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If you like being outdoors -- whether it's walking in the hills among spring wildflowers, camping by a mountain lake, listening to the sounds of monkeys howling in the jungle, or taking a hike in the desert at sunrise -- guided tours are a great way to get you there, give you support as needed, and deepen your understanding of what you're seeing and hearing in the natural world. And naturally, Stride can help you find the right p ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Amazon Rainforest Adventure tour
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Amazon Rainforest Adventure

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 210 / day
$ 1,050
From : $ 1,418
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cruise along the Napo River. Seated comfortably in your covered motorboat,
  • Visit to the Quito community for a lesson on local culture, After that, another short hike will put us at our second clay lick of the day for another round of unique viewing
  • You'll discover how the community has evolved over the years for the better, developing leaps and bounds in areas such as health care and education
  • As we canoe away from this awesome area, otters, monkeys and rare bids will be around to bid us farewell.
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Andes Mountains, Quito, Ecuador
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Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

ElderTreks
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 680 / day
$ 4,763
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Hike in pristine, remote mountainous wilderness
  • Helicopter flights to/from lodges to hiking areas
  • Tailor your own hikes—easy or hard, long or short
Visits:
Alberta, Banff National Park, Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Canada
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Trails of New Zealand

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
22 days
$ 218 / day
$ 7,449
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Auckland and Christchurch
  • One-day Tongariro Crossing (optional) and other exciting walks
  • Lake Taupo and Rotorua
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Fox Glacier and Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
  • Queenstown and Milford Sound
Visits:
Auckland, Rotorua, Alps, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Gray Whales, Sea Turtles & National Parks of ...

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
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Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover the best of Magdalena Bay and Cabo Pulmo in the comprehensive eight-day itinerary
  • Camp on the beach, visit Espiritu Santo Island, and hike through Sierra de La Laguna Biosphere Reserve
Visits:
Mexico
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Nature & Adventure Package

Project Expedition
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 168 / day
$ 1,174
From : $ 1,644
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Visit Tortuguero National Park and enjoy boating tours
  • Arenal Volcano National Park and surrounding rainforests
  • Zipline and relax in natural hot springs
  • Hotels with a lot of amenities like private gardens, pools, spas, and bars
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
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Walking and Hiking in South Iceland: The Drama of ...

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 511 / day
$ 4,599
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Learn about Iceland’s energy source at a geothermal power plant.
  • Explore Skaftafell National Park, which spans three glaciers on the southern edge of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest icecap.
  • Soak in a naturally heated river in the colorful, volcanic Landmannalaugar region.
Visits:
Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss, Skaftafell National Park, Thingvellir National park, Iceland
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Grizzly Bear Nature Adventure

Great Canadian Trails
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 998 / day
$ 3,990
From : $ 5,586
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Observe grizzly bears in their natural habitat
  • Seaplane flight to Great Bear Lodge
  • Boat cruise through glacier carved inlet
  • Guided walks
Visits:
Canada
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18 Days Wildlife And Nature Adventure Safari

18 days
$ 420 / day
$ 7,562
From : $ 10,209
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Entebbe
  • See the Lake Mburo, Uganda’s smallest savannah park
  • Awesome Lake Bunyonyi and enjoy canoe ride
  • View and taking pictures and your great achievement of trekking/tracking Mountain Gorillas will be rewarded by a signed Gorilla tracking/trekking certificate
  • Opportunity to cruise on the Kazinga Channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George
  • Visit Kibale Forest national park
  • Experience 3 - 4 hour hike to the beautiful waterfalls going through local community homes and coffee plantation while enjoying spectacular views from up Mountain Elgon
Visits:
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Entebbe, Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
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Galapagos Safari Camp Yoga Retreat

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 785 / day
$ 4,710
From : $ 5,369
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Combine each day's tours of the Galapagos, led by expert naturalist guides, with two daily tailored yoga flows, led by San Diego-based teacher traveling with your group
Visits:
Galapagos, Ecuador
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Arizona's Amazing Monsoon Madness: Birding and Nature

7 days
$ 271 / day
$ 1,995
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Madera Canyon home to Elegant Trogon, Arizona Woodpecker, Bridled Titmouse, and during recent years, nesting Flame-colored Tanager
  • Explore Arivaca Cienega, a part of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, where we’ll investigate the boardwalk trail
  • Opportunity to Kino Springs Golf Course, where we hope to see several locally uncommon species including: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Gray Hawks, Tropical Kingbirds, and Varied Buntings.
  • Visit the bisbee mining & historical museum—an affiliate of the smithsonian institution.
  • Visit Fort Huachuca, bringing a picnic lunch from Sierra Vista
  • Visit the Nature Conservancy Preserve at Ramsey Canyon- one of the first well-known birding sites in Arizona.
Visits:
Arizona, United States
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Quito & Surroundings | Andes Highlights - Nature

