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.
Aspiring Adventures is extremely fortunate to have Aldo as one of your guides. His passion and love of his country, his culture, his knowledge of history and his role as a guide was of the highest standard. His innate sense of timing enabled us to experience the absolute most we could at every location and activity we participated in. Rob and I were not keen to climb Wayna Picchu and we told Aldo this. He just said “Katy organised the tickets months ago” and we never felt any pressure to climb WP if we didn’t want to. However due to the quiet and confident manner in which he interacted with our group, Rob and I never had any qualms, we had the confidence and trust to know that if Aldo thought we could climb Wayna Picchu everything would be fine and so it was. That experience and satisfaction was one none of us will ever forget. Aldo is a brother to us.
Michelle W., 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 – delicious local food, crazy catacombs, natural hot springs, and random local characters – plus Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Sacred Valley.
Selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2014, our Naghol trip takes you deep into the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu.
The trip was wonderfully organised by Steve and Katy. The excursions chosen had mountain biking and sightseeing combined and were truly wonderful. I would not hesitate to go on another Aspiring Adventures trip and would heartily recommended them.
Susan T., from England