Panama City to Anchorage Trip Notes

Panama City to Anchorage

Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013
Panama City to Anchorage
Trip code: QDOXC
Validity: 01 Jan 2013 to 31 Dec 2013
As far as ultimate American adventures go, this trip from Panama to Anchorage ticks all the boxes. Spanning Central and North Americas, all the way from the Panama Canal up to the wilds of Alaska, this 106-day adventure is nothing short of epic. Starting in Panama City, the tour ventures up through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the USA, Canada and finally ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Loaded with culture, history, architecture and bountiful nature, this incredible American adventure will leave you breathless. This exciting itinerary may be full of trekking up volcanoes, exploring vibrant cities, kayaking down emerald rivers, snorkelling over reefs and taking part in all manor of outdoor and cultural activities, but there is also a great balance of down time too, with beaches, forests and unspoilt nature to be enjoyed and relaxed in. So if you’re after a life-affirming, awe-inspiring and never-to-be-forgotten adventure, then this epic trip is it.
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.
Table of Contents
StyleImportant notesEmergency contact
ThemesGroup sizeEmergency funds
MapYour fellow travellersVisas
ItinerarySingle travellersIssues on your trip
Itinerary disclaimerAccommodationWhat to take
Culture shock rating Meals introductionHealth
Physical ratingMealsSafety
Physical preparationTransportTravel insurance
Included activitiesGroup leaderResponsible Travel
KittyJoining point A couple of rules
Optional activitiesJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsResponsible Travel projects
Spending moneyFinish point Feedback
TippingFinish point description
Departure taxFinish point instructions
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Basix
  • 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.
Themes
Overland
Map
Panama City to Anchorage
Itinerary
Day 1 Panama City
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.
If you arrive early, perhaps take a chance to look around Casco Viejo or Panama Vieja.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 2 Santa Clara
This morning we set off to visit the Miraflores docks to see the Panama Canal in full operation. After a tour of the visitors centre we have a short three-hour drive out of the capital to the beach at Santa Clara. Take the chance to relax and dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean before camping by the beach.
Included Activities
  • Visit to the Panama Canal
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 3-4 Chiriqui
We travel 340 km today to the Chiriqui highlands where we stay in a small pension for two nights.
Chiriqui claims to be Panama's wonderland, and it is little surprise. The province boats an amazing variety of scenery from pristine beaches on the Golfo de Chiriqui to lush tropical forests where you'll find exotic flora and fauna. The area is also Panama's main coffee growing area as well as being home to the Parque Internacional La Amistad with its great hiking and whitewater rafting.
Accommodation
Guesthouse (2 nts)
Days 5-6 Manuel Antonio National Park
Leaving Panama and crossing into Costa Rica, today we head towards Quepos on the Pacific coast, where the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is located. We spend two nights in cabins in the park, enjoying jungle walks and various optional activities.
Manuel Antonio NP stands a few kilometres south of Quepos on the shores of the Pacific. During our time in the region, we’ll enjoy a three-hour guided walk along the trails within the park and have plenty of time to relax on one of the idyllic palm-lined bays, with the ocean crashing in on the beach and white-faced capuchin monkeys peering out from the trees.
Optional Activities
  • Horse Riding - USD30
  • Manuel Antonio - Surf/boogie board rental - USD10
Accommodation
Cabin (2 nts)
Day 7 San Jose
Today we head to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose, some 140 km away. We stay in a centrally located hotel and the rest of the day and the night are free to explore the city.
With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere.
Optional Activities
  • National Institute of Biodiversity - Free
  • Museo Nacional de Costa Rica - Free
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 8-9 Monteverde
We continue through Costa Rica to the dense rainforest of Monteverde where we stay in a hotel for a couple of nights. This stunning area offers an incredible diversity of flora and fauna which hopefully you will be lucky enough to see during our included visit to the Cloud Forest Reserve.
