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Natural environment Archives: Geology

Mascarenes: Réunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues – From the Pitons to the Lagoons

In the Mascarene Islands

Three pearls in the southern Indian Ocean

Situated at the southern end of the Indian Ocean there are a few islands that are close geographically, each with such different characters. First of all, Réunion Island, politically French territory with multiple cultural influences, it offers a very volcanic landscape – out of the ordinary with fantastic possibilities for walks and hikes around the famous Pitons culminating at 3,070 metres of altitude! Further east, Mauritius, a former British colony, with its superb coast offers many activities (beach, water sports, diving, snorkelling), there are the well-known tourist parts but also wilder parts such as the south coast. Finally the island of Rodrigues even further east, which has retained its authenticity and offers some of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. What could be better than to combine them during an exceptional trip.
Depending on itinerary choice

Oman – a country of deserts

In Oman

Explore mountains, beaches, deserts and enjoy the exotic spices of this amazing cultural crossroads

The Sultanate of Oman is exceptional in more than one way in this region of the world. The Omanis welcome you to their tradional world which is now slowly opening. The spectacular geography of their country takes you from the remote Empty Quarter to the mountain ranges — some exceeding 3,000 metres — via superb and empty coasts. A history flavoured by the multiple cultures of Zanzibar, Iran, and India. All this makes Oman a country apart and to be explored in detail by those who are fascinated by the world of Philby, Thomas, Thesiger, and Morris.
Depending on itinerary choice

The Spectacular Light of the Azores as an Introduction to Watercolour Painting

In the Azores

Draw your travel diary!

The most beautiful colour combination? The island of Pico in the Azores and watercolour. A magnificent island, whales in the distance, paths that invite you to wander, to contemplate and using paper and brushes, this trip is the result of a collaboration between Atelier du Baobab and our agency. During this 9-day stay in the Azores, accompanied by Éliane Monnier, you have the opportunity to learn and develop your watercolour technique and create your own travel diary, inspired by the beauty and enchanting atmospheres of this island. Beginners and advanced are welcome!
From CHF 1,810.–

Mysterious El Hierro, in the Canaries

In El Hierro

Isolate yourself on this timeless piece of volcanic land, ahead of its time thanks to its eco-responsible philosophy

When you think of the Canary Islands, the first impression that comes to mind is probably that of a seaside holiday and winter mass tourism. This is the case in some islands however others offer very beautiful landscapes and ways of life. Like El Hierro, for example – a mixture of rurality and modern technology gives this island a very special character. We discovered a passionate guide who makes the best of your stay combining guided hikes and visits. In following his footsteps, El Hierro will reveal all its mysteries to you.
From € 1’215.–

Walks, Talks & Whales

In the Azores

Observe, explore, taste... learn!

Are you a fan of watching marine mammals but not to the point of allowing your hiking boots to become bored at home? Would you like to learn more about the life of the Azores, their habits and customs, their approach to life, being isolated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? This trip combining wildlife observation on the water and hiking on the beautiful island of Pico is made for you.
From € 449.–

Costa Rica and its natural treasures

In Costa Rica

Observe the greatest concentration of wildlife in the world

The montane rain forest and its famous quetzal, the Caribbean coast and the imperial toucan, the Pacific coast and the mythical jaguar: three icons over a myriad of others. Costa Rica offers much more to attentive observers: with a surface as large as Switzerland, there is no lack of opportunities to make magnificent observations. It is also a country which has made the choice of preservation and ecotourism, and which contains a trove of other natural treasures.
Depending on itinerary choice

Out of the blue into the green on mountain bike

In Bolivia

Enjoy a vertiginous descent on mountain bike

After exploring the capital La Paz ranging 1,000 m from uptown to popular areas, reach the shores of Lake Titicaca and its natural and cultural heritage, which includes the life of its inhabitants on the well-known floating islands. Then, over three days, ride down 3,000 m on mountain bike through the high-altitude tropical forest and then the jungle, with many things to see along the way. Enjoy a few more days and go for a rafting descent or, for experienced mountaineers, dare climbing a 6,000 !
Dès CHF 1,490.–

Culture, white salt and blue sky

In Bolivia

Widen your horizons

Encounter Bolivian culture in all its forms: hectic in La Paz, ancient and mysterious at Lake Titicaca with the vestiges of the Tiwanaku civilization and contemporary with the inhabitants of the floating islands, the salt workings, only means of survival around the Salar flat, and finally explore the Altiplano and its natural wonders. Stay a few more days and immerse yourself in the colonial cities of Sucre and Potosi.
From CHF 1,785.–

Sailing in the Med – From the creeks of Marseille to Corsica

On the Mediterranean

Let's go sailing

Reach the Mediterranean coast by train and embark on this magnificient 16 meter monohull and set sail for Marseille, the incomparable calanques, Toulon, then the west coast of Corsica, Cargèse, Ajaccio, Porto-Vecchio, the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago (Elba, Giglio, Montecristo, Pianosa), Propriano, Bonifacio. Join the boat for a 10 or 20 day cruise, or add a few days on Corsica as a stay-put.
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