Airbnb, the same company that completely disrupted the hotel and accommodations market for travelers, is now looking to do the same thing with adventure travel. The recently-announced Airbnb Adventures falls under the Airbnb Experiences umbrella, but brings multi-day itineraries to the platform for the first time. Best of all, those adventure opportunities are run by locals and feature surprisingly affordable prices, making them more approachable than ever before.
The new Airbnb initiative launched with a catalog of over 200 options already available and new ones constantly being added to the line-up. That can make it extremely challenging to sort through all of the different itineraries, so we decided to have a look for ourselves. After combing through the many different travel experiences to choose from, these are our picks for the very best Airbnb Adventures currently on the system.
Note: The prices for each Airbnb Adventure include meals, transportation, accommodations, and all activities once the traveler has arrived at the destination.
Head to the Kenya for this Airbnb Adventure, where you'll help local conservationists track wild lions in their natural habitat. The 3-day journey takes travelers deep into the bush, where they'll spend their time learning about African wildlife and the Samburu culture. Highlights include sleeping in a safari camp, a picnic on the savannah, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing wildlife on the planet. (Price: $500)
Proving that Airbnb Adventures can be just as fun as they are adventurous, this trip takes travelers into the heart of the Olympic National Park in search of the legendary Sasquatch. This elusive creature has been the source of many tall tales and myths for centuries, with little hard evidence to prove that it even exists. Still, you'll join naturalists and trained Big Foot hunters as they head out on a 3-day journey to see if you can find prove that the 'squatch is real at long last. (Price: $1400)
Peru is a country that offers a multitude of opportunities for travelers, and yet most still choose to take the well-trodden path to Machu Picchu. This tour from Airbnb Adventures gets well off that path, choosing instead to visit the remote Colca Canyon instead. There, visitors will encounter geothermal wonders, ancient petroglyphs, and possibly even the spot condors. The two-day trip even includes a visit to the forgotten city of Uyo Uyo, another Peruvian archaeological wonder. (Price: $152)
Using eagles to hunt foxes is a long standing tradition in Mongolia, but one that few outsiders ever get a chance to see first hand, let alone experience themselves. On this 4-day excursion travelers will travel into remote Mongolia, where they'll meet nomads and learn how they train and care for their eagles. After that, they'll head out on horseback into the mountains to witness the hunt as it unfolds in one of the last truly untouched wildernesses on Earth. (Price: $620)
Trekking has been a mainstay in the Himalayas for decades, but now mountain biking is gaining in popularity too. To accommodate the demand, Airbnb Adventures is offering an 11-day itinerary that takes riders deep into the Himalaya as they take on the famous Annapurna Circuit. This challenging excursion will test the legs and lungs of the riders, as they take on twisty single track at high altitude. The payoffs are many however, including some of the most breathtaking views on the planet and the chance to visit remote mountain villages while traveling by bike. (Price: $1890)
Winter warriors will love this outdoor adventure, which sends them on an 8-day, 270-mile journey along the Kungsleden — or King's Trail — in Sweden. The route will take hardy travelers along remote trails, across frozen lakes, through glaciated valleys, and past snowcapped peaks, visiting mountain huts and lodges while en route. The journey is a self-supported one, with skiers pulling sleds behind them that are filled with all of their gear and supplies needed to survive for a week in the wilderness during the winter. (Price: $1664)
There is no doubt that Petra is truly one of the most amazing destinations in the world, but most are happy to visit the site along the regular tourist route. Airbnb Adventures offers an alternative way to reach the "Rose Red City" by trekking there instead. The 7-day journey begins in the town of Dana and crosses through the Jordanian desert, encountering bedouin villages along the way. This is a truly unique way to see a popular travel destination in a new and unique way. (Price: $1850)
Madagascar has a lot to offer adventurous travelers, but few ever venture out to the remote and beautiful islands that just off its coast. In this epic 5-day sailing adventure, you'll get the chance to explore that archipelago more fully by visiting the islands of Kalakajoro, Berafia, Nosy Iranja, and Antanimora. There, in the stunningly clear waters, you'll go snorkeling and swimming, while camping on the beach at night. During the day, you'll take hikes along the shore and spot a stunning array of wildlife, some of which is found nowhere else on Earth. (Price: $2989)
This another excursion into the spectacular Olympic National Park, but this time travelers will go in search of silence rather than Sasquatch. The park is said to be amongst the quietest places on Earth and this itinerary allows you to explore that location with Matt Mikkelsen, a documentary filmmaker and protector of natural silence. The 3-day trip includes hiking and camping in tiny trailers while soaking up the natural environment and landscape. (Price: $1500)
Visit the Mystical Easter Island
Filled with mystery and wonder, Easter Island is a popular bucket-list destination for many travelers. Airbnb Adventures makes it more easily accessible with this 7-day itinerary that includes opportunities to hike through eucalyptus forests, go snorkeling or scuba diving, and even explore the landscape by bike. Of course, you'll also get the chance to visit the island's famous statues as well, while immersing yourself in the history and culture of this remarkable place. (Price: $2764)