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Tibet

Tibet the “Forbidden Roof Of The World”. Travel to Tibet no longer forbidden, but it is still is a challenging destination to reach. A far-away place, Tibet seems like it should only reside in an imaginative story book. It’s even more amazing when you are there walking through monasteries, crossing prayer flag draped passes among the mountains. The rewards of visiting Tibet make a return inevitable, drink fluids, walk slowly and Tibet will be “repeatable”. (Talk about Tibet when it really was forbidden, enjoy reading “ Alexandra David-Neel “ to see how challenging. She was a very interesting lady and an adventurer in the full sense of the word.)*

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Welcome to Ri Adventure Travel LLC also known as the "RustyTraveler" company
The Best Destinations ~ Experiences are . . . Ri

Ri is a Tibetan word for a high point, it’s where prayer flags flutter in the breeze, there will be a view, and you will wish to sit, to think or perhaps not think. A Ri is a place nearly anyone can attain and a place that everyone will treasure. Ri is pronounced “ree”. Ri is a metaphor for visiting the world around us, the essence of which are real-life experiences and activities that may be expressed as repeatable and “wow” experiences. We specialize in Ri travel experiences.

Your Ri may be to experience the 600 year old Xegar monastery in Tibet that is perched on the edge of a cliff while over looking the expansive valley below and wonder about those who built this incredible medieval structure. Your Ri may be to photograph the uncommon giant river otter or peach fronted parrots or precision flying of blue-yellow macaws you’ve longed to see in the Amazon Basin. Your Ri may be watching Andean condors while you have lunch on a windswept pass on your lodge based hike to the fabled ruins of *Machu Picchu Peru. “Ri experiences” occur constantly in the Galapagos as the wildlife really doesn’t know what you are, and observing them as Darwin did up close, just as they observe you too, is a daily repeatable treasure. *

We can all have “Ri experiences.” Come join Ri Adventure Travel and enjoy another of those treasured experiences.

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A wonderful trip. Definitely a highlight! The Amazon Basin Lodges. - William Carlos Williams

Featured Trips

Bhutan

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The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

This is an ancient Buddhist culture with traditions that lead to the guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Business Week magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia, perhaps the world, citing a survey by the University of Leicester.

Nature and all living things are cherished, and so the forests are rich and abundant in flora and fauna. The Bhutanese also take great pride in preserving their nation’s traditional cultural identity in their daily lives, and in their traditional schools of arts and crafts.

Bhutan truly is a treasure on earth with very kind people who welcome polite visitors to experience their Himalayan Kingdom. Come, enjoy a place that believes in Gross National Happiness; The Kingdom of Bhutan

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China

*China has one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Architecture dating back over 5,000 years. China, besides having one of the world’s oldest written languages, is viewed as the source of many major inventions (oil wells, gun powder and spaghetti). The Terra Cotta Warriors, Forbidden Palace, and the real Great Wall are just the tip of the treasures of China. Great cultural antiquities draw us to China, but it’s the kind people who make a visit to China a “Ri experience” that has you returning for a second and third time.

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Ecuador

The Galapagos Island

Amazon Jungle Rainforest Lodges

Indigenous Peoples, Village Markets and Colonial Architecture

Ecuador is a small country, easy to visit, very friendly, with world class treasures that make Ecuador a “repeatable” destination. In Ecuador the gateways to exploration include; Quito; Otovalo; Cuenca; Cocoa; Baltra and San Cristobal.

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Myanmar ~ Burma

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Okay, is it Myanmar (Mee-yan-mar) or is it Burma? Either name actually is fine, and both are used with perfect ease by the Burmese from towns to small mountain villages. Myanmar is opening its borders, and its society to visitors. Like Tibet or Bhutan, visitors must be invited, but not to worry, RiAdvTvl handles all the paperwork, and … you’re in. Personally, I have always found the Burmese welcoming, friendly and “Buddhist polite.”

Provide a smile and immediately receive a smile in return. Infrastructure is “quaint”, but on vacation it’s nice to move at a slower pace anyway… you experience more that way don’t you?

In Richard Kipling’s day, the famous place names of Burma —- The Strand hotel in Rangoon, or the golden sunsets over the Irrawaddy River near Mandalay —- these were places that few travelers had ever seen but were spoken fondly of by those who had. Probably Rudyard Kipling at the turn of the 19th century, with the wide popularity of his books, put Burma on the “travelers map” for he once wrote “this is a place unlike any you know about” and that sealed Burma’s fate as a destination one had to visit in their lifetime.

Come ready for serendipity, and it will happen. Come ready for flavorful meals, and those too for sure will happen. Bring your camera and memory chips, binoculars too as bird watching is very good. Come with patience, and you’ll go home with a lifetime of rewards, and a wish to return for more. Myanmar is definitely a Ri destination.

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Nepal

A friend says to you “I’m going to Nepal”, your first thought may be about unbelievably tall mountains. But the “Teasure of Nepal” is that it is the most diverse country on earth.

There are 38 separate languages and cultures, with 3 major religions. From the summit of Mt. Everest at 29,035 feet the descent goes all the way down to jungle forests only 175 feet above sea level where you may ride elephants while looking for tiger and other Asian wildlife. Between the jet-stream capped heights and the jungles are the photogenic terraced fields, rhododendron forests taller than telephone poles, and a very kind and gentle people. There is so much going on here that Nepal is definitely a destination that is repeatable.

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Peru

Think of Peru and you think of the great ruins of Machu Picchu and the Inca. Should I go by train or trail or by hiking lodge to lodge? What are my choices? Ah, but there is more. Lake Titicaca and the floating reed islands, can I go there too? There is more. The Amazon Basin of Peru hosts excellent lodges specializing in viewing encounters of tapir, jaguar, and macaws. It has diversity only a 2 million year old forest can produce.

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Tibet

Tibet the “Forbidden Roof Of The World”. Travel to Tibet no longer forbidden, but it is still is a challenging destination to reach. A far-away place, Tibet seems like it should only reside in an imaginative story book. It’s even more amazing when you are there walking through monasteries, crossing prayer flag draped passes among the mountains. The rewards of visiting Tibet make a return inevitable, drink fluids, walk slowly and Tibet will be “repeatable”. (Talk about Tibet when it really was forbidden, enjoy reading “ Alexandra David-Neel “ to see how challenging. She was a very interesting lady and an adventurer in the full sense of the word.)*

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