WHO WE ARE? HERE’S OUR BACKGROUND AND WHAT WE LOVE TO DO
We are a small Locally Owned Boutique Luxury Travel Company & Tour Operator with Responsible & Sustainable Practices in Cusco, Peru. Our team of Customized travel specialists that have more than 10+ years of knowledge within Peru’s travel industry and our local insight of Peru’s most inspiring places is unrivaled. From fascinating trekking and journeys to Machu Picchu to the Ballestas Islands to intrepid Amazon Jungle adventures, we specialize in crafting one-off trips designed especially for you. Eager to get planning your Peruvian adventure? Meet our team of travel experts that will make that happen! Contact us and get the ball rolling…
We have been operating our trips and hikes since 2015 with responsible & sustainable practices and we have been dedicating to providing luxury travel, customized private tours, and trekking tours in Peru. But at Peru Summit Adventures, luxury isn’t defined by expense or excess. It’s about helping you to have the experience you crave and taking care of all the nitty gritty logistics so all you need to concern yourself with is enjoying your trip. This could mean staying in a 5-star hotel, of course, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive one. It might also mean booking a modest family-owned hotel with an appealing character or an unbeatable location. Either way, we won’t try to upsell you into something you don’t want. Besides, we won’t make you cough up cash for three-course dinners when all you want is a salad. Your ease, comfort, and pleasure are guaranteed when you travel with us. Trekking/ Hiking is something that we breathe in, everyone who is part of Peru Summit Adventures has hiked and camped in the Peruvian Andes at least for 10 times, this team will monitor everything while you stay with us during the trip, which will guarantee your adventure trip, the most memorable one.
At Peru Summit Adventures, we strive at every turn to redefine your notion of what is possible on a vacation.
Our approach combines singular service, such as custom private tours across the country, enhanced hiking through the Andes, or a maximum group size of only 08 guests on each Peru and Cusco excursion, with insider-access opportunities unlike any you have experienced before. Peru Summit Adventures lets you discover Machu Picchu through the eyes of its local private guide, and introduces you to Incan culture firsthand, through an exclusive meeting with an Incan family (local Quechua family).
In these and myriad other ways, Peru Summit Adventures consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, and no Peru Summit Adventures journey is complete without that extra, unexpected, and that makes your experience unique and unforgettable. Choose from a Luxury Small Group Journey, the finest group travel experience in Peru; a connection journey, which combines Peru Summit Adventures’ renowned service with unbeatable value; A Peru journey to an exotic locale or local festival; a private Signature Series itinerary; or a custom Tailor Made luxury journey created just for you. When it comes to discovering the world, the possibilities are endless.
Making these extraordinary journeys possible are the handpicked experts in Cusco and Peru, on-call around the clock. Chief among them is our resident local private guides. The resident tour leaders lead each group departure, providing unmatched on-the-ground expertise with Peru Summit Adventures‘ local guides contributing along the way, and making a Peru Summit Adventures trip style. With expertise in not only luxury but culture, wildlife, and history as well, Peru Summit Adventures uncovers your destination with an authenticity beyond the reach of any other travel company.
Peru Summit Adventures has always been at the forefront in exploring, researching, and discovering new routes and destinations in Cusco Peru, providing first-class customized tours and packages, all designed especially for travelers who love adventure, food, language, relaxation, music, and history. Now with our Taylor-Made Tours, you are the one who make your own itinerary according to your preferences and perspectives.
In addition, at Peru Summit Adventures, we operate our tours with 2-person as a minimum. Thus our service is Top Notch, We take care of all the details so you don’t have to…. Find your dream vacation today at Peru Summit Adventures.
Carlos was born in a country side of Peru’s highland, where learned the traditions, the customs, the culture, the ancient Incan language, etc. Because of that, he was called as “apucarlito” which means the son of the mountains. He fell in love with tourism as a young boy after studying in a tourism school and working in different travel companies in Cusco where he saw and felt the travel companies abusing their personal staff and paying them measly wages. That was the main reason to start with this great project of Peru Summit to beat with these misuses.
