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Best Adventure-Travel Outfitters 2010

Riding on horseback with Austin-Lehman Adventures.

Photo: Dennis Coello

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Offers treks with access to Andean regions of Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

Journey Mexico
Focuses on Mexico’s cultural and natural heritage.

Journeys by Design
Owner Will Jones spent 25 years in six African countries before returning to the U.K. to open a shop dealing exclusively with the continent he knows best.

Latin Excursions
Offers in-depth, culturally rooted trips to Patagonia, the Pantanal, and the Amazon basin.

Nomadic Expeditions
Takes you camel and horse trekking in remote, mountainous western Mongolia, with many nights spent in traditional felt tents with wood-burning stoves.

River & Ocean

Explorer’s Corner
Specializes in trailblazing kayak journeys in remote polar settings.

Offers a huge range of trips to some of the most exotic fishing spots on six continents.

Mountain Travel Sobek
Whether climbing mountains or rafting on white water, few outfitters can rival the adventure chops and experience of this 40-year-old firm.

A pioneer in commercial river guiding that brings rafters and kayakers onto otherwise inaccessible waters.

Rod & Gun Resources
Has surprisingly luxurious tented camps and villas in remote fishing destinations from Alaska to the Amazon.

Sweetwater Travel Company
Excels at guiding first-time fly-fishing anglers.


The plugged-in, South Africa–based luxury outfitter (formerly known as CC Africa) owns 46 lodges and camps across Africa and India.

Abercrombie & Kent
Runs tours on every continent and in more than 100 countries. But their signature trip remains the lavish tented African safari.

Cox & Kings
Founded in 1758 to provision British army regiments, it manages a global portfolio of tours with the savvy born of a far-flung empire.

Ker & Downey
Aims to provide life-changing experiences through environmental conservation and social philanthropy.

Micato Safaris
Welcomes guests to Africa with an extraordinary level of service and in-country expertise.

Trekking, Walking & Biking

Austin-Lehman Adventures
Specializes in multi-sport tours through the American West and beyond, with luxurious amenities and top-notch guides.

Offers tours that combine cultural encounters with high-intensity cycling.

Butterfield & Robinson
Will have you bicycling and hiking by day, and indulging in serious food and wine in the evenings.

Country Walkers
Offers gentle walks and a focus on interaction with locals (such as lessons with schoolchildren in India or lunch with villagers in Costa Rica).


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