8 days
$ 125 / day
$ 998
From : $ 1,347
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Teleférico, one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of beautiful valley
  • Visit an indigenous weaving worshop in Peguche
  • Visit San Pablo lake, where you will enjoy of a nice view of the volcano and the lake
  • Visit the complex of Nambillo waterfalls
  • Discover town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings
  • Visit of the unique bird sanctuary of Guango Lodge, which is a paradise for hummingbird
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Cotopaxi, Fairbanks, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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Discover Namibia - Camping

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 100 / day
$ 2,349
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
    Visits:
    Windhoek, Namibia
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    Galápagos Family Odyssey

    National Geographic Expeditions
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    10 days
    $ 629 / day
    $ 6,290
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
    Highlights

    --Discover the fascinating wildlife and geology of the Galapagos Islands on a family adventure aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or Islander.

    --Cruise to pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence.

    --Snorkel amid sea turtles, quirky penguins, and playful sea lions; gaze into the old eyes of a giant sea tortoise; and sit among a colourful band of marine iguanas .

    --Participate in special kids' activities, such as stargazing, scavenger hunts, drawing and poetry workshops, and knot-tying lessons.

    Visits:
    Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santiago, Ecuador
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    Iguazu Falls – Power Of Nature

    Say Hueque
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    2 days
    $ 348 / day
    $ 695
    From : $ 855
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Enjoy Iguazú Falls Tour - Brazilian and Argentinean sides
    • Naturalist local guide
    • Discover Buenos Aires
    • Experience Boat trip to the waterfalls
    Visits:
    Iguazu Falls, Iguazu National Park, Argentina
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    Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound

    G Adventures
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    12 days
    $ 350 / day
    $ 4,199
    From : $ 5,165
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Explore banff during a walk with an expert from the whyte museum
    • Embark on a glacier walk with an expert guide
    • Soak and unwind in natural hot springs
    • Enjoy a historical tour through banff with an expert from the whyte museum
    • Search for grizzly and black bears on a float trip at blue river
    Visits:
    Calgary, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise, Vancouver, Whyte Museum, Victoria, Canadian Rockies, Canada
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    Top Nature Experiences and Attractions

    Top Nature Experiences

    Exploring the Amazon Rainforest and learning about its unique ecosystem

    Visiting Galapagos Island and looking at the Galapagos giant tortoise

    Seeing Zanzibar’s red Colobus monkey in Unguja Island

    Hiking the incredible and historic Inca trail in Peru

    Stargazing in the open fields of Galloway, Scotland

    Visiting Ngorogoro Crater and observing the enormous herds and flocks of African wildlife

    Going on an African safari. Experience the beauty of seeing animals in their natural habitat.

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    Nature Trip Reviews

    8,410 Nature Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

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    Excellent 6,424
    Great 1,676
    Average 192
    Disappointing 53
    Terrible 65
    Value
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    Guide
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    Activities
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    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.7
    Meals
    4.7

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    It was amazing!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We are just returning from our 15 days trip to Peru. It was amazing ! Peru is such a beautiful country. People there are very friendly. A special thanks to Peru for Less team for helping us creating a memorable itineraries. We are visiting Lima, Cuzco, Puno and Puerto Maldonado to name a few. Silvana Zavala & Matthew Hay are our travel advisors. They have done a great job from the beginning to end.Thank you to both of you. I have already recommended your company to some of our friends who are interested to visit Peru after seeing our pictures. Tour guides are very knowledgeable, accommodations are excellent. All hotels we stayed are very clean & comfortable.

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    Operator Peru For Less

    Great expectations fulfilled and more!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    This June, I led a group of 12 on a tour to Ireland. Maggie Lunde was my group specialist who did an excellent job helping me achieve the desired plans for our visit. She was thorough and very responsive to our needs. Our chauffeur for the tour was Martin McAviney, a delightful guide and great friend to us. From the start, he let me know that he was there to fulfill all our plans and wishes and to feel free to communicate them clearly to him. He not only delivered but once he had a sense of our group, he gave us excellent additions which fit perfectly for us. His warmth and great sense of humor added greatly to the enjoyment and success of tour. Members thanked me afterward for "making our dreams come true" and another described the tour as "life-changing" I whole-heartedly share these accolades with Martin and Maggie.

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    Operator Authentic Vacations

    Baha 2019 spring break

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Baha 2019 spring break. Greatest week of my life. Wish I could do it again. Thank you grad city.

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    Operator GradCity

    I HAVE USED THE SERVICES OF CARADONNA…

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I HAVE USED THE SERVICES OF CARADONNA ADVENTURES FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM OR BAD BOOKING THAT THEY HAVE SET UP FOR ME AND THE NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING CLUB. IN NAVY TERMS "BRAVO ZULU' THANK YOU DAWN!

