Anchorage to Mexico City Trip Notes

Travel along the spine of North America and the centre of Mexico on a tour that takes you from the mountainous climes off Alaska and Canada to the sunny, open skies of Mexico City.

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      USD $4,200
      CAD $4,555
      AUD $4,465
      EUR €3,075
      GBP £2,480
      NZD $4,985
      ZAR R44,665
      CHF FR3,715
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      USD $1,400
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $5,590*
      CAD $6,060*
      AUD $6,001*
      EUR €4,091*
      GBP £3,400*
      NZD $6,629*
      ZAR R59,445*
      CHF FR4,945*
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Anchorage to Mexico City
Trip code: SDOA
Validity: 01 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2015
Experience the best of North America and Mexico with this gem of a trip, which takes in the best of both of these vastly different regions. There’s time to keep it cool among the glaciers and mountains up in Alaska and Canada, as well as plenty of opportunities to bask in the heat and history of the southwest US and Mexico. A real joy for lovers of the great outdoors, this Anchorage to Mexico City tour is packed with national parks, forest-engulfed mountain country, baron deserts and even a couple of nights in the wilds of Las Vegas thrown in for good measure. The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are also on the menu, so rest assured the thirst for a great American experience will be well and truly quenched. So climb aboard an old, converted US school bus and set off on one of the world’s greatest road trips.
Warning - this is a new trip for us!
While we have thoroughly researched this area to put together this trip, it still must be remembered that this is a relatively new trip for us. To be frank, we expect some things to go wrong. When we head to new destinations, we usually find there are more pleasant surprises in store than unpleasant ones, but the warning is sincere. If it concerns you then we recommend that you wait for a year until we get any bugs ironed out.
This trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Dragoman shares Intrepid's ethos for adventure travel and has many years' expertise in overlanding.
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ThemesImportant notesEmergency contact
MapGroup sizeEmergency funds
ItineraryYour fellow travellersVisas
Itinerary disclaimerSingle travellersIssues on your trip
Culture shock rating AccommodationWhat to take
Physical ratingMeals introductionHealth
Physical preparationMealsSafety
Included activitiesTransportTravel insurance
KittyGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Optional activitiesJoining point A couple of rules
Money ExchangeJoining point descriptionThe Intrepid Foundation
Spending moneyJoining point instructionsCarbon offset
TippingArrival complicationsFeedback
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  • The best value journeys on the planet! On a Basix trip you can expect amazing experiences, but none of the inclusions that you may not want. Which means budget (1-2 star) accommodation, plenty of free time, activities that are optional and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget. On some trips you may be camping and required to set up your own tent. You'll also have access to a group leader to offer advice and help you uncover the region's hidden gems. On a Basix journey, the way you travel is all a part of the adventure. Depending on the destination and the itinerary, you could find yourself travelling on anything from a donkey to a bus or a private safari vehicle. These trips are ideal for first-time travellers seeking fun and independence with the support of a group leader. They're also ideal for independent travellers looking to make the most of their travel time with minimum hassle and maximum experiences.
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Anchorage to Mexico City
Itinerary
Day 1 Anchorage
Welcome to the USA!
The trip begins with a group meeting at 6pm.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, we recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your kitty, insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.
Located in south-central Alaska on the shores of Cook Inlet, Anchorage is a unique urban environment situated in the heart of the wilderness. Established in 1914 as the construction headquarters for the Alaskan Railroad, it's the state's largest and most sophisticated city and home to more than half of its occupants.
As there's no time spent in Anchorage on this trip we recommend you arrive a few days early to see the sights. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be able to assist.
Accommodation
Hostel (1 nt)
Days 2-3 Seward/Kenai Fjords National Park
Short drive to Seward where we will camp south of town for two nights. On your free day here you will have the opportunity to take a boat trip out into Kenai Fjords National Park.
A small fishing town on Resurrection Bay, Seward is our base from which to visit Kenai Fjords National Park. The town is quaint and lucky to still exist after almost being destroyed by fires and tidal waves during the 1964 earthquake.
