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Best Adventure-Travel Outfitters 2010

Riding on horseback with Austin-Lehman Adventures.

Photo: Dennis Coello

Affordable

Adventure Out
Offers camping trips that combine breathtaking scenery with nitty-gritty wilderness survival education.

Gap Adventures
Its small groups use local transportation and guides to maximize authenticity and reduce expense.

Myths & Mountains
Leads Asian and South American trips that connect with local cultures in creative ways.

Wilderness Travel
Offers a vast range of trips, including a line called WT Expeditions: rugged, one-off explorations dreamed up as the particular passions of individual guides.

Local Culture

Boundless Journeys
Ninety percent of their trip leaders are natives of the destinations they guide in, providing real cultural immersion.

Classic Journeys
Their philosophy is that you can get as much of an adrenaline rush from chatting with a shepherd on a remote hillside as from shooting Class Three rapids through the rain forest.

Elevate Destinations
Promotes carbon-neutral activities and donates five percent of each trip’s revenues to local communities.

Geographic Expeditions
Offers remarkable experiences for clients who are willing to endure the very occasional bumpy road or night in a tent.

Off the Beaten Path
Creates in-depth journeys across the American West, thanks to cofounder and conservationist Bill Bryan’s extensive community ties.

Luxury Adventure

Kensington Tours
Offers private custom tours with in-country offices, guides, vehicles, and 24/7 emergency support.

Off the Grid

EpicQuest
Guides moonlight as serious athletes and serve up untracked powder and all-but-undiscovered surf breaks.

Lindblad Expeditions
Sails a fleet of eight ships to some of the world’s most remote destinations, from the Arctic Ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Quark Expeditions
Operates two polar-class icebreaker ships—one nuclear powered, and both equipped with helicopters and Zodiacs—that make it the go-to outfit for getting to the remotest ice-bound spots.

Travesías
Leads guided expeditions from its three remote luxury adventure lodges into the surrounding terrain.

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