Imagine how many tours are operating around the globe at any given time, then imagine just how good Sumatran Highlights must be to be selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime! Of course Intrepid trips have received this great recognition before, with small group adventures in Turkey, Iran, Borneo, India and Japan all making the coveted list, but what makes Sumatran Highlights so special in 2011?
The stand-out features of this new trip include the opportunity to travel in areas that few people get to visit and to spend time with the people who call this region home. To be selected as a National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime the trip must be the “most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided and most sustainable tour.” This trip ticks all those boxes with a homestay on the banks of Lake Toba, touring tsunami-affected Bandeh Aceh, exploring the thriving marine eco-systems off Pulau Weh and enjoying the stunning views from atop Sibayak volcano. So have your camera at the ready, because the jaw-dropping natural wonders and beautiful spirit of Sumatra will captivate you!
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* photo by Tom Blake – Intrepid Photography Competition