We are intentional about building a community of travelers who are compatible, welcoming, and curious.
Explore culture, history, nature, hotels, and restaurants guided by locals, immersed in the essence of each destination in a fun, relaxing, and stimulating way!
About badams TRAVEL
badams TRAVEL offers unique adventures to destinations a bit less traveled. Our local guides and leaders love to share their deep love of their homes with you. Whether they’re talking about the history and culture, explaining the architecture, taking you through an open-air market, or helping you spot wildlife unique to the location, their enthusiasm is palpable. And catching!
What makes us different from other tour companies? It’s the relationships we build with individuals and companies in the countries we visit and with our travelers who return with us year after year. We don’t just hire local guides and drivers; we send them birthday cakes and pastries, bring them guide books and accessories that are hard for them to obtain, and they become part of our family.
And we keep our tour groups small. Generally, between five and nine guests. Our goal is to give you a personal experience with minimal impact on the local environment and culture.
We make every effort to choose small, locally-owned accommodations and restaurants, preferably those who work to operate as “green” businesses. We prefer to use indigenous organizations for day trip experiences where ever possible.
Over 40 Local Partners
We partner with local guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants, local sites, and indigenous organizations to bring you an experience that immerses you in the local culture as much as possible in the time we have together. We want you to experience our destinations, not just see them.
If you went on our Costa Rica: Treasures of the South trip last year and decide to take a friend on it next year, you’ll find it’s not the exact same experience.
We listen to the feedback from our guests and adjust our tours accordingly. So, in this case, we’ll take more time to go further up the river, make time to visit the artisanal chocolate factory, check out a couple of different restaurants, and Fabián’s eagle eye will no doubt spot some wildlife that was hiding last year.
This was our third trip with badams TRAVEL and it met our high standards. We photographed birds and wildlife in settings from the mountains to the seashore. Jungle walks were guided so that we were able to view native critters in all their camouflage and learn about the environment and its residents. I especially loved meeting the scarlet Macaws!
– Susan B, Vermont
Trips that expand my world view and nourish my soul. I'm just back from my fifth badams TRAVEL trip, and already looking forward to my sixth this May. Thanks to badams TRAVEL’s values and attention to detail I consistently fall in love with the places and people we visit. By taking us off the beaten path, we have unique and meaningful experiences of these places, and get beyond the tourist attractions to the deeper reality of natural and culture. I always return home grateful and energized.
– Mike B, DC
badams TRAVEL ensures that our trips are enjoyable and meaningful. I'm soon to embark on my third tour and look forward to more. Great combinations of nature and culture, among like-minded, conscientious tourists. With attention paid to supporting local artisans, restaurants and guides, badams TRAVEL works hard to find us experiences beyond the well-traveled paths. Trips include flexible options for the more adventuresome, always with time to relax and kick back.
– Jody B, Seattle
Check out badams TRAVEL Destinations!
We’re excited to share with you the trips we have planned for the next eighteen months. We’re starting with places like Costa Rica and the Azores that are doing well with their vaccination efforts and controlling CoVID.
We’re all eager to get out and explore after a year and a half of staying mostly at home. Come and see some unique destinations with us as we explore the less-traveled path with badams TRAVEL.
Advent in the Azores
On this seven-day tour, you'll see natural beauty, enjoy great food, meet amazing people, and see beautiful holiday decorations. Explore the world like a local with badams TRAVEL! Explore culture, history, nature, hotels, and restaurants guided by locals,...
The Azores: Sao Miguel, the Green Island
Mother Nature has created nine islands full of natural beauty, ready to be explored, in the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean: The Azores! Join us for this ten-day exploration of São Miguel, the Green Island. Explore the world like a local with badams TRAVEL!...
Mexico: The Maya of the Northwest Yucatan
Delve into the mysteries of the Maya of the Northwest Yucatan Peninsula, explore thriving Merida, and relax at the beach in Celestun on Mexico's stunning Gulf Coast. Explore the world like a local with badams TRAVEL! Explore culture, history, nature,...
Costa Rica: Wonders of the North
Experience the natural beauty surrounding Volcán Arenal and the Monteverde cloud forest as well as the indigenous cultures of the Maleku and Corobici in this breathtaking Costa Rica Tour. Explore the world like a local with badams TRAVEL! Explore culture,...
Costa Rica: Nature & Nurture
Search out Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity, learn how the coffee barons shaped the country’s history and culture, and nurture your soul by spending time with activists, artisans, artists, and musicians on this Costa Rica trip. Explore the world like a local...
Costa Rica: The Caribbean Vibe
This Costa Rica Caribbean tour focuses on the southern part of the Caribbean coast and the mountainous landscape around Turrialba. A journey of natural contrasts in one of the best scenic routes for a trip to Costa Rica. Explore the world like a local...