URQU Retreats & Adventures

Discover All-Inclusive Adventure Holidays and Retreats Around The World

All-Inclusive Adventure Holidays

In an era of endless travel options, it can be hard to choose a destination that is right for you at a price you can afford. At URQU, we have scouted all our trip locations in person and are confident you will have a memorable experience in one of our all-inclusive adventure vacations to exciting, off-the-beaten-path destinations like Laos, Ladakh in Northern India, and Norway's Lofoten Islands.

All-Inclusive Adventure Vacations in Laos

Often referred to as the adventure capital of Southeast Asia, Laos offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities given its lush mountain landscapes and scenic rivers. Our all-inclusive adventure vacations in Laos include waterfall treks, kayaking, and mountain biking through rural villages. Participants also take traditional cooking and weaving classes and visit nearby caves, temples, and markets. All guided activities, meals, accommodations in 4-star hotels, and transportation are included. Spaces are limited!

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All-Inclusive Trekking Trips in Ladakh, Northern India

We offer all-inclusive, multi-day trekking trips in the Ladakh region of Northern India with hikes through scenic valleys, spectacular mountain passes, lush farmlands and traditional villages that include visits to local Buddhist monasteries and rural homestays. A 3-night stay at a yoga ashram is optional. This tour package also includes a guided visit to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort as well as a sightseeing tour of Leh. Internal flights, accommodations, local guides, and meals are included. Limited to 8 participants. ** Due to the current events in Kashmir, this holiday has been postponed until 2020**

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All-Inclusive Adventures to the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Our one-of-a-kind arctic adventures in Norway's Lofoten Islands offer a wide variety of guided outdoor adventures like hiking, paddle boarding, and sea kayaking amid a breathtaking archipelago surround be imposing cliffs and sapphire-blue Arctic waters. Our adventure vacations are ideal for couples or a pair of friends travelling together, and include 4-star accommodations in scenic fishing villages, all professionally guided activities, transportation across the island, and traditional Norwegian meals. Limited to 8 people/4 couples.

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All-Inclusive Adventure and Yoga Retreats

Are you longing for that element of relaxation but still want a vacation full of exciting outdoor adventures? If so, our all-inclusive adventure and yoga retreats are the perfect fit for you. We combine guided activities like hiking, beginner-level rock climbing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding with holistic activities like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices. Our retreats take place in Chamonix, Telluride, and Laos.

All-Inclusive Adventure Retreats in Laos

Often referred to as the adventure capital of Southeast Asia, Laos offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities given its rich mountain topography. Our adventure and yoga retreats in Northern Laos combine daily yoga lessons with exciting adventures like kayaking, waterfall treks, and hiking to rural villages near the scenic riverside village of Nong Khiaw. We will also explore limestone caves, take a sunset cruise on the Mekong in a traditional wooden longboat, and visit local temples, museums, and markets on a guided city tour of Luang Prabang. Those eager to learn about the local customs will surely enjoy our silk weaving class and traditional cooking course. All guided activities, meals, private accommodations in 3-star hotels, and transportation are included. This 8-person retreat is the most fun and stress-free way to explore Laos!

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All-Inclusive Alpine Yoga Retreats in Chamonix, France

Are you looking for a perfect holiday full of adventure but also plenty of time for relaxation and a bit of pampering? Our women-only alpine adventure and yoga retreats in the breathtaking Chamonix valley combine mountain adventures like hiking and beginner-level rock climbing with holistic activities like yoga and meditation. Our Spring retreats are all-inclusive, so from the moment you arrive you don't need to worry about a thing. Run by an all-female team, our alpine retreats include daily yoga lessons, guided outdoor activities, 4-star accommodations in a luxury chalet with an outdoor terrace and hot tub, a spa day with a complimentary massage, and gourmet meals prepared by our own chefs. Our retreats are the most hassle-free and affordable way to enjoy an amazing alpine adventure and recharge your batteries! Limited to 8 participants.

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All-Inclusive Adventure Retreats in Telluride, Colorado

Witness Autumn on steroids in one of our women-only alpine retreats in the heart of the San Juan Rocky Mountains. Telluride, one of Colorado's most iconic mountain resorts, offers stunning views of autumnal aspen groves that will take your breath away. Activities include hiking, an introductory rock climbing course, paddle boarding on a beautiful alpine lake, and a fly fishing course. Last but not least, for that element of relaxation, we will include homemade gourmet meals, yoga classes, and a morning at the spa.

