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The Best Places to Eat in Peru

Astrid y Gaston

Peru is a hotspot when it comes to international cuisine, the centre of a gastronomic revolution. With some of the best fusion cuisine in the world, in Peru you will find Andean delicacies and criolla traditions with unique Asian and European twists. Where are the best places to go to check out the action? Take a look at our list of some of the best restaurants in Lima  and Cusco.

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The Seven ‘Wonders’ of the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Our love affair with the Galapagos Islands began well over a decade ago, when the team at Active Adventures began running adventure travel trips in this neck of the woods. We now bring our collective experience to you, and highlight what we call, ‘The Seven Wonders of the Galapagos Islands.’

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7 Fascinating Creatures of the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos creatures

The Galapagos Islands and wildlife are synonymous – you can't really mention one, without referring to the other. Here you'll learn about 7 of the most interesting creatures to be found in the Galapagos Islands. 

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6 Tips and Tricks for Hiking the Inca Trail

Cynthia leading a group to Machu Picchu

My flight was booked! My dream of hiking the Inca Trail, and walking through the sun gate to Machu Picchu was finally becoming a reality. But then, the reality hit me. I have never done an overnight hike before! What do I pack? How do I get into shape? Is it safe?

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Facts About Machu Picchu To Outsmart Your Tour Guide

Outsmart Your Guide

Peru has so many ancient ruins, villages imbued with an infusion of ancient and modern Incan tradition, mixed with a melting pot of Colonial and pre- Spanish Peruvian culture. 

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Peruvian Food You Can't Miss on Your Machu Picchu Trip

Peruvian Food

Peruvian food has a long and storied history and has drawn influences from all over the world. Besides the cuisine's strong indigenous influence, Peruvian food includes many aspects of Spanish, Chinese, and West African cuisines, among others. But enough talk! Let's take a look...

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Why you shouldn't visit Starbucks when you come to Queenstown

yonder lattes

It's a real shame that Starbucks was allowed to set up shop in Queenstown. If that isn't a hint as to the bias of this article, I'll make it even clearer...

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Multi-day Hiking in New Zealand's Backcountry, and 8 Reasons Why You Should Go Guided

NLNP

Angelus Hut on the edge of Lake Angelus in Nelson Lakes National Park

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Welcome Flat Hot Pools, Copland Track

Copland Track

If you're ready to start putting together your dream New Zealand vacation, and you reckon winter is the season for you, then check out our Winter Tours below!

  • Winter Rimu New Zealand Winter Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • South Island
    • US$4599 + tax

    4.64 out of 5 (from 557 reviews)

    Winter Rimu

    May to September is one of the best times to explore New Zealand. Our maritime climate ensures we have relatively mild winters, we’ll almost always have the tracks to ourselves and the snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop than in summer – and usually you can get a great deal on flights! Years ago, we adapted our signature Rimu trip to suit the cooler conditions by adding skiing and snowboarding options, along with some of the South Island’s best hikes. This adventure is the perfect excuse to escape the heat!

    Activity level: This is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the ‘Winter Rimu’ range between three and six hours to complete, with a longer more challenging hike on the Copland Track.

  • Kea New Zealand Family Adventure

    • 13 Days
    • South Island
    • From Adult: US$4799 + tax, Child (15 & under): US$3999 + tax

    4.68 out of 5 (from 242 reviews)

    Kea

    Let us take care of every detail so that you and your family can enjoy exploring New Zealand’s iconic places on a fun outdoorsy adventure. The ‘Kea’ is the perfect opportunity for everyone in the family to try some new activities together while our guides encourage, entertain, serve up delicious meals and ensure you make the most of your precious vacation time. You’ll be amazed how much everyone learns along the way and our guides will have you laughing as much as the kids! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: This trip has been designed to be fun and gently challenging for the young, and the young at heart. The pace is flexible and most hikes range between two and four hours to complete. 

    Here's a pretty cool video of what it's like to travel with your family, on an Active Adventures trip.

     

  • Kauri Ultimate North Island Adventure

    • 11 Days
    • North Island
    • From US$4899 + tax

    4.37 out of 5 (from 1178 reviews)

    Kauri

    Nat Geo Logo 2013

    You'll be amazed by the variety of adventures and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. The perfect addition to any of our South Island trips, the year-round 'Kauri' explores the sub-tropical north, a marine reserve, white sandy beaches, unique volcanic terrain, geothermal areas, Maori culture, an underground cave system and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand. For a great way to see the rest of New Zealand, combine this trip with any of our South Island trips.

    Activity level: The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available.

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Top 4 One Day Hikes in New Zealand

Key Summit

From the unique wilderness, glacier-carved valleys, dense sub-tropical rainforests, limestone cliffs, right through to the indigenous fauna, New Zealand will provide you with a variety of experiences on your one...

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Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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