World Outdoors sets biking, hiking journeys

BOULDER, Colo. -- The World Outdoors is offering six new hiking and mountain biking trips for the winter travel season.

The Costa Rica Pedal and Paddle Tour is a eight-night program that will run 12 trips throughout 2001, starting Jan. 27.

Participants will bike in the Arenal Volcano and Orosi Valley regions for six days, and they will also raft the Pacuare River.

The land-only price starts at $1,550 per person, double.

The Costa Rica Osa Peninsula Hiking Odyssey is a nine-night tour also running through December.

According to the World Outdoors, this itinerary is ideal for hikers seeking a nature-focused tour.

Participants will explore rain forests and beaches and experience wildlife in a natural habitat.

The land-only cost starts at $1,995 per person, double.

The New Zealand Hiker is a program, offered in 10- or 13-night itineraries, that explores New Zealand's South Island.

Participants hike along beaches and through rain forests on the Routeburn Track. Highlights include four national parks, the Milford Sound Fjord and swimming with dolphins at Kaikoura.

Departures are available on Feb. 5, Feb. 26, March 12, Oct. 29, Nov. 19 and Dec. 24.

The land-only price starts from $2,320 per person, double.

The Hawaiian Four Island Hiking Odyssey is hiking itinerary on four Hawaiian islands: Kauai, Maui, Lanai and the Big Island.

Destinations include the Haleakala Crater, cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Snorkeling amid coral reefs near Lanai and partaking in a traditional luau celebration in a Hawaiian family home offer a diversion from hiking.

The nine-night excursion departs Jan. 29, Feb. 19, March 5, April 23, May 21, July 2, July 23, Aug. 13, Sept. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 19 and Dec. 26.

The land-only rate starts at $2,000 per person, double.

The Peru-Machu Picchu Multi-Sport trip combines hiking and biking.

Participants bike through river canyons, explore the Amazon rain forest and hike the ancient Inca Trail to the Lost City.

The eight-or 12-night tour departs April 1, April 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28 and Dec. 23.

The tour is priced from $1,695 per person, land only.

The World Outdoors offers incentive-based travel agent commission ranging from 10% up to 20%.

For more information, call (800) 488-8483 or e-mail [email protected].

The firm's Web site is located at www.theworldoutdoors.org.

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