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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.
6 Alternative Destinations
Alternative Places Where Few Others Have Been
There is a certain appeal about going to remote places where few others have ever been, but with more flight connections becoming available and faster travel times, such places are harder to find. To help you get to know a few of these remote and less travelled destinations, we are sharing below 6 trips with you. They may be perfect for you if you are looking to try something new for your holiday but not too different from what you have already enjoyed in the past…
1. If you liked trekking Mt Kilimanjaro ➜ Try Mt Kenya
Within a day’s drive from Kenya’s capital Nairobi you find two of Africa’s tallest mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. If you’ve already made it to the top of Kilimanjaro, why not try Mount Kenya. Many say that the scenery on Mount Kenya is even more beautiful with stunning lakes and dramatic views, but because this mountain peak is less popular, you will not have to share the trails and camp sites with crowds, keeping the mountain and surroundings to yourself.
>> Try our 7-day Mount Kenya Ascent trekking holiday
2. If you liked Tibet ➜ Try Yunnan
Both Tibet and Yunnan are inhabited by Chinese ethnic minority groups: Yunnan is probably China’s most diverse province, containing approximately one third of all of China’s minorities! Wedged between the Tibetan Plateau and Mekong and Yangtze rivers, Yunnan is scenically stunning and home to the town of Zhongdian, otherwise known as Shangri la! If you’ve already seen the Potala Palace and Mount Kailash in Tibet, in Yunnan you’ll find the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world, and the sacred peak of Kawakarpo.
>> Try our 15-day Yunnan Explorer touring holiday
3. If you liked Annapurna ➜ Try Manaslu
Have you enjoyed the hospitality and impressive mountain views whilst trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal? Well there’s another equally glorious mountain range neighbouring the Annapurna Massif, called Manaslu Himal. Manaslu, at 8163m is the world’s 6th highest peak and just pips Annapurna at 8091m. The Manaslu Circuit is considered by many to be the next big trek in Nepal but without the crowds. Manaslu is like stepping back in time to discover what trekking in Annapurna used to be like – 20 years ago. Trek into one of Nepal’s most beautiful and rarely visited areas.
>> Check out the Manaslu trekking holidays
4. If you liked a multi-activity holiday in Peru ➜ Try a traverse of Costa Rica
A multi-activity holiday is a fantastic way to discover a country as you travel on foot, by raft and on handlebar level. This is how you really take in the sounds and smells of a country and meet its friendly people in an active way. Peru is an amazing country to explore this way and in Costa Rica we take it to the next level for you. On the Costa Rica Traverse, we aim to cross the continent under our own steam at a faster pace, with longer treks and with more technical cycling involved.
>> Try the 12-day Costa Rica Traverse multi activity holiday
5. If you liked cycling in Vietnam ➜ Try cycling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi
In Vietnam we cycle from Hanoi and Halong Bay in the north, all the way south to Nha Thrang and Ho Chi Minh City. This is a great introduction to Southeast Asia and if it has left you waiting for more, then you’re ready for the next country and that is Laos. In Laos, time seems to have stand still and you’ll notice this as you encounter the various ethnic hill tribes living in the karst mountains between Luang Prabang and Hanoi. This unusual cycle route is more remote, crosses a wild border by bike, explores the legacy of the Indochina War and the simply stunning nature should make this your next country to visit in Southeast Asia!
>> Try the 15-day Luang Prabang to Hanoi by Bike cycling holiday
6. If you liked Trans Siberia ➜ Try the Silk Route
The Trans Siberia Express is a train journey of a lifetime along a trail that was assigned by Tsar Alexander III in the late 1800s connecting Moscow to Beijing and on to Japan. It’s a magnificent route and one of the classic rail journeys in the world. One of the other passages linking Europe with the Far East is an ancient trading route from Venice and Rome to Canton and Beijing: The Silk Road. Follow in the footsteps of camel caravans and discover places you may not have heard of before (Urumqi? Bishkek? Bukhara?) but are steeped in history.
>> Try our Silk Route touring holidays
Looking for an alternative to your personal favourite holiday destination? Have a look around at our website for inspiration or get in touch with our team of travel experts to have a chat on alternative holiday destinations. Who knows what surprising ideas they come up with!