Monteverde was founded as an agricultural community in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers; they cleared virgin forest to create verdant pastures ideal for dairy farming. These environmentally aware settlers were conscious of the danger that unrestricted settling and farming could cause to this precious habitat. Consequently they established a small privately-owned wildlife sanctuary, which has since grown to become the internationally-renowned Monteverde Cloudforest Biological Preserve. These forests are similar to rainforests, but instead of relying on rain for essential moisture, adequate water comes from the semi-permanent cloud that covers the region. It is lush and full of wildlife. This is truly a nature lover's paradise. More than 2,000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different types of mammals call Montverde home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the resplendent quetzal, one of the most elusive birds in the world.
Optional Activities
  • Mountain Biking - USD25
  • Zip lining - USD25
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 10-11 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park
Today we have a short drive to La Fortuna near the shores of Laguna de Arenal, where we camp by the lake for fantastic vistas of the Arenal volcano and its lava flow glowing in the night. We have a couple of nights here, allowing you time for optional activities around the lake.
La Fortuna is a small town situated just a few minutes away from Costa Rica's most famous volcano - the majestic Arenal. Besides the panoramic views the town offers a range of other activities such as the 70 metre high La Fortuna waterfall, stunning lush forest, rare plants, animal watching and watersports on the lake.
The volcano’s inner workings also mean that the area has a number of thermal springs where hot, lava-heated water gushes to the surface. These springs have been turned into a number of thermal pools and waterfalls, often surrounded by foliage, an ideal chance to relax.
Optional Activities
  • Baldi Hot Springs - USD45
  • Rafting (full day) - USD75
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 12-13 Ometepe Island
This morning we cross into Nicaragua where will hop aboard a boat on Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake, to Isla Ometepe. On the island we will stay in a small hotel for two nights, giving you the chance to explore all the island has to offer
Beautifully located within Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is formed by two volcanoes which rise from the lake. In fact 'Ometepe' literally means two volcanoes in the Nahuatl language. The island's hourglass shape is home to great beaches and a deep jungle.
Optional Activities
  • Madera Volcano climb - USD25
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 14 Granada
After crossing back to the mainland this morning, a short drive brings us to Granada, Nicaragua's oldest city, where we spend the night in a hotel.
Oozing with colonial charm, Granada is the oldest city of the 'New World', having been founded in 1524. The city resides on the banks of Lake Nicaragua and its appearance is a mixture of Moorish and Andalusian.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 15 Masaya National Park
Another short drive north takes us to Masaya National Park. We will visit the national park and the active volcano that lies in the middle of the park, viewing the crater and lava flows. We will spend the night camping in the park.
At the Masaya National Park, the twin volcano craters of Masaya and Santiago are an incredible sight. At the bottom of a vast crater, a glowing red fire, like a furnace, fills the air with pungent sulphurous fumes and rocks and volcanic ashes still cover the area surrounding the volcanoes. The park is inhabited by many different kinds of animals including coyotes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, deer, iguanas, and monkey. The park makes a wonderful place for trekking.
Optional Activities
  • Visit to the market - USD5
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
Day 16 Leon
A drive of approximately 130 km takes us to the university town of Leon. We stay the night in a centrally located hotel.
The town of Leon is lined with derelict buildings and the walls are adorned with political murals and graffiti. Head to the market to find some of the friendliest people in the country.
Optional Activities
  • Turtle watching, Playa La Flor - USD30
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 17 Lake Yojoa
We start early today and have a long drive of 400 km as we cross the border into Honduras. We will camp for the night at Lake Yojoa, halfway between San Pedro de Sula and Tegucigalpa.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 18-20 Roatan Island
An early start today before a drive of just over 230 km brings us to the Caribbean port town of La Ceiba from where we board a ferry to the stunning Bay Islands, and to Roatan. Here we stay for three nights in a lovely posada near many of the bars and restaurants the island has to offer.
Roatan Island is one of the famous Bay Islands; an archipelago of coral islands set in the Caribbean known for its laid back atmosphere. The scuba diving around the reefs is said to be some of the best in the world. During your stay on Roatan Island you can snorkel, go sea kayaking, hire jeeps or even get your PADI license.
Optional Activities
  • Sea kayaking - USD45
  • Diving or snorkelling trip - USD50
  • Bicycle hire - USD20
Accommodation
Guesthouse (3 nts)
Days 21-22 Copan
Returning to the mainland today we head 300 km to the spectacular ruins of Copan where we camp for two nights in the grounds of a hotel.
