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  • Bungee jumping or swinging over the Bhote Koshi River, Nepal
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  • Feel the heat of Pacaya Volcano, an active volcano
  • Hiking to Machu Picchu. And if you are looking for more, hike Huayna Picchu, which projects up over 1000 ft above Machu Picchu.
  • Experiencing 1150 ft Kakum canopy walk to see the biodiverse rainforests in Ghana
  • Trekking to Everest Base camp and if that doesn’t sound thrilling enough, climb the Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
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Tour Tips
  • Make sure you’re clear on the required physical fitness level on the tour you choose. Some will be broken into tiers, but some are specifically geared to more experienced adventurers!
  • Heed warnings about what not to bring. If the tour company advises against bringing a large camera, for example, you may be doing activites where you could easily drop it or it may get damaged.
  • If you're not ready for so called "high adventure" don't despair! Many tour companies offer more "soft adventure" activities which will still give you an adrenaline rush, but are not quite so out there. Think sea kayaking vs bungee jumping. 


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High Adventure Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Best trip of our life!

Peru Adventure Tour

5.0 June 2017 Kuoda Travel Recommend: Yes This was our first time using a travel company and they set the bar really high! Every single thing was taken care of for us including (but not limited to) hotels, transportation, food, guides, drivers, pictures and on and on. We are so appreciative of the amazing care they showed us, and would recommend them as highly as possible. You will not be disappointed! They not only arranged all of these experiences but on our departure from Cusco, the owner Meri, came to meet us in person. If you are looking to travel in Peru, do not hesitate to use Kuoda Travel. Read more

Perfect trip to Peru & Machu Picchu

Peru Adventure Tour

5.0 June 2017 Kuoda Travel Recommend: Yes This letter is long overdue as both Kris & I need to thank you and the Kuoda team for such a wonderful experience in Peru. We sincerely appreciate you taking time out of your day to meet us at the airport and we enjoyed our time spent with the extended team at Kuoda.
Foremost I must say that I was a little reluctant to participate in a guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas in Peru. My wife and I were splurging on this trip for our 10 year wedding anniversary and it was worth every penny. Neither of us had been to Peru before nor do we speak Spanish and your team provided excellent guidance along the way to navigate the flights, day trips and help us better understand Peruvian culture and history. We very much appreciated having your team available either in person or over the phone for when we had questions about our trip (great example was our hiking permits for day two in Machu Picchu and your team getting back to us immediately at our hotel).
We owe a special thanks to Jenny for dialing in the perfectly planned trip for us. She worked closely with Kris to tailor the hiking that we enjoy and nailed it with the Huchuy Cusco hike.

The restaurant recommendations were amazing and we loved the food and atmosphere of each unique place particularly those around Cusco. We were able to see so much of Peru & Machu Picchu in a short time period and our trip wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable without her expert planning.
I also cannot say enough good things about Eyner and the quality time we spent with him at Machu Picchu, Cusco and throughout our journey. It’s apparent on meeting him that he’s passionate about Quechua culture and eager to share its history. He was extremely patient with answering our many and frequent questions. Eyner navigated us through the crowds in the sacred valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco and we sincerely appreciated hearing is personal experiences and perspectives at each unique location.

He was also deft at adjusting the trip on the fly and connected us with a local silversmith in Cusco, much to Kris’ joy. The long day hike up Huchuy Cusco was extremely special and we are thankful for this unique trip with Eyner. Kuoda is very fortunate to have him as a member of the team.

Again a huge muchas gracias to you and the Kuoda team for exceeding our expectations and delivering on the perfect anniversary trip to Peru & Machu Picchu. We have such fond memories that will last a lifetime and we look forward to our next adventure with your team.
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Expensive trip for what we got

Rome to Paris

4.0 June 2017 Intrepid Travel Recommend: No Went on this trip with my wife and my sister. First off the positives.
Europe is quite different from North America. History is abundant, the Europe experience is really interesting. Visited many very historic sites, cities, monuments and many amazing structures such as the Colessium, Palletine hill, fountains, Leaning tower of Pisa, so many structures and areas it is hard to name them all, but all amazing. Overall the three week trip kept us busy and we learned much about past cultures.

