I am writing in reference to my experience with Jose Cusi, as host to our group of travelers from all over the world, who came together on an extensive hike/tour through Peru with destination Machu Picchu, 2008.
During a three-week vacation in Peru, five days were spent on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, under the watch of Jose Cusi. Our group consisted of hikers from ages 20 through 60! The night before the tour, Jose met with each hiker to describe the adventure before us, along with an incredibly helpful summary of what to expect. We were very well prepared. The next morning we were on our way and Jose was very attentive to the group, gauging experiences and observing each hiker. He is extremely personable and trustworthy. Jose spent time with each of us, teaching us of the local geology, and history of the areas we traveled through. He is extremely knowledgeable and his studies of culture and history were apparent.
Throughout the five days, we camped, hiked, ate, and experienced the land and cultures of each of our stops. Jose was never too far ahead or behind any of the hikers. He often doubled back and moved ahead with amazing endurance. He was always around or in sight which is comforting considering the physical challenges in some parts of the route and also when there were questions of anything from vegetation or the land and cultures we traveled through. We completed the tour safely, on time and gained a wealth of knowledge that made this experience one of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime.
Jose Cusi is a truly wonderful leader. I know that this experience was directly impacted by the quality of the guide and the enthusiasm and knowledge required to lead a group of strangers from different countries, and have them all friends and in touch to this day. Jose is our common link. I would recommend to anyone who has a chance to tour with Jose, to take a spot immediately and be prepared for a most exciting, challenging adventure full of stories, history, jokes, and lessons in art, culture and language.
I continue to recommend Jose Cusi and his work to anyone planning a trip to South America.