The ancient ruins of Copan are the southernmost of the great Mayan sites for which Central America is famed. This particular site was listed as a World Heritage site in 1980 and is unique because of the 21 stelae or columns that have been found there. These are heavily carved with reliefs depicting the passage of time and the lives of the royal families. There are also a number of small pyramid-shaped temples and excavated vaults. Walk through the grassy plazas under the gaze of huge carved faces, staring out from ancient walls. As you walk past monuments, statues and staircases it's hard not to wonder at the mysterious disappearance of such a creative civilisation.
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of ruins
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 23 Suchitoto
Today we cross the border and enter El Salvador. Once border formalities are dealt with we continue to the town of Suchitoto with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. We spend the night in a local hotel.
Suchitoto is a reminder of El Salvador's past. A beautiful colonial town with painted houses and cobbled streets, it is a world away from modern El Salvador. The town overlooks the Embalse Cerron Grande, also known as Lago Suchitlan, which is a haven for migrating birds, particularly falcons and hawks.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 24 Cerro Verde National Park
A short drive today takes us to Cerro Verde National Park which offers amazing views of the surrounding countryside and volcanoes. We camp in the park at a site with basic facilities.
The highlight of Cerro Verde National Park is the Cerro Verde, an extinct volcano which last erupted around 2500 years ago. On the top of its crater there is one of the few cloud forests in the country, located at 2030 metres above sea level. The Cerro Verde, along with the volcanoes of Santa Ana and Izalco form one of the most impressive landscapes in El Salvador. These 2 other volcanoes can be viewed from lookout points inside Cerro Verde National Park. The park also offers some wonderful treks enabling fantastic views of northern El Salvador.
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
Days 25-26 El Imposible National Park
This morning we drive 170 km to El Impossible National Park. Here we camp for a couple of nights and explore this incredibly diverse park.
As the name suggests, El Imposible is a remote area. The national reserve was set up to protect the flora and fauna of the rocky slopes and forests of the Cordillera de Apaneca. The area was named for the perilous gorge which used to claim the lives of farmers and pack mules transporting coffee to the Pacific port. Today the park makes a great place for a trek and maybe the chance to see pumas, tigrillos, wild boars, king hawks, and black-crested eagles. Hiking can get muddy and steep but offers great views of misty peaks and the gleaming Pacific Ocean.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 27-28 Antigua
This morning we drive 300 km and cross the Guatemalan border on our way to Antigua. We spend the night in a lovely colonial hotel.
The old colonial capital of Guatemala, Antigua remains the cultural centre of the country. Its cobbled streets, Mayan and local markets, colonial buildings, and indigenous marimba music emanating from the many bars and restaurants create a fantastic atmosphere.
From Antigua it is usually possible to arrange an excursion to the Pacaya Volcano. This can be an exhilarating experience as it is often active.
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary, meet your new fellow travellers, and collect the next part of your kitty.
Optional Activities
  • Volcanoes climb - USD16
  • Salsa lessons (per hour) - USD7
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 29-31 Panajachel/Lake Atitlan/Chichicastenango
Today we drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan, where we camp in the grounds of a hotel. There is the opportunity to take a boat out onto the lake, or perhaps just relax and soak up the atmosphere.
Panajachel, located on beautiful Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy. Go for a swim, wind surf, hike, kayak, go horse riding, or for the really adventurous, paragliding. The surrounding area is dotted with villages which can be reached on foot or by boat. Watch women weaving at Santa Catarina Palopo or explore the colourful markets of Santiago Atitlan, In each village the local Indian life has changed little over the last few hundred years. Each village has its own typical dress and make all the textiles themselves in designs passed down through generations.
On our second day here we will visit Chichicastenango and its famous market.
The town of Chichicastenango lies about 2,200 metres above sea level and features the best of handicrafts from all over Guatemala. Perhaps the most colourful of markets in all of Guatemala, everywhere you look at Chichicastenango your eyes are met by stalls of multi-coloured textiles, by Indian people in their colourful clothes, or even by the colours of the fresh produce in the vegetable market.
Due to the unpredictable nature of this region, a spare day has added here to build some flexibility into the itinerary. This day will be used at the discretion of the leader and crew.
