Chilean by birth and Cusco resident for 16 years, Andres began his professional career as a highly-skilled architect, but eventually couldn’t resist his true passions: ancient cultures and astronomy.
Explorer and researcher by nature, Andres loves hiking in the mountains and exploring ancient, secluded archaeological sites, as well as spending time connecting with the people in remote, traditional Andean communities in an effort to gain even more knowledge from a culture that still maintains and protects the traditions of their Inca forbears. His independent research is often sought out by historians and explorers alike, and he lectures extensively on the topic of Andean Archaeoastronomy—how ancient civilizations were deeply connected to the skies and how this influenced the architecture of Cusco, including Machu Picchu and the surrounding region. Therefore, it’s not surprising that he is also very much in demand as an expert tour leader.
Presently, Andres spends his time designing new routes and travel experiences as Executive Product Developer at Mountain Lodges of Peru. He also holds the position of Director of Research for the prestigious Bohic Ruz Explorer, an international group of archeological and ethno-historian researchers, whose current work, in addition to Cusco, is investigating other hidden cities in the Andes and on the coast of Paracas.
He currently lives in Cusco with his lovely daughter, Lira.