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.
I thought that the care and consideration taken by the guides was excellent. Also the depth of knowledge and infectious enthusiasm of the guides was great. I found the people warm and friendly, and loved being part of the community in the home stays, and I loved learning about the history and culture. The walks pushed me a little harder some times, but I was glad of it! The itinerary was excellent and was kept to plan throughout the trip.
Kaye P., from Australia
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.
Absolutely the trip of a lifetime. I was stunned by the diversity of Vanuatu. Why are there not more tourists? Mountains, beaches, jungle, caves, waterfalls. Snorkeling with tropical fish in perfect clear water. Working up a sweat with a jungle hike then diving into a waterfall to clean up! Staying with locals in a jungle village! I can’t think of anything you could have done differently, or any way this trip could be improved on. Just, thank you!
Keren W., from U.S.A.