Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there's nothing else to gaze on,
Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore,
Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon,
Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar?
Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through it,
Searched the Vastness for a something you have lost?
Have you strung your soul to silence? Then for God's sake go and do it;
Hear the challenge, learn the lesson, pay the cost.
Have you walked upon the foothills, have you biked o'er the ranges,
Have you roamed the arid sun-lands through and through?
Have you chummed up with the river? Do you know its moods and changes?
Then listen to the Wild -- it's calling you.
Robert W. Service, 1874 - 1958
A few words changed by Sunrise Travel
Although many people consider any type of travel an adventure, here you'll find suggestions for adventures that include physical activity, a strong connection with nature, and an immersive cultural experience. It is important to note that for us at Sunrise Travel, adventure travel does not include undue risk, and that's why don't suggest any extreme sports. We prefer adventures on foot, by bike, or aboard a canoe.
A great way to explore another culture has been on foot since the dawn of humanity, and today, well marked trails criss-cross many countries where hikers and trekkers find not only food and lodging, but also luggage transport services, and the same holds true for bike enthusiasts who will find routes for both road- and mountain-bikes. Kayaking from place to place is yet another way to discover a new destination from a personal vantage point.
The grand-daddy of all long distance walking trails are the pilgrima routes to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, commonly known as the Camino. We recommend the stretch in France from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Figeac for its scenic beauty and variety, and the good services along the way. By contrast, the popular Camino Frances in Spain tends to be very crowded; therefore, t's important to have most arrangements confirmed in advance, something that Sunrise Travel takes care of for you.
Way back in the 19th century, the poets Coleridge and Wordsworth made walking popular as a recreational activity, and the English Coast to Coast trail leads through some of their haunts in the Lake District. Much newer and easier is the Cotswold Way in southern England that wends its way through some of the most beautiful villages and storybook landscapes.
The most celebrated walk of the southern hemisphere is probably the Milford Track in New Zealand where you can enjoy spectacular outdoors during our winter. Walk 5 days along this trail and cover 33.5 scenic miles that end at the dramatic beauty of Milford Sound of the Tasman Sea. There are lodges along the way offering accommodation in rooms with private facilities and plenty of hearty Kiwi food.
The Inka Trail in Peru is for the stout of heart. This 4-day, 27 mile adventure begins at an altitude of 9,200 ft. and climbs to 13,800 ft.! Typically, your tour company's porters carry tents, cooking equipment and food, but the rest travels in your backpack. Your reward for your effort is the arrival at sunrise at Machu Picchu, the mysterious "Lost City of the Incas".
Switzerland has developed a comprehensive network of routes for road, mountain, and ebikers. You can explore for a day or a week, always knowing that your luggage and a comfortable bed await you at the end of each day. Of course, bike tours are offered along through the scenic landscapes and historic cities of most West-European countries.
Last but not least, we should mention the ultimate combination hiking, biking and kaying adventure: On this 11 day expedition we are going to use a very quiet means of transport: trekking shoes, kayak paddles and mountain bike pedals to shorten the distances between the fjords of southern Greenland… Bird’s eye view of the glaciers in the mountains of Mellem, partly submerged icebergs in the fjord coast of Sermilik and a bike tour through the farms of Eriksfjord… Not Ironman but Iceman!