Established in 1980, Kenai Fjords National Park covers an area of approximately 4,600 sq km on the Kenai Peninsula. The park is named for the numerous fjords carved by glaciers moving down the mountains from the icefield. The field is the source of at least 38 glaciers, including the Harding Ice Field and Bear Glacier. Taking a boat out into the fjords is a great way to see the area.
Included Activities
  • Kenai Fjords scenic cruise
Optional Activities
  • Exit Glacier Hike - USD30
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 4-6 Denali National Park
Driving back past Anchorage we head 480 km north to Denali National Park, where we camp for 3 nights. There is plenty of time for optional activities here as well as a guided tour of the national park. If you are lucky you may even spot a grizzly bear.
Surrounding Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in North America, Denali offers a vast refuge for a variety of wildlife. Wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep call Denali home, as does the mighty grizzly bear. Two scenic bus tours (included with park admission) take you through the pristine backcountry of the park, with opportunities to view these majestic animals in their natural habitat and enjoy incredible views of the unique landscape of tundra and taiga. A wide range of optional activities are available such as river rafting, dogsled demonstrations and hiking, for all fitness and adventure levels. For a real treat why not try an optional scenic flight to get a good view of Mount McKinley’s towering peak. You could even opt for a glacier landing!
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Denali National Park
Optional Activities
  • Whitewater rafting (2 hrs) - USD89
  • Mt. McKinley scenic flight - USD350
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (3 nts)
Days 7-8 Denali Highway
We have a short and very scenic drive along the Denali Highway to our lodge. We will have one night camping by the lodge and another in a wild camp with good wildlife viewing opportunities.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt), Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
Days 9-10 Wrangell-St Elias National Park
Drive day to Wrangell-St Elias National Park where we camp for two nights. This is the largest national park in the USA and has an abundance of optional activities such as hiking, historic mine tours, glacier walks or ice climbing.
Wrangell-St Elias is the largest national park in the USA and is some six times the size of Yellowstone. The scale of everything here is enormous: four major mountain ranges meet here, and the park includes 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the USA including Mt Blackburn and Mt Sanford. There are also huge chains of glaciers within the park. The high country is covered with snow year round, resulting in extensive icefields and glaciers. Sheep and mountain goats patrol the craggy peaks, and the park is also home to caribou, moose, and brown and black bears.
Optional Activities
  • Historic mine tour - USD25
  • Ice climbing - USD125
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 11 Tok
A long but scenic drive brings us to our campsite outside Tok where we will stay for the night.
The small town of Tok was originally a camp for workers constructing the Alcan and Glenn Highways in the 1940s. Today it is best known for its association with dog sledding, breeding, training and mushing. The Tok Race of Champions Sled Dog Race, one of the oldest in Alaska, is held every March.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 12-13 Dawson
We travel 300 km today along the 'Top of the World Highway' and amidst incredible scenery to enter Canada's Klondike region. We stop for the night at Dawson City, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors. We camp here for two nights and visit the gold mining areas. In your free time you may want to visit Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino - a real outwest experience!
Taking us back to the times of the Klondike Gold Rush, it is easy to image the old pioneering spirit of Dawson City with its boardwalks and boat cruises on the Yukon River all adding to the experience. Pay a visit to Dredger Number 4 (one of the original mining rigs) and Diamond Tooth Gerties, a traditional cancan beer hall.
Included Activities
  • Guided tour around Dawson City
Optional Activities
  • Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino Cabaret - USD5
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 14 Whitehorse
A drive of just over 500 km brings us to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. En route we stop by one of the original mining rigs, Dredge No. 4. Tonight we camp outside of Whitehorse.
Located on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse was once a gold-rush town but now its riches lie in the incredible wilderness at its doorstep.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 15 Watson Lake
Short drive from the Yukon into British Columbia where we camp for the night in Watson Lake. This afternoon there will be free time to visit the world famous Signpost Forest or maybe see the show at the Northern Lights Centre.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 16-17 Stewart/Hyder
Full day's drive south to Stewart where we will camp for two nights. On our full day here we will drive into Alaska and the Hyder area. We will visit Fish Creek where we will hopefully spot Alaskan brown grizzlies and black bears eating salmon.
Hyder is home to one of the world's largest ice fields. Seasonally there is a large salmon migration, which brings grizzly bears to the area. At Fish Creek there may be an opportunity to view bears fishing for salmon.
