Trip-Finder Africa

Africa

The Trip-Finder*

Attention Adventurers: Choose your continent! 102 far-flung trips guaranteed to change (or at least improve) your life. 

THE TRIP:
BOTSWANA
Mastering safari skills in the Okavango Delta 

THE ROUTE:
Five days boning up on bush safety—tracking and approaching big game, poling a mokoro (a dugout canoe), practicing celestial navigation and fire building, and, most importantly, assessing aggressive behavior in animals. 

WHEN TO GO:
July-October

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
The trip is part survival seminar, part luxury safari: By day, you'll maneuver boats through swamps and construct primitive shelters. By night, you'll study the sky from your cozy campsite, learning how to spot useful constellations.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Fanning the flames of a fire you made by rubbing sticks together.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Borton Overseas/800-843-0602, http://www.borton.com/overseas.html
International Ventures/800-727-5475, http://www.internationalventures.com

PRICE
$1,000; $675


THE TRIP:
GABON
Exploring virgin rainforest

THE ROUTE:
A 17-day journey through the dense virgin rainforest of the Ivindo River Basin by dugout canoe and foot. You'll be the first tourists allowed into restricted wildlife study areas in the Mayibout and Léconi regions, which abound with chimpanzees, lowland gorillas, red buffalo, and more than 450 bird species.

WHEN TO GO:
July-August

DIFFICULTY
Strenous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
This is relatively untrodden territory, so you'll find the gorillas here much more elusive and nervous than their mountain counterparts. Don't expect to be able to gawk at them for hours on end.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Catching a glimpse of the rare bongo antelope in the D'Ippassa Reserve.
-An angry gorilla's mock charge if you get too close.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Mountain Travel­Sobek/888-687-6235, http://www.mtsobek.com

PRICE
$4,850-$5,350


THE TRIP:
KENYA
Adventuring in the Masai Mara and on the Tana River

THE ROUTE:
A high-adrenaline 16-day tour in which you'll raft the Class III Tana River, mountain bike across volcanic rock formations in Hell's Gate, climb the lava tubes of Mount Suswa, track leopards and lions in the Masai Mara, and sea-kayak the Indian Ocean north of Mombasa.

WHEN TO GO:
July-September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Pleasure is directly proportional to fitness on this trip—the fitter you are, the more fun you'll have.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Leaping from a 40-foot bridge into the cool spray of the Tana River.
-The perils of driving in the Masai Mara: choking on desert dust and getting the jeep stuck in chest-high mud puddles.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Outer Edge Expeditions/800-322-5235, http://www.outer-edge.com
KE Adventure Travel/800-497-9675, http://www.keadventure.com

PRICE
$4,230; $2,765


THE TRIP:
MOROCCO
Walking from Fez to Marrakech

THE ROUTE:
A leisurely 12-day, 600-mile traverse by jeep and foot of the Moroccan countryside, starting in the medieval walled city of Fez and then following donkey paths and unmarked trails through the olive-grove and casbah-dotted desert that borders the vast Sahara.

WHEN TO GO:
April-May, October-November

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Pack your long underwear: Though the temperatures usually range from a pleasant 70 to a toasty 100 degrees, count on a few 30-degree evenings in the High Atlas mountains.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Watching the frenzied three-ring circus of snake charmers and jugglers at Marrakech's famed Djemaa el Fna, the world's biggest open-air theater.
-The gastrointestinal distress from too many servings of tajine—a spicy stewlike concoction of rice, chicken, couscous, potatoes, and vegetables.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Country Walkers/800-464-9255, http://www.countrywalkers.com
Backroads/800-462-2848 (includes biking), http://www.backroads.com
Geographic Expeditions/800-777-8183, http://www.geoex.com
Butterfield & Robinson/800-678-1147 (includes biking), http://www.butterfield.com

PRICE
$3,795; $3,400; $3,195; $995


THE TRIP:
NAMIBIA AND BOTSWANA
Puddle-jumping southern Africa

THE ROUTE:
Twenty-two days spent tracking elephants, hippopotamuses, and crocodiles in the Okavango Delta. You'll also explore archaeological sites littered with Stone Age tools in the Makgadikgadi Pans and learn ancient herbal remedies from Namibian San bush people.

WHEN TO GO:
August-October

DIFFICULTY
Easy

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Acrophobes take heed: This complicated itinerary requires nine puddle-jumps on a five-seater plane with flights ranging from 20 minutes to two hours.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Sitting in the shade of the 4,000-year-old baobab tree just outside of Jack's Camp in Botswana, a landmark resting place for virtually every expedition to the region, David Livingstone's included.
-Scraping together $9,500 to finance the trip.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Explore/888-596-6377, http://www.exploreafrica.net
Maxim Tours/800-655-0222, http://www.maximtours.com
Outer Edge Expeditions/800-322-5235, http://www.outer-edge.com
Wilderness Travel/800-368-2794, http://www.wildernesstravel.com

PRICE
$9,500; $9,500; $2,180; $8,695


THE TRIP:
SOUTH AFRICA
Studying dolphins in Britannia Bay

THE ROUTE:
A two-week-long scientific expedition to observe the range, ecology, and behavior of the frolicsome Heaviside's, the only dolphin species endemic to southern Africa. Participants try to spot and count the dolphins from shore, and then track them through the bay by Zodiac.

