Who We Are

Javier

Founder

Javier was born in Cusco, Peru.  His first language is Quechua and he learned to speak Spanish in school.  He graduated from the Technical College as a leader in the tourism industry and eventually he learned English. Read More…

Roger

Founder

Roger was born in Cusco, Peru and grew up in the heart of the city.  He graduated from the Technical College and has spent the last 20 years guiding people through the rich history and culture of the Peruvian Sacred Valley. Read More…

Blaire

Founder

Blaire was born and raised in the USA.  After spending her 20s traveling to many countries around the world as a solo female traveler, she found a soul mate in the mountains of Peru and decided to stick with him. Read More…

Our Team

FIRST STEP EXPEDITIONS IS NOTHING WITHOUT OUR AMAZING STAFF.  OUR CORE GROUP OF EXPERTS BELOW MAKE EACH TRIP A UNIQUE AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR GUESTS.

Carmello

Head Chef

Carmello is more than just a chef – he is an artist!  He is a master a combining the amazing local cuisine with a beautiful presentation.  He has over 20 years of experience cooking feasts over a pot and propane tank and we guarantee you will never go hungry.

Russo

Lead Porter

Russo is our jack of all trades!  He’s spent over 10 years on the trails and does it all from assisting Carmello, to setting up tents, packing up equipment, and making sure you have fresh, purified water every day.  And he does it all with a smile on his face!

Our Porters & Horsemen

Led by our good friend Wilbur, we employ porters and horsemen from all over the countryside.  We try to rotate the team operating under Wilbur in order to share the economic benefits of your trip directly with the people whose homeland you are traveling through.   

We believe porters are the heart and soul of any trekking experience.  Several times a month, they carry heavy packs, cook food, and pitch tents on some of the world’s toughest terrain and it’s our mission to show our appreciation through fair wages, reasonable working conditions, and by helping them improve their quality of life.

Every porter will be introduced by name at the start of each trek.  We encourage you to try to interact with them as best as you can.

Social Projects

THE LOCAL PEOPLE ARE WHAT MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT.  WE WORK HARD TO SHOW YOU THE AUTHENTIC CULTURE AND GIVE BACK WHEREVER WE CAN.  HERE ARE A FEW CAUSES WE ARE SUPPORTING:

MISMANY WEAVING COMMUNITY

Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley, this community works hard to keep ancient traditions alive by employing single parents to weave textiles.  We support the single parents in this community by stopping here during our Sacred Valley tour to provide  a weaving demonstration, learn a traditional dance, and enjoy lunch from their local garden.

ANKASMARKAS ROAD PROJECT

This Inca site and community, located high in the mountains outside Cusco, practices their rich heritage and ancient traditions to use every piece of the land for creating beautiful textiles and art.   Unfortunately very few travelers see this place due to poor road conditions.  We donate a portion of every Ankasmarkas trip to help the local community improve their roads for new visitors.