It’s always cheaper to book your adventure tour or activity once you’re at your destination with a local company that employs local tour guides and adventure experts. Doing this with an international tour provider means you’ll be paying a significantly higher amount once you factor in their own expenses, marketing and promotion, the cost of guides and employees who travel to the destination, and expenses towards local operators and equipment.
Once there, you’ll find that a local company operates the tour, often pooling together customers who may have booked with different international providers such as Viator and may have paid different prices for the same tour.
Organizing your adventure with a local operator makes it more affordable for you as well as beneficial to the local economy, as all the money goes directly to the business owner and guides. If you have some degree of flexibility during your trip, this would be the more responsible choice to make as a traveler. You can arrive in the country and then choose the next available date for your adventure, request to customize some aspects of the tour, and ensure you’re comfortable with the group size.