Specials as of
Tour Trail Combo
Inca Trail Trek
Letter to our Customers.
has been traveling and leading groups into Peru since 1988 and has offered trips to the general public since 1994.
All of our trips to . . . Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Inca Trail, the Amazon, Lake Titicaca, Nazca, Chiclayo / Sipan, Trujillo / Chan Chan, Arequipa and Lima are set as DAILY DEPARTURES.
They are built and designed this way to suit the needs for your specific departure as well as amount of days you are able to travel.
( We also offer a fixed departure every Friday. )
As for our adventure trips, we are proud to announce that our Inca Trail trips of four and five days depart with a maximum of ten guests every Monday.
(Unlike others whom depart on the over crowded Sundays, allow up to fifteen per group. )
We also offer for the more adventuress guests into the Amazon, the Manu Biosphere Reserve. These special trips are operated by one of the leading orthenologist in South America, depart every Sunday from April - September.
So why choose TAMBO TOURS ?
Unlike many other tour operations all over the world in which the agents never experience the tours or adventure trips that they offer.
I have personally been to Peru more than thirty-five times and have led groups on several different occasions to many of the destinations in my brochure.
With my experience and appreciation for the history, culture and natural wonders of Peru, there is no better way of showing it than in my trips for groups as well as for the individual.
We are also proud to announce that our Cusco partner was the recent recipient in Madrid, Spain of the 24th INTERNATIONAL TOURISM AWARD FOR PERU.
This annual award was given by the travel experts of the industry this past fall.
With our personal knowledge and extensive experience into the land of the Inca
there is no other choice ...
Chris H. Bumann
owner & manager
Congradulates our Cusco office for recieving
The 24th International Award for
1998 BEST TOUR OPPERATOR OF PERU
This award is given out each year by the European & South American Travel Experts and was awarded in Madrid,Spain.
We are proud of their award as well as confident of their services they provide for all our guests that visit Peru.
Growing up in a small town of Andover,
Illinois with corn & soybean fields surrounding
my home town of 250 people, I only dreamed to
imagine what my life laid before me in the future.
In February 1988, for my 24th birthday
I set off to Peru on my first trip outside
the United States not knowing at the time
how that this one trip, whould change my life.
It had always been a dream to visit the
Amazon as well as the celestial
archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
While going to Peru I found the people
to be incredibly friendly. Similar that of
back home in the Midwest.In Cusco,
I felt the feeling of peaceful tranquility.
Not that I could understand my feelings,
but it was different. ( Keep in mind that
during this time the terrorist group led by
collage professor Abigail Guzman and the
Sendero Luminosa were planning a new
future for of Peru.) I was innocent of all this
and probably for the best.
I only imagined how huge the site of Machu
Picchu was until I got my first glimpse.
When I returned from this trip, I swore to
to myself and some new found friends
(the Ormenos & Borbors) that I would return someday.
It wasn't until one year later on my 25th
birthday that opportunity presented itself
again. Once again, I proceeded back to Cusco
to be pick up where I left off. After a week there
I continued to the northern Amazon region of Iquitos.
Though this was only my second trip to
Peru, it was the beginning of what would
turn into be a yearly event. Each year the
trips became more frequent as well as new
destinations. I started taking friends to my
new "home land" and even started to export
some of the handicrafts from Peru. During my
travels to Peru I would also take all the small
soaps, shampoos from the hotels I stayed at
as a airline employee. My local dentist in
Houston and myself combined our efforts and
donated tooth brushes & toothpaste as well as shoes,
clothing and some small medical items. All these
small gifts were distribute by a good friend Marco
and myself to the children of the region.
( see P.A.P. )
Over the next few years I lead several small groups of
freinds to join in my ventures to other areas throughout the
peruvian countryside. We found the people different in
features and customs but still very happy and freindly. What
little they had they were more than willing to share. We as
well always offered our new freinds small gifts from back home.
During this period I began to operate TAMBO TREASURES a
company that would resale typical items from Peru and other
Latin American countries. With part of the proceeds going
towards the purchase of small items like tooth brushes /
tooth paste, some chidrens clothing and other little items.
I found it a very difficult market to manage with the fashion
at the time being the Southwestern style. After about three years
I put on the back burner for a while.
Late in 1993, one day after sitting around drinking a few Cusquenas in a
friends pub (CROSS KEYS), another friend Gustavo and I were talking
about how I could start TAMBO TOURS. I had another buddy Marco who is
one of the best guides in Cusco that could run the popular trips.
For the adventure trips of trekking we had Raul & Arelio and the
rafting trips, Armando. All I needed now was someone to take it
serious enough that it would work. We spoke to Raul & Arelio, and
they were excited about my ideas, but cautious. (Remember the American market was
nervous about any country that lay south of tourist trap Mexico.
