Latin America is a land of the big outdoors. Put on your hiking boots, strap on a lifejacket or mount a sturdy steed… and prepare for action!
Fishing in Patagonia, riding at an Argentinian estancia, completing the ‘W Trek’ in Chile, climbing a volcano in Ecuador, exploring caves and walking on table-top mountains in Brazil, scuba diving or snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands and white water rafting in Panama… Theses are just a few of the many highlights that Latin America offers our more active guests.
The world famous Inca trail up to Machu Picchu remains extremely popular, but there are other options which can allow you to get away from the crowds. We would suggest our luxury trek staying overnight in comfortable mountain lodges as a more civilised way of completing this epic journey – and you will stay well away from the main campsites. Or for something completely off the beaten track, how about a trek to the other ‘lost’ Inca city of Choquequirao? This is a longer journey, but we will provide comfortable tents, porters and everything you need to get there. With very few visitors it is not impossible that you might find you are the only people there… just amazing!
In Chilean Patagonia, the seven day “W Trek” is one of the world’s most exciting routes taking you through forest, mountain ridges and the Patagonian steppe, including the famous Los Cuernos and Torres del Paine trails. Or over the border in Argentina, Fitz Roy is a challenge for the enthusiast to relish. Good food and expert guides are the icing on the cake. Less well known and equally challenging, we can arrange two or three day treks through the Argentine Puna, walking through some of the most extraordinary landscapes in the world combining salt lakes, volcanoes and huge vistas and then take you across the Chilean border to the other-worldly Atacama Desert.
In Brazil, a trip to Chapada Diamantina National Park can make a perfect change after a week enjoying the beaches and walks range from one to two hours up to several days. Revel in the wonderful scenery and extraordinary geology of the region. Your trip will include swimming in waterfalls, diving into bright blue underground rock pools and walking through towering rock formations. For those who prefer wheels, there are various mountain bike options.
Horse riding is another popular activity in Latin America. Argentina is well known as the country of cattle ranches, gauchos and polo and unsurprisingly it can offers a variety of horse riding opportunities which can be tailored for anyone from complete novices to seasoned experts. Try you hand at Polo with a visit to Estancia Los Potreros. Ecuador also offers a number of excellent horse-riding options at delightful haciendas such as Hacienda Zuleta and Caballo Campana.
For something altogether more thrilling, how about some white-water rafting in the Chiriqui river in Panama or Peru’s Sacred Valley? Or feel the adrenalin surge as you zip-line across a gorge in Ecuador. Still got some energy left? How about some paragliding off the cliffs at Sao Conrado in Rio – or right in front of the hi-rise buildings in Lima’s Miraflores district?
And then there is the underwater world, just waiting to be discovered… snorkeling in the crystal clear Caribbean waters in Panama or swimming with giant rays sea lions and hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos Islands…
Whether travelling independently, as a couple or a family the continent has a wealth of experiences on offer, at all levels and in differing degrees of comfort. It will not disappoint!
To help you make your choice from a miscellany of outdoor activities in Latin America give us a call or send us a message.
Places to stay
M/V Santa Cruz, Patagonia
Cruise in style to some of the remotest corners of Lago Argentina.View details about M/V Santa Cruz, Patagonia
Hotel de Esteros, Puerto Valle
Experience the diverse ecology of the Ibera Wetlands from this tastefully converted cattle ranch by the Parana River.View details about Hotel de Esteros, Puerto Valle
Adventure travel in remotest Northwest Argentina combining nature, extraordinary geology, and pre-inca history.View details about Puna Experience
Estancia Los Potreros
Estancia Los Potreros is an authentic upland ranch catering for riding enthusiasts of all abilities.View details about Estancia Los Potreros
The Titilaka is a delightful hideaway on the shores of Lake Titicaca.View details about Titilaka
Sol y Luna
Delightful casitas set in beautifully maintained gardens make Sol y Luna our favourite hotel in the Sacred Valley.View details about Sol y Luna
Mountain Lodges - Salkantay Trek
Unique small-group 'luxury treks' to Machu Picchu via four specially-built mountain lodges.View details about Mountain Lodges - Salkantay Trek
Vineyard luxury, fine dining and privacy with some of the best views in Chile's Wine Valleys.View details about Lapostolle
Architecturally striking eco-lodge situated on a hill on ChiloeView details about Tierra Chiloe
The Singular Patagonia
This landmark hotel in Patagonia brings to life the history of the region in five star luxury and comfort.View details about The Singular Patagonia
Quincho Country Home
Log fires and fine dining with wonderful views of the surrounding lakes and volcanoes in this country home.View details about Quincho Country Home
Tierra Patagonia is a faraway luxury hotel, ideally located to explore the wonders of the Torres del Paine National Park.View details about Tierra Patagonia
The ideal base to explore the Atacama Desert with top quality service, cuisine and accommodation.View details about Awasi Atacama
Recently refurbished and set in expansive grounds on the edge of San Pedro, this hotel enjoys wonderful views and offers top quality excursions.View details about Explora Atacama
Purpose-built glass and steel boutique hotel with stunning views of local mountain ranges and volcanos.View details about Tierra Atacama
The 60 foot Tupaiu is a regional yacht based on the Tapajos River. Comfortable, without being luxurious, the Tupaiu is the perfect type of vessel for exploring this unspoiled regionView details about Tupaiú Yacht
Rancho do Peixe
A lovely family friendly hotel situated near the village of Jericoacoara and nearby beaches, in an area remarkably unknown to visitors from outside Brazil.View details about Rancho do Peixe
Exhilarating walks in a national park with caves, waterfalls, table top mountains and a colonial hotel.View details about Chapada Diamantina
This historic colonial hacienda set in beautiful countryside offers some of the best horses and riding in Ecuador.View details about Hacienda Zuleta
Hacienda La Danesa
A very charming family-owned hacienda located just one hour outside Guayaquil, on a 500 hectare traditional cattle and cacao farm.View details about Hacienda La Danesa
Off the beaten track and set in a beautiful location, this hacienda has a wonderful homely feel and is well placed to explore the local cloud forest.View details about Hacienda Manteles
Hacienda San Agustín de Callo
Built around a courtyard, the highlights of this unique hacienda are two Inca buildings – still in full use as a dining room and a chapel.View details about Hacienda San Agustín de Callo
Scalesia Lodge opened its doors in October 2015, offering for the first time top quality accommodation on the largest and most dramatic island in the Galapagos, with a population of less than 4,000.View details about Scalesia Lodge
Hacienda La Alegria
Located just an hour south of Quito Hacienda La Alegria offers some of the best horse riding in Latin America.View details about Hacienda La Alegria
This delightful country hacienda offers extensive equestrian activities and is just a short drive from the heart of the city of Cuenca.View details about Caballo Campana
Set on the banks of the Pacuare River, this fabulous lodge is our top pick in Costa Rica.View details about Pacuare Lodge
The Rio Perdido is a hideaway resort and spa with thermal pools and great adventure activities.View details about Rio Perdido
Surrounded by humming birds, agapanthus and red hot pokers, this five bedroom lodge is a charming and relaxing place to stay.View details about Kentitambo
Occupying an unrivalled position with views of the Gocta Waterfall from all bedrooms. View detailsView details about Gocta Lodge
A charming new Eco lodge comprising five stand-alone rooms or casitas, set in wooded grounds opposite the Gocta Waterfall.View details about Gocta Natura
Launched in 2016, the M/V Origin sets new standards of quality and service in the Galapagos Islands.View details about M/V Origin