Last year, Adventure Travel sent more than 1200 keen travellers to more than 80 different countries. Our clients boarded planes, trains, buses and boats – keen for adventure, new experiences, different cultures, weird and wonderful food – and wildlife experiences.
Viewing exotic and rare animals in the beauty of their habitat is a big draw card for Adventure Travel clients – and who wouldn’t want to trek into the Simien Mountains in the Ethiopian Plateau and view hundreds of rare gelada or bleeding-heart baboons? Take a bone-shaking journey by truck deep into the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania to see hippos, lions, and rhino drinking from the same water hole? Crawl on your hands and knees across the sand on the Galapagos Islands to see the strange and exotic 30-foot long marine iguana and 100-year old giant tortoises? Or take a boat ride down the Amazon River in South America to get a rare glimpse of the boto, or pink river dolphin?
Australia may not be first destination that springs to mind when you’re brain storming your next Adventure Travel trip, but think again. There’s far more to our Antipodean neighbour than the Gold Coast, a cold beer at The Rocks and walking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Last year a record number of 2.9 million New Zealanders travelled overseas, and the number one destination was Australia.
Adventure Travel consultant Sydel Berryman has just stepped off the plane from an awe-inspiring fortnight in Peru; a rich and colourful country in South America that's home to the Amazon rainforest and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, an ancient city high in the Andes mountains.
Travelling with Chimu Adventures, her first few days were spent in vibrant Lima and Cusco, before she embarked on a five-day high-altitude Lares Trek, climbing to a steep mountain pass with an elevation of 4219m. The finale of Sydel’s South American adventure was a three-day cruise on the waterways of the earth’s largest forest, the Amazon.