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From Peru's Ancient Incan Empire and Patagonia's dramatic landscapes to the dreamy Galapagos, get ready for a Central & South America adventure tour like no other!

Central & South America is one of the most diverse of all the world's continents, and we reckon the best way to explore its many landscapes is to join a Central & South America adventure tour. Witness some of the earliest evidence of human society in Peru, as well as mind-boggling engineering at sites like Machu Picchu. Journey deep into Patagonia's pristine national parks, explore Costa Rica's lush rainforests and white sand beaches, and discover the rich and flourishing wild flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. With small groups and experienced guides, you'll explore off-the-beaten-path and embrace the local way of life along the way. These are some of the most diverse and authentic Central & South American adventure tours you'll find.

South America Hiking Adventure Tours

Hike, bike and kayak in Central & South America's most iconic landscapes, at your own pace

Here at Active Adventures we understand the need for variety, and in such a huge place it would be impossible to cover all of the ground in one trip - so we've created a bunch which all appeal to different interests. Our trips travel through Costa Rica, Peru, Patagonia, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands - we believe you should be able to enjoy the destination that appeals to you most, without having to rush to the next spot.

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Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure - June 2024

Lares Trek option is 10/10!

"When most people hear of Peru they think of the Inca trail. I'm so glad that I choose to do the Lares Trek option with Active Adventures. My small group of 6 was the only one on a picturesque alpine trail that took us to over 15,000 ft over three days. The guide and porters were amazing as well. The best part? We still got to do part of the traditional Inca Trail and see our first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate. The Amazon Adventure portion of this trip was a nice change of pace and really helped me see the amazing diversity of Peru.

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"When most people hear of Peru they think of the Inca trail. I'm so glad… read more

"When most people hear of Peru they think of the Inca trail. I'm so glad that I choose to do the Lares Trek option with Active Adventures. My small group of 6 was the only one on a picturesque alpine trail that took us to over 15,000 ft over three days. The guide and porters were amazing as well. The best part? We still got to do part of the traditional Inca Trail and see our first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate. The Amazon Adventure portion of this trip was a nice change of pace and really helped me see the amazing diversity of Peru. read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)

J John | June 2024

Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure - June 2024

Truly magical trip

"The Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure trip was beyond fantastic! I am so grateful that we were able to take this trip and can't say enough about how well this trip was organized and run. Zac was the best guide/leader we could have asked for and made this trip a wonderful experience for my whole family and our entire group - every day! He was kind, fun, full of energy, and brimming with knowledge that had us all deeply engaged and excited to learn about each new thing or place he exposed us to and interpreted for us. We feel so lucky to have had him curating this trip for us and working so hard to make it all perfect. The other guides were also amazing, kind and knowledgeable, the muleteers and support crew (drivers included) were beyond gracious, and Nidio (chef during our trek) made absolute magic on the trail. Wow - I truly was overcome every day and feel incredibly lucky to have experienced this - the Lares trek, Machu Picchu, the Amazon and everything in between but especially Zac and all the other people that worked so…

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"The Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure trip was beyond fantastic! I am so grateful… read more

"The Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure trip was beyond fantastic! I am so grateful that we were able to take this trip and can't say enough about how well this trip was organized and run. Zac was the best guide/leader we could have asked for and made this trip a wonderful experience for my whole family and our entire group - every day! He was kind, fun, full of energy, and brimming with knowledge that had us all deeply engaged and excited to learn about each new thing or place he exposed us to and interpreted for us. We feel so lucky to have had him curating this trip for us and working so hard to make it all perfect. The other guides were also amazing, kind and knowledgeable, the muleteers and support crew (drivers included) were beyond gracious, and Nidio (chef during our trek) made absolute magic on the trail. Wow - I truly was overcome every day and feel incredibly lucky to have experienced this - the Lares trek, Machu Picchu, the Amazon and everything in between but especially Zac and all the other people that worked so hard to make this a great trip (Salvador, Nacho, Nidio, Esteban, Fernando, Elario, Alex, and Luis, and in the Amazon - Javier, Angel and Carlos too). We really loved every single day of this trip! read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)

C Christina | June 2024

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 (511 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 (511 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 (121 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 (121 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 (121 reviews)

D Daniel | May 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - May 2024

Following in Darwin's Footsteps

"Our trip to the Galapagos was great. We were fortunate to have two amazing guides - Pepo and Paulo were a well organised machine. Both were really knowledgeable and very passionate about showing their guests this very special part of the world.
Having the opportunity to snorkel amongst the turtles, sea lions and other sea life was incredible even if we were a little disconcerted to find ourselves amongst many sharks.
This was a very special time and we have memories that will last forever.

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"Our trip to the Galapagos was great. We were fortunate to have two amazing guides… read more

"Our trip to the Galapagos was great. We were fortunate to have two amazing guides - Pepo and Paulo were a well organised machine. Both were really knowledgeable and very passionate about showing their guests this very special part of the world.
Having the opportunity to snorkel amongst the turtles, sea lions and other sea life was incredible even if we were a little disconcerted to find ourselves amongst many sharks.
This was a very special time and we have memories that will last forever. read less

4 Stars (511 reviews)

J Jenny | 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 (511 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 (511 reviews)

S Sara | May 2024

Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure - April 2024

The Ultimate Mother & Son Adventure

"We had the most incredible time during our Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure. From the moment we met up with Gustavo in Cusco, right through to the last night, we were so well looked after, and everything was seamless. We had amazing guides - Johan for the hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and Joel in the Amazon. These guys were passionate and incredibly knowledgeable. They made our adventure truly memorable.
Thanks to your team for making it truly, 'the trip of a lifetime'

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"We had the most incredible time during our Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure. From the… read more

"We had the most incredible time during our Machu Picchu and Amazon Adventure. From the moment we met up with Gustavo in Cusco, right through to the last night, we were so well looked after, and everything was seamless. We had amazing guides - Johan for the hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and Joel in the Amazon. These guys were passionate and incredibly knowledgeable. They made our adventure truly memorable.
Thanks to your team for making it truly, 'the trip of a lifetime' read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)

J Jenny | April 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 (511 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 (511 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 (511 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 (511 reviews)

L Lee | April 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.