Awesome Adventure Trips Without Camping

Love the adrenaline of whitewater rafting, high-altitude trekking, and singletrack mountain biking — but don’t enjoy camping?  These exciting tours all over Latin America bring on the adventure without skimping on creature comforts when it’s time to hit the hay.

1. TORRES DEL PAINE “W” TREK WITH ECOCAMP DOMES

EcoDome Suite Dome Interior
EcoDome Suite Dome at Torres del Paine

By day, you’ll hike the famous “W” trek to see stark granite towers, massive glaciers, charming guanacos, and the expansive Patagonian grasslands stretching into the distance.  At night, you’ll sleep in rustic mountain refugios and the cozy ecocamp domes far away from any tourist crowds.

2.  COSTA RICA WEEK OF ADVENTURES

Costa Rica Waterfall
Costa Rica Waterfall

Travel from mountainous cloudforests to the shores of the Caribbean while whitewater rafting, zip-lining, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and surfing.  If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry, you’ll be crashing out in comfortable jungle lodges and quaint beach side hotels to sleep comfortably and rest up for the next day’s adventure.

 

3.  MACHU PICCHU LODGE-TO-LODGE TREK

Lodge en route to Salktantay and Machu Picchu
Lodge en route to Salktantay and Machu Picchu

While there are many treks in the Machu Picchu area (including the classic Inca Trail), this is the only trip where you hike from one lodge to the next in the high, remote Andes.  Each day, you hike a bit closer to the famous Lost City of the Incas, overnighting at small-scale lodges that are only accessible by foot and horseback.

Trekking Salkantay
Hiking on the Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu

4.  GALAPAGOS HIKING ADVENTURE

Looking at Iguana
Looking at Iguana

You don’t have to travel the way Darwin did to witness all the wildlife and fascinating landscapes found in the Galapagos Islands.  The Galapagos Hiking Adventure is a more active and challenging way to explore the archipelago than a typical cruise – plus, you get to overnight in the small, waterfront Opuntia Lodges on three different Islands.

5.  FAMILY ADVENTURE PERU

Urubamba Rafting
Whitewater Peru!!: Rafting the Urubamba River

This trip is ideal for active travelers of all ages that want off the bus and into the outdoors. You’ll explore the highlights of Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu — but not from a bus window. Every day, you’ll be whitewater rafting, biking and horseback riding to Inca ruins, visiting colorful Sacred Valley markets, or hiking the Royal Inca Trail down into Machu Picchu.  At night, you’ll sleep comfortably in modest, locally owned hotels.

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