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Active and outdoors

Take a hike through a rainforest, a helicopter over snow-capped mountains or a boat-ride down an African river. We can tailor an outdoor adventure to be as active as you'd like it to be.

The great outdoors is a playground for us all – and whether you want a little action and lot of relaxation, or a rip-roaring ride from start to finish, we can make your outdoor adventure as active as you want it to be. Our travel specialists know how best to show you the greatest wonders the outdoors has to offer, and how to combine this with all the others elements you might want your vacation to include.

The options are endless, too. Because every trip we create is customized, almost anything is possible, so wherever you see an example itinerary on our website, remember that it’s just one of an infinite supply of ideas and combinations. We’ve included some below. For your own, completely outdoor adventure, contact our travel specialists.

Idea 01: A walk on the wild side in Zambia and Mozambique

Zambia is the real Africa, wild and unspoiled. You could start just upstream of the falls on the mighty Zambezi River and experience the excitement of Victoria Falls and superb game viewing by foot, canoe or 4X4. Then there’s the South Luangwa National Park with its oxbow lagoons, fabulous ebony groves, hippos and elephants. Mozambique is a great idea next, for white sandy beaches, bright corals, and indigenous forest.

Idea 02: Adventure in Nepal

For embracing the great outdoors, Nepal offers some of the finest Himalayan views, amazing rivers and exciting wildlife. Begin, perhaps, in Kathmandu where you can take an early morning flight around Everest. Then on to Pokhara to begin a guided walk into the Annapurna range. After a few days trekking, you could take a breather in Pokhara before rafting down the Seti River in the mountains. Why not finish with a safari in Chitwan National Park.

Idea 03: Explore rural China

After a night in cosmopolitan Shanghai you could fly to Lijiang in Yunnan Province with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as the backdrop, snow-capped all year round. Here you can explore traditional Naxi villages before an exciting 4 wheel drive to Wenhai Lake over the spectacular mountains. Move on to Tiger Leaping Gorge where the water flows fast through cliffs of 4000 meters before crossing into Greater Tibet for fascinating culture and fantastic trekking.

Idea 04: Wildlife and waterfalls in Guyana and Barbados

Discover fabulous wildlife in the savannahs and rainforests of Guyana and the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall before spoiling yourself on the beaches of Barbados. Start in the heart of Guyana on the banks of the Rupununi River to see wild otters, spectacled caimans, and the giant Victoria Amazonica lily blossom before your eyes. The Essequibo River is worth visiting next, for boat trips into the jungle. Before venturing onto Barbados for lazy luxury, you could fly to Guyana’s Pakaraima Highlands to see the mighty gorge where the Potaro River thunders down more than 700 feet.

Idea 05: The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in Peru

"Mountain Lodges of Peru" is a 6-night lodge-to-lodge trek that culminates at the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Cross high Andean pastures and rocky passes, walk along Inca staircases and through cloudforest in the shadow of snow-capped peaks, and witness amazing wildlife. One of the route’s highlights is the recently restored Inca citadel of Llactapata, which affords rarely glimpsed views of Machu Picchu.

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation

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