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Trekking Mallorca, Spain
Adventure-approved excursions for right now.  By Costas Christ   
Photo: Trekking Mallorca, Spain

The Eco Trip

Why Go:
Mallorca, the stunning 1,405-square-mile (3,638 square kilometer) Spanish isle, is best known for resort beaches teeming with sun-and-fun continentals in tiny bathing suits. But the Mediterranean island has an even wilder side: the dramatic peaks and gorges of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, which tower along the northwest coast. When the tourists skulk homeward in October, the weather is still sunny and clear and the Tramuntana lakes, peaks, and pathways are nearly empty. Trekking 6 to 13 miles (9 to 20 kilometers) each day with British outfitter ATG Oxford, you'll explore oak woods and boulder-strewn meadows, tracing ancient cobbled paths beneath soaring cliffs. Once home, you'll pine for the Old World comforts—the cassola de peix (a fish casserole) and the fine Binissalem wines—that cap each day on the trail.
 
Need to Know: At about 5,000 feet (1,524), the Tramuntanas aren't exactly the Alps. Still, make sure to log some pretrip miles, because frequent ups and downs require significant exertion. ATG Oxford gets bonus green cred: The outfitter won a 2002 World Legacy Award for its minimum-impact practices and for funneling 10 percent of profits into conservation projects.
 
Days: 8

Outfitter:
ATG Oxford www.atg-oxford.co.uk

Perks:
Physical challenge, the good life, cultural immersion

Photograph by Michael Cullen

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