Who We Are
Kuoda Travel was born when founder and President, Mery Calderon, noticed a large group of frustrated and tired tourists being herded onto a tour bus. She realized there was a true need for a customer-oriented company that could offer travelers personal attention and more meaningful travel. Ever since, Kuoda has been providing personalized travel experiences that allow our guests to explore South America while learning more about themselves.
The pioneer in private personalized travel in Peru, we are now one of South America's leading travel operators and are internationally trusted by those choosing South America as their destination. We have set the standard with intelligent tailor-made itineraries and stress-free, culture-rich journeys. Today, we are proud to say that 60% of our new business comes from satisfied former guests, whom we now count as dear friends!
Meet Our Team
Meet Your Team
Our passionate and experienced staff brings a wealth of travel, tourism and hospitality industry knowledge as well as adventure-seeker know-how to creating unique and interesting itineraries for each client. Our local network of more than 80 top-of-their-field guides, drivers, historians, chefs, and experts ensures execution is flawless.
Founder and President
I care deeply about the experience of each and every guest, so I look forward to meeting you in Cusco and hearing about your experience. Remember, you can always call me to ask questions about your trip or just to chat!
A bit about Mery: Mery fell in love with tourism as a young girl working in her parents´ Cusco-based souvenir shop. She founded Kuoda when she saw the need for a company that could better serve visitors to South America by offering truly personalized, unique travel experiences.
I am delighted to be charged with telling the world about Kuoda! It's my job to make sure you have all the information about us that you need. And it's also my job to share what we love about South America with you via our Facebook, Blog and Twitter communities.
A bit about Emily: A Vermonter by birth, a New Yorker by choice and a Cusqueña for love, Emily has over eight years of experience creating marketing strategies and plans for corporations from McGraw-Hill to Brüt Cologne. She is delighted to be telling the world about a company as truly dedicated to its clients and communities as Kuoda is.
I'm in charge of helping you create the perfect itinerary and then making sure that all details are in place for your arrival. I love birds so make sure to ask me how to best experience South America's wildlife!
A bit about Thomas: Born and raised in the UK, Thom traveled Europe, Asia and South America before settling in Peru. He loves nature - particularly birds – so he often explores the wonders of the Peruvian countryside. He is also interested in environmental conservation, history, sports, hiking and photography.
I work with you to create your ideal travel itinerary and then I make sure all of the details of your trip are taken care of. I love helping families have wonderful vacations together!
A bit about Jonathan: Originally from Alabama, USA, John fell in love with travel at an early age and has devoted the majority of finances to that end. As a young man he visited Peru and decided that he would one day make this wonderful country his home. His life now centers around helping others complete their own dreams of travel.
I work with you to develop the perfect itinerary and then, I work with our office team to make sure that everything is ready for your trip. I love off-the-beaten-path experiences, so let me help you have a great one!
A bit about Jesus: A native Cusquenian, with nearly a decade of experience with custom and luxury adventures around Peru and Ecuador and is an expert in romantic getaway for couples and family trips with children. Jesus would love the opportunity to design the perfect travel experience for you and your loved ones.
Together, you and I will create your perfect vacation! And then I work with your team here to cover the details so that you don't have to worry!
A bit about Jerusha: Born in South Africa with Indian heritage, Jerusha spent a portion of her childhood there before immigrating to Australia in the late 1980's. She now lives in Cusco, Peru and enjoys trekking in the mountains and cooking Peruvian dishes. Jerusha has become expert in turning her clients´needs into their dream travel experiences.
I work with your Travel Designer and our office team to make sure that all of the behind-the-scenes details that will make your trip great are in place!
A bit about Cinthia: Cinthia has a passion for traveling and a great deal of concern for other people, making her the ideal fit as Kuoda's Operations Manager. She takes care of clients as if they were family, and wants them to return home knowing they have friends in her home town of Cusco. She thrives on the responsibility and creativity inherent in her job.
I am in charge of all your hotel reservations and make sure you have the best night's sleep in each destination! It is my job to ensure that all your hotels are confirmed and that you can just arrive and enjoy a good night's rest!
A bit about Alex: Alex is a Cusco native with extensive experience in the tourism industry. He has worked for a number of Cusco's hotels and knows more about the accommodation options in Peru than anyone else! Naturally, he likes nothing more than to go traveling and getting to know new countries, cultures, and people. He is a gregarious, outgoing member of the team who also has a real passion for photography.
Chief Financial Officer
I make sure that Kuoda works financially. And I love that I get to do that for a company that is devoted to making you happy and that is devoted to the sustainability of local cultures and the environment!
A bit about Nadia: Hailing from a large Cusqueñan family, Nadia has over six ten years of experience in the tourism industry. She began her career in accounting before attending the prestigious Tupac Amaru Institute of Tourism and went on to work with some of the region's most prestigious institutions, including Cusco's Libertador.
I help Nadia make sure Kuoda works financially!
A bit about Mariela: Born in Cusco, Mariela has loved numbers since early childhood. She studied business accounting and graduated with honors. Mariela feels that she has learned a lot from working with Kuoda, not just as an accountant, but also from Kuoda's strong sense of teamwork and dedication to sustainable travel.
Logistics and Reservations Supervisor
I am in charge of making sure your itinerary is logistically seamless, and that all your trains, flights, and transport are booked and ready to go. It is my pleasure to ensure you will get the bus or train reservations that you need and can sit back and enjoy your stay!
A bit about David: originally from Cusco, David is a naturally curious person. He enjoys traveling to discover and learn about the world around him. David has an intense interest in the history of the ancient Inca and enjoys researching the culture of these ancient peoples.
IT Director and Interactive Designer
I make sure our website has everything you need to know about Kuoda! And I also make sure you can get in touch with us whenever you need us!
A bit about Eder: Born in Cusco, Eder trained as a web developer and designer. Along with extensive design experience, he brings his excellent design sensibility to Kuoda. A true lover of Technological Design, Soccer and Adventure; he spends much of his free time experimenting with programs, playing soccer with friends or taking fascinating adventures to exotic locations.