The Ecuador Experience (REE)
If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture, and witness lush jungles and exotic wildlife. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We'll travel from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.
Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, relax on Ecuador's beaches, witness Andean scenery, ride by train to the Devil's Nose, learn from the locals at an indigenous community, shop the Otavalo Market
Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you want. You’ll stick to public bus, which not only keeps costs down but gives you a chance to really meet the locals.
Highlights: Sip caipirinhas on the beach, savour the sophistication and cuisine of Buenos Aires, marvel at Iguassu Falls, wander around colonial Paraty, live it up on the beaches of Rio.
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)
This 9-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays and the Galapagos giant tortoise. With fewer inclusions but plenty of options, you can choose which activities are right for you and experience one of the natural wonders of the world on a budget.
Highlights: Witness whitetip sharks at 'Shark Alley', travel by public speedboats around the Galapagos Islands, camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island with views towards the ocean, visit Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.
The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.
Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.
Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the thriving Inca culture, cross the salt flats of Bolivia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and hit the beach in Brazil. This trip offers up lively cities, stunning scenery, and tons of adventure. 65 days, 7 countries, 3 nights in the Amazon and 1 adventure you’ll remember forever.
Highlights: Mingle with the locals at a homestay in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion, stand in awe at Iguassu Falls.
Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure—travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters—and an exceptional experience for you.
Highlights: Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals on public buses, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine Peru is known for.
Every four years, soccer fans get the chance to watch the world's best players compete in the mother of all championships. This time it's happening in Brazil. Join the party and connect with the people's samba spirit while exploring the most exuberant nation in South America. Get a dose of urban delights in Rio and southern Curitiba and natural wonders at stunning Iguassu Falls and the massive Pantanal wetlands. Better yet, you'll fly between Rio and Curitiba so there's more time to celebrate. While no match tickets are included, you're free to arrange your own or simply dance along during the country's biggest party yet.
Highlights: Being a part of football euphoria in Brazil, sipping caipirinhas at night, marvelling at Iguassu Falls, encountering wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, cheering for your team with many others, partying with thousands on the Brazilian streets, experiencing all Rio has to offer by day and night.
The Ecuador Experience (REE)
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|The Ecuador Experience (REE)||18 days||Classic||Basic||
|Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)||11 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)||9 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)||7 days||Local Living||Basic||
|The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)||65 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)||17 days||Classic||Basic||
|Brazil Football 2014—Falls & Fandemonium (SZWC)||13 days||Yolo||Basic||