Uncle Jim's TravelingCanoe
These special exploratory trips are often of our most exciting and memorable
BattenKill Adventures. Usually lead by Jim and Carolyn and senior BattenKill
staff, these trips are popular with experienced BattenKill alumni or
other intrepid travelers who thrive on the sense of discovery and serendipity
that occur on first time forays into to new places. You are part of
the exploration, setting the plans for those to follow, by helping make
decisions what to do next, which route sounds most interesting, sharing
insights with guides and local people about your highlights and what
· Canoe New Zealand New Zealand, where the outdoors is
a way of life: adventures on water, snow, rock, and dirt pile up in
every corner of this cluster of islands. We will spend several days
on one of New Zealand's best canoeing routes, the Whanganui River, a
large river freckled with class I and II rapids as it carves its way
between the distant snow capped giants of Mts. Taranake and Ruapehu.
Another day we will be off to paddle the Mangatainoka, a natural thermal
pool. Our 10 days will be filled with adventure since New Zealand is
a land of astounding contrasts roughly the size of Colorado. There are
subtropical rainforests, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, volcanoes,
and thermal springs scattered around the islands. Green rolling hills
dotted with sheep and seemingly endless forests are often just an hour's
drive from rugged mountains and semi-desert areas. Expect classic BattenKill
inn to inn river touring. Congenial hotels provide hospitality, lodging
and meals along the way and classic New Zealand hospitality. Canoe New
Zealand will be first offered on April 17-27, 2005.
blue rivers, ancient Mayan ruins, and a lush tropical setting are the
perfect ingredients for our newest trip. Belize offers a wonderful blend
of old and new and the canoe is a glorious way to discover this tiny
Central American country.
meet in Belize City, but dont linger long before heading off to
Lamanai Outpost Lodge on the New River Lagoon. We arrive at the lodge
by canoe and quickly feel at home after a warm welcome by Mark and Monique
and their staff. We settle in and begin to relax in the comfort of our
thatched roofs cabins and start to soak in the sounds and smells of
the tropics. While at Lamanai we will enjoy paddling on quiet rivers,
ideal for bird watching, exploring the Mayan ruins of Lamanai and perhaps
sitting in on an evening lecture.
Lamanai we continue to discover Belize as well as neighboring Guatemala.
We plan to enjoy a day of
paddling on the Belize river and then spend two days at Tikal. Situated
deep in the jungle the towering pyramids rise above the jungles
green canopy to catch the sun. As we visit the site and wander from
one site to another we will be taken in by the lush vegetation, animal
life and peacefulness that all contribute to this wonderful experience.
Lodging at the
Tikal Inn allows us to enjoy easy access to the site and have the opportunity
to experience sunsets and sunrises over this ancient mystical site.
Tikal we journey back to Belize and the Mountain Pine Ridge. Here we
will have an abundant of activities to choose from while being pampered
in the evenings at Five Sisters Lodge. Paddling choices are plentiful
with the river Macal offering many miles to choose from. More Mayan
ruins at Caracol and cave paddling will also fill our days.
is waiting to be enjoyed and we invite you to join us and discover its
magic for yourself. We will return to Belize on January 6-16,
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