Almost anything you need for your trek, you can find in Kathmandu. There are hundreds of small shops packed with equipment lining the streets of Thame, the main trekkers' hub. You can buy or rent anything you're missing or don't want to pack—from down sleeping bags and jackets to trekking poles, water bottles, and sunglasses.
Phaplu is a gateway village in the lower Solu Khumbu, serving as the starting off point for a number of treks. It also has one of the only domestic airports in the region. There are a number of short treks nearby, such as Pikey Peak, and you can also trek from her to the upper Everest region.
Costa Rica's dry season is from November to April. But May signals the beginning of the rainy season, and it's then that the rivers rise—making it the best time for aquatic adventurers of every skill level to hit the country's rivers in search of whitewater.
Packing for a trip to Nepal? You may know what to bring in your backpack and suitcase, but have you prepped your smartphone? Whether you're trekking or immersing yourself in culture, download these 10 helpful apps, ranging from off-line maps to a mountain identifier to an English-Nepali dictionary.
The singular mountain region of Meteora, in central Greece, is justifiably a UNESCO World Heritage Site—but it's also a center for adventure activities. Use this comprehensive insider's guide to plan your ideal Meteora itinerary.
You’ve visited the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Ancient Agora—now it’s time to experience Athens like a local. We’ve made it easy by selecting the best places and local experiences, from neighborhoods little visited by tourists to open-air cinemas that offer a classic Athenian night out.
Athens is a vast, modern city brimming with antiquities. What do you do if you only have a day to spend? Here we’ve curated the best options that combine the popular highlights with a slice of local life.
From the wildlife-friendly shores of Río Tambopata to the remote cloud forest city of Chachapoyas, Peru is full of gems best accessed via the open road. Rent some wheels and check out these suggestions for do-it-yourself adventures to mountains, rainforests, empty beaches, and other off-the-grid Peruvian destinations.
This adventurous itinerary checks off four of Costa Rica’s key regions. Raft down some of the world’s best rapids, head to Arenal for hikes and hot springs, and lounge on the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. End your journey on the remote Osa Peninsula, where rainforests, wildlife, and a near-empty coastline await.
This romantic itinerary is ideal for adventurous couples with more than a week to spend. Together, you'll bask in Costa Rica's biodiversity, take a whitewater rafting trip down the Río Pacuare, and go on multiple day hikes. Relax on Pacific beaches, soak in natural hot springs, and check into some of the country's best luxury resorts throughout your memorable stay.
Costa Rica offers an array of adventures, from city to cloud forest to sea. This ten-day itinerary includes hiking near an active volcano, some of the world’s best bird-watching, and snorkeling with sea turtles. Travelers will get to know the culture of local villages as well as that of San José, Costa Rica’s dynamic capital.
Featuring an exciting mix of historic, ancient, and modern cities, this five-day itinerary offers highlights of each. Starting and ending in modern Casablanca, this tour includes exploring the historic imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, and Fes, discovering the Roman ruins in Volubilis, and wandering the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen.
Dive deep into the Cretan lifestyle—specifically the far west region of Chania—with this unique 9-day itinerary. You'll experience loads of culture and scenery as you explore the island's historic villages, food scene, and archaeological ruins, complete with walking tours, cooking lessons, and guided day trips both through the city and surrounding countryside.
Nepal is divided into three main geographical regions—the Himalaya in the north, the central hilly region, and the Terai (or jungle region) in the south. To help you decide where to go, we've broken these regions up into smaller, popular sub-regions which can be combined in numerous ways. There's an enormous amount of cultural diversity and natural beauty almost everywhere you turn, making it easy to find the perfect combination no matter how many days you have in Nepal.
The Everest and Annapurna regions are the two most popular areas for trekking, but there are a number of other regions that hold some of the best treks in Nepal. Both regions are best visited in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November), though winter treks (December-February) are possible on some routes in these areas. Summer/monsoon (June-August) trekking in these regions isn't recommended, as the trails can get quite wet and slippery and mountain views obscured.
Long dominated by the omnipresent Parthenon, Athens mingles its classical past with a budding art scene and bustling markets. You'll spend nine days exploring this city's many cultural treasures and cool neighborhoods—along with day trips to archaeological sites in nearby Eleusis, Mycenae, and Delphi. See why the epicenter of antiquity and philosophy is well worth a trip today.
Climb (nearly) every mountain of Slovenia on this active 10-day tour. You'll start the trip on the romantic streets of Ljubljana, then visit the shores of Lake Bled before you traverse some of the country's highest peaks during four days of hiking. Soak your muscles in the deep blue waters of the Adriatic when you reach the seaside town of Piran at your journey's end.