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Travel Consulting

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If one of our all-inclusive adventure vacations is not what you desire, our travel consultants are happy to plan a customized, off-the-beaten-path trip itinerary with an edge of adventure at a budget you can afford.  Whether you want to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain (https://www.urquadventures.com/adventure-travel-blogs/walking-the-camino-de-santiago-in-spain) or go trekking through rural villages in Northern Thailand (https://www.urquadventures.com/adventure-travel-blogs/trekking-in-northern-thailand-and-a-traditional-karen-wedding), we can plan a memorable trip for you that includes all the activities you want to do. We try our best to avoid overly popular tourist destinations or at least recommend a time of year to visit a popular destination outside of peak tourist season. We liaise directly with local tour operators and guides to create a unique tour package and trip itinerary based on your desired budget, preferred activities, and length of stay. We read hundreds of Tripadvisor reviews and compare dozens of hotels to find you the best lodging. We also scout local transportation options (trains, buses, private transfers) to provide an affordable, stress-free vacation for you and your loved ones. Having significant hands-on experience from having visited over 45 countries but also being in direct communication with a wide network of expats and frequent international travellers through extensive travel networks and online forums, we have exclusive insight into hidden local gems most tourists don't know about.

We charge a flat, hourly fee of 30 USD to create a bespoke travel itinerary for you. No itinerary is too complex. The price is the same whether you are travelling alone, with your partner, or with friends and family. Most trips take 4-10 hours to plan unless extended travel and multiple destinations are involved. That means you can have an affordable holiday to an amazing off-the-beaten path destination and pay only 120-300 USD for someone else to plan it for you!

Our services begin with a free 30 min consultation via Skype/FaceTime/WhatsApp/phone/email. The goal is to understand exactly what type of trip you want, in addition to your budget and travel preferences. After that we proceed to plan a personalized travel itinerary for your review. We will send you a first draft of the trip itinerary for your review and this can be modified as many times as you want. If you do not have a destination in mind we are happy to suggest locations that are aligned with your travel interests.

Total payment is due before the final itinerary is sent, which will include direct links to the most affordable flights with the best connections, recommended lodging, local transport options, vetted local tour operators that offer the guided activities you are interested in, and a list of other self-guided activities and must-sees. You can pay these providers directly with your credit card or if you prefer, we can make all the bookings for you and charge you the total cost of the trip plus planning costs. We are not affiliated with any travel agencies or tour operators nor do we receive commissions from anyone. We simply try to find you the best deals and create an itinerary that is right for you.

Please visit https://www.urquadventures.com/bookings-1 to book your free 30 minute consultation today!

We are also happy to help you organize international travel VISAS and trip insurance through Allianz Global Assist, the most comprehensive on the market. We will always notify you if international VISAS are required and highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover flight cancellations, medical emergencies, and accidents. We will also send you a detailed packing list, weather information, travel alerts, local SIM providers and emergency numbers.

Travel Insurance Will Cover:

·       Travel delay, trip cancellation and interruption, baggage protection
·       Travel protection for flights, rail, cruises, hotels & more
·       Rental car damage protection
·       Business and sports equipment protection
·       Assistance with lost travel documents including passports
·       Digital travel assistance: TravelSmart™ mobile app
·       24/7 global assistance hotline
·       Online interpretation
·       Repatriation and evacuation due to illness
·       Medical and hospital assistance & expenses coverage when abroad
·       Tele-doctor medical advice

For more information contact global.travel@allianz.com 

Visa Information:

For more information on international VISA requirements visit: https://www.visahq.com/visas.php#linkL


All-Inclusive Adventure Vacations

All-Inclusive Adventure Holiday in Laos

November 24-December 4, 2019 (11 days/10 nights). Price per couple based on shared, double room occupancy. Flights to Laos not included. Visit our All Inclusive Adventure Vacations page for trip details. Exclusions apply. A non-refundable 500 USD deposit* is required for booking and the remaining balance is due 60 days before arrival. Participants can also pay in full at time of booking. Fly in/out of Luang, Prabang, Laos.


All-Inclusive Adventure Holiday in Ladakh, Northern India

Postponed until August/September, 2020 (13 days/12 nights). Price per person based on shared, double room occupancy. Flights to Delhi not included. 175 USD for single room upgrade (not possible in homestays). Visit our All Inclusive Adventure Vacations page for a detailed trip description. Exclusions apply. Fly in/out of Delhi, India.