This is a local family enterprise truly, we are all locals from the founder until the muleteer and Inca Trail porter. Carlos and his wife Saida founded this family enterprise “Peru Summit Adventures™” after seeing the need for a company that would better serve visitors to Peru, by offering truly personalized and unique travel experiences. Carlos cares deeply about the experience of each and every guest, treating them with the same love and devotion that he gives his own only one beautiful child, and looks forward to meeting you in Cusco to hear about your experience! You can always call on Carlos to ask questions about your journey, or just to chat! Besides, Carlos has been exploring the wilderness areas of Cusco for over 10 years, at the same time hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for over 300 times, Salkantay Trek for over 200 times, Choquequirao Trek for over 150 times, Ausangate Trek for over 100 times, Lares Trek for over 50 times, being at Machu Picchu for over 600 times, wandering on the typical hidden streets and places of Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Peru for uncountable times, and also hiking the other trails and destinations at least for over 20 times, it’s how we started this great project of Peru Summit Adventures after a proper exploration the mountains of Peru and Cusco to conquer the ultimate destinations like Machu Picchu, which guarantee your trip an once in a lifetime experience and 100% satisfactory.
Email: Carlos firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +51 984 464 391
Carlos Borda – Explorer, President and Founder of Peru Summit Adventures™
OUR FEARLESS TEAM
The perfect custom private tours, adventure tours, or expeditions don’t just happen. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced professionals to bring it all together. Our team of Peru Summit Adventures Leaders is comprised of local veterans, seasoned veterans with rich backgrounds in history, archaeology, culture, cuisine, geology, biology, and more. With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the travel industry, our Tour Leaders safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your Peru journeys and adventures every step of the way. Our Tour/Trek Leaders have worked extensively in the Peru isolated mountains, archaeological sites, hiking the Inca Trail, Amazon jungle, and being at Machu Picchu for over 400 times at least, this guarantees your trip a unique and memorable experience.
Carlos Borda – Co-Founder & President of Peru Summit Adventures™
Carlos was born in the Peruvian highlands in Apurimac state, which is nearby to Choquequirao Inca citadel, with over 12-year experience in the field and assurance quality in the industry, he founded and leads Peru Summit Adventures and leads a team of intrepid professionals with a shared passion for service excellence. Since the very first days of the operation, Carlos has cultivated a culture of anticipating client needs and exceeding expectations at every touchpoint throughout the customer journey.
Carlos has a profound fond of the local culture, history of the Andean civilizations, and loves exploring the wilderness areas of Peru especially the Cusco region with him every traveler will have a firsthand and excellent information of the destination. Carlos says that “I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy, that glass is usually filled with Pisco and I’m speak Quechua”. Join Carlos on his upcoming journeys.
Saida Espinoza – Co-Founder & Senior Director of Product of Peru Summit Adventures™
Saida es the co-founder of Peru Summit Adventures, Saida was born in the jungle part of the Cusco region, where, she grew up and attended primary school, she was in constant touch with jungle wildlife.
Part of her life was in the Choquequirao area, a place where her families were the fist proper inhabitants of this area, today her parents still live just close by to this great archaeological site.
To attend secondary school, she moved to Cusco, after finishing high school, she studied Tourism Industry at a Tourism Institute in the city of Cusco. With over 6-year experience in the tourism industry and assurance quality in the industry, she founded and leads Peru Summit Adventures along with Carlos (her husband).
As she grew up in a remote area of Cusco and spent most of her life in the wilderness, she came up with a then-radical idea to create a business out of their incurable wanderlust for absolute adventure, sharing backcountry wilderness trips to remote areas where foot travel was the only means of access like to hike to Choquequirao, all these ideas of traveling differently were born and are part of the DNA of our adventure trips. She is still convinced the world is brimming with hidden travel gems, in love with traveling and exploring new nature gems and convinced of its worth.