WHEN TO GO:
January-March

DIFFICULTY
Easy

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Bear in mind that your volunteer work is only a small part of a years-long study and probably won't contribute any grand epiphanies.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Working side-by-side with Peter Best, a renowned South African cetacean researcher and the hands-down expert on the seals, whales, dolphins, and waterfowl that inhabit Britannia Bay.
-Attempting to collect, from your wave-slapping Zodiac, such delicate data as tooth-rake scarring and skin samples.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Earthwatch/800-776-0188, http://www.earthwatch.org

PRICE
$1,795


THE TRIP:
THE GAMBIA
Discovering life along the Gambia River

THE ROUTE:
Eleven days of nature (African bush) and culture (tribal villages) along the banks of the river: Explore the Abuko nature reserve, home to lions, antelope, and civets; visit batik factories; meet a local healer; tour hospitals and villages; and see the ancestral home of Roots author Alex Haley.

WHEN TO GO:
February-March

DIFFICULTY
Easy

TRAVEL ADVISORY
A more culturally oriented safari than most, the trip is designed for those who want to immerse themselves in the Gambia's ancient traditions.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Adding the green-crested touraco, the little green bulbul, the yellow-chested apalis, and the milky eagle owl to your life list.
-Also adding four very deadly snakes: the python, the puff adder, the black-necked cobra, and the green mamba.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Spector Travel of Boston Inc./Tel 617 351 0111, http://www.spectortravel.com
West African Safaris/888-454-7710, http://www.westafricansafaris.com
Adventures Abroad/800-665-3998, (includes Mali and Senegal) http://www.adventures-abroad.com

PRICE
$1,960 (includes airfare); $1,960; $3,040


THE TRIP:
UGANDA AND TANZANIA
Cycling Uganda and climbing Kilimanjaro

THE ROUTE:
You'll bike 40 miles per day for four weeks. After pedaling through Uganda's Kibale and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, you'll fly to Tanzania and explore the island of Zanzibar before heading to Kilimanjaro, where you'll stash your bike and trek to the 19,340-foot summit.

WHEN TO GO:
January-February

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
The outfitter, Bicycle Africa, keeps this journey in touch with the grass roots. Expect sparse but comfortable local accommodations and standard regional fare: rice, sweet potatoes, sautéed vegetables, and spaghetti.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
*Getting held up by a herd of elephants in no hurry to cross the road.
*Having to train in advance for this epic, hyperactive journey.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Bicycle Africa/206-767-0848, http://www.ibike.org

PRICE
$990


THE TRIP:
ZIMBABWE
Canoeing the Zambezi River

THE ROUTE:
A ten-day meander down the wide flood plains, narrow channels, and precipitous gorges of the fourth-largest river in Africa. You'll camp on sandbars and islands, travel through three national parks, and watch elephants, zebras, kudus, and water bucks lazing along the shoreline.

WHEN TO GO:
March-October

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Bring ear plugs. You'll be sleeping among more than 250 species of birds who love to sing—loudly.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Watching a hippo stretch its giant maw in a massive yawn.
-Watching baboons pick through elephant dung, and then lick their fingers.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Piragis International Expeditions/800-223-6565, http://www.piragis.com
Explore/888-596-6377, http://www.exploreafrica.net
Journeys International/800-255-8735, http://www.journeys-intl.com
Eddie Frank's Tusker Trail & Safari Company/800-231-1919, http://www.tusker.com

PRICE
$1,900; $4,510; $2,180; $3,870


*Itineraries may vary. Specific trip details apply to offerings by the first outfitter listed. Price does not include airfare from the U.S. unless otherwise indicated. Originally published January 2000.

Asia and the Pacific

 

THE TRIP:
AUSTRALIA
Rafting and hiking the Queensland Wilderness 

THE ROUTE:
Ten days in Queensland, starting with Class V rafting on the North Johnstone River through jungle teeming with platypuses and kangaroos to the base of a 30-foot-high waterfall. From there, you'll go on walkabout in the densely forested Bartle Frere Wilderness. 

WHEN TO GO:
January-October 

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Don't be surprised to find green tree frogs at every turn: in the shower, in the toilet, and in your sleeping bag. Lucky for you, they're harmless.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Sleeping in weight-saving, waterproof hammocks amidst the Bartle Frere's towering fig trees.
-Arriving in February at the height of wet season, which delivers an average of six feet of rainfall from January through March. (Consolation: High water makes for better river-running.)

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Outdoor Travel Adventures/Qantas:800-442-9953, http://www.outdoortravel.net

PRICE
$808


THE TRIP:
BHUTAN
Mountain-biking in the Land of the Peaceful Dragon

THE ROUTE:
A 15-day, 450-mile, vehicle-supported traverse of the Himalayas' least-visited country. You'll pedal a paved, single-lane road through rice paddies and rhododendron forests before riding over five major mountain passes and then descending into tropical rainforest along the Indian border.

WHEN TO GO:
October-November

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
This trip is BYOB—and you should be savvy enough to reassemble your bike from the pieces in the shipping box, and smart enough to get it tuned before you pack it.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Descending 60,000 feet in 15 days.
-Ascending 53,000 feet in 15 days.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
KE Adventure Travel/800-497-9675, http://www.keadventure.com
Snow Lion Expeditions/801-355-6555, http://www.snowlion.com

PRICE
$4,295; $3,300


THE TRIP:
INDIA
Biking the Lakes of Rupshu

THE ROUTE:
Twenty-three days and 480 miles of pedaling northern India's jeep roads and singletrack at an average elevation of 14,000 feet around the placid Pangong, Moriri, and Kar Lakes. You'll cross paths with Chang-Pa yak herders and possibly even an endangered snow leopard.

