This action-packed 7-day tour of Ecuador is perfect for travelers searching for adventure, culture and spectacular scenery all within a few hours' drive from the capital Quito. The trip begins with a thrilling bike ride down an active volcano and continues with hikes in the cloud forest, a climb up a waterfall and visits to an indigenous community. There will be plenty of opportunities to unwind too, with stops at hot springs and a quiet, mountainside hacienda.
For several millennia, Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range was an important cradle for ancient civilizations. These steep slopes and valleys also served as a refuge for the last rebel Incas retreating from the Spanish invasion. This itinerary provides an intimate look at this region of ancient trails and archaeological sites, perfectly suited for active travelers looking to explore the Peruvian backcountry on foot and sleep out under the stars.
This scenic two-week trip loops around Colombia's interior, focusing on two of Latin America’s most exciting cities and one of its best national parks: Sierra Nevada del Cocuy. Though it’s harder to get to, El Cocuy boasts stunning mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes, and plenty of hiking trails, so this adventure is ideal for travelers who want to explore a lesser-known slice of Colombia's great outdoors. You'll also have time to explore Bogotá and Medellín, as well as the Colombian Highlands, Río Claro Nature Reserve, and Guatapé's lakeside region.
This one-week trip packs in all the highlights of beautiful Guatemala, from touring Mayan ruins and climbing an active volcano to exploring the stunning landscape. Hike, bike, and kayak around the country as you discover the picturesque colonial city of Antigua, the magic of Lake Atitlan, and the history of Mayan civilization at Tikal.
The three most photogenic rock formations in Norway are drawing more in-the-know travelers than ever, and with good reason. Fantastic hiking, beautiful photo ops, and proximity to a charming harbor town make this trifecta a worthy (and crowded) destination - but with some planning, you can still have an experience all your own.
Combine the Andean highlights of two diverse countries on this 11-day tour. Explore the Inca sites of Peru, including Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Then travel south by train through high Andean plains to spectacular Lake Titicaca, and cross into Bolivia to the unworldly Valley of the Moon, before exploring two contrasting capital cities: La Paz and Lima.
Designed for avid hikers seeking a route truly less-traveled, this stunning three-country trek crosses the fabled Land of Giants as it winds through Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Overnight in picturesque, well-equipped mountain cabins, spend your days ambling through untouched wilderness, and let go of the stress of modern life for a week of true digital detox.
Outdoorsy travelers and snow-lovers rejoice: this Lapland winter tour was crafted with you in mind. Spend five days on snowshoes and skis, making your way across a winter wonderland that spans both Finland and Norway. Explore Norwegian fjords and arctic tundra - and keep an eye on the snow for wolverine and lynx prints.
From the up-and-coming city of Medellín to the lush green mountains of Colombia's coffee region and world-class archaeological sites, this fascinating two-week journey covers major highlights and off-the-beaten-path destinations of Colombia's rich interior. This trip is ideal for travellers who don’t mind skipping the coast and instead want a mix of outdoor and cultural adventures, like hiking in the Andes, salsa dancing with locals, and horseback riding in the desert, to name a few.
Stretching for more than 2600 miles along the western side of South America, Chile is a narrow country of dramatic extremes. You’ll find bone dry deserts in the north, glacial fields in the south, and lush valleys, smoldering volcanoes and enchanting beaches in between. With its diversity of geography and climates, Chile offers year-round appeal, from skiing in winter to trekking and beach-hopping in summer.
Experience the best Peru has to offer in just two weeks with this exciting itinerary that takes in the very best the country has to offer. From freewheeling into the jungle to visiting ancient Inca ruins and remote islands on Lake Titicaca, this tour takes you to Peru’s most exciting destinations where you will delve into local culture, age-old customs, and traditions.
From the colonial city of Cartagena to the ancient ruins of the Lost City and the wild costs of La Guajira, this 14-Day journey covers the major highlights and the off-the-beaten-path destinations of the Colombia's Caribbean coast. This trip is ideal for travelers who want to stay on the ground, explore one region in-depth and stay active with a multi-day trek and options for diving and snorkeling.
Get off the beaten track and discover Iceland’s otherworldly volcanic landscape on a multi-day hike in the country’s less traveled Highlands region. Choose one of these 3 trekking itineraries and experience everything the storied Volcanic Trails have to offer: lava fields, mountains, and so much more.
Delve into South Africa's rich cultural heritage through its diverse cuisine on this five-day food tour of the Cape Town area. This vibrant city is bursting at the seams with exciting culinary experiences. You'll swirl your wine glasses at a vineyard, attend an African musical dinner theatre performance, and learn to cook traditional Cape Malay dishes with a local.
This short trip packs in a lot of adventure - trekking, kayaking, rafting, and canyoneering - plus sleeping in some beautiful and unique locations. With ample time devoted to training, travelers of all levels of experience will get the most out of this itinerary. From canyons and kilometer-long rapids to hiking in the forest and spending the night in a tree house, experience the best of northern Patagonia.
This day trip offers active travelers of any ability the chance to cycle along ancient trails once used by the Incas. The ride includes three spectacular Inca terraces, joined together by roads that meander over the central cordillera of the Andes: it's the perfect blend of culture, fitness and history.
Colombia is a big country, and extremely diverse. It’s easy to find little-visited places of interest and intrigue tucked in the folds of the Andes or otherwise off the well-trodden path. Some are in areas that have only recently become safe to visit, such as Área Natural Única Los Estoraques. Others, such as Mompox or Capurgana, simply require a bit of planning to get to. The following 7 cool places are well worth seeking out to escape the masses.
Colombia's Coffee region is full of great accommodation options, from haciendas on coffee plantations to small hostels and boutique hotels in towns and cities. Use this list to find the best places to stay after a long day of biking, hiking and coffee tasting.
There is perhaps no place on Earth that can rival the beauty of Norway's fjords — as if Odin himself carved out mountains, splattered waterfalls on his canvas, and then flooded his own work into the Norwegian Sea. Each spot will seem more beautiful than the next...so where do you choose to start?
You're in for a week of adventure on this action-packed trip to one of Central America's lesser-known gems. Discover the rugged natural beauty of Guatemala as you hike, bike, and kayak around its most stunning attractions and charming towns. You'll camp out overnight on a volcano, go mountain biking through colorful indigenous villages, and paddle through the waters of magical Lake Atitlan.
Peru’s spectacularly varied landscapes offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and sports: trekking, rafting and mountain biking are just a handful of the activities on offer. Home to the world's longest continental mountain range, Peru also possesses the Amazon jungle and a long Pacific coastline, meaning adrenaline junkies will be able to find their next fix at every corner. This list highlights the best activities in Peru.
One of Colombia’s greatest appeals is its diversity of indigenous peoples. From the Arhuaco of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to the Zenú of the Golfo de Morrosquillo, Colombia’s 87 native tribes represent an indigenous heritage as rich as anywhere in the Americas. While some groups are not receptive to outsiders, others welcome visitors. The following five pueblos indígenas provide an immensely rewarding way of experiencing Colombia at its most unique and intriguing.
Into backcountry skiing? Always wanted to see Norway's famous fjords? This tour's for you. Spend six days exploring backcountry Norway with stunning fjord views, lush hotel accommodations, and certified mountain guides at your service.
Delve into the incredible natural beauty and diverse cultures of Guatemala and Honduras on this two-week trip. Discover Mayan ruins, towering volcanoes, and vibrant cities through a well-rounded mix of outdoor adventures and cultural encounters. You'll roam around colonial Antigua, kayak on stunning Lake Atitlan, and browse the artisan markets in indigenous Mayan towns.
