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Savor the richness of this land with every one of your senses as you explore Central and South America and get to know it's incredible cultures.

Some destinations need a long list of adjectives to do them justice. Latin America is one of them. Vibrant, lush, teeming, eye-popping, invigorating, mouthwatering, rugged, serene, mystical, majestic, and enchanting come to mind.

From the mystique of Machu Picchu to the primeval flora, fauna and sea life of Costa Rica, you can savor the richness of this land with every one of your senses on our wide variety of multi-sport adventures. We’re sure you’ll come home with a long list of adjectives of your own. But first you have to start with a verb: Go!

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What guests are saying about their Central and South America Trips

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Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - May 2024

Dorothy

"An extraordinary trip with a great guide and fun group of new friends. Pablo was so knowledgeable and showed us fantastic sights. The accommodations were top notch, the food excellent, and the itinerary perfect.

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"An extraordinary trip with a great guide and fun group of new friends. Pablo was… read more

"An extraordinary trip with a great guide and fun group of new friends. Pablo was so knowledgeable and showed us fantastic sights. The accommodations were top notch, the food excellent, and the itinerary perfect. read less

5 Stars (510 reviews)

D Dorothy | May 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - May 2024

Galapagos May 2024

"Holy cow I can't say enough about the care and attention shown by Pablo and Paolo. This trip exceeded most of my expectations. The wildlife is incredible!

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"Holy cow I can't say enough about the care and attention shown by Pablo and… read more

"Holy cow I can't say enough about the care and attention shown by Pablo and Paolo. This trip exceeded most of my expectations. The wildlife is incredible! read less

5 Stars (510 reviews)

B Brian | May 2024

Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure - May 2024

Amazing Peru Trip

"I cannot say enough about our Inca Trail/Amazon trip. Every guide, porter and driver did their very best to make our trip the best possible. All were local and knew so much about their corner of Peru. This was our first Active Trip, but won't be our last.

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"I cannot say enough about our Inca Trail/Amazon trip. Every guide, porter and driver… read more

"I cannot say enough about our Inca Trail/Amazon trip. Every guide, porter and driver did their very best to make our trip the best possible. All were local and knew so much about their corner of Peru. This was our first Active Trip, but won't be our last. read less

5 Stars (118 reviews)

S Suzanne | May 2024

Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure - May 2024

Beautiful Trip

"Our trip with Gustavo in Peru was amazing! The food is fantastic, the itinerary is perfectly planned so that the hikes are challenging, but not so strenuous you don't have energy for the rest of the trip. The other guide, Salvador, was also wonderful and both our guides made our trip so special :) The lodge we stayed in at Ollantaytambo was absolutely beautiful!

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"Our trip with Gustavo in Peru was amazing! The food is fantastic, the itinerary is… read more

"Our trip with Gustavo in Peru was amazing! The food is fantastic, the itinerary is perfectly planned so that the hikes are challenging, but not so strenuous you don't have energy for the rest of the trip. The other guide, Salvador, was also wonderful and both our guides made our trip so special :) The lodge we stayed in at Ollantaytambo was absolutely beautiful! read less

5 Stars (118 reviews)

J Jessica | May 2024

Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure - May 2024

Wonderful time in Peru, even when things don't go according to plan

"When my partner and I caught a bad stomach illness, we thought our trip was over. But thanks to our wonderful guides and quick planning by Active Adventures, we were able to get back on track and have an absolutely incredible time in Peru. From the amazing food to the breathtaking sites and challenging hikes, it was truly an amazing experience.

Thank you to our guides as well who provided great company and extremely insightful history and knowledge that we would not have gotten without them.

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"When my partner and I caught a bad stomach illness, we thought our trip was… read more

"When my partner and I caught a bad stomach illness, we thought our trip was over. But thanks to our wonderful guides and quick planning by Active Adventures, we were able to get back on track and have an absolutely incredible time in Peru. From the amazing food to the breathtaking sites and challenging hikes, it was truly an amazing experience.

Thank you to our guides as well who provided great company and extremely insightful history and knowledge that we would not have gotten without them. read less

5 Stars (118 reviews)

D Daniel | May 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - May 2024

Can't Imagine this Trip without Active!

