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Observing wildlife in its natural habitat is one of the most exhilarating experiences, especially if you’re on foot.
Grab your walking boots and a pair of binoculars and you could spot some of the world's most majestic animals, from a rhino to a snow leopard.
Thrill - Trips
If you want to experience the thrill, here are seven of the very best trips available.
Pumas in Chile
Wildlife - Paine - Chilean - Patagonia - Guanaco
Wildlife wow: Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia is home to the llama-like guanaco and the Andean puma.
Close encounter: Sightings likely to be at a distance.
Fitness - Factor - Altitude - Terrain
Fitness factor: High altitude across rough terrain.
Best time to go: March and April.
Wildlife - Slovakia - Mountains - Home - Population
Wildlife wow: Slovakia’s Carpathian Mountains are home to almost half the European population of brown bears. Follow tracks with park rangers.
Close encounter: Bears should be observed from a safe distance but just a glimpse through binoculars is pulse-raising.
Fitness - Factor - Hikes - Hours - Day
Fitness factor: Hikes are seven to nine hours a day, so a good level of fitness is required.
Best time to go: May, June and September.
Caribou - Arctic - Canada
Caribou in Arctic Canada
Wildlife wow: Deep in the Arctic tundra you’ll find the 350,000-strong herd of Qamanirjuaq caribou – and there’s also a chance to spot wolves, grizzly and black bears and golden eagles.
Feet - Herd
Close encounter: You can walk within feet of the herd.
Fitness factor: A mix of short walks and longer hikes.
Time - September
Best time to go: September.
Wildlife wow: Hidden in the frosty crags of the Himalayas, you’ll find one of the planet’s most majestic creatures – the snow leopard. Travel...
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