How can I make sure I’m taking an environmentally and socially responsible trip?

Travel has the potential to make the world a better place (poverty alleviation, environmental protection) or to do a great deal of harm (resource destruction or exploitation of local cultures). It is important that you choose a trip that does more good than harm, that is a sustainable trip. www.detourdestinations.com is a fabulous resource to […]

What is green certification?

Over the last decade, many “green” certification programs have been created in different countries around the world. These programs use independent auditors to rate the environmental and social impacts of hotels (or other tourism businesses). While certification progams vary in quality and standards, chooisng a green certified company or hotel can help travelers make responsible […]

What is Detour doing to promote Sustainable Travel?

Detour is committed to promoting sustainable travel and ecotourism and to helping tourism reach its potential to make the world a better place. Detour’s business model is based on principles of sustainable tourism and fair trade: We only sell trips operated by locally owned companies that are committed to sustainable tourism. By traveling with local […]

How do I purchase a trip from Detour?

Once you have found the trips you want on the dates you want to travel, send Detour’s expert travel advisor a reservation request directly from the trip’s web page, or call 1-866-386-4168, or 1-720-246-8884 to reserve and purchase your trip. We will then contact the travel provider to confirm that there is space for your […]

Can any travel provider sell trips through Detour?

No, Detour’s staff use their extensive knowledge of travel in each destination to select only the best local tour operators. The travel providers selling through Detour’s Adventure Travel Marketplace are the best local travel companies on the planet! All are professional and reliable, and are respected leaders in the travel industry in their own country. […]

What are the most popular treks in Peru?

By far, the most popular trek in Peru is trekking the classic Inca Trail.  After that, many travelers trek along an Apu Salkantay route and/or in various parts of the Sacred Valley, both of which can bring you very close to Machu Picchu. Check out Peru treks here

What is Choquequirao?

Among the numerous and impressive Incan ruin sites in Peru, the ancient city Choquequirao is one of the most awe-inspiring and mysterious. Today, you can only access the site on foot via a challenging high altitude trek in the remote Andes, not too far from Machu Picchu and Cusco. The trek is a favorite of […]

Galapagos Islands – Another Day in Paradise!

Being in the Galapagos is like being in a nature documentary.  You can see the wildlife up close and personal, and the animals are completely unafraid of you.  Penguins come and play with you while you´re snorkeling.  The sea lions follow your panga.  And you are steps away from blue footed boobies dancing to attract a […]

We have an odd-number group trekking together, what sort of accommodations can we expect?

As an odd-numbered group, you will have an extra passenger who will have to abide by the single passenger policy for accommodations: You can request private accommodations and you will have to pay a single supplement fee. This applies whether you are camping or using lodges/hotels along the way. Tents and hotel rooms are typically […]

What is the Weather Like in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego?

The weather in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego is a mix of sun, rain, snow, and wind.  With the right planning, you can maximize your sunny, bluebird days and forgo trekking in the snow. Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, aka the Southern Cone of South America, is famous for its remoteness, wild beauty, and, yes, […]

What vaccinations do I need before traveling to Patagonia?

The Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile require no vaccinations to enter the country, except for passengers coming from countries where cholera and yellow fever are endemic.  Also, a Hepatitus A vaccination is usually highly recommended for visiting both countries. It’s best to check the Center for Disease Control for up to date information on […]

What is the weather like in Patagonia?

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, both the strong marine and the South Patagonic Icefield influence makes the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather […]

Where are the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon) make up a Province of Ecuador.  They are located 600 miles (1000 kilometers) directly west of the Ecuadorian coast on the Equator.  They were formed from underwater volcanoes, with the oldest islands in the southeastern section of the archipelago.  The nineteen islands vary widely in flora, fauna, size, and landscape.

What is the difference between a land-based and a yacht-based trip in the Galapagos Islands?

There are two basic types of trips in the Galapagos Islands: land-based and yacht-based. In the land-based trips, you will overnight on land in a hotel.  There are three towns that can accommodate tourists:  Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz; Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristobal; and Puerto Villamil in Isabela.  Often, the town and island […]

What is the difference between a naturalist and multisport trip in the Galapagos Islands?

Cerro Brujo Beach, San Cristobal (Galapagos)

There are two main types of trips in the Galapagos: naturalist tours and multisport tours.  Naturalist Tours are the standard type of guided trip in the Galapagos wherein you go for guided walking and snorkeling excursions each day.  Multisports are the more active and adventurous alternative to this standard tour.  Both tours are geared towards […]