"Going to Galapagos was a trip of a lifetime that we wouldn't want to piece together on our own. Active Adventures took care of the details and made all the connections. We felt we had the best local guides and the best local tours with skilled people that were happy to share Galapagos treasures. We didn't miss a thing!

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"Going to Galapagos was a trip of a lifetime that we wouldn't want to piece… read more

"Going to Galapagos was a trip of a lifetime that we wouldn't want to piece together on our own. Active Adventures took care of the details and made all the connections. We felt we had the best local guides and the best local tours with skilled people that were happy to share Galapagos treasures. We didn't miss a thing! read less

5 Stars (510 reviews)

N Nancy | May 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - May 2024

Great Guides

"I really cannot say enough about the experience, professionalism, and expertise of the guides on this trip (Pepo and Paulo). It really makes the trip when you are in such good hands. To me the guides and the experience they provided were a key benefit of doing this trip through Active Adventures.

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"I really cannot say enough about the experience, professionalism, and expertise of the guides on… read more

"I really cannot say enough about the experience, professionalism, and expertise of the guides on this trip (Pepo and Paulo). It really makes the trip when you are in such good hands. To me the guides and the experience they provided were a key benefit of doing this trip through Active Adventures. read less

5 Stars (510 reviews)

S Sara | May 2024

Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Adventure - April 2024

One the the BEST trips I’ve ever been on!

"Our Peru/Galapogos trip with Active Adventures was awesome!! We had Zac as a guide for our Peru part of the trip, Pepo for our Galapagos portion. They were both very knowledgeable and passionate about showing us the history and beauty of where they are from. Zac was hilarious, kind, and understanding and even had us over to his beautiful house for lunch one day for authentic Peruvian food catered by his family’s catering company. Pepo also is a wonderful guide. We were able to go to his parents’ farm on San Cristobal Island, climb up into their boat/tree house, which was really fun! It’s impossible to describe all the wonderful information they taught us in this paragraph…but I do plan on requesting Zac for a Northern Patagonia trip in the future - he was THAT wonderful!!!! And if I go back to Galapagos, I would definitely ask for Pepo!!!!

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"Our Peru/Galapogos trip with Active Adventures was awesome!! We had Zac as a guide for… read more

"Our Peru/Galapogos trip with Active Adventures was awesome!! We had Zac as a guide for our Peru part of the trip, Pepo for our Galapagos portion. They were both very knowledgeable and passionate about showing us the history and beauty of where they are from. Zac was hilarious, kind, and understanding and even had us over to his beautiful house for lunch one day for authentic Peruvian food catered by his family’s catering company. Pepo also is a wonderful guide. We were able to go to his parents’ farm on San Cristobal Island, climb up into their boat/tree house, which was really fun! It’s impossible to describe all the wonderful information they taught us in this paragraph…but I do plan on requesting Zac for a Northern Patagonia trip in the future - he was THAT wonderful!!!! And if I go back to Galapagos, I would definitely ask for Pepo!!!! read less

5 Stars (67 reviews)

J Joyce | April 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - April 2024

One could not ask for anything better than the Galapagos with Active Adventures!

"I had the most incredible time on my Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure, and I would not hesitate to recommend this trip to friends! As someone who tends to get seasick, I was pleased to find a Galapagos trip that balanced water activities and comfortable nights on land. Active Adventures had the perfect trip itinerary.

Our guides, Pablo and Paolo, were the backbone of our adventure. Pablo's deep love for the islands and his commitment to their preservation were truly inspiring. Paolo, on the other hand, was our go-to person for everything, from snorkel gear to room arrangements. Their dedication and smiles made our trip even more memorable, and we all knew we were well cared for during our adventure.

Pinning down a highlight from this trip is challenging because we saw so much incredible wildlife, but watching a pod of 40-50 sperm whales, cows, and calves drifting in the ocean together was such a one-off experience that I do not think anything could ever top it. I am so grateful for this rare opportunity to see such magnificent animals.