Included Activities
  • Tour of Misty Fjords National Park
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 18 Hazelton
Today we have a full day drive as we make our way towards the Rocky Mountains. We will find somewhere to camp for the night, and en route have the chance to stop off in Hazelton to visit the 'Ksan Indian Village.
Included Activities
  • 'Ksan Historical Village
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 19-21 Jasper National Park
We continue our drive in to the Canadian Rockies, arriving into Jasper where we camp for two nights, allowing plenty of time for hiking and optional activities.
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres (4200 square miles). It is much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. Its setting deep inside Alberta's Rockies and surrounded by mountains makes this an incredibly beautiful place to visit.
Our third day here is a spare day which might be used anywhere on the itinerary depending on the local conditions on your trip.
Optional Activities
  • Bike rental - CAD30
  • Jasper Tramway - CAD30
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (3 nts)
Days 22-24 Banff National Park
Today we have a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway and visiting the Athabasca Falls en route to the town of Banff, where there is a plethora of stunning sights and activities to occupy our time. We camp here the first night, then move into a comfortable hostel for the next two nights.
The town of Banff offers quaint shops, bars and cafes, with a lively nightlife. The free Cascade Gardens depict the evolution of life and it's only a short hike up Tunnel Mountain for beautiful views of the town and its surrounds.
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park. Its valleys and mountain chains were formed 75 million years ago and its terrain consists of coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers. It is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with opportunities for canoeing, mountain biking, hiking or riding the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Included Activities
  • Visit to Lake Louise
Optional Activities
  • Banff NP - Pony trek - USD40
  • Banff hot springs - USD8
  • Sulphur Mountain gondola - USD20
Accommodation
Hostel (2 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
Days 25-26 Glacier National Park
Today we cross back into the USA and, after a drive of 400 km, we reach Glacier National Park. We camp here for 2 nights and there is a chance to go hiking. En route we will stop at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a Unesco World Heritage site which documents the buffalo hunting culture of the local area.
Glacier National Park features more than 400 glaciers and is one of the world's most active avalanche areas. The park also features old-growth cedar and hemlock areas and fauna such as caribou, mountain goats, and grizzly bears.
Included Activities
  • Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 27-28 Yellowstone National Park
We have an all-day drive to Yellowstone National Park. There's a free day here to see the many geysers including the famous Old Faithful.
America's first national park and largest thermal basin, Yellowstone represents one of the earth's thinnest surfaces, which in turn has created a fantastic world of bubbling geysers ('Old Faithful'), sulphuric springs and colourful paintpots (boiling mud). The park is home to moose, bison, elk and grizzly and black bears.
Optional Activities
  • Whitewater rafting - USD70
  • Horse riding - USD30
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 29 Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park
Today's drive of 250 km takes us into Wyoming as we head to Jackson where we will camp. Along the way we will visit Grand Teton National Park to view the spectacular mountain range and do some hiking.
With its awe-inspiring mountain range, lakes and incredible wildlife, Grand Teton National Park is perfect for a hike to a picturesque picnic spot. Hire a ferry on the beautiful Jenny Lake or hike into the stunning Teton Range. Keep a lookout for wildlife in the area including Teton's most famous resident - the moose.
Home to rodeos and real country nightlife, Jackson Hole offers mountain biking, hiking and rafting trips on Snake River.
Optional Activities
  • River rafting - USD70
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 30 Salt Lake City
Leaving Wyoming behind we head into Utah and its capital, Salt Lake City, where we camp the night. While here we will take some time to explore the Mormon culture which began here.
Founded by the Mormons as a religious centre in 1847, Salt Lake City is today the centre of the Mormon State. Today, only about half the city's population are members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, however the city remains synonymous with the religion. If you are interested in the Mormon faith you can visit the historic Temple Square area among other city sights. The city itself is beautifully located, surrounded by mountains and the Great Salt Lake.
Optional Activities
  • Salt Lake City Tabernacle - Free
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 31-33 Moab/Arches National Park/Canyonlands National Park
Continuing south through Utah, today we reach Moab, where we will camp for three nights. While here we will visit two incredible national parks - Canyonlands and Arches National Parks - plus there is plenty of time for your own exploration and optional activities.
