Borneo Rajang River Cruise

In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.

However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.

Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.

The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.

This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!

D Gledhill | Corby, UK
 
 

Granada and the Alpujarras

From the intriguing city of Granada to the lofty heights of the Alpujarras, the focus is firmly on culture and mountain landscapes. Small and surprisingly cosmopolitan, Granada offers a bizarre mixture of ancient history and modern living. There will be time to visit the Alhambra, the spectacular Moorish monument which is a must-see. After two nights in the city, you will move up into the mountains, to the Alpujarras. This beautiful area still reflects its Moorish origins, recalling times when groups of Moors inhabited these hills resisting the Christian Reconquest. In this fascinating historical context, the Alpujarras' high elevation makes for an ideal alpine experience with the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada, as a backdrop. All sorts of crops thrive in the Mediterranean climate: olive orchards, orange and lemon groves, almonds, figs and grapes. Amidst this abundance you will enjoy dramatic views from the enchanting white-washed villages as you walk among terraced fields and along the irrigation channels which survive from the Moorish era.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Granada
DAY 2 Explore Alhambra
DAY 3 Local bus to Capileira (early) then circular walk through the Río Poqueira Valley via Bubion and Pampaneira (5.5hrs)
DAY 4 Walk through villages and forests to Taha de Pitres then Portugos (5hrs)
DAY 5 Ascend to the highest village in the Alpujarras, Trevélez (7hrs)
DAY 6 Choice of walks from Trevélez including a short walk along the Camino de Granada (3.5-8hrs)
DAY 7 Ascend El Portichuelo and continue to Bérchules (5.5hrs)
DAY 8 Walk through the Río Grande valley, return to Granada by local bus, trip concludes

traveller reviews

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our hiking trip through the Alpujarras. The hikes were varied- through farmland, small villages, forests, rugged mountains... We traveled in October and loved collecting nuts and berries all along the trail. The scenery was gorgeous and the hike up to the glacial lake was worth the sweat! Everything went smoothly with our luggage transport, meals and accommodation making it a stress free adventure. We're looking forward to trying out some of UTracks other adventures in the future!

R. Nolde. Saint augustine, FL, Usa

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