6 trips for all-out adventure

Who said having an adventurous vacation had to be a hassle? We’ve tracked down the best exhilarating itineraries to make your next trip a little different.
The Great Wall of China at sunset
The Great Wall of China at sunset
Insight Guides makes planning your trips, vacations, holidays – whatever you want to call them – simple and stress-free. You just tell us where you want to go and we do all the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find a few of our most adventurous ready-made holidays. Take a deep breath – it’s going to be a great trip.


1. A tour on the wild side

Where? Costa Rica
What? Stunning wildlife and jungles galore
Which tour? Costa Rica Eco Adventure

This Central American country may be small but it sure packs a hefty punch. Travel to Costa Rica for some of the world’s best wildlife-watching: spot nesting turtles, brightly colored toucans, the super-slow sloth and more. Adventure activities reign supreme too: hike to wild waterfalls, catch a wave on the Pacific coast, tour active volcanoes... How much adventure can you handle?


2. Cultural insights

Where? China & Tibet
What? Temples, tombs, and teahouses
Which tour? China & Tibet: An Unforgettable Adventure

How can you resist “one of the greatest travel adventures of our time”? Our local expert and trip planner Renee has packed all of China’s highlights into this 11-day tour to ensure you see the best this country has to offer. Experience Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the world-famous terracotta warriors, giant pandas, temples, Potala Palace and more. Where do we sign up?


3. A hike to remember

Where? Patagonia
What? Hiking and horseriding
Which tour? Wild Patagonia

Take in vast mountain scenes, serene lakes, epic glaciers and more, as you hike through one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world. As one of our favorite trekking destinations, Torres del Paine national park is unmissable. Plus, when your legs won’t hold out any longer, you can opt for a horse-ride too.


Image titleBaby orang utan at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Malaysia


4. First-time adventure

Where? Malaysia
What? Culture, desert islands and wildlife galore
Which tour? Traditional Malaysia & Wild Borneo

An ideal intro trip to Southeast Asia: travel through the chaotic streets of the capital Kuala Lumpur, before heading out into the wild Cameron Highlands and onto Sarawak to see orangutans.  This trip gives you a complete overview of the country, from temple culture to cycling tours, exploring caves to cooling off beachside. Whatever you look for in an adventure, we’re sure this trip will have you covered.


5. Fun for all ages

Where? Dubai
What? Wild water parks, beaches galore and an overnight safari
Which tour? Arabian Family Adventure

Who said adventures are only for adults? If you’re traveling with kids tow, we’ve got it sorted. Glamorous Dubai has activities for all ages: from Ski Dubai (yes, you guessed it, an artificial ski slope) to and overnight desert safari, this trip will keep you and your children on their toes.


6. Calling all wildlife-watchers!

Where: The Galapagos Islands
What? Cruising the archipelago in search of wildlife sightings
Which tour? Completely Galapagos (East to West on M/S Cachlote)

What’s more adventurous than following in the footsteps of the world’s greatest explorers on a two-week exploration of the Galapagos Islands? This sailboat experience will take you on a tour of the islands' best wildlife hotspots, with a spot of snorkeling thrown in for good measure. Back on the mainland, you’ll have time to discover Quito too, which (with the help of our trip planner) you can explore like a local.


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