Top Adventure Travel Destinations for 2017

Gullfoss Falls, Iceland © 2016 Karen Rubin/
Gullfoss Falls, Iceland © 2016 Karen Rubin/

What are the top adventure travel destinations for 2017? According to data from adventure tour search and review website Stride Travel, they include up-and-coming Cuba and classics such as Thailand. Here are seven tours highlighting Stride’s top destinations for the next year.

  1. Cuba: With Cuba now more accessible to Americans, the Caribbean country is seeing an influx of travelers. One of the easiest ways to get there remains on an Adventure Life cruise. This unique land-and-sea exploration visit the country’s cultural centers and wild coastal sites – walk and socialize in the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Old Havana and Trinidad, and snorkel the diverse marine and reef ecosystems of Cayo Largo and Jardines de la Reina.
  2. Romania: After touring Bulgaria, cross into Romania to explore the painted monasteries and medieval towns of Transylvania – including Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Dracul – with Mir Corporation. This trip visits the Palace of the Parliament and Curtea de Arges Monastery in Bucharest.
  3. Belize: Fly fish and spin fish for tarpon, snook, permit and bonefish on the rivers, channels and flats of Belize on trips with Frontiers. If you want to take a day off from fishing, these jungle lodges also offer mountain biking, birding, zip lining, cave tubing and snorkeling.
  4. Machu Picchu, Peru: Hike the last section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, then higher to Huayna Picchu, and the capture colorful culture of Peru on this Travel Vision Journeys photography tour. Also included are Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas, and the fertile Sacred Valley.
  5. Iceland: With more than 100 salmon rivers, countless trout and char fishing opportunities, plus glaciers, geysers, hiking, biking, whales and birds, Iceland is full of adventure – and Frontiers knows where to find it in this largely uninhabited country.
  6. Thailand: Explore the Grand Palace and floating markets of Bangkok, visit the oldest temple in Chiang Mai and help feed and bathe elephants at a nearby sanctuary, then swim and snorkel hidden lagoons and relax on the beaches of Phuket – this Adventure Life tour includes the best that Thailand has to offer.
  7. Greece: An Adventure Life cruise of Greece includes swimming in crystal blue waters off Kythira, as well as exploration of unique archaeological site of Delos and the volcanic caldera of Santorini. Enjoy Mykonos’ cosmopolitan life on an afternoon and evening off.


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