Machu Picchu celebration
Adventure Life's eight-day "Machu Picchu 100th Anniversary Celebration," led by local guide Marcos Palamino, includes attendance at the centennial anniversary and an exploration of the Sacred Valley.
Itinerary: Lima, Peru, to Cuzco, Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco and Lima
Dates: July 20-28
Price: $2,045, double occupancy (single supplement $400), including lodging, daily breakfast, two lunches, one dinner and six days' private guide service. International airfare is not included, nor are transfers, gratuities, $350 in internal flights and a $43 departure tax.
Info: Adventure Life, Missoula, Mont.; (800) 344-6118, http://www.adventure-life.com
ALASKA and CANADA
Laughter on high seas
Crystal Cruises' 12-day "Islands & Glaciers" cruise will feature the Vancouver TheatreSports League comedy troupe performing improv and conducting humor workshops. Dine in the Symphony's upscale Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road and Piero Selvaggio's Prego, or take in the scenery, including the Misty Fjord or the bald eagles and brown bears of Admiralty Island.
Itinerary: San Francisco to Ketchikan, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Haines, the Inside Passage and Sitka, Alaska; Vancouver and Victoria, Canada; and back to San Francisco
Dates: July 20-Aug. 1
Price: Starting at $4,890, double occupancy, including round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 spending credit, all meals, shows, classes and family activities. The price does not include port, security and handling charges ($525 total) and possible fuel surcharges.
Info: Crystal Cruises, Los Angeles; (888) 722-0021, http://www.crystalcruises.com
BOSNIA and HERZOGOVINA
Join adventurer Richard Bangs on his "Three Rivers" whitewater itinerary. Besides floating through (and sometimes racing past) mountains and gorges, travelers will tour Sarajevo and Mostar and meet highland tribes. A family-friendly itinerary also is available for those with children.
Itinerary: Sarajevo, Bosnia, to the Tara River, Neretva River, Mostar, Banja Luka, Vrbas River, Travnik and back to Sarajevo
Dates: Aug. 25-Sept. 1
Price: $2,990, double occupancy, including lodging, local river and tour guides but not international airfare.
Info: OARS, Angels Camp, Calif.; (800) 346-6277, Ext. 4786.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
The Huli Wigmen are the highlight of Asia Transpacific Journeys' 15-day "Papua New Guinea Kundu Festival" itinerary, which features hundreds of other tribes that flock to Milne Bay for canoe races set to the beat of traditional war drums. The trip also includes visits to sacred spirit houses, a Sepik River cruise and wildlife viewing.
Itinerary: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to Mount Hagen, Timbunke, the Sepik River, Ambua, Madang, Malolo, Tadwei Island, coastal villages, Alotau and Tawali
Dates: Departs Oct. 25
Price: $9,195, double occupancy (single supplement, $2,200), including lodging, almost all meals, tour guides, medical insurance, transfers, entrance fees, gratuities to local staff and airport taxes. The price does not include airfare.
Info: Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder, Colo.; (800) 642-2742, http://www.asiatranspacific.com/kundu
The Huaorani people of the Amazon's headwaters had no outside contact with the world until the 1950s. Recently, with the help of an ecotourism company, the tribe opened the rustic Huaorani Ecolodge. The five-day journey starts with a dugout-canoe trip to the eco-lodge. Other highlights include a flight into the Amazon, hiking with Huaorani guides who demonstrate their traditions, a wildlife-oriented kayak trip and learning about local conservation efforts.
Itinerary: Quito, Ecuador, to Huaorani Territory and back
Dates: Departures available each Monday and Thursday through 2011
Price: $860, double occupancy ($1,298 for a single traveler), including accommodations at Huaorani Ecolodge, all meals and activities, the services of a Huaorani guide and a naturalist, and use of camping and rain gear. The price does not include a $250 transportation fee (which includes a small-plane flight), a $10 entrance fee to Huaorani Territory, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, airport transfers or overnight accommodations in Quito or Coca.
Info: Detour, the Adventure Travel Marketplace, Helena, Mont.; (866) 386-4168, http://www.detourdestinations.com
— Avital Binshtock