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Bucket List of Winter Vacations for Adventure Travel in Warm Locations

Trips With Active, Cultural and Innovative Adventures in Warm Locales


A family rides on a motor scooter in Hanoi, Vietnam

A family rides on a motor scooter in Hanoi, Vietnam

(c) Lois Friedland
Here are 7 trips for travelers seeking active, cultural and intriguing adventures in warm weather locations this winter.

Cruise in Vietnam and Cambodia

Take A Wilderness Adventure Cruise on a narrow river boat from Vietnam to Cambodia. This trip - Cruising the Mekong River from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - takes you from the city formerly called Saigon through countrysides where the landscapes looks as they did centuries ago, to Cambodia's historical capital, Phnom Penh. The trip ends at Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. For details visit Wilderness Travel.

Active Adventures in Patagonia

Treks, hikes and horseback rides on a cattle ranch are all part of Austin Lehman Adventures' Patagonia Adventure Travel experience. During the vacation, you'll explore this natural region shared by Argentina and Chile. You'll cross Largo Argentino by catamaran, hike the Asencio Valley forest in Chile's spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, and look for Andrean condors For more information and dates, visit Patagonia Adventures.

Explore New Zealand's South Island on a Bike

Biking around New Zealand's South Island with Backroads you just might have to stop while sheep cross the road. During the trip, you'll pedal from Christchurch to Queenstown, one of the best cities for adventure on the island. (How about bungee-jumping and jet-boat rides.) You'll pedal through old-growth forests, hike to the face of the Franz Josef Glacier and cross the "main divide" of the Southern Alps. For information and dates visit Backroad's New Zealand bike tour.

Visit Kenya & Tanzania's Parks on Safaris

Explore Kenya & Tanzania Safari: Great Parks of East Africa with Mountain Travel Sobek. You'll visit some of East Africa's best parks, including Serengeti, Tarangire, Amboseli, and Masai Mara. During the daily safaris, you may view wildebeest and zebras, elephant herds, lions, leopards and rhinos. At night, you'll settle into comfortable lodges or tented camps. For more information and dates visit Africa.

Kayak, Hike & Explore Mayan Ruins in Belize & Guatemala

Kayak, hike and explore Mayan ruins with National Geographic Expeditions on this company's Belize: Reefs, Rain Forests, and Ruins trip. You'll kayak around mangrove islands, sunbathe on white-sand beaches, and snorkel among fish in the turquoise ocean waters. Then, you'll travel inland to kayak on rivers and explore a Mayan cave system. Finally, you'll head to Guatemala to visit Tikal, where the Mayans carved a city with massive temples and a ball court that are still being excavated today. For more information and dates, visit Belize.

Visit Cuba Legally & Meet Its People

Why not visit Cuba on a "people to people" visit with International Expeditions? This company is one of the tour operators licensed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to provide people-to-people Cuba travel for U.S. citizens. The trip includes meeting with locals, walking tours, visiting a tobacco leaf sorting factory and drive tours, including one to visit a UNESCO site. Along the way, there will be numerous opportunities to visit with local citizens. For more details and dates, visit Cuba.

Experience the Spirit of India

You'll absorb the essence of India when traveling on G Adventures Spirit of India trip. While visiting the country, the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism, your experiences will include a safari in Ranthamboren a cruise on the Ganges, elephant rides and visit to local markets. You'll have a village stay, and nights in historic heritage hotels. For more details and dates, visit Spirit of India.

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