Hi and welcome the new year! We thought it might be nice to kick off 2014 by beginning an introduction to the team here at Apus Peru. Over the coming months we will post various staff profiles from members of our internal logistics and operations team, our guides and our cooks. To get us started here is Urbano, to tell us a little of himself and why he does the job he does..
I was born in Apurimac in 1979, spent the first years of my life in the field, keeping animals, plowing the land. I remember the years between 1986 to 1990, living in the center of terrorism, where weapon smuggling was common. During this time, I suffered the loss of my dear father largely a result of the insecurity prevailing in Peru at that time. In 1992 I came to the city, during these months I got to know and lived with my godmother who gave me huge support and education. I have now lived in Cusco for over 20 years.
When you did you come to work in Apus Peru and why?
I have now been working with Apus Peru for over five years. This came at the recommendation of another guide, Felix. We used to see each other on some routes and he saw my style of work. I went to the interview with Ariana and the rest as they say is history!
What is it about Apus Perú that you like?
From the moment I arrived at Apus I felt like family, it is a company that gives you confidence, and freedom without any pressure, for this reason I feel comfortable to work.
Do you have a favorite trek route?
So many routes that Apus operate are striking! All are unique, but the ones I like most are the routes that do not have much foot fall, that are quieter. The route I like the most is Sibinaqocha, this is a unique route due to the geography presented to you.
Tell us something about Cusco that not many people know.
Cusco is a magical city that has no description. There is so much to see and explore. I like mostly the traditions of rural communities, that fact that there is still a core of our ancient culture here represented throughout different months. http://www.apus-peru.com/trip-planning/cultural_events_calendar.htm
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
All of the earth is unique. I would like to know a little more of global modernity, for that reason I would travel to a modern country like Singapore.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Urbano!
Apus Peru offer a 6 day trek to the Apu Ausangate and Sibanaqocha Lagoon http://www.apus-peru.com/treks/ausangate_sibinacocha.htm. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org