Classic adventure travel demands top-flight outfitters with the experience to nail every last detail, right down to the camp chow. Count on these pros.
1. Galápagos: Lindblad Expeditions (www.lindbladexpeditions.com) established the archipelago's ecotourism rules in 1968. They're still in use.
2. Grand Canyon: In 1969 OARS (www.oars.com) became the first oar-powered operator permitted to run the canyon.
3. Great Barrier Reef: Undersea Explorer (www.undersea.com.au) offers combination adventure diveresearch programs.
4. Antarctica: Using ice-breaking vessels, Quark Expeditions
(www.quarkexpeditions.com) expanded the bounds of Antarctic travel.
5. Milford Track: Ultimate Hikes (www.ultimatehikes.com) wa s entrusted with New Zealand's greatest walk in recognition of their excellent operations.
6. Himalaya: Over the decades Above the Clouds (www.aboveclouds.com) has perfected routes and itineraries that dodge the hordes.
7. Machu Picchu: Wilderness Travel (www.wildernesstravel.com) has visited Machu Picchu since the mid-1970s. They offer six unique trips.
8. Mount Kilimanjaro: For 24 years, U.S.-based Thomson Safaris (www.thomsontreks.com) has focused on one nation and one mountain: Tanzania and Kilimanjaro.
9. Serengeti: Wildland Adventures (www.wildlandadventures.com) has a long-standing partnership with the Masai.
10. Dolomites: Collett's Mountain Holidays (www.colletts.co.uk) tops the Dolomite-specialist outfitters.
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