WHEN TO GO:
August

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Rupshu only opened to Westerners in 1995, which means that the region is short on crucial amenities, like Big Macs and bike parts.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Enjoying the two-for-one special: a perfect reflection of the distant peaks in glassy lake water.
-You're a half-day's drive from the nearest hospital, should an endo leave you with a mild concussion or a broken collarbone.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Snow Lion Expeditions/801-355-6555, http://www.snowlion.com

PRICE
$3,200


THE TRIP:
INDONESIA
Climbing in Irian Jaya

THE ROUTE:
A 16-day expedition to and from the summit of 16,023-foot Carstensz Pyramid, the highest mountain in Oceania. After a three-day, porter-assisted trek to the 9,000-foot base camp, you'll spend a day acclimatizing, and then launch a 4 a.m. assault on the craggy granite peak.

WHEN TO GO:
March-October

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Some portions of the climb are rated 5.8 and require ropes, but most of it is a scramble. Even so, climbers should be schooled in basic rock climbing and comfortable with jumaring and rappelling.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Being one of the first foreigners allowed into Irian Jaya's remote western central highlands since the four-year tourist ban (sparked by political unrest) was lifted.
-An utter lack of wildlife, save for the elusive cuscus, a beady-eyed marsupial the size of a house cat.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Alpine Ascents International/206-378-1927, http://www.alpineascents.com
International Mountain Guides/360-569-2604, http://www.mountainguides.net
Adventure Consultants/011-643-443-8711, http://www.webnz.com/adventure

PRICE
$9,500; $8,850; $9,500


THE TRIP:
NEPAL AND TIBET
Circumambulating sacred Mount Kailas

THE ROUTE:
A monthlong expedition through Nepal and Tibet, the highlight of which is a 32-mile pilgrimage around the Buddhists' sacred 22,028-foot Mount Kailas. Then you'll embark on a rugged, seven-day trek through Nepal's high desert Humla Region, which still boasts a thriving salt trade.

WHEN TO GO:
September

DIFFICULTY
Stenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Become a repeat pilgrim: By your 13th trek around Kailas, you'll have proven yourself spiritually worthy of following the inner Kora, a shorter, more divine route around the peak.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-A dip into the chilly waters of Lake Manasorowar is not only refreshing, it will also wash away the sins of 100 lifetimes, according to Buddhist legend.
-Being passed by elderly Tibetans and women with babies slung across their chests as you wheeze your way through the hypoxic Himalayan air.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Himalayan High Treks/415-551-1005, http://www.HimalayanHighTreks.com
Himalayan Travel/800-225-2380, http://www.gorp.com/himtravel.htm
KE Adventure Travel/800-497-9675, http://www.keadventure.com

PRICE
$5,500; $3,195; $4,195


THE TRIP:
NEW ZEALAND
Climbing Mount Aspiring

THE ROUTE:
A 12-day introduction to mountaineering, with 9,929-foot Mount Aspiring ("the Matterhorn of the South") as your classroom. You'll spend six days learning the basics of rope safety, crevasse rescue, and crampon travel at the base of the Bonar Glacier in preparation for your summit bid.

WHEN TO GO:
January

DIFFICULTY
Stenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
If your warm-up on the Bonar Glacier leaves you with second thoughts about the ascent, no worries: Your guides will happily arrange to helicopter you out for a few days of fly-fishing on world-class trout rivers.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Relishing jaw-dropping views of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea from the dining-room table­size summit.
-Beware the kea, a ten-pound mountain parrot that loves to chew and destroy all things indispensable: tents, packs, boots, and jackets.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Mountain Link/800-408-8949, http://www.mountain-link.com

PRICE
$3,150


THE TRIP:
PHILIPPINES
Paddling the Calamian Archipelago

THE ROUTE:
Guide Olaf Malver calls this 16-day kayaking cruise in the western Philippines his dream trip, despite the fact that he's paddled in Greenland, Irian Jaya, and the Andaman Islands. You'll glide through azure waters, snorkel coral gardens, and explore the colonial town of Culion.

WHEN TO GO:
April

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
This is an exploratory trip in an extremely isolated archipelago, so consider yourself a guinea pig in testing out a new—and very loose—itinerary. Be prepared for minor logistical glitches.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Experiencing rare cross-cultural interaction with the Tagbanua Indians on a hike to their sacred Lake Cabugao.
-Being stranded on a deserted island due to unusually high seas. (More than 60 percent of the Philippines' 7,000 islands are uninhabited.)

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Mountain Travel­Sobek/888-687-6235, http://www.mtsobek.com

PRICE
$3,090-$3,390


THE TRIP:
SOUTH PACIFIC
Diving Gizo, Vella Lavella, and the Solomon Islands

THE ROUTE:
Spend seven days exploring deep-sea life from a shamelessly luxe live-aboard yacht. You'll dive up to five times a day along 100-foot walls swarming with tuna, sharks, barracuda, devil rays, and the scattered remains of sunken World War II wrecks.

WHEN TO GO:
July-December

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Assess your tolerance for togetherness before you sign on: Rubbing elbows with 15 other yacht-bound guests for a week can be trying.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Face-to-face encounters with enormous manta rays.
-Politely waiting for a shower at the end of the day, only to find that your fellow saline-encrusted divers have used all the hot water.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Live/Dive Pacific/800-344-5662, http://www.pac-aggressor.com

PRICE
$2,695


THE TRIP:
THAILAND
Exploring by land and sea from Chiang Mai to Phangnga Bay

THE ROUTE:
A 16-day, north-to-south tour via Land Rover. You'll visit mountaintop temples, sleep in bamboo huts of the Lisu hill people, and ride elephants through bamboo groves before heading south to Khao Sok National Park and idyllic Phangnga Bay in the Andaman Sea, which you'll explore by sea canoe.

