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HORSEBACK RIDING
Extreme Factor: Low to Medium
Hopping on a saddle has always been
a great way to take in the landscape,
whether it's a sunset ride on a beach or
a multiday journey into remote wilderness. Horses can schlep humans and
their provisions for the long haul and go
places technology can't, and excursions
let travelers connect with and learn
about caring for the animals.
TRY IT: Your Virtuoso travel advisor can
arrange a ride through your destination's surrounding plains, countryside,
or coasts. For remote adventure, head
to Mongolia, where a ride through the
country affords wanderlusters an authentic perspective on nomad culture.
MOUNTAIN BIKING
Extreme Factor: Medium
Second only to hiking, mountain biking
(also known as all-terrain biking) is one
of the most popular ways to engage
in the great outdoors. Equipped with
knobby tires and serious suspension,
mountain bikes are built especially for
off-road adventures. If you're able to
shift gears, control your brakes, and
manage moderately uneven surfaces
(rocks, roots, and mud), you're ready
to ride. Bike tours range from slow and
steady to super technical, so be sure to
have your travel advisor find one that
best suits your fitness level.
TRY IT: Pedal through Patagonia's Lanín
National Park or go off-road in Iceland.
SNORKELING
Extreme Factor: Low
For a fun day of tropical fish-peeping,
strap on fins, a mask, and a snorkel
and head to the sea. Snorkeling is an
easy activity - basic swimming skills,
good equipment, and an understanding of the ocean are the most essential requirements. Many hotels, cruise
lines, and tour outfitters will provide
the supplies and instruction. Whenever possible, snorkel in the morning,
when marine wildlife is more active and
water visibility is best. And don't touch
or take anything from the ocean; sea
creatures rely on the reefs for food
and shelter.
TRY IT: Snorkeling is a must during any
water-based vacation, be it in the Caribbean or the Maldives, off the coast of
Mozambique, or in the warm waters of
the Hawaiian Islands, where adventurers can spot pristine coral reefs and sea
turtle habitats.

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AC T I VE A DVE N TUR E S

CAVE TUBING
Extreme Factor: Medium
Navigating an inner tube through a
cave is very different from taking one
for a ride down a ski slope or a leisurely float on a lazy river. Kitted with a
life vest and a headlamp, visitors take
subterranean cave tours through dark
(sometimes pitch black) caverns studded with stalactites and stalagmites.
Expert guides lead these underground
river tours, but if you have a fear of
dark, small spaces, you may want to sit
this one out.
TRY IT: In New Zealand's Waitomo
Caves, which are known for the thousands of glowworms that illuminate the
caverns; and in Belize, where cave tubing originated as a local sport by kids
using old car tires to float down rivers.
A tour through the crystal-clear waters
of the Caves Branch Archaeological
Reserve is a must-do.
KAYAKING
Extreme Factor: Low
If you want to get up close and personal with nature and wildlife, kayaks are an intimate way to explore.
First built by the Inuit people in
North America roughly 4,000 years
ago, these vessels were designed
for hunting on inland waters. Today,
paddlers of all skill levels can glide
through fjords, narrow straits, and
oceans from a sea-level perspective.
TRY IT: Grab a kayak from the activity
center at your resort, or sign up for a
tour on a cruise. In Alaska, wild coastline meets dramatic maritime mountain
scenery at Lynn Canal, the deepest
fjord in North America. Paddlers can
maneuver a former Klondike gold rush
route in search of orcas, humpbacks,
river otters, and Steller sea lions.
ZIP-LINING
Extreme Factor: Medium
Few things make the heart pound with
excitement like soaring through the air
on a cable over rivers, canyons, and
forest canopies. Fueled by adrenaline,
you'll experience a veritable playground in the sky via a series of platforms (and a set of safety harnesses),
and you may even forget about how
far you are from the ground. Fear of
heights aside, most zip-line tours are
suitable for all but the youngest ages,
with no experience necessary.
TRY IT: Zip-line courses can be found
all over, from the Caribbean and Southeast Asia to Australia's Daintree Rainforest, where flight enthusiasts soar
over rivers, waterfalls, and virgin jungle
before ending on the coast overlooking
the Great Barrier Reef.

R AWPIXEL /G E T T Y I MAG E S

TRY IT: In Montana's Glacier National
Park; on the Matterhorn in Zermatt,
Switzerland; and on one of the many ice
fields along Norway's fjords.



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