Aspiring Adventures is about living the life and running the trips we aspired to when we became adventure guides: authentic, a little bit off the beaten path, flexible and intimate.
On Aspiring trips we hike, bike, kayak, swim, dive, eat, drink, dance, and play our way through an eclectic range of destinations, engaging with the environment, the culture, local people and daily life, as well as the headline attractions. We’re about putting you in the picture, not looking at it through a bus window.
People of all ages and levels of physical ability come on holiday with us. Many have travelled extensively but never joined a group tour before. If you travel to get inside a place, beyond the cultural clichés and postcard moments, and if you’re willing to risk stepping outside your comfort zone now and then, our tours are for you.
As adventure tour people, we can’t help but love Peru to extremes; it offers a diversity of adventure travel opportunities that defies belief.
Hiking the Inca trail and Machu Picchu will never go out of style, but there’s so much more to Peru in general and Cusco in particular. High and low jungle, rafting and biking, world-class cuisine, trekking to undisturbed ruins, authentic cultural interchange throwing pots and chewing coca with Quechua-speaking locals: all within surprisingly easy reach of the must-see sights.
Excellent, couldn't have asked for more. Great mountain biking, guides and organisation were excellent, and gastronomic experience far exceeded my expectations. Had an amazing adventure.
Mike N., from New Zealand
Over years guiding and managing small and large tour companies, Steve Wilson and Katy Shorthouse worked out that small is better when it comes to running great trips.
You benefit with small groups, flexible itineraries, personalised service, and handpicked adventure guides who are the best in their field. And Steve and Katy benefit by still being able to guide many of the trips themselves. Aspiring’s reason for being is to run great trips for real people: that’s what we love to do!
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Experience our Peru – crazy catacombs, natural hot springs, delicious local food and random local characters – plus Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Sacred Valley
Peruvian cuisine is the latest trend in the international food world, though we've been raving about it for years to anyone who will listen. Be the first of your friends to find out what all the fuss is about!
A very well organised tour using professional, caring guides that had a great grasp of the local culture and history, leaving us with lasting knowledge and memories. Sally was outstanding in organisation and care - I'm sure we couldn't have had a better guide! We had a wonderful adventure and enjoyed the culture and countryside of Peru - awesome!
Pam and Don L., from Australia