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Zacarias De Ugarte

Peru Guide

ZacariasZac 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 was awesome. Indefatigable, attentive to every need, good spirited (even when obviously tired after a lo-o-o-ng day). And extremely well-connected--it got to the point where we joked that Zac didn't go more than 15 minutes without greeting someone he knew."
    Andy Zipser (Mint Spring, Virginia, United States) January 2015
  • "Zac was amazing and I cannot fault him. He has to be one of the best trip leaders I have had the pleasure of traveling with."
    Vanessa Muellner (Botany, New South Wales, Australia) December 2014

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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