Included Activities
  • Chichicastenango Market
Optional Activities
  • Collective boat to Santiago - USD8
  • Bike hire - USD10
  • Kayak rental (per hour) - USD6
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (3 nts)
Day 32 San Andres Itzapa
Today we may have the chance to visit the market at Totonicapan before a short drive brings us to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the moutains around Antigua. Here we visit a community centre called Manos Amigas. We sleep at the centre in dormitory-style rooms.
This centre is run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who 'hide away' in the centre with their kids.
Included Activities
  • Visit to Manos Amigas
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 nt)
Day 33 Livingston
We have an early start today for a 300 km drive to Rio Dulce where we board a boat to Livingston on the Caribbean coast. This town is distinctly different from the rest of the country, and we enjoy a night in a hotel here and the chance to mix with the locals.
From Puerto Barrios we will take a boat trip along the Rio Dulce. The river flows through dense forests, with the jungle coming right down to the water's edge. Tropical birds nest in the trees and fly overhead. At one part of the river hot water bubbles from a natural spring in the bank, creating a localised hot pool. For those wanting a hot bath or a swim, you can simply jump over the edge of the boat.
The small town of Livingston is located at the mouth of the Rio Dulce. It has no roads connecting it to the rest of the country and as a result has developed its own rather unique character. The town has something of a Caribbean feel and is a great place to spend the night.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 34-35 Poptun
Today we head to the small town of Poptun where we stay for two nights on a working finca (farm), camping in the grounds. There is a variety of optional activities to choose from here.
Optional Activities
  • Horse riding - USD30
  • River caving - USD40
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 36 Tikal
Today we make the short drive to the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal with its temples hiding in the tropical jungle. We camp near the ruins, and also have a guided tour.
Once a powerful Mayan city, Tikal was abandoned in the 10th century and sank into the surrounding jungle. It's now alive with jungle wildlife and awe-inspired visitors.
Included Activities
  • Tikal Ruins and National Park
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 37-38 San Ignacio
Today we head into Belize and on to San Ignacio, locally known as Cayo. We camp here for two nights and there are a variety of optional activities on offer.
A friendly place with a multicultural feel, San Ignacio is a wonderful base to explore the gorgeous countryside that surrounds the town.
Optional Activities
  • Bicycle hire (per hour) - USD3
  • Horseback riding, San Ignacio - USD50
  • Canoe rental - USD20
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 39-41 Caye Caulker
An early start today takes us to Belize City, the country's former capital. We may have a few hours to look around the city before boarding a boat over to Caye Caulker. We have three nights in this incredible Caribbean location, staying in a small hotel close to the beach. Time here is free for you to relax or enjoy the many watersports on offer.
The Belize Cayes are a group of islands a short boat ride away from the coast. There are a number of these islands to choose from, but we base ourselves on Caye Caulker as this is one of the more popular islands with travellers. From here it is possible to arrange day trips to other Cayes, to the best reefs for diving, or simply to take a local boat out to the reef of Caulker itself. Each island has its own particular character, but all of them have the unmistakeable Caribbean pace and charm.
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel equipment rental (per day) - USD7
  • Blue Hole dive tour - USD180
  • Sea kayaking (half day) - USD25
  • Two-tank dive - USD75
Accommodation
Hotel (3 nts)
Days 42-43 Tulum
We leave Caye Caulker early in the morning and board a boat to Chetumal, waving goodbye to Belize. Upon arrival in Mexico we head up the Caribbean coastline for 2 nights of camping on a remote beach location. There is time here to relax, and on the second day we will visit the Maya-Toltec ruins of Tulum, perched high on the cliffs above the glistening blue sea - an incredible site.
Sitting on a cliff with views of an azure ocean, Tulum not only has spectacular Maya ruins to discover but some of Mexico's finest beaches to frolic on.
Included Activities
  • Tulum ruins
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel rental (per day) - USD10
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 44 Chichen Itza
We have a 270 km drive today to the town of Piste; the gateway for Chichen Itza. Here we enjoy a guided tour of the site as well as the spectacular light and sound show.
One of the most impressive Mayan sites, Chichen Itza contains both Toltec and Mayan ruins lying alongside each other. The famous El Castillo pyramid houses a huge staircase to a crypt that is guarded by a jaguar statue. The crypt houses a throne in the shape of a jaguar, painted red and inlaid with eyes and spots of pure jade. The site also has the largest ball court where games used to be held, the losing players in which would not have escaped with their heads. The games are depicted in carvings on the walls. Nearby, excavations of the well of sacrifice offered up treasures of jade, copper and gold as well as many human and animal bones.
Included Activities
  • Chichen Itza ruins
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 45 Merida
Today we have a short drive to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state. We stay in a colonial hotel in the heart of this bustling city. Tonight is a good chance to get out and sample some of Mexico's nightlife.
Founded in 1542, Merida still retains much of its old-world charm with a well-preserved Old Town, wonderful museums and city streets alive with art and culture. Hang out in the green and shady Plaza Grande, with the twin-towered 16th century Cathedral on one side and City Hall, State Government Palace and Casa Mantejo on the others. For a taste of Merida's 19th century glory go for a walk along the mansion lined Paseo de Montejo. Mornings are the best time to visit the outdoor markets and you can stock up on hammocks and Maya replicas. It's a great place to try out the local food specialities, like cochinita pibil or the head-blowingly spicy el yucateco.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 46-47 Palenque
Today we drive towards Palenque where we will camp for 2 nights. The following day we will visit the incredible ruins of Palenque, rising high from the jungle. A guide will show us around the ruins and there will also be free time to see if you can visit all 200 buildings that make up the city.
Palenque is situated on a hilltop in an area of hot jungle and is home to possibly the most impressive series of Mayan ruins, which date back at AD600. Whilst walking amongst the ruins it is often possible to hear the eerie calls of howler monkeys echoing from the jungle, giving an added dimension to this magnificent site. The temples are superb relics of Mayan culture and there are many ruins here still un-excavated and hidden in the surrounding forest.
Included Activities
  • Palenque ruins entrance fee
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 48 Yaxchilan
An early start today as we drive to the Lacanja region, visiting the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha en route.
We camp for the evening in Yaxchilan and while here we will visit the Mayan ruins, taking a boat to get to the site. We will also see the impressive murals at Bonampak.
Its name meaning green stones in Mayan language, Yaxchilan is an ancient Mayan city located on the bank of the Usumacinta River in the Lacanja region. It was a large, important centre and is now famous for its well-preserved stone carvings.
Included Activities
  • Bonampak Ruins
  • Yaxchilan Ruins
  • Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 49-51 San Cristobal De Las Casas
Today we drive to the old colonial down of San Cristobal de las Casas, one of Mexico's most beautiful towns. Here we stay in a family run hotel for 3 nights. During our time here we will take a boat trip down the stunning Sumidero Canyon and there is plenty of free time for optional activities.
With winding cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish architecture, San Cristobal de las Casas maintains a lovely old-world feel mixed with strong indigenous roots. The surrounding villages are populated with Tzotzil and Tzeltal Indians who maintain their tribal origins through their varied traditional costumes and customs. There is time here to explore the villages, perhaps by horseback or mountain bike.
Included Activities
  • Sumidero Canyon
Optional Activities
  • Villages tour - USD12
  • Horseback riding - USD20
  • Bicycle rental (per hour) - USD30
Accommodation
Hotel (3 nts)
Days 52-53 Oaxaca
We have a full day's journey to Oaxaca today where we stay for 2 nights in a posada. During our stay here we will have a guided tour of the Zapotec ruins at Monte Alban; a Unesco World Heritage site.
A beautiful old colonial town, Oaxaca is full of graceful arcades and colourful markets largely populated by descendents of the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians, who come here to sell their colourful woven blankets and shawls. Oaxaca is also known for its well-respected arts scene, including folk art, fine art and dance. Explore the markets and narrow, cobbled streets or simply sit in the square drinking the local mescal and tequila, and watch life go by.
Included Activities
  • Monte Alban Ruins
Optional Activities
  • Folkloric ballet (seasonal) - USD10
  • Cultural Museum and Garden - USD6
Accommodation
Guesthouse (2 nts)
Days 54-55 Mexico
A full day's drive brings us to the hustle and bustle of the Mexican capital, where we stay the night in a centrally located hotel. This evening you may wish to sample some of Mexico City's exciting 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.
