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Francis Casapino

Born in Urubamba, Peru’s Sacred Valley, Francis has had personal contact with Andean highland communities and cultures throughout his life. Francis is passionate about Andean anthropological studies, particularly native costumes, traditions and social customs. He also enjoys teaching and sharing with others his vast knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Andes and Amazon rainforest. Licensed in tourism, his expert knowledge of his country, combined with his charm and enthusiasm, make him an ideal Natural Habitat Expedition Leader in the remote areas of Peru’s Amazon and Andes.

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

B. Hanson

"Francis was absolutely outstanding. When I said good-bye on the last day, I felt like I was saying good-bye to a friend, not just someone who was our host. Francis was professional, engaging, accommodating and just down right funny! He really made the trip a memorable one for us."

S. Joyce
"Francis was phenomenal. He was professional, courteous and really paid attention to our group and any questions we had. In my opinion he was above and beyond any expectations I had and I think he is a huge asset to Nat Hab to have him as part of your group. If all of your guides are like him I can't wait until my next trip!"

K. Bogart
"Fabulous, Fantastic, Wonderful, Fun, Charming, Patient, Knowledgeable, Darling, Efficient, and he could dance! - LOVED HIM! I can't think of enough superlatives to describe Francis. He was unbelievably fun and made us all feel instantly 'at home' and 'part of his family'. It was incredible - his knowledge and passion for every subject made it easy to take it all in and enjoy every minute. Not to mention that without his patience and encouragement, I personally would never have made it halfway up Machu Picchu. I MADE IT and it was SO WORTH IT! Thank you, Francis - it was so worth it to see it all from that guard tower! What a view!"

C. Tamasik
"Francis is a gem. We loved him. He was unfailingly pleasant, helpful, courteous, respectful. He was very well-versed in the history of the area and seemed to have a rapport with many of the shop keepers, hotel people, restaurant people, etc all of which made the trip run smoothly. He was fun too. Francis is the best guide I've ever had on a trip."

G. Syfert
"Francis was by far the best guide I have ever had on any trip! He was always the gentleman, kind, organized, humorous, and a great sport when we played some tricks on him. He was very attentive and knowledgeable about the area and especially Machu Picchu. This was my dream trip and it far exceeded my expectations primarily because of Francis. He imparted details that I am sure no other tours received, he kept us away from crowds and he made sure that we took time and had the time to absorb the spiritual aspect of Machu Picchu. Hold on to this guide-he is a gem. He is so humble and yet has so much to offer. He was a joy to watch with the villagers at the Amazon."

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