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About Adventure Tourism

Since the earliest explorers, adventure travel has been part of the world's culture. Adventure tourism is a tour designed around an adventurous activity such as rafting, hiking, or mountain climbing. Be it fueled by sport, riches or escape from tyranny, exploration and adventure tourism continues to thrive, change and grow every year.


Modern adventure travel was born with the first planned trek to the Himalayas in Nepal decades ago. The first commercial rafting trips in Ethiopia were made in the early 1970s. As political climates, natural disasters and the taste of the adventurer change, so does the adventure travel industry. Floating the Egyptian Nile and climbing Mount Ararat were popular in the 1980s. In the 90s that interest turned toward the Swiss Alps and diving in Thailand. On the Edge magazine claims that the most popular adventure tours today are taking place in the Central America region, such as kayaking in the Dominican Republic or trekking through Costa Rica.


The term "adventure" means something different to everyone. For some, sleeping outdoors may be an adventure. For others, it may be a multi-day whitewater rafting trip that is both exciting and physically challenging. Adventure tourism can be accomplished in many environments, from scuba diving in Belize or Australia to mountain climbing in Bhutan or Nepal. Traditionally, adventure travel includes some type of sport. However, depending upon an individual's physical abilities and desires, adventure tourism can include a number of more passive activities, including guided tours, mystery and murder-mystery tours.


Adventure tourism does not have to mean world travel and the term "adventure" is how you define it. There are many types of adventurous travels. You can take many adventure trips without the use of an outfitter or guide service if you are familiar with the activity involved. If you are traveling out of the country, are unfamiliar with the activity or enjoy the comfort of having a guide, the use of a guide service can save hours of homework and logistical work.

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