This American dream comes with fresh air, adrenaline, and a not-so-subtle Latino twist.
Whether it’s the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, the heights of the Peruvian Andes or the coastal jungles of Costa Rica, Latin America is a place for adventurers with an imagination. We don’t just photograph the waterfalls, we raft down them. We don’t simply wave hola to the locals, we go canyoneering and rappelling with them. Volcanoes are for downhill mountain biking, ruins are synonymous with hiking, and wildlife-rich islands are an excuse to swim, snorkel and kayak (much as we love a little birdwatching from the boat). The Americas wait for no one, least of all the uninspired. Come and dream wild.
There aren't many places Intrepid hasn't been, so even if you've got a destination in mind that isn't on our list of Active Adventures, our Tailor-Made team is here to help. We'll use our 30 years of experience and regional specialists to help you create your perfect active escape.
We’ve been running our active adventures for over a decade, which means we know the best local suppliers and experts on the ground to give you an exciting and safe experience.
Don’t know what a carabiner is? No problems! Our experienced local leaders and adventure enthusiasts can help show you the ropes while also showing you the sights.
Whether it’s an included activity or an optional extra, we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy.
Learn New Skills
Discovering a new destination also means unlocking new skills, like horse riding, canyoneering or mountain biking. Our Active Adventures are uniquely designed to teach you something new (and make you an enthusiast too.)
We have close relationships with the communities we visit and always use local adventure providers on each of our trips. By choosing to travel with us, you also empower local communities.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
Highlights of the Americas
Catch the surf in Costa Rica
It almost like Costa Rica was made for outdoor adventure, and the list of thrills includes Monteverde cloud forest, turtle-filled Tortuguero, and the world-class rapids of the Pacuare River. Head for the waters of the Caribbean for a hiking and surfing expedition at Manzanillo beach. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles and toucans, manatees and macaws, then grab a board to catch some waves away from the crowds
Challenging, breathtaking, and brimming with pre-Columbian treasure, the Inca Trail is the mother – nay, Pachamama – of all hikes in Peru. But there’s more than one way to get to Machu Picchu. Purists can tackle the Classic Inca Trail through Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata; or join local horsemen in Rafq’a for the less iconic but more off-track Quarry Trail – a quieter and more immersive route that’s rich in local experiences. Both paths lead to Machu Picchu, that icon of the Inca civilisation which, quite frankly, we’ve run out of superlatives for.
Any beach The Guardian rates in the world’s top 50 is going to be worth its salt (and well worth a 3.5-kilometre (2-mile) walk across Isla Santa Cruz). But the eye-catching seabirds of the Galapagos are best seen from the water, not the shore. Jump aboard a kayak at Tortuga Bay beach for a memorable hour or so of paddling and twitching around the bay, where eagle rays, pelicans and blue-footed boobies are found. Sea turtles, reef sharks and marine iguanas also vie for your attention, so keep it steady!