Who we are? How it all started….
After over 8 years of experiences in ecology tourguiding in the southern jungle of Peru and participating in private roundtrips in Peru and Bolivia, Marco Antonio Rengifo Maytahuari took the initiative to start his own agency in 2011. It was his mission to organise adventure trips in Peru that involve local communities and stimulate involvement with the fragile ecosystem of the Amazon jungle.
‘I have wanted to travel since I was 15 years old. But in my country, Peru, teenagers aren’t allowed to travel alone. For my first trip outside of my own land, I traveled by myself because always I am curious to discover new destinations in every corner of my country and parts of Bolivia. While I was studying, I escaped from a few classes because my backpack was always ready for a new adventure. However, the adventures were all different because of the climate and weather changes as a result of the diverse geography in South America.
I feel like a Butterfly migrating, embarking on adventures without an ending. Many years before I decided to build my own travel business, I visited places to enjoy and know more about what makes South America attractive to visit, especially the southern Peruvian Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado, the capital of biodiversity of Peru and the world, the place where I am originally from.
Next, I worked for several agencies as a local guide in the amazing jungle of Peru. But in 2008, after finishing a course in German language in Cusco, I traveled to Bolivia by bus, a trip which lasted many hours, sleeping and discovering different amazing places. I realised that there were so many more places for me to explorer and discover.
Our continent is so rich in flora and fauna! I was incredibly surprised that I had lived in Peru all my life but I had never seen a Condor. The day I saw one, in the desert in Bolivia, I was so happy. Then the idea came in my head to share these experiences with tourists from all over the world. I had the chance to see a condor and everybody should have it too.
But I don’t want to forget what those people from different countries tell me almost all the time: why don’t you build your own business in something you really love— adventure and travel. It wasn’t possible to begin until I found my partner. Finally in 2010 I built Blue Butterfly Adventures, which was a small business travel agency for people who really want authentic contact with local people, nature and wildlife.’
In 2015 we moved our headquarters to The Netherlands, and started to focus on Instagram promotion for travelling in South America. Soon after we started, I found out that there is a need for inspiring to travel and to have more positive adventures worldwide. That is why we decided in 2018 to replace the travel by ourselves for a platform that offers the best selection of sustainable tours in Peru and closeby area’s in South America. These adventures are offered by travel companies that we support and that share our mission. It is more sustainable to join forces and share our passion.
You are most welcome as a traveler but also tour operators with a proven sustainable and local approach are welcome for suggestions. Join us to migrate, feel like a butterfly!