Moab’s unique combination of beautiful red rock scenery, two national parks, and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the southwest.
Canyonlands National Park preserves a colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers and their tributaries. Walk along the rim and gaze over the endless maze of canyons.
Arches National Park contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. It's a red, arid desert punctuated with spectacularly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, balanced rocks and arches. Take a hike out to see famous sights such as Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch.
Included Activities
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
Optional Activities
  • Colorado River Rafting Full Day Moab - USD85
  • Mountain biking - USD95
  • Colorado River Rafting PM Half Day Moab - USD65
  • Mountain biking - Klondike Bluffs - USD95
  • Colorado River Rafting AM Half Day Moab - USD54
  • Mountain biking - Courthouse Loop - USD95
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (3 nts)
Day 34 Monument Valley
Today we drive 250 km to the iconic Monument Valley. We will have a guided jeep tour around Monument Valley Tribal Park, seeing some of the incredible formations and learning everything there is to know about the Navajo view of the buttes and mesas that will be surrounding us. We then drive to our camp where we spend the night in a traditional Navajo hogan, all sleeping together on the ground in a circle.
The backdrop for countless westerns, Monument Valley is part of the biggest Indian reservation in the US and home to more than 200,000 Indians of the Navajo Tribe. Monument Valley is so-named for the giant sandstone formations scattered across the desert. The angle of the sun means that the landscape is constantly changing colour and it's near impossible to take a bad photo.
Optional Activities
  • Horse riding - USD65
  • Navajo-guided jeep tour (2.5 hrs) - USD55
Accommodation
Hogan (1 nt)
Day 35 Lake Powell
Today we head 200 km into Arizona to Lake Powell where we camp by the lake. En route we will visit the Navajo National Monument.
Located on the border of Utah and Arizona and created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Powell has a shoreline that stretches longer than the western coast of the USA. Many say that Glen Canyon was even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon before the dam was built. Now the lake is a haven for water sports or just relaxing in one of the many sandstone coves.
Optional Activities
  • Kayak Rental - USD55
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 36 Kodachrome Basin State Park
Today is a full day drive to our beautiful camping spot in Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 37 Bryce Canyon National Park/Zion National Park
A 250 km drive today brings us to Bryce Canyon where we will have time for some hiking before driving on to Zion National Park. We camp the night just outside of the park.
A natural amphitheatre formed by centuries of erosion, Bryce Canyon National Park is filled with hoodoos - dramatic rock spires that glow red, orange and white in the glaring sun.
Zion National Park has stunning desert terrain and huge sculpted rock formations that coexist with waterfalls and hanging gardens. Have a good look around, stretch your legs and perhaps even wade through the surprisingly chilly Virgin River.
Optional Activities
  • River tubing - USD15
  • Canyoning - USD75
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 38-39 Las Vegas
Free time to enjoy Zion National Park this morning before an afternoon drive to the bright lights of Las Vegas. We have a break from camping for the next two nights and the chance to enjoy a bed - assuming of course that you can drag yourself out of the various all night entertainment options! The time here is free to explore.
Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world, but there's plenty to do along the Strip for gamblers and non-gamblers alike - there's the casinos and shows, of course, plus shops, amusement rides, dance clubs and great value 'all you can eat' buffets.
Optional Activities
  • Helicopter flight - USD70
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 40-41 Grand Canyon National Park
We hit the road again today and head over to one of the USA's icons; the Grand Canyon. We camp by the canyon for two nights and there is free time for optional treks and helicopter flights.
This national landmark is 18 miles wide, 277 miles long and over a mile deep, making it one of the largest canyon systems in the world. Stroll the meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down to Plateau Point, opt for a scenic flight or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one the world's natural wonders.
Optional Activities
  • Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD244
  • IMAX movie - USD15
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 42 Phoenix
From the Grand Canyon we head south through Arizona and towards the Mexican border. Tonight we camp in the Phoenix area.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 43 Nogales
Head further south towards the Mexican border near the town of Nogales.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 44-45 Guaymas/Mazatlan
Today we farewell the USA and cross the border into Mexico on an all-day drive to the Pacific coast. We will most likely camp near Guaymas and Mazatlan
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 46-47 Sayulita
Today is a long drive day as we head further south into Mexico and to the Riviera Nayarit town of Sayulita. We spend two nights here camping near the beach.
