Pacsi miguel

Miguel Pacsi

Miguel Pacsi was born in the highlands southeast of Cusco, not far from snow-capped Ausangate, the most sacred mountain to the Inca people. Born into the WT family, with his father being one of our original camp managers, Miguel is a now a second-generation member of our Peru team! He has hiked the famous Inca Trail more than 500 times and holds a teaching degree in history and geography from the University of San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima as well as a guides’ degree from the University in Cusco. He is fluent in his native Quechua as well as Spanish and English and loves sharing his vast knowledge of Peru’s local traditions as well as its cultural and natural history. Miguel is a favorite among our trip members and receives rave reviews.

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Miguel's confidence, humor, love and knowledge of the place added so much to the experience.
— Candace S., Palo Alto, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel is a gem. His knowledge of Incan history, his relationships with locals, his professional yet friendly demeanor, his awareness of everyone’s state, and his good sense of humor make him the best guide we could have hoped for.
— Christine M., New York, NY
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel is what pushed this trip from being amazing to being one of the best experiences of my life. I can't say enough good things about him.
— Keith M., New York, NY
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel made this trip more than a trek, it was a life experience. His knowledge of the trail, history, managing clients, porters, hotels, transportation were flawless. He cared for our group as a professional but also as a caring human being. His compassion for his work showed in big and little things 24 hours a day, not to mention the fun sense of humor that kept our sides sore from so much laughter. An amazing man and guide. We have the fondest of lifelong memories to carry with us for years to come because he led us on this amazing journey.
— Evy S., Fresno, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel’s knowledge, skill, and sensitivity were the best of any trip leader I have ever experienced. He made it seem like a friend was showing you around in his homeland.
— Sharon L., Washington, DC
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The 8 days we spent with Miguel will remain in our hearts always. Our time with him will always be treasured, and since there were only the 3 of us on our ‘private’ hiker’s journey it was a very personal experience. Miguel's breadth of knowledge and love for his country and people brought depth to our trip that we never imagined would happen. He was welcomed by friends and acquaintances everywhere we traveled and treated every interaction with his countrymen as a blessing. At times it was like traveling with a Buddha, gracefully experiencing his life, in the moment, with humility and gratitude. He inspired us and brings out the best in everyone he meets. We will always be grateful that we were able to share our trip to Cusco and the Sacred Valley with Miguel.
— Bob and Wendy S., Coram, MT
Hiker's Journey to Machu Picchu
Miguel brought not only his education and expertise to this experience, he brought his deep connection to his culture, his tender humanity, his sense of humor, his passion in wanting us to connect not only to the experience but the people providing it. It was amazing how deeply personal and professional he was at the same time. At times, I felt like we were pilgrims being guided by a shaman who was unaware of the gifts he was giving.
— Sandra L., New York, NY
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel is OUTSTANDING, AMAZING, WONDERFUL, KIND, CARING, KNOWLEDGEABLE—I can't imagine this trip being any better, and much of that is thanks to Miguel. He is incredible and truly one of the most inspiring, compassionate, caring, dedicated and focused individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with. He made us feel important, safe, well-taken care of throughout the trip, and exhibited true concern for everyone. His passion for his culture, land, history and the environment was evident throughout. Wildnerness Travel is lucky to have such a professional as part of the team. Words do not fully capture how impressed I am with Miguel.
— Julia Y., Chico, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
I don’t believe there is a better trip leader for the Inca Trail hike.
— Dorothy K., Tucson, AZ
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The best WT trip leader I've had so far. Miguel is great in every way!
— Julie H., Berkeley, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel Pacsi is the overall finest guide I have ever had the pleasure to travel with. The breadth and depth of Miguel’s knowledge, and the passion for his country and culture are a real keystone for the success of the trip. He interacted easily with all of the guests and trip staff with great skill at all times. The porters and kitchen crew worked very hard, and demonstrated excellent camaraderie throughout. Miguel’s leadership of the whole team was outstanding!
