Adventure Tours, Travel, Treks, Trips, Horseback, Horse Pack, Archaeology, Expeditions, Colorado, Mexico, Copper Canyon, Peru Since 1970"A small outfit based at an 1880s working ranch in the heart of Colorado.... Owners Amy Finger, Gary Ziegler and a staff of hardworking guide/wranglers run a unique selection of unusual horse pack trips, adventure wilderness treks, expeditions, educational trips, research vacations in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, Peru and Mexico's Copper Canyon."
Featured Adventures 2016
Back by demand- Mexico's wild Copper Canyon by horseback with Gary Ziegler
BBC World News
The Royal Geographical Society announced today that a major new Inca site has been discovered in Peru by an Adventure Specialist expedition.
Discovery of the site, Cota Coca, comes just months after the National Geographic announced the discovery of another lost city by a team sponsored by Adventure Specialists. Leaders of the expedition, American archaeologist Gary Ziegler and British writer/explorer Hugh Thomson, led a team of participants and muleteers into the Peruvian Vilcabamba beyond Machu Picchu.
Amy Finger - Gary Ziegler and the Bear Basin Gang on the move
Looking for an unusual vacation...? We're not a big travel company with dozens of agents ready to sell you a canned trip run by others. We are Amy Finger, Gary Ziegler and a small staff of successful, educated real life explorers and educators who operate our own programs in partnership with highly experienced local field staff.
Our home is Westcliffe, Colorado. We do Colorado, Mexico's Copper Canyon, Peru, Argentina, Spain and we've been doing it since 1970. Our adventure expeditions are simply....the real thing!
When you contact us, you reach our solar powered, wood stove-heated 1886 log cabin office at Bear Basin Ranch in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Perhaps Gary is in Peru, Amy in Mexico or the staff out pushing cows but one of us will return your call or e-mail. You can count on communicating personally with someone who genuinely lives adventure with hands on knowledge of our programs.
Gary is a Peruvian-trained archaeologist having spent a life-time studying the Inca and he knows the Copper Canyon in Mexico as well as anybody. He has helped produce and appears as an expert in specials on the Discovery Channel, History Channel's Digging for the truth , BBC and NPR's Science Friday.
Besides that we are cowboys, ranchers, climbers (seven first ascents in Peru), ocean sailors, explorers... See our introduction page
We have a great bibliography and lots of information which we are happy to share as well as travel hints. Of course, our opinions and theories are also given freely.
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County Rd 271
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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