Adventure Travel in Morocco

99It is estimated that some 100,000 tourists visit Morocco each year with the primary objective of exploring the country’s extensive mountain regions, and with good reason. Upland Morocco offers exceptional beauty, high drama and intruiging cultural encounters in equal measure, and , with an emerging infrastructure to cope with the demands of today’s adventure traveller and a long list of foreign and local tour operators that offer well-organised adventure tours, there’s never been a better time to visit the ‘Land of the Berbers’. Mountain trekking, characterised by multi-day hiking circuits often incorporating a summit climb, attracts the lion’s share of visitors, although mountain biking, rock climbing and canyoning are growing in popularity. Accessibility and infrastructure tend to dictate which areas draw the most interest, suffice to say that the Toubkal National Park in the High Atlas is by far the most visited region by virtue of its proximity to the tourist Mecca of Marrakesh.

Trekking Practicalities

Times have changed since the first European expedition conquered Jebel Toubkal in 1923. Back then the notion of climbing a mountain for pleasure would have been an alien concept for High Atlas villagers, and although this may still be the case in the remoter regions, the inhabitants of Morocco’s main trailheads have a good understanding of the requirements of the visitor. All of the country’s main hiking regions have a principle village or town where you can engage the services of mountain guides, mules to carry bags, and cooks if required. Some villages have an official guide office (Imlil and Setti Fatma are two examples), but if not, asking around normally yields quick results. In all but the very busiest season you should be able to find a guide available for a departure the following day. Check the guide’s credentials as the country’s only official mountain guides have completed an extensive training course at Africa’s only mountain guide training college at Tabant in the Ait Bougmez valley. Bone fide guides carry a permit that you can ask to see. Discuss in detail your plans and objectives, agree on a price before setting off, assess the need for a cook and mule(s) to carry your bags and ensure that you are clear on the accommodation and catering situation whilst on trek. In the absence of any other options, most trekking circuits require you to camp, although certain villages in the High Atlas offer basic lodgings for walkers. The Club Alpin Fran├žais (CAF) operates five refuges in the Toubkal National Park, and some regions are equipped with Gites d’Etape, basic village houses licensed to serve hot meals and provide lodging for tourists. Such houses are important to the rural economy and studies undertaken in areas of the High Atlas suggest that the revenue generated from lodging twenty hikers on a half board basis is equivalent to a year’s revenue from agriculture – a good enough reason in itself for opting to stay in a Gite wherever possible. Also bear in mind the equipment-intensive nature of camping in your trip planning.

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Step Headlong for Adventure Motorbike Tours in India

98Over the years, tourism in India has assumed phenomenal dimensions. Considering that the country is splashed with a slew of historical and adventure-packed destinations, it does not come off as any surprise for many. Places like Leh and Ladakh, in particular, have not lost the sheen to the passage of time, and are dotted with spots, off the beaten track. These spots set the perfect settings for a peaceful retreat in the lap of nature at its prime. On the other side of the topography, places like Rajasthan and Udaipur, have kept the ancient, old world charm intact and give an inkling of the lavish lifestyle of royal families, who once took abode here. All this and lots more pique the interests of passionate globetrotters from both known and lesser-known regions of the world and call them out time and again.

Adrenaline-pumping Adventure Tours Await You

Adventure motorbike tours in India have stemmed from the outrageously skyrocketing popularity of tourism in the country. A motorcycling enthusiast does not require to sell themselves over and over to earn a long ride on their dream motorbike. A number of business entities have built a niche for adventure-packed motorcycle trips across various destinations in India. These companies honour their clients with a vast array of premier motorbikes at nominal charges in their fleet to choose from. The fleet features the likes of Royal Enfield, Harley Davidson, Ducati Scrambler, and Triumph motorcycles, to name a few.

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Adventure Travel Wyoming

97Adventure travel into the state of Wyoming and if you travel along the interstate the only thing you will see is high country grasslands.

You will have views for miles of them.

If you wander off on the road less traveled, you will discover, pristine mountain streams, wildlife, beautiful scenery and crystal water lakes that reflect the view of the big sky.

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Adventure Travel Cycle Touring

96If you are a bike adventurer you can now go across continents with your bike. Whatever “adventure on a bicycle” means to you, some people have the routes prepared for the excitement you need.. Google “adventure cycle touring” and you can find out all you want about adventure cycle touring, from sites that offer it. They can help you out with any bike related problems you have, suggest the kind of bicycle that will best deliver your expectations from adventure cycle touring. They will also teach you how to prepare yourself for trips over long distances, over continents and for the truly adventurous even all the way around the world.

They will inform you if your bike qualifies for adventure cycle touring or not, and suggest other bicycle types from a list of the world’s best touring bikes. You will also get to know what components to equip your bike and yourself with, and important things you should remember about camping trips. Of course, safety and health precautions cannot be left out. Naturally you will also get information about the traveling papers needed in your country of destination.

There are adventure cycle tours to Central Asia, Europe, Southeast Asia, Cuba and across the United States. You can sign up for self-contained adventure cycle tours in which food is taken from your sign up fee along with your camping fees and first aid. Likewise you could avail yourself of supported adventure cycle tours wherein the price you pay when you sign up will defray your catered meals and rest stops, camping expenses and shower. Luggage vehicles, mechanical vehicles and sag support will not be far behind. Finally there are educational adventure cycle tours which are designed for newbie cycle-tourists. You will be getting some days of cycling classes followed by the practical application of what you learned, on the road. They will teach you cycling techniques for long distance travel and how to go on self-contained trips.

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Holiday Insurance For Outdoor Adventure Travel – Dare to Risk!

Circle Time - telling a story outdoors to kids

It becomes quite boring going to the same old places where you shop till you drop; see cars end to end and high-rise buildings in the name of a holiday. Adventure travel is nowadays being taken up many people as they want to experience life on the risky side. But dare not think of that without holiday insurance for outdoor adventure travel.

When it comes to adventure, many different things can come to your mind as per your risk-taking capacity like parasailing, paragliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing, trekking, white water rafting, etc. but as we enumerate these activities, we also realise that they actually involve a lot of risk and we can even end up in a hospital in a foreign land if a mishap happens. So it is better that the traveller buys himself holiday insurance for his outdoor adventure travel.

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