Combine a storied history with rugged alpine scenery on this relaxed five-day itinerary. This guided tour starts and ends on the cobblestone streets of colorful Ljubljana, completing a loop that includes the serene Lake Bled, rolling hills of wine country, and prehistoric Škocjan Caves—a UNESCO-listed site surrounded by diverse flora and fauna. You'll even meet some four-legged equestrian friends along the way.
Peru is a fascinating and complex country, full of ancient ruins and monuments, pulsing cities, and natural wonders—not to mention warm and welcoming people eager to share their culture. Here’s some insight into how kimkim can build a Peru itinerary geared just for you.
Cusco is second only to Lima as Peru's culinary capital. It seems as if every arch, arcade, and alleyway of the Plaza de Armas harbors a serendipitous eatery—and the standard of dining is high and ever evolving. From hearty, carb-rich Andean fare to a gamut of international offerings, here are the best places to eat out in Cusco.
When traveling to Greece, most tourists stay on the popular track: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini. But with thousands of years of history, and as many islands, Greece is full of unique beaches, sites, and treasures that reward a traveler interested in navigating the country like a local. Here are 6 ideas to help you get off the beaten path.
Nepal is an excellent destination for jungle treks, safari tours, and off-the-beaten-track adventure. If it's wildlife and national parks you're after, there are lodges in the heart of the jungle that rise above the competition to provide sustainable wilderness experiences that also prioritize comfort.
Walking through Fes feels like stepping back in time. There's a lot to see and do in the ancient walled city, whether you're interested in shopping in the souks, visiting the tanneries, or getting delightfully lost in the narrow side streets of the Medina. Use these expert tips to make the most of your visit.
Morocco in five days makes a thrilling whirlwind of a trip, and you'll have to make a few definitive choices about how and where to spend your time. Luckily, these itinerary suggestions take out the guesswork. Visit imperial cities, hike to villages in the High Atlas mountains, or ride camels across the Sahara—with this list, you can't go wrong.
Morocco's "Red City" captivates travelers from all over the world with its ornate palaces and gardens, sky-high minarets, spice-filled souks, and plazas alive with snake charmers and acrobats. Read on for advice and itinerary inspiration to make the most of a visit to dazzling Marrakech.
You probably know it from Instagram: the blue-washed streets of Chefchaouen are irresistibly photogenic. But nothing can compare to wandering through this hillside town on your own, discovering a medina cast in shades of azure and aquamarine. Use this handy overview to explore this northern Moroccan city.
Morocco is an ideal destination for active travelers and adventure seekers. The Rif and High Atlas mountain ranges offer peak-bagging treks, rock climbing in limestone river gorges, and seasonal whitewater rafting. Try kite-surfing on the Atlantic Coast, ride through the dunes of the Sahara, or simply take it all in from a hot air balloon—the choice is yours, and this list will help you decide.
Beyond its photogenic landscapes and opportunities for adventure, Morocco is a cultural melting pot. Only 8 miles from the coast of Spain, this north African country blends European modernity with Middle Eastern and Berber traditions, offering many opportunities for immersion. Here are 9 great options for seeing Morocco through a local lens, from music festivals to village visits and beyond.
This all-encompassing tour highlights the best of Morocco, from cultural stops in imperial cities to natural exploration in desert landscapes. Begin this seven-day itinerary in modern Casablanca and end in bustling Marrakech. You'll discover Roman ruins, ride a camel into the Sahara, visit old kasbahs, cool off in an oasis, and explore the thriving historic cities of Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech.
Featuring an exciting mix of culture and history, this complete seven-day itinerary covers highlights of Morocco's historic Imperial cities, Meknes, Fes, Rabat, and Marrakech with additional time dedicated to Tangier, Chefchaouen, and Casablanca. You'll start in Tangier on the coast of the Strait of Gibraltar and work your way south to lively Marrakech. Morocco's exceptional architecture, ornate artisanship, delicious food, and bustling souks are sure to leave you charmed.
Most travelers to Nepal think of trekking in the Himalaya, but there's another entirely different landscape to explore in the south of Nepal—Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. Under the forested canopies of these two national parks, you'll spot rhinos, tigers, elephants, and a variety of birdlife. Here's a guide for planning trips to these two regions.
Nepal is beautiful from every angle, but there's something special about seeing it from the air. Helicopter tours are a unique way to combine transport with sightseeing among the world's tallest mountains and deepest valleys—and it's the perfect solution if you're short on time. Here are some of the best helicopter excursions to incorporate into your trip.
Cross Slovenia's Julian Alps on two wheels and your own two feet with this active weeklong itinerary. Starting in the romantic capital of Ljubljana, you'll make your way to Lake Bled to begin four days of trekking and biking through forested mountain scenery. Enjoy views of the national emblem Mount Triglav and its equally scenic neighbors before you descend back to the rushing blue-green river of the Soča Valley to end the adventure.
Discover the grandeur of Morocco with this seven-day itinerary. Spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent, traipse through narrow passageways in ancient kasbahs, and hike the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. You'll ride a camel, swim in an oasis, share a meal with a Berber family, and wander exotic souks and bazaars.
The lower Annapurna region is perfect for short treks. With just a few days in the mountains, you’ll experience what makes this part of Nepal special: accessible views of snow-capped peaks, rhododendron forests, and easy trails lined with a selection of cozy teahouses. Here’s a guide to the best short treks in the Annapurna region.
This outdoorsy 8-day road trip allows you to travel through Slovenia's gorgeous countryside at your own pace. Starting from the laidback riverside cafés of Ljubljana, you'll explore the fairytale shores of Lake Bled, rocky passes of the Julian Alps, rushing waters of Soça River, and rolling hills of Goriška Brda wine region. Enjoy alfresco activities that this small country is known for—i.e. hiking, biking, swimming, and river rafting—along with caves, castles, and centuries of history.
Experience the best of Slovenia in less than a week on this 6-day road trip. The adventure starts in the leafy capital Ljubljana, from where you'll journey to the shores of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. Continue driving to the rocky passes of the Julian Alps and Goriška Brda wine region before heading to the medieval port of Piran. With castles, caves, and the Adriatic coast along the route, take in all the views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer, along with plenty of time to pull over for the perfect photo.
With just five days, this scenic road-trip itinerary allows just enough time to explore Slovenia's countryside while not feeling too rushed. Starting from the laid-back riverside cafés of Ljubljana, you'll drive to the scenic shores of Lake Bled, the rocky passes of the Julian Alps, and the rolling hills of Goriška Brda wine region before finishing along the Adriatic coast. Sample the views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer, not to mention castles, caves, and history dating back to the Middle Ages.
Four days is just enough time to check out Slovenia's unbelievably scenic countryside. This 4-day road trip begins in the lively riverside town of Ljubljana, then heads to the scenic shores of Lake Bled before finishing in the medieval coastal town of Piran. With lakes, mountains, and the Adriatic sea along the route, you'll sample some of the best views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer in a short amount of time.
Hospitality and family are key components of Jordanian culture—so it should come as no surprise that families traveling in Amman experience a warm welcome. Looking for ways to enjoy the city with your loved ones? Here are a few of the many fun, family-friendly adventures available in Jordan’s capital city.
Mykonos is a Mediterranean party island to rival Ibiza. “Dance, drink, never sleep” is its mantra—but beyond the wild beach parties, there are many tranquil, lesser-known spots to explore and enjoy. Find solitude on a hidden beach, visit an organic farm and winery, hike to a historic lighthouse, and more.
When it comes to visiting Greece’s islands and ancient sites, one size does not fit all. In fact, it's the perfect destination for an adventure customized to your interests and tastes. Here’s some insight into how kimkim accomplishes that and helps build an itinerary geared just for you.
The perfect honeymoon mixes romance with fun, adventure with relaxation, and promises stellar scenery, food, and lodging throughout. Look no further than Costa Rica: from cushy Pacific resorts to rainforest hikes and chilled-out surf spots, this little slice of Central America has something for every couple. Read on for itinerary ideas, planning tips, and lodging suggestions.
You don't need extreme altitudes or serious mileage to trek in the Himalaya. Nepal also offers a variety of beginner treks with beautiful views and glimpses of the local culture, all taking a week or less to complete. Read on for the best beginner treks in Nepal.
The Osa Peninsula is one of the most remote areas in Costa Rica. In recent years its untouched rainforests and beaches have given rise to a fitting style kind of jungle accommodation: the eco-lodge. Here are your best options for lodging that operates in harmony with Osa's delicate ecosystem.
Amman was built upon hills—so naturally, there are plenty of great vantage points where you can take in the rolling cityscape of Jordan's capital. Here are some of the best spots to watch a sunset, sip a cocktail, or simply enjoy the scenery.
Despite the big distances, five days is enough time to do justice to any part of Peru: you just have to carefully pick the places you want to visit. These five 5-day itineraries give a good cross-section of what is on offer in this topographically and culturally diverse country.
With epic surf, rainforest eco-adventures, romantic getaways, and more, only one question remains: when should you go to Costa Rica? The dry months are certainly popular with tourists, but the rainy season can be a great time to go—think beaches all to yourself, cooler temps, brilliant vegetation, and lower prices. Maximize your travels with these tips on where and when to go during Costa Rica's "green season."
The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is the most popular destination in Peru. But once you're there, it only takes a day or two to explore. What's next on your agenda? Visit a glacial lake, get your culinary fix in Lima, or bike the hills of the Sacred Valley—all within a short distance from Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province is an eco-playground with plentiful beaches and large expanses of protected rainforest. This guide covers everything you need to know to discover this Pacific gem—you'll be learning to surf in Tamarindo or visiting the cascading falls of Viento Fresco in no time.