My recommendation to anyone considering booking a Galapagos trip with Active Adventures is to do so. You will not regret it,…

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"I had the most incredible time on my Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure, and I would… read more

"I had the most incredible time on my Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure, and I would not hesitate to recommend this trip to friends! As someone who tends to get seasick, I was pleased to find a Galapagos trip that balanced water activities and comfortable nights on land. Active Adventures had the perfect trip itinerary.

Our guides, Pablo and Paolo, were the backbone of our adventure. Pablo's deep love for the islands and his commitment to their preservation were truly inspiring. Paolo, on the other hand, was our go-to person for everything, from snorkel gear to room arrangements. Their dedication and smiles made our trip even more memorable, and we all knew we were well cared for during our adventure.

Pinning down a highlight from this trip is challenging because we saw so much incredible wildlife, but watching a pod of 40-50 sperm whales, cows, and calves drifting in the ocean together was such a one-off experience that I do not think anything could ever top it. I am so grateful for this rare opportunity to see such magnificent animals.

My recommendation to anyone considering booking a Galapagos trip with Active Adventures is to do so. You will not regret it, and the memories you come home with will warm your soul for days and months afterward. read less

5 Stars (510 reviews)

T Tracey | April 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - April 2024

Very active adventure, as promised!

"We had a wonderful time on this trip. Our guide and assistant were absolutely the best. Pablo is probably one of the best nature and historical guides on any tour and anyone would be lucky to have him as their Galapagos tour guide.

The accommodations included great breakfasts, large and clean rooms and were all very centrally located. Great hotel for meeting in Quito at the beginning and end of the trip as well.

The rest of the food on the trip was also delicious and plentiful.

We also very much enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers and look forward to keeping in touch with them.

Overall this was an amazing trip with a great itinerary, interesting people, and friendly, safe and informative guides.

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"We had a wonderful time on this trip. Our guide and assistant were absolutely the… read more

"We had a wonderful time on this trip. Our guide and assistant were absolutely the best. Pablo is probably one of the best nature and historical guides on any tour and anyone would be lucky to have him as their Galapagos tour guide.

The accommodations included great breakfasts, large and clean rooms and were all very centrally located. Great hotel for meeting in Quito at the beginning and end of the trip as well.

The rest of the food on the trip was also delicious and plentiful.

We also very much enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers and look forward to keeping in touch with them.

Overall this was an amazing trip with a great itinerary, interesting people, and friendly, safe and informative guides. read less

4 Stars (510 reviews)

D Denise | April 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - April 2024

Galapogos

"I was very impressed with this trip. I wanted to be amazed and Active Adventures delivered, I learned or saw something new almost every single minute of the trip, each day was a stunning experience. Our guide Pablo was worth every penny Active Adventures must pay him with his wealth of information and ability to teach. Client safety was always paramount no matter where he was taking us.
Paolo was a workhorse with the sweetest disposition and always approachable. I could not believe the efficiency of his timing for our transportation, loading our luggage while we ate, and taking care of the smallest requests. He was wonderful. We never waited for transportation, our accomodations were always ready when we arrived, plus he was so much fun to be around.
This trip was extremely well organized with an interesting variety of activities. Each day was full and my only frustration was the lack of time to relax, explore, or shop. I actually skipped a couple dinners so I could do just that; grab an icecream, leisurely walk the beautiful beach, and watch a sunset.
I loved this trip! Thank you

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"I was very impressed with this trip. I wanted to be amazed and Active Adventures… read more

"I was very impressed with this trip. I wanted to be amazed and Active Adventures delivered, I learned or saw something new almost every single minute of the trip, each day was a stunning experience. Our guide Pablo was worth every penny Active Adventures must pay him with his wealth of information and ability to teach. Client safety was always paramount no matter where he was taking us.
Paolo was a workhorse with the sweetest disposition and always approachable. I could not believe the efficiency of his timing for our transportation, loading our luggage while we ate, and taking care of the smallest requests. He was wonderful. We never waited for transportation, our accomodations were always ready when we arrived, plus he was so much fun to be around.
This trip was extremely well organized with an interesting variety of activities. Each day was full and my only frustration was the lack of time to relax, explore, or shop. I actually skipped a couple dinners so I could do just that; grab an icecream, leisurely walk the beautiful beach, and watch a sunset.
I loved this trip! Thank you read less

