There are a range of options to follow in the footsteps of ancient Incas on a spectacular trek to Machu Picchu.
A wonderful way to connect with the many diverse landscapes throughout Latin America and in China is to undertake some activities, tailored to your skill level.
Some of the best hiking opportunities in South America are found in the Torres del Paine national park in Chile and from the small Patagonian town of El Chalten, over the other side of the Andes in Argentina. On half, full or multi-day treks you will encounter chiseled granite peaks, sparkling lakes and lagoons and dramatic glaciers, keeping your eyes peeled for the Andean Condor. The Sacred Valley in Peru is another excellent centre for hikes, many reaching ancient Inca ruins. The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most well-known, but there also other enticing options.
The Amazon affords a number of activity opportunities, including jungle trails, kayaking and canopy walks, as well as camping, tree climbing and mountain biking in some cases. The city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Santiago in Chile are close to areas of immense natural beauty in which to undertake day hikes of varying degrees of difficulty.
The area surrounding the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is another popular destination with active travellers, taking advantage of hiking, rafting, zip wiring and even quad biking opportunities, not to mention the famous hanging bridges. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park can easily be combined with Arenal, offering further opportunities to get active in nature.
Visitors to China can hike along wild sections of the Great Wall, often in complete isolation if you know where to go, whilst Tibet has a number of multi-day hikes, some linking historic monasteries and one leading in to Mount Everest Base Camp. The peaks of Huangshan and Yangshuo are wonderful places to hike amid some of the country's finest landscapes, with scenery that has inspired much of the country's classic artwork through the centuries.
Those undertaking an expedition cruise to Antarctica will also have the chance to go sea kayaking, snow walking and even scuba diving on the White Continent.
Chasqui Active Tour
14 Nights from £3,350 €3,119 $3,354
Active Tour of Peru, with day walks in the Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, and finishing with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
10 Nights from £3,305 €3,066 $3,297
Combine in-depth Buenos Aires with pristine alpine and mountain scenery, endemic birds and the towering Perito Moreno glacier.
14 Nights from £4,139 €4,066 $4,380
Discover Peru's diverse landscapes and history, from the Coastal Desert, the altiplano and high peaks of the Andes, to the lush Amazon rainforest.
14 Nights from £6,727 €7,172 $7,745
Contrast the deserts of the north with the vineyards of Santiago and the glaciers and Andean peaks of Patagonia. Enjoy a three night expedition cruise through the Patagonian i…
10 Nights from £1,978 €1,473 $1,571
National parks offer large areas of dense tropical rainforest where birds abound and find refuge. There are good hotels, excellent lodges and birdwatching guides to led you th…
14 Nights from £3,564 €3,377 $3,633
Delve into China's Imperial past and hike the Great Wall away from the crowds. Discover Hong Kong beyond the skyscrapers and meet the iconic Terracotta Army.
15 Nights from £5,269 €5,423 $5,850
Explore a land of glaciers and stunning landscapes at the southern tip of Latin America, combined with Andean landscapes of Torres del Paine, the glistening Lake District and…
14 Nights from £4,118 €4,042 $4,353
Explore a region of Patagonian glaciers and Andean landscapes of lush forests, pristine lakes and snow-covered peaks, plus the windswept islands of Tierra del Fuego.
14 Nights from £3,538 €3,346 $3,599
Explore a wide variety of National Parks with diverse vegetation and habitats, beautiful landscapes and ideal for birdwatching. Admire an active volcano, follow forest trails…
Ninos Arenal Tour
13 Nights from £2,743 €2,391 $2,566
The active volcano at Arenal, rainforest, birdwatching and unique lodges and hotels, offer plenty of activities suitable for families. This tour will introduce you to national…
Ninos Amazonas Family Tour
15 Nights from £4,119 €4,043 $4,355
Ideal for families, discover the exciting city of Rio, venture deep into the jungle of the Amazon, and relax on the soft white sands of Bahia and the golden beaches of Praia d…
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