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Abby“This was the first tour group I had traveled with, so I had little idea of what to expect. My experience with Geckos was incredible. The accommodations were all really nice, my guide was amazing, and the group I was with made the trip really fun! Transport...“

Geckos Adventures

Geckos Adventures

4.3/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
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TOURS
108
AGE RANGE
18-29
RESPONSE RATE
100%
RESPONSE TIME
0-1h
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  • Young - for travelers aged 18 - 29
  • Local - local leaders & experiences
  • Travel for good – support local projects

Geckos has made group travel for young people accessible again - eating local food, traveling with like minded travelers aged 18-29, and getting true local experiences. Taking the local public transport, sleeping in family run accommodation, and seeing places that th...

Geckos has made group travel for young people accessible again - eating local food, traveling with like minded travelers aged 18-29, and getting true local experiences. Taking the local public transport, sleeping in family run accommodation, and seeing places that the mainstream tourists never even knew existed - all this plus plenty of free time along the way. By ensuring not to impact the local communities and places they visit, Geckos aims to give an insiders view, while using local guides to show the cultures and places.

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160 Geckos Adventures Reviews

Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Average
4%
Rather Poor
3%
Bad
3%
Accommodation
4 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4 / 5
Value for money
4 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  •  reviewer 1
    Best of Canada
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on June 4, 2018
    Trip leader Michelle Tepel was incredible, with an amazing sense of humour and patience personified! The participatory camping was an awesome way to explore thi…
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    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    Hi Jake, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us out West - your pics are fantastic! Hope to see you on another trip with us again soon - where's your next trip? Kind regards, Geckos
  •  reviewer 2
    Essential Central America
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on May 26, 2018
    The itinerary is great, I felt we spent the right amount of days at each place. Taking into consideration that the hotels were meant to be basic, I found some o…
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    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    HI Jean, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in Central America! We'll pass along your feedback to our global team (including Jorge) who I'm sure will be very happy to hear it. Hope to see you on another trip with us again soon! Kind regards, Geckos
  •  reviewer 3
    Cambodia & Vietnam Highlights
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on May 21, 2018
    Although a delayed review, this trip has honestly left a long lasting impression on me 1 year later! The Indochina highlights as the trip was called in 2017 exc…
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    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    HI Rachel, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. It might be delayed but that's fine with us! :) We're delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us in Cambodia and Vietnam and that you made lifelong friendships (the best kind!) We hope to see you on another trip with us again soon! Kind regards, Geckos
  •  reviewer 4
    A Pinch of Uyuni- Extension
    4.0 - Good
    Written on May 10, 2018
    Minor: wrong name when picked up at the airport. Very little to no information whet I got to the office, and no time to buy water and snacks for a long day sinc…
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    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    Hi there, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time at Uyuni. And thank you for the feedback - we appreciate hearing from our passengers and will definitely take it onboard, as feedback like this is essential for improving everything that we do. We hope to see you on another trip with us again soon! Kind regards, Geckos
  •  reviewer 5
    Essential Morocco
    3.5 - Good
    Written on April 9, 2018
    more activities, more and better information from the guide
    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    Hi Verena, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We hope to see you on another trip with us again soon! Kind regards, Geckos
  • JM
    Essential Morocco
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on April 3, 2018
    I had never done a tour before whilst travelling, and went in a little skeptical about the experience. Abdelhadi completely turned that around. He was a great t…
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    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    Hi Jessica, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us, and for choosing us as your first group tour! We’re so happy to hear that you had a great time in Morocco – we look forward to seeing you on another trip with us again in the future. Best wishes, Geckos
  • HP
    Everest Base Camp
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on March 23, 2018
    Fantastic trip! Couldn't have asked for a better guide/assistant guides! Very supportive and ensured that 7/7 of us made it to base camp!
    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    Hi Hannah, We’re so glad to hear that you had a great time hiking to Everest Base Camp. Such a once in a lifetime experience, thanks for sharing it with us! We hope to see you on another trip with us again soon. Best wishes, Geckos
  •  reviewer 8
    Bolivian Salt Flats & Desert - Extension
    1.5 - Rather poor
    Written on February 20, 2018
    Guide was horrendous. Very unprofessional, very rude & made many crude and uncalled for racist "jokes" He'd disappear for hours and hours at a time. He'd sleep …
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    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    Dear Jon, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We would love an opportunity to more fully understand your experience as feedback from our passengers is essential towards improving all that we do. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations team who will be happy to further address your concerns: customerrelations@geckosadventures.com Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Geckos
  • YH
    Essential Morocco
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on February 7, 2018
    With Geckos help, I can explore some places that I may not notice on the map or never expect to be so stunning before. It's a wonderful experience with GEcjos A…
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    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    Hi Yan-Hao, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted that you had a wonderful time on your trip, and we hope to see you on another one again soon! Kind regards, Geckos
  • AS
    Taste of Galapagos
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on February 4, 2018
    This was the first tour group I had traveled with, so I had little idea of what to expect. My experience with Geckos was incredible. The accommodations were all…
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    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    Hi Abby, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We’re so glad that you chose us for your group tour, and we hope it won’t be your last! We look forward to welcoming you on another trip with us again soon – where to next? :) Kind regards, Geckos

About Geckos Adventures

Geckos has made group travel for young people accessible again - eating local food, traveling with like minded travelers aged 18-29, and getting true local experiences. Taking the local public transport, sleeping in family run accommodation, and seeing places that the mainstream tourists never even knew existed - all this plus plenty of free time along the way. By ensuring not to impact the local communities and places they visit, Geckos aims to give an insiders view, while using local guides to show the cultures and places.