5 Stars (510 reviews)

J Julie | April 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - April 2024

Our Guide made this trip

"Pablo and Paolo were our guides and they made this trip special. From when they picked us up at the San Cristobal Airport to when we departed Santa Cruz, we were treated like the only guests on the islands. Pablo shared his knowledge of the islands, with enthusiasm. His story about the 2005 Sierra Negra Volcanic eruption was captivating. The boat rides between the islands held special memories. We saw a pod of about 40 whales including babies who were then joined by a pod of dolphins. This was mind-blowing. We spent 24 hours on Floreana Island, another special place. The black beaches and tortoise nursery were spectacular. I feel that my time on the islands was well spent and due to Pablo and Paolo, my knowledge of the area increased exponentially.
The travel between Quito and the Galapagos is long. On the first full day of travel, Pablo and Paolo packed in a lot of activity after the plane ride. On the day we returned to Quito we had one stop at a crater on our way to the airport. Once we arrived at our hotel in…

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"Pablo and Paolo were our guides and they made this trip special. From when… read more

"Pablo and Paolo were our guides and they made this trip special. From when they picked us up at the San Cristobal Airport to when we departed Santa Cruz, we were treated like the only guests on the islands. Pablo shared his knowledge of the islands, with enthusiasm. His story about the 2005 Sierra Negra Volcanic eruption was captivating. The boat rides between the islands held special memories. We saw a pod of about 40 whales including babies who were then joined by a pod of dolphins. This was mind-blowing. We spent 24 hours on Floreana Island, another special place. The black beaches and tortoise nursery were spectacular. I feel that my time on the islands was well spent and due to Pablo and Paolo, my knowledge of the area increased exponentially.
The travel between Quito and the Galapagos is long. On the first full day of travel, Pablo and Paolo packed in a lot of activity after the plane ride. On the day we returned to Quito we had one stop at a crater on our way to the airport. Once we arrived at our hotel in Quito we were on our own, that is not all bad, I was exhausted. Breakfast the following morning, day 10, was the last day we saw our travel companions.
I'd like to mention this was my first experience as a single traveler. The guests on these "active" trips have a similar mindset and are very welcoming. read less

5 Stars (510 reviews)

L Lee | April 2024

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure - April 2024

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure

"Wow! What an action packed holiday we had with our wonderful guide Marco leading the way. Without his keen eye, we wouldn't have seen half of the wildlife that we did. The tour was jam packed with lots of fun activities and Costa Rica was just a piece of paradise. Thoroughly enjoyed the 'Pura Vida' lifestyle. This is my third trip and they're always fantastic!!!!

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"Wow! What an action packed holiday we had with our wonderful guide Marco leading the… read more

"Wow! What an action packed holiday we had with our wonderful guide Marco leading the way. Without his keen eye, we wouldn't have seen half of the wildlife that we did. The tour was jam packed with lots of fun activities and Costa Rica was just a piece of paradise. Thoroughly enjoyed the 'Pura Vida' lifestyle. This is my third trip and they're always fantastic!!!! read less

5 Stars (44 reviews)

L Lyndall | April 2024

Costa Rica Guanacaste Adventure - April 2024

Costa Rica Guanacaste Active Adventure

"We truly appreciated the constant care and attention to detail provided by our Guide (Roy) and Chauffeur (Jose)! Roy is a fountain of knowledge and Jose is an excellent driver, along with a great sense of humor!

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"We truly appreciated the constant care and attention to detail provided by our Guide (Roy)… read more

"We truly appreciated the constant care and attention to detail provided by our Guide (Roy) and Chauffeur (Jose)! Roy is a fountain of knowledge and Jose is an excellent driver, along with a great sense of humor! read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)

M Maureen | April 2024

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure - March 2024

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure

"This trip was amazing-- I'm still thinking about it one month after returning home. I appreciate how knowledgeable, friendly, and organized our guide Esterling was! There were so many activities, and some that I tried for the first time, such as rappelling (scary at first, but I'm so glad I did it!). I loved seeing monkeys, sloths, toucans, and other animals. The eco-lodges were great. Thank you, Esterling, our driver Warner, and Active Adventures for this trip that I will always remember.

