Looking for something that's a little DIFFERENT
Hot air ballooning
Whether you’re in the Serengeti in Tanzania, wandering among 800-year old temples in Bagan, Myanmar or checking out the caves in Cappadocia, Turkey, a hot air balloon ride can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. These are fascinating destinations and a hot air balloon ride can be one of the most romantic adventures of your life. Why not give it a try.
This sounds like a bucket-list trip to me - something you have to do once in your lifetime. Why not consider a 3 or 4-night dogsled package (December to March) that includes everything - meals, lodging, dog teams, outfitting, trail fees and taxes.
With instruction and assistance from the guides, you'll actually be driving a team of dogs on beautiful trails each day. The platforms on the back of the sleds allow one or two persons to control the sled with voice commands, a brake, shifting their balance and an occasional pedal kick. It's easy and fun to learn.
On the uphills, it requires effort similar to bicycling as you "pedal kick" a bit to assist the dogs, and around corners it's a bit like sailing as you lean to balance the sled. But most of the time you're just gliding effortlessly along, mesmerized by the scenery and the snow clicking off the paws of your team as they pull you along. The unique extra-wide sleds allow two guests to stand side-by-side on a stable platform and drive the sled together. New mushers find this is a far more comfortable and confident way to learn dogsledding than by having to balance on the narrow runners of a conventional racing sled and try to control it by themselves. Expert guides will accompany you on skis to help out as needed.
Star-gazing in the Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert, in Northern Chile, boasts some of the world’s clearest skies which makes it one of the best places, on the planet, to practice astronomy. Overnight at a luxury hotel that’s got its own observatory with nightly viewings. Or maybe just stay at one of the hostels in San Pedro de Atacama and join in with one of the many nightly star-gazing tours.
Oh, and by the way, during the day, there’s a ton of things to do - from the lunar landscapes of the Valle de la Luna and Valle de la Muerte to the El Tatio Geysers, the Atacama Desert is just different.
You’ll need at least four nights (that’s only three full days) here to take it all in.