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10 YEARS OF
EXPERIENCE…!

Our History

Southern Peru Explorers nació de un profundo amor por los destinos, la rica historia y las culturas, la adrenalina y la impresionante vida salvaje. Con más de 10 años de experiencia en la industria del turismo, podemos ayudarlo a aprovechar al máximo su tiempo aquí. Estamos aquí para conectarlo con experiencias inolvidables, con sus compañeros de viaje y con las maravillas del Perú. Nos enorgullecemos de ofrecerle una selección diversa de experiencias que tienen un impacto positivo en la población local y nuestro planeta. Nos dedicamos a ser administradores responsables de nuestros senderos y empleados personales peruano nativo.

Al elegir a los Exploradores del sur del Perú, usted apoya el turismo sostenible aquí en la capital turística del Perú y se embarca en una experiencia única en la vida. Hay literalmente cientos de compañías de turismo con sede en Cusco que llevan una grabación por Machu Picchu, caminatas por el Camino Inca y visitas a docenas de otros sitios antiguos en nuestro país tan especial de Perú. Pero pocas de estas compañías de turismo pueden afirmar que son 100% de propiedad y operación local, con un fundador que nació y vivió toda su vida en Perú. 

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 Staff

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 guides 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.

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 receive.

Finally, 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.

MULTI-LINGUAL GUIDES

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100%
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ADVANCED FIRST AID TRAINED

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Our Licenses

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, such as paying taxes and 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 your best vacation yet, and for that, we have been recognized by our clients through consistently good reviews on Tripadvisor for more than five years.

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