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Paul McDonald

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6 Ultimate Inca Trail Highlights

Peru ruins

One of the most popular hikes in South America, the Inca Trail is definitely the experience of a lifetime. Here are 5 highlights that are bound to make your jaw drop.

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The Top 4 Things To Do In The Peruvian Amazon

Peruvian Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon is home to unrivalled biodiversity, and fascinating cultures. A trip is well worth the effort, but what are the most impressive attractions? Check out the top four things to do in the Peruvian Amazon...

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The Top 10 Things To Do On Vacation: New Zealand

Kayaking Milford Sound

10 not-so-typical things to do on vacation in New Zealand. Yes, Milford Sound makes this list... But so does walking on Mars, joining a tribal gathering and capturing a whale... through a lens. Enjoy! 

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How Expensive is Iceland?

Iceland Value

Iceland isn’t very big but it is a country of superlatives. It boasts Europe’s most powerful waterfall, biggest glacier and is the most energy efficient nation in the developed world. However, did you know it is also one of the most expensive countries of the world? It’s currently number five! Our Iceland itineraries offer outstanding value for money – so you get the most out of your vacation in this exceptional destination.

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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


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

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

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.

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.

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.

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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