All-Inclusive Adventure Holiday in Ladakh, Northern India with 3 Nights at Yoga Ashram

Postponed until August/September, 2020 (16 days/15 nights). Price per person based on shared, double room occupancy. Flights to Delhi not included. 175 USD for single room upgrade (not possible in homestays). Visit our All Inclusive Adventure Vacations page for a detailed trip description. Exclusions apply. Fly in/out of Delhi, India.


All-Inclusive Adventure Holiday in Lofoten Islands, Norway

June 15-22, 2019 (8 days/7 nights). Maximum 8 people or 4 couples. Price: 2,200 USD pp based on shared double rooms. Flights to Norway not included.


All-Inclusive Adventure and Yoga Retreats

All-Inclusive Adventure Retreat in Laos

March 17-27, 2019 (11 days/10 nights). Price per person based on single occupancy double rooms. Flights to Laos not included. Visit our All Inclusive Adventure and Yoga Retreat page for a detailed trip description. Exclusions apply. A non-refundable 500 USD deposit* is required for booking and the remaining balance is due 60 days before arrival. Participants can also pay in full at time of booking. Fly in/out of Luang, Prabang, Laos.


All-Inclusive Alpine Yoga Retreat in Chamonix, France May 18-25

May 18-25, 2019 (8 days/7 nights). Price per person based on shared, double room occupancy. Flights to Geneva are not included. 350 USD extra for single room upgrade. Exclusions apply. Visit https://www.urquadventures.com/all-inclusive-adventure-yoga-retreats/all-inclusive-alpine-yoga-retreats-in-chamonix-france for trip details. Early bird discount: Book by December 1st, 2018 and get 150 USD off. Email us at info@urquadventures.com with promo code CHX2019 before booking. Fly in/out of Geneva, Switzerland.


All-Inclusive Alpine Yoga Retreat in Chamonix, France May 25-June 1

May 25-June 1, 2019 (8 days/7 nights). Price per person based on shared, double room occupancy. Flights to Geneva are not included. 350 USD extra for single room upgrade. Exclusions apply. Visit our All Inclusive Adventure and Yoga Retreat page for a detailed trip description. Early bird discount: Book by December 1st, 2018 and get 150 USD off. Email us at info@urquadventures.com with promo code CHX2019 before booking. Fly in/out of Geneva, Switzerland.


All-Inclusive Adventure Retreat in Telluride, Colorado

September 21-28, 2019 (8 days/7 nights). Price per person based on shared, double room occupancy. Flights to Telluride/Montrose not included. 300 USD extra for single room upgrade. Visit our All Inclusive Adventure and Yoga Retreat page for a detailed trip description. Exclusions apply. Fly in/out of Montrose or Telluride, CO (USA).


Reservation Deposit

Non-Refundable Reservation Deposit

A 500 USD deposit is required to secure your spot in any of our retreats or all-inclusive adventure vacations. The balance is due 60 days before arrival. Failure to pay the trip balance will result in a non-refundable cancellation. If for some reason you need to cancel your trip and there is a waiting list, you will receive your full deposit back minus banking/Paypal costs.


Travel Consulting Services

Free Introductory Consultation

We offer a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your travel budget, length of stay, and desired activities prior to preparing a detailed trip itinerary.


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About Us

About Us
Having worked as a Neuroscientist for 15 years in the academic, pharmaceutical and non-profit sectors, I left my job in 2013 to pursue my dream of travelling the world before I was too old or unfit to enjoy it. I've lived in Panama, Ecuador, the USA, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and France, and have travelled to 45 countries and counting! I love to explore new cultures, delve into eye-opening experiences, and always opt for off-the-beaten-path adventure destinations where I can step outside my comfort zone. Being a sports enthusiast, I seek locations that offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, be it near the mountains or by the ocean. Having lived for many years in the Swiss and French Alps, I now reside in a small mountain town in the Colorado Rockies where you will find me hiking, backpacking, skiing, or paddle boarding on alpine lakes when I am not travelling or planning trips.

Despite being an outdoors woman, I enjoy immersing myself into the local culture when I am travelling, always making it a point to go into museums, religious temples, and food markets to understand how the endemic people live and thrive. Whenever possible, I take a guided tour to learn about the history and customs of the local people. Being a foodie, a large part of my 'down time' is spent wandering the streets exploring the local cuisine (once finding myself eating street food on the sidewalk with a bunch of Vietnamese taxi drivers). Last but not least, I enjoy relaxing in a beautiful spa or getting a foot massage at a street side parlor from time to time.

I started URQU Retreats and Adventures in 2014 after years of frustration with tour operators trying to sell me inflexible, holiday packages at inflated costs with the same itinerary as every other company. Utilizing my skills as a scientist to research off-the-beaten-path travel destinations using everything from travel guides to online blogs and forums, I embarked on dozens of memorable and unique trips around the world. I decided to plan adventure-laden holidays and retreats to places I loved and wanted to go back to. Every adventure holiday or retreat is run by a highly-qualified group of local guides, chefs, and yoga instructors to give you the best experience possible. Last but not least, using my skills as a trip planner and personal travel knowledge having visited dozens of countries, I can also help people plan their dream adventure holiday. Our travel consultancy liaises directly with local tour operators and hotels/guesthouses to find you the best deals and strives to establish a personal relationship with local guides and business owners to ensure you get the best possible service.

All of our all-inclusive are located in or near the mountains (URQU in the native quechua language of South America), which are not only breathtaking and awe-inspiring but allow us to pursue fun and challenging outdoor activities like hiking and climbing.  By bringing us closer to nature and putting us outside of our comfort zone, these URQU adventures have a great therapeutic value and allow us to challenge our mental and physical abilities. Our retreats always combine outdoor adventures in the mountains or by the sea with holistic activities like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices that nurture our inner self and allow us to wind down mentally and emotionally. In a modern society where many of us have busy schedules and families to take care of, time for ourselves is usually limited and self-care is often absent. Our retreats aim to reset that button and leave you re-energnized and ready to tackle life's many challenges.

We believe the perfect holiday should not only be fun and relaxing, but allow you to immerse yourself into new and challenging experiences and learn something new about other cultures and about yourself; in other words, one that permits you to grow as an individual and become a better global citizen.

Come join us on this personal travel journey through one of our fabulous destinations!

Adventure Travel Blogs

Travel blogs about everything from backpacking trips in Colorado to solo trips in Southeast Asia and walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain; with more wanderlusting adventures around the world soon to come!

I grew up spending my weekends on a remote beach in the Pacific coast of Ecuador. The sea was rough, but we still ventured out in boogie-boards and got tumbled in the waves onto the rugged, sandy shore. When I moved to the Swiss Alps in 2009, I grew to love and respect the mountains, because there was not much else to do in Switzerland on the weekends but hike, climb, and ski. So I learned to become a mountain woman and pushed myself to my uttermost limits of fear and endurance. I am glad I endeavoured in all those mountain sports and while I still love hiking, and will ski with my boyfriend every now and then, my heart belongs to the ocean. To me, going to the beach is like going home. So this past November, on a month-long road trip to California, I split my time between hiking in Death Valley, Sequoia, and Yosemite National Parks, and driving along and visiting the beautiful California Coast. After almost 2 decades of 'California Dreaming', I finally got to drive on the Pacific Coast Highway and walk along the striking cliffs and expansive beaches of this unique, rugged coastline. These are the highlights.

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Are you a novice hiker and want a simple guide of what to do and not to do in the wilderness? Or are you a city person who wants to explore more time in nature but is a little hesitant about how to hike safely? This guide contains some advice based on my personal experience after 8 years of hiking 1000's of miles in mountains, deserts, forests, and jungles, in several continents, sometimes on my own. A lot of it focuses on safety and avoiding getting injured or lost. The better prepared you are the more you will enjoy your hiking adventure. Soon hiking will become second nature, and you will be eager to explore not only local trails but go on an exciting hiking holiday abroad!

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From the world's grandest trees to the country's largest granite rock faces, combining Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks into a 4 day/5 night itinerary allows you to visit the best spots in both parks and also do some epic hikes for awe-inspiring vistas of the Sierra Nevada mountains. I did both in early November, and timed it so I was there mid-week, thus avoiding the crowds while still enjoying the mild weather characteristic of autumn in Southern California. I finished my trip off with a few days on the coast around Carmel and Big Sur.

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I visited Death Valley National Park in early November of this year and was blown away by the geologic wonders this park has to offer. Since I was combining this with visits to other California National Parks, I only had two full days to explore the park. Being an avid hiker, I wanted to explore the park as much on foot as I did by car. Here is a two-day itinerary of things to see and do in Death Valley if you only have a limited amount of time. It may be the country's hottest, driest place but it is one of the most beautiful and unique.

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Travelling alone, especially as a woman, can be very scary, but it's an experience everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. It gets easier the more times you do it, and soon, it becomes a bit of an addiction. That's why you seldom meet people who are one-off solo travellers. Today on Halloween 2018, while driving from California from Colorado on my second, 1-month long solo adventure trip, I reminisced about my first ever solo travel adventure 17 years ago.

