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Zacarias De Ugarte

Peru Guide

Zac was born in Cusco and comes from a family of guides and kayak champions; his father was one of the first kayak guides in Peru and his brother was a pioneer kayaker, descending rivers throughout the Americas, and representing Peru at the highest level.

Zac lives with his wife in Cusco who is also involved in adventure travel, operating hiking trips on the Lares Trek. They have five children and their love and passion for exploring Peru is infectious! Zac has a wealth of experience, having guided trips around South America for more than 15 years.

Zac

Testimonials

“Zac was such a great Trip Leader - I am so glad we had him! He was very personable and always ensured everyone in the group was safe and doing well. It was really great to get to know Zac over the course of the trip. I really appreciated how knowledgeable Zac was of the history of Peru, our surroundings, the Incas and being able to translate in Spanish for us. ”
- Alain Vallee (Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada), Jaguar October 2018

“Zac is the best guide we have had through Active and we have had wonderful guides. The people are what make these tours memorable. Zac managed to cross the generations of our small group where ages ranged from 26 - 68 and created an atmosphere that was conducive to drawing people together. He was my highlight.”
- Derek Scott (Altamonte Springs, Florida, United States), Condor November 2017

“Zac was amazing, he went out of his way to give us the best tour ever! Such a lovely, friendly and knowledgeable guy!”
- Liz Grenik (Bassendean, Western Australia, Australia), Iguana September 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 983 reviews)

    Generally enjoyed the trip but I fell down on the second day of the W-trek in Patagonia. We Had great tour guides and company which made up for the disappointment of not being able to fully participate in the trip.
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    – Singapore, Singapore
    Condor, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 983 reviews)

    Condor - incredible Patagonia with great guides

    Patagonia, both Chile and Argentina are absolutely breathtaking. The itinierary of the trip ensured that we saw all the major sights, and experienced the hiking, food and culture of both countries. Our main guide Jait, was very knowledgeable and worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone on the trip were included, whilst keeping the mood light, and everyone's spirits high. This is the way to see and experience Patagonia with Active Adventures it is an excellent trip.
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    – Queensland, Australia
    Condor, January 2018
  •   4.23 out of 5 (from 278 reviews)

    Ecuador

    We had an amazing week in Ecuador. Each day was a new adventure, and the scenery was beautiful. The best part was Jhayro, our tour guide. He was knowledgable, personable, and genuine. We could tell that he wanted us to experience how special Ecuador is.
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    – Minnesota, United States
    Tapir, September 2017
  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 83 reviews)

    2017 Iguana Trip

    The Peru portion of the trip was spectacular. Erick truly cares about the overall experience of his clients. He paid attention to all the details of the trip from the experiences of the country, the restaurants and the excursions. He didn't leave any stone unturned when it came to having fun and caring about his clients. I highly recommend Erick to anyone wanting to have a fabulous time in Peru.
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    – Florida, United States
    Iguana, September 2017
  •   4.23 out of 5 (from 278 reviews)

    Superb Ecuador - don't miss this tropical paradise

    Ecuador is a gem, and should not be missed. The Active Adventures Tapir trip ensures that you experience many of the highlights of this gorgeous country. From the outset you will experience new adventures like cycling down Mt Cotopaxi from 4,500m, walking around beautiful countryside and heading upriver to an EcoLodge. This beautiful, multi-day activities are thoroughly enjoyable, and your guide Mauro Chavez is exceptional, highly professional, capable and engaging, definately one of the best guides I've had the pleasure to meet.
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    – Queensland, Australia
    Tapir, January 2018

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