Now the negatives
Upon our first group meeting we met our guide, or so we thought as she informed us she was our "leader" not our guide. I never thought much of it at the time, but as the trip progressed I understood more what she meant.
Our "leaders" name was Lauren Nichols, young lady from England. To start off, Lauren was a very bad communicator. Our group was made up of seven people, and very rarely were we informed of what was going too happen during a day we were scheduled to travel. Our first travel day was when we left Rome to head to Luca I believe, We had never travelled on a train in Europe and did not know what to expect, Lauren did do a quick explanation of how to read the train schedule board, but this was while we were walking through the busy Rome terminal, there was no explaination what we were supposed to do with our luggage when we got on the train. Any questions that were asked were just either ignored or quickly answered so she didn't get bugged anymore. This pretty much was the case throughout the trip. We were basically forced to just follow her through terminal and city metros trying to keep up and not really know where we were going. Once we would arrive at our destination there was no direction as to how far we had to walk from the train stations to our accommodations, again follow and try to keep up while dragging your luggage through the streets. At no time did she ever make an effort to inform us as a group what the day travel would entail. Became very frustrating near the trips final week, very stressful when moving through big city train stations. Once we made it o our accommodations, it was a 15-20 minute turn around and we were expected to be ready to go for our orientation walk, which was as fast as she could make it so we could get to our "free time", more so she could get to hers. Any interesting sites we passed on these walks was quickly passed by and we told to go back on our own, even when the group was ok with stopping to take pictures, which everyone wanted to do.
I my opinion, Lauren wanted to complete her duties as our " leader" as fast as possible so she could be on her own. When we were in Stressa we met her boyfriend who came to the hotel we were staying at and had supper with our group.
As far as the accommodations I felt they were the cheapest possible options that Intrepid could come up with. In Luca there were five of us staying in one apartment, and my sister had to stay in the laundry room where a bed was placed, very under whelming for the cost of the trip. Our guide always had a room to herself, or was housed with the smaller part of the group.

I myself will never use Intrepid again and will certainly NOT recommend this company to anyone. The guide and accommodations were the two issues that were very lacking, but overall the countries and sites were wonderful. If we ever return to Europe I would plan the trip ourselves, not that hard once we experienced it, and using a competent travel agent hotels would easily be done on your own.

The overall experience in Europe was favourable, some stress but we really enjoyed the month we were there, no thanks to our guide.
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Perfect Inca Trail Hike and History Tour

Peru Adventure Tour

5.0 May 2017 Kuoda Travel Recommend: Yes I am not the type of person who schedules tours. My wife discovered Kuoda when searching for a surprise trip to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. I could not have asked for better. Every aspect was taken care of, no matter what odd request or question I had Molly was able to address and adjust the itinerary and allay my concerns around details. The guide we had for Cuzco and the Incan sites (Valentine) not only knew Quechuen, Spanish and English but his grasp of the history was amazing. I had read and studied Incan history extensively for a few years prior to the visit, he really took it to another level.

Every aspect of what Kuoda prepared for us was well thought out and managed, from getting us through airport check-in and walking us to the security line in Lima for our departure flight to Cuzco, to exceptional meals (even on the all-day hikes) and fantastic accommodations in each town. They managed us like children but treated us like adults, meaning we had nothing to worry about, no matter how small the detail. We saw sites I had never heard of just as amazing as Machu Picchu. They structured the trip around our physical capabilities.

I will use Kuoda again and I am very excited they are growing to other Central and South American countries. I was also pleased to meet the owner at our hotel prior to departure the last day; it showed me she was focused on the details of how her clients felt.
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I had the good fortune to discover Kuoda Travel

Peru Adventure Tour

5.0 May 2017 Kuoda Travel Recommend: Yes I had the good fortune to discover Kuoda Travel via Trip Advisor. I could not have wished for a better company to assist me with my tour. They planned the most amazing hike for me and sadly 10 days before my trip I had an injury and could not hike. In a matter of hours they re-planned my entire trip. The owner of the company met me Read more
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High Adventure Trips & Tour Advice

High adventure gets your adrenaline pumping and may or may not involve some element of risk, though on a good guided tour safety is always the top priority. On a high adventure trip, you may find yourself rafting Class V rapids in Nepal, scaling a mountain peak in British Columbia, steering a dogsled across the Arctic tundra, riding a hot air balloon over Egypt's Valley of the Kings, crossing a glacier in Switzerland, camping in the Moroccan desert, watching whales close-up on a Zodiac in Alaska, or bungee jumping at Victoria Falls. Whatever gets your heart racing, you can find a tour to take you there.

New Zealand and Beyond

Queenstown New Zealand, the self proclaimed “adventure capital of the world,” has every right to the title. With the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping just outside of town at the AJ Hackett Bridge, jet boating, paragliding, and multiple other activities, there’s no other place quite like it for adrenaline junkies!

But that doesn’t mean it’s the only destination for high adventure. South Africa for example lays claim to the longest zipline in the world, and Slovenia is a mecca for spelunkers, with over 8,000 caves available to explore with a guide. Guided adventure travel is a great option, especially for avoiding crowds and getting the best experience possible.

Camaraderie and Achievement

If there’s two things that come out of just about every high adventure tour, it’s the sense of achievement one feels from facing fears and the camaraderie of fellow adventure enthusiasts. 

One of the best parts of high adventure is there’s always room to “level up” meaning there is a starting point for everyone. Mountain climbing for example starts on small manageable hills but once you gain confidence you can challenge yourself to tougher and tougher outings.

The Changing Definition of Adventure

If you don’t think “adventure” trips are for you, think again. While the term does bring to mind daring feats pushing the limits of what’s possible, in reality most adventure tours and activities are very safe and cater to multiple levels of experience. Obviously there is some risk involved...this isn’t lounging on the beach! But if you’re on the fence, know that the experience is well worth it.

 

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