When it comes to exotic vacations, the closest many Americans get is a cruise ship, what with their shimmering pools, exciting shuffleboards, and all-you-can-eat buffets of norovirus.
Skip the stomach flu and take a real adventure through equatorial bi-ways with No Limit X overland excursions.
Run by an intrepid husband/wife team — he's a former chef and sommelier, she ran a four-star lodge — No Limit X organizes and leads expeditions to Central and South America's remotest regions. The tours are planned up to 16 months in advance, and upcoming treks include:
Nov. 30th - Dec. 11th, 2012 (Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala)
Explore Central America's oldest colonial cities, tour coffee plantations, and visit hidden coves.
Dec. 15th - 23rd, 2012 (Guatemala)
Journey to remote archaeological sites in the Peten basin, and bivouac at the base of a Mayan ruin while commemorating the end of the Mayan calendar.
Jan. 24th - Feb 2, 2013 (Guatemala, Belize)
Traverse the rainforests through Belize while visiting rarely seen Mayan ruins.
Treks usually include 8-16 people, with explorers riding/driving several cheekily-named, custom-rigged Land Rovers, including Brutus (Defender 130), Brando (Defender 90), and others.
A package will run you ~$3,200 per person, but that includes lodging, meals, and transportation. Sorry, no shuffleboard included.