The following day we will head out of Mexico City to the pyramids of Teotihuacan for a guided visit.
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary, meet your new fellow travellers, and collect the next part of your kitty.
Included Activities
  • Teotihuacan Ruins
Optional Activities
  • Diego Rivera murals - Free
  • Museum of Anthropology - USD10
  • Mariachis Garibaldi Square - Free
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 56 Patzcuaro
Leaving the capital behind our drive today takes us into the Michoacan Hills and the small colonial town of Patzcuaro, where we camp for the night.
Patzcuaro is a picturesque town nestled on the shores of Lago Patzcuaro and it was the capital of the Purepechan Indian empire during the early fourteenth century. The Spanish took the city between 1522 and 1529 and committed atrocious crimes against the Purepecha people. Today the town is tranquil with Indian markets and outdoor cafes - a far cry from its turbulent history.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 57-58 Angahuan
A short drive today takes us 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)
Day 59 Tequila
Today we continue north to the town of Tequila where we stay the night in a hotel and have 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!
Included Activities
  • Cuerva Tequila Distillery
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 60-61 Sayulita
Today we head 270 km further north 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 62 Los Mochis
Today we have a long drive day to the Pacific coastal town of Los Mochis where we camp the night.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 63 Tombstone
Waving goodbye to Mexico, today we cross the US border and make our way to the town of Tombstone, Arizona where we camp for the night.. Here you can get an idea of how the Wild West used to be in this once notorious town.
Take a step back in time to the town of Tombstone, a real Wild West town. Home to many famous Wild West sheriffs, outlaws and the shootout at the OK Corral, it has been dubbed 'The Town Too Tough to Die'. Hollywood even made a film about the town.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 64-65 Grand Canyon National Park
From Tombstone we head north 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) - USD234
  • IMAX movie - USD15
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 66-67 Las Vegas
Today's journey takes us 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
Day 68 Zion National Park
We hit the road again today and drive to Zion National Park, via a stop at Hoover Dam en route. Zion National Park is filled with more incredible scenery and a plethora of optional activities. We camp the night in the park.
Zion National Park showcases soaring canyons, impressive hiking trails and beautiful waterways, all coloured by the mesmerising pink-, red- and white-hued rocks that the park is famous for.
Optional Activities
  • River tubing - USD15
  • Canyoning - USD75
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 69 Bryce Canyon National Park
A short drive today brings us to Bryce Canyon which we will visit before moving on to camp for the night in Kodachrome Basin State Park.
"Mysterious", "breathtaking", "out of this world", are only a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park. For close up views, we allow plenty of time to take advantage of the park's incredible system of trails, ranging from the easy Rim Trail to the moderate Queen's Garden Trail to the strenuous Peek-a-boo Loop. Wherever you walk, you will encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasy land of rock spires that will leave you searching for your own way to describe this 'indescribable' place.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 70 Lake Powell
Today we head 250 km to Lake Powell where we camp by the lake.
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 71 Monument Valley
Today we drive 200 km to the iconic Monument Valley. We spend the night in a traditional Navajo hogan. En route we will visit the Navajo National Monument.
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)
Days 72-74 Moab/Arches National Park/Canyonlands National Park
Continuing north we enter into Utah today and stop at Mexican Hat and Gooseneck State Reserve on our way to 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.
Home to the incredible Canyonlands and Arches national parks, Moab is a small city in Utah that attracts hikers, mountain bikers and nature enthusiasts.
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.
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.
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 75 Salt Lake City
We head Utah's capital, Salt Lake City, today 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 76-77 Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park
Today's drive takes us into Wyoming as we head to Jackson where we will camp for 2 nights. Along the way we will visit Grand Teton National Park to view the spectacular mountain range and do some hiking.
Home to rodeos and real country nightlife, Jackson Hole offers mountain biking, hiking and rafting trips on Snake River.
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.
Optional Activities
  • River rafting - USD70
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 78-80 Yellowstone National Park/Gardiner
Continuing north into Montana we reach the town of Gardiner where we will camp for three nights while we explore Yellowstone National Park. We will visit the park and the famous Old Faithful geyser, and there are also plenty of optional activities to choose from.
