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ATTA Members Dominate the Adventure Travel “Hot List”

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Everything on Curious Animal’s most exciting destinations for 2015 looked very familiar to us — the destinations, the activities, the sites, the operators. We agree wholeheartedly with the list and congratulate our ATTA members who are operating in the best places on the planet for adventure. We’ve highlighted the ATTA operators mentioned in the Hot List below.


For voodoo culture, music, markets, rum and surfing. G Adventures and Wild Frontiers offer adventures in Haiti, the most mountainous of the Caribbean islands.


With dramatic desert scenery, wildlife galore, tribal culture and sand skiing opportunities, no one was surprised we hosted the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit in Namibia. World Expeditions, African Bikers, and  Expert Africa offer trips.

Photo © ATTA / Cameron Martindell

Cycling in Namibia at the 2013 ATWS. Photo © ATTA / Cameron L. Martindell/


Another Top 10 destination that wasn’t a surprise to us. Wilderness Ireland, Atlantic Sea Kayaking & Wild Atlantic Walks, Extreme Ireland, Adventure Burren and Connemara Wild Escapes show off Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way with world-class seafood, rich history, stunning scenery, innovative adventure sports and friendly local storytellers.

Stand up paddleboard on the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland. © ATTA / Lukasz Warzecha

Stand up paddleboard on the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland. © ATTA / Lukasz Warzecha


A destination that remains off most adventurers’ radars, Palestine offers long treks and cycling options along with Holy Land pilgrimages. Aeolus Tours and Siraj Center arrange powerful adventures that show Palestine as more than just a conflict zone.

New Zealand

Rotorua specifically got New Zealand on the list. The north island of New Zealand is a mountain biking mecca. Add to that hot springs and Maori culture and you’ve got an ATTA definition of adventure. Check out trips by Discover the World.


Exodus Travels and National Geographic Expeditions are leading adventures to Ethiopia while it remains relatively undiscovered. It’s reputation for unique wildlife, volcanic terrain, ancient rock churches and nomadic tribes is spreading fast and the infrastructure is catching up.

Copper Canyon, Mexico

Hiking, biking, running, climbing, or simply riding a train through a canyon larger than the Grand Canyon is enticing adventurers to Chihuahua in Northern Mexico.  See Journey Mexico or Amigo Trails for ATTA-style trips.


What you hear on the evening news about Iran is 180 degrees from what you hear travelers saying when they return from Iran. Sumptuous cuisine, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mountains, caves, bazaars and art await adventurers. Take a look at itineraries from G Adventures, Wild Frontiers, and Journeys International.

1 Comment to ATTA Members Dominate the Adventure Travel “Hot List”

  1. Storyteller

    Your article was captivating, i loved Ethiopia and Iran, i would love to visit those places someday. As i was reading through i felt like i was literally there in that moment. Thank you. There is just something about traveling guys, being away from the everyday hustles, chilling and just enjoying. It reminds me the trip i had to Victoria Falls Zimbabwe last year, it was a moment to remember, i had a lot of fun, you can check it out, the trip advisers were very helpful, they made the trip so much easier, check out Iconic Africa

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