1997'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES : TRAVELS FAR AND NEAR ON FOOT, BICYCLE - AND ELEPHANT AND CAMEL.Byline: Judi Dash Special to the Daily News Travel
When group adventure travel first took off about 20 years ago, the credo was, climb every mountain (as distant as possible), bag a slew of wildlife shots, and be a sport about food and lodgings. Meet the people? Sure, if they could carry gear and blaze a trail to remote wilderness sites.
Now a more mature adventure industry, raking in some $220 billion a year, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the Adventure Travel Society, is casting a wider net to attract even more bountiful tourist game.
For 1997, outfitters across the board are offering new hiking, cycling, kayaking and rafting trips designed to appeal to those who want an active vacation An active vacation is a vacation that is built around some physical activity or set of physical activities. Examples include hiking, cycling, and mountain climbing vacations. that does not require great physical stamina, huge chunks of time, considerable culinary compromise or less-than-comfy accommodations.
Slick catalogs are filled with enticing this-could-be-you action photos that tout excursions of a week or less (many on American turf), combo adventures that pack multiple sports into even a short trip and special itineraries for families, seniors and women.
Especially popular are excursions that include social interactions with host populations. Sure, hardy types are still testing their individual mettle against Mount Everest's forbidding peaks, but the mother lode Mother Lode, belt of gold-bearing quartz veins, central Calif., along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The term is sometimes limited to a strip c.70 mi (110 km) long and from 1 to 6 1-2 mi (1.6–10.5 km) wide, running NW from Mariposa. of adventurers is seeking more down-to-earth challenges, such as bridging culture chasms via village home-stays, and helping endangered animals and people through volunteer vacations.
Expeditions by sea kayak A Sea kayak or touring kayak is a kayak developed for the sport of paddling on open waters of lakes, bays, and the ocean. Sea kayaks are seaworthy small boats with a covered deck and the ability to incorporate a spraydeck. - sturdy, easy-to-maneuver watercraft that require zero brawn brawn
1. Solid and well-developed muscles, especially of the arms and legs.
2. Muscular strength and power.
3. Chiefly British The meat of a boar.
4. Headcheese. - are proliferating worldwide, with excursions along tranquil waterways in Australia, Chile, Costa Rica Costa Rica (kŏs`tə rē`kə), officially Republic of Costa Rica, republic (2005 est. pop. 4,016,000), 19,575 sq mi (50,700 sq km), Central America. , Fiji and Vietnam, as well as the traditional happy paddling grounds of Baja California Baja California, state, Mexico
Baja California (Span.: bä`hä kälēfōr`nyä), state (1990 pop. 1,660,855), 27,628 sq mi (71,576 sq km), NW Mexico, on the Baja California peninsula. Mexicali is the capital. , Mexico, coastal Maine, and Alaska's Inside Passage.
Forget seeing Europe by motorcoach or rental car. If it's Tuesday, you must be on your feet exploring the countryside on a walking tour, while a van transports your luggage and a charming inn awaits with afternoon tea, gourmet fare and plumped-up pillows.
Or, hop atop your trusty horse, camel or elephant. This season, intrepid travelers are not just photographing animals, but riding them in Africa, Nepal, Argentina and the wilds of America.
Following is a selection of neat, new adventures for 1997.
On American turf
The Sierra Club Sierra Club, national organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation and expansion of the world's parks, wildlife, and wilderness areas. Founded (1892) in California by a group led by the Scottish-American conservationist John Muir, the Sierra Club has greatly expanded its reasonably priced weeklong excursions around the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . New this season is a March backpacking trip around lush Cumberland Island
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917–November 22, 1963), was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in Jr.'s September wedding. The 16-by-3-mile expanse of wilderness amid palmettos, live oaks dripping with Spanish moss Spanish moss, fibrous grayish-green epiphyte (Tillandsia usneoides) that hangs on trees of tropical America and the Southern states, also called Florida, southern, or long moss. and rolling dunes, also boasts wild horses Wild Horses may refer to:
adj. cush·i·er, cush·i·est Informal
Making few demands; comfortable: a cushy job.
[Origin unknown. digs at the elite Greyfield Inn, but the sound of the surf is just as sweet from ground level.