Sayulita is a coastal town situated on the Riviera Nayurit which stretches from San Blas in the north to Nuevo Vallarta in the south. It is a laidback town with miles of sandy beaches, and is a wonderful spot to relax or get involved in the many watersports on offer. Sayulita is a surfing hotspot and there is the option to try your hand at the sport.
Optional Activities
  • Surfing - USD20
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 48 Tequila
Today we drive 270 km to the town of Tequila where we stay the night in a hotel and have the option of a guided tour of the Cuerba Tequila Distillery.
You can almost smell the scent of tequila in the air as soon as we reach the town of Tequila and pass through fields of blue agave, the plant from which tequila is distilled. Due to the popularity of the drink, the town and surrounding area have been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. It would be only right to try a shot or two!
Optional Activities
  • Cuerva Tequila Distillery - USD12
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 49-50 Angahuan
Today's drive takes us further south to the small town of Angahuan where we will camp for two nights. This quaint town is the gateway to the Paricutin volcano and there will be optional climbs around the volcano on offer.
The small village of Angahuan is situated around the Paricutin Volcano, which erupted in 1943 and continued to erupt until 1954 when it stopped as suddenly as it had started. During that time the volcano engulfed two entire villages and all that remains are the eerie church spires protruding from the lava.
Optional Activities
  • Paricutin volano trek - USD35
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 51-52 Mexico City
We head into the capital of Mexico today, one of the world's busiest and most populated cities. We stay for the night in a centrally located hotel with plenty of time for optional activities or to enjoy Mexico City's vibrant nightlife.
Modern meets ancient in Mexico City, the world's fastest growing urban centre. Although crowded and smoggy, the former Aztec capital offers a great variety of impressive museums, galleries and architecture.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
You may like to extend your time here and allow yourself a day or two more to take in some of the many palaces, churches and temples, or to sit and watch life go by in the Alameda Central. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be able to assist.
Optional Activities
  • Mexico City - Mariachis Garibaldi Square - USD10
  • Mexico City - Governor's National Palace and Diego Rivera murals - Free
  • Mexico City - Museum of Anthropology - USD5
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
      Itinerary disclaimer
      We must emphasise that the routes, activities and places visited described in these trip notes are intentions and are meant as a rough guide only. We intend following the route detailed but exact night stops cannot be guaranteed. It sometimes happens that we decide to make a change to our basic planned itinerary. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, road or bureaucratic conditions may demand it. Or it may be because we find a better, more interesting route. While actually en route, unexpected hospitality, a local festival or a great place to chill out can determine our exact route and itinerary on any given trip.
      Overnight stops and driving distances each day may vary to best suit the needs of the group.
      Culture shock rating

      Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
      Physical rating

      This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
      Physical preparation
      In these parts of the world you'll need to be healthy enough to cope with extremes of climate; from hot deserts through to the cold of high mountain areas.
      Overland travelling can be demanding - long, rough travel days and dusty conditions can be challenging to some. You'll need to be fit enough to help every day with the camp chores (cooking, washing up, general camp set up) as well as putting up, and taking down your own tent. There are some long driving days and some early morning starts. The step-up into the overland vehicle, while not overly high, can become tiring. You need to judge if you are physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down the step at least 8-10 times a day.
      Included activities
      Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
      Please note that some of our included activities are contingent on weather conditions. We'll arrange an alternative if an included activity is deemed unsafe.
      Kitty
      On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund and overseen by travellers and the crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals and all included activities. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases.This Kitty price indicated on the trip notes below is indicative only. Please refer to the 'Check availability' page on the website for the up-to-date amount 48 hours prior to your trip commencement.
      Your kitty will be collected when you arrive for your trip, either on day 1 or, if on a combination trip, in stages throughout your trip.
      You may pay your kitty in a mixture of US Dollars cash and the rest in local currency (amount and type of currency to be agreed by the leader at the start of the trip). Most of our travellers chose to bring a cash passport with them for withdrawing local currency (you can visit www.cashpassport.com for further information on these). This is a very secure way of carrying your money whilst travelling. You treat them exactly like an ATM card and draw out local currency from an ATM to give to your leader within each country.
