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Where to Go and What to Do in January

While the festive cheer fades away and the lull of the new year is upon us, it's the perfect time to escape the January blues and discover sensational... Read more
Where to Go and What to Do in January

While the festive cheer fades away and the lull of the new year is upon us, it's the perfect time to escape the January blues and discover sensational destinations around the world. Whether you seek the chill of the Arctic or the warmth of the tropics, January has something for everyone.

After Christmas, there is a slight feeling of deflation in Europe, however some locations thrive at this time of year. Southern European destinations and the European Atlantic islands, such as Madeira and Cyprus, maintain mild temperatures often above 15°C and enjoy fewer crowds. On the other hand, northern Europe transforms into a magical, wintery scene that you would expect to see in a snow globe.

Antarctica experiences its peak summer through January. This time sees extended daylight hours, ideal for observing penguin colonies and diverse marine life. At the other end of the world most northern region becomes a stunning winter wonderland; a beautiful blanket of snow covers the Arctic landscape and glistens in the sun, while magnificent arctic and antarctic wildlife roam the lands, thriving in the harsh conditions.

For those fed up with the winter drizzle at home, why not chase the sun and embark on a warm January adventure? In the southern hemisphere, January is the height of summer. The big five roam the African planes, and the dry weather and lush greenery makes it perfect for a Safari. Australasia is blessed with long, warm days, providing more time to explore the fantastic web of walking and cycling trails. January is generally the warmest time of year in South America, although it is also the period when the continent experiences the highest rainfall. If you don’t mind getting a bit wet, a January holiday in South America will reveal breathtaking landscapes with abundant greenery and thriving wildlife. 

South East Asia experiences one of the driest months of the year, with comfortable temperatures for intrepid exploration. On the other hand, the Himalayas reach their coldest temperatures. However, those willing to wrap up warm and face the sub-zero temperatures will witness magical vistas as the mountains are draped in a smooth blanket of snow. 

The world is full of outstanding adventure holiday opportunities to boost your January, here are a few of our favourites. 



Heritage Trails of Rajasthan

Situated in Northern India, Rajasthan is a vibrant land known for its opulent palaces, impressive forts, and rich cultural heritage among proud tribes. Boasting diverse landscapes, from jungles to mountains and deserts, we've crafted an extraordinary walking holiday that encapsulates the essence of Rajasthan. Beyond exploring the former royal residences and military strongholds, our itinerary includes well-planned treks and heritage trails, delving into the hills and communities that encompass these historic sites. The journey starts in 'Old Delhi,' exploring its bazaars and temples, including a Sikh temple kitchen experience. It progresses through Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, a trek in Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Udaipur's City Palace, Pushkar, Jaipur's Amber Fort, and concludes with Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and the Taj Mahal in Agra, providing an immersive Rajasthan experience. In January, Rajasthan experiences cool and pleasant weather, making it an ideal time to explore the state's historical sites, vibrant cities, and cultural heritage. The days are characterised by mild temperatures, making outdoor excursions and sightseeing across Rajasthan enjoyable during this time.



Ecuador's Triple Crown

Ecuador, situated at the northern end of the Andean chain, boasts some of the world's highest volcanoes, offering a thrilling trekking and climbing holiday to conquer the three tallest peaks. This well-paced journey incorporates acclimatisation with a remarkable 5-day trek across the Cotacachi-Cayapas highlands, featuring ascents of smaller volcanoes like Yanaurco (4535m) and Imbabura (4609m). Enhance your mountaineering skills and explore diverse landscapes before ascending Cayambe (5790m), Cotopaxi (5895m), and Chimborazo (6310m), the country's highest summit, offering unique geographical perspectives due to the equatorial bulge. This comprehensive adventure not only presents the challenge of scaling remarkable peaks but also provides cultural insights into Ecuador's history and the vibrant Quechua-speaking indigenous communities. January in Ecuador experiences warm weather in the coastal regions and clear skies in the Andes, making it an excellent time for exploring the diverse landscapes and trekking adventures. This month provides ideal conditions for hiking, mountaineering, and exploring Ecuador's natural beauty, with comfortable temperatures and lower precipitation in many areas.



