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The trip was an amazing experience. As expected it was physically tough but worth every drop of sweat and mud (no blood fortunately). For me personally, I found the heat hard to adjust to. I expected us to benefit from the shade of the rainforest more than we did and I guess going from a Scottish winter to an equatorial country didn't help. Having said that it didn't detract from my enjoyment, just made it harder work. We were also lucky because all 13 of us got on very well and it was a good mix of people. A special mention has to go to the guides and Danny in particular. I remember when we did the Cycling in the Andes that the guides were good but Danny was excellent. As well as being extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable about adventure stuff he was passionate about Costa Rica, it's environment and future. He had a great sense of humour and as if all that weren't enough he and his team were superb cooks. Although this wasn't everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday I came home envigorated and motivated with stacks of energy - apart from having to negotiate Terminal 5 on it's second day of chaos! I've already been on your website looking for the next potential challenge, if only work didn't get in the way.
Responsible Travel Awards
>> 2016 - Long-listed for the World Responsible Tourism Awards in the category of Best Innovation by a Tour Operator for the 10 Pieces Litter Collection Initiative
>> 2012 - 'Greenest Travel Brochures' for our Himalaya 2012/13 brochure - Travel Weekly
>> 2011 - Most Outstanding Travel Product Award at the Australian Society of Travel Writer’s (ASTW)
>> 2008 - Inaugural 2008 Leadership Award - World Expeditions - Responsible Travel and Tourism Forum, Toronto
>> 2008 - 50 Tours of a Lifetime - Arnhem Land Marine Rescue Project from our Community Project Travel program - National Geographic
>> 2008 - Winner of the inaugural Leadership Award at the Responsible and Travel Tourism Forum (RTTF)
>> 2007 - The World's 25 Best New Adventures - Arnhemland Marine Rescue Community Project - National Geographic Adventure
>> 2006 - Highly Commended for Best in a Mountain Environment category in the First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards
“World Expeditions is a global adventure travel company with over 30 years experience around the planet. Their Nepal trekking operation, run by Nepalis, is notable for its pioneering Porter Protection program that has set the industry benchmark, which many companies are starting to follow. All porters are provided with generous insurance, all the protective clothing and footwear needed, all camping and cooking facilities, as well as food” -- First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards, 2006
>> 2001 - Winner of the WWF Environmental Achievement Award for our publication of 'Responsible Travel Guidebook'