Active Adventure Travel in South and Central America

If you want an active trip including adventure sports with more excitement and adrenaline, Latin America offers a seemingly endless choice of options.

Hiking and trekking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, Scuba diving and snorkeling, rappelling and canyoning, volcano climbing (and ash surfing), surfing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hang gliding and canopy ziplining are a start.

Some of the World's best overnight treks are in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.

In addition to the classic Inca Trail Trek, some less-crowded and off-the-beaten-path Peru treks include the Salkantay treks, Lares treks, the Santa Cruz Trek in the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit.

Peru Inca Trail Trek

Patagonia headliners are the epic Torres del Paine Circuit and 'W' treks. On the Argentina side you can spend a few days based in El Chalten hiking in the Mt. Fitzroy area.

In northwest Argentina around Iruya is the off-the-beaten-path 'Trek to the Silent Valleys'.

Bolivia has the Condoriri and Apolobamba treks.

Adventure sports in the Lakes District of Argentina and Chile include hiking through national parks, climbing the peaks around Bariloche on day hikes, horseback rides and overnight treks, sea kayaking the southern fjords, mountain biking through forests, lake kayaking and river rafting.

Some of the best Class III-V whitewater in Latin America includes the Urubamba and Apurímac in Peru, Costa Rica's Pacuare, the Chiriqui of Panama, Ecuador's Toachi and Upano, and the World-class Futaleufú in Chile.

Costa Rica's Pacuare

Folks come to Costa Rica from far and wide for the excellent surfing at select beaches along the Pacific coast.

Scuba diving/snorkeling - many cruises and lodges in the Galapagos offer Scuba diving and snorkeling; off the coast of Belize and Honduras is the second-largest barrier reef in the world with unbeatable diving and snorkeling.

Mountain biking has gained popularity throughout the continent: descending the 'Death Road' in Bolivia, touring Cusco and the Sacred Valley, touring the backstreets of the Lakes District, the Atacama Desert.

Horseback riding is a way of life for the Gauchos of Argentina and you're encouraged to join them on day rides from working estancias.

Estancia Nibepo Aike

New and safe ziplines are now flying through forests and jungles throughout Latin America, from Belize to Costa Rica to Panama, Colombia and Peru.

How about hang gliding above Rio de Janeiro?

 

Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
From: $8,495.00
Our Inca Trail Luxury Trek is an exclusive VIP program with an English-speaking guide and personal assistance during the trek. Belmond hotels and a top-shelf luxury Inca Trail Trek.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $2,626.00
Does "vacation" mean heart-pumping nonstop action? If you would rather spend time hiking, biking and whitewater rafting than relaxing, this trip might be for you.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,660.00
A new 8-day Yoga and Wellness Experience to Machu Picchu—a combination of exhilarating hikes, wellness workshops, and focused yoga practices.
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
From: $1,595.00
Our 4-day horseback riding trek from Leymebamba to Uchucmarca in the highlands of northern Peru.
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
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An 11-day tour in northern Peru visiting ancient archaeological sites and soft hiking in the most impressive natural environments.
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
From: $2,560.00
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! If your ideal vacation includes exploration of exciting new territories, look no further.
Duration: 17 days, 16 nights
From: $9,590.00
Beginning in Buenos Aires, travel south to El Calafate and Ushuaia before cruising to fjords to Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park.
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
From: $3,850.00
Experience the Best of Patagonia from the Valdes Peninsula on the Atlantic coast to Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego, then to El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $1,968.00
Combine Argentina and Chile with the Lakes Crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas.
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
From: $2,560.00
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! If your ideal vacation includes exploration of exciting new territories, look no further.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $1,968.00
Combine Argentina and Chile with the Lakes Crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $3,350.00
Visit two remote and fascinating destinations: the Atacama Desert and Easter Island
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $7,260.00
Visit 3 of Chile's most spectacular areas: the Atacama Desert, the Chilean Lakes District and the central valley wine region.
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
From: $2,990.00
Explore the isolated Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia while based at the at Mallin Colorado Ecolodge.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $2,300.00
An active 8-day trip with biking, hiking, birdwatching and horseback riding across the plains of Uruguay.
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
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A perfect week-long trip food and wine extension to Brazil or Argentina.
Duration: 13 days, 12 nights
From: $2,801.00
With La Paz as your base, explore the high Uyuni Salt Lake, lowland Amazon basin and Lake Titicaca.
Duration: 9 days, 10 nights
From: $4,995.00
Rio de Janeiro, Iguacu Falls and a 4-day Amazon River cruise.
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
From: $2,440.00
A 6-day itinerary with 3 days of hiking in Lencois Maranhenses National Park to Baixa Grande, Queimada dos Britos, Betania.
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
From: $1,969.00
Explore the mesas, canyons, valleys, caves, waterfalls and trails of Chapada Diamantina National Park.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $3,550.00
Explore Ecuador's diverse microclimates from the Amazon rainforest to the highlands of the 'Avenue of Volcanoes" and the cloudforest of Banos.
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
From: $1,563.00
Hiking, biking, horseback riding and river rafting in 5 different ecosystems.
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
From: $3,300.00
Enjoy a week full of adventure and wildlife on the Galapagos Islands.
Duration: 13 days, 12 nights
From: $2,590.00
Combines the vibrant city life in Bogota and Medellin with San Gil and Barichara - the Adventure Sports Capital of Colombia.
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
From: $398.00
An exciting, off-the-beaten-path, overland trip across the remote Gran Sabana of Venezuela.
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
From: $5,230.00
Embark on a scenic journey through Venezuela and experience the magic of the Angel Falls.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $2,350.00
Active adventure including horseback riding, canoe trips, canopy zip lines, whitewater rafting and snorkeling.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $3,575.00
Something for the entire family: nature, culture, adventure. Rainforest, cloudforest, Caribbean coast.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $1,980.00
Awarded National Geographic's 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2013.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $2,150.00
This tour combines three natural highlights of Costa Rica: the Pacuare River, the Arenal Volcano and the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio.
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
From: $3,895.00
Discover the authentic jewels of Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano’s Thermal Springs and the incredible views from your own pool at Hotel Punta Islita.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
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Adventure awaits you atop the Irazu Volcano, along the Pacuare River and the Caribbean Coast.
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
From: $1,200.00
Trekking from high mountains to lush rainforests.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $1,968.00
This active adventure includes visits to four volcanoes, hikes, a canopy tour, horseback riding, lake kayaking, cycling.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $1,930.00
Explore Joya de Ceren, Apaneca, Cerro Verde National Park, Lake Coatepeque, Suchitoto, Bahia de Jiquilisco, and El Cuco.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $2,950.00
An 8-day trip with plenty of sport, culture and activity: volcano climb, yoga, walking tours, Mayan ruins, kayaking, hiking and a visit to the Chichicastenango Market.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $4,475.00
A special 8-day trip tailored for traveling families that includes walking, hiking, kayaking, zipline, horseback riding, and a chocolate and peanut butter workshop.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $3,149.00
A custom trip to the highlights of Guatemala and the Caribbean coast in Belize.
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
From: $3,195.00
Tour the highlands from two different eco-lodges and ecosystems. Then, finish the trip at a beach resort on the Placencia Peninsula.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
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A Belize rainforest and reef all-inclusive adventure.
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
From: $919.00
A complete Belize jungle adventure - from 3 to 7 nights - all-inclusive.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,259.00
Combine 3 nights at Cave's Branch Adventure lodge with 4 nights on the coast at Victoria House on Ambergris Caye.
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
From: $3,490.00
Bike, kayak and hike through Cuba! Visit the Colonial Havana, the Bay of Pigs, Playa Girón, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Sancti Spíritus.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,490.00
Visit national parks, nature preserves and world heritage sites, up-close and personal on this 8-day walking tour of Cuba.
Travel Tips
Snacks such as nuts, granola, or jerky go a long way, whether for the airplane journey or to share with guides or new friends.
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