Self-Guided Cycling on Madeira

Located 400 kilometres north of the Canary Islands, Madeira, a Portuguese island, earns its moniker as the 'Island of Eternal Spring' due to its delightful climate and diverse array of flowers. Revered by hikers for its rugged terrain and unique 'levada' trails, Madeira also presents an exceptional destination for adept cyclists seeking a challenge. Explore the island's unique allure on a self-guided week-long cycling expedition, encircling its periphery via quiet, winding roads that mostly parallel the Atlantic Ocean. While we facilitate short vehicle transfers to tackle the longest ascents, expect ample climbing at your own pace. Madeira surprises with its picturesque villages, ancient laurel forests, vibrant birdlife, botanical gardens bursting with colours, volcanic landscapes, and awe-inspiring coastal views. Culturally rich, the island's history dates back to Portuguese colonisation in the 15th century, characterised by a vibrant legacy as a hub for Atlantic trade routes and sugar cane production. Magnificent manor houses, known as quintas, and monumental fortresses stand as testaments to Madeira's vibrant past. Madeira is fairly mild in January, with daytime temperatures of around 20°C in the lower parts of the island below. However, be sure to bring a thin jacket for the evenings as temperatures can drop to 10ºC at night.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - The Classic Safari

Embark on an extraordinary safari holiday originating from Cape Town, spanning through the breathtaking landscapes of Namibia and Botswana, and concluding at the majestic Victoria Falls. This Southern African overland journey commences in South Africa's Cape Town, revealing the city's beauty framed by Table Mountain's skyline. Travelling in a custom-built overland vehicle, the adventure leads to Hout Bay and the rugged Cederberg Mountains before the striking contrasts of Namibia unfold—from the Namib Desert's dunes to the wildlife wonders of Etosha National Park and the charm of Windhoek. Continuing to Botswana, the exploration of the Okavango Delta by mokoro canoe offers close encounters with its unique wildlife, followed by the rich safari experience in Chobe National Park. The journey concludes at Zimbabwe's majestic Victoria Falls, marking the end of this remarkable African odyssey. January in Southern Africa brings warm and wet weather, characterised by the summer season. This time is ideal for wildlife viewing due to lush vegetation and increased animal activity in national parks and reserves.



Antarctic Hike and Sail Expedition

Embark on an adventurous Polar cruising experience in Antarctica designed for the restless and adventurous souls! Our ship serves as the base camp during these expeditions. Navigating to the 'High Antarctic,' we have a variety of inlets and channels to select from, allowing us to establish 2 or 3 different base camp locations throughout the voyage. Once settled, we indulge in an array of multi-activities that surpass the usual shore programs. Whether it's kayaking amidst icy waters, snowshoeing on shore, or for the more daring, engaging in several hours of mountaineering on the Antarctic terrain, every activity delivers a profound sense of accomplishment and a genuine appreciation for the vast remoteness of Antarctica. With an expert team of expedition leaders specialised in Polar regions onboard, this Antarctic cruise promises an added layer of adventure, elevating the entire experience. In January, Antarctica experiences its peak summer, with extended daylight hours and relatively milder temperatures, hovering around -2°C to 2°C. This period offers optimal conditions for wildlife observation, including penguin chicks hatching and abundant marine life in the surrounding waters.

Annapurna Sanctuary and Poon Hill Trek

This unforgettable Himalayan adventure takes you through the Annapurna Sanctuary and Poon Hill, located north of Pokhara. This classic trek offers an incredible journey into the heart of the Annapurna range, surrounded by colossal peaks like Annapurna 1, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, and the majestic Machhapuchhre, creating the natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Over 10 diverse days of walking, this trek seamlessly blends the Nepalese trekking experience, starting from the lush subtropical forests bustling with wildlife to charming villages with meticulously terraced rice fields. The trail unfolds breathtaking ridge walks and magnificent Himalayan vistas, culminating in a brief ascent above 4000 metres, where a world of ice and snow reveals itself amidst the towering Himalayan summits. The region during this time is generally colder, and higher elevations might have snow. While trekking is possible, it requires appropriate gear for colder conditions and occasional snow on the trails. The breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and the serene landscapes covered in snow can make this trek a picturesque and more solitary experience due to fewer trekkers on the trails compared to the peak seasons.



Finland Wilderness Snowshoe Adventure

Experience the enchanting beauty of Finland's Hossa National Park with a thrilling snowshoe adventure. Nestled within a serene boreal forest, frozen lakes, and cosy snow-covered cabins, this journey is perfect for snowshoe novices. Commence the adventure with three nights in a comfortable cabin, familiarising yourself with snowshoeing and exploring the ice-clad lakes, uncovering mysterious prehistoric rock paintings. As your snowshoeing skills sharpen, embark on a three-day off-trail expedition, traversing soft, powdery snow between remote, candlelit wilderness cabins. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this pristine Finnish landscape, leaving the stresses of modern life behind. Evenings offer relaxation in traditional Finnish saunas, with an optional thrill for the daring—a dip into icy waters post-sauna. Snowshoes, poles, and weekly departures in January make this an ideal and unforgettable winter getaway, promising an introduction to snowshoeing in a breathtaking, snow-covered wonderland.