Surround yourself with high mountains and lush natural landscapes as you take on one of the most famous hiking areas in Norway: Trollheimen. Sleep in mountain cabins and on summer farms. And don't forget to train before you come - this tour includes 7 - 8 hours of hiking each day.
Perfect for active travelers and nature-lovers, this 10-day tour covers everything from sunny coastlines to national parks to tea plantations. Walk, swim, and drive your way through rainforests, across sandy beaches, and - if you're lucky - past some of the country's most exotic wildlife.
Pack your cycle gear and head to the Adriatic on this 6-day cycling tour across three of Croatia's most beautiful islands. Conquer the highest peak on Brač, take in the sweeping ocean views of Hvar, and pedal slowly through the beautiful interior landscape of Korčula. Bookend your cycle rides with visits to Croatia's most popular coastal towns, Split and Dubrovnik.
It's an understatement to call kimkim traveler Sara Pfrommer an experienced traveler. She recently returned from nearly four years of round-the-world travel, and her itch to explore continues bringing her to new places. Myanmar, still off the well-trodden Southeast Asia tourist circuit, was the location of her most recent adventure. Read on to see what surprised her most about Myanmar, and where she's going next!
Stretching from the Amazon to the Andes and straddling the southern and northern hemispheres, Ecuador boasts a remarkable range of landscapes, cultures and ecosystems. From raucous festivals to wildlife encounters, historic cities to Inca ruins, colorful markets to dramatic train journeys, it has something for everyone. This article picks out ten of the country’s most memorable activities.
Experience the ultimate introduction to Peru in just two weeks with this active itinerary that includes options for both hiking and biking. From Inca ruins to quaint villages, bustling streets to serene landscapes, this journey across the Andes will include all the main destinations that highlight Peru's unique culture and history.
No matter how much time you have in Peru, whether it's just a few days or a few weeks, this country can offer some unforgettable experiences. With just three or four days and good planning, it's even possible to visit the national highlights of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. With a week or more the experiences just get better, allowing you time for historic cities and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Use this guide to help you make the most of your visit.
From physical preparation and training to packing and visas: there are a few things you must do before heading to the Himalaya to ensure a smooth, safe, and comfortable trip. While you don't need to be Superman or Wonder Woman to enjoy trekking in the Himalaya, the better prepared you are, the more you'll get out of the experience.
Northern Patagonia is full of beautiful scenery, and there's no better way to experience it than trekking. This eight-day itinerary is based around hiking, and also incorporates a number of other outdoor activities, such as kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing, and canyoneering. It's said that a change is as good as a rest, and this action-packed trip is sure to invigorate you long after you return home.
Breathtaking glaciers, waterfalls, and mountain ranges are what Patagonia is all about. But the icing on the cake? Getting right into the thick of this nature by rafting, kayaking, and hiking your way through it. This 8-day itinerary is non-stop action, yet also caters to all levels and is perfect for groups of friends or adventurous families. Just bring your daredevil spirit, and prepare to be amazed.
Immerse yourself in ancient Mayan culture while traveling in style on this 8-day trip to Guatemala. Pamper yourself in luxury hotels and see the sights from above as you fly by helicopter to some of Guatemala's best attractions. You'll bask in the beauty of magical Lake Atitlan, discover the charming colonial city of Antigua, and participate in a Mayan ceremonial ritual.
With a variety of fun and unique outdoor and indoor activities, your kids will love Iceland just as much as you will. Where else can kids take a dip in a natural hot spring, explore a Viking village, and go ice-skating on the same day?
Perfect for outdoorsy travelers, this 9-day tour of Norway will take you from towering mountains to picturesque fjords to sleek, cosmopolitan cities. Bike, raft, and hike your way through mountain plateaus, steep valleys, famed fjords, and national parks where you might just see some wild reindeer.
A thousand years ago, Norway's influence stretched across all of Europe — did you know that even Dublin was a Viking town? Now, its surprisingly global past can still be seen in its landscape, museums, and churches. Here are just a few of Norway's best historical experiences.
