Active Adventures did a great job with all of the details of our trip from the lodging to the logistics to the menus for lunch and dinner. Out guides, Jean Marc and Holly, were exceptional. By the end of the trip they seemed to be not only our guides but new friends.
I felt like a traveler on this trip vs. a tourist. And that was great!
Thanks Active Adventures!
Review by Tiffin Nachlas1 month ago
Excellent design for our trip. All local guides who were great. The entire experience was one of our best adventures we have ever taken
Review by Siglinda Fearnhead2 months ago
Well-organized, fairly rigorous and well-planned hiking trip along with great food and good transportation and logistics.
Review by Toscano2 months ago
It was a well organised tour with very competent guides.
Review by Noobert2 months ago
Back in February of 2018 i signed my family up with Active Adventures to do a hiking trip in Peru. I was a bit hesitant: I had never used Active Adventures…they had good online reviews, but who really knows until you have worked with them directly, right? Also, I have 2 boys, 12 and 14…and my wife and I are both reasonably fit but the hiking was going to take us above 15,000 feet…and the highest my family had ever climbed at was about 10,000. So that made me lose some sleep. Finally, I was just concerned about the logistics of such an enormous undertaking…would Active really handle the details well enough to make this trip worth the cost?
We now have returned to the US, and I can emphatically state that Active Adventures crushed it. There were a lot of reasons why this trip was a success…here are the top ones:
1. Wilson, our guide, was attentive to our special needs, willing to accommodate unusual requests, patient with some whining, able to balance diverse group abilities seamlessly, accommodating, funny, hugely knowledgeable, educational and was easily the main reason for the success. Here are some of the things he did to make the trip special:
a. He arranged for us to see a local soccer game, since our oldest son plays competitive soccer, we thought it would be cool to try to catch a local game. We saw a local Cusco based team (Ciencano) in a super fun environment…that was really different and special. Wilson arranged for the tickets and went with us…it was really memorable.
b. Wilson also arranged for a local doctor to visit us IN OUR HOTEL LOBBY…on 2 HOURS NOTICE…on a SATURDAY MORNING. Our son had an ear infection which we were concerned about…and Wilson and the Active Adventure team doctor were incredibly helpful. Problems were solved in a few hours with local pharmacies and scripts. He also gave us sound advice on whether to take Diamox (which we did on his advice, and which turned out to be great advice).
c. Wilson introduced us not just to the Incan relics and ruins and history, but also introduced us to local people along the way…including others on the Active team, but also many of the local residents that we met on our hike in the mountains. He taught us about their livelihood and challenges and customs, which made the trip very unique from anything I had ever experienced before. I will not soon forget the 4-year-old girl sheepherder working at 15000 feet, overseeing the family herd (and I will also not let my kids forget that!)
d. He was energetic and fun and accommodating in every way, every day.
e. He was incredibly knowledgeable himself about the history of the Incas, the local cultures, and the interactions between the local Peruvian people and the Spanish influences (good and bad). He was passionate about these topics, which made it meaningful.
f. Wilson was (and is) an incredible advocate for the Peruvian people and culture, and specifically for the indigenous people of the Cusco region. In the end of I thought of Wilson as the “Mayor of Lares” (the hiking destination we took). I think that label fits perfectly.
2. The Active team did a great job of dealing with some tricky flight rescheduling, caused by the local airlines changing their flight plans. We ended up reworking the agenda…but the Active team made this happen without having to change our original flights, which would have incurred thousands in change fees.
3. The accommodations were fantastic…hotels were clean, comfortable, centrally located, and had great staffs and good buffest style breakfasts, with enough options for some picky eaters.
4. The arranged tours went off without a hitch, and were staffed by friendly, knowledgeable and helpful assistants…all whom Wilson treated like family. These tours were unique (sightseeing, with lunch at a locally renowned restaurant…biking along the sacred valley, and with stops at local churches and shops to meet and learn about the local history.
5. The hiking was phenomenally well organized and more like “glamping”. We got hot lunches, hot water bottles for our sleeping bags when it was cold, our tents were always up and ready when we hit camp for the night, the food was just outstanding, even in camp. And in the end, the pace of the hiking and advice we got for altitude and acclimatizing from the Active team helped us hit the ultimate goal of hiking the entire Lares trail and “summitting” at 15,500 feet with relative ease….even my 12 year old crushed it.
