Hike to Machu Picchu with Independent Scholar Peter Frost
Hike the One-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with famous explorer and independent scholar Peter Frost. Let famous explorers, anthropologists, and preservationists introduce you to Sacred Peru, a land where past and present are intimately and beautifully intertwined.
Take a journey from Machu Picchu and the Amazon through the sacred Inca heartland to the ancestral territory of Peru’s indigenous jungle tribes. Awake to a symphony of sounds at an award-winning Amazon eco lodge, and explore the canopy of the Amazon rainforest via a 1,135-foot treetop canopy walkway.
Luxury Trek to Machu Picchu on the Original Inca Trail
Discover the remarkable social and spiritual organization of the Inca Empire on a luxury trek to Machu Picchu. Hike through lush corn valleys, up and over the high puna, down a magnificent Inca staircase into a bamboo cloud forest, and through the Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun, for your first glimpse of the mystical 15th century citadel of Machu Picchu.
Locally-Inspired Peru Journey to Nourish Your Soul
Explore the Lost City of the Incas with a local expert, and experience Andean culture first-hand through intimate encounters with Inca history experts, chicha brewers, traditional artisans, and Pisco sommeliers. Discover the most unique cultural and historical experiences in Peru on our distinctive, signature private Peru tour.
Private Machu Picchu Tour Designed & Delivered by Hand
Follow the footsteps of Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu and discover Peru’s living culture in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Let famous weavers, photography, and cultural experts introduce you to Sacred Peru, a land where past and present are intimately and beautifully intertwined.
Meet Peru’s foremost Pisco producers; savor fine wines at South America’s oldest bodega; learn gastronomic secrets with a top culinary specialist; explore an area of Peru that is often overlooked, but never under-appreciated. Glean a taste from our Insider as we raise our glass to one of Peru’s best kept secrets… ¡PISCO!
Mount Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno Glacier & the Paine Massif
Behold South America’s most impressive glaciers, fly-fish lonesome streams, ride horses through serene valleys, and savor the magnificence of “impossible” Andean peaks. Venture through untarnished Patagonian wilderness on this beautiful journey through one of the most wildly remote and enchanting frontiers on earth.
Experience laid-back luxury in Argentina’s winegrowing region, eat at Francis Mallman’s Siete Fuegos Restaurant, and sample a selection of small-batch boutique wines with an expert sommelier. Wine, dine, and wander your way from the wilds of Patagonia to the Napa Valley of South America on this tastefully designed private Argentina tour.
Immerse in Argentina’s living culture with the local gauchos, learning about their traditional sheep shearing, cattle wrangling and cooking styles. Drink mate and malbecs, prepare an asado with an Argentine cooking specialist, horseback ride at historic estancias from San Antonio de Areco to La Patagonia, and learn to play polo if you wish!
A native Austinite and top Latin America VIP travel specialist, Ryan Weaver is the Co-Founder / Director of Paragon Expeditions.
Known for his creative originality and tasteful approach to bridging cultural gaps, Weaver has traveled to more than forty countries, including extensive travels throughout the Amazon and the Andean region as well a successful expedition to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro–World’s Highest Freestanding Mountain (19,341 ft.).
After graduating from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, Weaver decided to take a year off before starting college and drove south through Latin America in a 1994 Chevy Tracker with Texas license plates. Inspired by Yvon Chounaird’s southbound journey to climb Mount Fitz Roy as well as his favorite movie, The Motorcycle Diaries, Weaver explored Central and South America extensively during the road trip. Through the experience, he developed a special appreciation for the natural beauty of the region and a deep love for the people. He was especially moved by the simple, kind-hearted nature of the indigenous communities he visited and gleaned invaluable wisdom from the Mayans of Guatemala as well as the Quechua and Aymara cultures of the Andes.
Energized in earnest by his extended road trip through Latin America, Weaver decided to further his quest for global understanding and studied geography at Texas State University in San Marcos where he earned a variety of academic accolades for excellence in geography. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA in Fall 2012.
Prior to his last semester, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship on Semester at Sea. With the help of “lifelong learners” and many amazing professors during the 108-day voyage, Weaver and his friend Tom McNally co-created Paragon Expeditions while at sea in an effort to bring cultures together through unique and enriching personal journeys to Latin America’s most extraordinary adventure travel destinations. The company has since established deep-rooted, meaningful relationships and true inside-access connections throughout the region. Over the course of seven years, the Semester at Sea startup company has evolved into a true “paragon” of authentic and experiential luxury travel in Latin America.
Led by the founder’s geographical understanding and vitalized by the team’s collective desire to champion the beauty of Latin America’s indigenous cultures, Weaver and his team have meticulously designed and seamlessly delivered hundreds of handwoven journeys for high-end, VIP clients from the U.S. and all over the world.
Paragon Expeditions has emerged as the preferred Peru supplier for multiple top-tier Virtuoso travel agencies and has also worked with elite educational institutions including Texas State University - San Marcos, and the Texas Exes Flying Longhorns Alumni Association.
Weaver resides part-time in the Texas Hill Country where he enjoys fly-fishing clear-water streams, mountain biking and collaborating with other local businesses in the Austin area. With the help of his team, he continues to pioneer new and unique ways to add value to high-end VIP clients seeking the best luxury travel experiences in South America. Weaver believes that each of the layered, handwoven personal journeys have the power to transform limiting beliefs, deepen the cross-cultural appreciation and awaken munayki (Quechua term meaning “energy of loving-kindness”) that exists within all of us.
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The Paragon team gathered last Saturday for a Peru & Patagonia Experiential Travel Showcase at Departure Lounge in downtown Austin, Texas. Peru & Patagonia Showcase Despite the summer heat, there was a great turnout for the event. Several dozen Austinites and travel enthusiasts came out to meet the Paragon team and... Read More ›
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