— Ray C., Essex, CT
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was an extraordinary trip leader, the best so far out of all my Wilderness trips! Friendly, knowledgeable, concerned for our welfare, and an all around great person. He went above and beyond at all times. He not only helped when there was a problem (tiny as they were), but took numerous preventative measures to ensure a smooth trip for all. I can't say enough what a treasure he is. Machu Picchu is amazing, but Miguel made the experience even more special.
— Christine C., Essex, CT
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel should be named a national treasure of Peru. There are not enough wonderful words to describe this man. I have been given such a gift in getting to experience Peru through Miguel's eyes. I have come to love this country and its people. It was not just the experience of hiking the Inka trail, but Miguel made the trail come to life. I felt as if I was walking the trail in the 15th century with the Inka people and then again with Hiram Bingham in 1915. Every step we took as a group was instilled with Miguel's passion and love for his country. He built us up and made us strong so that we became proud of our abitilies which conincided with the awe and strength of the Inka culture itself. It was if we were becoming as one with this ancient, beautiful culture. Miguel was not only teacher, philosopher, mentor, and mother hen to a brood of 14 Americans on this trip, but he also became brother, son, father, and most improtantly friend to all of us.
— Marta C., Phoenix, AZ
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
I cannot say enough great things about Miguel. Not only is he an outstanding guide—from his knowledge of the terrain, to how to best help people navigate the challenging portions of the hike, and attending to everyone's needs—but also his masterful ability to unite individual travelers into a cohesive and fun group. Outstanding in all categories.
— Susan F., Brookline, MA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
We were SO lucky to have Miguel, a man who worked his way up from porter, to cooking assistant, to guide assistant, to guide. He knew, and warmly greeted, EVERYONE on the trail. The porters looked up to him as someone they could aspire to be. He was warm, funny, full of knowledge, accommodating and the best we could ask for!
— Sierra H., Lafayette, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was extremely friendly and very accommodating. I can't say enough good things about him!
— Sharon C., San Mateo, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel made everything seem easy. He was patient, supportive, and knowledgeable.
— Jeanne V., Mc Lean, VA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was outstanding. For knowledge, caring, passion, making the trip fun, professionalism.
— Steve E., Minneapolis, MN
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel's reputation as a client favorite is richly deserved! He is knowledgeable, warm, and thoughtful of each client's needs. He provided a fun and unforgettable cultural experience. We could not have asked for a better guide and will always remember this dream trip.
— Laurie G., Los Alamos, NM
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was a fount of knowledge and enthusiasm about Inca culture and the history of Peru and the Sacred Valley in particular, the Andes, and the ancient archaeological sites. I can’t imagine a more invested, and knowledgable leader, really. He was mindful of the individual needs of each member and very even in the interest he showed and attention he gave all of us. Outstanding professionalism, knowledge, and solid and engaging character and integrity.
— Carolina A., Altadena, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was a superb trip leader in every way. His deep knowledge of the area, his enthusiasm for sharing adventure and learning, and his personal and active concern for the well-being of every participant, were highlights of the trip and go well beyond the description "excellent".
— Christopher S., Altadena, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
I can’t say enough about how Miguel made the trip special. He was so well educated on the country’s history—we learned so much and he was so open to sharing. He didn’t miss a single “what plant, bird, building, etc…. is this?” question! He was so kind and well-liked by everyone in Cusco and on the trail that we felt like we were with the mayor. We really felt like guests of Peru and we had an awesome host!
— Claire T., Winston-Salem, NC
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
We couldn't have asked for a better guide, trainer, coach, and cheerleader. Miguel tailored the trip for each of us individually, and set the bar for all the guides in your service.
— Steve B., Santa Barbara, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was awesome. We could not have had a more knowledgeable, personable, professional trip leader. He ensured the trip was an excellent experience for all of us.
