Julio Olaza. I was born and raised in Huaraz and began exploring the Cordillera Blanca as a boy. In the 1980’s, I worked organizing trekking groups and ran the Tasco Bar, the local Mecca for gringos, travelers resting between trips to the mountains. I really understand the type of service that foreign visitors are looking for. I specialize in bringing people up-close to the Andes through mountain biking.
I’m an enthusiastic mountain biker and like nothing better than showing off my beautiful homeland. After a couple of years in the U.S., where I traveled extensively (trekking, biking, and visiting good friends I knew from Huaraz, etc.), I decided to make one of my long-term dreams come true: to start up a business in mountain biking. Because I was already familiar with the region around Huaraz, I knew that there were great possibilities for all types of biking in terms of technical difficulty, single tracks, uphills, etc. Since then, I’ve explored the surrounding areas for much larger circuits in the Cordillera, especially in the Huascaran National Park. I’m proud to say that I’ve basically pioneered the sport here. I have been recommended in all the guide books and many world wide magazines have written articles about me and MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURES.