Valentin's Pachamama Journeys

Valentin's Pachamama Journeys offers personalized, unique yoga tours to places that other tour groups don't go, interacting with locals, and see how life is lived in the region.

  • Cusco, Peru

Speaks English

Offers starting at US$2,300
Offers starting at US$2,300
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

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Valentin Baca Baños

Valentin Baca Baños is a native Quechua speaker and started working as a porter on the Inca Trail at age 16. Valentin has been working as a guide for the past nine years and has led over 500 trips to Machu Picchu. He has a passion for sharing the culture, history, beauty of Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley in an energetic, friendly, fun, and spiritual manner. He speaks fluent Quechua, Spanish, and English.

Testimonials

  • Review by Chad

    "Our family and friends are just back from hiking the 4 day Inca trail and visiting Machu Picchu & the beautiful Sacred Valley with Valentin. If you ever need a guide for this trip or other adventures in Peru, call Valentin! He is so knowledgeable, experienced and kind - you are sure to have an incredible travel experience and will feel so well cared for. He even showed us his family farm and we met his father and other family- they are all wonderful people- We highly recommend!! Thanks again Valentin!"

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  • Review by Jacqueline from Asuncion, Paraguay

    "My family and I had an amazing 4 hour tour of Cusco with Valentin and Pachamama Journeys. They started off by picking us up at our hotel. We were initially going to go and try the famous Pisco Sour, but ended up going to the local market. That was an amazing experience. Valentin took the time to explain the local food and traditions. He also gave us ladies some much needed shopping time!!"

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    "After the market we walked the streets of Cusco making our way to the Plaza de Armas. He took the time to explain the history and take photos. We then went to a local restaurant where we tried the famous Pisco Sour! We had a great time and great conversation. Valentin is very personable. "

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    "After the taste testing we went to a family run planetarium where they explained to us the way the Incas looked at the stars. It was fascinating. The night was cloudy so we could not see much, but the experience was well worth it for us. Please keep in mind that this is a family run planetarium and is small. "

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    "After the planetarium, we went back to the city where we had dinner at a local mom and pop restaurant that has been there for years. Valentin talked to us about his life and what his ambitions are. He’s truly a wonderful man. He also told us that when you book with Pachamama Journeys, part of the proceeds go to provide funding and resources to 4 local schools! "

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    "We had an amazing experience with them! Can’t wait to do it again!"

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  • Review by Kimberly T

    "Valentin was my guide on the Inca trail before he started his own company and was amazing! He knows so much history and you can tell that he feels passionate about the area, which really made the trip. I recommend him to all of my friends that want to do the trail. Also felt very safe the entire time. Would definitely recommend!"

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  • Review by A traveler

    "Valentin was the guide for our family trip on the Inca Trail in 2014 when he worked for another company. It was one of our all time travel experiences, due in no small part to Valentin's skill as a guide, his easygoing, fun personality, his knowledge of the Incan and Peruvian history and his general hospitality. He was also great with our kids who were middle school age at the time. The company he worked for was very well run, and he was one of their main guides. My assumption that he would be providing the same level of experience with his own company. Would go again with Valentin in a heartbeat!"

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  • Review by Ruth R

    "My friend and I had an amazing time with Valentin as our tour guide. We had a great tour of the sacred valley and Machu Picchu! The tour was well planned out and all the accommodations were great! I would highly recommend the tour. Although there were so many sites to see over the 2-day span, Valentin was so knowledgeable and so energetic the whole time. I would gladly use this tour group again, and have recommended it to any friends planning on going!"

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  • Review by Hsin-Mao W

    "You can go on the Salkantay trek with many companies, heck you can even do it on your own, but you can be sure that you're in good hands with Valentin. Valentin has patience and a great sense humor, and really made a strong impression on my fellow trekkers and me. He never hesitated to share his stories of Peru's history, from the Incan times to modernity that helped me feel more connected. It really made a difference in making me feel like my time in Peru was well spent, absorbing the culture and being welcomed, rather than just a tourist seeing the sights and the sounds and jetting off again."

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  • Review by Ruth Rhee

    "Valentin was a wonderful tour guide. He was so very knowledgeable about all the sites that we went too including the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and made sure that we enjoyed our time. It was so much fun and so worth it. I highly recommend Valentin!"

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  • Review by Niharika Nag

    "Great cause great guy! All the best. May all these dreams come true."

