Top Trips for Disappearing into the Jungle

Nick Dauk

Senior Travel Writer

Lose the compass and let the wild be your guide when you book these jungle adventures with Culture Trip.

Give into the urge to pack a single bag, board a plane and get lost in the wilds of the world. You won’t need a map on these jungle excursions, just an appetite for adventure. Venture into areas where big cats and venomous snakes lounge about in secrecy, no more bothered by your presence than they are by the sun rays passing through the canopy. Cake mud on your boots as you hike through Thailand’s jungles or return from Nepal’s rapids with soaked-through socks. Whichever you choose, pack an extra change of clothes for these jungle adventures.

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CentralAmerica

GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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CentralAmerica

BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini
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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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CentralAmerica

COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini
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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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SouthAmerica

ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic
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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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SouthAmerica

ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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Europe

SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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Europe

EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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Asia

SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic
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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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Africa

EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic
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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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The Real Costa Rica

We feel like “disappearing into the jungle” is a bit misleading when it comes to this nine-day Costa Rica getaway. You’ll certainly find yourself venturing into the Costa Rican cloud forest, riding down whitewater jungle rapids in La Fortuna and hiking through tropical landscapes in search of secret swimming holes. The “disappearing” part may just wait until your mind melts into a cup of joe at a coffee collective or when you’re lost in thought during a sunrise yoga class on the Pacific shoreline.

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Next available from 24th Feb 2024

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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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Discovery

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Tropical Northern Thailand

The jungle theme couldn’t be more fitting for this 10-day tour of northern Thailand. Not only will you roll into the hills of Mae Hong Son for jungle trekking, but you’ll rock alongside a small group the size of Guns N’ Roses. Patience on an uphill climb will reward you with a picnic and possible sighting of Myanmar over the border in the distance. It’s so easy to let your mind wander deeper into the mysteries of this lush jungle, and even easier to say yes to all of the optional hikes throughout this tour.

From US$1339

Next available from 20th Jan 2024

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STARTS AT

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Chiang Mai, Thailand

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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Discovery

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Adventurous Ecuador

Ecuador may be a small nation but, with Andean peaks and Amazonian rainforests, there is plenty of jungle fun you can have on our adventurous eight-day trip here. After horse-riding in Cotopaxi National Park and hiking around Quilotoa crater lake we’ll head on a bike ride across the Banos waterfall route, stopping at three epic waterfalls amid the luscious surrounding greenery. Then it’s on to the Amazon, where we’ll white-water raft down Jatunyacu River and stay in a dreamy tropical jungle lodge, equipped with outdoor pool and spa facilities.

From US$1999

Next available from 9th Dec 2023

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STARTS AT

Quito, Ecuador

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ENDS AT

Quito, Ecuador

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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Discovery

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Incredible Thailand and Laos by Train

As if the temples, elephants and jungle glamping sites of Thailand aren’t enough on their own, we decided to include a journey deep into Laos on this epic two-week Rail Trip. After crossing the border we’ll head down the Mekong River on a jungle boat cruise, stopping off at rural villages to meet locals and their whisky-making traditions. The highlight of Laos? Without doubt Kuang Si falls – a spectacular stream of turquoise water found deep within a steamy green rainforest. You’ll trek through the forest, stopping off at the falls for a few hours, on day nine of this tropical adventure.

From US$2299

Next available from 13th Jan 2024

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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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