6. Finally, our trip to the Amazon was amazing and easily the favorite destination for our kids. We all loved the individual cabins in the rain forest setting, the wildlife walks, the treetop canopy walk, the night time tarantula hunt, and the great buffest lunches and breakfasts at the main lodge. Oh and also, in addition to Wilson, we had the best Rainforest guide in a fellow named Pedro, from InkaTerra. Pedro was his own fountain of information and knowledge, and made the last part of the trip hugely enjoyable!!
I cannot say enough about this team that Active has assembled…from the pre-sales team, to the post sales accommodation team in New Zealand, to the local team that was assembled in Peru, Cusco and the Amazon…everyone was super professional, knowledgeable and accommodating. So was it all worth it? Absolutely…I would recommend this team to anyone!! (and I already have)
Review by Shashideep2 months ago
Fantastic trip to PERU with our boys, ages 14 & 12. We took the Lares Trek, ending with a trip to the rain forest. Our guides, Wilson & Salvadore, awesome crew of chefs, porters and Amazon guide Pedro, exceeded our expectations throughout our trip. Everyone exuded passion, fun and excitement about Peru; their love of culture and community shined through at every moment. Wilson shared his love for the back-country community, giving us insight into the lives, work, and traditions of the Peruvian people. He is very knowledgeable about the history and makes it interesting, calling attention to unique facts and fun aspects like the rock slide. He also delighted us with his amazing selection of restaurants, always attentive to our tastes while exposing us to authentic meals - the cuisine was fantastic! Also, hats off to the Chefs on our trek who prepared gourmet meals that i'm still raving about. Truly a wonderful and unique experience.
Review by Frank Galindo2 months ago
Active Adventures is a very well organized tour company which makes you feel comfortable since the very beginning.
Starting with the payment method which was always easy, safe and reliable.
The tour itself always implied a physical effort, however, I always felt very safe and the guides always told us the precise instructions of what we were going to do and need.
The guides were extremely gentle and helpful and the food they cooked for us was always delicious.
Review by Tomitas Carniglia2 months ago
Very helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive to our questions in planning our trips. The guides both from Active Adventures and local guides are professional, excellent, knowledgable, and supportive. We highly recommend them and are looking forward to our next trip to theNorth and South islands of New Zealand. The Tour Mont Blanc experience this summer helped us make the decision to go to New Zealand in 2020.
Review by Gen Malav2 months ago
This is our second trip with Active Adventures and had a wonderful trip. Both of our guides were wonderful and took great care of us. We like that this is a small group tour that has no hidden costs. Great hikes and kayaking.
Review by Addmac2 months ago
Guides were patient and kept us away from crowds. They allowed me to start early after lunch once I explained I couldn't handle a big meal and at 81 was a little slower than the 3 women marathoners on the trip.
Review by Dumezweni Soddu3 months ago
Excellent company.Top class service and customer care.Will travel with them again and again.
Review by Michaelcustomer3 months ago
Great travel company! Very organized and friendly! Would recommend them to any one.
Review by Vijeyalashime3 months ago
We have traveled with Active Adventures twice, first through New Zealand and then Iceland. The trips were incredible and we came away with a feeling of accomplishment since the hikes offer challenges while still feeling safe. Active does everything to make their trips outstanding in every way. The accommodations, meals, activities, transportation, organization and guides are all first rate! Experiencing the world, not just seeing it, with Active Adventures is the way to go!
Review by Kyriacou3 months ago
We have traveled on five Active Adventures tours. We have traveled New Zealand, Peru, Patagonia, Galapagos and now Europe. We have had wonderful experiences each time.
Review by Surfer3 months ago
Adventures to both Patagonia and Nepal with A five have been outstanding.
Off to Mt Blanc next year and seriously thinking of Dolomites as well!!!
How’s that for recommendation?
Review by Nthangeni3 months ago
Highly recommend Active Adventures. I’ve done two back to back trips with them for a total of 4 trips. If you are interested in seamless transitions from biking to kayaking to hiking with equipment ready for you, outstanding guides and excellent healthy food and interesting lodging, you will not be disappointed. On the New Zealand trip 14 of us travelled together from Portland and everyone says it’s the best trip or among the top two trips yhey’ve Taken. On the Peru/Bolivia trips we are sure we had unique experiences!
