Choose Your Own Adventure: Five Terrains for Active Travelers
From kayaking along the coast of Chile to observing penguins in Patagonia, start dreaming of your next wild experience.
As parts of the world begin to carefully welcome travelers, setting out on a new journey just might hold new experiences. Active explorations of natural landscapes help us meet local people, appreciate native flora and fauna, and – perhaps most important – connect with ourselves. A special collection of Virtuoso hotels, tour companies, cruise lines, and destinations offer thrilling experiences surrounded by whatever terrain you’re craving most.
Below, find your favorite jungle, ocean, mountain, coastline, or grasslands adventure.
Welcome to the Jungle
Walk among gorillas. Observe the gentle giants in their lush, natural habitat on a in Rwanda. Swim in the Amazon. Take a post-hike dip in a natural jungle pool in Columbia. Go zip-lining. Float through a mangrove forest and zip-line among lush treetops in Costa Rica. Hike a tropical forest. Explore the world’s most intensively studied tropical forest thrives in Panama. Explore ancient ruins. Take a Belize-to-Guatemala sailing to the spectacular temples and pyramids of Mayan cities Tikal and Yaxha. Take a walk in the treetops. A thrilling way to observe wildlife in Peru’s rain forests is with a canopy walk. Go canyoning. Navigate lush rain forests, volcanic gorges, and caves in New Zealand.
Sail the Greek Isles. Revel in sun, sand, surf, and local life with an eight-passenger yacht as your base. Frolic with penguins. Cruise in Patagonia to visit Magdalena Island’s lively penguin colony. Search for sea turtles. Take a Galápagos Islands voyage and ride a Zodiac to Black Turtle Cove to spot turtles, rays, and sharks. Snorkel with stingrays. See sharks, rays, and other marine animals while snorkeling Ari Atoll in the Maldives.. Watch for whales. Each year, travelers can witness humpbacks migrate from Antarctica to Colombia’s Atlantic coast to give birth. Explore underwater oddities. Fascinating dive sites abound in the Florida Keys and Key West, from shipwrecks to sculptures to coral reefs. Parasail in paradise. Visit Los Cabos and sail above for bird’s-eye views of landmarks such as El Arco and Lovers Beach.
Ride a gondola. Ride the Banff Gondola to Sulphur Mountain’s summit for stunning views. Try cave tubing. Whoosh your way through Ruakuri Cave’s underground river system on a tube on an Auckland-to-Queenstown itinerary. Climb a volcano. Visit Chile’s Atacama Desert, where travelers ascend the steep slopes of Sairecabur volcano and see Bolivia from its summit. Master mountain biking. Traverse rugged terrain – and take in awesome views – on a guided ride in Sedona, AZ. Ride the rails. Travel through tunnels and soak in stunning scenery on a train journey through the Canadian Rockies. Wander open spaces. A New Mexico ranch is the perfect base for exploring the state’s rugged landscape by foot, horseback, or four-wheel drive. Cycle Switzerland’s winding roads. Whether gentle lakeside paths or challenging, hilly highways, there are road cycling routes for riders of all skill levels.
Go glacier hopping. Explore waterfalls, glaciers, and black-sand beaches along the coast of southern Iceland. Fish for salmon. Get a flying and driving packages for anglers looking to hook British Columbia’s famously delicious fish. Camp out on the White Continent. Experience Antarctica like a true polar explorer while camping at Paradise Bay. Paddle around Alaska’s Misty Fjords. View waterfalls and sea cliffs from a kayak. Spot polar bears in Svalbard. You might also see walrus on a Iceland-and-Norway cruise itinerary. Drive the Great Ocean Road. This coastal highway boasts one of the world’s most scenic routes.
Golf in two hemispheres. The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is home to Africa’s only course bisected by the equator. Go on a bicycle safari. Spot zebra and other wildlife while pedaling through the bush surrounding a tented camp in Kenya. See Botswana from a balloon. Take a hot-air balloon ride over the Okavango Delta. Stay up late for a moonlight game drive. Spot nocturnal animals in action on a nighttime safari in Kenya. Soar over Victoria Falls. Ride in a helicopter over the cascade, complete with croc sightings. Get to know Nairobi. Schedule a visit to the Elephant Orphanage or the Giraffe Center in Langata – or, explore galleries and restaurants in Kenya’s vibrant capital.
What will you be dreaming about for your next adventure?
Adapted from Virtuoso Adventure Article 2020
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