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Geckos Adventures

4.9 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Budget
Type
  • Global Operator
Headquarters
  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Trips
  • 70

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Geckos Adventures Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

4.9 out of 5
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4.9

Tour Reviews

K

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absolutely loved it February 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished the Cycle Vietnam tour with Tung and absolutely loved it. All the team were very helpful and professional, the cycling took you off the beaten track to some stunning parts of the countryside, the group was great and the weather perfect! Couldn’t have asked for more!
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K

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Fantastic! November 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from Phuket where we had the best time with friends. Stayed at the Centara Karon Resort -Phuket -which was fantastic! Close to markets, shops and great restaurants. Raij was the best at Mala Collections, not far from Karon Beach where I had a jacket and some work pants made, super fit and very stylish!
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H

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amazing local knowledge!! October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
At the airport in Chang Mai at the end of my tour with the amazing Gung. I can’t wait to travel Intrepid again! I was able to still be independent with just the addition of amazing local knowledge!! Gung you are family now xo I also made new friends that I think I will visit over the next couple of years �� Thinking Africa on some back to back tours in a couple of years ��
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D

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Excellent fun and challenging September 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wind surfing lesson today (group of 4) with Tal . loved every minute! Tal explained everything and made sure we all enjoyed our time in the water. Excellent fun and challenging. Thank you

A

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A fantastic 17 day basix tour September 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our 6th adventure with Intrepid and equally as brilliant as our previous 5.
A fantastic 17 day basix tour "Maya encounter".
What an amazing group, one big happy Intrepid family. Our tour leader Jason Atilano was a dream, a truly wonderful man who organised everything and made dreams come true, from arranging local transport, amazing and affordable restaurants, hidden adventures and even a tarantula visit in Tikal.
I love Intrepid tours, simply because they take you into the heart of the community and allow you to absorb the real atmosphere of these beautiful countries in a responible way. They allow you to step out of your "comfort zones" should you so choose, but it's optional. A homestay with a local family was an absolute honour and a privilage. A night camping under the stars in rain forrest was a definate highlight. Looking up at the Milky way and an early wake up alarm from the howler monkeys, not something you get to experience every
night.
This is why I always choose Intrepid, every new trip is another new and very memorable adventure. Just like life, you get out of it what you choose to put in.
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L

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double thumbs up!! August 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
we have just returned from a 15 day tour of Peru (inc. inka trail) with Intrepid (Guide: Mike). We can't recommend Intrepid/Mike highly enough for going above and beyond to make sure our trip was perfect. We received the best of the best treatment for every aspect of our holiday. Mike was a wealth of information, and guaranteed for a great laugh! Something I was particularly impressed by is how conscious Intrepid is of making the responsible decision to support local industry and how environmentally conscious they are re: recycling, plastic free & biodegradable options - double thumbs up!! Thanks heaps to Intrepid and of course Mike for the trip of a lifetime!
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Stride Review

Geckos, a sister company of Intrepid Travel, focuses on the “young, adventurous, and penniless.” They say they do the “hard haggling” for you so you can save money and enjoy yourself more on your trip.

What Makes Them Stand Out? 

Geckos is adventure travel for the young, budget-minded traveler, with an eye toward responsible travel. This means traveling in small groups, mostly averaging 9 passengers, and never over 15. With Geckos Adventures, you can really ‘run wild’ as you explore a destination in a small group environment.

Who Travels With Them?

Most of Geckos’ small-group trips are now strictly for 18-29 year olds who are willing to step outside their comfort zones. Namely, they’re happy to ride public transport, bed down in family-run places, and want plenty of free time. Geckos stresses that their trips are for “travelers, not tourists.” Some “All Age” trips are offered for those who are “young at heart” but over 40. Groups are somewhat geographically diverse, but the majority of travelers hail from Australia and New Zealand.

Where Do They Operate? 

Geckos offers a huge variety of exciting global destinations, with 200+ trips across all seven continents. The company is perhaps best known for its South-east Asia trips to places like Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.

How Does it Work?

Geckos aims to keep its prices on the lower side, but this doesn’t mean skimping on experience. Accommodations are all locally owned and can range from shared guesthouses, to homestays, to an overnight train. As Geckos says, its hotels are always “cheap and cheerful” and “clean, comfortable, and centrally located.” Prices include some meals and some activities, a knowledgeable local guide, and all forms of transport (usually local, and anything from buses to bikes, trains to ferries, cable cars to camels).

Why Travel With Them?

Geckos is a good choice if you’re between the ages of 18-39 and looking for a fun, cheap, no-frills, and authentic adventure. Geckos itineraries provide plenty of free time and flexibility, plus the ability to budget more on the ground instead of paying for activities ahead of time. Additionally, Geckos will arrange a private tour geared to your own interests. Repeat customers get discounts on subsequent trips – and if you turn 40 in the meantime, and are no longer eligible for Geckos, you can apply the discount to an Intrepid trip.