— Steve O., Cedar Rapids, IA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel is truly phenomenal at what he does. Made me feel comfortable/welcome from the very beginning and knew a ton about pretty much everything that had to do with Peru.
— Gabriel F., Berkeley, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel is a 5-star guide. He is professional, knowledgeable about culture, history (both Spanish and Inca and the interaction in Cuzco and on the trail), trekking, local customs, flora and fauna, and geography. He is fun person to be with with a wonderful way to put people at ease and an excellent sense of humor.
— Bruce F., Berkeley, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable about the culture and area. He had a great sense of humor and interacted well with all the hikers and staff.
— Margie M., Granger, IN
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
I don't think we could have had a better leader. Miguel shared his personal story, which added greatly to our understanding of the country and region.
— Jan K., Poulsbo, WA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was an outstanding guide. He was thoughtful, knowledgeable, and made the trip absolutely perfect.
— Kate V., Danville, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
We can't imagine a better guide. He was so knowledgable, considerate, and very helpful, plus his passion made our trip unforgettable.
— Iwona D., Amersham, England
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel made our trip! We were so lucky to have such a knowledgeable leader that bridged so many people and places together.
— Blaze C., San Francisco, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Awesome! Best guide I have ever had. Miguel is very knowledgeable about Incan history. I felt I was learning something new every day.
— Stephanie C., Portland, OR
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
We all cherished Miguel! He was undeniably one of the highlights of our trip personnel.
— Janeese J., Portland, OR
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
I can't say enough good things about Miguel. He was unbelievably helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and he earned the full confidence and trust of everyone on the trip. His knowledge of the flora was an unexpected bonus that we treasured. He made the trip!
— Marshall R., Contoocook, NH
Inca Trail Private Journey
Miguel was everything we could have asked for. He was knowledgeable, energetic, and constantly inquiring after our health and well-being. He shared all of his knowledge regarding everything we came across, and was very generous with his time throughout the day. Couldn't have asked for anything more!
— Brian R., Contoocook, NH
Inca Trail Private Journey
Miguel was the best guide we have ever had on any trip we have taken. He was highly professional, extremely knowledgeable, appropriately sensitive to our needs, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He is a truly outstanding guide.
— Rachel R., Contoocook, NH
Inca Trail Private Journey
I can’t say enough about how great Miguel was. He was smart, funny, caring, and infectiously enthusiastic.
— Tom H., Indianapolis, IN
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was so professional and knowledgeable, and a pleasure to have him as our guide. He made our trip.
— Monique D., Calgary, Alberta
Inca Trail Private Journey Deluxe Option
Miguel was a PERFECT guide and made the trip a success. He was extremely aware, perceptive, helpful, gentlemanly, knowledgeable, and nice. The list of his exceptional qualities is endless. He is an asset to WT and any traveler who gets him as a guide is lucky!
— Kris W., Pacific Palisades, CA
Inca Trail Private Journey Deluxe Option
Miguel was caring, knowledgeable, and made the trip fun!
— Tina L., Calgary, Alberta
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel went above and beyond to ensure that our trip was ‘unforgettable.’ It is obvious that he is well liked as he appeared to know most everyone we met on the trail. A GREAT guide.
— Dianne K., , Alberta, Canada
Inca Trail Private Journey
An amazing guide. He was always concerned with the group: safety, experience, and pace on the trail.
— Kent P., New Franken, WI
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was a fantastic tour guide from all perspectives, exceedingly kind while also being very fun to be around. His knowledge of the Inca culture and the current Peruvian culture were great.
— Sharon C., Ellicott City, MD
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Migel was great, sharp, articulate, and very proud of his country and its origins.
— Gary N., Houston, TX
Inca Trail Private Journey Deluxe Option
Miguel was professional, knowledgable, and engaging—a pleasure to be around.
— Cynthia C., Houston, TX
Inca Trail Private Journey Deluxe Option
Miguel was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the culture, natural environment, history, and people of the area; sensitive to our needs; extremely well organized; and a delightful person with whom to travel and hike.
