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Silverio, or Banderas/Banderitas as he has been known since childhood, was born in Quillabamba, a province of Cusco just two hours from Machu Picchu. Growing up, the Andes and the Amazon jungle were his playgrounds. He moved to Cusco at the age of 14 to attend high school. After years of mainly working in social service, he became a certified tour guide. He has now worked in Cusco's tourism industry for over 20 years. Silverio is proud of his Quechua heritage and always feels inspired while giving a tour, as if guided by his Incan ancestors.

He most enjoys cooking, completing a daily crossword puzzle while at Sacsayhuaman, and watching and playing fútbol.

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