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 sustainable services with minimal environmental and cultural impact as a priority.

Aventours is a locally owned Peruvian tour operator based in Cusco, Peru. Our Operations Center is located at Camp Km 82, the base camp of the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Since 1980 we have worked operating adventure trips in the area and other parts of Perú.

Our specialty is trekking but we also provide: biking, rafting, or any other sustainable adventure you may desire in association with other operators. We operate private groups for families and friends, but also small fixed departure adventures. We can take care of every detail from your arrival to your departure in Cusco (or Lima) or you can choose to only book a trek with us if you prefer.

Frederic Schiller (Rick)

Founder and General Manager of Ecoinka/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 visiting remote areas of Peru and learning much about its wonderful traditions and culture; leading explorations and designing trips for AVENTOURS and some of the other most prestigious tour operators.

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, Marco Callapiña, Rogers Cordoba , Harry Sayllo, Delia Pacsi, Fernando Benavides and Richard Alejos 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:
We have a great team of Chefs that will amaze you when in the outdoors: Encarno Huaman “Ñato”, Feliciano Quispe, Humberto, Eusebio, Cristobal and Cecilio belong to our team. All of them are recognized as top quality professionals and are greatly responsible for our excellent record of happy clients. At Ecoinka we place priority in preparing well balanced, nutritious and tasty meals. Our team of Chefs are all well trained in the “Novandina” cuisine style that uses the natural foods of the Andes to prepare a variety of delicious meals.

Our porters:
We are very proud of the group of people we have worked with for over 30 years as porters for our groups. Most of them come from the traditional village of “Patakancha” in the highlands of Ollantaytambo and others from nearby villages in the buffer zone of the Machu Picchu Park. We consider ourselves honored to be associated with this outstanding human group. Many of the porters we work with come from related family groups that 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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