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Bridget Pauley

I love helping travellers connect with the people and places in Peru. Exploring the world in-depth is a key philosophy of my own travels over the years, and when it comes to Peru, what better country is there for delving into rich culture, history, cuisine and geography?!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Peru. We specialize in real human encounters, real adventure, and taking our guests off the tourist track and under the surface of these places, meeting locals and sharing their lives. We also run adventure trips in the Galápagos Islands."

How did you get involved in travel?

"At the ripe age of 17, I headed off to Mexico for six months much to my mother's delight, and set myself up in the beautiful city of Puebla, volunteering at an orphanage and living with a local host family. From the day I arrived I remember being so excited and in complete awe of the different way of life.

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel, and live, in several amazing countries doing everything from Teaching English in Madrid, to Ski Instructing in California. So far I’ve explored over 35 countries, and still have a never-ending list of places I want to check out! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In 2011 on a four-month stint around South America, I took a local boat down the Amazon from Leticia, Colombia to Manaus, Brazil. While cruising down the river and with not a lot to do, my days consisted of playing cards with the locals, napping in my hammock and watching the Amazon jungle go by for hours on end. I even managed to spot a pod of the famous Amazon pink river dolphins playing alongside the boat!"

Bridget is part of the following groups: Peru Travel Agents
Freshness and flavors on display at a Peruvian produce market
Peru Culinary Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima - 8 Days

Delight your senses with this 8-day gastronomic tour of Peru. Take in the historical and cultural highlights of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Lima while touring and tasting your way through vibrant and varied regional cuisine. Discover some of the world's best produce markets, take an authentic home-cooking lesson, and immerse yourself in a gourmet farm-to-table experience. Against a backdrop of spectacular Andean scenery, you'll enjoy unforgettable meals in diverse venues, from gourmet restaurants to roadside stands and local village homes.

Cusco, Machu Picchu & Manu National Park - 10 days
Cusco, Machu Picchu & Manu National Park - 10 days

This ten-day tour of Peru crafts the perfect balance between culture and nature. Begin with cultural experiences in Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Incas. Enjoy a tour of the Sacred Valley, including the amphitheaters of Moray and the Maras Salt Flats, and spend a day exploring the famed Machu Picchu citadel. End your trip with five days in Manu National Park, where you'll observe wildlife and enjoy guided nature walks, including a nocturnal expedition.

Treetop view of the Amazon  Rainforest near Puerto Maldanado
Experience the Peruvian Amazon - 5 Days

Venture into the Peruvian Amazon, a jewel of biodiversity in South America. This tour focuses on the natural side of Peru, giving you a refreshing perspective away from the more popular Incan sites and ruins. Travel by boat to see a variety of colorful wildlife, along with a visit to the Tambopata Research Center. Away from the crowds, you’ll be able to spend days observing the flora and fauna with your own English-speaking guide.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Best of Peru Tour & Galapagos Cruise - 12 Days
Best of Peru Tour & Galapagos Cruise - 12 Days

Discover ancient ruins, colonial architecture, fantastic food, and folk culture in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and iconic Machu Picchu.  Then hop aboard the luxurious Galapagos Legend—the only cruise boat in the Galapagos with an on-deck swimming pool—for a multi-island expedition to observe the birds, iguanas, and sea creatures that make this place so special.

Paracas Coastline Preserve
Peru's Cities, History, & Ecotourism - 7 Days

Explore Peru's iconic cities, ancient archaeological sites, and coastal wildlife in this 7-day exploration. Start in the capital of Lima, then head south to Paracas for a marine wildlife tour and views of a 2,200-year old geoglyph. Try your hand at sandboarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina before heading to the imperial Inca city of Cusco. Explore Inca ruins, bustling textile markets, and the local culture of the Sacred Valley. Finish your visit with a day trip to Machu Picchu, the iconic 15th-century citadel.