      If you do choose to pay part in local currency your trip leader will confirm the current exchange rates with you so you will know exactly how much to hand over.
      Travellers cheques have become increasingly difficult to change around the world with passengers and our leaders experiencing huge frustration and numerous hours spent trying to find a bank which will change travellers cheques. For this reason we no longer accept them on our trips.
      KITTY CHANGES:
      We constantly monitor local price changes and exchange rate fluctuations that could affect kitty expenses. Final kitty contributions are likely to be different from those quoted in the brochure or at the time of booking so you must check the final amount just before departure.
      As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only. Follow the link below to view the kitty amount for your departure date.
      Optional activities
      A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
      Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
      Money Exchange
      With ATMs being widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money in Latin America (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Please check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.
      Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to US$100 per day.
      It's also advisable to carry some cash in small denominations bills, for those times when ATMs may not be available. US$ dollars is the most readily changeable currency.
      VERY IMPORTANT:
      US$100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other US$ bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.
      Spending money
      Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
      Tipping
      If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.
      The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
      Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
      At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.
      Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.
      Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
      In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
      Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.
      Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult
      Departure tax
      Please allow US$25 for international departure tax from Mexico. This is sometimes included in your international airfare.
      Important notes
      LOCAL PARTNER:
      Please note this Intrepid trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Your departure will be run in a Dragoman vehicle with a Dragoman crew.
      MINIMUM AGE:
      The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old and bookings for minors, even if accompanied by a parent, cannot be accepted.
      LEGAL DRINKING AGE:
      Please note that the legal drinking age in the US is 21 and in some parts of Canada it's 19.
      HURRICANE SEASON:
      Please note hurricane season is June to November when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors situations as they arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.
      Group size
      Maximum of 22 travellers per group.
      Your fellow travellers
      As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
      Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
      Single travellers
      Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
      Accommodation
      Camping (with facilities) (42 nts), Hostel (3 nts), Hotel (3 nts), Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Hogan (1 nt)
      The type and variety of accommodation is determined by conditions on each of our routes. Each route is different - on some we use a mixture of campsites and wild camps; on others we also use hostels or hotels. Where it's not practical to camp (ie: in towns and cities), we use hostel or hotel accommodation and eat out in local restaurants. The frequency and regularity of hostel and hotel stops depends on the route and area.
      Campsites will range from rather basic to those with excellent facilities, including swimming pools, restaurants and bars. In some cases it may also be possible to upgrade locally to bungalows, lodges or even tree-houses. One of the highlights of overlanding is that in more remote areas we will wild camp. This allows us to get far away from the tourist crowds to some beautiful, secluded spots. On some of our trips we are able to stay in villages or local homestays, which allows us to get close to indigenous populations and ensures our money stays within local communities.
      Please note that camping is participatory, which means you will be expected to set-up and pack down your own tent.
      Meals introduction
      On an overland journey you are more than just a passenger - you're part of the crew. You are expected to pitch in to set up camp, shop for food, cook and generally help out. As part of your trip you will be assigned a truck job which could be collecting water and firewood, sweeping out the truck, loading the back locker, etc. You will be divided into smaller units of 3-4 people and take it in turns to cook for the whole group according to a rota system. When it is your turn to cook you will have to plan the meal, shop for the ingredients in local markets or supermarkets and then prepare the meal for the whole group. The secret to cooking for 20+ people in a basic camping kitchen is to keep it simple!
      If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting. An example of a typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, fruit and cereal as well as tea and coffee. When time allows it will also be possible to serve something hot such as eggs or pancakes. Lunch is almost always a sandwich heaped high with healthy salad and assorted fillings, with fruit to follow. Dinner might be a BBQ, risotto or pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some local cooking. Generally our passengers find the more they put into a trip, the more they benefit from it.
      Meals
      All meals when camping
      Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
      USD 1000.00
      Transport
      Overland vehicle
      There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. Windy roads, rough surfaces and cramped conditions make for some challenging travel experiences. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort.
      Group leader
      On all of our Dragoman-operated Overlanding trips you will be accompanied by two Western crew members who are responsible for the group and the overall organisation of the trip.
