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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.

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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.

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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