Our Tour Leader under the spotlight for October is Joana Alarcon. Joana has been leading Explore tours in Peru for six years and has worked in her home town of Arequipa, Peru as a guide for 16 years.
Joana has received some great comments from people on her recent trips. We've picked out just a few which explain why they thought she was such a fantastic tour leader:
“Joana was an outstanding tour leader – no detail too small, no question too stupid! Brilliant sense of humour too and she explained all the history so well”
“informative, funny, professional, excellent – she enabled us to have the trip of a lifetime”
“Joana sorted everything out so efficiently; she was kind, caring, compassionate and professional”
“Joana is outstanding, she made the tour unforgettable”.
If you were given a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I think I'd love to go to China, a country with a lot of culture and very different traditions.
What’s the best thing about life on the road as a tour leader?
The best thing for me is meeting different people from everywhere, it really gives you the chance to make friends despite the distance.
Have you got any packing tips for a travelling life?
Never forget your underwear, umbrella, swimming costume and torch.
What do you never leave home without?
My toothbrush and make up!
On tour what has made you stop in your tracks and go “Wow!”?
Every single time when I get to Machu Picchu is a big Wow!!! For me is not only the remains that you can see in the postcards but the big effort of lots of generations for been able to built such a wonder in the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere!
What’s your top tip for travelling responsibly?
Please smokers, remember to keep the filters of the cigarrettes after you finish with them.
If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
CEVICHE!!!! is the best traditional dish in Peru besides of the guinea pig!! prepared with raw fish marinated with lime juice. Mmmmm!
What was your proudest moment as a tour leader?
It was when a lady in my group got extremely sick , and had to be evacuated from an island where no cars, no roads, and 3 hours away from the next hospital by boat! I hope she reads this, you are in my mind and in my heart!
What was your funniest moment as a tour leader
Always I keep reminding people to check their belongings ,especially when we leave a city but once I forgot my own luggage! I realized after 2 hours!!!
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