More strenuous are the Sierra Club's backpack trips through the meandering sandstone canyons and ancient Pueblo Indian Pueblo Indian
Any of the historic descendants of the prehistoric Anasazi peoples who have for centuries lived in settled pueblos in what is now northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico, U.S. The contemporary pueblos are divided into eastern and western. cliff dwellings of Canyon del Muerto in Arizona's Canyon de Chelly National Monument Canyon de Chelly National Monument (də shā`) [De Chelly, Sp. corruption of Navajo Tsegi = rock canyon], 83,840 acres (33,955 hectares), NE Ariz.; est. 1931. . Led by a Navajo guide, the trip includes visits with Navajo farmers in their canyon homesteads, with time to learn about Navajo history and daily life.
For bigger thrills, consider the club's hiking, rafting and camping trip along the wild Chatooga River, which forms a 40-mile border between South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures
Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15. and Georgia. Just how wild? The Chatooga was the river used to film the violent 1972 whitewater thriller ``Deliverance.''
Have your rapids and eat well too on Salmon River Salmon River
River, central Idaho, U.S. It flows northeast past the town of Salmon, where it is joined by the Lemhi River, and then northwest to join the Snake River south of the Idaho-Oregon-Washington border. It is about 420 mi (676 km) long. Outfitter's six-day, gourmet whitewater camping or lodge-based raft trips down the Main Fork of Idaho's Salmon River. You get three lavish meals a day (like banana-walnut buttermilk pancakes, baked salmon, and shrimp pasta marinara ma·ri·na·ra
Being or served with a sauce of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices: spaghetti marinara.
Marinara sauce. ) along with the thrills and spills of river rafting. One trip brings along a gourmet chef who provides cooking demonstrations. Three others have a wine-tasting theme, with California and Pacific Northwest vintages.
Backroads runs six-day, inn-based hiking trips around Taos and Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal. , N.M., taking in the Sacred Sanctuario de Chimayo, believed to be a place of magical healing, with stays in inns. You might even catch one of the American Indian American Indian
or Native American or Amerindian or indigenous American
Any member of the various aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere, with the exception of the Eskimos (Inuit) and the Aleuts. Pueblo festivals along the way. Six-day camping or inn-based easy hiking trips in Washington's North Cascades The North Cascades are a section of the Cascade Range of Western North America. They span the border between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the US state of Washington. and Methow Valley are amid wildflowers and wildlife - elk, coyote coyote (kī`ōt, kīō`tē) or prairie wolf, small, swift wolf, Canis latrans, native to W North America. It is found in deserts, prairies, open woodlands, and brush country; it is also called brush wolf. , marmots, beaver and sometimes black bear, but keep your distance.
Backroads runs dozens of walking, hiking and cycling excursions in Europe. A particularly lovely walking trip, with abundant opportunities to meet, greet - and share a pint - with the locals, is the outfitter's six-day, inn-to-inn trip around southwestern Ireland's verdant ver·dant
1. Green with vegetation; covered with green growth.
3. Lacking experience or sophistication; naive. Iveragh Peninsula and the Kerry Way. The trails are alongside rocky peaks (relax, you don't climb them), and cultivated
fields dotted with sheep, hedgerows and wildflowers, with periodic misty ocean vistas. One departure date is specifically for singles.
Geographic Expeditions' nine-day Time for Tea walking and motoring tour through the countryside around England's Exmoor National Park is centered around afternoon tea times. Led by Michele Rivers, an artist, photographer and actress who is author of a book on English tea customs, participants partake of the brew and accompanying goodies at award-winning tea houses along the way, overnighting in country inns, with a healthy dip into local gossip and goings on as well.
Butterfield & Robinson's new eight-day walking trip in Sicily explores little-touristed towns on the mountainous land, which has some of Europe's most dramatic seascapes Seascapes is an RTÉ Radio 1 programme broadcast on Fridays at 8.30 pm. and presented by Tom MacSweeney. It is intended to cover all subjects of maritime interest, from leisure to commercial shipping, as well as fishing and the environment. , best-preserved Greek and Roman ruins, precious mosaics and a humor that defies the island's infamous underworld associations. The group also does some heli-hiking on the volcanic slopes of 10,700-foot Mount Etna and visits the tiny offshore Aolian Islands by private yacht.
Mountain Travel/Sobek meanders into Eastern Europe with a 14-day hiking trip through Slovakia (part of former Czechoslovakia), and the lofty High Tatras Mountains, scaled down versions of the Alps. Hiking can be strenuous, but participants always are welcome to skip a tough one and use the time to explore the local culture in the medieval towns along the way.