Juan Carlos Gonza – Tour/ Trek Leader
Juan Carlos was born on September 18, 1985, under the protection of the sacred mountains Waynapicchu and Machupicchu. Also called as JC grew up growing native products in the high jungle or cloud forest and he spent his whole childhood climbing mountains of the high jungle walking through the valleys of the Vicanota/Urubamba (Sacred Valley).
He attended his primary studies at the Inca Pachacutec school in Machupicchu Pueblo / Aguas Calientes Town when he finished his primary and secondary school, he moved to Cusco to study Tourism Industry and Tour Guide at tourism college, where he got his degree on the tourism industry.
Juan Carlos says “I fell in love with my profession as an official tour guide in order to show my friends (travellers) my tradition, history, my custom, and my authentic language–Quechua, since my beginnings my parents have taught me to value this millenary tradition and today with great pride, I am lucky to make my travellers live with these stories in all my adventures, I have more than 10 years showcasing everything that my ancestors the Incas left us that despite the passing of the years it is still possible to behold the magnificent inheritance of my ancestors”. Join Juan Carlos (JC) on his upcoming journeys.
Juvenal Duran – Tour/Trek Leader
You can also call him Juve, he was born and raised in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba – Yanahuara) after he finished his studies of the tourism industry for 3 years in the Sacred Valley Urubamba, He moved to the city of Cusco, looking for better opportunities and that’s how he started to get into the tourism industry, with over 8 years experience in the field you will be really into the destination and live an experience of a lifetime with him. He has been hiking the whole hiking trails in the Cusco region and reaching Machu Picchu for over 200 times, his favorite hike is the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain hike and Ausangate Trek. He says “I will share my experience, knowledge, culture, with you, currently I speak three languages English, Spanish and I am a native speaker of Quechua, the language from the Inca time” Join Juvenal on his upcoming journeys.
OUR CORE VALUES
Peru Summit Adventures has been growing up based on these core values which are the essence of really core of our company. The way we see it, our team, our travelers are the key to triumph. Our Tour leaders, Trek leaders, Summit staff, Partners, and Travelers. We interact with every day, our goal is to ensure an authentic and unforgettable life-changing experience for everyone. And our motto ” We don’t make tours, We make Experiences” & “Authentic Trips for Authentic Explorers”
Do the right things – we focus on education, conservation, and respect.
Everyone grows (from the Inca Trail porter to the one who is at office) to achieve the dreams.
We live experience differently, and make every moment count.
Always thriving on new ideas and embracing change.
We love what we do, inspired by our trips and inspiring lifetime experiences.
All is made thinking globally, and acting locally to make everything better to live.
LICENSED TOUR OPERATOR ACCREDITED BY PERUVIAN MINISTRY OF TOURISM
We are officially licensed tour operator in Peru accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism (MINCETUR) via DIRCETUR Cusco and the Municipality of Cusco.
TRAVEL SUSTAINABLY AND RESPONSIBLY WITH PERU SUMMIT ADVENTURES™
Peru Summit Adventures has always had a total committedness ho help local communities through the contribution in projects of education in isolated communities. Normally, almost all of the money flows back to large companies operating outside the destination countries when arranging the tours with foreign tour companies. At PERU SUMMIT ADVENTURES, we guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!
The welfare of our staff in the field is a priority and we have always ensured that they earn above the set wages.
Deterioration in the natural environment has been marked in the past 25 years and is increasing. We strive to work and cooperate ecologically sustainable and responsible way, We have been supporting all clean-up initiatives and have been taking many steps to minimize our impact on the natural environment, because not Only our top-notch service has to be for You, we also have to think in our mother earth (natural environment).
Carbon Neutral solution, we help communities on the destinations we operate our tours, and beyond, minimize their impact on the environment by working with them to measure, reduce, and offset greenhouse gas emissions. Through Carbon Neutral we have created a voluntary offset program that ties all our sales and travel activities to the planting of trees, helping to rebuild the natural environment and ecosystem.
CUSTOMIZED TOURS AND TREKKING TO MACHU PICCHU, WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT!
