This Peruvian-owned company organizes low-altitude hikes and extreme treks in Peru, Bolivia, and the Galápagos. It has strong relationships with local communities.
T+L Trip Pick: Lodge to Lodge Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Follow the picturesque Salkantay Route to Machu Picchu and stay in luxury lodges. March–Dec. departures; 10 days from $3,130.
With 25 years of experience in the region, Asia Transpacific Journeys operates both group and private trips through Asia and the Pacific.
T+L Trip Pick: Sacred Mountain Kingdoms—Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan Meet monks in remote monasteries, observe a riverside Hindu ceremony, and explore ancient temples. April 11, 2013, departure; 20 days from $10,495.
This São Paulo, Brazil–based company offers customized yacht cruises on the Amazon, wildlife tours in the wetland regions of the Pantanal, and treks through the canyonlands of Chapada Diamantina National Park.
T+L Trip Pick: Lençóis Maranhenses Go by foot, land, and air from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, stopping to explore Lençóis Maranhenses National Park—a sandy landscape with thousands of freshwater lagoons. Year-round departures; 15 days from $7,500.
Cofounders Bill and Pam Bryan deliver the ultimate American West experience. Veteran guide Darrell Norman, a member of the Blackfeet tribe, arranges traditional dinners with tribe members in his Montana residence.
T+L Trip Pick: Alaska’s Winter Magic Spend time with a family of husky trainers, then strap on snowshoes and peer up at the northern lights. March–April 2013 departures; six days from $3,795.