About the company

"The company is owned and run by YLBER PUMA. A native Peruvian from Q’OSQO (Q’olqa Community) a province of Cusco-Peru. The company is 100% Peruvian. Hence guaranteeing that all income stays in the country and like this supports the idea of sustainable and responsible tourism which is:

* generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities.
* improves working conditions and access to the industry.
* involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
* makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity
* provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
* provides access for physically challenged people
* is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence”

The whole company is built around this fundamental idea. Puma has strong ties to the various local mountain communities and wants to offer good work with great salaries to these people. We offer a variety of treks and city tours in Cusco with professional bilingual (Spanish and English) staff.

About Ylber puma

My name is YLBER PUMA and I was born on May 09th, 1976 in the Qolca valley - Cusco. I spent my childhood with my parents growing our own goods such as jungle potatoes, pumpkin, citruses, bananas, papayas, etc. learning naturally our mother language did my first elementary years at my community.

At my 9 years old I moved with my brothers to Cusco city, starting another stage of my life learning Spanish and the new concept to study and became a professional person. And be able to help the rest of my people. I never forgot my roots and want to actively contribute in improving their life.

I have college studies of education mayor in primary school and my second studies are to become an Adventure and Cultural official tour guide. Learning other languages as well.

I have been working as a tour guide since 2005 for several companies and during that time I learnt a lot from my tourist guests and also from the local staff (cooks, porters and classmates) accompanying me on the trails. During the last 10 years I did not just hike the classical four day Inca trail but also various trails in the many highland communities where our porters come from. Hiking these remote trails evidenced once more how hard the life is in the Peruvian mountains.

Puma trails Peru is registered with the Municipality of Cusco (00) and DIRCETUR (Dept of Tourism) (000-20..-GR CUSCO/DIRCETUR).