Snow, mountains, and a culture that worships the outdoors: all perfect ingredients for an ideal ski vacation. Norway is full of great places to hit the slopes, and most of them offer cozy to luxurious lodging options, intriguing in-between activities, and landscapes that are really something to write home about.
Love adventure, nature, and getting off the beaten track? If so, this Borneo tour is for you. Dive, walk, and bird-watch your way through 10 days of wildlife reserves and resorts, tucked away islands, and lush valleys.
Thousands of tourists flock to Peru each year to visit the famed ruins of Machu Picchu. But while the masses are headed toward this archaeological wonder, many sites of great interest pass the days in relative obscurity. There are deep canyons, high-altitude lakes and spectacular rail journeys – plenty for those wanting to get off the beaten path. Here are some suggestions to escape the crowds.
Argentinian Patagonia is one of South America’s most pristine and splendid landscapes, its mountain ranges and glaciers reminding travelers of the most recent Ice Age. The vast stretches of pampas (steppe) hint at boundless adventure, while the country’s remote and scenic Ruta 40 is Argentina’s ultimate road trip.
Calling all foodies! Eat your way through the Land of the Rising Sun on this comprehensive 11-day "foodcation." You'll immerse yourself in Japanese history and culture through its legendary cuisine, and treat your taste buds to everything from home-brewed sake to the freshest sushi, to delectable street food and a fancy gourmet feast.
Cartagena is one of South America’s most enchanting colonial cities, and one its best places to eat, with seafood featuring prominently on many menus. The culinary scene has blossomed here in the last decade, with plenty of options that cater to all palates and budgets, from no-frills food carts to some of the most lauded restaurants in the country. Use this guide to find your way to the best eateries this city can offer.
The mountains and valleys outside Medellín, in the department of Antioquia, offer a variety of excellent attractions and great day trips. These include the well-preserved colonial town of Santa Fé de Antioquia to the west, fragrant flower farms to the east, and the lush Coffee Triangle of Juan Valdez fame to the south. The following top 5 sites and activities make great add-ons to your city exploration.
Still considered one of Europe's best-hidden gems, the Slovenian Alps are an ideal destination no matter what time of year you go. Enjoy high altitude hiking in summer, take a winter ice climbing lesson, or bask in the perfect temperatures and solitude of the shoulder seasons - whichever you choose, you'll find that Slovenia truly offers something for everyone.
This 14-day itinerary is perfect for serious bird watchers who dream of visiting some of the best bird watching sites in the Colombia. The journey includes excursions in the Choco-Western Andes transition, where nearly all the birds are endemic or near-endemic and the mystical and biologically unique Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – an evolutionary island of biodiversity where you have the chance to view over 20 endemic birds. In addition to excellent birding sites, you'll experience life in rural Colombia and travel across stunning landscapes from the sea to the soaring Andes mountains.
There are not many countries this small that can boast four such starkly contrasting topographical regions. In an area roughly the size of Britain, Ecuador combines coast, rugged mountains, jungle, and the Galapagos. Sun-bathe on Pacific-facing beaches, climb volcanoes or hike around Andean lakes, go zip-lining in cloud forest or canoe up an Amazon tributary, or wildlife-watch in the Galapagos: these 7-day itineraries are full of astonishing variety.
Get ready for 10 days of pure adventure and breathtaking scenery! This jam-packed jaunt around Cape Town and the Western Cape's Garden Route offers a mix of high-octane thrills, incredible wildlife, and rich cultural history. You'll meet sharks and elephants, tackle the world's highest bungee jump, and sample delicious local wines in the Winelands.
This trip to the heart of Central America offers fascinating historical culture, thrilling adventure, and jaw-dropping vistas. You'll fall in love with the charming colonial city of Antigua, learn about ancient Mayan civilization, and hike and bike some of Guatemala's stunning mountain volcanoes.