From Salem, Massachusetts and fall colors in Japan to the Great Wildebeest Migration in East Africa, fall is the perfect time of year to check out these amazing adventure destinations around the world — and celebrate Halloween to boot.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Wildebeest Migration is an adventure-seekers dream to witness in person. In October and November, most of the wildebeest have made their way from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara, making fall an ideal time to travel there for ultimate wildlife viewing. On Peregrine Adventures’ East Africa Discovery trip, departing October 5 and November 2, 2017, safari-goers can experience both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Via overland vehicles and 4X4s, travelers enjoy game drives and visits to iconic destinations like the Ngorongoro Crater while staying in the heart of the parks in tented camps away from the crowds. Pricing starts at $5412 per person double occupancy if booked by August 31 or $6765 after August 31.
Patagonia, South America
As the harsh winter season comes to an end in September and peak season begins in January, the months of October and November are an ideal time to visit this adventurous region of South America. Peregrine Adventures offers an October 27, 2017 departure of their 11-day Patagonia Hiking journey, which takes hikers along some of the best area trails, including iconic eight-hour Torres Base Trek, Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Las Torres trails (both six to nine hours), as well as two days at Argentina’s Glacier National Park to explore its massive icescapes. Pricing starts at $4372 per person double occupancy if booked by August 31 or $5465 after August 31.
Halloween is one of America’s great adventures, and the Halloween in America Festival 7-day trip from Geckos Adventures, an adventure travel company for those 18-29, celebrates this holiday in a U.S. city that is one of the most steeped in legend and lore: Salem, Massachusetts. While visiting the city, learn about its historic witch trials, take part in the Haunted Happenings Carnival, carve a pumpkin and get lost in a corn maze. The trip then heads to Newport, Rhode Island, for a lantern-led ghost tour, visits the home of the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and then concludes at the annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City where guests can join the fun in costume. Pricing starts at $1510 per person, double occupancy.
Known as “kouyou,” the changing of the leaves in Japan is beautiful with maples turning a deep red and the ginkgo tree turning a pale yellow. The 11-day Hiker’s Journey to Shikoku from Wilderness Travel leaves in mid October timed for “kouyou” and mild weather. The trip lets travelers follow pilgrimage trails that have been walked for 1200 years, including the route of 88 temples. Starts at $6695 per person.
La Via Francigena Pilgrimage Route in Italy
Because the summer months can be brutally hot and thus extremely challenging to hike this 7th century pilgrimage route that runs from Canterbury through Italy into Rome, fall’s milder weather makes it the ideal time to traverse this route through Italy’s hill towns (including popular Siena and San Gimignano), ancient cities and rolling countryside. The first adventure travel company to offer a trip along La Via Francigena, Wilderness Travel takes travelers along the best portions, bypassing dangerous roads and providing guidance where the route is poorly marked. Travelers can even secure a Testimonium from the Vatican certifying they have completed a portion of the trail. Departure dates include September 15 and October 6, 2017 with pricing starting at $4995 per person double occupancy.
On this 9-day Day of the Dead Festival trip departing October 30 with Geckos Adventures, attendees will see a different side of Mexico’s Day of the Dead Festival when locals celebrate the lives of the dearly departed. Travelers can buy colorful costumes and embrace the ornate festivities with street parties, face painting and cemetery visits, as well as enjoy the pastel-coloured architecture in San Cristobal del las Casas. Trip-goers will also learn about the Tzotzil and Tzeltal tribal groups who reside in the nearby villages with a final stop in Playa del Carmen for swimming among the sea turtles or unwinding on the white sandy beaches. The trip is part of Geckos’ new Festivals Trip Series for 2017. Pricing starts at only $1320 per person, double occupancy.