WHEN TO GO:
November-February

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Avoid an unexpected gaffe—namely, patting a child on the head, which is considered extremely rude by local Buddhists.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Parking your canoe on a white sand beach inside a hidden hong—a massive open-top limestone cavern—accessible only by negotiating a series of narrow tidal caves.
-Arriving at the uncomfortable realization that riding elephants is much more fun in theory than in practice.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Asia Transpacific Journeys/800-642-2742, http://www.southeastasia.com
Himalayan Travel/800-225-2380, http://www.gorp.com/himtravel.htm
Journeys International/800-255-8735, http://www.journeys-intl.com
Snow Lion Expeditions/801-355-6555, http://www.snowlion.com

PRICE
$2,495; $1,375; $1,225; $3,200


 

*Itineraries may vary. Specific trip details apply to offerings by the first outfitter listed. Price does not include airfare from the U.S. unless otherwise indicated. Originally published January 2000.

Europe and the Middle East

THE TRIP:
CZECH REPUBLIC/AUSTRIA:
Cycling from Prague to Vienna 

THE ROUTE:
A ten-day, 350-mile ride along quiet, rolling roads past wheat fields in Bohemia, sunflower-dotted meadows in Moravia, and vineyards in Austria's Wachau region, with stops at Bavarian-style breweries, wineries, and a glass factory along the way. 

WHEN TO GO:
May-September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Be prepared for whopping price discrepancies between the two countries. A generous helping of pork and sauerkraut in the Czech Republic will cost you $7; for the same meal in Austria, expect to fork over at least $30.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Cycling back to the seventeenth century as you pedal into the Baroque town of Telc, with its ornate churches and cobblestone streets.
-Accidentally inhaling instead of exhaling while blowing glass in the Bohemian village of Okrouhlice.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Kolotour Bicycle Holidays/800-524-7099, http://www.kolotour.com
Europe Express/800-927-3876, http://www.europeexpress.com
Butterfield & Robinson/800-678-1147, http://www.butterfield.com
Himalayan Travel/800-225-2380 (Vienna to Prague), /outside/magazine/200001/www.gorp.com/himtravel.htm

PRICE
$2,650; $1,310; $9,900; $1,325


THE TRIP:
FRANCE:
Kayaking, biking, and sailing the Côte d'Azur

THE ROUTE:
Ten days exploring the French Mediterranean coastline. Starting in the Roman port city of Fréjus, you'll bike through olive groves and rolling hills to Saint Tropez, where you'll travel by kayak and 36-foot yacht to the sunny beaches of Le Lavandou and the rugged Îles d'Hyères.

WHEN TO GO:
June

DIFFICULTY
Easy

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Car traffic on Route National from Fréjus to Saint Tropez can get a little dicey, especially when a celebrity entourage rolls into town.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Hiking along sheer ocean bluffs on the island of Port Cros as the scent of laurel leaves, rosemary, and oranges wafts on the breeze.
-The Côte d'Azur may glitter with A-list celebs, but thanks to limited marine life and steep drop-offs, the snorkeling isn't nearly as flashy as the Caribbean's.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Getaway Adventures/800-499-2453, http://www.getawayadventures.com

PRICE
$2,690


THE TRIP:
GREECE:
Trekking the Pindus Mountains

THE ROUTE:
Fifteen days of hiking the sparsely populated and densely forested, mountainous backbone of Greece—from the lush depths of Víkos Gorge to the barren summit of 9,550-foot Mount Olympus. The route meanders through Zagorian villages, where you'll refuel on goat cheese and stuffed eggplant.

WHEN TO GO:
June, July-September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
In ancient times, this pocket of Greece was so remote that Ottoman tax collectors steered clear of its wild, overgrown trails. Today paths are only slightly wider and more accessible.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Scrambling up 115 steps to the Great Meteoron, a fourteenth-century monastery—and then learning that monks used to winch themselves up to the cloister in a wicker basket.
-Shooing stubborn goats from the narrow trails, and incurring the wrath of snarling canine herders in the process.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Sherpa Expeditions/011-44-181-577-2717, http://www.sherpa-walking-holidays.co.uk
Himalayan Travel/800-225-2380, http://www.gorp.com/himtravel.htm

PRICE
$1,575; $1,575


THE TRIP:
ICELAND:
Rafting, horseback riding, and trekking the backcountry

THE ROUTE:
A hyperactive seven-day adventure starting in the northern city of Saudárkrókur. You'll soak in hot springs, trek across a lava desert, raft the Class IV-plus Austari Jökulsá River, and then take a fishing trawler to Drangey Island, where you'll canter across its eerie, lunar landscape.

WHEN TO GO:
July-mid September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Virtually all of Iceland's water is heated geothermally, so don't be surprised by the rotten-egg reek of sulfur that wafts from every shower. Fortunately, you'll still emerge clean.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Brewing a mug of hot chocolate from one of the dozens of steaming, bacteria-free hot springs along the Jökulsá River.
-Expect schizophrenic weather in this exposed, wind-wracked landscape. It's possible to suffer sunburn and near-hypothermia on the same day.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Destination Wilderness/888-423-8868, http://www.WildernessTrips.com
Distant Journeys/888-845-5781, http://www.distantjourneys.com
Himalayan Travel/800-225-2380, http:///outside/magazine/200001/www.gorp.com/himtravel.htm
Borton Overseas/800-843-0602, http://www.borton.com/overseas.html

PRICE
$1,570; $2,450; $1,735; $1,830


THE TRIP:
IRAN:
Downhill skiing in the Elburz Mountains

THE ROUTE:
After wandering the bazaars of Tehran for a day, you'll be driven six hours to the snowy, 10,000-foot Elburz Mountains to witness a Middle East you never knew existed. You'll start with long cruisers at 7,380-foot Ab-Ali, then graduate to kick-turning down the narrow chutes of 11,644-foot Dizin.