Mountain Travel/Sobek is all over the map with sea kayak adventures. The company's domestic trips include a six-day excursion along coastal Maine, with visits to tiny offshore islands where fishing is still a key source of income - and lobster comes fresh to the table. Participants get a chance to see migrating whales, bald eagles and ospreys, with stays at waterfront inns. In Baja California, Mexico, the outfitter runs paddling excursions among the sea lions, dolphins and finback whales around Espiritu Island, just off the Baja coast in the Sea of Cortez.
Further afield, Mountain Travel/Sobek offers sea kayaking trips of six to 16 days in Costa Rica; Portugal's Douro River; the fjords of Chile; Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; and Fiji's Yasawa Islands. An expeditionary kayaking trip to Greenland, site of the world's largest fjord fjord or fiord (fyôrd), steep-sided inlet of the sea characteristic of glaciated regions. Fjords probably resulted from the scouring by glaciers of valleys formed by any of several processes, including faulting and erosion by , is the only one requiring previous kayaking experience and physical stamina.
REI takes its sea kayaks to Kauai, Hawaii, for paddling alongside the high cliffs of the rugged Na Pali coast - a killer for hikers but a cinch cinch
a saddle girth on an American stock saddle. Tightens with a knot on a ring instead of with straps and buckles. in the water. Lodgings are in beach tent sites and cabins, with optional hiking on the Na Pali coast as well as inland. In Australia, REI paddles around palm-fringed islands off the Queensland coast, with snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef, largest complex of coral reef in the world, c.1,250 mi (2,000 km) long, in the Coral Sea, forming a natural breakwater for the coast of Queensland, NE Australia. , (largest in the world) hiking, and mountain biking mountain biking Sports medicine A sport in which participants use specialized bicycles to navigate rough, steep trails covered with unforgiving rocks Injury risk Concussions, fractures, death. See Extreme sport, Novelty seeking behavior. also offered.
Volunteer vacations, etc.
Earthwatch, long a purveyor (World-Wide Web) Purveyor - A World-Wide Web server for Windows NT and Windows 95 (when available).
E-mail: <email@example.com>. of programs where paying guests participate in ecological, cultural and archeological studies alongside working scientists, has introduced a 1997 catalog with more detailed descriptions of how clients' efforts truly can save the world or a small part of it. While many of the dozens of programs are in remote corners of the globe, intriguing domestic trips include an eight-day study of border music (a mosaic of Mexican, American Indian, country-western and southern-style) around El Paso, Texas!, and a 14-day study of Florida Everglades ecology and the impact of hurricanes and fires on native animal and plant life.
Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris' 19-day expedition to Papua, New Guinea and Irian Jaya includes participation in the extraordinary Mount Hagen ``Sing Sing'' festival, which draws hundreds of tribal peoples for an orgy of dance, music and body decoration. The primitive Huli wigmen of New Guinea still live as did their stone-age ancestors, but know well the value of a tourist dollar. Substantial time is spent with village people, learning their ways and participating in tribal celebrations, including pig roasts and spirit house ceremonies.
Wilderness Travel's 19-day cultural pilgrimage to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam provides a fine opportunity for mingling with peoples of ancient honor, tragic wars and enduring cultural treasures. From bustling urban Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, city (1997 pop. 5,250,000), on the right bank of the Saigon River, a tributary of the Dong Nai, Vietnam. ), Vietnam, to the rice paddles of Laos, and the breathtaking Khmer temples of Angor Wat, Cambodia, participants have ample opportunities to visit with the host people, who, despite the recent past, unabashedly un·a·bashed
1. Not disconcerted or embarrassed; poised.
2. Not concealed or disguised; obvious: unabashed disgust. adore Americans.
Prices are per person, double occupancy and do not include air fare.
Backroads, (800) 462-2848. Six-day New Mexico hiking trips depart May 25 and June 1, 8, and 15. Price: $1,395. Six-day, inn-based hiking trips in Washington depart July 6 and 13 (singles trip departs June 29.) Price: $1,435. Camping trips depart Aug. 24 and 31 (singles trip, Aug. 17.) Price: $798, Six-day hiking trips in Ireland depart July 27 and Aug. 5 and 12. A trip for singles departs July 20. Price: $2,290. Family camping trips: eight-day trip in France's Loire Valley departs July 8. Price: $1,198. Six-day Idaho excursions depart July 6 and 20. Price: $749. Six-day Nova Scotia trips depart July 6 and 20 and Aug. 17. Price: $698.
Butterfield & Robinson, (800) 678-1147. Six-day walking trips in Sicily depart April 18 and Oct. 3. Price: $3,750.
