Adventure & Expedition
From mountain bike rides along lush vineyards under the shadow of the majestic Andes mountains, to ziplines over the Amazon's rich canopy or short treks on advancing glaciers in Patagonia, to multi-day, high-altitide treks in the Sacred Valley and Patagonia, level-five rafting, heli-skiing and other high adrenalin thrills - you will find adventure around every corner in Latin America. And try our road trips - by 4x4 or motorbike - across the length of the continent, along the otherworldly Altiplano or around mind-blowing Patagonia. And if you have time on your hands, an expedition down to the South Pole or to trace Ernest Shackleton's footsteps are some of the most gratifying adventures on earth.
Latin America is an adventurer and explorer's dream continent and is packed with an incredible array of adventurous excursions and expeditions.Epic Road TripsLet's hit the road Jack! Whether it be the legendary Southern Pan-American Highway from northern Colombia to Tierra del Fuego at the tip of the continent, around the otherworldly Altiplano, through the Incan heartlands, on Argentina’s mythical Ruta 40, Chile's Carretera Austral or through jaguar-rich Transpantaneira Highway, your options are endless.
Comfortable and robust 4x4s with expert, safe drivers take you on a scenic and spiritual journey, stopping for photos and stretching your legs whenever you want to, taking in an al fresco lunch spot for the ultimate picnic, and ending each day with a gorgeous sunset at a charming lodge or boutique home to recharge, before setting off again for another day of adventure and surprises.
For motorcyle enthusiasts, plot your own diaries by tracing sections of Che Guevara and Alberto Granado's life-altering journey up the spine of South America, an 8,000 mile trip starting in Cordoba via Buenos Aires and the seaside city of Miramar before crossing the barren pampas and ascending into the Andes and ending in the Amazon.
TrekkingThe Inca Trail is undeniably the most famous trek in Peru, if not South America. However, this trail is now walked by so many tourists we feel it has lost much of its lustre and cache. Thus, we focus our Peru treks on the more pristine, off the beaten trails along the Sacred Valley and surrounds, traversing the most stunning snow-capped peaks, open valleys, jewel coloured lagoons, some culminating in majestic Machu Picchu and some in even more sacred and much less touristy places such as Choquequirao, considered to be one of the last Inca cities standing before succumbing to the Spanish.
In Patagonia’s Torres del Paine, the legendary W Trek covers incredible sights including the Grey Glacier, French Valley, the Tower Base and many more - a mind-bending experience. Across the border in El Chalten, tackle the trekking capital of Argentina for one of the best views of iconic Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park. We also organise several half-day or full-day treks at many of the beautiful locations in Patagonia and throughout the continent - from a spectacular summit just outside of La Paz in Bolivia, to an active volcano in Ecuador, a lost city in Colombia, a hidden waterfall in Guyana, a secret archaeological site on remote Easter Island or a barefoot trek over sand dunes in Brazil. Whether you prefer an easy, moderate or challenging level hike there is something for you.
For all our treks, you will be led by highly experienced, fit and knowledgeable guides and a support crew, and for the multi-day programmes, you will end each day with delicious meals and comfortable sleeping accommodations, sometimes under the stars.
CylingSouth America is twice the size of Europe, is anything but flat, has many unpaved roads and its wind and weather is very temperamental where one can cycle 70 kilometres per day on one route, but only 25 kilometres on a higher altitude or unpaved one. This uncertainty is what makes it one of the most satisfying continents in the world to cycle. Whether along Chile and Argentina and the beautiful mountains and landscapes of the Lake District, or an exciting mountain bike exploration of the Sacred Valley, or over Colombia’s Emerald Mountains or on Bolivia's Uyuni salt flats, these journeys will certainly get your heart and mind pumping.
White Water RaftingWhen the snow melts from the 20,000+ foot peaks of the Andes Mountains, this flows into some of the most incredible rivers. Chile’s Rio Futaleufú in Patagonia is backdropped by its wondrous snow-capped peaks. And rivers in Peru, Ecuador and Argentina contain turquoise green waters, interesting rapids as well as hikes with spectacular vistas, making South America one of the world’s premier rafting destinations. A whitewater rafting trip on this continent is the perfect adventure and the best way to experience its pristine rivers including Peru’s quartet of Rio Rio Cañete, Rio Apurimac, Rio Cotahuasi and Rio Colca, Argentina’s Rio Manso or for veteran rafters its Class V rapids from the snow-capped Andes down to the Mendoza Valley and many more.
Zip LiningIn Australia they’re known as “flying foxes”, in the UK as “aerial runways”; the South Africans call them “foofy slides” and in Italian-speaking Switzerland they’re “tirolesi”. Latinos call them zip lines, as they do in the US and it involves riding down one or more cables and, thanks to the force of gravity, experiencing the thrill of flight. It is the perfect activity for those wishing to conquer their fear of heights, combining a thrilling adventure with a unique way of seeing forest canopies and other vistas from above. South America with its large tracts of rich forests possibly has the most zip lines in the world.
The most well known area for zip lining and canopy touring is the Amazon but there are a wealth of options around the continent. The longest zip line in Latin America is in Monteverde, Costa Rica, going for almost one mile, with the ride lasting almost two minutes!
Heli-SkiingThe ultimate thrill! The Andes Mountains are the second-highest in the world and the vertical drop on any given run can be as much as 5,000 feet or more. Very few areas in the world can claim the dramatic scenery or vertical drops in the snowy Andes. Argentina and Chile - and their respective sections of Patagonia - have a monopoly when it comes to this activity and multi-day, multi-country itineraries are available. Heli-Skiing and more casual Heli-Boarding are some for the wildest adventures on earth!
Once in a Lifetime ExpeditionsAdventure travel’s final frontier, we explore remote areas such as the vast, empty and otherworldly Bolivian altiplano and Argentina's even more ethereal Puna Desert next door. Let us take you on a magical journey along endless salt flats, lava fields, technicolor lagoons, pumice stone fields, collapsed, dormant and active volcanoes, shifting and petrified dunes and many other lunar landscapes and geological wonders.
Trace Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps backwards from South Georgia to Elephant Island to the Antarctic Peninsula. Immerse in lectures narrating Sir Ernest Shackleton’s journey with his crew, who in early 1915 abandoned their ice-trapped ship Endurance to live on floating ice, eventually reaching Elephant Island in three small boats, before making an impossible journey on the Southern Ocean to the whaling stations of South Georgia. Their heroics and Shackleton’s legendary efforts to rescue his men are part of Antarctica’s inspiring human history. Visit Shackleton’s final resting place in Grytviken and other historical sites of past explorers on the wildlife-rich island of South Georgia.
Antarctica has some of the most remote peaks on earth to scale, from the continent's highest summit, the Vinson Massif, to its tallest volcano, Mount Siddley. The holy grail of exploration, the South Pole is the ultimate goal for explorers and adventurers alike. Cross international data and timelines in seconds by strolling across the points where all longitudinal lines converge. Set foot on the two South Poles, the magnetic and the geographic - by foot if you are up for a challenge. And even visit a remote Emperor penguin colony while you are in the neighborhood!
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