Moroccan desert tours
There's nothing like a trek through the Moroccan desert to really find yourself again. A number of travel agencies in Marrakech can put together a fantastic itinerary through the High Atlas mountains, palm groves and kasbahs – Berber citadels – and into the Sahara. Options range from an afternoon trip to several days in the desert. Start this unforgettable experience with a restful night in a lodge in Merzouga. Bright and early the next day, your caravan – your guide and a dozen other adventurers – will begin the trek across the Erg Chebbi dunes. Rocked by the rhythmic gait of your camel, soak up the sun and endless sandy horizons. Climb the huge sand dunes on foot and watch as the color is set ablaze by the setting sun. In the evening, sheltered by a bivouac around the fire, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the local proverb that says “the smoke washes your eyes and the Sahara washes your soul.”
Trek through a cirque on Reunion Island
Reaching high above the impressive Reunion Island are three natural cirques, so spectacular they feature on UNESCO's World Heritage List. One of them, Mafate, can only be reached on foot. Calling all nature lovers: lace up your hiking boots and escape to this site that is entirely disconnected from the rest of the world. From Roche Écrite, admire the panoramic views over the Piton des Neiges, the highest summit of the Indian Ocean. Descend towards the Diagonale des Fous trail that will leave hiking fanatics in awe as they walk along the ridge line. Some 700 people live among a dozen islets where they get to wake up to these monumental surroundings every day. Take a break in the village of Îlet à Bourse and its picturesque school. When you cross the Rivière des Galets, give in to temptation and take a dip in the cool water. Along the Scout trail, the magnificently vertiginous views will take your breath away.
Cirque de Mafate
From Panama City, a “Crusoeade” on the San Blas islands
Could there be a more idyllic spot to recharge than this string of almost 400 islands and coral reefs (of which only about 60 are inhabited) scattered across the Caribbean Sea? Get ready for an experience worthy of a Robinson Crusoe adventure on the San Blas islands, an autonomous region of Panama and a territory of the Guna people. Paddle a pirogue to your rustic beach lodge that sit on the sand. Let the hours drift by as you feel the most of your stay on the immaculate beaches and go diving in the sparkling lagoon. Sail out with local fishermen and let them show you how to catch spiny lobsters that will garnish your dinner plate later. During your stay, why not spending time with the Guna people, who are proud of their ancient customs that include dances and chants inspired by birds?
San Blas islands
Immerse yourself in the calm of the French Guiana forest
Once a green underworld, French Guiana has become an exciting playground for budding adventurers. About a hundred and a half kilometres from Cayenne is Regina, a small, languid town on the banks of the Approuague river. Board a motorized pirogue and zip over to Camp Cisame. At the edges of the equatorial forest sit four imposing carbets – indigenous dwellings – ready to welcome families for a memorable stay. In the morning, you'll motor upstream in your pirogue to Saut Grand Canori, the largest river falls in French Guiana. A naturalist will then guide you through the forest trails, teaching you how the local indigenous people live in the forest. You'll also learn a placer mining technique used to find gold in tropical rivers without harming the Amazonian ecosystem.
Bourg de Régina
+594(0) 594 28 7000
A Corsican escape in the Calanques de Piana
Just like French writer Guy de Maupassant, be astounded by “these astonishing cliffs of pink granite, gnarled and contorted,” as you hike the high trails of the Calanques de Piana. Not too far from Ajaccio along the Corsican coastal road lies this immense natural site that will leave you awestruck. From the Roches Bleues chalet and restaurant, climb up the rocky trail that takes you above the pines, where you can revel in the sensational views over the Gulf of Porto before heading back into the forest. To dive even further into Corsica's impossibly impressive nature, try kayaking along the coast to enjoy the calm waters around the island. If you've ever wanted to cut yourself off from the world, making your way across this extraordinary rocky universe on the World Heritage List is one way to do it.
Calanques de Piana
Les Roches Bleues
Lieu Dit les Calanche,
+33 (0)4 95 27 81 19