Earthwatch, (800) 776-0188. Eight-day Texas border music programs start Feb. 2, 12, and 22, and March 4 and 14. Price: $995. Two-week Florida Everglades studies start Feb. 15, March 1 and 22, and April 5. Price: $1,195.
Elder Treks, (800) 741-7956. Two-week walking trips in Bali and Java for travelers over 50 depart April 18, June 20, July 25, Aug. 29, Oct. 17, and Nov. 14. Price: $1,460.
Equitour, (800) 545-0019. Weeklong riding trips in Northern California depart May 6, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 30, and Oct. 14. Priced from $1,595.
Esplanade Tours, (800) 628-4893. Five-day elephant-back safaris in Botswana depart weekly from mid-February through December. Price: $5,000.
Geographic Expeditions, (800) 777-8183. Nine-day tea tours in Exmoor, England, depart May 31, June 7, and Aug. 2 and 9. Priced from $2,595.
Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris, P.O. Box 655, Vashon, Wash. 98070; (206) 463-5383. Nineteen-day photo tour to Papua, New Guinea and Irian Jaya departs July 31. Price: $6,995.
Mountain Travel/Sobek, (800) 227-2384. Two-week treks in Slovakia depart June 28 and Aug. 2 and 30. Priced from $1,990. Six-day Maine kayaking trips depart June 22, July 27, and Aug. 10 and 31. Priced from $1,485. Seven-day paddling trips in Mexico's Sea of Cortez depart March 15, 22, and 29, April 5, Oct. 11, Nov. 22, and Dec. 20 and 27. Priced from $995. Call for dates and prices for paddling trips in Alaska, Costa Rica, Portugal, Chile, Vietnam, Fiji, and Greenland. Weeklong Canadian Rockies trips depart June 7 and 28, July 5, Aug. 2 and 30, and Sept. 6. Price: From $1,270.
Natural Habitat, (800) 548-7555. Departures for women-only trips; 10-day trekking and gorilla-watching trip in Uganda, March 9. Price: $4,795. Eleven-day Costa Rica exploration, March 23. Price: $2,395. Fifteen-day Botswana safari, Aug. 4. Price: $4,295. Seven-day Bahamas sailing and dolphin-watch trip, Aug. 30. Price: from $1,795. Mixed-sex itineraries are offered for above trips.
Overseas Adventure Travel, (800) 353-6262. Two-week Egypt trips depart March 1, 22 and 29, April 26, May 10, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, and Nov. 8 and 22. Price: from $3,190. Seventeen-day Turkey trips depart throughout April, May, July, September, and October. Price: from $3,290.
Rainbow Adventures, (800) 804-8686. Weeklong Arizona hiking trip for women only departs April 19 (a second trip departing April 26 will be opened after first trip fills). Price: $1,550.
REI, (800) 622-2236. Weeklong Hawaii sea-kayaking trips depart April 20, June 22, Aug. 3 and Nov. 23. Price: $1,195. Twelve-day Australia sea-kayaking trips depart May 9 and Nov. 21. Price: $1,895. Sixteen-day Nepal rafting, hiking, mountain biking, and elephant-back trips depart March 14, April 11, and Oct. 8 and 24. Price: $1,890.
Salmon River Outfitters, (800) 346-6204. Six-day gourmet rafting trips along Idaho's Salmon River depart Aug. 25 (camping, $1,145) and Sept. 2 (lodge-based, $1,225). Six-day wine-tasting raft trips, with camping, depart July 16 and Aug. 1 and 17. Price: $1,195.
Sierra Club, Outing Dept., 85 Second St., Second Floor, San Francisco, Calif. 94105; (415) 977-5588. Weeklong backpacking trip on Cumberland Island, Ga. (trip No. 97031A), departs March 30. Price: $545. Weeklong backpacking trip in the Canyon del Muerto of Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Ariz., (No. 97036A) departs April 27. Price: $655. One-week whitewater rafting/hiking trip along the Chatooga River, S.C. (No. 97052A), departs April 13. Price: $675.
Wilderness Travel, (800) 368-2794. Nineteen-day explorations of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam depart March 15, Oct. 18, and, in 1998, Jan. 10. Price: from $4,195.
(1--Color) Travelers get around via elephant on Esplanade's five-day elephant-back safaris out of Abu's Camp at the edge of the Okavongo Delta in Botswana.
(2--Color) Mountain Travel/Sobek runs easy sea-kayaking trips to the whalewatching grounds of Baja California, Mexico.
(3) Equitours' horseback trips on Northern California's Redwood Coast include galloping along vast beaches north of Mendocino.
Judi Dash/Special to the Daily News
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