Sri Lanka End to End Road Cycle Tour

Nestled at the southern edge of the Indian Subcontinent, the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka shines as a vibrant and colourful destination, offering a distinctive road cycling adventure. This thrilling cycling expedition traverses the entire island, from north to south, unveiling the country's rich historical sites and diverse landscapes. Commencing with a rural ride from Negombo to Maho, the journey  progresses northward to Jaffna, featuring a loop around the Jaffna Peninsula and its surrounding islands, blending colonial allure with the vibrant Tamil culture. The route continues through the northern plains and the lesser-visited Mannar Island, traverses the rice-growing flatlands, and ascends the hilly terrains of the central highlands before culminating at Dondra Point in the south, marking the completion with a symbolic tire dip into the Indian Ocean. This nine-day road cycling excursion encompasses well-maintained roads, offering cultural insights, natural marvels, and delectable local cuisine, making it an exceptional way to discover the diverse tapestry of Sri Lanka. In January, Sri Lanka experiences dry and pleasant weather throughout the island -  an ideal time for exploring its diverse landscapes and cultural sites.

Walking New Zealand - North to South Island Explorer

New Zealand, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offers a diverse landscape with volcanoes, mountains, stunning coastlines, and vast lakes. In this 3-week adventure, we've curated an extensive journey that includes the finest hiking spots, exploring off-the-beaten-path locations across the North and South Islands. From the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Rotorua to Marlborough Sounds, the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Franz Josef Glacier, and the stunning Fiordland in Te Anau, this adventure showcases the best of New Zealand's hiking while ending with stargazing reflections at Lake Tekapo's International Dark Sky Reserve. January in Costa Rica welcomes dry and warm weather across the country, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and exploration. This month boasts lower precipitation, creating favourable conditions for exploring the diverse landscapes, indulging in outdoor adventures, and encountering the country's rich biodiversity. Travellers can relish the comfortable temperatures and sunny skies, perfect for enjoying Costa Rica's natural beauty, from lush rainforests to stunning beaches.

Edge of the Sahara Trek

Explore the majestic Sahara, an unparalleled Moroccan region, on a unique and unforgettable trekking holiday. Delve into this off-the-beaten-path adventure, traversing winding wadis, plateaus, hidden villages, and breathtaking dunes, offering an immersive experience in the heart of the desert. Each day reveals a diverse range of landscapes, from dramatic wadis to sweeping dunes under starry Saharan skies, providing a rich tapestry of experiences culminating in a remarkable journey through this enchanting terrain. With a small group size capped at 12, guided by experienced local professionals, this adventure guarantees an authentic desert trekking experience, ending in the vibrant city of Marrakech. Our team’s expertise ensures a balance between adventure and safety, making this Edge of the Sahara Trek a perennial favourite among those seeking an extraordinary and genuine exploration of Morocco's stunning desert landscapes. In January, the Sahara Desert in Morocco experiences cooler temperatures during the day and chilly nights, making it an ideal time for exploration with milder weather. The lower temperatures offer a comfortable environment for trekking through the stunning landscapes of the Sahara.



Costa Rica Walks and Wildlife

Costa Rica, aptly named the 'jewel of Central America,' offers a vibrant landscape teeming with rainforests, active volcanoes, serene beaches, diverse wildlife, and welcoming locals. This exhilarating wildlife and walking adventure commences with scenic walks near Volcan Arenal and Rincon de la Vieja, exploring abundant wildlife, mud pools, hot springs, and waterfalls over three adventurous days. The journey further includes a coastal stop at Dominical and a three-day excursion to the Osa Peninsula via boat, providing opportunities for marine encounters and nature walks in Corcovado National Park. The expedition culminates with birdwatching escapades, seeking quetzals and other exotic species in San Gerardo de Dota and the El Copal Reserve, ensuring an off-the-beaten-path experience while immersing in the best of this extraordinary country. January in Costa Rica boasts dry, sunny weather across the country, making it an excellent time to explore the diverse landscapes and wildlife. It's an ideal month for outdoor adventures, from trekking to wildlife spotting, with comfortable temperatures and lesser chances of rainfall in many regions.



Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Experience the Kilimanjaro trek via the serene Rongai Route, renowned for its stunning scenery with a gradual climb through varied landscapes. This exceptional adventure holiday ensures the best opportunity for summit success and an enjoyable, once-in-a-lifetime journey. In January, climbing Kilimanjaro typically experiences warm temperatures with clear skies, making it a popular time for trekkers. The Rongai Route, known for its serene beauty, is a favourable choice during this period, offering a gradual ascent through diverse landscapes. Despite the pleasant weather, it's essential to be prepared for varying temperatures and potential altitude effects, ensuring a memorable and safe trek up Africa's highest peak. The inclusion of a rest day at Mawenzi Tarn Camp significantly enhances acclimatisation, boosting the chances of summit success. With a pre-dawn start on the final day, climbers can witness the sunrise illuminating the summit snows at Uhuru Peak (5895m), offering an unforgettable experience on one of the world's tallest freestanding mountains and Africa's highest peak. 

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