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  • Review by Kate Caldwell Schurtz

    "Valentin is an excellent guide and a consummate historian. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Kristin W. from TripAdvisor's website

    "My husband and I went on a private tour of the Sacred Valley with Valentin this May. From start to finish, Valentin is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and kind. He responded immediately to my email request and he worked with me to build a custom itinerary. He figured out an itinerary where we were able to go all the places I had wanted to go to (in one day), where the several other tours I looked into required two days. He picked us up right on time at our hotel in a new SUV with the driver who was also extremely courteous (he opened the door for me every single time I got in and out of the car). During the day, we went to the salt mines, Moray archaeological site, Pisac ruins, and market and Chinchero where they have a textile demonstration. At each one of the sites, he took his time to explain historical significance and took several pictures of us. It is truly a day I will remember for the rest my life! I really cannot say enough good things about Valentin!"

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  • Review by Austin L. from Taichung, Taiwan

    "Went on a five-day Salkantay trek with Valentin last year. It turned out to be one of the most memorable adventures I have ever done. Valentin is an amazing guide with knowledge in both the nature and history of the region and his stories kept us motivated throughout the journey. In the meantime, the logistic team (porters and cook) also took good care of us when we arrive at campsite hungry and exhausted with a hot meal and comfortable tents. I will totally recommend those looking for a journey of a lifetime to sign up for trips with Valentin."

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  • Review by Aleksandra S.

    "Amazing trip! A unique region of Cusco and Inca track to Machu Picchu, would recommend it to everyone, and our tour organiser and guide Valentin Baca made it very special! Excellent organisation of everything - equipment, delicious food (and I'm very picky on hygiene and taste ), information before and during the track, really content reach, and interesting stories about places we visited, amazing charisma and sense of humour!!! Those good night horror stories were great. "

    "I felt really safe and taken care of and that created also very nice group atmosphere! The whole track was split into distances easily doable for me with enough breaks on the way so that I could really enjoy it with minimum struggle."

    "Thanks a lot Valentine and pacha mama of course for making it really great! "

    "Hasta la proxima viaje!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Princeton, New Jersey

    "I recently traveled to Cusco and wanted to do a tour of the city that was a bit different from the other tours that I saw advertised. From the time that I initially contacted Valentin's Pachamama Journeys by email, they were extremely prompt and well organized. Valentin personally picked me up at my hotel on time and walked with me to the San Pedro market. This was a great experience as it was a locals market with few other tourists there. He gave me a fantastic tour of the market and I was able to taste fruits that I had never seen before my life. The market is huge and there are locals having breakfast, selling, and buying things and bustling around. It was really interesting and I loved going to a local place to see how people are actually living. We then visited the main square, the main cathedral of Cusco, the temple of the Sun, and Sacsayhuaman. At each place, Valentin took the time to give me a very detailed explanation full of tons of Inca history. I learned so much in this day! Thank you so much, Valentin, for an excellent tour in your beautiful city. I would highly recommend Valentin's Pachamama Journeys for a wonderful and unique day in Cusco."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "In August 2012, a friend and I decided to realize one of our dreams, going on a trek that would lead us to the Macchu Picchu. Having Valentin as a guide was a real gift. He was sensitive to our pace and was motivating me when I was testing my own limits. He made us feel safe with him. Above all the beauty we saw, Valentin made this adventure even more magic telling Incas stories and transmitting his passion and love for his culture and history. We learned, we laughed, and had been touched at many times. The Lares trek is one of the most beautiful trip memory I have. Thank you, Valentin, you are definitely at your place as a guide! I hope I will have the chance to go back in your beautiful country and share a chicha with you!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Melbourne, Florida

    "My husband and I traveled to Peru in the summer of 2014. Back then, Valentin worked with SAS Travel, when we booked the 5day-4night Salkantay trek with Valentin as our main tour guide. His professionalism cannot be overstated! Valentin is passionate about his heritage and represents a rich cultural tradition. Historically and geographically knowledgeable, professional, and organized, Valentin is a dedicated tour guide and a great representative of the indigenous people."

    "He is willing to go the extra mile to make sure your experience is the way you dream it to be. Facing a big challenge with my husband getting sick after the first day of the Trek, Valentin shifted gears to help us out without compromising our fellow hikers’ trip. He gave us the full care we needed in this challenging environment. Due to his persistence and care, we still had the privilege of experiencing Machu Picchu beyond what we had hoped for. Valentin was a major component in a magical experience! Thank you, Valentin!"

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  • Review by a traveler from New York City, New York

    "My friend and I were only in Cusco for a few days and wanted to maximize our time. I wasn't sure where to go for the best service. Valentin was recommended by a friend and I am so happy we booked our tours with him. We did a half day tour of the Sacred Valley and loved it so much did another full day tour to follow. Valentin was dependable, timely, knowledgeable, attentive, and we learned so much having one-on-one conversations. We definitely saw more and gained more knowledge than others we spoke with at the hotel and airport. If you are going to Cusco and want an amazing tour, go with Valentin!"

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