Adventure Specialists is a small, educational, adventure group focusing on Andean archaeology, discovery expeditions, and adventures by foot and horseback.
Gary Ziegler, Adventure Specialist's founder and co-owner, is a field archaeologist with a geology background. He is a mountaineer and explorer who has spent a lifetime finding and studying remote Inca sites in the Vilcabamba range of Peru’s Southern Andes. Gary is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Explorers Club. He has featured in documentary films for the BBC, Discovery Channel, Science and History Channels. In 2013, he was awarded the title “Distinguished Lecturer” at NASA’s Marshal Space Center. He has taught at Colorado College and Peru’s National University.
Amy Finger founded Adventure Specialists with Gary after earning degrees in geology and climatology from the University of Colorado in the early 1980s. She has designed and led horse trips in Spain, Argentina, Mexico's Copper Canyon, Peru and Colorado's Sangre de Cristo mountains. Home base is 4000 acre Bear Basin Ranch where she manages their cow/calf operation and remuda of mountain horses. Meanwhile, she directs the business and logistics aspects of Adventure Specialists from the ranch office.
Edwin Duenas is a Quechua speaking Cusco native. Edwin holds a Doctor of Law degree and practiced law before catching the ancient mysteries bug. Edwin became the expedition Maestre del Campo, expertly organizing porters, camp staff, wranglers and heading up logistical operations. Edwin guides most of the custom programs including his 'much in demand' interpretive talks at Machu Picchu. He pursues ethnohistory and field research with a passion. Each dry season, the team launches a new exploration together dedicated to unraveling ancient Andean mysteries with the ongoing Andean Research Project.