About Us

But few of these tour companies can claim that they are 100% locally owned and operated, with a founder that was born and lived his whole life in Peru. That unique relationship informs every aspect of how Southern Peru Explorers operates, from how the porters are treated to the respect shown to the land, and unique perspective you will get on the history of the Inca people.That is only the starting point for us. Since your health and safety are our primary concern, we have invested in top-of-the-line equipment from some of the most prestigious names in the camping business. Our chefs, who create one mouth-watering meal after another, will be serving you healthy and locally-sourced food. They maintain the highest standards of cleanliness so you can travel worry-free.

Our History

We know that Peru is an extremely special place, and with over 10 years of experience in the touring industry, we can help you get the absolute most out of your time here. All of our tours are both safe for you and for the planet – we are dedicated to keeping our trails clean, and providing top of the line service to our customers. 

We are here to connect you with the the experiences you want, with your fellow travelers, and with the wonders of Peru. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our trips offered, and the uncompromised quality of all of our treks, all led by native Peruvians under Peruvian management. Southern Peru Explorers was born out of a deep love for destinations, rich history and cultures, adrenaline rushing adventure and awe inpsiring wildlife. By going on one of our treks, you are supporting sustainable tourism here in the tourism capital of Peru, and embarking on an experience of a lifetime. 

As a Southern Peru Explorer, you benefit from an authentic and exciting adventure that uplifts jobs locally, works to preserve ancient culture, lush environments and heritage here in Peru. Pack your bag and come explore with Southern Peru Explorers! 

Founder

Joel Cardenas

For Joel, Southern Peru Explorers brings together three of the things he values most: exposing others to the astounding natural beauty of Peru, honoring the rich Incan culture of the region, and bringing together 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 his company with the intention of providing visitors with a distinctly different travel experience, drawing upon his own travels throughout Europe and South America. His appreciation of the land dates back to childhood, when he would visit his grandparents home near the mountains of Salkantay, in Ausangate (???).  “I loved 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 beauty, it makes them forget about the stress of everyday life and enjoy each moment.” As a photographer, who studied at Lima Imagen, he is able to showcase his unique esthetic sense in the company’s videos and vibrant visual images. While nothing can completely capture the arresting beauty participants will see on his company’s tours, he certainly comes close. 

Our Team

sales and travel

Donato | Chef

personaje-2

Karol | Sales

personaje

Yudith | Accountant

personajes

Liz | Sales

personaje-4
about-us-net