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"This trip was amazing-- I'm still thinking about it one month after returning home. I… read more

"This trip was amazing-- I'm still thinking about it one month after returning home. I appreciate how knowledgeable, friendly, and organized our guide Esterling was! There were so many activities, and some that I tried for the first time, such as rappelling (scary at first, but I'm so glad I did it!). I loved seeing monkeys, sloths, toucans, and other animals. The eco-lodges were great. Thank you, Esterling, our driver Warner, and Active Adventures for this trip that I will always remember. read less

5 Stars (44 reviews)

K Katarina | March 2024

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure - March 2024

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure

"This holiday was one of the best experiences we've ever had. Costa Rica is a special place, and made even better by having a very knowledgeable and experienced guide called Sterling. As well as keeping us on track with all of the activities, he was always on the lookout for all of the beautiful wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer. We loved all of the activities that included Ziplines, Rappelling and Kayaking. We'd recommend this trip to anyone who's looking for an adventure into the rainforest and like a more active holiday.

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"This holiday was one of the best experiences we've ever had. Costa Rica is a… read more

"This holiday was one of the best experiences we've ever had. Costa Rica is a special place, and made even better by having a very knowledgeable and experienced guide called Sterling. As well as keeping us on track with all of the activities, he was always on the lookout for all of the beautiful wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer. We loved all of the activities that included Ziplines, Rappelling and Kayaking. We'd recommend this trip to anyone who's looking for an adventure into the rainforest and like a more active holiday. read less

5 Stars (44 reviews)

M Mark Withycombe, | March 2024

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Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

What's included on your South America trips?

Accommodation

On your South America trip you'll stay in a variety of places depending on the destination and activities. In Peru you'll stay in nice hotels, tents while you're hiking (complete with porters to put them up for you, cook your meals and generally make sure it's the best camping experience ever!), jungle lodges and local homes on Amantani Island (a truly once in a lifetime experience). In Ecuador mainland you'll stay in hotels and jungle lodges, and on the Galapagos Islands you'll stay on dry land, meaning you're free to walk around each evening and get to know the residents of these famous isles. Down in Patagonia you'll lay your head each night in hotels, lodges and the famous 'refugios' in the National Parks. While these may sound basic they have incredible facilities (including electricity), the views are out of this world, they have restaurants and you'll meet an incredible array of people that have travelled from far and wide to visit the bottom of the world.

Transport

Your transport will be a mixture of bus, plane, boat, bike and your very own two feet on our trips in South America. You'll spend most time on a boat in the Galapagos Islands as you make your way from island to island during the day, and down in Peru you'll travel by boat in the Amazon to get to your lodge. We have domestic flights included in our Galapagos Islands and Peru trips to shorten our travel times and to ensure you have the best experience possible. All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals

All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except on your free days. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. On the hiking portion of our trips (such as on the Inca Trail) we work with an outstanding team of cooks who will amaze you with what they can produce on a campsite miles from the nearest town. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed.

Trip leaders

Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting. In the Galapagos Islands you will be accompanied by a specialist Nature Guide, qualified to provide you with plenty of information about the species that make their home on the islands.

How many people are there on each of your South America trips?

We generally take up to 14 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

We welcome many solo travelers on our trips – in fact, we get so many solo travelers and they always say it’s a great way to travel alone, but not actually by themselves. You’ll have an incredible adventure sharing your experiences with other like-minded travelers, and the best part is we don't charge extra for solo travelers, providing you don’t mind sharing a room. However, for bookings within 90 days of your chosen departure, a forced single supplement will apply if there is no other guest of the same gender already booked to share with.

If you prefer not to share a room at all, you can upgrade to a single room, if one is available. If your trip uses refugios which can only accommodate guests on a multi-share basis, the upgrade cost will reflect this.

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading average 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. All you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted partners and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience.