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  • Clean Breaks

    Forget the old tour bus vacations. Make a break and see the world in a new, enlightening and environmentally friendly manner. Rough Guides has just published a new book "<a href="http://www.roughguides.com/website/shop/products/clean-breaks.aspx" target="external">Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World</a>." Here are just a few of the journeys from it. At the Topas Ecolodge, a solar-powered guesthouse in Vietnam, guests are treated to views of misty valleys and rice paddies.
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    The Seychelles are a celebrated honeymoon destination and as the high cost of accommodations and getting there has kept mass tourism away, you can still expect to find pristine, palm-fringed beaches and glassy waters without the crowds. Here is a Hawksbill turtle on Bird Island.
    Bird Island Lodge
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    Slow down life on a Keralan river houseboat in India. On a boat propelled slowly through the water by two men with long wooden poles, you might not cover much ground but your journey will be peaceful. Plus, you will have more time to enjoy the passing scenery: women waist-deep working in the rice paddies, fishermen by the water's edge, bustling villages on market day and children splashing about.
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    In Chile's Parque Nacional Torres del Paine sits Ecocamp, a remote, futuristic lodge made up of igloo-like geodesic domes. Guests can enjoy all the creature comforts of a hotel yet still have the wind-whistling-against-the-canvas experience of camping. The domes are large enough to stand in and beds come with fleece sheets and blankets. Electricity comes from hydo turbines and solar panels.
    Casada Expediciones
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    Ride across northern Patagonia on a nine-day wilderness horse-riding adventure, galloping across water meadows and rolling hills, passing through narrow rocky gorges and climbing up to high vantage points where condors soar overhead. Let the horse do the hard work while you admire the stunning views.
    Equine Adventures
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    Yogamagic eco retreat in Goa, India, is a solar-powered resort near the celebrated Vagator beach. Food is a highlight at this resort, where most of the ingredients are grown in the fields that surround the guest tents and the pool. And of course there are yoga classes each morning and some evenings.
    Rough Guides
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    In the turquoise waters around Chumbe Island Coral Park, 3.7 miles off the coast of Zanzibar, there are around 400 species of stone coral. Quite simply, this tropical island nature reserve is home to one of the world's richest coral gardens.
    Manola Yller
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    The grandeur and remoteness of the Atlas Mountains is every bit as magnificent as the Himalayas. Here, the Kasbah du Toubkal, the former summer home of local ruler Caid Souktani, is perched at 5,900 feet in the shadow of Morocco's highest peak, Mount Toubkal. Expect mint tea on your arrival and amazing views from rooftop terrace.
    Alan Keohane
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    As your guide paddles out of the dim, stalactite-filled cave and onto the shimmering lake, the air fills with the roar of the distant Dau Dang waterfall. On all sides the tree-covered limestone cliffs loom overhead, their dense vegetation seeming to merge into the jade-colored water. Canoeing on Vietnam's tranquil Ba Be Lakes is a long way north of Hanoi and it sure feels like it.
    Footprint Vietnam
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    The protected sandy beaches and shallow shores of the Summer Isles in Scotland are the perfect places to land a kayak and pitch a tent for the night. While paddling, you may see dolphins, whales, seals and a wide variety of birds, including golden eagles.
    Wilderness Scotland
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    Stretching more than 2,700 miles across the vast Australian outback, the Indian Pacific Railway takes its passengers on a three-day trip from Sydney to Perth, along one of the longest railway tracks in the world. The train passes the snow-capped Blue Mountains of the east, across the Nullarbor desert and ends near the Indian Ocean.
    CountryLink
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    Tired of tailored tours? For the ultimate do-it-yourself travel experience, build your own timber raft -- with the help of a tour operator -- and float down the Klaralven, Sweden's longest river. Along the journey, keep a keen eye out for beaver and moose and maybe even go fishing.
    Nature Travels
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    The iconic view of Manhattan is best appreciated from the water. On a 90-minute eco-cruise with The Audubon Society you'll get close to a lesser-seen side of the harbor -- its wildlife. Each summer 3,000 herons roost on the islands along with flocks of egrets and ibis. In the winter, the waters are teeming with brants, cormorants and mergansers kept company by a few barking seals.
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    At the Mandina River Lodge, on the banks of the Mandina Bolon tributary in Gambia, guests stay in floating and stilted handcrafted thatched cabins. Each is solar-powered and reached by an elevated wooden walkway across matted mangroves. Trips along the river in canoes lead to sightings of kingfishers, monitor lizards and troops of migrating baboons.
    Jason Florio
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    Elephant rides are a common enough tourist activity in India, but an elephant safari -- riding tamed elephants from village to village or camp to camp -- is a much rarer experience and one that benefits animals whose survival would otherwise be at risk. Once employed as timber fellers, these elephants along with their mahouts or drivers now happily enable tourists to see more remote parts of Arunachal Pradesh.
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    Do you know the difference between Samba no Pe and Samba de Gafieria? We didn't think so. Head to Rio to find out with Jingando Holidays, which teaches the various patterns and subtle styles of Brazilian dance. And your money is going to a good cause: Jingando helps fund a community center in one of the poorest shanty towns in Rio.
    Jingando Holidays
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    The stories associated with the Silk Road have captivated travelers for centuries. Following the roads that have developed out of the orginal caravan routes, an overland trip with Dragoman Adventures opens the way to the legendary Karakoram Highway that runs through China and Pakistan and a crossing of China's mighty Taklamakan desert, whose name means "go in and you'll never come out."
    Wild Frontiers
  • World's Top 17 Eco-Friendly Trips

    "<a href="http://www.roughguides.com/website/shop/products/clean-breaks.aspx" target="external">Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World</a>," a new book from Rough Guides, is on sale now for $29.99.
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