Who Are We?
Aventours is a registered name of Ecoinka: A travel operator based in Peru.
Our focus is in organizing authentic travel experiences for people visiting our country. We place emphasis on quality services with minimal environmental and cultural impact as a priority.
Frederic “Rick” Schiller
Founder and General Manager of Ecoinka (Owner of Aventours), was born and grew up in Lima, went to college in California U.S.A. where he obtained a Master degree in Psychology. For the past 30 years “Rick” has been involved in exploring and designing trips for AVENTOURS and some of the other most prestigious tour operators, visiting remote areas of Peru and learning much about its wonderful traditions and culture.
Dr. Gonzalo Pizarro
Partner of Ecoinka, was born and educated in Arequipa in southern Perú, a direct descendant from a Spanish conqueror and chronicle writer Pedro Pizarro. He speaks fluent English and Spanish. He is an attorney by profession, he presently lives in New York, but his love for nature and adventure motivates him to visit Perú regularly in search for new routes and adventures. He has explored many areas with Rick and has helped develop most itineraries.
Is a long time collaborator with Aventours and member of the board of directors. Owner of the “Mayupata” Restaurant in Ollantaytambo, Cusco. Raúl was born and educated in Lima and has explored extensive areas of Perú, designing new routes and destinations. His extensive knowledge of Peruvian culture and cuisine has helped develop our menus that are a common topic of conversation and enjoyment in our groups.
Miguel was born in the highlands South East of Cusco not far from “Auzangate” (The tutelar sacred mountain of Cusco). Son of Luis Pacsi, an old time worker with Aventours, Miguel has been close to us since his early years and is a 2nd generation collaborator in our team. Educated at the University in Cusco, he obtained his Official Tour Guide credentials in 2004. Fluent in his native Quechua, in Spanish and English provides the tools to experience native traditions and share them with their passengers.
Graduated in tourism at the San Martin University in Lima, Walter is in charge of our office in Lima, and he is the reservations manager.
Graduated as a Chemical Engineer at the University in Cusco, Nilsa is in charge of our office in Cusco, and she is our operations manager.
Delia Pacsi, Flor de María Ramos, Harry Sayllo, Marco Callapiña, Richard Alejos and Rogers Cordobaconform our team of Official tour Guides, all educated at Cusco Institutions and University, all well prepared in outdoor first aid, with extensive knowledge of Peruvian culture, History, archaeology, geography, ecology and wildlife, making a learning experience each of the places we visit. At Ecoinka we are happy to hire local people trained as guides that will give you a first hand experience to the native living culture.
Cosme “Condor”, Encarnación “Ñato”, Feliciano Quispe, Humberto, Eusebio, Chino and Cecilio belong to our team of cooks. All of them have been recognized as top quality professionals of outdoor cooking and are greatly responsible for our excellent record of happy clients. At Ecoinka we place priority in preparing well balanced, nutritious and tasty meals and our team of cooks are all well trained in the “Novandina” cuisine style that uses the natural foods of the Andes to prepare a variety of delicious, healthy meals.
We are very proud of the group of people we have worked with for over 25 years as porters for our groups. Most of them come from the village of “Patakancha” in the highlands of Ollantaytambo and others from nearby villages, all in the buffer zone of Machu Picchu. We consider ourselves honored to be associated with this outstanding human group. All the porters we work with come from related family groups and give us the assurance of traveling with trustworthy companions. Some of them play native musical instruments in the evenings while on the treks. Their genuine respect for Mother Nature makes it easy to be a compatible part of the principles that rule our company.