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Intrepid Travel’s ‘Not Hot List’ Reveals A New Side To The Americas

September 25, 2019 Tour Operator No Comments

Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest adventure travel company, has released its annual ‘Not Hot List’, with the 2020 line-up shining a light on less-travelled areas of the Americas.

From the ‘Canadian Galapagos’ to a fresh take on Louisiana’s Mardi Gras celebrations and an oasis alternative to Machu Picchu, Intrepid Travel Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Brett Mitchell said the Americas offered a wealth of travel experiences and some of the most memorable were beyond the big cities and well-known sights.

“In our annual ‘Not Hot List’ we are encouraging travellers to consider less-visited destinations across the Americas to experience a new side to the continent, beyond the usual hot-spots,” Mitchell said.

“Travellers who venture off the traditional tourist trail will find a continent brimming with fascinating people and places. At Intrepid Travel, we’re all about going off-the-beaten-track to uncover new gems and offer sustainable tourism practices that support local communities.

“With Australian tourists spending more than $8 billion during trips to America alone annually it would be great to see all those valuable tourism dollars dispersed to undertouristed places and communities that would truly benefit from an increase in travellers.”

The Intrepid 2020 Not Hot Travel List: Americas Edition

Love the Galapagos? Try Haida

Galapagos = approx. 225,000  annual visitors

Haida = approx. 13,000 annual visitors 

Known as the Canadian Galapagos, the Haida Gwaii Islands are a pristine wilderness that Canada’s Haida First Nations people call home. Intrepid’s first trip to this edge-of-the-world archipelago located beneath the Alaska panhandle just off British Columbia’s northern coast, will be hosted by a local, offering an insider’s perspective of the Haida culture during visits to traditional villages, a Grizzly Bear Sanctuary where few humans are permitted, shared conversations with the Haida watchmen and a lunch of fresh-caught salmon and venison. The limited edition eight-day Haida Gwaii Islands Expedition trip is timed to coincide with Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Month, departing June 30, 2020, from $3395* per person twin share.

Stretch Mardi Gras celebrations across Louisiana

New Orleans Mardi Gras = approx 1.4 million attendees

Lafayette Mardi Gras = approx. 50,000 attendees 

While most Australians will be familiar with the New Orleans Mardi Gras, they might not be aware that the whole state of Louisiana swings into party mode in the lead up to the parade. From Lafayette to Lake Charles, travellers can learn the traditions of Mardi Gras and see how small towns put on a parade during a tour of Louisiana, which finishes in New Orleans for the big Mardi Gras parade. Highlights include a hat and mask class with a Lafayette local, the chance to learn about the rich history of Cajun and Zydeco music and see the largest Mardi Gras costume display in the world. Intrepid’s nine-day Louisiana Mardi Gras Festival Tour departs on February 19, 2020 from $2995* per person twin share.

Swap Sea World for the Wildcoast

Sea World Orlando = 4.5 million annual visitors

Quadra Island = approx 85,000 annual visitors

In June, Canada passed legislation banning whales, dolphins and porpoises from being bred or held in captivity.  Intrepid has strong animal welfare guidelines and has never supported viewing marine mammals in captivity, so to celebrate this win for animals, Intrepid is offering a new trip to view Orcas at their majestic best, in the wild.  During an eight-day Discovery Islands and Orca Camp Expedition, travellers can embark on a picturesque kayaking expedition in Canada’s Wildcoast wilderness including an adventure into killer whale territory in the glacial waters of Johnstone Strait and the chance to relax each night at Wildcoast’s Orca Camp on Quadra Island with safari-style tents, hot tubs and a native sauna. Starting from $3950*, the trip will depart on July 7 and September 8, 2020.


Travel to Huacachina, Peru’s real-life mirage

Machu Picchu = 1.5 million annual visitors

Huacachina = tens of thousands of annual visitors 

As Peru’s most popular tourist attraction, most people have heard of Machu Picchu, but it’s Peru’s relatively unknown Huacachina that is set to be on everyone’s lips once they discover this oasis in the desert. A palm-fringed lagoon surrounded by dramatic dunes, it’s like a real-life mirage. The small sand city offers lively waterfront bars and hours of sand-boarding fun, with the lagoon itself said to have magical healing powers. Intrepid’s 21-day Peru Encompassed trip starts from $4136* per person twin share with multiple departures in 2020. 

Leave LA traffic and head for Brazil’s car-free island

Venice Beach = approx. 10 million visitors annually

Morro de Sao Paulo = approx 400,000 annual visitors

Los Angeles is known as the birthplace of palm trees, but with more than 48 million annual visitors why not swap that trip to Venice Beach – Southern California’s second largest tourist attraction after Disneyland – for the palm-fringed beaches of Morro de Sao Paulo. During an eight-day adventure around Northern Brazil, travellers can discover the pristine car-free island paradise of Morro de Sao Paulo and chase cascading waterfalls in Bahia’s Chapada Diamantina National Park while also enjoying some Brazilian must-dos such as Capoeira and the chance to try firewater at a local bar that distills its own range of Cachaca. Starting from $2640* per person twin share, Intrepid Travel’s Northern Brazil: Hiking & Beaches trip departures starting on 18 April, 2020.

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