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Katy Shorthouse

I've been guiding and designing tours all over South America since 2004. I detest large buses, bored guides, and above all, numbers on sticks. I'm passionate about Peru and have lived here for 12 years, and our tours here go deeper than you would believe possible in the same time other companies take to show you a few highlights. I'm all about showing you the real Peru. You don't need to go far off the beaten track. You just have to know where to look.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Authentic cultural encounter in Peru, especially Cusco and Lake Titicaca. We also specialise in family and MTB trips."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I studied journalism unenthusiastically and without distinction, so my career in communications didn't exactly set the world on fire. In my late twenties I found myself writing junk mail about tax and accounting software for a job (for good money, I might add). I suddenly looked around in horror and thought "this can't be my life!" A few months later I became a hiking guide, and I've never looked back! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My first time in Bolivia, in 1996, my friend and travelled through the rainforest with a large bundle that held her stilts. Whenever anyone asked, we claimed in our minimal Spanish that the mysterious bundle was the bones of her grandmother. Even though I guess nobody really believed this, the pair of us were a pretty big sensation in the tiny villages where we'd stop, and usually a crowd gathered, at which point we'd whip out the stilts and do a really mediocre circus show. (She would wobble around on the stilts, and I was learning to juggle). The idea was to collect money for our travels. Nobody ever gave us any, but usually somebody would take pity and let us sleep at their place. "

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Friendly greeting from a Manu local!
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Terraces in the Sacred Valley.
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Llamas graze in the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu © Kiki Deere
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Biking trail in the Andes
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Recent trip reviews for Katy

Inca trail to machu picchu - 5-day itinerary, Peru - Jun 4 - Jun 17, 2017

Traveler: Gretchen M. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

The Peru trip was amazing! It beat expectations and was a marvel on so many levels. Our guide, Aldo, was a huge bonus as he was an amazing person to spend two weeks with escorting us through his magical country.

Katy Shorthouse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gretchen
Thanks so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to organize a trip for you and your boys. We always aim to pass expectations and when Aldo's on the trip, we can't go wrong - he is indeed the eighth wonder of the world!
All the best for your future travels!