WHEN TO GO:
January-February

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Ski slopes are the only places in Iran where orthodox Islamic laws have been relaxed—though just slightly. Women on the gender-segregated runs are allowed to strip down to parkas and ski pants instead of wearing their usual ankle-length robes.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-In the winter months, Iran averages a bountiful 5.5 days of sunshine per week and gets plenty of fresh powder.
-Don't plan on an après-ski cocktail. Islamic rule prohibits alcohol.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Mir Corporation/800-424-7289, http://www.mircorp.com

PRICE
$220 per person, per day


THE TRIP:
NORWAY:
Skiing hut-to-hut in Jotunheimen National Park

THE ROUTE:
An eight-day backcountry ski through the powdery, treeless expanse of central Norway's mountainous Jotunheimen National Park, culminating in an ascent of 8,087-foot Glittertind, the country's highest peak. You'll ski relatively short—13 miles on average—but torturously steep distances.

WHEN TO GO:
March-April

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
You won't be negotiating extreme couloirs on skinny skis, but the rigors of the Scandinavian climate and terrain make this a trip for expert backcountry skiers only.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Carving clean, swooping telemark turns down the open face of Glittertind.
-Breaking trail on a grueling uphill slog the morning after a monster storm.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Borton Overseas/800-843-0602, http://www.borton.com/overseas.html

PRICE
$670


THE TRIP:
RUSSIA:
Kayaking Lake Baikal

THE ROUTE:
A 20-day cultural odyssey, the centerpiece of which is a weeklong kayaking trip along the mountain-lined shores of Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake. The trip includes a cultural detour to China, with stops at such Asian highlights as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

WHEN TO GO:
July

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Lake Baikal is 15,000 miles and 12 time zones from New York, so expect your schlepp home to take anywhere from 30 to 48 hours.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Spotting a nerpa—one of the world's few freshwater seals—just off the bow of your boat.
-Baikal's 17 different kinds of winds, most notably the sarma, a powerful gale that can generate 100-foot waterspouts and eight-foot waves.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Trek & Trail/800-354-8735, http://www.trek-trail.com

PRICE
$4,395


THE TRIP:
SWITZERLAND:
In-line skating the Upper Valais and Bernese Oberland Alps

THE ROUTE:
Swoosh through a pancake-flat glacial valley on eight wheels instead of two: The six-day skate (you'll cover anywhere from ten to 30 miles a day) starts in the Alpine village of Brig and follows a network of smooth, ribbony bicycle paths and empty roads with spectacular views of Lake Geneva.

WHEN TO GO:
June, August-September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
The Alps soar on either side, but the Valais actually descends 1,000 feet from Brig to Lake Geneva, making this trip surprisingly kind to the thighs and lungs. For a serious hill workout, you can take an afternoon hike or mountain-bike ride.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Sprinting off last night's roesti, a traditional Swiss-German meal of roasted potatoes mixed with cheese, cream, and ham.
-Being sideswiped by an impatient Swiss cyclist who's loath to share the road with a boisterous herd of American skaters.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Zephyr Inline Skate Tours/888-758-8687, http://www.skatetour.com

PRICE
$1,965


THE TRIP:
UZBEKISTAN:
Exploring the Silk Road by plane and camel

THE ROUTE:
A 16-day pilgrimage via camel, foot, and plane to a landscape replete with relics from the reign of fourteenth-century Turkish conqueror Tamerlane. You'll travel from the well-preserved mosques of Tashkent to the sprawling Kyzyl Kum Desert, where you'll bed down in a felt-and-wool yurt.

WHEN TO GO:
April-May, September-October

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Impress your hosts by learning a few handy Uzbek phrases like Asalom y alaykhum ("May peace be with you").

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Sitting around a bonfire in the Kyzyl Kum Desert listening to a Kazakh musician play folk songs on his two-string dombra.
-Encounters with grim-faced, Soviet-style military officers who rarely pass up the chance to scrutinize your visa and passport.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Mir Corporation/800-424-7289, http://www.mircorp.com
Geographic Expeditions/800-777-8183, http://www.geoex.com
Adventures Abroad/800-665-3998, http://www.adventures-abroad.com
Absolute Asia/800-736-8187, http://www.absoluteasia.com

PRICE
$5,990; $4,990; $3,465; $2,250­ $3,945


*Itineraries may vary. Specific trip details apply to offerings by the first outfitter listed. Price does not include airfare from the U.S. unless otherwise indicated. Originally published January 2000.

North America and the Caribbean

THE TRIP:
ALASKA:
First descent of the Kurupa River 

THE ROUTE:
Three days hiking the 7,000-foot peaks of the Brooks Range near the source of the Kurupa, followed by seven days exploring the entire length of the never-before-paddled river by inflatable canoe, finishing off at the Colville River, 110 miles to the north. 

WHEN TO GO:
August 

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Your guides will have familiarized themselves with the river from a floatplane 200 feet above, so exercise patience when they shepherd you to the bank while scouting gnarly rapids.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-The river's ten-mile, 1,000-foot drop midway through the trip.
-Beware the grizzlies and wolves that inhabit the surrounding wilderness.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Arctic Divide Expeditions/906-524-5962, http://www.eddycurrents.com/ArcticDivide.html

PRICE
$2,550


THE TRIP:
ARIZONA:
Kayaking the Grand Canyon

THE ROUTE:
Lee's Ferry to Lava Falls. Thirteen days, 225 miles, 20 Class III-V rapids. It's just you and your kayak, with a little help from raft support.