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The Tour du Mont Blanc is a European classic. A 170 km circuit that traverses the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps over the course of 7-12 days, it can be done without heavy packs thanks to a well-established system of alpine huts placed within feasible hiking distances. The TMB, as it is often called, attracts a wide variety of hikers, from young to seasoned. The high, alpine passes can be steep and unrelenting, but the views of striking granite peaks, snow-capped mountains and majestic glaciers make this a bucket-list hike for all outdoor and mountain lovers alike.

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Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is only 1 hour from our home in Nederland, so it's like our neighbourhood playground. We prefer to go there in late September when most of the summer crowds are gone. Autumn, however, is still a popular time of year to visit RMNP as this is peak elk mating season, with dozens of herds roaming around the park. Bulls in rut will for bugle throughout the day and night while cows feed in the pastures. Seeing these majestic animals is very special, but we also enjoy the park for its wide variety of short, easy-to-difficult hikes that take you to scenic alpine lakes and waterfalls and offer amazing vistas of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

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This past September, James and I went on a 3-day backpacking adventure in the Snowy Range of Wyoming. I was blown away by the scenery and the dozens of glacial tarns and alpine lakes we encountered, not to mention the striking white quartzite mountains lining what was once a grand glacial valley. We came across very few hikers along the way, which is always a plus. And on our summit day of Medicine Bow Peak, we had perfect weather. I definately recommend this hiking destination for anyone looking for scenic, isolated, and mellow trails and eager to bag a relatively easy and beautiful peak.

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Recently my partner and I did a 2-day backpacking trip in the Colorado High Country known as The High Lonesome Loop. This hike climbs over Devil's Thumb Pass in the Indian Peak's Wilderness and takes you across the Continental Divide, before bringing you to one of the most beautiful alpine lakes I've ever seen, King Lake. We camped at 11,000 feet under a meteor shower with a bear rustling around our campsite. It all sounds wonderful but walking 17 miles and climbing over 2500 feet with a heavy pack in the heat of summer after not having backpacked for over a year was a painful experience. These trips are challenging but the reward was the best vistas of the Colorado Rockies, and that makes all the pain worth it.

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In February/March 2018, I decided to take a 6-week solo trip to Southeast Asia, visiting Laos, Cambodia, and Northern Thailand in search of some off-the-beaten-path adventure. Towards the tail end of this already fabulous trip, I decided to spend a week hiking through rural villages outside Mae Sariang in the north of Thailand, something that had been recommended by local expats and adventure travellers in several travel forums. The first day of our trekking adventure, my local guide invited me to his cousin's wedding, and not knowing what I was getting into, I eagerly agreed. Let's just say I will never forget this particular wedding - definately one of the more enriching cultural experiences I've ever had.

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In September 2017, my friend Mariann and I decided to spend a week in New Mexico. I met Mariann on a climbing trip to Kilimanjaro in 2013, and we stayed friends ever since. She was also the first person to sign up to our kick-off alpine retreat in Chamonix, France back in 2015. I invited Mariann to Colorado two years later and offered to organize a road trip to New Mexico, to which I had never been. Being avid outdoors women, we decided to go on some outdoor adventures like rafting the Rio Grande and climbing New Mexico's highest mountain in addition to exploring the local culture. New Mexico has a rich Spanish and indigenous heritage, and the food is fantastic. Definately a must-see destination in the USA!

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to walk across an entire country and live for 34 days with nothing but a backpack, or to sleep 34 nights in a different bed, always in a different city? The Camino de Santiago is a famous pilgrimage that takes you 800 km (500 miles) across Spain, from the Pyrenees to the ancient city of Santiago, where the remains of Saint James the Greater are thought to be buried. I carried my dad's ashes on this wonderful but painful journey, one I will never forget. I highly recommend this journey to anyone who enjoys to walk, loves culture, and is looking for a life-changing experience. But unless you're an athlete or plan to take a bus/train to bypass sections of it, expect to feel some pain, as you should, in a real pilgrimage.

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Chamonix, France

Our first URQU Alpine Retreat

Watch a 5-minute video about our first-ever, all-women URQU Alpine Retreat in Chamonix, France, which took place May 9-16, 2015. This 7-day retreat was full of activities like hiking, rock climbing, and yoga, not to mention a day at the Le Bachal spa, plenty of gourmet dinners, and an awesome group of women. Enjoy!