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    Operator Caradonna Adventures

    Amazing team lead by an amazing person!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Africa Joy Tours has one of the most friendly staff I have met and it shows that for them customer's satisfaction and happiness is the most important.

    I went on a trek to Killimanjaro and the entire team ensured that I was well taken care off. From the moment I met them till the time I left Moshi, I was always made to feel like a part of their family.

    A special thanks to the head of the show Mr. Clinton for making my birthday on Kilimanjaro so special and to Joseph my guide for ensuring I reach the peak safe and sound!

    Thank you! You guys are amazing!

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    Operator Africa Joy Tours

    The amazing and very diverse scenery

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I had not researched too much into the trip but was drawn in by Lalibela and the Galeda monkeys. i loved travelling through the amazing and very diverse scenery plus the opportunity to sit on the roof twice

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    Operator Dragoman

    Nature Tours and Travel Guide

    Nature Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    If you like being outdoors -- whether it's hiking in the hills among spring wildflowers, camping by a mountain lake, listening to the sounds of monkeys howling in the jungle, or taking a hike in the desert at sunrise -- guided tours are a great way to get you there, give you support as needed, and deepen your understanding of what you're seeing and hearing in the natural world. And naturally, Stride can help you find the right path.

    Top Nature Tour Destinations

    There are so many great travel destinations for getting closer to nature.

    Here are the top nature tour destinations by continent

    1. Africa

    When people think of nature in the African continent, most think going on safaris. Even for people who are not animal lovers, nothing can compare to the thrill and beauty of an African safari.

    Being on a safari allows for some peace and quiet, getting in touch with nature. Game Drives during sunrise/sunset allow for some of the best scenery you’ll see in your life. All that said, there is even more to Africa than going on a safari! There is a huge variety (even in a single country, such as South Africa) of landscapes, from forests and mountains, to deserts and beaches. No matter what type of nature experience you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in Africa.

    2. Asia

    There is a huge variety of destinations for nature lovers in Asia. One of the more popular destinations is Thailand, known for its affordability, great beaches in the South, and lush forests in the North. Top suggestions include: monkey beach in Phuket, and visiting ethical Elephant Sanctuaries. For those looking for a more extreme nature travel experience, head over to Nepal for a trek to Everest Base Camp.

    3. Australia & New Zealand

    If you’re looking to go down under, Australia and New Zealand both offer ample opportunities to get out in nature. Trips include solo adventures in Australia or New Zealand, and many include visits to both countries. In Australia, you’ll find wildlife parks where you can get your fill of Koalas and Kangaroos, and the opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef.

    Green Island is a popular destination in the Great Barrier Reef, a 6,000 year old coral cay. This premier world heritage sight offers a one-of-a-kind tropical experience. Don’t miss out on snorkeling to see the many tropical fish species and marine plant life. For those who are not to keen on swimming, there are even tours with glass bottom boats!

    If you head to New Zealand, you’re met with Fjords, hiking (for all physical levels!) and wonderful thermal areas. Don't miss a trip to Milford Sound, with it’s dolphin sightings and mountain peaks towering over the fjord. Some tours offer helicopter rides over Milford Sound, making it an easy day trip from Queenstown. The South Island has some of the most incredible scenery you’ll ever see, and should not be missed.

    4. Europe

    Iceland tours are extremely popular for nature lovers. And for good reason! This country is simply stunning. Iceland offers beautiful views and a landscapes unlike anywhere else in Europe - or the world for that matter. A popular attraction is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal-heated, mineral rich lagoon. Also found in Iceland are Fjord canyons, mountains, waterfalls and gorgeous coastlines. There is a reason so many people are traveling to Iceland, and it should definitely have a spot on your bucket list.

    While many may think of mainland Europe and think castles and historical sightseeing, there’s actually tons to see and do for nature lovers. Consider Plitvice National Park in Croatia, or an invigorating stay in a mountain lodge in Switzerland, surrounded by the beauty of the Alps. The UK is full of gorgeous gardens and national parks as well. Many Europe tour packages include opportunities to enjoy these areas of natural beauty.

    5. North America

    You can not go wrong with a North America nature tour. The North American continent is incredibly diverse in so many ways, particularly in the breadth of natural attractions available. The many different climates and landscapes in the United States and Canada - make for a vastly different experience depending on where you are. For mountains, you have the Canadian Rockies in the west, and Great Smoky Mountains in the east.

    For those looking for the ocean, there are awesome beaches in Florida, Hawaii, and Mexico. Don’t forget about the lush rainforests in Washington State, or the desert in California/Arizona. Not to mention all the amazing national parks found across the continent. For those who don’t want to miss anything and are keen to make the most of their time, a North America nature tour is a great option.

