Elder Treks – The Adventure Side Of Senior Travel

Elder treks provide a scenic and cultural alternative to a boring vacation. It’s a way that senior citizens can take a long break and spice up their travel life. Seniors can get a great physical workout while traveling to locations that few people get to see. It’s possible to look at flora and fauna in their natural habitat, and you can do it with a scheduled group or see it with your family.

It’s refreshing to visit other cultures while trekking. You will quickly ask yourself why you haven’t done it before, and once you do it the first time, you’ll be planning for the next trek.

In this article, I’ll discuss a few elder treks that you might want to try. The types that you choose will depend on your physical conditioning, your overall interests, and your economic condition. You can plan a trek to the outermost corners of the world, or to an area in your area or state.

Types of Elder Treks

Mountain Trekking – Mountain trekking is probably best for seniors who have experience and those who are in good physical shape. However, for adventurous seniors, you can start out on smaller hills and work your way up to mountain treks.
Either way, you should check with your doctor first to make sure you have a clean bill of health.

There are many mountains in the U.S. and throughout the world that offer breathtaking views of scenery above and below. Of course, the most famous of mountain trekking takes place at Mount Everest. Don’t think that you need to try and reach the peak because that is reserved for the most experienced climbers and requires special mountain climbing equipment and permits. However, lower level treks are just as rewarding, and it is possible to trek up to the Everest Base Camp if you are really fit.

Jungle Trekking – Another form of elder treks takes place in the lush, tropical rainforests around the world. Jungle trekking through rainforests should be done during the dry season. Although it still rains during this time, most paths are still passable, and it reduces leeches, which are abundant when it is wet in most rainforests.

If you are a nature lover, you can’t go wrong in the rainforest. The howls and screeches of acrobatic primates and colorful birds make jungle trekking a mystical and mysterious experience.

Here are a few suggestions:

Bukit Lawang – Sumatra, Indonesia – Three out of the eight years that I spent in Indonesia were in Sumatra. Sumatra and Kalimantan are the only two locations in the world where you can see orangutans in the wild. In addition to orangutans, you can also see Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers, Sun Bears, and 580 bird species and hundreds of other mammals.

However, the highlights of many elder treks are the orangutans. They gracefully maneuver their way through the tropical forest tree tops, and some recover from illnesses at a rehabilitation center at Bukit Lawang. At the rehabilitation center, young orangutans that lost their mothers due to poaching or death are also raised and slowly reintroduced to the forest.

Monteverde Cloud Forest – Monteverde Cloud Forest is located in Costa Rica, it and is closer for most American seniors. This rainforest is situated at 7,500 feet above sea level. The cool temperatures might be more acceptable, but the altitude could pose breathing problems for some seniors.

If you are feeling bold, you might want to try zip lining through dense foliage, or hike the trails and look for some of the more than 400 species of birds. If your timing is right, you can see or hear the sounds of howler monkeys, or maybe spot an elusive jaguar.

The Amazon – The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and it snakes its way through nine countries in South America. It is home to some of the most diverse and endangered species on our planet. Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil organize some of the most popular Amazon tours. Most tourists travel mostly to Brazil to see some of the indigenous tribes of the Amazon, but indigenous groups can be found in other countries, as well.

African Safaris – Other popular elder treks take place in Africa. When most people think of safaris, they picture folks riding in big jeeps and other four-wheel vehicles through the African jungle. Yet, walking safaris are more popular than ever. Instead of sitting all the time in a jeep, you are walking through areas that are teeming with wildlife, and you get a chance to visit African villages and meet locals and see how they live.

Elder Treks – Conclusion

It’s a big world out there, and it is surrounded mostly by water, and the land contains vast areas of tropical rainforest. Start asking a travel agent today about special elder treks. See more of the world and all of its natural beauty.
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