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) (3 nts)
Days 81-82 Glacier National Park
Today we continue through Montana and, after a drive of 600 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.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 83-85 Banff National Park
Today's drive takes us across the border into Canada where we will stop at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a Unesco World Heritage site which documents the buffalo hunting culture of the local area. Our destination for the evening is the town of Banff, where there is a plethora of stunning sights and activities to occupy our time. We camp here for three nights so there is plenty of time to explore the surrounding area.
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
  • Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump
Optional Activities
  • Pony trek - USD40
  • Banff hot springs - USD8
  • Sulphur Mountain gondola - USD20
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts)
Days 86-87 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.
Optional Activities
  • Bike rental - CAD30
  • Jasper Tramway - CAD30
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 88 Hazelton
Today we leave the Rockies behind and head west. 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.
As a replicated ancient village, ‘Ksan illustrates many features of a Gitxsan village from the distant past. For example, like its predecessors, ‘Ksan’s houses form a single line with each building facing the river. From this position, the large decorated house fronts and totem poles of the village are visible from the water. In conjunction with other features, such as the smoke house and food cache, ‘Ksan illustrates characteristics typical of a past Gitxsan village.
Included Activities
  • 'Ksan Historical Village
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 89-90 Hyder
Today we cross back into the USA for a brief two day stay at Hyder, at the head of the Portland Canal. We camp here and have time to explore Misty Fjords National Park, hopefully spotting some bears amongst the amazing scenery.
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 91 Cotton Lake
Crossing back into Canada we enter British Columbia today and head to Cotton Lake where we camp the night.
Optional Activities
  • Canoe hire - USD30
Day 92 Whitehorse
A drive of just over 640 km brings us to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. Spend your free time exploring the town, or relaxing in the hot springs by our campsite.
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.
There are a number of sights to enjoy in Whitehorse. Visit the White Pass Train Station, the former home of the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, one of the most scenic railways in the world. This building now stands as a reminder of Whitehorse's great history as a vital stepping off point to the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago.
Optional Activities
  • Takhini Hot Springs - USD2
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 93-94 Dawson
We travel 450 km today 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 95 Tok
Today's 300 km drive takes us along the 'Top of the World Highway', an incredibly scenic drive, and to Tok; a small town but a major centre for dog-sledding. We camp the night in Tok and you will have the opportunity to view the dog sleigh exhibition.
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 96-97 McCarthy/Wrangell-St Elias National Park
Today's drive of 300 km takes us to the old copper mining town of McCarthy where we camp for 2 nights while we explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park. This is the largest national park in the USA and there are an abundance of optional activities to choose from here including hiking, an historic mine tour, glacier walks and 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)
Days 98-99 Maclaren
We have a drive today of 380 km along the Denali Highway to a lodge on the Maclaren River. We will spend the first night in the lodge and the second night in a remote bush camp upstream, giving us a chance to experience the Alaskan wilderness.
Accommodation
Lodge (1 nt), Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
Days 100-102 Denali National Park
A short drive along the Denali Highway brings us 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 103-104 Seward/Kenai Fjords National Park
We set off early this morning on a 480 km drive to the Kenai Peninsula, where we will camp for a couple of nights, allowing us to explore the area. During these two days we will view the stunning Portage Glacier, take a boat trip into Kenai Fjords National Park, and there will also be the opportunity for an optional hike up Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield.
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 105-106 Anchorage
A relatively short drive day brings us to Anchorage today, allowing you free time to explore Alaska's largest city. We spend the night in a hotel.
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.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
Accommodation
Hostel (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

      The comforts of home are more of a rarity. English isn't common and the food will be quite different to home. It's important to observe some of the local customs to not cause offence. Many of the locals’ standard of living may be confronting.
      Physical rating

      Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy your holiday.
      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 some included activities. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases. Please check our 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 for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Intrepid nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Intrepid. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.
      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. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
      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.
      Departure tax
      All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
      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.
      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.
      LEGAL DRINKING AGE:
      Please note that the legal drinking age in the US is 21 and in some parts of Canada it's 19.
