The best people to show you the heart of a destination are the ones that live there, which is why we exclusively work with local leaders. Our leaders are not only just travel experts, they’re your teacher, travel guru and enthusiastic purveyor of grassroots experiences. They’ll just as easily steer you through the laneways of Marrakech as help you strike up a conversation with the locals – and all with a smile. 


Why travel with a local leader?


Meet your local leaders


Moving towards equality

At Intrepid, we know that our greatest strength lies in our diversity. This is why we strive to promote equality and inclusiveness at every level of our business – whether it’s staff treading the boards at Head Office or a guide leading a group through the back streets of Tokyo. While 21% of our current leaders are female, our goal is to double the number of female leaders globally by 2020. It’s an exciting challenge spanning many countries and cultures, but it's all part of an ongoing effort to promote gender equality and women's independnece. 

Read more about our female leaders


Experience the local difference on our tours

10 Days From $1,675

Travel from historic Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City. Tour down the Mekong, visit...

15 Days From $1,381

See the best of Morocco from Casablanca to Marrakech. Admire the city of Fes, see the...

15 Days From $3,582

Discover Peru's sacred land of the Incas. Visit Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Lake...

15 Days From $1,849

Travel to India and visit the romantic Rajasthan region. Tour from Delhi to Pushkar...

15 Days From $2,685

Escape to Cuba on an exotic getaway through the sizzling streets of sultry Havana, soak...

15 Days From $4,010

Immerse yourself in classic culture, history and incredible sights on this Best of...

13 Days From $4,821

Experience the best of this fascinating country on a comprehensive tour of Japan. From...

15 Days From $1,415

Adventure through Central America's vivacious Mexico on an enthralling journey from the...

15 Days From $2,441

Travel to Myanmar and discover mythical landscapes and amazing hospitality. Visit...

15 Days From $6,975

Trek through South America's Patagonia region on an overland trip to Chile and...


Stories from the road


How we're giving back

When you think about it, working together with local people makes a lot of sense. Not only does it provide employment opportunities, it also ensures we respect local cultures and support local economies. Tourism is a large source of income for many countries – and we strive to help locals make the most of that.


'I love this job because I can support my family without needing to go abroad. I also love to see people from different parts of the world. Tourism is developing in Myanmar and this is good for the economy. I think Intrepid is great because of our responsible tourism. We are always reducing the risk of negative impacts and the money is always going back to the local people.' – Joseph, Myanmar


The Intrepid Foundation

While employing local leaders is a major cornerstone of our business, we believe there’s always more we can do. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation. The Foundation works with more than 70 grassroots projects from around the world, supporting initiatives in healthcare, education, gender equality, sustainability and human rights.  Every donation made to The Foundation is matched dollar for dollar by Intrepid Travel.

Here is just one of the organizations The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP)


The Intrepid Foundation supports the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.

KPAP is a local organization in Tanzania that supports porters working on Mt Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately there are porters in the industry who work for reduced pay and in poor conditions, often without adequate clothing or equipment. With the assistance of The Intrepid Foundation, KPAP is able to support Kilimanjaro porters by providing advocacy and education. KPAP also works with the travel industry to maintain safe climbing practices for hardworking porters.

You can find out more about KPAP or make a donation by clicking here.