Ten amazing adventures under $1,000

This trip can be arranged at any time. Rates are based on four people traveling together and include accommodations, some meals, transportation, activities, and guides. Airfare to the trip start point in Salta, Argentina, is extra.

Tracking wolves and bears in Yellowstone Provider: Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools Length: Three days Price: $950

There's no need to fly to Africa to go on a safari in search of big game predators. You can safely observe majestic wild animals like wolves, black bears, and grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park on a trip with Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools of Jackson.

Sure, you could drive along the park roads yourself and hope to spot the animals, but your chances of finding these elusive predators in Yellowstone's 14-million acre ecosystem get a lot better when you go with one of the Wildlife Expeditions' biologists, who know the best locations and times of day to observe wolves and bears.

Wildlife Expeditions runs three-day bear and wolf tours in the spring, a time of year when baby animals and wildflowers are plentiful, but tourists are not. On the trip, you'll venture to spots like Lamar Valley, dubbed "America's Serengeti," where you might witness a wolf hunt, and Hayden Valley, a popular grizzly bear hangout. Your sharp-eyed biologist guide will be on constant lookout for wolves and bears and will offer insight into the animal behavior you see. Along the way, you'll make stops to view other species like bison, elk, and coyotes, as well as to visit some of Yellowstone's famous geological and geothermal sites.

Program start dates include April 26; May 1, 6, 10, 13, 17, 22, 26, and 29; and June 2. Fall programs run September 10, 17, 20, and 24 and October 1 and 8. Rates cover round-trip transportation from Jackson, accommodations, meals, entrance fees, and biologist-accompanied wildlife viewing excursions. Transportation to Jackson is extra.

Learning to whitewater kayak Provider: Nantahala Outdoor Center Length: Five days Price: $999

Combining the rapid running of whitewater rafting with solo paddling, whitewater kayaking is an ideal sport for independent-minded thrill seekers. This demanding activity requires more skill than some other water sports, so it's a very good idea to take a course with a safety-minded outfitter before trying it on your own. The Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina, which has been recognized as one of the best whitewater kayaking schools in the country, runs five-day courses suitable for beginners that promise to prepare you to handle Class I and II rapids on your own.

Novices start out practicing basic skills like kayak rolls in the calm Fontana Lake before moving on to easy sections of moving water in the Nantahala, Little Tennessee, or Tuckaseegee rivers. Each evening you'll have the chance to review your progress with instructors and analyze video shot during the day. By the end of the week, most students are ready to navigate Class II and III rapids on the Nantahala.

Courses start every Sunday between April 6 and September 14. The price includes accommodations, meals, transportation to and from the river, and whitewater kayaking gear and instruction. You must provide your own transportation to Bryson City, North Carolina, and the closest airport is in Asheville.

Riding Whistler's mountain trails Provider: Whistler Bike Guide Adventures Length: Six days Price: $720

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