FAMILY TRAVEL


One of the greatest experiences in life is to travel together as a family. The laughter shared, the joy experienced, and the challenges overcome, coalesce into the memories of a lifetime. At Crooked Trails, we believe families should travel together. Let us handle the logistics; you have the fun with your kids. We’ll do the planning, address safety concerns, and set up opportunities for real connection, all with a focus on family. The programs below have engagement in mind, and can be custom tailored to the needs and interests of families with children of ages from one to young adult.

The children and parents we met in Umasbamba, a village at 13,000 feet into the Andes Mountains, gave me a refreshing perspective on what it means to be a community of families.
Sarah M.

Peru: Christmas Family Program


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PRICE

$2,235 (pricing may vary w/ availability)

DURATION

9D / 8N

DATES

December 19 – 27, 2019

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Chinchero – Cusco

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Family travel, Village Experience

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Overview

Spend the holidays in Peru! This travel program offers a unique and memorable way for your family to spend the holidays, exploring and connecting to this fascinating place together. Build on to this itinerary with optional extensions to the Amazon and the Colca Canyon, or we can customize to fit your interests.

Highlights
  • Experience the Christmas holiday in the historic city of Cusco
  • Discover the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu
  • Gain valuable insights from local guides and hosts
  • Take part in fun activities and adventures such as horseback riding and chocolate making
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Costa Rica: The World Through Soccer


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PRICE

$2,550 based on a min. of 10 participants ($1,435 tax-deductible)

DURATION

9D / 8N

DATES

February 17 – 25, 2020

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

San José – Zapotal de Miramar – Manuel Antonio – San José

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Volunteering, Village Experience

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Overview

Join Crooked Trails and soccer coach Emily Cole on a trip of a lifetime that combines service work, the love of soccer, and a deeper connection to the local community. Help work on a community soccer field in the small community of Zapotal, take part in soccer clinics and scrimmages with the locals, and cap it off with time on the coast in breathtaking Manual Antonio!

Highlights
  • Become immersed in the daily life of a local community
  • Work on a meaningful volunteer service project with community support
  • Gain valuable soccer skills and game ethics with an experienced soccer coach
  • Return to home with a measurable appreciation and greater understanding of a different culture
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Mexico: Day of the Dead Family Program


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PRICE:

$1,695 adults and kids age 11+ ($1,395 kids age 10 and under)

DURATION

7D / 6N

DATES

October 28 – November 3, 2019

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy

ROUTE

Oaxaca City – Benito Juarez – Cuajimoloyas – Oaxaca City

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Village experience, customizable, family travel

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Overview

Join us for a special family edition of our popular program that takes you behind the scenes of the famously celebrated Day of the Dead Festival in Oaxaca, guided by the villagers of the Sierra Norte. Learn about this pre-Hispanic festival’s traditions and join the festivities! This program also includes an engaging schedule of cultural activities and adventure, including hiking, ziplining, cooking classes, visiting weavers and artisanal mezcal makers, and exploring the ruins of Montel Alban.

Highlights
  • Take part in a traditional festival with local families in Zapotec communities
  • Be a part of the preparations and festivities of Mexico’s Day of the Dead
  •  Enjoy special experiences and cultural activities hand-picked for adventurous families
  • Discover the heart of vibrant Oaxaca City
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Peru: Family Program for Younger Children


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PRICE

$3,295 per person ($1150 extension)

DURATION

11D / 10N (or 14D / 13N with extension)

DEPARTURES

July 14 – 24, 2019; also available year-round as a custom program

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy

ROUTE

Lima – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Chinchero – Cusco – (Puerto Maldonado on extension) – Lima

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable, village experience

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Overview

Join us on this unique group program, tailor-made for families with younger children, and watch your kids gain confidence and a sense of wonder as we explore Peru together. This program offers a fun and unique chance to explore the culture and history of Peru with young children in a flexible way, at your own pace.

Highlights
  • Itinerary custom-crafted for families with younger children in mind
  • Immersive family homestay in a Quechua village
  • Culture and history spring to life as children learn and explore
  • Optional rainforest extension at a fantastic family-focused ecolodge
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Peru: Active Family Program


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PRICE

From $3395 per person ($1150 extension)

DURATION

14D / 13N (or 17D / 16N with extension)

DEPARTURES

Available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

Lima – Vicos- Huaraz – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco – (Puerto Maldonado on extension) – Lima

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable, village experience

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Overview

Join us on this unique group program, tailor-made for active families. Engage with the living culture and amazing people of Peru through adventurous activities and immersive experiences that will help shape your child’s world view.

Highlights
  • Itinerary custom-crafted for active families
  • Immersive family homestay in a traditional Andean village
  • Culture and history spring to life as children learn and explore
  • Optional rainforest extension at a fantastic family-focused ecolodge
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Thailand: A Cultural Journey Through the North


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PRICE:

$2,195 based on double occupancy (note that pricing varies seasonally)

DURATION:

11D / 10N

DEPARTURES:

Custom departures available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy -Moderate

ROUTE

Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Hill tribe village – Bangkok

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable,
village experience


Great for families!

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Overview

Explore the rich cultural and traditional life of northern Thailand! Visit temples, wander through markets, and experience the gorgeous northern hubs of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Venture into the jungle at an elephant nature preserve, and step into the traditions as well as the contemporary way of life of the hill tribes on a village homestay.

