Top Culture Trips for Testing Your Survival Skills

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Gethin Morgan

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Lace up your hiking boots, hit the book button and find out what you’re made of on these adventurous small-group Culture Trips.

How well can you hold your own in the wild? Whether it’s camping out in jungles and deserts, mastering the culinary potential of local ingredients or traversing harsh and inhospitable landscapes, these Culture Trip adventures will put your survival skills to the test.

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Adventurous Ecuador

Ecuador has just about every kind of landscape imaginable, from towering mountains and snow-capped volcanoes to the thick tropical shrubbery of the Amazon rainforest. You’ll learn to face all of these elements on our eight-day loop trip, starting and ending in Quito. You’ll also learn just about every method of getting across these ever-changing landscapes, from tackling Cotopaxi National Park on horseback and cycling through the stunning Baños Waterfall Route, to crashing down Jatunyacu River on a whitewater raft and trekking through the Amazon rainforest. On our last full day you’ll even get expert guidance on how essential oils are extracted from Amazonian plants to create medicine.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Quito, Ecuador

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ENDS AT

Quito, Ecuador

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Incredible Thailand and Laos by Train

You might have the comfort of train rides to take you from A to B on this two-week epic across Southeast Asia, but we’ll have to get creative to get through some of Thailand and Laos’ trickier terrains. Before the outdoor action really gets going we’ll learn all about regional cuisine with a Thai cooking masterclass. Then it’s out into the jungles of Northern Thailand, where we’ll learn how to bamboo raft down Wang River, before settling for the evening at a jungle campsite, where a barbecue under the stars awaits. Across the border in Laos we’ll journey into the heart of darkness with a river cruise down the Mekong, stopping off at rural villages to learn about their communities and, most importantly, their rice whisky-making techniques. Having trekked through rainforest and kayaked along the Nam Song River, we’ll return to the comfort of train travel for an overnight journey back to Bangkok.

From US$1686

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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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Additional reporting was contributed by Louis Rabinowitz and Nick Dauk.

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