Travelers from all over are relying on knowledgeable guides and tour companies to arrange their trips. Incredible outfitters, like the ones on our list, can offer travelers the best advice, top-tier assistance and they handle all the details, so all you have to do is enjoy the ride.
From Mexico to Mongolia, these great outfitters operate all over the globe. Before you book your next trip, be sure to check out what these 10 outfitters have to offer.
They call themselves “the nature people” and with some of the best guides, the most remote destinations and an exclusive partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, it’s clear they’re right. Natural Habitat Adventures focuses primarily on conservation travel—getting travelers into magnificent remote locations with expert guides and doing it all sustainably.
Featured Trip: Swimming with Mexico's Whale Sharks
One of the very first tour operators on the infamous Galapagos Islands, Galakiwi has been a top guide service, specializing in the area for more than 10 years. Their main office is based on San Cristobal Island, so the staff lives and works in the very place they send their travelers. After building personal relationships with local businesses and ensuring that tourism dollars are benefitting the local economy, Galakiwi also practices sustainable and responsible ecotourism and urges travelers to do the same.
Featured Trip: Galapagos Bike Tour or Yoga Tour
One of the best in the business when it comes to paddling adventures, O.A.R.S. has been guiding since 1969. Employing the best guides, exploring the most incredible waterways and using quality equipment has made the company successful over the past 40+ years—and it doesn’t hurt that the founder and president of the company still speaks with travelers directly.
Featured Trip: Ranch & Raft on the Colorado River
When it comes to travel in Mongolia, Tibet, China, Bhutan, and Siberia, it doesn’t get much more authentic than Nomadic Expeditions. This specialty outfitter focuses on bringing travelers to “less-traveled locales” and allowing them to experience the culture first-hand. Hosting travelers since 1992, Nomadic Expeditions is committed to providing genuine adventure travel—and doing so sustainably.
Featured Trip: Adventure Mongolia
Wilderness Travel has quite a record of success—almost 40 years of experience and one of the highest rates of return travelers, not to mention the awards they’ve accrued over the years. With more than 175 trips in 75 countries, this outfitter manages to explore tons of territory while maintaining the expertise that’s so important in adventure travel today.
Featured Trip: Serengeti Wildlife Safari
This active travel company is primarily known for their epic cycling treks, and for good reason. With cycling trip options in more than 30 countries, some of the best guides around and two support vans, travelers can explore the world on two wheels with no worries.
Featured Trip: Provence Bike Tour
When it comes to destination fly fishing, there aren’t many companies that offer trips around the globe, for travelers of any skill level, but Sweetwater Travel Company does. Based in Montana and started by three brothers, this outfitter has been growing rapidly over the past 15 years and has helped establish some of the best known fishing lodges all over the world.
Featured Trip: British Columbia, Steelhead on the Dean and Sustut
The staff at Boundless Journeys doesn’t just arrange your itinerary based on research—they’ve been there themselves. From founder Matt Holmes who has been traveling vigorously for more than 20 years to his team of expert guides, most of whom are native to the area they guide in, this outfitter offers an authentic experience that’s hard to match.
Featured Trip: Bhutan, Hiking in the Peaceful Kingdom
This Washington-based outfitter is among the best when it comes to mountaineering; in fact, scaling mountains is a family legacy. RMI Expeditions was started in 1969 by climbers Jerry Lynch and Lou Whittaker (twin brother of Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mount Everest). After 46 years, they still employ the most qualified guides, work one-on-one with clients and scale the most notable mountains in the world.
Featured Trip: Mount McKinley Expedition
Specializing in 13 countries on the continent of Africa, this outfitter caters to travelers who want an immersed experience and they have the expertise to provide just that. The company’s founder, Will Jones, was born and raised in 6 different African countries and now provides travelers with an authentic experience and a side of luxury.
Featured Trip: Trekking Rural Ethiopia