6 Amazing Lodge-based Adventures
When you love being outside, not sleeping outside…
We get it. Not everyone loves sleeping under the stars, on a hard ground, in a tent. And that’s fine, because not every great adventure involves sleeping outside. If you’re not big on camping, but love being outside, here are six amazing lodge-based trips worth checking out:
Raft the world-class Pacuare River, see incredible wildlife while exploring the rainforest canopy, swim at the base of a waterfall and experience the annual turtle nesting at Tortuguero National Park. And at the end of each day of adventure, retire to luxury. The Rainforest Eco-Lodge and Tortuga Lodge and Gardens (pictured above), two of Central America’s most legendary eco-lodges, become your home base on this week-long Costa Rican adventure.
Have the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in Oregon all to yourself when you take on its exhilarating whitewater early season. Enjoy everything Oregon’s beautiful pine forests have to offer as you explore 40 miles of river (that means tons of wildlife). And don’t worry about the possible late spring elements, because cozy accommodations and hot showers at the Black Bar Lodge and Paradise Lodge will be waiting for you at the end of each day on this 2-night/3-day lodge-to-lodge trip (dates available in May only).
Leave those grueling days of backpacking behind. Experience Peru’s real outdoors on a challenging but comfortable trek along the “Salkantay Inca Trail,” the road less traveled to Machu Picchu. Each day’s hike ends in a beautiful lodge, like the Colpa Lodge pictured above, with hot showers, gourmet food, and even outdoor Jacuzzis to soothe those feet.
Travel to the unspoiled coast of Southern Crete to kayak the crystal blue waters of the Libyan Sea. By day, visit secluded beaches, hike into gorges and explore the ruins of Venetian Castles and Minoan palaces. At night, dine on regional cuisine at seaside tavernas, chat with the locals and stay in intimate family-owned inns.
Those wanting a multi-day whitewater rafting experience, minus the nightly riverside camping, can organize a lodge-to-lodge trip on Idaho’s Main Salmon River (by group request only). Each day find yourself deeper and deeper into Idaho’s wilderness as you raft nearly 100 miles of fun Class III whitewater, see wildlife galore and maybe even sneak a dip in a hot spring or two. Enjoy the solitude of the evenings from the comfort of a variety of rustic lodges that can only be reached by the river.
While not technically a lodge-to-lodge adventure, this one’s worth mentioning. On this adventure you might have to sleep in a tent for a few nights (on huge sandy beaches), but the sacrifice is so worth it when afterward you’re rewarded with a stay at one of the West’s best and luxurious guest ranches, Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, UT. Spend the first half of the week rafting the Colorado River’s legendary Cataract Canyon, through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Then, from the comforts of the lodge, explore beautiful red rock country and Arches National Park or simply kick back and relax.