April 23, 2018 | TravelLocal
Calling all explorers and adventurers! TravelLocal – the ‘buy local’ expert in tailor-made holidays – features an exhilarating range of activity-packed itineraries in lesser-seen destinations around the world. From kayaking through the mangroves in Costa Rica’s remote Tortuguero National Park and bathing in hot springs in the foothills of Armenia’s Aragats Mountain to hiking through Namibia’s wondrous desert landscapes and summiting the highest peak in North Africa, intrepid travellers are sure to find inspiration for their next adventure.
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NB: these can be tailored in any way to suit different interests and budgets.
NEW: Mountains and monasteries – hiking through Armenia
Breathe in fresh mountain air filled with the fragrant aromas of flowers and herbs, sleep beneath the stars in a tent and take in crystal-clear lakes, rugged mountains and fascinating Medieval monasteries on a hiking tour of this under-explored country. Trekking through the foothills of the Aragats and Azhdahak mountains, you’ll bathe in hot springs, discover ancient settlements and descend extinct volcano craters.
Cost: From £1,710 pp (two sharing) for a 13-day tour, including accommodation, some meals, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*
NEW: Raft, kayak and snorkel your way along Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast
Witness an incredible variety of wildlife, unspoilt nature and pristine beaches on Costa Rica’s little-visited Caribbean coast, staying in charming ecolodges surrounded by lush forest and nature. Kayak through the canals of the remote wildlife hotspot of Tortuguero, experience exhilarating white water rafting on the Pacuare River, take in colourful colonies of living coral while snorkelling off the coast of Cahuita National Park, and meet the shamans of the indigenous BriBri villages.
Cost: From £1,440 pp (two sharing) for a 14-day tour, including accommodation, most meals, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*
NEW: Trekking the desert and mountain landscapes of Namibia
With striking desert and mountain landscapes, wildlife-rich national parks, famously dark night skies offering unparalleled views of the constellations, and well-served by a network of hiking trails, this beautiful country is ideal for exploring on foot. Driving yourself between each location, witness Mountain Zebra and Love Birds while hiking Naukluft Park, swim in natural pools on the Waterkloof Trail, and spend the night under the stars in the NamibRand desert camp.
Cost: From £1,730 pp (two sharing) for a ten-day tour, including accommodation, some meals, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*
Climb the highest mountain in North Africa – Morocco’s Mount Toubkal
At over 4,000 m, Jbel Toubkal is the highest peak in the region, with breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert. This six-day trip begins in Marrakech, with time to explore the vibrant medina, before journeying onwards along the twisting roads of the High Atlas, to trek to along rocky tracks accompanied by an experienced guide and trusty mule, passing through verdant valleys filled with almond and fig trees and fascinating Berber villages.
Cost: From £610 pp (two sharing) for an eight-day tour, including accommodation, all meals, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*
Explore Brazil’s Amazon, learn survival techniques and swim with pink dolphins
From witnessing colourful birds and characterful monkeys from your very own house boat on the Rio Negro to exploring caves and bathing in waterfalls in the paradise of Maruaga Park, intrepid travellers will find plenty to be thrilled about on this two-week Amazonian adventure. Trekking into the heart of the rainforest, learn about how to survive in this challenging habitat, with natives sharing techniques such as getting water from vines and foraging for food. Journeying along the mighty Amazon River, swim with the renowned pink dolphins, fish for piranha and visit local community projects.
Cost: From £2,010 pp (two sharing) for a 14-day tour, including accommodation, most meals, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*
Biking Japan’s Noto Peninsula
Home to some of the most beautiful scenery, unspoiled coastline and finest seafood in Japan, the Noto Peninsula on the Japan Sea coast of Ishikawa Prefecture is a wonderful and overlooked location perfect for exploring by bicycle. Setting off from mysterious and atmospheric Kyoto, cycle from village to village taking in dramatic Edo-period castles, traditional houses surrounded by cherry blossom trees, well-preserved samurai and geisha districts and peaceful mountain scenery.
Cost: From £1,730 pp (two sharing) for a seven-day tour, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*
* All of these quotes are based on two sharing. TravelLocal trips include transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide. Travel to the destination is not included, giving more flexibility and allowing customers to book their flights via points schemes if preferred.
For more information, call TravelLocal on +44 (0)117 325 7898 or visit www.travellocal.com to plan a tailor-made trip to suit your personal interests and to match your budget.