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Get Lost: The World's Best Natural Escapes

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Although it might not seem so when standing in the center of any large city, but there are still some wild places to get lost around the globe. Whether you're hiking through a sea of sand in Namibia or on an expedition in Antarctica, exploring the Guyanese Amazon by boat or marveling at the baobabs in Madagascar, these are the best places in the world to just get lost in the natural world.
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141 Fourth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, Guyana
Whether you're interested in one day or two weeks, Wilderness Explorers makes getting around Guyana easy. Offering a number of hand-crafted itineraries to fit all budgets and adventure/fitness levels, they offer everything from a day trip to...
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Namib-Naukluft National Park,, Sesriem, Namibia
Wind, fire and water fashioned these dunes over millions of years, forming peaks up to 1,000 feet. Seasonal winds carried sand westward from the Kalahari desert, while the Benguela current from South Africa’s shores blew in sand off the Atlantic...
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Antarctica
You may think you’ve kayaked in some extreme spots, but nothing beats an afternoon paddling in Antarctica. Not all expeditions offer this as an excursion, so be sure to check in advance if this is something you really want to try. Zodiac boats are...
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RT 8, Morondava 619, Madagascar
Baobab trees, which grow up to 100 feet tall and 30 feet wide, carry a prehistoric grandeur worthy of their title as Madagascar’s national tree. Of the six ancient baobab species native to the African island, only the largest, the Adansonia...
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Baranof Island, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
Baranof Island is a land of enchantment. Home of the Tlingit Native people, it is the smallest of the ABC Islands in Alaska, just over 1,600 square miles in size. According to locals, there is a grizzly bear on Baranof Island for every one of...
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East Asia
With no roads in Western Mongolia, it's pretty easy to get lost. While participating in the Mongol Rally (driving from London to Mongolia), we were challenged in many ways. However in Mongolia our challenge was directions! With a map of the...
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Parachilna SA 5730, Australia
I love the Australian outback, it's a big place but in and around it are small pockets of human existence and history. Parachilna or 'patajilnda' to use the Aboriginal word is no exception. Surveyed in 1863, and located on the railway line and...
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Milford Track, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand
Steve from Trips and Tramps makes a great tour guide through the Milford Track. The guided half-day hike, an easy seven miles on a well-groomed trail, was just a tease—given the time, the full four-day, 33-mile track would be well worth it. We...
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Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
When I told friends I was going to Papua New Guinea eyebrows were raised; when I mentioned I was staying with a Highlands tribe, jaws dropped. I flew into Tari, a small dusty town with a small dusty airstrip and there I got my first sight of the...
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Inverie, Mallaig PH41 4PL, UK
You’ll explore the Knoydart Peninsula’s mountain passes and Small Isles on this 42-mile, eight- day guided hike, which includes sampling some of Scotland’s finest cuisine at a boat-in lodge. From $1,796. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014...
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Latin America
A lot of the Salar de Uyuni tours include an early-morning drive out across the salt flats--largest in the world, and around 12,000 ft. high--but there's a far more satisfying way to enjoy the other-worldly light show. We stayed in a salt-block...