Our Manu guides

Scientific expertise

Amazon Trails Peru (ATP) is passionate about the tropical rainforest – we will take you on an exceptional tour of Manu!

ATP works with experienced, professional English speaking naturalist guides who have more than 15 years of guiding experience in Manu and work according to the guidelines of the peruvian National Park Authority (SERNANP).
Some of our guides have grown up in Manu, some of them are biologists and all have been working in research projects and living in the rainforest.

Our guides are very experienced in wildlife spotting, recognizing birds and mammals by sound and sight and they can imitate the animals to call them closer. Your guide will explain about ecology and biodiversity of this fascinating tropical rainforest. He will also provide detailed information about the animal species you will observe and give you an insight into indigenous peoples’ lives.

In 2005 ATP was the first company to introduce quality binoculars and spotting scopes on our tours so that you can get a closer view of the animals, without disturbing them.

Our guides take one of the following spotting scopes on our Manu tours:

  • Leica Apo Televid, 77 mm
  • Zeiss Diascope T FL, 85 mm
  • Leica Televid, 65 mm
  • Kowa TSN 2, 77 mm
Wilfredo Arizábal Arriaga

Wilfredo Arizábal Arriaga, born 1967, biologist and herpetologist, authorized Manu guide, working as a guide in Manu since 2000, speaks fluent English, has been working as a herpetologist for the University of Cusco and in a Project in Tambopata, worked as a Guide in Pacaya Samiria/ Iquitos, instructor about herpetofauna in the cloud forest and lowland of Manu.

Carlos Aguilar Castañaga

Carlos Aguilar Castañaga, born 1979, naturalist and authorized Manu guide, working as a guide in Manu since 2004, speaks fluent English. Carlos has been working in mammal monitoring projects and worked as a guide with the BBC and National Geographic, he also guides some treks around Cusco.

Javier Amanqui Cordova

Javier Amanqui Cordova, born 1982, naturalist and authorized Manu guide, working as a guide in Manu since 2005, has been working in bird monitoring, e.g. of the Rock of the Rocks, speaks fluent English, excellent at spotting animal, has been working with photographers in Manu and in the Andes.

Nicolas Quinte Villegas

Nicolas Quinte Villegas, born 1966, biologist, authorized Manu guide, working as a guide in Manu since 2001, speaks fluent English. Nicolas has worked in studies about the Brazil Nut in Tambopata; he did training in Tropical Ecology in Costa Rica and Colombia, he is pasionate about photograhy and birdwatching.

Saturnino Llactahuaman Lastra

Saturnino Llactahuaman Lastra, born 1982, in the rainforest and raised there, works as a Manu Guide since 2003 and specializes in ornithology, also in the Andes. He loves Colibris. He speaks English and some Japanese.

Juan Jose Salas Falcon

Born 1986 in Cusco, degree in tourism, Manu guide since 2012, specializes in bird tours, he made many exploration trips to different places looking for birds. He has truly remarkable field skills in bird identification, which include a very extensive knowledge of vocalizations. He speaks English.

Our trekking guides

Experienced and professional Trekking Tour Leaders

For our treks we work with a team of experienced & professional, English speaking guides who know the treks and the Andean flora and fauna very well.

They have a comprehensive knowledge about the archaeological sites and the Inca history and will also be encouraging during difficult parts of the trek and watch out for your safety.
Your guide will also explain about local customs and beliefs and make you familiar with today’s life of the Andean people.

Carlos Estrada Huallparimachi

Carlos Estrada Huallparimachi , born 1982, authorized guide for Inka Trail and alternative routes, working as a guide since 2006. Speaks fluent English.

Pavel Pomalaza Cuba

Pavel Pomalaza Cuba, born 1982, authorized guide for Inka Trail and alternative routes, speaks fluent english and is working as a guide since 2005.

Santiago Puyo Ancco

Santiago Puyo Ancco, born 1980, authorized guide for Inka Trail and alternative routes. Santiago knows the trekking routes around Cusco very well and speaks fluent English. He is working as a guide since 2004.

Jaime Vasquez

Jaime Vasquez, born 1969, authorized guide for Machu Picchu and alternative routes. Works as a guide since 1998 and is very experienced and with great knowledge of Inka history. Speaks fluent English.

Erick Farfan Z.

Erick Farfan Z., born 1979, official guide for the Inka Trail and alternative treks, very experienced, with fluent english. Works as a guide since 2002.