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who

we are

Our

history

Southern Peru Explorers was born from a deep love of history and culture of our own backyard. Here in Peru we have epic scenery to have adventures and a variety of impressive rare wildlife to awe at. Alongside our impressive history and architecture that many travel around the world for. With our 10 year + experience in the tourism industry we want to connect you to these experiences and show them off to you. Were extremely proud of our country and our environment, due to this we boast a diverse selection of experiences that have both a positive impact on the local population and our planet. We are dedicated to being responsible administrators of our trails and native Peruvian personal employees as well as being the best hosts to yourselves.

By choosing the The Southern Peru Explorers, you support sustainable tourism here in Peru and embark on a unique experience of a lifetime. There are literally hundreds of tourism companies based in Cusco but few of these tourism companies can claim that they are 100% locally owned and operated, with a founder who was born and lived in Peru his whole life; Who are stewards of the environment, committed to the community; all whilst giving you that luxury ‘off the beaten path’ experience. If you want the true experience with professional, friendly, experienced guides, were the company for you .

joel cardenas

Founder

For Joel, Southern Peru Explorers combines three things that he values most: showing others the astounding natural beauty of Peru, honoring the rich Incan culture of the Cusco region, and uniting people from all over the world for mutual learning and fun.
Joel, who is fluent in Spanish, Quechua, and English, is a graduate of the Universidad San Antonio ABAD in Cusco, with a degree in tourism. Immediately after graduation, he founded Southern Peru Explorers to provide visitors with a unique travel experience, drawing upon his travels throughout Europe and South America., His appreciation of the land dates back to his childhood when he would visit his grandparents’ home near Salkantay mountain. “I remember waking up in the morning to see the snow-capped mountains, the lakes, and amazing views,” he recalls. “When participants on our treks are surrounded by such beauty, it makes them forget about the stress of everyday life and enjoy each moment.” As a photographer who studied at Lima Imagen, Joel showcases his unique aesthetic in the company’s videos and vibrant visual images. While no picture can completely capture the arresting beauty participants will experience on Southern Peruvian Explorers’ tours, Joel’s photos certainly come close.

our

porters & wranglers

An excellent guide can make all the difference in providing you with an unforgettable experience. That’s why Southern Peru Explorers invests in recruiting some of the best guides in the region. We ensure that each of our guides is backed by years of experience, proper licensing, updated certifications, and excellent client reviews, all of which are available on our TripAdvisor page. Expertise, enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, language proficiency, empathy, integrity and a sense of humor are the basis upon which we have built an outstanding and diverse team of guides who consistently provide top-quality service.

We believe that language proficiency is crucial to the quality of our service; and so, we have staff that are fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German to accommodate you. If your language is not within our scope of experience, we are happy to provide a translator.

Our chefs come from all walks of life: most our farmers who grow our food. However, all are in house trained to our exceptionally high standards. Not only this but they carry all the equipment they will need to produce you restaurant quality food in the mountains. We think they must be super heroes.

Our

tour guides

We have guides that specialize in bird watching, spiritualism, flora & fauna, archaeology, history, architecture, and anthropology. These same guides also run our traditional treks, giving you a rich overlay of thematic expertise in addition to the general explanations you will receiveFinally, and most importantly, all of our guides are trained in Advanced First Aid & Rescue to ensure your utmost safety on the trails. Our team is regularly updated through international seminars and courses in their respective fields.

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Our

office staff

We have guides that specialize in bird watching, spiritualism, flora & fauna, archaeology, history, architecture, and anthropology. These same guides also run our traditional treks, giving you a rich overlay of thematic expertise in addition to the general explanations you will receiveFinally, and most importantly, all of our guides are trained in Advanced First Aid & Rescue to ensure your utmost safety on the trails. Our team is regularly updated through international seminars and courses in their respective fields.

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our

storage equipemts

We believe that the better our equipment is the more we can do and the further we can go. That is why we have sourced and hand-picked our gear from top companies around the world. We are proud to support our South American brands such as Doite alongside well known outdoor giants such as The North face, Therm-a-rest and Mountain Hardware. We have specifically tailored our equipment itinerary for every trek, in any condition, for your every need. We understand you may of travelled far to be with us and we don’t want you to worry about anything you don’t need.

our licences

Southern Peru Explorers is a 100% Peruvian tour operator based in Cusco, Peru. We are fully authorized to operate, licensed by the Peruvian government and ministry of tourism. You can locate copies of all of our relevant licenses here on our website. We comply with all Peruvian laws, adhering to labor laws that extend rights to all of our staff. We go the extra mile to ensure that your expedition with us is not only enjoyable but safe, organised and professional. We have been recognized for this by our clients through consistently good reviews on Tripadvisor.

our CORE

VALUES

mission

We are a company oriented around excellence service, offering quality solutions with the best alternatives for the needs of our travelers. We unlike others handpick, package, promote and truly provide a quality personalized service, always trying to exceed our customers expectations.We seek to maintain a lasting relationship with our customers with after-sales attention and personalized follow-up care to promote loyalty and ensure total satisfaction. We center around you and communication is key. Our fundamental mission and responsibility is to spread and instill respect for our planet, promoting environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

VISION

Our Vision is to be recognized as an agent of change, developing Sustainable Tourism as the only viable form of Tourism. To generate and promote cultural experiences as a sustainable model between society and nature. Expand our services as a Travel Agency & Tour Operator across Peru; maintaining high quality standards with a personalized, warm human touch, distinguishing us apart from others. We will constantly be innovative to aim higher and achieve better every day. We will always value: Loyalty, Honesty, Truthfulness, Respect, Dignity, Development, Collaboration, Efficiency and Moral Responsibility no matter where our Journey takes us.

 
PHYLOSOPHY

We are a company oriented around excellence service, offering quality solutions with the best alternatives for the needs of our travelers. We unlike others handpick, package, promote and truly provide a quality personalized service, always trying to exceed our customers expectations.We seek to maintain a lasting relationship with our customers with after-sales attention and personalized follow-up care to promote loyalty and ensure total satisfaction. We center around you and communication is key. Our fundamental mission and responsibility is to spread and instill respect for our planet, promoting environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

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