Sustainable Travel

One of the most important developments in tourism over the last decade has been the slow but inevitable movement towards sustainable travel practices.  Sustainable tourism best practices forms the core value of Big Five.   We believe in and are committed to nurturing that code of responsibility by developing sustainable itineraries and working with partners who share our corporate philosophy.  Beyond the hyperbole, there are real issues that have to be addressed if we are to insure that future generations will have the same opportunities to explore this remarkable planet.  The essential goals of sustainable tourism are:


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Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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On this adventure, you will explore the lush cloud forest of Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve and travel into the highlands of Ecuador to the historic Hacienda Zuleta. Explore the Tulipe Archaeological Site, originally built by the Yumbo people between 800 and 1660 CE. Enjoy a five-night cruise of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Athala II, and encounters the endemic wildlife from iguanas to seals both on the volcanic islands and in surrounding waters. Savor an island stay at a safari camp and see one of the few Scalesia forests that remain almost intact. This is a spectacular journey for nature lovers.


Colombia & Guatemala 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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This adventure takes you hiking in the lush Cocora Valley of Colombia and walking in Antigua, Guatemala's charming colonial city. You explore Cartagena's old walled city and explore its local markets with the owner of a local restaurant. Take a helicopter flight over six different volcanoes to Lake Atitlan for a kayaking adventure and delve into the plazas, pyramids, and temples of the ancient Mayan cities of Uaxactun and Tikal. Then savor the unique experience of glamping at Uaxactun - a unique way to experience an ancient Maya site in your own private camp.


Chile’s Patagonia & Mapuche Culture 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore Chile with adventures ranging from a three-night cruise to one of the remotest corners of planet Earth, including Cape Horn National Park, to Patagonian Forest, to the traditional Mapuche communities, one of the oldest indigenous cultures in a country.


Namibia & Botswana 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Conservancies are the future of Africa and Botswana and Namibia are on the leading edge of this movement. From the intentional cap on the number of visitors through pricing in Botswana, to the constitutional amendment for sustainability in Namibia, southern Africa is facing a new frontier for remote safaris. The open ranges of northern Namibia, where the real Namibia can be found, to northern Botswana’s Selinda Spillway, where you witness the lesser-known zebra migration, this safari offers you a different view, an authentic experience.


Classic Australia & New Zealand 29 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $29,000

This distinctive Australia and New Zealand exploration takes you into Australia's cities from iconic, sophisticated Sydney to Melbourne with its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, trams and boutique shops. Enjoy a jaunt to Kangaroo Island to discover the vast wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park. New Zealand's stunning islands encompass the South Island's beautiful Christchurch and continue to Queenstown, where you savor a hot air balloon with views of the Southern Alps. North Island's Rotorua is a thermal wonderland is one of New Zealand's most colorful volcanic areas. Stay in some of the most exclusive and luxurious lodges in the South Pacific that offer adventures ranging from star gazing, to jet boat journeys, to trekking and wildlife viewing.


Private Conservancies in Tanzania 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Discover some of the next generation of private wildlife conservancies in Tanzania, where the wildlife, the local communities and guests all benefit from your visit. In Burunge Wildlife Management Area, experience a “slow safari” that allows you to look beyond the limits of a vehicle, where you go into the wild on foot to see, feel, touch and smell the African bush. Encounter the Serengeti Plains in depth, tracking Africa’s famous Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Be one of the few to stay in a beautiful region of the Serengeti that has been closed to tourism for more than 20 years. This extraordinary safari offers you plenty of adventure.


Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers 20 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Hikers explore the Andean landscapes of Peru during a dramatic lodge-to-lodge adventure that encompasses treks in altitudes of 3,868m/12,690 ft to 4,636m/15,213 ft. As you end your mountain trek, you will savor a distant but spectacular view of the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu from the southeast. Then experience this ancient Incan fortress. You also explore the classic colonial cities of Lima and Cusco and enjoy a scenic flight over the famous Nasca and Palpa Lines. This is a luxury hiking journey for active adventurers seeking an unrivaled, high altitude experience of the Peruvian Andes.


Australia’s Abundant Adventures 15 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Australia’s adventurous personality shines in this journey that takes in breathtaking lands, unique flora and fauna, and adventure activities from diving the Great Barrier Reef to climbing Sydney’s Harbor Bridge. Explore Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast, with its white sand beaches, dramatic wilderness and breathtaking vistas. Enjoy the cosmopolitan cities of Melbourne and Sydney, and so much more. Experience Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake, from Pumphouse Point, where explore by canoe or hike the internationally known Overland Track hiking trail in the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness.


