The Futaleufu River is well known for white-water rafting in Patagonia, southern Chile. (Martin Schneiter/Dreamstime/TNS)

Go roaming in Chile, save money on a European hiking trip and more

Long and skinny Chile is a country that calls out to adventurers. Stretching from the extremes of the Atacama Desert to the ruggedness of Patagonia, it’s a land of natural wonders. ROAM Adventures has four trips that explore various regions of this South American nation while allowing participants to experience a true multi-sport adventure. Chile has many wild rivers, and these trips dive in headfirst by rafting up to Class V waters, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. There’s also fly or spin fishing. Out of the water, depending on the trip, activities may include horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, canyoning, zip lining or climbing. For down time, there might be wine tasting or yoga. Accommodations range from glamping in a luxurious riverside camp to staying in a five-star lodge. These trips run eight or nine days, with pricing from $3,600 per person, double occupancy, to $4,900. The Lakes District Multisport also offers four- and five-day options. International air is extra. Info: 888-639-1114,



Lonely Planet, which started by targeting backpackers and budget travelers, has broadened its aim over the years and now is dipping its toe into the cruise market with three new guidebooks. “Cruise Ports Alaska,” “Cruise Ports Caribbean” and “Cruise Ports Scandinavia and Northern Europe” aim to make life easier for cruisers trying to figure out what to do and where to shop and eat during all of those days in port. Each book begins with the basics, explaining seasons, major events and even tips on picking your cruise company before diving into specifics for the ports. On the Lonely Planet website you can buy the print edition of a book, an eBook version or individual chapters in a PDF version. Info:



With summer starting to wind down, it’s not too early to look ahead to 2019 vacations. REI Adventures is offering a good deal on one of its European hiking tours. Book the Czech Republic Hiking trip from Aug. 26-Sept. 3 for any 2019 departure and you can knock off $600 from the usual price of $2,899 per person, double occupancy. This is a hike through history, with many ancient castles and UNESCO World Heritage Sites dotting the landscape. Among the highlights is a day and a half exploring Cesky Krumlov, whose sprawling castle complex dates from the 13th century and contains 40 buildings. The nine-day/eight-night outing is offered in April, May, June, August and September next year. This trip is rated moderate, with daily hiking of four to eight miles on mostly flat to gently rolling terrain. There are also daily van transfers. In addition to lodging and bilingual guides, the tour price includes most meals. International air is extra. Prices listed are for REI members, and a lifetime membership is just $20. Info: 800-622-2236,


(Phil Marty is a freelance reporter.)

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