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There are fulfilling and enriching life stories. Efraín Valles's is one of those few: cusqueño of heart, tourist guide by passion, marathoner by conviction and polyglot almost by obligation.

“Efrain's effort is simply spectacular. It seems that the gold winner can do it all. With a difficult childhood, growing up as a street boy in Cusco, he stood out, ”the jury then wrote in the judgment of the contest in which 2,200 tour guides from different countries participated.

And after receiving the coveted award, Valles's goal remained the same: to help those in need. His story When Efrain was a child, his father died and his mother abandoned him, so he had to work in the streets of Cusco selling trinkets (so, by obligation, he learned different languages to communicate with tourists), until he arrived at the Chicuchas Foundation Wasi, where he found a surrogate mother.

With his support, he studied tourism at an institute (although he hardly opts for computing) and fell madly in love with his career. "I am Quechua, I am Inca, I am proud of my identity, and this profession is a great way to demonstrate, with much passion, the benefits of this country."

Valles is fully grateful to his mother and the organization that helped him, for which part of his income - including the US $ 5,500 of the prize awarded by Wanderlust magazine - ends with them. And one of the ways to support them is running marathons dressed in Inca. He did it in London and Chicago, and in March next year he will repeat it in Dubai.

Millions of kilometers Efrain knows almost all of Peru. You just have to visit Amazonas. But, without a doubt, his favorite place is Machu Picchu: “I have been more than 400 times in the last 17 years. It is my main office. ” And you'll never get bored of visiting this wonder, he says. “Every time I go, I sigh and return home admired. We must be grateful to be Peruvians. ”

There are fulfilling and enriching life stories. Efraín Valles's is one of those few: cusqueño of heart, tourist guide by passion, marathoner by conviction and polyglot almost by obligation.

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