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.

Melanie Schiller
Rick´s daughter. She is our Commercial Manager, was born and grew up in Lima, went to college in the University of Lima, where she was graduated as Industrial Engineer. Melanie has wide experience in Marketing and Sales and she is very adventuress and loves to travel.

Nilsa Zarate
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.

Carmen Carazas
Carmen works with Nilsa in our office in Cusco. She is our reservations manager.

Jhon Elguera, Fernando Benavides, Delia Pacsi, Harry Sayllo, Marco Callapiña, Richard Alejos and Rogers Cordoba conform 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.

Our cooks:
Encarno Huaman “Ñato”, Feliciano Quispe, Humberto, Eusebio, Cristobal 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.

Our porters:
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.

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