      While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad knowledge of the places visited and to offer suggestions of things to do and see. In East and Southern Africa we will also have an African camp master/cook who is in charge of running the camp and organising all of the meals. Their knowledge of the local produce makes shopping at the markets great fun and you will learn how to prepare and cook some unusual dishes. In the rest of Africa, South America and the majority of Central Asia and China we use local guides who may stay with us for just a few hours or will actually travel with us for some or all of the journey. In these cases they become a third crew member and are able to offer their local knowledge as well as a real insight into the lives of the local people. Our crew are chosen for their leadership skills, and most importantly have a passion for the region and its people.
      We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and crew; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders
      On any Overland trip, there are a number of tasks that need to be done. Our overland trip leaders will organise the group into smaller groups of two or three who will take turns in the daily shopping and cooking, vehicle cleaning, disposing of rubbish, etc. There are also a number of other jobs that need doing e.g. collecting water and firewood, luggage loading, supervising the kitty and food stores, which may be assigned to particular people or on a rota system according to group size, make-up, and so on. You must come prepared to 'pull your weight' and share in these duties; you will become very unpopular with other group members if they have to do your share. The more you put into a trip, the more you'll benefit.
      Joining point
      Alaska Backpackers Inn
      327 Eagle Street
      Anchorage
      AK
      99501
      UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      Joining point description
      Alaska Backpackers Inn has on-site laundry facilities, full kitchen facilities and free wireless internet access. Private rooms offer cable TV and micro fridges. There is also a dining room, reading room and day room stocked with books and games.
      Joining point instructions
      FROM THE AIRPORT
      Cabs from the airport operate 24/7 and will cost around US$20 to take you into Anchorage.
      Buses: Take the 7A and get off at the downtown transfer station. The hostel is 15-20 minutes walking distance away from it.
      Arrival complications
      We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact section below for who to contact depending upon your starting location.
      No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
      Finish point
      Hotel Isabel
      Isabel la Catolica No. 63, Centro Historico
      Mexico City
      MEXICO
      Emergency contact
      Dragoman have a dedicated 24 hour telephone number which should only be used once you have left home and in the event of a real emergency. Should you need to call the number, we will do what we can to help but please bear in mind that real progress or action may not be possible until normal office hours.
      If your flight is delayed or cancelled, please let us know and then make your way to the joining hotel as instructed in these trip notes. If you cannot get through leave a message and a contact number as these will be regularly checked and the crew informed if necessary.
      Emergency Number: +44 (0) 7985106564
      For further contact details please use the following page:
      Emergency funds
      Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
      Visas
      Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
      We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
      USA TOURIST VISA:
      Australia: No - ESTA required
      Belgium: No - ESTA required
      Canada: No - not required
      Germany: No - ESTA required
      Ireland: No - ESTA required
      Netherlands: No - ESTA required
      New Zealand: No - ESTA required
      South Africa: Yes - in advance
      Switzerland: No - ESTA required
      UK: No - ESTA required
      Entrance requirements to the USA have changed in recent years so please read the following instructions carefully, even if you have travelled to the USA before.
      Many countries now operate under a visa waiver program (meaning a visa isn't required) however you still need to obtain an authorisation which confirms that you have been approved to travel. This authorisation must be obtained in advance of travel.
      Many citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries can travel to the USA without a visa for a 90 day stay, if they meet certain requirements. Travellers from all Visa Waiver Program countries must present a machine-readable passport (which meets US requirements) at the port of entry to enter without a visa, otherwise a US visa is required. Canada doesn't require a visa for many foreign nationals however you should check to see if this applies to your country. You can get further information from the US Department of State and the Canadian government websites:
      - http://travel.state.gov/visa/tempvisitors.html
      - http://canadainternational.gc.ca
      Also please note, all travellers from Visa Waiver Program countries must obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their flight from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
      All ESTA registration applications or renewals require a US$14.00 fee paid by credit or debit card. You should apply for your visa waiver authorisation at least 1 week prior to travel to avoid any last minute delays. You will require your passport details and your address in the US (you can use the starting point hotel/hostel address).