Review by Chymon Winkelbottom3 months ago
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek was absolutely beautiful. The Himalayan landscape and the breathtaking views convinced me that this was the trip I needed. In a place where you must forgo some of the modern luxuries we are used to (wi-fi, hot water, electricity from time to time), Active Adventures makes the adjustment seamless and stress-free. The guides were prepared for all of the above and in turn, had great tips and advice for all of us along the way. The people of Nepal were so warm and welcoming, and although some of the hiking days were challenging, I wouldn't change a thing. I made friends along the way and will never forget this adventure!
Review by Mamokopane3 months ago
I recently travelled for my second time with Active Adventures to partake in the Jaguar trip to Machu Picchu & the Amazon. The trip was a dream come true. Due to some very fortunate circumstances, I got to enjoy an intimate journey along the Lares Trail through the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 3 glorious days before reaching Machu Picchu on the 4th day and joining back up with my group. The Lares Trek was rugged with varied terrain and breathtaking views for as far as the eye could see. I saw llamas, alpacas, birds, villagers, children, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, streams, gorgeous eucalyptus woods, quinoa fields, old farm houses from the Inca period, and so much more. Every step led to a new discovery of the old world, and my brilliant guide Erick was always ready with his narration of the history of the land and people. The food and camping was also very good, and my hosts were gracious and efficient, including the 5 mules who never complained once. :) We even made a stop to Aguascalientes (hot spring), where I got to enjoy a very relaxing soak.
The Amazon adventure for 2 days was also very exciting. I personally loved the thick, exotic heat of the days and warm-cool nights. (a swimming pool and memory foam bed made for a magnificent sleep). Tarantulas, capybaras, sloths, owls and green orange trees were firsts for me, and the relaxing pace of the Amazon made for a perfect wind down to the Jaguar adventure.
If you are willing to forgo some comforts of home for an outdoor experience in the great wild, this trip is a MUST DO.
Review by Viaceslav3 months ago
Spectacular hikes all over the South Island; great food, knowledgeable guides. We had a wonderful time. Recommended!!!!!
Review by Kapi Bubeva3 months ago
Excellent holiday in the Dolomites. Guides, accommodation, trip experience all great
Review by Ludivine3 months ago
Second trip with Active Adventures and we are planning more! Perfect amount of activity, cultural experiences and accommodations. We really feel like we were immersed in the region and learned something new about the world and ourselves. The guides have been knowledgeable and interesting and very interested in sharing their countries with us. Can’t wait until our next trip.
Review by Isomo Allpass4 months ago
Just finished the Active Adventures trip to Iceland. Everything was top notch - destinations, excellent accommodations and meals, small group, hikes to secret waterfalls and remote huts. The guides were excellent in every way and were very knowledgeable about Icelandic history, geology, biology and birds.
Review by Margostr4 months ago
This was a blast!
Action packed from the beginning until the end. Sometimes very challenging, mostly fun and beautiful. The guides were over the top with preparing all the food & clean up, watching for your safety and knowledgeable about the country and it's culture. Getting to know the people we traveled with was fun and added to our experience. The time we had in New Zealand was well managed and we didn't miss much because of the weather. There was always a plan B. This was a once in a lifetime experience for us and hope to have a twice in a lifetime experience! Maybe more:)
Review by Silverwolf4 months ago
This trip was amazing and so well organized! Our guide was born and raised in the Galapagos Islands so he had a lot of knowledge as well as out of the way spots for us to visit. I debated between a cruise and land-based tour and I'm so glad we decided to stay on land with this tour group. We were able to experience the culture every time we went for a walk after dinner or when there was a street festival. Our guide took care of the kind of details that would have taken us a long time to negotiate, leaving us with more leisure time and excellent dining choices. The trip itself was almost unbelievable: we swam with penguins, sea lions, turtles, rays, marine iguanas and even docile sharks during the several snorkeling trips we took. Hiking and bike riding also exposed us to other animals and microclimates on the islands. We had our 2 teenage kids on the trip and they loved every minute. I highly recommend Active Adventures tours if you love the outdoors and like meeting similarly-minded people.