They offered me a some good prices for many trips and TAMBO TOURS became
a reality. Though it did not happen overnight TAMBO TOURS is growing,
but still maintains that small town personality like you find in Peru.
As the time went on I truly became part of Peru,
not only by visiting, but spiritually and psychologically
connected to this home away from home. I as well now
have family in Cusco and in Quillabamba. My wife
who I met in 1994, has tried to Americanize
me but my true love is still Peru. As anyone who has
found their special place and only they know how they
feel. That is how I am about Peru. A picture
can not show you and anyone can not explain that
feeling when excitement is of only to return. In all my
travels to many places in Latin America: Belize,
Guatemala, Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador
and other countries, I have yet to quench that thirst
that only Peru gives to me.
Over the course of the last twelve years I can recall
many stories some I would like to forget others I
sit back and laugh at the predicaments that I either
have viewed or been apart of. One thing that I know ...
even though I can not travel to Peru as often as I wish
to now, Peru is still thought of every day of my life. I have
a family and that is what Peru has given to me. I also have
you to see what I see. And for you to feel what I feel.
So, now in my trips that you consider to be apart of
it is not only a tour to Peru, it is a experience a life time.
|Listed below is a article that was published in December 1996
by . . .
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES PROFILES MAGAZINE.
Discover the Celestial World of Peru. . .
where mountains, jungle, ocean, desert and
some of the most amazing archaeology in
the world, meet in one country. Here you
can travel almost any direction and have a
great vacation. Peru is covered with
archaeological sites from north to south.
The most popular sites are those in Cusco
and Machu Picchu located deep in the
Andean mountains. Just a mere one hour
and ten minutes from Lima. The Incas
invite you to see their lost civilization.
Chris H. Bumann
In Cusco and the surrounding area, there
are palaces, temples and fortresses that
people from all corners of the world have
come to see. One such location is that of
Sacsayhauman, which has baffled
architects, scientists and mathematicians.
The carved rock structure is so precisely
pieced together that not even as advanced
as we are today, can we duplicate the fine
But what truly is considered the jewel of all
South America is the incredible
archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Here
the citadel, untouched by the tyrant
Spanish Conquistador's, remained for
hundreds of years only to be stumbled
upon in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham.
Searching for the Lost City of the Inca and
its fabled gold, Bingham was led to the site
by a local Indian guide pointing out the
terraces and temples that were submerged
beneath dense jungle growth. Not exactly
what he was looking for, but today Machu
Picchu has become the focal point of
tourism in Peru.
What makes Machu Picchu so amazing is
that it is one of the few locations that
appear just as it must have been when the
civilization was in existence. There are many
hypotheses that surround this
archaeological wonder on where the Inca
went and why did they leave the hidden
If your looking to take a route other than
the traditional tourist train, a four day
back packing trip on the Inca Trail leads
you to Machu Picchu as well. Here you can
see many smaller sites or tambos that the
Inca built on their intricate road system
through the Andes. This trip was my 30th
birthday celebration and my favorite. I
recommend this to those who need a little
time away or like the fresh outdoors.
If the mountain life is not for you, the
Amazon Jungle is just around the corner.
With the largest concentration of
endangered wildlife, the Manu Biosphere and
Tambopata Candamo National Reserve
offer you the chance of a life time to view
nature as it really is.
For those looking for a quick trip, the
Tambopata Jungle Lodge offers three to
six day trips to get a look at the Amazon. If
you are willing to "rough it," an eight-day
adventure can take you into Manu, one of
the largest protected rainforest regions of
the world. Here the opportunity of viewing
giant river otter, Capybara, black cayman,
monkeys, macaws, toucans and maybe even
the elusive jaguar can become a memory of
If you are a bird watcher, then a trip to the
Tambopata Macaw Lick, where hundreds
of macaws and parrots come to lick the
minerals from the salty clay on a daily basis.
The lick is the largest known in the world,
where this phenomenon occurs.
Other areas in Peru to visit that are as
exciting and historically important are Lake
Titicaca and its floating reed islands, the
Uros, famous for being the highest
navigable lake in the world. Nazca, which
was documented in the movie "Chariots of
the Gods," has desert markings left by the
lost civilization of the Nazca Indian. Here
many believe these huge designs were used
as ancient landing strips for peoples from
In 1987, The most significant archaeological
discovery for the Americas took place in
Chiclayo just north of Lima. Similar to that
of King Tut of Egypt, the Lord of Sipan,
was uncovered and brought to life when it
toured the world and brought new interest
Any of these trips take only a few days and
are just a short flight from Lima. I
recommend that everyone visit Peru at least
once, to see itís beauty that can be found
almost at any point in the country. I have
been to Peru more than thirty times, and I
know that I will return many more times.
Donít go just to say you have been there
and done that, go to learn and I am sure
you will go back.
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Thanks for your patience.
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