This American dream comes with fresh air, adrenaline, and a not-so-subtle Latino twist.

Whether it’s the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, the heights of the Peruvian Andes or the the coastal jungles of Costa Rica, Latin America is a place for adventurers with an imagination. We don’t just photograph the waterfalls, we raft down them. We don’t simply wave hola to the locals, we go canyoneering and rappelling with them. Volcanoes are for downhill mountain biking, ruins are synonymous with hiking, and wildlife-rich islands are an excuse to swim, snorkel and kayak (much as we love a little birdwatching from the boat). The Americas wait for no one, least of all the uninspired. Come and dream wild.

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Why choose Intrepid

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Adventure is in our genes

We’ve been running our active adventures for over a decade, which means we know the best local suppliers and experts on the ground to give you an exciting and safe experience.

We have experienced local leaders with Intrepid

Experienced Leaders

Don’t know what a carabiner is? No problems! Our experienced local leaders and adventure enthusiasts can help show you the ropes while also showing you the sights.

Safety is our first priority.

Safety First

Whether it’s an included activity or an optional extra, we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy. 

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Learn New Skills

Discovering a new destination also means unlocking new skills, like horse riding, canyoneering or mountain biking. Our Active Adventures are uniquely designed to teach you something new (and make you an enthusiast too.)

By choosing to travel with us, you also empower local communities.

Local Matters

We have close relationships with the communities we visit and always use local adventure providers on each of our trips. By choosing to travel with us, you also empower local communities.

Sustainable travel

We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.

Highlights of the Americas

Go canyoning in the wilds of Costa Rica

The jungles of Costa Rica were made for outdoor adventure, and the list of thrills extends far beyond Monteverde cloud forest and turtle-filled Tortuguero. Head for the hills around Uvita for an unforgettable canyoneering experience in the safe hands of expert local guides. It’s just a short hike to your first rappel, which descends a dry rock face and canyon, followed by a rappel down a free fall from the cable to a tranquil pond. Then see the gorges from a different angle, with some rafting down the world-class rapids of Rio Naranjo.

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Raft on Colorado River

Raft the rapids of the Colorado River, USA

Move over, Arizona. Tackle the Cataract Canyon in a unique, motorised whitewater boat, twisting and turning with the river as it meanders through the canyon walls. You’ll experience the full gamut of river-rafting from flat water through to Class V rapids, pulling over to the sandy banks throughout the day to hike to waterfalls and bluffs and see this ancient canyon from a different perspective. Camp by the river in the evening and enjoy a chef-made meal, then fall asleep under the stars to the sounds of the flowing water.

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The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Hike to the great lost Inca city of Machu Picchu

Challenging, breathtaking, and brimming with pre-Columbian treasure, the Inca Trail is the mother – nay, Pachamama – of all hikes in Peru. But there’s more than one way to get to Machu Picchu. Purists can tackle the Classic Inca Trail through Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata; or join local horsemen in Rafq’a for the less iconic but more off-track Quarry Trail – a quieter and more immersive route that’s rich in local experiences. Both paths lead to Machu Picchu, that icon of the Inca civilisation which, quite frankly, we’ve run out of superlatives for.

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Sea lion at Tortuga Bay

Kayak across Tortuga Bay in the Galapagos Islands

Any beach The Guardian rates in the world’s top 50 is going to be worth its salt (and well worth a 3.5-kilometre (2-mile) walk across Isla Santa Cruz). But the eye-catching seabirds of the Galapagos are best seen from the water, not the shore. Jump aboard a kayak at Tortuga Bay beach for a memorable hour or so of paddling and twitching around the bay, where eagle rays, pelicans and blue-footed boobies are found. Sea turtles, reef sharks and marine iguanas also vie for your attention, so keep it steady!

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