South Africa’s Unique Lodges 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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South Africa is home to a variety of outstanding and unique lodges and tented camps. This adventure offers three very distinctive properties that give travelers experiences ranging from the classic African safari in search of the 'big five' in Sabi Sands, to the rare and unique fynbos plant kingdom of Grootbos, with its remarkable whale watching opportunities, to grass lands of the Kalahari, home to the traditional San people.


Australia’s Primeval Landscapes 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $7,700

Australia offers unique natural wonders including Ningaloo Reef, an extraordinary yet largely unknown jewel, where you can, depending on season, swim with the giant whale shark, the world’s largest fish, and witness turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in summer. Discover Flinders Ranges, a timeless terrain molded by hundreds of millions of years of geological activity resulting in some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery during guided excursions highlighting the geology, history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the region. Experience sophisticated Sydney with its eccentric history, beautiful harbor, fine dining, galleries and Adelaide's elegant tree-lined streets, stone churches, Central Market. Sample wines from more than 60 wine regions across Australia at the National Wine Center.


Tanzania: Into the Wild 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Explore Tanzania's unique ecosystems and abundant wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti Plains. Travel into Mahale Mountains to discover the world of chimpanzees.


Peru’s Amazon, Andes & the Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Explore some of Peru's extraordinary landscapes from the amazing Amazon Rainforest, where you stay in a treehouse and take an unforgettable journey from the Andes to the Pacific Coast on the brand new Interoceanic Highway. Encounter with river communities to learn how they coexist with the remarkable environment. Travel by train through simply spectacular mountain scenery as your train winds through dramatic scenery to reach the monumental mountain fortress of Machu Picchu... the Lost City of the Incas. Get an aerial look at the mythic Nazca Lines and Palpa Lines, ancient geoglyphs in the desert as well the oldest Chakana (Andean Southern Cross) that can be seen from the air.


Discovering Northern Chile 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Discover Northern Chile and travel through the unique landscapes and small villages of the Andes in Chile’s northern reaches; encounter ancient indigenous cultures; and take in fascinating ecosystems, from the Salar de Surire Natural Monument salt flat to Lauca National Park with its rich biodiversity.


The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen 7 Days Precious Journeys® Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

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The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen is geared towards families with young children, and is full of engaging and fun educational experiences for both parents and children. Hand-picked naturalist guides understand the need for flexibility, patience and down time. Experiences include going out with local fishermen to learn about sustainable fishing, snorkeling with some of the marine creatures and spotting wildlife including tortoises, iguanas and blue-footed boobies.


Chile & Argentina 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore some of the natural features and lesser known cultures in Chile and Argentina from Chile's engaging traditional Mapuche community to Argentina's Aymara culture in Salta. In Atacama, experience more ancient cultures including the Incas, reaching back in time like no other location in Chile. End your journey at the cultural epicenter of the Aymara culture Argentina, a location where everything can be found in place – Salta. Explore the wines of Cafayate, and explore on horseback or on foot, go skiing in winter or sailing in summer. Savor this well-rounded journey into two dynamic countries.


Private Conservancies of Kenya & Tanzania 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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This Kenya and Tanzania Safari Classic is a perfect adventure for the first-time safari traveler. Explore game-rich private conservancies and national parks in search of the famous big five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Experience the open plains of the Serengeti and the fabled lands of the Mara. Learn about the traditional Maasai culture.


Private Sanctuaries of Ecuador 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore the old-world city of Quito. Enjoy the peaceful sanctuary of Ecuador's private reserves of Mashpi, Zuleta and the Galapagos Safari Camp. Go bird watching for the endangered condor in the Andean Condor Reserve; and learn about the traditional Zuleta community. Discover the Galapagos Islands on a five-night cruise as well as in the relaxed atmosphere of a luxury tented camp.


Namibia Flying Safari 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Go on safari in the remarkable landscapes of Namibia, from Etosha National Park to Damaraland. Visit a traditional community of one of the last nomadic people in Africa. Discover the 2,500-year-old prehistoric rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.


Thailand & Cambodia 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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This extraordinary Southeast Asia adventure explores new territory from a cutting-edge winery, to quad biking in the rainforest, to exploring ancient Khmer temples, to a luxurious private island stay. Explore Asia with us. Learn about Asian elephants and the mahouts that work with them at a training school. Discover the art of Thai cooking. Spend a day experiencing a tropical rainforest canopy on zip lines, across sky bridges, and abseiling from towering trees. Set out on quad bikes to encounter Banteay Ampeul Temple, nearly lost in time.


Kenya: Kids, Cats & A Tree House 11 Days Precious Journeys® Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

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Children and animals are a natural mix. What could be more thrilling for your family then walking with an elephant in the wild; or the first time you hear a lion roar; or watch a cheetah race across the plans? Your family also experiences an unforgettable night in a treehouse. You learn, firsthand, from Maasai warriors about their customs. Your family will be forever changed by this amazing safari in Kenya.


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