Geckos Adventures is for travellers aged 18 to 29 who want to tour with others their own age but don’t want to spend their whole trip crammed into a coach with 40 hung-over backpackers. It’s for adventurers who want to meet locals, embrace new cultures and actually learn stuff (who were the Aztecs? Why is that baboon looking at me funny?), while also making friends and finding those backstreet bars, tasty street stalls and cool secret spots along the way.
Geckos’ groups for each tour are small, usually an average of ten people; a ready-made crew of besties to connect with and making travelling solo really easy. After visiting the must-sees, with the backup of the local group leader with fountains of knowledge of the area and people, you’ll really get under the skin of the area, into people’s homes and culture, seeing and experiencing things you wouldn’t when holidaying with people your mum and dad’s age. Because Geckos tours in small groups, they are able to include amazing local colour such as homestays, community visits and bars and restaurants only the locals know about.
Geckos understands you’ve saved hard for your adventure with them and their itineraries have been cleverly designed to allow for heaps of free time to explore and expand on what you’ve already seen. There are tons of optional activities and your guide will always have ideas on how to take your trip to the next level. They are there to get you from A to B and put you up in accommodation with character – could be a treehouse or houseboat or a homestay. They may not be fancy but they are clean and well-located; you won’t be far from the action although you will lose the tourist crowds.
Geckos Adventures is fully committed to minimising their touring effects on the environment and has an impressive strategy in aiming to be carbon neutral. By operating in small groups it allows them to get right in to the community, directly benefitting the locals and reducing their footprint. They are also partnering this year with Friends International to support their vocational training programs for marginalised youth in the regions they visit. For every trip booked they make a contribution at no extra cost to you. Their carbon footprint is further offset by their investment into innovative renewable energy projects in many of the countries they visit. Geckos is also part of the United Nations Global Compact which means they have adopted environmentally sustainable and socially responsible policies and report on their progress every year.