    6. Central America

    While Central America is not a continent, it’s definitely worthy of its own separate category as it should not be missed. Central America also has great beaches and beautiful rainforests. One of the most popular destinations for those looking to experience nature in Central America is Costa Rica, which has an awesome mix of landscapes (and animal life!).

    Costa Rica tours often include a visit to Tortuguero National Park, which offers both thrills and relaxation. A visit to Tortuguero let’s travelers see Arenal Volcano and the canals. Don’t miss a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs. Costa Rica is a great spot for travelers in search of eco-tourism.

    7. South America

    For nature travel, no place offers incredible experiences quite like South America. From the Amazon River to Patagonia, the Galapagos to the jungles of Peru, South America is a nature lovers dream destination. If you’re looking to visit the Amazon rainforest, an Amazon river cruise is perfect for adventurous travelers. 

    If mountains are more your interest, look into heading to Chile to see Patagonia. While Patagonia is remote, that is part of its charm. See the beautiful fjords and glaciers in Torres Del Paine National Park. And don’t miss out on Magellanic penguins, found in Chile at Magdalena Island.

    Nature Photography Tips

    1. Use a wide-angle lens. This shows a broader view and can make background features pop. If you’re using your smartphone, crop your photo and make it narrow horizontally.

    2. If you are near water and want to capture “moving water,” use a long exposure effect. This is best done with a tripod so the camera isn’t moving while the photo is being taken.

    3. Learn about your subjects. If you’re going to be near animals, study up on the local wildlife so you’re aware of their behavior and can get a great shot. When trying to take pictures of a particular scenery, knowing the time of year to best capture it can help you plan when to take your trip. When looking for special plant photos, you want to go when the plant is in bloom!

    4. Consider water reflections for a beautiful photo. If you’re up early (right around sunrise) or out later (right before sunset), the golden hour lighting makes for great photos.

    5. Many smartphones have the ability to edit photos built into the camera. Use the brightening tool, or contrast tool to bring out the colors in the photo. There are built in filters that you can switch between to get different effects. If you’re unsatisfied with your phone and its editing options, there are multiple editing apps that can help you tune your picture.

    6. The best filter you can use is natural lighting! Golden hours, sunrise, and sunset are the best time for photos, especially with nature. Golden hours allow for a soft, golden glow that can highlight your subject if shot properly. Brighten up your object and shoot them during sunrise or sunset, where the background is soft and hazy. This also prevents harsh shadows that come with trying to take photos during the day.

    7. If you’re going on a safari and want to photograph animals, it’s best to go in the early morning or right before dusk, when the animals are out roaming. Day time brings hot heat, which the animals try to go escape. Hiding animals are difficult to photograph! Dawn and Dusk are when animals are active, so aim for a morning or evening visit for the best photography opportunities.

    8. When photographing animals, be respectful of them. Remain inside the marked territories for visitors. Don’t call the animal. Don’t chase after them. Don’t feed unless permission is given. The best photographs of animals are when they are enjoying life in their natural habitat!

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    Why go on a guided nature tour?

    Depending on where you’re traveling, there is a good chance there will be little to no cell reception. Trying to connect to your GPS or internet if you get lost without cell service is a frustrating and nerve wracking experience. If you’re going to a new country, it can be difficult to navigate remote trails or national parks, especially if you don’t speak the language.

    This should in no way discourage you from getting out in nature during your travels. Guided nature tours are the perfect option to take the stress out and truly enjoy the experience. The tour guides are out nearly every day, so they know the land, allowing you to just have fun without trying to navigate on your own.

    Tour guides may also know unusual and interesting facts about the area that will help connect your nature experience to the local community, culture, and heritage. And they’ll often know of secret viewing or picnic spots that the average traveler would not know about . A guided nature tour can keep you safe and stress free, allowing for the best experience.

    Nature Travel and Ecotourism

    When traveling in nature, it’s important to be aware of the environment and try your best to not disturb the landscape. Traveling has become extremely popular in recent years, and with globalization and the ability to travel more affordably than recent years, more and more people are visiting the worlds natural attractions.

    This is awesome! However not everyone is aware of the damage that can be done by some of their actions when they travel.

    Here are some tips for being a respectful traveler

    1. Do some research before you go so you’re aware of what’s happening in that particular environment. By being knowledgeable about your destination, you’re not only staying safe, but you’re practicing good tourism etiquette and avoiding doing damage.

    2. Consider trips with farm stays, local stays, and/or camping. These options can be eco-friendly and help boost the local economy, supporting the community.

    3. Wild animals are not for entertainment. Do some research and look for tours that have high ethical standards. If you’re really keen on seeing animals, look for places that allow viewing of the animals in their natural habitat.


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