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Why Active Adventures South America

What makes our South America adventures so special?

An Active Adventures trip in South America is no ordinary adventure vacation. We believe that you can't truly experience a country through a bus window, or on the tourist trails you can read about in Lonely Planet. Sure, we'll include some of those 'bucket list' hikes and locations, but we're all about getting 'off the beaten track' and up close to the South American culture and people, in rich and personal experiences.

meeting locals

We love meeting the locals and understanding their culture and customs

Our guides are the real story when you travel with us in South America. We only hire the best of the best to guide for us, and they're usually locals to the area they're guding in, in some cases it's the law that they have to be locals. And that's great, because who better to answer your burning questions about the Pisac Ruins, or Macchu Picchu, than a local Peruvian guide who has spent his/her life teaching people about the Inca Empire? Your guides will make you laugh, push you to challenge yourself, or to take it easy when you've been pushing hard. Guides are full of interesting and exciting stories, and you'll love getting to know them, and them you, as you explore South America's most beautiful places together.

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Celebrating at Machu Picchu with guide Erick

We like to visit some exciting locations by bike, on foot, rafting, kayaking, and canyoning, but we also enjoy our creature comforts. Our days end with hot showers, clean rooms and delicious meals. We even arrange rest days, where you can read a book all day or shop till you drop. Most important of all - our aim is to exceed your expectations and we will do all we can to make this vacation the best one you've ever had. We've worked hard to put together the best trips in the places we go to in South America.

We give you the opportunity to explore South America's incredible scenery, wildlife, and outdoor activities, and do so at a pace you're comfortable with. Typically, guests on our South America trips are people from all walks of life, who may or may not have a great deal of experience in adventure travel. We design trips that take you to extraordinary locations in the most breathtaking parts of Ecuador, Peru, Patagonia, and the Galapagos Islands. To get there, we'll hike, bike, paddle, float and fly. You don't need to be extremely fit or active to come on one of our trips, but you need to be keen to get outside and experience South America's incredible scenery in an active manner!

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A group of adventurers getting ready to set out on the Inca Trail

We like that we're a relatively small company, and we have a base in Cusco, Peru. Our local knowledge and experience allows us to be really flexible. We offer a variety of small group adventures in South America, and we can put together any trip to accommodate any particular interest. One of the best things about travelling with us is that you have the opportunity to explore lots of different options everywhere we go.

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Celebrating a birthday on the trail with new friends

We do some activities as a group, but there are always opportunities to get out and explore on your own. An Active Adventures trip is not a hiking tour, but we'll do some awesome hikes. It's not a cycling tour, but you can do some incredible rides. There are some great opportunities to go snorkelling or diving in the Galapagos Islands, but you won't miss out if water sports are not your thing. We try to minimise time on the road as much as possible and focus on enjoying our time in the great outdoors.

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Simply Awesome

    Incredible doesn't cover it. This trip gave a truly comprehensive Patagonia experience. Congratulations must go to whoever designed the sequence/structure. Each day presented us with a never-to-be-topped experience, promptly upped a notch the next..for the FULL trip duration!! No faults with accommodation, meals, transportation etc. Jay was absolutely awesome (I'll be running out of superlatives soon). Personable, great leader, communicator and guide. No problem ever became a problem. He and his brother Gem made this a real ILE (incredible life experience). Still don't know how he managed to arrange for the variety of weather and wildlife. For anyone thinking about doing this trip - don't think, DO. And I would recommend Active adventures!
    Justin de Beer Review Image
    – Ontario, Canada
    Condor, December 2017
  •   4.50 out of 5 (from 1973 reviews)

    Jaguar, November 2016

    This trip truly was an 'active adventure', and exceeded my expectations in so many ways.
    Peru is such a beautiful country, rich in history, and culture. All of our guides were superb, but Erick as our trip host absolutely made this trip worry free, a true learning experience, and SO much fun! If it's all in the details, Erick and Active covered them all and more!
    I arrived as a solo traveler and left having made friends and memories that I will treasure always.
    Thank you Active Adventures, until next time!
    Sandra Datoff Review Image
    – British Columbia, Canada
    Jaguar 2017, December 2016
  •   4.50 out of 5 (from 1973 reviews)

    Best trip ever!

    We had a fantastic time and I must give top marks to Active Adventures. The whole trip was orchestrated wonderfully from start to finish. We could see that all contingencies were anticipated well before the trip commenced and it ran very smoothly. I talked with a person who did not use this company and the difference was like night and day.
    Stuart Bowser Review Image
    – Ontario, Canada
    Jaguar 2017, November 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Worth every penny!

    As someone who mostly travels independently, the thought of signing up for a two week organized group trip was rather intimidating but after reading all the reviews for Active, I thought I would give it a try... and I am so glad I did! Active Adventures made everything flow effortlessly- from the second I signed up until we were dropped of at the airport. The itinerary for the Condor trip is phenomenal, covering lots of different areas of Southern Patagonia and highlighting the most beautiful places. The W trek was one of the highlights of the trip and was even more enjoyable thanks to our guide, Cem, who was a wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna and brought such a fun energy to the group. Additionally, our tour leader, Zac, had such a positive spirit, strong sense of humor and passion for his work that showed during our two weeks getting to know him. He was so well organized and made sure everything was lined up so we could relax and enjoy our downtime- including nailing a birthday dinner and cake! Would highly recommend this trip and organization to anyone in the future!
    Laura Postles Review Image
    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Condor, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    This Was an Awesome Adventure!

    The Condor trip was absolutely wonderful. The combination of the itinerary and guides could not have been better. It is definitely at the top of all time best trips. I can't wait for the next trip which my wife is already investigating.
    Wayne Goldner Review Image
    – New Hampshire, United States
    Condor, March 2018

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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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