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.
It wasn't just another interesting trip to another country. I can't forget New Zealand because there I had the chance to experience kiwi life and to share it with all the great people I met during my southern island adventure. Among them was Steve: speaking of him simply as a reliable guide wouldn't pay justice. So, if like me, you're going to meet him somewhere around the world just smile: you have found a good friend.
Riccardo B., from Italy
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 overall experience exceeded my expectations. Awesome people, awesome food, awesome experience every where I went. Loved it. I got to stop and marvel at llamas sitting in the middle of the road, and to share friendly greetings with locals along the way. Enjoyed scrumptious picnic lunches and marveled as giant condors flew over head. Enjoyed every second and feel I got to experience the 'real' Peru. This trip was totally the whole package. Thanks so much Aspiring Adventures.
Sonya P., from New Zealand