Heimer Guillen Celestino grew up in the small village of Jacu, which is located east of Huaraz, Peru, and inhabited by 25 families (approximately 70 people), surrounded by the wonders of nature and peaks such as Mount Huamashraju and Mount Churup.
Driven by his love for the wilderness and a sense of adventure, he kicked off his career in the Peruvian tourism industry in 2001 as a freelance muleteer and transporter assistant to trekking groups navigating the mountain ranges of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. Heimer later progressed to becoming a kitchen assistant and in 2007, decided to obtain his qualifications as a trekking guide by pursuing an intensive course in high-altitude mountain guiding at the Centro de Estudios De Alta Montaña, Casa De Guias, in Huaraz, Peru. He has since been working as a freelance guide to both trekking and climbing groups in the region.
In his free time, Heimer keeps busy by herding sheep, cows and donkeys and condor watching. His farm also produces many varieties of potatoes, quinoa and wheat.
Equipped with over 14 years of experience in the industry, Heimer has extensive knowledge of arranging trekking and climbing expeditions in the spectacular mountain ranges of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru, as well as impressive insight into the existing flora and fauna thriving in those regions. In partnership with like-minded thrill seekers, Andean Condor Voyager was formed with a commitment to providing assured quality, seamless and professional services to adventure voyagers from all around the world looking to explore the surreal landscapes of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash.
You are assured that each and every trip will be accompanied by a complete crew of rigorously trained and experienced guides, cooks, porters and crew members, who will prioritise your safety and comfort above all else.
We know how challenging it can get braving the elements of nature up in the Andes, and for this reason we are committed to making you every bit that more comfortable during your expedition.
In particular, we ensure that all equipment used for trekking or climbing are of the highest standards of quality so as to be able to withstand the forces of nature and are regularly reviewed and maintained.
We have invested in a comprehensive array of trekking and climbing equipment including, but not limited to, internationally-branded tents for sleeping, cooking, dining and toilet purposes, kitchen and eating utensils, thermo-insulated sleeping bags, mattresses and all other paraphernalia necessary to ensure a safe and memorable experience for everyone.
You will be provided with a list of suggested items/equipment you are required to bring on the trek/climb and where required, we are happy to assist you in the rental of certain equipment if you are looking to save on luggage space for your commute to Huaraz.
Our premium service includes the following comforts and luxuries to ensure you are adequately protected from the elements and mountain-ready:
It is our pledge to practise sustainable and responsible travel at all times, from exercising proper care of our clients, employees and friendly village folk we meet along our expeditions, to the preservation of our surrounding landscape.
We take pride in the members of the Andean Condor Voyager family. We invest in our people by placing emphasis on providing quality training and grooming for their personal and professional development. All crew members are paid fair wages.
Everyone is treated with equal respect and encouraged to have a spirit of adventure – only when everyone works together as a team and is having fun, the trip is all the more enjoyable! This attitude extends to our surroundings as well – the landscapes of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash in all their glory are both breathtaking and mystical, but as much as nature provides us with such splendour, it is also our collective responsibility to give back by respecting the environment. We are committed to preserving the landscape in its pristine, original condition by discouraging littering, constructing toilet facilities and dispensing of all fluids a safe distance away from any water source and burying all toilet waste. This is a code of conduct that we strictly adhere to (and encourage our clients to adhere to) at all times.
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