WHEN TO GO:
September

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Not a technically challenging paddle, but the sheer volume of water is enough to overwhelm inexperienced boaters. Class III-plus skills are advised.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Tackling rapid after rapid in America's biggest whitewater as the pilot of your own craft.
-Getting knocked over by a giant wave in Class V Lava Falls, and then swimming through the rapid—akin to riding a washing machine's spin cycle.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Otter Bar Lodge/530-462-4772, http://www.otterbar.com
Nantahala Outdoor Center/888-662-1662, ext. 333, http://www.noc.com

PRICE
$2,900; $3,100


THE TRIP:
CANADA:
Cross-country skiing across James Bay

THE ROUTE:
Cree Indian guides shadow you from Moose Factory, Ontario, where you'll glide out onto the crusty pressure ridges of 135-mile-wide James Bay and ski 100 miles to your final destination, Waskaganish, Quebec.

WHEN TO GO:
March

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Pack light. You pull everything you bring.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Crashing in a wood-heated tepee or at a Cree hunting camp after a cold day on the trail (temperatures range from 20 below to 40 degrees), with a cup of cocoa and a Cree storyteller.
-Getting windbound in camp: For every day you don't ski, your mileage the next day doubles.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Tuckamor Trips/819-326-3602, http://www.tuckamor.com

PRICE
$1,930


THE TRIP:
GUADELOUPE:
Sea-kayaking Les Îles des Saintes

THE ROUTE:
Exploring the uninhabited volcanic outer archipelago of this island in the French West Indies right from your Riviera-style villa on Les Saintes. You'll snorkel from your kayak, feast on Creole-spiced red snapper, and visit the red-roofed, hibiscus-covered village of Bourg des Saintes.

WHEN TO GO:
March

DIFFICULTY
Easy

TRAVEL ADVISORY
This is strictly leisure time: You'll paddle up to five hours a day but avoid all things stressful, such as daunting open-water crossings. Hard-core paddlers may get restless.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Anchoring your kayak and entering the hypnotic undersea world of parrot fish, mountainous star coral, angelfish, and purple and green sea fans waving in psychedelic slow motion.
-Making contact with sea urchins, whose spines can pierce your skin, or fire coral, which burns to the touch.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Nantahala Outdoor Center/888-662-1662, ext. 333, http://www.noc.com

PRICE
$1,900-$2,150


THE TRIP:
HAWAII:
Bicycling the Big Island

THE ROUTE:
A circumnavigation of the Big Island, covering 300 paved miles through wildly varied terrain: active volcanoes, the only commercial coffee plantations in the United States, and 11 of the world's 13 ecoclimates.

WHEN TO GO:
September-May

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Pack your rain poncho, or pray for good weather during the 58-mile stretch from Hilo to Waimea. Otherwise, you'll contend with nasty headwinds and Lycra-soaking downpours.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Olfactory ecstasy. Cruising the 41 miles down from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo, you'll take in whiffs of roadside orchids, bougainvillea, papaya, coffee, guava, and a salty ocean breeze.
-Day three's grueling 54-mile, 4,000-foot climb to the top of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Backroads/800-462-2848, http://www.backroads.com
Bicycle Adventures/800-443-6060, http://www.bicycleadventures.com
Cyclevents/888-733-9615, http://www.cyclevents.com
Getaway Adventures/800-499-2453, http://www.getawayadventures.com

PRICE
$2,200; $1,890; $1,050; $1,750


THE TRIP:
MAINE:
Sailing on the tall ship Roald Amundsen

THE ROUTE:
You'll spend 22 days navigating the mazelike cluster of 3,000 islands off the Maine coast, plotting and charting the course of this 168-foot floating nautical school (formerly a German military vessel) as though you were a crew member.

WHEN TO GO:
June-July

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
All 44 clients are necessary cogs—you don't need prior sailing experience but must be willing to learn to set sails, act as a lookout, take the helm, and share cleanup duties.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Successfully discerning the boat's position by using your sextant.
-Battling acrophobia and nausea as you scale the mast of this 104-foot-tall ship to the crow's nest and peer down into the roiling water below.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Hurricane Island Outward Bound School/800-341-1744, http://www.hurricaneisland.org

PRICE
$2,495


THE TRIP:
MEXICO:
Caving in the Chiapas highlands

THE ROUTE:
Nine days crawling and rappelling through a labyrinth of underground limestone caves, some as deep as 1,083 feet, and then wading and swimming through the subterranean river system that formed it.

WHEN TO GO:
January-February

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
While conflicts between indigenous rebels and the Mexican military continue, the caves are separated from the problems by roadblocks and mountains, and in the 14 years since Ceiba Adventures first began running the trip, it hasn't had a single problem.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Rappelling through the spray of the 80-foot waterfall in El Chorreadorro, a famed vertical river cave.
-If you're at all claustrophobic, take note: Once you descend into the darkness of a cave, there's no turning back, and the only way out is through openings at the bottom.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Ceiba Adventures/800-217-1060, http://www.primenet.com/~ceiba

PRICE
$1,725


THE TRIP:
NORTH CAROLINA:
Hang-gliding the Outer Banks

THE ROUTE:
An accelerated seven-day pilot's program with training time spent in the classroom—i.e., the beach—and in the air. Twenty-five instructional tandem flights and two solos earn you a Beginner Pilot and Novice Tow rating from the U.S. Hang Gliding Association, allowing you to pilot your own rig.

