Top Trips for Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Push yourself to do something different on your next break with these out-of-the-ordinary Culture Trips.

Want more than the usual fly and flop with a good novel? Embrace a whole new type of trip as part of a small group of like-minded travellers, daring to try new activities in exciting destinations for the ultimate rush. From entering Petra as the sunrise kisses its pink perfection, to hiking across the Himalayas and cave-rafting in the Thai countryside, if you want to challenge your holiday status quo, these Culture Trips are the way to go.

A woman swings from a tall treehouse swing with mountain views at La Casa del Arbol (The Tree House) in Baños

Adventurous Ecuador

Eight days in Ecuador is all you need to explore the Andes, the Amazon and more. Our trip warms you up nicely with a comforting chocolate tasting session in Quito before the adventure begins with a hike around Limpiopungo glacial lagoon and a horseback ride in Cotopaxi National Park. Then it’s into the jungles of Banos, where you’ll get to go on the Swing at the End of the World and cycle the stunning Banos waterfall route. As we wind down to the Amazon, you’ll white-water raft down one of the river’s main tributaries and spot wild animals on a nocturnal rainforest trek. Don’t worry, you can soothe those well-worn muscles at the end of our trip in the hot springs of Kuyana Amazon Lodge.

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Quito, Ecuador

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Additional reporting by Gethin Morgan.

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

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