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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Southern Australia & Tasmania 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $12,950

Enjoy a roster of adventures from hikes on Tasmania’s beautiful coast, to a twilight climb up Sydney’s Habour Bridge, to mountain biking on Kangaroo Island.


Australia 18 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel

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Discover Australia's cityscapes and landscapes - Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane contrast with the iconic natural sites such as Uluru (Ayes Rock) and the towering granite outcrops of the Flinders Ranges. Savor wine touring in the Barossa Valley.


Luxury Ecuador with Silversea Silver Galapagos 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Experience Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on a fascinating journey that includes a 7-night cruise aboard the luxurious Silversea Silver® Galapagos. Discover Northern Ecuador and life on a century-old working hacienda and enjoy hiking, bird watching in the Andean Condor reserve, biking and horseback riding. Learn about the traditional Zuleta community.


Patagonia, Southern Ice Fields & Northern Chile 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Travel into northernmost Chile for glimpses of Andean culture and ancient geoglyphs, including a remote archaeological site dating back to the 12th century, and diverse environments from ice fields to deserts, to one of the world's highest lakes.


Colombia’s Colonial Cities, Coffee Culture & Coast 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Discover Bogota's colonial architecture and museums such as the Museo del Oro with displays that include some 32,000 pieces of gold. Visit the 16th-century Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most beautiful towns. Tour Colombia’s famed coffee region. Take in the enchanting old Walled City of Cartagena. Go whale watching, kayaking or surfing on Colombia’s Pacific Coast.


Colombia’s Indigenous Trails 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Historic Spanish colonial cities and local mountain villages are cultural gems to explore. Take in the Tierradentro Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its archaeological treasures that include incredible subterranean galleries and tombs. Explore Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city with its colonial-era architecture and the impressive underground Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.


Lake Hovsgol & Gobi Desert 10 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Kayak, hike, and visit historic sites in the country of nomads and the sweeping steppes.


Uganda 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Explore Uganda with its amazing habitats, including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Kibale Forest. Search for Uganda's highly endangered highland gorillas and other endemic wildlife. Meet members of the Batwa, traditional people of the forest, and learn something of their struggle to save their culture. Please note: Big Five's journeys into Uganda are fully carbon neutral.


Oman: Caravans of the Bedu 9 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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This luxury, award-winning adventure takes in the spectacular desert landscapes of Oman, traditional towns such as Quriyat and Mirbat, and Bedu settlements at Ras Al Ruways. In Oman’s wadis, search out desert wildlife such as hyena, camel, ibex and gazelle as well stunning geological landscapes.


Ulaanbaatar, Gobi Desert & Gorkhi Terelj National Park 7 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Explore a world of tradition and cultural encounters.


Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve & Gobi Desert 9 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Discover Mongolia, a mix of modern and ancient traditions.


Custom New Zealand Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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New Zealand’s two main islands are like fraternal twins with so much in common yet distinctly different. From North Island's thermal regions to South Island's magnificent fjords, New Zealand offers adventure for everyone from heli skiing to wine tastings to sailing to Maori culture.


Custom Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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The fabled Himalayan mountains have profoundly shaped the cultures Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. Incredibly scenic Himalayan landscapes, rich traditions and welcoming people are on hand for those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime journey into another world.


Custom Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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This dynamic trio of Southern African nations represent some of the best remaining opportunities to discover the Africa of old with exceptional wildlife and dazzling scenery, This is where the walking safari was pioneered and where legendary landscapes and remarkable traditional cultures are waiting to be explored. Savor classic tented camps, incredible safaris and welcoming people. From Victoria Falls to the great Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, you will be spellbound by Africa.


Custom Tanzania Including Zanzibar Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Tanzania boasts some of the most amazing landscapes from Mt. Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Crater. Add in the stunning wildlife region of the Serengeti Plains and the beaches of Zanzibar, and you have the ingredients for a truly once-in-a-lifetime African adventure.


Custom Rwanda & Uganda Luxury Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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For those who encounter the rare African mountain gorilla, the experience is like no other. Some see the 'meeting' as spiritual, but for all, it is an extraordinary experience of a lifetime. This is also a naturalist's paradise with rich flora and fauna, including hundreds of bird species as well as a variety of other wildlife. Please note: Big Five's adventures in Uganda are carbon neutral.


Custom Kenya Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Set out on a classic safari to witness the famous annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra as they make their way from Tanzania to lands of Kenya's Masai Mara. Discover the future of safaris in Kenya through sustainable, private conservancies. See the Great Rift Valley and Lake Victoria. Learn about the traditional cultures of the Maasai and Samburu. Kenya richly rewards travelers.


Custom Australia Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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From the legendary Outback to cosmopolitan Sydney to the traditional lands of the Northern Territory, opportunities for adventure never end in Australia. Indeed, singling out one feature, locale or adventure that stands outs in the country is all but impossible. Expansive Australia captures and captivates you from the very first encounter.


Custom Peru Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Peru offers a varied menu of adventures that encompass colonial history, indigenous traditions, dramatic archeological sites, and a plethora of adventure options including hiking the ancient Inca Trail, discovering Lake Titicaca and the culture around it, exploring the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu, and experiencing Lima's noted culinary and art scene. There is enough in Peru to satisfy most travelers' expectations.


Custom Costa Rica & Nicaragua Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Costa Rica your way. Go off the main track to Turrialba Volcano National Park for a hike up an active volcano; or discover Bajos del Toro and its unrivaled cloud forest, still largely unknown to most travelers. Costa Rica offers so many gems, both well established and lesser known locations, each offering its own brand of adventure.


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