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Week of May 16-22, 1996
Rapid transit on the Kern River
Trekking in India
Dinosaur National Monument
Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest
Red Rock west–of Vegas, that is
Adventure Adviser: Excuse me while I drool in envy. I could spend all day going through travel catalogs and picking out dreamy trips in every exotic locale imaginable–especially knowing I wouldn’t have to shell out cash for airfare. But, sadly, mundane reality beckons, so I’ll keep things under control–lest I’m tempted to quit my job and
Money-wise, most of the outfitters out there charge upwards of $2,000 in land cost alone, but if you’re serious about staying within your price range, it is possible to scare up a good deal or two–although it may mean limiting yourself to Europe or the good ol’ U.S. of A. REI Adventures’ 13-day Pyrennees trek follows the Haute Route from Lescun, France, to Gavernie, Spain,
Country Walkers offers a moderate 10-day walking tour through Peru’s sacred Inca Valley, with a five-day challenging trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You’ll hike between five to eight miles a day, carrying only daypack and staying at well-equipped campsites along the way. Trips leave May through September, with one June departure, and will run you $1,850 for the
For even warmer climes, sign on with Himalayan Travels’ 15-day hiking trip on old goat tracks through western Greece’s lush Pindos Mountains. You’ll traverse sheer Vikos Gorge, high passes, and 8,000-foot peaks, carrying a full pack through the more remote sections–all for the amazingly reasonable price of $1,095. Call 800-225-2380.
If, after all this, you’re thinking about splurging, there are plenty more adventure-of-a-lifetime-type trips out there for the grabbing. Call these likely candidates for trip catalogs: Overseas Adventure Travel (800-221-0814), Mountain Travel-Sobek (800-227-2384), and Wilderness Travel (800-368-2794). In all cases, however, be aware that June trips (this is mid-May, after
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