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"Life's an Adventure"
Reader Photo Album
This month's reader photos have it all—inspiring locales, great composition, and
travel tips to take you there.
Reader Photo Album
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ways to mix it up this spring.Weekend getaways
Alive! Then & Now
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Alive Andes escape route
with our 3-D, interactive
map, survivor audio interviews, and trek photographs.
Survivors, maps, photos
Sleek shoes and running clothes that will get your
Paddling Croatia Photos and Video
Digital Cameras Review
Audio: Ed Viesturs
Video: Climbing Icebergs
Video: Ayahuasca in Peru
Robert Young Pelton's Travel Tips
Bhutan: Your Own Mountain Kingdom
Adventure-approved travel ideas for right now. By Costas Christ
The Guided Tour
It's been three decades since Bhutan cautiously opened its doors to the outside world, but very little has changed. "Bhutan remains the last intact Buddhist Himalayan kingdom," says Marilyn Downing Staff, co-founder of Asia Transpacific Journeys. "The nation is determined to keep itself free from the social and environmental problems that plague so many other countries." Asia Transpacific was among the first U.S.-based tour operators permitted to enter Bhutan, and the company's longstanding partnerships with local Bhutanese allow its guests to visit remote temples and attend religious festivals
that other outfitters don't. The itinerary includes a hike to the celebrated Taktshang, or "tiger's den," monastery, which clings to a vertical granite cliff; meetings with spiritual leaders in rural villages; and a trip to the Jakar Festival, where dancers wearing bright costumes and masks swirl through clouds of sacred incense.
"There's not another country in the world that has as many winding roads as Bhutan," says Staff. If you're prone to motion sickness, pack Dramamine for the six- to eight-hour minibus rides.
Outfitter: Asia Transpacific Journeys www.asiatranspacific.com
Photo courtesy of Marilyn Staff, Asia Transpacific Journeys
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