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The Best Adventure Holidays in South and Central America

If there’s a place for adrenaline junkies, it’s South and Central America. Book your place on one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip and let us give you an experience you won’t forget.
Joel Rabinowitz
11 Dec 2021
From white-water rafting through the jungle in Costa Rica and horse riding in the Ecuadorian Andes, to snorkeling with sharks in the Galápagos Islands and hiking in Colombia’s Zona Cafetera, South and Central America are an adventure lover’s paradise. With tropical rainforests, snow-capped mountains, volcanic islands and pristine beaches, the landscapes are as diverse as they are spectacular. Tempted to go there yourself? Here’s our selection of the best adventure holidays from TRIPS by Culture Trip in South and Central America.
1. Jungle trekking, white water rafting and surfing in Costa Rica

If you’re looking to combine adrenaline-pumping activities with wildlife spotting in a single trip, then look no further than Costa Rica. On this nine-day small group adventure, you’ll have the chance to spot capuchin monkeys and jaguars on a safari in the Arenal Volcano National Park, and sloths, on a moonlit hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Bounce down the Balsa River on a white-water rafting adventure and go mountain biking through the jungle, before heading to the coast, where you can learn how to ride waves in trendy Tamarindo.

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2. Snorkeling with sea lions and sea turtles around the Galápagos Islands

Ever wanted to go snorkeling and scuba diving with sharks, sea lions and sea turtles? If so, then consider joining this five-day overland trip to the Galápagos Islands – an archipelago around 1000km (621mi) off the coast of mainland Ecuador. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as you spot marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies on San Cristóbal, hike through rugged volcanic landscapes and cactus forests on a remote, uninhabited island, and safely observe white-tipped reef sharks while kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding in the Itabaca Channel. An optional excursion to Kicker Rock gives you the chance to experience one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving spots in the Galápagos.

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3. White water rafting and hiking in the Colombian Andes

The Colombian Andes are brimming with opportunities for adventure, from white-water rafting down the Río Negro to hiking through the awe-inspiring Cocora Valley, dotted with gigantic Quindío wax palms. Those are just two of many captivating experiences you’ll have on this eight-day adventure through the spine of the country, as well as tasting some of the world’s finest coffee in the Zona Cafetera and learning to play the traditional Colombian sport, tejo. An opportunity to explore and learn about the complex history of Bogotá and Medellín, meanwhile, is the perfect way to start off and wrap up your trip.

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4. Kayaking, river tubing and jungle trekking on Colombia’s Caribbean coast

This eight-day South American adventure encompasses the highlights of Colombia’s dazzling Caribbean coast, starting in Cartagena and continuing east to the laid-back beach town of Palomino, framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. You’ll go kayaking through mangroves in La Boquilla, swim and snorkel off the coast of the idyllic Rosario Islands, and hike through the dense jungle and palm-fringed beaches of Tayrona National Park, with a chance to spot iguanas and howler monkeys as you go. Round off your trip by river tubing down the Río Don Diego and exploring the ancient archaeological sites of indigenous tribes in Tayronaka

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5. Horse riding, volcano hiking and cycling in Ecuador

Mainland Ecuador boasts some of South America’s most spectacular scenery, including glacier-capped volcanoes, enormous waterfalls and tropical rainforest. Horse riding in Cotopaxi National Park and hiking around the Laguna Limpiopungo while staying overnight in a traditional mountain hacienda are just two of the highlights of this eight-day adventure. Hiking around the rim of the emerald green Quilotoa crater lake, cycling the Baños Waterfall Route and white water rafting through the Amazon on the Jatunyacu River are also exhilarating activities on the agenda. You’ll also have an opportunity to ride the Swing at the End of the World, which offers jaw-dropping views of the Tungurahua volcano and the sweeping valley below.

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