WHEN TO GO:
March-June, September-October

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Take flight in October when thermal lift conditions are ideal, hurricane season is winding down, and airfares are cheaper.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Leaping off of the East Coast's highest dune, 80-foot Jockey's Ridge, at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and picking up your Foot Launch rating as a bonus.
-Inclement weather: If it's persistent, you'll spend a lot of time indoors and may even have to come back another time to finish your training.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Kitty Hawk Kites/800-334-4777, http://www.kittyhawk.com

PRICE
$1,800


THE TRIP:
SOUTH DAKOTA:
Mountain-biking the Black Hills

THE ROUTE:
Snaking through ravines and wild raspberry patches and over pine-covered bluffs in Black Hills National Forest on rock-studded singletrack—125 miles of it in five days. On-road bonus: Mount Rushmore.

WHEN TO GO:
June-August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Western Spirit doesn't offer trips during the second week of August in deference to the 300,000 Harley riders at the Sturgis Rally, an annual international Hog convention.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Stump-jumping past gold mines and pausing for panoramic views of the hills on the seven-mile Old Baldy trail.
-Nasty vertical hike-a-bikes that seem to last forever.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Western Spirit Cycling/800-845-2453, http://www.westernspirit.com

PRICE
$795


*Itineraries may vary. Specific trip details apply to offerings by the first outfitter listed. Price does not include airfare from the U.S. unless otherwise indicated. Originally published January 2000.

Central and South America

THE TRIP:
ANTARCTICA:
Exploring South Georgia Island 

THE ROUTE:
A 23-day circumnavigation of South Georgia by boat with an optional five-day, 24-mile overland trek from King Haakon Bay to Stromness Bay retracing Ernest Shackleton's grueling course. You, however, will have the added benefits of GPS, Gore-Tex, and food. 

WHEN TO GO:
November-December

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Only 12 exceptionally fit and determined clients may participate in the Shackleton leg of the expedition. The rest stay aboard a 233-foot Finnish research vessel, taking day trips to see the island's king penguins, elephant seals, and giant petrels.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Spending almost a month soaking up the wisdom of two expert mountaineers—Al Read and Jim Sano—who between them have led countless Everest expeditions.
-Crossing the "Roaring 50s"—the swath of notoriously rough ocean between 53 and 55 degrees south latitude.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Geographic Expeditions/800-777-8183, http://www.geoex.com

PRICE
$7,995­; $10,995


THE TRIP:
BELIZE:
Diving and sea-kayaking Glover's Reef

THE ROUTE:
A week spent diving the 3,000-foot walls of this world-famous reef 35 miles off the coast of Belize, sea kayaking to neighboring islands, snorkeling out the door of your thatch-roofed cabana, all the while eating coconut-encrusted fresh fish.

WHEN TO GO:
December-April

DIFFICULTY
Easy

TRAVEL ADVISORY
The luxe factor on 13-acre Long Caye, your home base, is Swiss Family Robinson­esque. Be prepared for cold showers and no electricity in your beachfront digs.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Swimming with loggerhead turtles, bottle-nosed dolphins, nurse sharks, moray eels, stingrays, and porcupine fish at one of the world's top dive sites.
-Composting toilets.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Slickrock Adventures/800-390-5715, http://www.slickrock.com
Island Expeditions/800-667-1630, http://www.islandexpeditions.com
REI Adventures/800-622-2236, http://www.rei.com/travel
Ceiba Adventures/800-217-1060, http://www.primenet.com/~ceiba

PRICE
$1,635; $1,280; $1,150; $1,150


THE TRIP:
BOLIVIA:
Trekking and rafting from Andes to Amazon

THE ROUTE:
Thirteen days in the Bolivian outback: circumnavigating Lake Titicaca in a jeep, trekking the jungles of the Yungas valley, rafting the pristine Class II-V Tuichi River, searching for spectacled caimans at Chalalan Eco-Lodge, and canoeing to the rugged frontier town of Rurrenbaque.

WHEN TO GO:
June-August

DIFFICULTY
Strenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Despite balmy temperatures, you'll need to pack pants, long-sleeved shirts, and, yes, even socks, to fend off the hordes of biting sand fleas and midges on the Tuichi River.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Running Class V rapids Gate of the Sun and Gate of the Devil with guide Mike Borcik, aka The Wild Man, a nickname he earned for never shying away from a river's biggest holes.
-Titicaca by jeep: bumping over prehistoric roads in the backseat for two six- to eight-hour days.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Mountain Travel­Sobek/888-687-6235, http://www.mtsobek.com

PRICE
$2,590­; $2,890


THE TRIP:
CHILE:
Rafting and riding in Futaleufu country

THE ROUTE:
Former national champion and Olympic kayaker Chris Spelius's new Futaleufu Adventure Center serves as your launchpad for a seven-day rafting trip down a 19-mile stretch of the mighty Class IV-V Futaleufu River, with horseback or mountain-bike explorations of the Andean foothills.

WHEN TO GO:
December-March

DIFFICULTY
Stenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Expect to spend nearly a full day in transit: 12 hours from L.A. to Santiago, an hour and a half from Santiago to Puerto Montt, a 45-minute puddle-jump from Puerto Montt to Chaitan, and then a three-and-a-half-hour drive over mountainous dirt roads.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Learning to surf and do 360-degree spins on the Fu's legendary waves.
-Fearing that any day the Chilean government might actually follow through on its decades-old threat to dam the Futaleufu.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Expediciones Chile/Futaleufu Adventure Center/888-488-9082, http://www.raftingchile.com
Earth River Expeditions/800-643-2784, http://www.earthriver.com
Wilderness Travel/800-368-2794, http://www.wildernesstravel.com

PRICE
$1,850; $2,500; from $2,995


THE TRIP:
COSTA RICA:
Mountain-biking La Pampa Brava

THE ROUTE:
A rigorous ten-day pedal on dirt roads from the base of Arenal, one of the world's most active volcanoes, heading west through lush tropical lowlands and rainforests to the Pacific's Nicoya Peninsula. Out of the saddle you'll take botanical tours and soak in hot springs.

