Alternative Spring Breaks for the Adventurous Traveler

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Slamming buckets of watered-down mango margaritas at Señor Frogs probably isn’t your ideal spring break getaway.
Well, not anymore.

Thankfully, spring break no longer needs to revolve around waking up face-down on the beach each morning wondering where the key to your hotel room is. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path (literally and figuratively) this season, here are three of our favorite alternative spring break getaways for adventurous travelers.

Mountain Bike a Volcano in Cotopaxi (Ecuador)

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Aside from the Galapagos Islands, Cotopaxi National Park is Ecuador’s most stunning natural treasure. The breathtaking Cotopaxi Volcano and Limpiopungo Lake are ripe for exploration whether by foot or on two wheels. Adventure Life offers guided multi-day tours of the region for travelers looking to explore some of its best attractions and don’t mind working hard in the process. Their Cotopaxi Mountain Biking itinerary is a whirlwind four-day hike-and-bike tour that starts in Quito and goes on to explore the El Tambo trail (including Andean lakes and ancient Incan ruins) and the Condor Machay waterfall. Lodging is included in traditional haciendas nightly, and riders wrap up the tour with an exhilarating track down the slopes of Cotopaxi volcano.

Master Your Surf Game (Dominican Republic)

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Surf novices can seriously up their wave-riding game at the Dominican Republic’s Swell Surf Camp. The purpose-built, Cabarete-area retreat hosts week-long surf/stay packages where guests spend several hours a day perfecting their watersport game. ISA-qualified instructors teach everything from kitesurfing to “old school” surfing to yoga, and class sizes are intentionally small to ensure personal attention. Additional on-site activities include stand-up paddleboarding, horseback riding, canyoning, and mountain biking. The boutique rooms are modern and luxurious, but not pretentious. Packages start well under $1,000 (USD) and include just about everything you’ll need for a week-long stay: lodging, daily classes, gear, and ground transportation. The on-site kitchen also serves fresh, carefully cultivated organic meals daily.

Tour Provence on Two Wheels (France)

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If you like your adventure with a healthy dose of culture, Ride and Seek’s Provence Bike Tour is an ideal spring break alternative. The eight-day tour traverses some of France’s most stunning countryside — a region which hosts the country’s annual “Most Beautiful Villages of France” competition. Riders cover roughly 40-50 kilometers per day over rolling hills, past picturesque French vineyards, and through impossibly beautiful towns. The list of stops along the way is like a highlight reel of centuries of fine French culture. Travelers can walk the streets of St. Remy (birthplace of Nostradamus), explore the Roman ruins at Glanum, shop the Provence market, and taste world-class Côtes du Rhône wines. It helps that the folks behind Ride and Seek are based in Provence, so they know a thing or two about the region.