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Geckos Adventures Benefits

Local Group Leaders

By travelling with Geckos, you will have access to local group leaders. This means they were born in and grew up in the places you will be visiting. Local, street level knowledge like this will help you get access to the best food in town, finding the unknown swimming holes, or the obscure modern art gallery that no one knows about. Your group leaders are there not just to be tour guides, by also your new friends and a part of the group. This means you will be able to find out more, eat more, and get a authentic experience, just be spending the time with them and asking them the questions!

Solo Travelers Welcome

By having such great guides, combined with the small groups, it means that travelling on your own is no problem - it is how most of the travelers in the group do it! Even if you are a solo traveler - Geckos will generally pair you up with a travel partner, so there is no extra cost to you. Even if you do want a room to yourself, that can normally be arranged for a small extra cost.

Authentic Local Experiences

By travelling in a small group, it means you get more authentic experiences - local transport, homestays, and small, out of the way places. While Geckos also will show you the main sights and attractions, by being part of a small group it means there is the opportunity to go places big groups can’t. When it comes to getting on and off buses, bikes, boats, trains, ferries, gondolas, eating hawker foods from back alleys, and going places without hurting the local environment, traveling in a small group definitely has its benefits.

Why Geckos Adventures

Ages 18-29

Geckos has trip options for just for 18-29 year olds. All Gecko’s trips are suitable for those who have a sense of adventure, an open mindset, and those are willing to step outside of their comfort zone. Adventures along the way might include ordering off the local menu, jumping in a tuk-tuk or simply just making new friends, language barriers and all. Geckos is there to explore and for those wanting to travel - not for tourists.

Affordable Travel Experiences

By providing trips that are affordable, Geckos wants everyone to be able to see and experience new sights and cultures across the world. Geckos have already “been there done that”, and because you are travelling with a group, the cost is shared among the group, so you can get the most for your travel dollar.

Small Group Travel

By travelling with Geckos, you will be a part of a small group - getting to know the other travelers who will become lifelong friends, as opposed to a large group of strangers who happen to be in the same place at the same time. This is so important to what Geckos stands for, their symbol is Native American crossed arrows; a symbol of friendship.

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • What is the weather like on the tour destinations?

    The weather can vary from destination to destination and can fluctuate throughout the year. More information is available in the specific trip notes, so please get in touch to request a copy.

  • Are there any long travelling days on the tour?

    Many of the trips do feature some long travel days; often on local transport and sometimes on rough roads.

  • What vehicles are used on the tour?

    Geckos use a variety of local transport; this being a great way to mix it with the locals and get involved. In some places, the best way to explore is by foot, in others we’ll hop aboard boats, bemos, canoes, camels, tuk-tuks, songthaews.

  • Is it possible to add pre/post tour accommodation?

    Yes, pre and post tour accommodation can usually be added. Please get in touch with us so we can find out the availability and costs for you.

  • How to get to the starting point of the tour?

    As part of your pre-departure information, we will inform you of the starting and end points, as well as provide information on transfers if they are available. Please contact us for more information regarding transfers and starting / end points.

  • Does Geckos cater to travellers with special dietary needs?

    The tour leaders is able to translate local menus and suggest dishes. It is important to realise that in some places diet might end up slightly limited, as meat can form an integral part to many local cuisines. The tour leader needs to be informed for special dietary needs in advance, so they can make appropriate plans.

  • What type of food is offered on the tour?

    The local cuisine is a definite highlight of the tour. The local guides make sure travellers have the opportunity to visit local eateries and try some regional delicacies.

  • What is the accommodation standards on the tour?

    Lodgings are cheap but cheerful, cleanliness, comfort and centrality of location is always a priority. Geckos always try to select locally run accommodation options that reflect the character of the region. On occasion travellers might also find themselves spending a night in a homestay, tent, yurt, teahouse, hacienda, ryokan or other type of local lodging.

  • Is there extra time to explore the start/end cities on the tour?

    Geckos itineraries are designed to factor enough time to explore the destination cities but you can always book for an extra stay.

  • How much free time is available while on tour?

    Geckos add plenty of free time for independent exploration. Some components of the itinerary aren't negotiable but much of the time what you want to see and do is ultimately up to you.