The Explorer's Passage
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The Explorer’s Passage (TEP) is the premier adventure travel company on the planet. No other tour operator provides more dynamic and immersive experiences in the most raw and stunningly beautiful environments on earth. We care deeply about our planet and its inhabitants. Each of our adventures have an element of purpose which helps to drive social and environmental change. We partner with the world’s greatest visionaries and institutions so that our guests have the opportunity to transform their lives through the power of adventure.
New York City, New York

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stormcat
Hopewell, NJ7 contributions
Jun 2022
A perfect trip from start to finish! I can not say enough about how amazing it was to work with The Explorers Passage (TEP). We travel with another couple a LOT and we've put together some amazing trips on our own, but when we decided to hike the Inca Trail, we knew we needed help. It didn't take long to figure out that TEP was the right adventure travel company for us. From our initial call with Jeff, the founder of the company, we knew we made the right decision! We are not "tour group" people so it was important to us that we could customize the itinerary to suit our interests, and that our group would just be the four of us. We knew we hit the jackpot when Jeff told us that he handpicked the lead guide that he thought would be the best fit for us. Our guide, Wilbur, known as the G.O.A.T. by all the other guides (although we thought “The Mayor” would be equally suitable as he knew people everywhere we went!) was spectacular. I think we were all a little teary eyed when it was time to say our goodbyes.

The 4 day “classic Inca Trail” trek was everything we dreamed of, and more. The hike was really challenging, but we were well prepared. As for the camping, it was definitely more like Glamping! Three delicious meals a day, comfortable, warm sleeping bags, air mattresses, perfectly sized 2 person tents, warm water and hot tea outside our “door” each morning, healthy snacks for the trail, private campsites 2 out of 3 nights, the BEST spot at shared campsite the 3rd night (our porters rolled in well ahead of us and claimed “the high ground”) and the list goes on. Our team of porters and Wilbur went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible.

We also spent 7 days exploring Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Again, the perfect mixture of time with Wilbur and time exploring on our own. We asked Jeff a million questions on our first call, and he replied more than once “anything is possible” and I can honestly say, he was telling the truth. If you are looking to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, I highly recommend contacting TEP. Not up for the trek, but still want to see Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley? They can arrange that too. Again, we would give TEP 10 stars if we could!
Written July 17, 2022
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J F
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
My girlfriend and I went with TEP to Antarctica in March on 2022. Never have I been on a trip so well organised for so many people. Jeff and his team were nothing short of brilliant in giving everyone an individual sense of wonder and adventure, whilst also ensuring that everyone bonded and got on as a whole. I could not be more thankful to the explorers passage team and could not recommend them any more highly.
Written May 30, 2022
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Shelby L
Alexandria, VA1 contribution
Jun 2020
The Virtual Campfire webinar was perfect for me as a traveler who misses the camaraderie of fellow adventurers during this time. Even though we were sitting in a virtual meeting rather than around a fire, listening to the stories told by the small group (as well as the CEO!) was a great way to connect. And having everyone choose a background that came with a personal travel story was a great way to get the conversation started!
Written August 31, 2020
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Merryl B.
1 contribution
Mar 2022
I joined the Explorer's Passage trip to Antarctica 2022. EP's staff is incredible dedicated and work tirelessly so that your trip runs smoothly. We had 170 people from 35 countries all travel to Antarctica where we got to experience the wonders of the last great wilderness. I'd recommend to anyone - if you're booking a trip, look into Explorer's passage for an exceptional experience.
Written April 27, 2022
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jeffrey c
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
My family and I went to Peru and hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu everything from the porters, the food and our guide was outstanding. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the Incas and provided historical information that was very interesting. The hike was amazing and the Andes mountains are unbelievably beautiful. I highly recommend this company for all your expectations.
Written May 26, 2022
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Danii K
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Friends
The TEP team we’re so welcoming, friendly and kind! I left the adventure of a lifetime with over 150 new family members. Everyone involved with the the trip left an incredible long lasting impression on me and I feel so grateful to be part of such an amazing diverse group of people from around the world. I recommend anyone and everyone to go on an adventure with TEP, they will change your life in the most incredible ways and you will not regret a single moment. I will definitely be going back for more adventures with TEP in the near future!
Written May 13, 2022
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Laura B
Austin, Texas, United States5 contributions
Aug 2022
We did the 4 day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Explorer's Passage was super easy to work with from planning all the way through execution. We had to reschedule twice (ugh!) and Jeff was very professional and accommodating. Neptali was our Peruvian guide--he is the best! Food on the trail was great with wonderful, creative offerings for our vegetarian trip member. We upgraded the sleeping arrangements to use the cots, and slept very comfortably (I'd even say luxuriously) every night.
Written August 23, 2022
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Federico S
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Aug 2020
We have been working with The Explorer's Passage as their ground operator in Costa Rica for some time now. We were invited to a Virtual Campfire where we got to share insights about amazing experiences in Costa Rica with a crowd of future travelers.

We had an amazing time and we hope travelers as well. We hope to be part of another Campfire so we can share with many more future travelers.

Thank you Explores's Passage

Federico Solano
Horizontes Nature Tours
Costa Rica
Written September 28, 2020
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Cswai
1 contribution
Jun 2020
It was amazing to reconnect with everyone scattered around the world virtually! Seeing everyone smile, laugh and sharing stories, reminded me of the wonderful memories from our Kilimanjaro expedition.
I also enjoyed hearing stories from other adventurers who have explored other destinations that are in my bucket list. It gave me joy and fueled my spirit of travel.
Written September 29, 2020
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Winston C
3 contributions
Mar 2022
The International Antarctic Expedition 2022 was incredible - one of the best experiences of my life. Incredibly grateful to The Explorers Passage and CEO Jeff Bonaldi for creating such an incredible adventure - 177 change makers from 37 countries - all coming together to work on climate change, sustainability and have the adventure of a lifetime. I recommend The Explorers Passage unreservedly. The best adventure travel company in the world.
Written April 27, 2022
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