      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) (63 nts), Hotel (19 nts), Guesthouse (8 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nts), Cabin (2 nts), Hostel (1 nt), Lodge (1 nt), Bush camp (no 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 hotels.
      Where it's not practical to camp (ie: in towns and cities), we use hotel accommodation and eat out in local restaurants. The frequency and regularity of 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. We will also arrange as many village or local homestays as possible, allowing us to get close to indigenous populations and ensures our money stays within local communities.
      Meals introduction
      When travelling on an Overland trip you have chosen a participation camping tour. This means that you will be helping your leader prepare meals for the group. You may also get the chance to help with the shopping!
      Your leader will come up with meal ideas and quantities needed for large groups. Participating in the camp is usually done on a duty roster system with group of 5 or 6 people (depending on group size) having a different camp job each day. If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting.
      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, Boat
      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
      Hotel Andino
      Calle 35 y Peru
      Bella Vista
      Panama City
      PANAMA
      Phone: +507 2251162
      Joining point instructions
      The easiest and most convenient way to get from the airport to your hotel is by taxi. Rates are fixed and a ride to the hotel should cost you approximately US$25. The transport information booth in the lobby can help you to find a taxi.
      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
      Alaska Backpackers Inn
      327 Eagle Street
      Anchorage
      AK
      99501
      UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      Finish 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.
      Finish point instructions
      If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time.
      If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.
      Emergency contact
      Dragoman 24 HOUR EMERGENCY NUMBER Tel: +44 (0) 1728 862 222 This is an answer-phone. If calling outside UK office hours for non urgent questions, please leave a message. There is a number provided to call for a 24 hour manned mobile, in case of genuine emergency. For further emergency contact details go to:
      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.
      PANAMA:
      Australia: Yes - on arrival
      Belgium: Not required
      Canada: Yes - on arrival
      Germany: Not required
      Ireland: Not required
      Netherlands: Not required
      New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
      South Africa: Yes - in advance
      Switzerland: Not required
      United Kingdom: Not required
      USA: Yes - on arrival
      The cost of a tourist card on arrival varies by nationality.
      COSTA RICA:
      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
      NICARAGUA:
      Australia: Not required
      Belgium: Not required
      Canada: Not required
      Germany: Not required
      Ireland: Not required
      Netherlands: Not required
      New Zealand: Not required
      South Africa: Not required
      Switzerland: Not required
      United Kingdom: Not required
      USA: Not required
      Please note that although a visa is not required, holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and most EU passports are now required to pay US$10 for a tourist card on arrival.
      HONDURAS:
      Australia: Not required
      Belgium: Not required
      Canada: Not required
      Germany: Not required
      Ireland: Not required
      Netherlands: Not required
      New Zealand: Not required
      South Africa: Not required
      Switzerland: Not required
      United Kingdom: Not required
      USA: Not required
      EL SALVADOR:
      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
      Whilst for most nationalities a visa is not required, you may be required to purchase a tourist card on arrival, costing approximately US$10. If you do require a visa, please obtain this in advance from your local embassy or consulate.
      GUATEMALA:
      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
      BELIZE:
      Australia: Not required
      Belgium: Not required
      Canada: Not required
      Germany: Not required
      Ireland: Not required
      Netherlands: Not required
      New Zealand: Not required
      South Africa: Not required
      Switzerland: Not required
      United Kingdom: Not required
      USA: 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
      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
      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), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
      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 66cm deep, 30cm wide, and 30cm high. 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.
      VALUABLES:
      Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safe and the safe on the overland truck to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.
      We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.
      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.
      YELLOW FEVER:
      A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
      It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
      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.
      WHO REPORTS:
      The World Health Organisation has countries in Latin America registered as zones affected by hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies and malaria.
      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.
      FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
      Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
      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.
      HORSE RIDING:
      Horse riding is an option available to groups on this trip. Please note however that horse riding is usually not covered by your travel insurance and helmets are not always available. If riding without a helmet is a concern then you should bring our own.
      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:
      Responsible Travel projects
      Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in America include:
      * Bay Area Wilderness Training creates opportunities for urban youth to experience wilderness first hand and often for the first time. Operating out of the San Francisco Bay Area, BAWT supports teachers and youth workers with training, gear, funding and community support to help them get youth outdoors.
      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.