciated! She knew so much about the area and it was a pleasure learning about South America from her. In addition, her personality made all of us feel like family, with Mayra being the Mother :) She took great care of all of us. We all had so much fun together...it was sad to leave. Anyone who has any reservations about booking a trip should just do it! They won't be disappointed!!
    Tina Avallone Review Image
    – New Jersey, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Wonderful adventure

    It exceeded expectations
    Vic Hunter Review Image
    – Wisconsin, United States
    Jaguar 2017, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Best trip ever!

    We had a fantastic time and I must give top marks to Active Adventures. The whole trip was orchestrated wonderfully from start to finish. We could see that all contingencies were anticipated well before the trip commenced and it ran very smoothly. I talked with a person who did not use this company and the difference was like night and day.
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    – Ontario, Canada
    Jaguar 2017, November 2016

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