WHEN TO GO:
December-March

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Don't touch anything in the rainforest—you never know when the tiny but venomous eyelash viper might strike.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Soaking in the Tabacón hot springs at the base of Arenal and watching Volkswagen-size lava boulders explode 60 feet above the mouth of the volcano.
-Learning that the delicious and tender grilled lamb you just ate was really a tepisquintle—a threatened nocturnal rodent.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Frontiers/877-603-1989, http://www.spiritedadventures.com
The World Outside/800-488-8483, http://www.TheWorldOutside.com
Experience Plus/800-685-4565, http://www.xplus.com
Costa Rica Experts/800-827-9046, http://www.crexpert.com

PRICE
$1,850; $1,350­$1,475; $1,780; $1,175


THE TRIP:
ECUADOR:
Yacht-cruising the Galápagos Islands

THE ROUTE:
Eleven days commuting to the spatter cones, pit craters, lava tunnels, and cinder slopes of the islands from an 80-plus-foot yacht to commune with giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, and countless other endemic species.

WHEN TO GO:
Year-around

DIFFICULTY
Easy

TRAVEL ADVISORY
You must stay on marked trails, but that doesn't mean you won't get to see wild animals—many of them aren't fearful of humans and will approach you.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Watching the woodpecker finch, one of 13 famed Darwin finches, poking twigs into trees to root out bugs and grubs.
-Waking at 5:30 a.m. daily to make the most of your time in the Galápagos. By law you must evacuate the islands at 6 p.m.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Galapagos Travel/800-969-9014, http://www.galapagostravel.com
Journeys International/800-255-8735, http://www.journeys-intl.com
INCA/510-420-1550, http://www.incafloats.com
Lindblad Special Expeditions/800-425-2724, http://www.expeditions.com

PRICE
$3,150­ $3,350; $2,150­ $2,650; $3,495­ $3,595; $2,980­ $5,140


THE TRIP:
NICARAGUA:
Hiking the volcano trail

THE ROUTE:
With a volcanologist as your guide, you'll scale a dozen volcanoes in eight days, beginning with Cerro Negro, which last erupted in August 1999. You'll peer into lava pools and swim in tepid crater lakes along the way down to 5,282-foot Concepción, on one of 400-plus volcanic islands in Lake Nicaragua.

WHEN TO GO:
January-April

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Accommodations are on the rustic side of rustic. Despite significant rebuilding efforts after its civil war in the eighties, Nicaragua is still one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Trying to see each of the 354 islands that formed 10,000 years ago when Mombacho Volcano last erupted into Lake Nicaragua.
-Climbing on your hands and knees through the misty rainforest to the 4,573-foot summit lagoons of Maderas Volcano.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Latin American Escapes/800-510-5999, http://www.latinamericanescapes.com

PRICE
$695­; $1,635


THE TRIP:
PERU:
Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca

THE ROUTE:
A 16-day triple-header climb of some of the Cordillera Blanca's highest peaks: 18,871-foot Pisco Oeste, 21,831-foot Huascarán Norte, and 22,205-foot Huascarán Sur. The payoff? Views of the Amazon Basin and the jagged, snowcapped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra.

WHEN TO GO:
June-August

DIFFICULTY
Stenuous

TRAVEL ADVISORY
To avoid ingesting illness-inducing bacteria, be sure to shower with your mouth and eyes closed, and wash and air-dry your hands often.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-The almost-constant blue skies over these Himalayan-scale mountains.
-The masterful pickpockets in the village of Huaraz, your jumping-off point for the trek.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Colorado Mountain School/970-586-5758, http://www.cmschool.com
Camp 5 Expeditions/800-914-3834, http://www.camp5.com
Aventuras Patagonicas/888-203-9354, http://www.patagonicas.com
American Alpine Institute/360-671-1505, http://www.aai.cc

PRICE
$2,695; $2,295; $2,800; $2,590


THE TRIP:
VENEZUELA:
Navigating the Akanan River to Angel Falls

THE ROUTE:
Local curiaras (motorized canoes) ferry you to the base of Angel Falls, the highest cascade in the world, where you'll hike up through the jungle to a cliffside clearing at Devil's Canyon and watch the water pummel the rocky shore 3,212 feet below, before returning to Caracas ten days later.

WHEN TO GO:
May-December

DIFFICULTY
Moderate

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Beware of the two-inch-long bullet ant, also known as the 48-hour ant, whose nasty sting will leave you writhing in pain for two days.

HIGH/LOW POINTS
-Watching the golden shroud of mist hovering at Angel Falls lift at sunrise.
-Sitting in an open canoe, pounded by oversize raindrops for an entire day.

OUTFITTERS/ACCOMMODATIONS
Southwind Adventures/800-377-9463, http://www.southwindadventures.com
Adventures Abroad/800-665-3998, http://www.adventures-abroad.com
Mountain Travel­Sobek/888-687-6235, http://www.mtsobek.com

PRICE
$2,035­ $2,185; $1,705; $2,990­ $3,190


*Itineraries may vary. Specific trip details apply to offerings by the first outfitter listed. Price does not include airfare from the U.S. unless otherwise indicated. Originally published January 2000.
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