      CANADA TOURIST VISA
      Australia: Not required
      Belgium: Not required
      Germany: Not required
      Ireland: Not required
      Netherlands: Not required
      New Zealand: Not required
      South Africa: Yes - in advance
      Switzerland: Not required
      United Kingdom: Not required
      MEXICO:
      Australia: Not required
      Belgium: Not required
      Canada: Not required
      Germany: Not required
      Ireland: Not required
      Netherlands: Not required
      New Zealand: Not required
      South Africa: Yes - in advance
      Switzerland: Not required
      United Kingdom: Not required
      USA: Not required
      Issues on your trip
      While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
      We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
      You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
      What to take
      What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes).
      Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
      You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
      LOCKER SPACE:
      The size of baggage that can be brought on this tour is limited by the locker space on the truck. Different trucks have different sized lockers however to be safe we recommend that your bag be no larger than: length 20 inches, height 9.5 inches and depth 26.5 inches. You will need to bring your own lock for your locker. We recommend a 20-30mm sized padlock with a long shackle.The weight limit for luggage on all trucks is maximum 20kg. Backpacks shouldn't have an external frame unless it can be easily removed and stored separately to avoid damaging other people's luggage.
      CAMPING EQUIPMENT / MATTRESS:
      A sleeping bag (we recommend a 3–4 season). It can get very cold at night in winter months in desert and mountainous regions. If you're travelling during the hot season you may wish to also pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter the weather. Pillows are NOT provided so please bring a travel pillow along.
      We don't provide a mattress so please bring your own (a Thermarest / inflatable mattress is recommended).
      A simple plastic bag / waterproof toiletry bag (that can hang on a nail on the back of a door) will be useful to keep your clothes dry inside basic camp shower structures.
      CLOTHING:
      You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes in the malaria areas. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Some people like to take jeans for evenings out but they can be tough to dry and should not be used for trekking. Avoid nylon and other synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is NOT recommended.
      CLOSED-IN SHOES:
      As this trip includes camping and/or bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.
      BATTERIES/POWER:
      Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12 volt “cigarette lighter” socket which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time and it will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. We suggest you bring a mix of normal and rechargeable batteries and the appropriate recharging unit. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day.
      WATER BOTTLE:
      Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Please avoid the purchase of bottled water by using the chemically sterilized water stored in the purpose-built storage tank or in water jerry cans in your overland vehicle. You're free to refill your bottle as many times a day as you like.
      Health
      All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
      You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
      DENGUE FEVER:
      Dengue Fever is common in Latin America and can occur throughout the year. Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil and parts of Mexico are currently suffering from a serious outbreak. This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn.
      Safety
      Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
      We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
      Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
      For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
      TRAVEL ADVISORY:
      Where we use a local partner to fully operate one of our itineraries, we use the travel advisory of the country where that operator is based rather than the Australian DFAT advisory. This itinerary is operated by our local partners Dragoman, and as such will follow the British Government (FCO) Travel Advice. To view these travel advisories please log on to:
      PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
      While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
      The vehicle has fully lockable doors and windows, which is an obvious advantage, but it will probably be necessary to guard it at times and everyone should be prepared to share in this responsibility.
      In most areas there is very little to fear from the point of view of violence. But in all areas 'tourists' are a tempting target for pickpockets and con-men. Always be aware of this and be especially careful when leaving banks or money-changers, in any crowded areas, etc. NEVER leave things lying around - they will almost certainly get stolen. We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to always be security conscious and to take all necessary precautions. Great inconvenience and distress can be caused by having your documents or possessions stolen.
      A few of our past group members have had the unhappy experience of having their belongings stolen before the trip starts. Beware of carrying your passport and other valuables around with you in cities. We strongly suggest you deposit your valuables in your hotel safe on arrival.
      UNFENCED CAMP SITES:
      On some trips you will at times stay in unfenced camp sites within national parks. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules to follow. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your tour leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.
      BALCONIES:
      Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
      Travel insurance
      Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
      When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
      If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
      Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
      Responsible Travel
      We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
      Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.
      A couple of rules
      Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
      The Intrepid Foundation
      Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
      The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
      Carbon offset
      Carbon Offset C02-e 635.00 kgs per pax.
      Feedback
      After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.
      Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher.