The Quechuan Brothers
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Hello! We are Evert and Elias, the founders of Authentic Treks, from Cusco, Peru in South America.
Our childhood was spent in the village where we were born, Chitapampa, perched high in the Andes mountains near the sacred valley of the Incas. We grew up with our lovely family — our father, mother and grandparents — who passed on to us their ancestral knowledge from the Incan times. We are very proud of our heritage, and we carry on with the cultural traditions of ancestors. We share in their blood and the language, and celebrate their work ethic in everything we do.
Even though we feel lucky to have been raised in the highlands, our lives have been difficult. Our father was a farmer, and our mother used to take our crops from the village to Cusco to sell to provide for our family of six. The only language any of us had ever spoken was our native language Quechua, so it was hard for us to communicate with people from the city who spoke Spanish. My parents decided we should learn, and worked long hours to send us to the village school, where we learned our first words in Spanish. Even with our teacher, there was a language barrier, and we felt shame because we were so different from other students.
But we learned, and from there we went to primary school in Cusco which had a tremendous impact on our lives. Things got better, we made many friends and continued our secondary school in Cusco, as well, all through the hard work and effort of our parents, who knew this was important. In 2006, our mother passed away our father moved away to another city to continue to help support us. Because he did, we had the opportunity to discover what we should do with our lives.
We started working on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as a porters, which was quite an undertaking. The first time one of us traversed the trail, carrying loads of more than 30 kilograms, it was so difficult we swore we’d never do it again. But the people and the customers drew us back. We worked the Trail for more than three years, and it was both an adventure and a learning experience to watch the cooks and guides do their jobs. It became a wish of ours — you might even say our mission — to open our own company to provide this adventure for others, with the knowledge of our ancestors behind us.
After studying tourism for several years at university, while working as porters the whole time, we both became guides, and Elias a cook. We worked for many years in different companies leading groups on expeditions through the Inca Trail, the Choquequirao Trek, and the Lares Trek en-route to Machu Picchu. The time came for us to branch out on our own, and to help provide our people with a better way of life.
And this is the reason why we decided to start this family business, Authentic Treks, to fulfill our dream. Our company not only introduces our clients to the beauty of the Andes and the heritage of our people, but also creates opportunities for our brothers and those from villages like our own high in the mountains. They, too, can become porters, cooks and guides and grow as professionals. Through Authentic Treks we can continue to pursue our mission to support our people, keep our culture thriving and help all of us lead a better life.