About Kusa Treks
Kusa Treks is a locally owned tour company that was started by Erik Bayona. Erik worked for over 15 years as a lead tour guide, taking people from all over the world on treks and tours to Machu Picchu.
He had always dreamed of starting his own tour company, so he used everything he learned as a guide to create a new company. In 2016 Erik met Michael and Preston, and together they created Kusa Treks.
Since starting in 2016, Kusa Treks has grown to be one of the premier tour/trekking companies in Peru. Kusa Treks has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence each year since opening.
Kusa Treks was founded to:
Provide a hassle-free booking experience along with unforgettable trips for our clients.
Hire and train local guides and provide our staff with living wages, healthy work conditions and a higher standard of living.
Give back to the communities of Peru and preserve the natural environment.
Why Use Kusa Treks?
We are a licensed and permitted company
The Peruvian Government has a list of strict requirements that legally enable a company to perform tours to Machu Picchu and/or treks on the Inca Trail.
Some of these requirements include:
Locally owned & operated by Peruvian Citizens
Business must have a Peruvian tax ID and pay the appropriate annual taxes
Business must have an established nonprofit arm that benefits local communities.
There are over 6,000 tour companies around the world that offer trips to Machu Picchu. However, only ~140 of us (<1%) have the proper licenses and permits to facilitate the actual tour/trek.
This means that if you book with 99% of the tour agencies out there, you are booking with the middle-man who will then pay a licensed company (like ours) to perform your actual trek. So their prices are inflated.
When you book with Kusa Treks, you are dealing with the same people who will take you on the actual trek, which allows us to keep our prices way lower!