March/April 2009
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Dear Real Traveller,

We are excited to bring you some recent NOTES FROM THE FIELD in this month's Real Traveller Newsletter. Despite economic downturns, Custom Tours have increased in popularity. Designing personalized tours to fit your travel dates, activity level, lodging preference and matching you with local, knowledgeable guides has been our specialty for over 21 years. This winter, our Real Travellers have been participating in meaningful cultural interactions, trekking through rural Bhutan, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and spotting the Big Five on safari in East Africa.

Here's what our travellers are saying about their custom tours: "It was a trip of a lifetime and we wouldn't have been able to experience such great service and accommodations without Adventure Associates at the helm with all of your experience. It was fantastic and beyond our expectations!"

Recent travellers also enjoyed our newest exploration into Vietnam! Highlights included bicycling through lush countryside, socializing with hill tribe families, kayaking in Ha Long Bay, and learning to cook traditional cuisine...see the Books & Cooks section for a delicious Spring Roll recipe from our time in Hanoi.

Vietnam Trip Photos:

Sandy Braun, Director
Alice Gifford, Adventure Team

Earth Day Trip
Baja, Mexico: Sea Kayak Expedition for Women
Baja Vista

Limited to 10 women!
Celebrate Earth Week in the warm water paradise of Mexico's Sea of Cortez: sea kayaking secluded islets, snorkeling in colorful tidal pools, viewing playful dolphins, relaxing under the desert sun in the shadow of giant cacti, and sharing a campfire with panga fishermen. $1045 - $1195
All Women Trip Details
April 19 - 26, 2009 (Earth Day Trip!)
Coed Departures: January - April

Limited Space
Peru: Classic Trek to Machu Picchu for Women
Inca Trail Trek

Summer Trek Permits are going fast! BOOK TODAY! Andean peaks tower above the compelling remains of the Inca civilization. Spend eleven days exploring ruins in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and hiking the Inca Trail to the famed citadel of Machu Picchu! $2695 - $3079
July 18 - 28; July 25 - Aug 4, 2009
Trip Details...

Tambopata Rainforest Extension Details...

Discount Departures
Galapagos Wildlife Cruise - $400 OFF
Galapagos Gals

Sail aboard a 20-person Hybrid or Carbon Neutral yacht for an unforgettable wildlife expedition through one of the most diverse and stunningly beautiful marine environments in the world! Daily snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and shore excursions with expert naturalists. Starts at $3450
All Women
: Aug 29 - Sept 7, 2009: $400 OFF
Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2009: $300 OFF
: Sept 5 -14; 12-21; 19-28; Sept 26-Oct 5, 2009: $400 OFF
Year Round Cruises Also Available Click here for Details

Package includes: $400 Discount, 8-Day cruise, 2 nights hotel (B&B), in-country flight, airport transfers and Park entrance fees.

Optional extensions: Amazon Jungle Lodge or a spectacular Rainforest River Cruise!

Uganda: Gorilla Trek & Wildlife Safari - $540 OFF
Uganda Gorillas

From rain forests to snow-capped mountains, crater lakes and volcanoes, explore "The Pearl of Africa" on this truly off the beaten path safari. Join expert wildlife trackers for Chimpanzee trekking and boat rides on the Kazinga river, cultural encounters in traditional fishing villages, and of course, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park!
Free Gorilla Permits on any trip from through July 2009: $3385
Discount Uganda Details...

Escape to Bhutan - $400 OFF!
Tiger's Nest

In light of the current worldwide economic crisis, the Bhutanese government has decided not to raise the tariff that was to take effect for fall 2009. As a result, our tour is $400 OFF! Journey to the "Dragon Kingdom," one of the extraordinary countries of the Himalayas. Learn Bhutan's customs and traditions by visiting traditional farmhouses adorned with prayer flags, attending celebration festivals, and hiking Bhutan through breathtaking bamboo and pine forests! $3895 Oct 31 - Nov 17, 2009 Trip Details...

Classic Journeys
Copper Canyon, Mexico Explorations
Tarahumara woman

Recognized by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as a Best Outfitter trip for 2009! Ride the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, enjoy nature walks along the canyon floor, explore charming and remote indigenous settlements, and discover the "Lost Cathedral" of Satevo. Overnight camping trek and lodges in historic Mexican villas! Coed and All Women tour departures.
$1475 Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2009 TREK & Rail Details...
$1925 Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2009 LODGE & Rail Details...

Nepal Khumbu Teahouse Trek for Women
Nepal trekking

Trekking in Nepal is a backpacker's paradise! Our 17-day fully-supported trekking adventure meanders through the Everest (Khumbu) region to remote villages, pristine glacial-fed lakes, sacred temples and high mountain splendor! Overnight in local traditional Teahouses each night! $2699
April 14 - May 5; Nov 5 - 26, 2009
Trip Details...

East Africa: Cultural & Wildlife Safari for Women
Tatog Man

With 21 years of traveling to East Africa, we know how to do it! 10 unbeatable days spent in Africa's premiere game parks - viewing "the top 5" in wildlife and engaging in traditional African tribal cultures: the Maasai, the nomadic Hadzabe and the Tatog. Genuine interactions with our Tanzanian friends, and the best wildlife on the planet! $4199
July 2-12; July 16-26; July 30 - Aug 9; Aug 27 - Sept 6, 2009
Safari details...

Optional Extensions include:
Rwanda Gorilla Trek
Tropical Zanzibar

New Zealand Active Adventure: South Island
NZ Camp View

Experience the stunning South Island by hiking through National Parks and glaciers, kayaking Milford Sound and bicycling rural roadways! Lodges and rustic secluded accommodations, all with fantastic guides and wonderful camaraderie. $3399 +tax
Two Week Year Round Departures
Optional North Island Cultural Extension Trip Details...

Summer Escapes
San Juan Islands, WA
San Juan Islands kayaking

All trips run May - September 2009 unless noted below

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for details on our NEW Green Kayak Retreat Special! $470

3-Day Base Camp Kayaking for Women $499
June is Orca Whale Month - Book early to see the Orca Whales in their natural habitat!

3-Day Kayak Expedition for Women
3-Day Kayak Expedition (COED) $549

A great introduction to sea kayak navigation, island hopping, fantastic sunsets!

6-Day Hike, Bike & Sea Kayak for Women $1250
Guide Favorite! Six days of sunny hiking, biking and sea kayaking through the most popular islands. Trip Dates: July 26 - 31; Aug 9 - 14, 2009

Custom Departures $499+
Call for a custom quote on your choice of travel dates, expedition, lodging or camping. Fully-guided and all gear supplied. Great for groups of friends and family!

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