In 2002, a workaholic Minnesotan salesperson went on a short trip to Machu Picchu, Peru with a friend. Stopping in a tiny, dusty town called Ollantaytambo on the way back, he quickly fell in love with the area’s mountains, culture, people, and astonishing way of life.
He picked up his life and moved to Peru, creating KB Tambo, a small hostal and adventure travel business. “Tambo” means rest house, in the Incan language of Quechua.
We loved the travelers. We loved new sights. We tried hard. We.. cared. And so, we grew. And grew. Gaining unexpected accolades and attention along the way, doing travel the only way we knew how.
We’re big, but we’re small. The small core group of staff manages each trip from beginning to end; we don’t pawn you off on just anyone. Our owner still answers or oversees every email, and still guides many of our small group trips. We never lost touch – and we never will.
We still have the exact same philosophy as when we started: Helping people get the most out of their limited time and budget. We organize rad trips – either private, or in small groups – and excel at the boring logistics that ultimately play a huge role in your trip’s success.
We treat every client like they are our family and every trip as though it were our own. A simple formula for success. But don’t tell anyone, we’ll just keep that our little secret.
In 2020, tourism in Peru shut down almost overnight (along with our biz). Tourism is the thrid-largest industry in Peru and immediately the people we loved were struggling to put food on the table. We believe the greatest way to make an impact in developing countries is by supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs. Your trip, dinners on the town, and souvenirs for friends all make a huge difference to these people.
With every trip booked, we donate a percentage of the profit to micro-finance loans, small business mentorship, and relevant current needs to community you are traveling to. Our goal is to transform generational poverty into sustainable self-reliance. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping make this goal a reality.