More and more people are learning about our personal service, off the beaten path itineraries, and unique adventures. Check out these guidebooks that have recommended Adventure Life in recent years...
Amazon Highlights: Peru, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador (1st ed.)
US-based Adventure Life provides quality small group tour to the Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon, and further afield. On tours, group size is kept to a minimum and the company aims to have a positive impact on local culture and the environment.
Traveler's Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America (1st ed.)
Dozens of U.S. and Canadian tour companies lead trips to Costa Rica, with new ones popping up every month or two. I traveled with Adventure Life and highly recommend the company. Its excellent guides go out of their way to make sure group members are happy. This operator tends to use smaller, family-run hotels and small restaurants off the main drag.
Many responsible small-group North American operators leads trips to Guatemala. For example, Adventure Life runs well-regarded 6- to 12-day trips.
Some very reputable North American operators leads trip to Panama, including Adventure Life.
Responsible Tour Operators
The following are some tour operators and other companies that provides services in Mexico and Central America and have signed on to a code of conduct that commits them to follow guidelines of responsible ecotourism travel: Adventure Life Journeys...
Handbooks Peru (1st ed.)
Adventure Life International is a five-year-old company based in Missoula, Montana, that is a good bet for budget-minded trekkers. Its nine-day Machu Picchu Pilgrimage includes Cusco, Machu Picchu, and a well-run Inca trail trek for $1,495. It also offers affordable trips to the fabulous Tambopata Research Center. It uses three-star, family-run hostels and local guides, and gives independent travelers flexibility on where they eat. Maximum group size is 12, though it often sends groups as small as two people. It has recently set up a fund (www.earthfamilyfund.org) to give back to the countries it visits.
But a new entry is from the field of adventure travel. Adventure Life, which specializes also in travel to South and Central America, has gotten into the act with its own registry (you can see a sample at www.adventure-life.com/gift/trondle). Note the button at the top of the page for "Give a Gift" and the note about how much has yet to be raised, $5,680 "trip balance due" when I looked. Adventure Life goes in for really rugged and exciting trips of the Indiana Jones variety. Check them out at www.adventure-life.com. The phone for this Montana-based outfit is 800/344-6118.
Rough Guide to Bolivia (1st ed.)
Adventure Life. 800/344-6118, www.adventure-life.com. Small, personal organization with a community focus. Trips include an eleven-day tour of Sucre, Potosi, and the Salar de Uyuni, and seven days in the Amazon staying at the Albergue Ecologico Chalalan.
South America (6th ed.)
Adventure Life is mentioned 5 times in this edition as a recommended tour operator!! Here are a couple snippets...
Adventure Life leads a kayaking journey along the Shiripuno River, paddling three to six hours per day; you also hike and meet Huaorani people (Ecuador section).
Life focuses on Potosi, Uyuni, and villages near Sucre, and spends two nights
at a working hacienda (Bolivia section).
Bradt Travel Guide: The Amazon (2nd ed.)
Recommended tour operator for the Amazon:
Adventure Life Journeys 712 W Spruce St., Suite A, Missoula, MT 59802; tel: 800 344 6118; fax: 406 541 2676; email: email@example.com; web: www.adventure-life.com. Lodge-based and camping/kayaking week long small-group tours in lowland forest of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Adventure Guide to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (1st ed.)
Recommended tour operator for the Galapagos Islands:
Adventure Life, an American company, offers 10-day and seven-day all-inclusive Galapagos tours, as well as trips to the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. Contact them at 800-344-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website, www.adventure-life.com, provides complete information.
New Key to Costa Rica (16th ed.)
Listed as recommended tour operator for US-based nature tour companies.