Our Team on The Best Destinations Without Crowds

In the past year, it’s felt that every season is “high season.” And while we’re all grateful to be traveling again, the throngs of people crowding our favorite cities, sites and hotels have stirred in many Indagare members a longing for the untouched, unspoiled and uncrowded.

Our team of intrepid travelers are sharing their personal experiences with some of the best places in the world to find just that, from the mythic moai of Rapa Nui to the misty mountains of Bhutan.

Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to start planning a trip to some of the world’s best destinations without the crowds. Our team can help match you to the accommodations and activities that are right for you and answer questions about logistics, transportation and more. 





“The Galápagos are a slow-burn destination,” says Indagare’s Associate Director of Global Impact, Colin Heinrich. “They’re not like the Sistine Chapel and the Eiffel Tower, confronting travelers with their startling beauty. The Galápagos creep up on you. They lull you into a false sense of familiarity—here a cactus, there a seagull—and for a second, you wonder if all those years of anticipation were mistaken…But that’s when the slow burn kicks in. Once you’ve acclimated to the landscape, you begin to see the subtle otherworldliness of the place… There might be a sea lion sleeping on a bench by the waterfront, unremarked by the locals walking past, or crabs so bright and uncamouflaged that they seem to defy the laws of natural selection for which this archipelago is known. Once you get used to these small glitches in your perception of nature, the Galápagos really turns it on… During my trip, we saw the red cliffs of Rabida, swam with penguins off Sombrero Chino, walked with giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, hiked over the lava fields of Santiago and snorkeled with dolphins and sea lions. But even on that first day, by midafternoon, any semblance of disappointment had disappeared like a reef shark into the deep.”

Read Colin’s Story: Just Back From…My Galápagos Trip

The Pantanal and The Amazon, Brazil

“Many travelers to Brazil stick to the coastline,” says Indagare’s Associate Director of Digital Content, Peter Schlesinger, who ventured into the South American wilderness in 2021. “But the country’s interior is home to two of the world’s natural wonders: The Amazon, obviously, but also the Pantanal, the planet’s largest wetlands. Heading to the Pantanal, which is 95 percent privately-owned, is a unique opportunity to witness how locals work to coexist alongside wildlife, including the massive jabiru stork, adorable capybara and critically endangered jaguar. The Amazon, on the other hand, is a chance to witness one of the last remaining true wilderness areas, largely untouched by human forces. It is a striking (and tragically shrinking) place to marvel at nature on her own terms. Both regions are a trek to get to, but that’s partly the point.”

Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile

Rapa Nui was incredible,” says Indagare’s Associate Director of Sales Development, Kial Church, who scouted the far-flung island in January 2023. “I remember thinking the first time I saw Easter Island as a kid on a clip on the Today Show’s ‘Where in the World is Matt Lauer,’ how unique of a place it was…Since it is a solo island and not part of a greater archipelago, it is considered one of the most (if not the most) remote, inhabited islands in the world, and its small size means you can cover the whole island in a meaningful way with just four or five days. Rapa Nui’s Chilean influence combined with the island’s Polynesian roots and one-of-a-kind history gives it an identity that is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. The morning of our departure, we woke up at 5 a.m. to see sunrise at Ahu Tongariki, the site of 15 upright moai statues. By this point, we had seen nearly 100 moai statues—there are over 800 on the island—and learned about their mythical nature. But sitting in the long shadows of the moai, watching the stars fade and the sun rise along the horizon, illuminating the island and the massive statues slowly, you can’t help but feel the magic. The mystery, uncertainty and awe that is Rapa Nui sinks into you as daylight approaches, leaving you with a feeling of pure wonderment.”


“The landscape of Salar de Uyuni is an etherial Mad Max fantasy,” says Indagare’s VP of Sales, Elise Bronzo. “Part-moon, part-post apocalypse, it offers the perfect canvas for photographers and otherworldly adventure for wilderness lovers. A famous Bolivian artist and Indagare Insider works with our team to surprise our members with land art installations throughout the salt flats—as you rip through the terrain in a Toyota, a colorful felt cactus might appear, seemingly out of nowhere. Most travelers come for the salt flats and are surprised by Bolivia’s ecological and cultural diversity. I spent 24 hours in La Paz, one of the highest cities in the world, and visited the witches’ market, hiked the Valle de la Luna and enjoyed one of my most memorable meals rooted in ancestral indigenous cuisine at Gustu, co-founded by Noma co-founder Claus Meyer.”

– Abby Sandman on March 9, 2023

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