Eco Tourism

Danish Born Tine Ansbjerg and Peruvian Ronald Rengifo Pezo have successfully pioneered and nurtured a company that combines the best of efficient Northern European business and management practices and Latin American knowledge. Running in parallel to this Machete Tours maintains a high degree of ethical and environmental practices, ensuring that local communities and environments benefit on the variety of levels from the work of the company.

Machete Tours started as a small specialist eco-tourism operator in the magical environment of Manu Biosphere Reserve in the South-Eastern Peruvian Amazon – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompassing a range of Andean and Rainforest environments. From these humble beginnings in the year 2000 Machete Tours has grown into a major Peruvian Tourism operator – covering the length of breadth of the country with diverse and creative itineraries. Since 2008 Machete tours has been expanding operations further, with itineraries now running in Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and Galapagos Islands. Today we continue to expand our operations while maintaining our high standards and commitment to quality that have been the foundation of our success since the beginning.
With local communities we create frameworks were the eco-tourism business promotes truly sustainable use of pristine natural environments and nature. These benefits are shared equally and fairly and with communities with no loss to the natural world.
Machete Tours believes and is commited to in using Eco-tourism as a tool to encourage the protection of the natural environment. We endeavour to encourage a love and respect of nature through enhanced understanding and awareness, both in our staff and clients.
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The Beginning

Born in Pucallpa in the central Peruvian Amazon Region Ronald has a superb knowledge of the rainforest, and it’s many of these early skills that helped Ronald pioneer his jungle tourism operation. Ronald went to school and studied administration in the Pucallpa area before getting his first major travelling experience when he was just 14 years old, travelling alone and by boat from Pucallpa to the jungle ‘capital’ of Iquitos several days downstream

. Since that first experience the love of travel and adventure has never left Ronald. Studying tourism Ronald obtained his first paid position as a rainforest guide when he was 17 years old. 4 years latter Ronald started guiding internationally, leading tours in Bolivia and later as a resident guide in the great Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil.

In year Ronald 2000 travelled to the exuberant Carnival festivities in Salvador de Bahia in Northeast Brazil. It was here in exotic coastal Brazil that he met his wife and Business Partner, Tine Ansbjerg.

Ronald and Tine opened the first Machete Tours office in Cusco in 2001, and now have offices in Cusco, Lima, Denmark and Sweden. 10 years down the road and Machete Tours are still expanding their range of high quality operations throughout South America. After 4 years living in Denmark in 2009 Ronald and Tine relocated to Southern Sweden were they continue to live happily today with their two boys Tor and Misac.

Voluntary project for Libraries in between Choquequirao and Machupicchu

Most rural Latin American Children have little in the way of resources for education and some do not even have access to school of any form. The Villages of Yanama, Totora and the La Playa do have basic schooling facilities but very little in the way of schoolbooks and certainly not a library. In many schools the only book available to read is the one being used and sometimes brought by the teacher. Government support is limited under normal circumstances and exacerbated where villages have remote locations, as is the situation here.

Machete Tours has begun a project to supply useful books in English, Basic Spanish and Quechua to the schools of this area. The project is named after the famous Danish writer of children’s fairytales, Hans Christian Anderson, author of such legendary tales as The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and the Steadfast Tin Soldier. Books have already been delivered to Yakama School, a small learning institution that provides education for children ranging from 5 to 14 years of age.

In addition to providing the books themselves to these communities Machete Tours is also aiding with a programme to build library/study rooms for children at these schools. This is an important step given the generally limited space available for students in the teaching centres.

Why Machete Tours is called Machete Tours:

The Machete is the tool of choice in tropical Latin American Regions, the Caribbean and parts of Africa – a long bladed knife, with the blade itself up to 60cm long. It’s a very flexible tool that can be used for a huge range of tasks, from opening coconuts to cutting sugar cane and bamboo through to cooking tasks. Being such a great tool to use, I always had a Machete with me when starting my guiding career in the Amazon...I could make safe and clear trails for travellers and open up paths to new and interesting areas where people hadn’t been before.

I always had a passion for adventure, exploring new areas where people hadn’t set foot in before and showing travellers these new places. When I decided to start my own company, the flexibility, practicality and ability to open up new routes that the Machete gave me seemed to represent many of the key qualities of my new business. ‘Machete Tours’- exploring new and creative routes in diverse, wild and wonderful regions of South America!

Ronald Rifengo

Managing Director
Machete Tours​
Phone: +51 84 224829
Email: [email protected]

Peru is one the Bio-diverse countries on earth

In addition to our culturally focused tourism projects we also specialize in adventures in the South American wilderness – treks into the high Andes, along ancient Inca Trails and to the foot of spectacular glacial peaks. Peru is one the Bio-diverse countries on earth, boasting the Atacama desert along the coast, the vast icy mountains and volcanoes of the Andes and the great bio diverse hothouse of the Amazon Rainforest to the East (The Peruvian Amazon alone covers an area larger than France!).
It was here in the Jungle that Machete Tours pioneered its eco-tourism operations in and around the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Machete tours sponsored tourism here goes to indigenous communities and provides an incentive to keep the rainforest and it’s wildlife in a pristine state – a truly long-term vision that contrasts against logging and mining operations that provide short term financial benefits but long-term destruction and poverty.