Real life experiences are the moments that make travelling worth it. They can be a big WOW moment, like getting caught in a parade, or as humble as being invited to dinner with a monk – as long as they make you feel like you’re experiencing something truly special and a little bit out of the ordinary. All of our trips are designed around these moments. They’re what set us apart from other travel companies.

What does that mean for you?

It means that our itineraries are specifically crafted to include as much time as possible doing local things with local people. They’re not simply about getting from point A to point B, or ‘seeing the sights’ – anyone with a guidebook can do that. What we offer is the local knowledge and experience to help you get behind the scenes of a culture and understand what makes that destination tick.These are unique and authentic insights into local life that have been facilitated specifically for Intrepid groups.
 

Real life experiences around the world

Cook up a storm in Macedonia

At the bottom of a winding valley, inside one of Macedonia’s oldest villages, you’ll find the secrets to the region’s specialty pastries. Dust your hands in flour and prepare to get cooking with the local village women in a pastry masterclass. The Balkans are the next big thing in food and this is the tastiest way find out why.

Learn to weave in Peru

Seated in one of the small huts dotted along the Sacred Valley, watch as the local women weave some of the country’s iconic alpaca jumpers. Learn about their traditional methods dating back to the Inca period and appreciate the skill and patience required in their craft.

Practice your ‘Om’ in Varanasi

Intensely spiritual, the crowded streets of India’s holy city are confronting and eye-opening. Visit the ghats along the River Ganges and witness the celebration of life and death, then practice some traditional chants with the monks at one of the city’s Hindu temples.

 

Take a food crawl through Hanoi

Eating crispy pork banh mi beside a street food stall while sitting on plastic chairs two sizes too small – this is as authentic as it gets. Wash it down with a refreshing iced coffee or coconut juice, then do it all again at the next stall down the street.

Practice your haggling in Istanbul

With colorful lanterns, shining silverware and mountains of spice on display, the Grand Bazaar is the colourful yet bustling heart of Istanbul's Old City. Chat with the craftsmen before doing your best to charm them into a bargain. 

Get lost for words in Patagonia’s wilderness

Words fail to do justice when describing the staggering beauty of Patagonia’s glaciers, valleys, snow-capped mountains and forests. Hiking and camping through this rugged patch of southern Argentina will fire your imagination and leave you stirred. 

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Learn about Sherpa culture in Nepal

Venture into the most mountainous parts of Nepal and you’ll find the resilient Sherpa people – an ethnic group that follow the practices of Tibetan Buddhism and respect deities they believe are found in nature. Learn about their culture in Kathmandu and Northern Nepal, and perhaps even chat summiting Everest with a Sherpa over some steamy Nepali tea. 

Camp out on the plains of Kenya

Spend a night swapping stories with Maasai warriors, learning about each other’s cultures and counting the stars in the sky above. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild, safe in the knowledge that the warriors are guarding you while you dream.

Dancing the night away in Buenos Aires

Passionate and feisty, the tango is a fierce spectacle in itself. Add in the rainbow streets of La Boca, the thrum of a guitar and you have the makings of a uniquely Argentinian showstopper. Whether it’s joining a private tango class, taking in a show or hitting the clubs, the local portenos will show you how it’s done in style.

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