Amazing Animal Encounters You Can Have With Culture Trip

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Gethin Morgan

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From kayaking with penguins in the wild to up-close lion interactions and sleepy sloth encounters, these trips all feature animal experiences that you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

Sloth hanging from a tree in Costa Rica

Hanging with the sloths – The Real Costa Rica

This Central American paradise is one of the most extraordinarily biodiverse countries on the planet, with a landscape that goes from volcanic hot springs to mystical cloud forests and gorgeous stretches of sandy coastline. That’s the route we take on our eight-day Costa Rica trip, starting in Arenal Volcano National Park. We’ll take advantage of the region’s natural hot springs, world-class coffee and refreshing waterfalls, before embarking on a sloth-spotting walk through the jungle. Fortunately, these quirky creatures move so slowly that they’re easy enough to spot, and friendly enough if you get up close. Then it’s up into the highlands of Monteverde, where we’ll explore the fantastical cloud forests on a nocturnal hike, keeping an eye out for howler monkeys and pumas sneaking through the trees. You’ll deserve a rest after all that exploring, so we’ll round off the trip in the laid-back surf town of Tamarindo, where you can either chill on the beach or explore the region’s nature via mountain bikes, ATVs or even a surf board.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

San Jose, Costa Rica

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ENDS AT

Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Bathe and feed elephants – Incredible Thailand and Laos by Train

One of the most iconic images of any trip to Thailand is of close encounters with local elephants. Sadly, there has historically been a lot of extremely unethical tourism that has exploited these gentle beasts, which is why Culture Trip was extra careful when choosing the elephant activity on day day five of our Thai-Laos Rail Trip. We’ll be visiting an ethical sanctuary in the mountainous region of Lampang, where you’ll be able to get within touching distance of these amazing creatures as you feed them, walk alongside them and give them a lovely mud bath. It’s a truly unforgettable experience and a joyful way to see first hand how playful, gentle and majestic these beautiful animals really are.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

DURATION

14

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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