Highlights
  • Explore some of Thailand’s beautiful historic cities by land and water
  • Connect with culture on an immersive 3-day homestay with a local hill tribe community
  • Explore the famous ruins of Ayutthaya
  • Visit an elephant sanctuary and learn about wildlife rescue and preservation efforts
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Thailand: A Natural Adventure in the South


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PRICE:

$1,725 based on double occupancy (prices vary according to season)

DURATION

10D / 9N

DEPARTURES

Custom departures available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy – Moderate

ROUTE

Bangkok – Phuket – Ban Talae Nok – Phuket – Bangkok

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable,
village experience


Great for families!

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SUMMARY

From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the beautiful beaches of Phuket, this adventure encompasses everything from participating in the protection and rehabilitation of gibbons and sea turtles to learning how to cook delicious Thai dishes. Dig deeper into the daily way of life on a homestay with a local community. Wander through the crowded streets of Phuket, then explore jungle waterfalls and snorkel in the warm blue waters.

Highlights
  • Get to know the local traditions and customs on an immersive homestay
  • Connect with nature and learn about local efforts at gibbon and elephant conservation
  • Explore the fascinating array of cultures in Bangkok and Phuket
  • Relax and unwind at a beachside lodge on the Andaman Sea
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Ecuador: Galapagos Islands Sea Voyage


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PRICE

From $3,755 based on dbl. occupancy

DURATION

8D / 7N

DEPARTURES

Departures available year-rounds

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

Baltra – Bartolome – South Plaza – North Seymour – San Cristobal – Española – Floreana – Santa Cruz – Baltra

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable

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Overview

Your family will be right in the heart of the action on this boat-based Galapagos adventure! Daily shore excursions will engage you with the many moods, wildlife, and landscapes of the islands as you hike, snorkel, swim and explore. Cap off energetic days of discovery watching the sun dip down from the deck of the boat, and then enjoy the after-dark spectacle of creatures swimming just below.

Highlights
  • Experience the wonder of these UNESCO World Heritage islands
  • Boat-based cruise on a comfortable, eco-friendly vessel with an amazing crew
  • Explore the varied terrains and learn about the host of wildlife on daily guided shore excursions
  • Combine with other itineraries in Ecuador or elsewhere in South America
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Kenya: Maasai Village Stay & Safari Adventure


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PRICE

From $3,095 based on double occupancy

DURATION

8D / 7N

DEPARTURES

Custom departures year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy – Moderate

ROUTE

Nairobi – Maasai Mara – Lake Naivasha – Merrueshi – Amboseli – Nairobi

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable,
village experience

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Overview

Live among the Maasai people and experience the striking wildlife of Kenya. Experience an unforgettable stay in a traditional Maasai village, learning about every aspect of the Maasai way of life, and search for an array of wildlife on two breathtaking safaris.

Highlights
  • Unique opportunity to live and learn with the local Maasai community
  • Share in activities such as storytelling, traditional dance, and nature walks
  • Search for elephants, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, lion and more on safari
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Costa Rica: Family Adventure


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PRICE

From $1,895

DURATION

8D / 7N

DEPARTURES

Custom departures year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy – Moderate

ROUTE

San Jose – Sarapiquí – Arenal – Manuel Antonio – San Jose

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable

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Overview

Through jungle and forest, mountains to ocean, this family journey allows you to explore the abundant wild spaces and encounter the remarkable people that make Costa Rica so special. This trip features locally-owned and operated lodging with an emphasis on immersive, experiential learning, and lots of fun activities that the whole family can share in and enjoy.

Highlights
  • Unique accommodations in ecolodges, family-run hotels and a homestay on a sustainable working farm
  • Enjoy Costa Rica’s unbeatable natural beauty by exploring jungles and beaches
  • Personalized guided excursions allow you to discover Costa Rica’s natural treasures and learn about its culture and history
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Vietnam: North + South Family Adventure


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PRICE

$2,335 based on a family of 4

DURATION

12D / 11N

DEPARTURES

Available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy – Moderate

ROUTE

Hanoi – Tam Coc – Lan Ha Bay – Hai Phong – Saigon – Ta Lai – Ho Tram – Hanoi

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable,
village experience, trekking

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Overview

Take your family on a journey across Vietnam on a rare, undiscovered route from North to South. Delve into Vietnam’s many cultural heritages and its remarkable natural sites, and peek into hidden corners through immersive experiences with local communities. Get an enticing taste of this mystical land of history and legends.

Highlights
  • Learn about local life in traditional villages with hands-on activities
  • Explore spectacular landscapes, and connect with nature at immersive eco-resorts
  • Loads of adventurous activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming and more
  • Enjoy the vibrant swirl of life in Hanoi
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WHY TRAVEL WITH US

Crooked Trails is a non-profit organization focused on transforming tourism into a positive force in the world. We create travel programs that reflect our values and are worthy of the trust placed in us by our travelers. By traveling with us, you can be assured that your money will go to support our partner communities, the causes we support, and our on-going work to make tourism better. We do this by:

  • Selecting locally-owned hotels, restaurants and transportation in order to ensure your money benefits local people.

  • Employing experienced local guides who are paid a fair wage.

  • Offsetting the environmental impacts of travel through initiatives such as our Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) campaign, demonstrating ways to protect local resources, and encouraging the purchase of carbon offsets.

  • Educating travelers in cultural sensitivity and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of their travels.

  • Acting on our commitment to the social and cultural protection of people in our host countries.

  • Offering unique experiences and opportunities for authentic engagement.

  • Donating a portion of your trip fees to the community development projects we support.

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