— Julie G., Baltimore, MD
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel's love of the area was obvious and infectious and his knowledge of history, culture, flora, and fauna was impressive.
— Stephen G., Baltimore, MD
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was amazing and added so much enjoyment to our trip. He was so knowlegabe, patient, anticipated our needs, and was an overall wonderful person to get to know.
— Mary Jane O., Mesa, AZ
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was among the best guides I have had on any trip, anywhere in the world! A true gem!
— Kate S., San Francisco, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was exceptional. Not only did I appreciate his knowledge, but his interpersonal interaction and his flexibility day-to-day to maximize the trip experience was exceptional. Can't say enough great things about him!
— Scott W., Riverside, MO
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was personable, knowledgeable, and a great conversationalist. But it was a very special gift that he is a Peruvian and so proud of his heritage.
— Robert K., Mc Lean, VA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel's Andean background, knowledge of indigenous culture and nature, and simple kindness and relatedness to other human beings were of otherworldly magnitude. When he wasn't offering to carry one's burden up Dead Woman's Pass, he was leading us on with his Andean flute! A supremely magnificent guide and human being!
— James S., Fair Lawn, NJ
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel Pacsi is a gem. A very knowledgeable guide with information on everything and fantastic social skills. We all really enjoyed his company and his experience. He was definitely a highlight of the trip and made the Inca culturre come alive for us!
— Pascale M., Newmarket, Ontario
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel truly enhanced this trip. I have not had a guide anywhere who was so genuinely caring, intelligent about everything, and beautifully conveyed his love and knowledge of Peru.
— Karen B., Reno, NV
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel is in a class by himself! A true gentleman and a scholar. His firsthand knowledge of the traditions, culture, and history gave him the best vantage point from which to share the trek and experience the landscape, people, and food. He is to be commended for a job well done. Bravo!
— Helen R., Albuquerque, NM
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was very friendly and knowledgable and showed us some special trails that cannot necessarily handle larger groups. He was delightful.
— Mark J., Paradise Valley, AZ
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel was the most amazing person I have met. He made the trip absolutely unforgettable and was very warm, caring, and knowledegable.
— Meghana T., Scottsdale, AZ
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel did a fantastic job and his knowledge of the Inca history was amazing!
— Madge T., Orlando, FL
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Miguel has a wonderful heart. He has a love of his people, the mountains, and the Incas that is difficult to describe. As we climbed up Dead Woman’s Pass with Miguel blowing his flute, it was truly a unique experience. You are most fortunate to have him as a Trip Leader.
— A. L., Redmond WA
Miguel Pacsi cannot be surpassed. He is knowledge of history, geography, culture, flora, and animals is unlimited and he is a wonderful teacher and humanitarian. Cannot say enough about him. He made the trip unforgettable and wonderful.
— G. B., Fayetteville NY
Miguel really made this trip an experience of a lifetime. He is a classy man in every sense of the word. Thanks again.
— Paul M., Pasadena CA
Inca Trail Private Journey
Miguel is exceptional. He made this a perfect vacation and an A+++ experience.
— Vicky T., Torrance CA
Inca Trail Private Journey
Miguel is a star. His rapport with us, his porters, and the people on the trail was exemplary.
— Stuart and Molly S., Salt Lake City UT
Inca Trail Private Journey
Miguel was superb. We could not have asked for more. We’ve done a lot of guided trips and he was one of the best we’ve ever had.
— Peter M., Worcester MA
Miguel is fantastic! He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history, architecture, flowers, birds, and so much more. And he’s a warm and caring person who made this a truly wonderful experience. He is a gem!
— Robert B., Berkeley CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
I can’t give enough wonderful feedback! Miguel did a superlative job of helping to balance challenge with wonderment.
— Faith B., Potomac MD
Inca Trail Private Journey