Adventure travel is a trip that takes you out of your own world and puts you in a place that will surprise, amaze and educate you, leaving you with an experience that is both memorable and rewarding. There are many extraordinary destinations out there, all beckoning to the adventurer in all of us, but we’ve selected a few of our favourite adventure travel experiences – on land and at sea – that we know will leave you wanting more.
Whether you go on an organized tour, or simply arrange your flights and hotels and then set out on your own, Costa Rica is home to myriad adventures. In a place where over 30% of its land is marked for conservation (one of the highest ratios in the world), ecotourism in Costa Rica is the real deal. Discover the many national parks, zip-line through cloud forests, explore volcanoes, see sloths, monkeys, butterflies and birds galore, go white-water rafting, learn to surf… the options for fun and adventure are endless!
Adventure seekers will be hard pressed to find a better playground than Hawaii. Hiking, biking and surfing abound; explore waterfalls and volcanic craters; go snorkelling, horseback riding and more… the list just goes on and on. As far as recommendations go, even among Hawaii’s many wonders, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park stands out with its two active volcanoes, including one – Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano – that has been erupting almost continually since 1983. There are also lava deserts here, steaming craters and ancient rainforests.
A little closer to home but no less adventurous, Utah is a state made for outdoor fun! Whether you head south to the dramatic landscapes of Arches National Park, Zion National Park or Canyonlands; take the Yellowstone Loop north and head into Yellowstone National Park, the oldest park in the U.S. park system; or stay close to the Salt Lake City/Park City area for the many hiking, biking opportunities, and in the winter, skiing and snowboarding galore. In short, high-adrenaline fun all year long!
Celebrity Cruises has been offering itineraries in the Galapagos Islands for more than 10 years. Choose between the state-of-the-art 100-passenger Celebrity Xpedition®, where guests enjoy a cruise experience filled with indulgences; the newly refurbished, mid-sized Celebrity Xperience℠, with its 24 stylish staterooms each featuring an ocean view; or the Celebrity Xploration℠, a stylish catamaran that features eight luxuriously cozy staterooms and offers guests the ultimate in intimate adventure travel in this unique part of the world. Whatever ship or itinerary you choose (7-, 10-, 11-, 13- and 15-night options are available), everything is included – all drinks, meals, shore excursions and more.
One of the world’s vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon offers much to those in search of an adventure, and Avalon Waterways is just one of the river cruise companies that offers 11- and 13-day itineraries here. Starting in Peru, where the river’s biodiversity is at its greatest and the rainforest is untamed, the cruise takes you deep into the Amazon jungle… in search of elusive wildlife, taking a swim with pink dolphins, and visiting native communities… and at the end of each day you return to your air-conditioned suite, hot shower, and oversized plush bed.
For an adventure that is truly memorable and unparalleled, Silversea Cruises offers Antarctic Expedition cruises aboard the luxurious Silver Explorer or Silver Cloud Expedition. With itineraries that range in length from 10 to 19 days, you’ll depart from Valparaiso, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia or Buenos Aires, and cruise south to the earth’s last great wilderness frontier, a place untouched by humanity. Revel in the raw power and beauty of nature, as you cruise across seas of glass, passing icebergs, bellowing elephant seals, rookeries of penguins and more.