About us

I am confident and very happy to say that it was 100% worth going through Aspiring Adventures, they were professional, gave me value for money and were very accommodating. My guide Luis was very knowledgeable of Inca history, Peruvian culture, local cuisine and had a detailed explanation to any question I had which allowed me to learn so much throughout my journey. My experience of Peru through Aspiring was made absolutely awesome! I will never forget it.

– Steven B., Australia

Who are we?

Over years guiding adventure tours and managing small and large tour companies, Steve Wilson and Katy Shorthouse worked out that small is better – more fun, more flexible, and more personal, for both guests and workers. This shared conviction was the foundation stone of Aspiring Adventures when it began in 2009.

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Our behind the scenes team

Steve Wilson


Steve takes care of communication and planning. He’s our big picture man. Aspiring Adventures started as a dream of Steve’s.

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Katy Shorthouse


Katy is our operations machine. No idea is too big, and no detail is too small. Her superpower is turning dreams into reality.

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Rhiana Molinari

Peru operations coordinator

Born in the UK and raised in Canada, Rhiana has lived in Cusco since 2010 and is mother to two gorgeous half-Peruvian boys. She joined us in 2016 and takes care of reservations. Though she’s a nurse by training, her organization and affinity for Excel spreadsheets make her a natural for the complex job of keeping track of the many hotels, vehicles, meals, activities, and more that go into each of our trips.

Ronald Cusi

Peru logistics

Ronald has been with us since our second ever trip, in 2009. He’s the one we turn to when it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty: he maintains our equipment, manages vehicles and transport, oversees our MTB operation, and uses his Quechua language skills to coordinate our treks and community service projects in remote villages.

Our guides

Luis Portal

Working with us since 2012, Luis has a thirst for knowledge and takes every course on offer, in areas as diverse as archaeology, rainforest conservation, anthropology and community tourism. He has a passion for Peruvian popular culture, participating as a dancer in Inti Raymi and wowing our guests with his ability to explain arcane details of costume, history and ritual at the cultural events we attend.

Sally Laurente

Sally grew up in Tarma in rural Peru and now lives in Lima. She first met Katy and Steve back in 2007 and we’re very happy to have her on the Aspiring team! Sally is a humble, patient and informative guide, with a deep passion for Peruvian culture. She loves hiking, and has a particular affinity with the Peruvian jungle having spent a few years living and working in the Rio Tambopata area.

Aldo Sanchez

Aldo and Katy met when they were both in their first season guiding the Inca Trail, in 2004. He’s been with Aspiring since 2012. Born and raised in the steamy jungle town of Quillabamba, Aldo moved to Cusco to study to be a guide and has been based here ever since. For many years a trekking specialist, he’s now in high demand on our family trips where he wins hearts and minds with his endless patience and knowledge of Peru, and his football skills.

Check out our latest blog entries:

Boutique Tour Operator of the Year!

We are very proud to announce that Aspiring Adventures has been awarded Boutique Tour Operator of the Year for Cusco, Peru in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards!

posted by Steve Wilson

Trip Advisor hat trick!

We have some absolutely tops news to share with you: for the third consecutive year, Trip Advisor has awarded us with a Certificate of Excellence for our Peru adventure tours. Woohoo!

posted by Steve Wilson

Top 10 places to eat in Cusco (that they won’t tell you about in the guidebooks!)

I did try to tell the world a lot of this in the 2010 Lonely Planet guidebook. One of the best things about having the enviable job of updating the Cusco and Lake Titicaca chapters of the Lonely Planet Guide to Peru 2010 was getting to share my favourite, locals-only, a-million-times-better-than-the-tourist-places, things to eat.

posted by Katy Shorthouse

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