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About South America 

South America has long been known as a place for adventurers, the kind of folk that live to be off the beaten track and welcome a new world of discovery. If you venture here you'll be met with a wild jungle, towering glaciers, extremely diverse wildlife, lively markets and culture in abundance - that's if you can part yourself from all of the fantastic food on offer. 

The geography of western South America is dominated by the Andes mountains but the east varies greatly with highland and vast lowland regions. For the most part the continent lies in the tropics but due to high altitude levels in multiple parts of the continent, you may also have to prepare for chilly temperatures and freezing cold nights. Spanish and Portuguese are the widely spoken languages and the societies reflect many western traditions due to the history of heavy colonialism. The population is over a whopping 420 million people but much of this is concentrated in the urban areas with places such as Patagonia remaining sparsely populated. 

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 Peru, Patagonia, Bolivia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands - we believe you should be able to enjoy the destination that appeals to your most, without having to rush to the next spot. 

If you're wondering what kind of trips we offer, head over to our 'South America trips' page to find out.

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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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