Forget easy walks through urban jungles or mini-bus trips to the top of the hill. If you want to feel the full force of nature in your destination of choice, you'd be mad to miss out on one of our multi-activity holidays.
Known as the adrenalin-inducing core of Central America, Costa Rica is awash with weird and wonderful landforms begging to be discovered. Take to the white water of the Pacuare River and prepare for a heart-stopping ride up and over grade III and IV rapids. If you keep your eyes open long enough, there's the chance of spotting jungle inhabitants, from river otters to howler monkeys.
After a thorough soaking, take to the pathways of Gandoca-Manzanilo Reserve's primitive rainforest. Or if you've taste for aquatic action, head to the Cahuita National Park, fringed with protected beaches for a snorkelling sojourn in the company of turtles and brightly coloured coral. Elsewhere, cycling in the shadow of volcanoes, and boating past evil-eyed American crocs are also for the taking.
Our 15-day Active Costa Rica trip takes guests white-water rafting, cycling and hiking in Arenal National Park, and snorkelling, from £2,356 including flights, accommodation, transport and tour staff.
This south-east Asian beauty may be a land of dazzling beaches, exquisite food and plush five-star resorts. Yet it's also an adventure lover's paradise far beyond the bright lights of Bangkok. Your best bet is to head north, away from the temptation of lazy beaches and lethargy-inducing backpacker boltholes on the southern islands.
Live like a local and bike the trails between fields of cotton and tea in the town of Nan, before returning to a homestay. This is as close to authentic Thai life as you're ever going to get, so it pays to improvise; try your hand at harvesting, planting and fruit-picking before a lesson in pottery or basket weaving.
Beyond Nan lies Umphang — the gateway to a jungle trek. It's a land smothered in waterfalls, hill tribes and fierce rivers for an unforgettable multi-activity getaway.
Our 14-day Active Thailand takes in Bangkok, a homestay in Nan, and wilderness trek, from £1,703, including flights, accommodation, transport and tour staff.
Tacky tourist resorts may saturate certain areas of Turkey, but aside from these, this exotic country has myriad adventure options. Worth a look is the harbour town of Kas, with bunches of bougainvillea scrambling over whitewashed walls, and quaint backstreets to nosey through on foot.
Take to the waters in the bay of Kekova on a kayak and paddle past ancient sarcophagi (tombs), Roman baths and houses clinging precariously to the hillside.
Further inland, a two-wheeled tour of the Taurus Mountains is a must do, with mountain streams trickling its pathways. Also not-to-be-missed is a canoeing trip down the Xanthos River with a golden beach at its finishing point – the icing on the cake.
Our eight-day Active Turkey trip visits the town of Kas, travelling by bike, boat, canoe and sea-kayak, from £699 including flights, accommodation, transport and tour staff.
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