South America Guide
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Cusco - Peru. And I lived in the Amazon jungle until I finished primary school.
I love mountain biking, travelling to new places, and I also enjoy reading history books.
What’s been your greatest outdoor adventure to date?
I once went to a snowcapped mountain on a trail called the Salkantay Trail, it was three days of hiking by myself, and I loved every moment of it.
What did you do before discovering a passion for guiding?
I worked in other hospitality roles, including as a hotel receptionist. I was also an assistant guide, and a truck driver!
Do you have a favourite quote that you live by?
I have a couple: "Today for you, tomorrow for me. That is reciprocity." it's an inka quote. And another I really like is "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style." I can't remember where I heard that one but it stuck with me.
Describe a life experience that has shaped you today:
It's not an experience exactly, but the biggest influence of all on me, was, and continues to be my father. He is the most hardworking person I know, he worked so hard to give my brothers and I our education. And I'm so grateful to him.
"Daniel was GREAT!!!!!!!! He was so concerned about each of us, and so knowledgeable and passionate about teaching us the local history and culture. He was also always working in the background because of the rearranged itinerary to make everything perfect for us. He was really great with our very active, talkative 11 year old son, who adored Daniel like a big brother..”
-Lydia Andrews-Jones (Lake Forest, California, United States) Capybara Dec 22 2016