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Mexico’s great adventures

Sparkling seas, verdant jungles, rocky mountains and mysterious ruins provide a natural backdrop throughout Mexico for adventure travelers of all levels. From soft adventure to true tests of endurance, Mexico provides options to get the heart pumping and the mind and body soaring.

Dive In: Many of Mexico’s star tourism destinations offer stellar watery delights. In Cancun and the Riviera Maya, you can swim with dolphins, snorkel or dive around the underwater art museum MUSA or interact with tropical fish with the help of a special helmet during an underwater Sea Trek at the eco-park Xcaret. Pacific Coast resorts offer other easy adventure points, such as sports fishing in Los Cabos and surfing the Mexican Pipeline at Oaxaca’s Puerto Escondido.

Getting Extreme: Just a sampling of Mexico’s many enticements for hard adventure includes up close diving adventures with sharks off the coast of Baja California, swimming with massive whale sharks on the Caribbean coast and kayaking and white water rafting in Veracruz. In San Luis Potosi, thrill-seekers can go from the heights of massive waterfalls, to the hidden secrets of underwater caves, to one of the deepest freefall experiences in the world at the Cave of the Swallow. In Chiapas, you can rappel the walls of the Rio La Venta Canyon.

Taking Off: You get a bird’s eye view of jungles and canyons throughout the country with ziplining. Seven ziplines soar above the six canyons of Chihuahua’s Copper Canyon Adventure Park. Even snow-capped mountains make an appearance in Veracruz, where adventure seekers trek the Pico de Orizaba, Mexico’s third tallest peak.

Natural Adventures: Conservation and adventure go hand-in-hand, providing one-of-a-kind opportunities to both experience and preserve Mexico’s natural wonders. Options range form exploring the unspoiled mangrove wetlands aboard a flat boat in Manzanillo, to releasing baby sea turtles back into the wild in Puerto Vallarta, to navigating among breeding and calving gray whales in Baja California Sur.

International News

The art of ear lobe stretching

For thousands of the years the Masai peoples of Eastern Africa have practiced the art of ear lobe stretching. In bygone days the ear was pierced with a bone needle or thorn and the lobe was very gradually stretched by inserting larger and larger “plugs” made of local material. These local materials were replaced with materials often brought to Africa by tourists.

Empty 35-mm film canisters were particularly popular with the Masai. They fit well into the lobe, were smooth and lightweight and could even hold a few small trinkets inside. Now that cameras have evolved and the 35-mm canister is a relic from past technology, the Masai have found replacements—including cell phones.

Cruise News

HAL plans epic cruise to Asia

Holland America has unveiled plans for an epic cruise from Europe to Asia and back. The 90-day Passage to the Far East sailing on the 1,404-passenger Rotterdam will kick off in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on January 7, 2015 and include calls at 36 ports in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Rotterdam will sail along the west coast of Europe to the Mediterranean before passing through the Suez Canal to the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. From there, it will return via a similar route in reverse with a new set of port calls. Highlights of the trip include multiple stops in India and Myanmar and a string of seven calls in Indonesia. Sri Lanka and Malaysia are also on the schedule. The sailing ends April 7, 2015 back in Rotterdam.

Segments of the voyage that are 34 and 55 days in length also are available. Fares for the complete 90-day journey start at US$10,999 per person, based on double occupancy. The 34- and 55-day segments start at US$4,399 and US$7,199, respectively.

Burgundy by luxury hotel barge for singles

Hotel barging is one of the most relaxing ways to travel. The pace is slow, the on board ambience is first class and the route is delightful as you cruise from one small town to the next. Soak up the atmosphere of hidden France as you pass along the intricate network of canals. Sit back as your onboard crew takes care of your every wish.

This summer there is good news for solo travelers—you won’t pay any single supplements this July and August when you take a cruise through Burgundy on board luxury hotel barge L’Impressioniste. A former Dutch cargo barge, it was refurbished as a luxurious 12-passenger hotel barge, boasting elegant turn-of the-century décor, spacious cabins with en suite facilities, sundeck and spa pool.

Prices start from US$4950 per person for a stateroom on board L’Impressioniste, and in July and August there is no single supplement to pay.

Deal of the Week

Up to US $2,000 savings plus US $200 shipboard credit

The award-winning mid-size ships of Oceania Cruises have an extraordinary value promotion aboard selected cruises this fall. The cruise “Artist Impressions” aboard the Marina is a 7-day sailing from Rome to Lisbon on October 28. It offers bonus savings of US $1,000 per stateroom plus US $200 shipboard credit. Fares start at US $1,259 per person. The cruise “Enchanting Riviera” is a 10-day cruise aboard the Riviera from Athens to Monte Carlo on October 29. It offers bonus savings of US $2,000 per stateroom plus US $200 shipboard credit. Fares are from US $1,749 per person. Oceania Cruises is known for its County Club Casual ambiance and the finest cuisine at sea.

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys, which specializes in custom-designed tours, cruises and travel for couples, singles, and groups of friends. Contact Judy by cell phone at 415-111-8765, by email at, or view the latest travel specials on the website


Sources: Visit Mexico, Great Safaris, Travel Pulse, Ewaterways, Oceania Cruises


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