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FAQ

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Intrepid travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it.

What is the Average Group Size?
Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travellers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.
What is the age range?
For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our Overland Adventures have a minimum age of 18. Younger children can join us on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures, but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip’s overview page on the website. Most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all passengers 70 years and over.
Is there a Single Supplement for Solo Travelers?
As a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same gender, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement (available on the majority of our trips). If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly.

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At Geckos we’ve taken the dorkiness out of group travel. You’ll snack on the tastiest grub, hang out with people your own age (18-29) and clamber aboard public transport, sleep in family run places, see stuff other tourists never knew existed and have plenty of free time along the way.

We tread lightly, think local and make sure our trips are helping not hindering the places we visit. Plus, our local leaders are rad humans.

If you’ve got an open mind, a sense of adventure and are willing to step outside your comfort zone then you’ll fit right in. We’re for travellers who aren’t afraid to order off the local menu, jump in a tuk-tuk or take a punt on a new friend.

We reckon everyone should be able to see this great world, so we make sure our trips don’t cost the earth (literally and metaphorically). We make sure you see more awesome stuff, stay in more awesome places and eat more awesome things for your hard earned dollar.

We’ve done all the hard haggling for you, and because you’re travelling with a gang of friends, the cost is shared. We love you and we want to take you on the trip of a lifetime, whatever your budget.

When you’re travelling with a small group, you’ll get to know your gang of fellow travellers pretty well. Which means you’ll head home with a whole lot of new BFFs, rather than a hundred strange Facebook friend requests.

That’s why we based our Geckos symbol on the Native American crossed arrows. It means friendship. And we are totally down for making new friends.

Our guides are locals and our lodgings are locally owned, keeping profits and skills in the communities. We offset our carbon emissions; we don’t shirk the responsibility by passing the buck to our travellers. And we’ve set up a bunch of community and climate projects, which anyone can get involved in.

Geckos Adventures is committed to investing in the local communities we visit. To ensure we are offering adequate support to a variety of projects, Geckos has partnered with The Intrepid Foundation. Through this partnership, we can offer our travellers a more substantial base for donation and a greater selection of projects to support.

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Associations:

The International Ecotourism Society, International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, Endangered Wildlife Trust, East African Wildlife Society, Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

Trips & Specials

 

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6 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 935

Highlights

  • Walking the inca trail is a bit like peeling an orange. you'll need a bit of a tough skin, but the reward is juicy. fulfil you aspirations of being a star trekker on this epic journey to the ruins of machu picchu
  • Whether you trek the classic inca trail, the quarry trail or take the scenic train route, trust us, this is going to be one of the highlights of your awesome life
  • Don't worry, we won't hog all of your time. you'll have plenty of opportunity to bounce around cuzco, digging deep into the pockets of incan history
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8 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,420

Highlights

  • Feel like climbing some mountains, fording some streams and following some rainbows? where better to fulfil your adventurous dreams than along the epic inca trail to machu picchu?
  • Whether you trek the classic inca trail, the inca quarry trail or take the scenic train route, there's something to suit everyone. trust us, this is going to be one of the highlights of your awesome life
  • Don't worry, we won't hog all of your time. you'll have plenty of opportunity to bounce around cusco, digging deep into the pockets of incan history
  • Geckos gives you wings! really big mechanical ones. we'll fly you from lima to cusco so you won't have to think about the logistics of it all
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8 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 824

Highlights

  • There’s a world of difference between cuban life in the city and in the country, and you’ll learn all about it with a walking tour of havana and strolls down the rural dirt roads of vinales, watching the tractors, vintage cars and horse drawn carriages pass by
  • Discover the man behind the t-shirt with a visit to revolutionary che guevara’s mausoleum and museum
  • Music’s the fuel that makes cuba move, so fill up on the rhythm and learn to move like a local
  • Get a hands-on experience with one of the country’s most famous exports; a tobacco farmer will teach you how to roll a cigar with his prestigious harvest
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15 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,962

Highlights

  • Plenty of free time in lima means you can stuff your face with delish grub all day long. the foodie capital of peru serves up some especially tasty ceviche. nom nom nom
  • Roam the amazon jungle at night while pretending you're david attenborough. float down the river, keeping an out for the glaring eyes of jaguars and caimans. jungle laser beams!
  • Whether you trek the classic inca trail, the quarry trail or take the scenic train route, trust us, this is going to be one of the highlights of your awesome lives
  • Don't worry, we won't hog all of your time. you'll have plenty of opportunity to bounce around cusco, digging deep into the pockets of incan history
  • The floating islands of uros on lake titicaca seem like the sort of thing pixar would come up with. spend the night under the stars in a traditional island village
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