We all breathe the adventure and unique experiences and that is what makes all the difference! we focus on smaller groups of two to eight members each accompanied by one local private guide and second guide if there are over seven participants, and our tours and hikes are all about experiences, no one else offer this type of experiences in the Cusco region than us. If you are just two on your group, that’s not an issue for us, you depart to your adventure with your own private guide. If travel through our custom tour program, you are the one who decides the number of members in your group and how to travel because the tour will be designed as unique as you.
We do not care about drawing many clients for each tour of the city of Cusco or the various sections of the ancient Inca Trail across the Sacred Valley or any tour. Be it the famous and Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, and the less explored Choquequirao Trek, Ausangate Trek or day’s trek to the Rainbow Mountain, we do focus on smaller personalized groups of two participants as a minimum and eight participants as maximum each accompanied by one private guide. At Peru Summit Adventures, we don’t wish to let travellers visit some destinations as foreign tourists on a holiday, otherwise, we make them feel like one more local person. Our adventure soul team gives its best to ensure that our clients breathe in the essence of Peru like us, thus you truly explore the fascinating natural beauty, the great history, the rich culture of this land, and the innovative local cuisine that has gained accolades worldwide.
Our Peru Summit Adventures private Tour Leaders/Guides, with as much experience of ten years of guiding trekking and customized sightseeing tours across the Cusco region, towards the mysterious Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and beyond, not only lead as navigators but passionate storytellers and teachers who shall introduce you the unique realm of a truly Peruvian experience. Our Tour Leaders/ Guides are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language (Quechua), local traditions, emergency procedures, etc, with a deep connection to Peru’s enthralling traditional culture. They take care of all the journey details so that you can enjoy the experiences of the trip and make a wonderful adventure of it. And just as important, our Tour Leaders/ Guides have a remarkable gift to share their extensive knowledge and favourite places. Our Peru Summit Adventures Tour Leaders / Trek Leaders have the warmth, knowledge, courage, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a journey into an unforgettable experience.
PERU AND MACHU PICCHU TOURS, A PERU SUMMIT ADVENTURES™ SIGNATURE JOURNEYS
Live it! From the soaring peaks of the Andes and the lush Amazon Rainforest to pre-Columbian ruins and Spanish colonial mansions, Peru beckons with the allure of the ancient and mysterious. Join Peru Summit Adventures on an Enhanced Signature Vacation to this spellbinding country and its most significant sites, including the “lost city” of Machu Picchu.
With Peru Summit Adventures – discover Machu Picchu and Cusco alongside the country’s finest travel local private guides. Catch the sun rising over Huayna Picchu mountain as the morning mist parts to reveal Machu Picchu. Explore this pre-Columbian mysterious and other sites in the Sacred Valley with more inclusions and more time to explore, greater hands-on exploration, interactions with local experts, and the freedom to roam, all within the structure and security of traveling in a small group or private group. Witness indigenous rituals and meet Andean artisans to gain an understanding of Peru’s deep cultural roots. On select Peru Summit Adventures – Peru and Machu Picchu trips, you may even travel to the Incan citadel aboard the elegant Hiram Bingham train.
Beyond Machu Picchu, Peru offers an incredible array of travel destinations. Experience the colonial grandeur of Lima as you tour historic cathedrals and privately dine in a centuries-old mansion. Venture into the Amazon, and its winding river systems on board. Delve into the less-frequented southern region of the country and discover the breathtaking beauty of Colca Canyon, said to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Whether your Peru travel program takes you to Machu Picchu or further afield, expect Peru Summit Adventures’ signature blend of luxury, comfort, and service at every step of your journey.
The trek to Sanctuary of Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail is one of the best hikes that exists in the World, due to its unique beauty and different ecological niches, alongside the path you will feel different sort of microclimate because every day you will get in new different ecotones, it is like you will have lived the four season in only four days. Experiencing the Inca Trail gives you a deeper understanding of Machu Picchu and the Andean culture in general, and allows you to appreciate it even more by hiking the exact same path that the Incan people used to take. The path was reserved for elite Incas, who practiced spiritual devotion along the way. The principle sites are ceremonial in character and stand in ascending hierarchical order as you get near the city of Machu Picchu. The four days of hiking cover about twenty-seven miles, starting at an elevation of 8.923 feet above sea level (2.720 meters) and ending at 7,874 feet (2,400 meters). You will cross two high mountain passes of 13,828 feet (4,215 meters).
