Welcome To Inca Tours

It was in January 1979 that the founding director of Inca Tours, Lew Pulbrook, turned the key and drove his first overland bus expedition across South America. These early trips were of 80 days duration, beginning in Cartagena, on the Colombian Caribbean C oast and ending in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The expedition travelled through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. These were very much adventurous days, with passengers being accommodated in tents and bathing in rivers or under waterfalls. Over the last 30 years the Inca Tours Team has pioneered many new areas for tourism.

Similarly, the present director, Mike Kuhl, has a great depth of knowledge and experience from having grown up, lived in and lead expeditions to various parts of Africa and the Middle East over the last 21 years. As a result, he has added these exciting areas to our already extensive range of products.

This in-depth “on the ground” experience is one of the main factors why Inca Tours is internationally recognised as a world leader in destination specific travel for Africa tours, South American Tours, Central America tours and Antarctic Cruises.

The unparalleled knowledge and local contacts Inca Tours has is reflected in the comfort, service, professionalism, attention to detail and above all, safety and security that you, the client, will experience when you travel with us.

Today Inca Tours caters very much to the “discerning traveller”, but still has a large portfolio of programs suitable to moderate and budget-conscious travellers. There are fully escorted luxury tours, self designed package holidays, city stop-overs and accommodation, adventure programs, cruising, trekking, horse riding, bird watching and as ever, our very solid advice, which stems from the first hand knowledge and passionate love we have for these destinations.

We look forward to helping you experience the wonders of these great destinations!

Why Inca Tours?

At Inca Tours our philosophy is simple, to offer our clients an incredible life experience. We do not claim to be the cheapest but we are the best and therefore offer you great problem free travel, which will be remembered for all the right reasons.
We were one of the pioneers to less travelled destinations with the first of our South American Tours in 1979. We therefore know where to go and what to avoid, what works and what does not. We are recognised by many in the industry as leaders in the luxury travel segment with many of our competitors now following the routes we pioneered. Being specialists in the luxury travel market means we can handle any lesser standard as it is the most demanding and knowledge intensive sector there is.
Any of the Inca Tours Travel Professionals you deal with will be an expert on the destination they cover as it is somewhere they have actually visited, not just been told about or read up on in a brochure or book. Once you make contact with Inca Tours you will deal with the same Travel Professional every time you call about your planned tour or booking, not a different person each time.
Our representative in each of the different locations is the best available. We select them firstly based on Quality and Reliability and secondly on Cost. This gives you peace of mind that you will be well taken care of by people who understand the quality and standard we demand. We have therefore been using some representatives for over 20 years now as we know corners will not be cut to save costs. We have hand picked the local guides we use at each destination, whether you are there on an escorted tour or as an independent traveller. This selection is based upon their knowledge, professionalism, problem solving and English speaking abilities.

Styles of Travel

To some our Gold Tours may appear expensive at first glance but when you look at what they include you will find they represent the best value for money tours available. They do not have any optional extras as everything most visitors wish to do in each destination visited, is already included in the tour. Everything you read about in the brochure is therefore included in the cost of the tour. This enables you to know how much “the holiday of your lifetime” will cost before you depart and you get no nasty surprises when you arrive.

To take the uncertainty out of booking a tour, regardless of minimum number, we guarantee that it will depart and that it will be escorted. This way you can be assured that the tour will not be cancelled at the last minute or not have a tour escort as happens so often with other operators.

Where lunches and dinners are included we generally do not utilise hotel buffet meals. We select intimate, local restaurants which are not overrun with tourists. This gives you the opportunity to experience the authentic flavours and customs of the area you are visiting.

The tour escort is always a senior member of the Inca Tours staff and not a contracted guide. This means they are a part of the company and wish to uphold its name and reputation. To do this they will tirelessly work behind the scenes to ensure all aspects of your tour run like clockwork and any unexpected problems are anticipated and dealt with before they happen.

We have selected our destinations so as to deliver a balanced tour which covers the highlights of the places visited. We also avoid one night stops where possible with the average being between two and three nights. This means you will not be rushing through the sites so as to catch your next bus or flight but will have ample time to see everything at a relaxed and sensible pace.

These tours have a lot in common with the Gold Tours except they use more modest accommodation, have less included meals, some excursions are at extra cost and each focuses on a smaller area.

As with the Luxury Gold Tours, to take the uncertainty out of booking a tour, regardless of minimum number, we guarantee that it will depart and that it will be escorted. This way you can be assured that the tour will not be cancelled at the last minute or not have a tour escort as happens so often with other operators.

As the name implies we are able to cater for any clients, regardless of budget or interests, and who do not feel one of our set departure tours are appropriate for them. You may wish to follow all or some of the itinerary from one of our tours but at a different time or using different hotels. We also have our “pick and choose” module for those who are not sure what it is they would like to do. If none of this suites you then we will design a custom itinerary exactly as you require it. Everything is possible!

We can handle anything and everything. Give one of our Travel Professionals a call and tell them what you have in mind. They will prepare a very informative itinerary for you which will detail everything the quote covers. This will ensure you are getting everything you are expecting as there is nothing worse than getting to your destination only to discover most of what you thought was included in the tour is at optional extra cost. The range of options offered by us is virtually endless from the mysteries of our Egypt tours to the steamy tropical jungles of our Central America Tours, from the culture and history of our South American Tours to the vast open spaces of our Antarctic Cruises!

Meet Our Team

Mike Kuhl

Managing Director

Alecia McLachlan

Travel Specialist
Latin America

Justine Richley

Travel Specialist
Latin America

Hank Holtzhausen

Tour Conductor &
Travel Specialist Africa

Ross Pulbrook

Marketing Manager
& Tour Conductor

Vee Waterston

Tour Conductor &
Travel Specialist India

Jenny Klem

Sales & Marketing

Eva Kuhl Bornefelt

IT & Product

Rita Smith

Accounts Manager

Reinera Hornell-Scott

South Africa Office
& Tour Conductor