Trail conditions are generally good and our professional private Trek Leaders will teach you about Incan history and the unique wildlife along the path. All of our guides have a national tourism license and can explain the significance and the history of the trail. We will provide you with excellent equipment, nutritional, and delicious meals. Our porters required to carry equipment for this trek are friendly, happy, and helpful, and will make a great complement to your experience.
Generally, travelers hike the Inca Trail in four days; however, for people who are short on time, we offer a two-day hike. The two-day hike has an overnight stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes so there is no camping. During the time the Incan Empire was on the pinnacle of glory, they had built a vast network of paths that intersected the Andes, from Argentina to Colombia, and from the deep jungle to the Pacific Ocean; the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the branch trails that goes from the Andes to the jungle, and this section of the classic 4-day Inca trail is about 27 miles/ 43 km.
The Inca Trail is not the only one trail that ends at Machu Picchu, there are other alternative paths that finish at Machu Picchu such as Salkantay Trek, Choquequirao Trek, Ausangate Trek, Lares Trek, Uchuy Qosqo Trek, Inca Quarry Trek, Ancascocha Trek. Once at Machu Picchu you will enjoy its beauty and loveliness, that will be your great stunning reward, of seeing the Lost City Of The Incas for the first time.
EXPLORE CUSCO CITY AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Cusco city was the capital of the Incan Empire, an administrative, ideological, political, economical center, etc. The city was constructed in the form of a puma, incorporating the fortress-temple Sacsayhuaman as its head. Like so many New World Peoples, the Incas held felines, especially puma or mountain lion, to be sacred. The body was comprised of residential buildings and palaces laid out in a grid between the Tullumayu and Saphi river. The city of Cusco was conceived as the center of the Empire where its four quarters came symbolically together and physically together. Four trails coming from each of the four quarters, or suyus in Quechua, converged in the great central plaza of the city. From this four-part division, the empire took its name of Tawantinsuyu, meaning the land of four quarters. Therefore, in the environs, the city of Cusco has many adoratories, such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tampumachay, Pukapukara, and the other royals states in the Urubamba valley (Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Chinchero, Moray, Uchuy Qosqo).
Thus whether you are not much interested in hiking to Machu Picchu, Cusco offers you to explore its surroundings in a calm way where each Incan sacred sites will leave you enchanted, and later on, we would take you escorted to Machu Picchu by train, Besides you have to know about the Cusco’s typical streets from the Incan time and colonial time, and of course about its typical places as the old markets in which you still see those different antique ítems for different purposes, and a good way to see and learn about these lovely places is with us, with our local private guides.
TRAVELING TO THE AMAZON JUNGLE
Discover the Amazon jungle with a naturalist local guide, it still maintains a monumental presence to communities that have sprung up along its jungle. The Amazon is home to the largest tropical rainforest in the world and to many Indian cultures. The oxbows nurture a staggering variety of plant and animal life, which flourished for millennia before the earliest indigenous settlers migrated here from the Caribbean. However, it didn’t become a major source of transportation and food until the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century. Experience life along with the Amazon Jungle in Peru with a Peru Summit Adventures local private guide as you explore several of the river’s tributaries and stop in native villages to meet locals carving their living from farming and fishing. In Manu national park and Tambopata National Reserved, stay in an Amazon jungle lodge, hike the forest, fish for piranha, and tour the oxbow by boat. Join Peru Summit Adventures on an expedition to explore a world rarely seen by the ordinary traveller: the Amazon Jungle.
We select carefully our hotels in each destination all over the country. And we select our accommodations for how well they represent the distinctive character of the destination you’re in. Some of these rooms and cabanas draw their inspiration from history and others from the views they offer. What’s consistent, however, is that we stand by each and every one of these for what they’ll add to your experience.