Top 7 Most Exciting Places to Visit in Spring 2023

By: Grace Park

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February 1, 2023 | Adventure Experts

The countdown to spring 2023 has begun and it’s time to start planning your next adventure. With Mountain Travel Sobek trips, you’ll have the chance to visit some of the most beautiful and exciting places on earth. Are you looking for a gourmet food adventure, a challenging hike, a bucket-list water rafting trip in the great white-waters or a cultural discovery trip? Or maybe you want to enjoy sparkling beachy towns. We have it all!

Here’s our list of top 7 most exciting places to visit in spring 2023. Get your trip planning started!


  1. Costa Rica
  2. Norway
  3. Galapagos Islands
  4. Sudan
  5. Bhutan’s Chomolhari Trek
  6. Mexico Baja Sea of Cortez
  7. Utah’s Cataract Canyonlands

1. Costa Rica

“My grandson and I shared an experience neither of us will ever forget. He never stopped smiling.”

— Pat M. MT Sobek Guest | Costa Rica Rafting & Kayaking

Why we love this trip:

  • Known for its lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, and incredible biodiversity, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. From hiking through the cloud forest to exploring the Manuel Antonio National Park, there’s no shortage of adventure to be had in this Central American country.

What are fun activities to do in Costa Rica:

  • Hike through the cloud forest to explore the Manuel Antonio National Park and the Arenal Volcano; go ziplining, white-water rafting, or snorkeling
  • Savor Costa Rican cuisine, a combination of traditional food with a touch of international flavors

What’s the best age for this trip:

  • 12 years old+

Discover this 8-day Costa Rica active adventure here.

2. Norway

“The guides were absolutely amazing – they were friendly, supportive, so knowledgeable and their commitment to the wildlife and the polar region was evidenced in everything they said and did. I learned so much from them and hope I get to see them all again!”

— Stacey R. MT Sobek Guest

Why we love this trip:

  • The Arctic adventure is high on our bucket-list! The Arctic, a realm of the polar bear, is a savagely beautiful land of ice and snow, glassy fjords, and expansive tundra on this comprehensive itinerary! Join MT Sobek on a cruise to Norway’s Spitsbergen Realm and explore the land of polar bears and ice! Get up close with these majestic creatures and witness the breathtaking beauty of the Arctic landscape. Closeups of cute arctic foxes and other arctic wildlife are possible on this trip!

What are fun activities to do in Norway’s Spitsbergen:

  • Enjoy prime viewing as you explore cliffs by ship and Zodiac 
  • Watch for polar bears, walruses, or beluga whales breaching in the icy water

What’s the best age for this trip:

  • 15 years old+

Discover this 8-day adventure cruise to Norway’s Spitsbergen here.

3. Galapagos Islands

“Traveling with MT Sobek to the Galapagos Islands was a fabulous journey! Details matter and Sobek checked all the boxes. Our guide Luis Die was phenomenal! The best ever. His passion, knowledge, and expertise made the trip exciting, fun, and more educational than just to the Galapagos. It not only peeked my 11-year-old’s interest but mine. Even my husbands, who rebels to structured agendas, found himself asking questions and curios by the depth of Luis knowledge. What a memorable trip.”

— Sylvia F. MT Sobek Guest | Galapagos Adventure Cruise

Why we love this trip:

  • Discover the unique wildlife and breathtaking landscapes of the Galapagos Islands on this adventure cruise. From swimming with sea lions to hiking through volcanic landscapes, this trip offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What are fun activities to do in the Galapagos Islands:

  • Marvel at the fantastic diversity of endemic birdlife on Genovesa, San Cristobal and Española Islands, including red-footed boobies and waved albatross that are found only on these eastern islands
  • Meet giant tortoises on San Cristobal, leave your mail in the barrel at Post Office Bay, capture iconic photographs at Pinnacle Rock, and enjoy especially plentiful snorkeling opportunities – at least once daily

What’s the best age for this trip:

  • 6 years old+

Discover this 11-day active adventure to the Galapagos Islands here.

4. Sudan

Why we love this trip:

  • Often overlooked by tourists, Sudan is a hidden gem that is sure to surprise you. From the ancient pyramids of Meroe to the stunning landscapes of the Nubian desert, this country is full of surprises.

What are the fun activities to do in Sudan:

  • Visit the ancient pyramids of Meroe and the Nubian desert
  • Go hiking, camel trekking, and visit local markets to enjoy warm fare

What’s the best age for this trip:

  • 16 years old+

Discover this 10-day active adventure to Sudan’s Nile Valley here.

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5. Bhutan’s Chomolhari Trek

“Bhutan trip was well organized and well executed. MTS leaves nothing to chance and works with great guides. The experience could not have been better.”

— Courtney MT Sobek Guest

Why we love this trip:

  • This challenging trek takes you through the heart of the Himalayas, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and picturesque villages. With its challenging terrain and remote location, this trek is the perfect adventure for those looking to push themselves to the limit.

What are fun activities to do in Bhutan:

  • Explore the gems of Bhutan with the first travel company to pioneer treks here
  • Immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich culture visiting museums, dzongs, and the famous Taktsang Monastery
  • Trek for 7 days over challenging terrain in remote, pristine Himalayan forests and mountains!

What’s the best age for this trip:

  • 16 years old+

Discover this 14-day active adventure to Bhutan’s Chomolhari Trek here.

6. Mexico Baja Sea of Cortez

Why we love this trip:

  • This trip offers an opportunity to discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the Sea of Cortez, also known as the “Aquarium of the World.” 

What are fun activities to do in Baja:

  • Paddle to pristine beaches and hidden coves on this blissful kayaking adventure-a favorite winter escape!
  • Get up close to a variety of marine life including playful sea lions and whale sharks
  • Camp comfortably in dome tents, be dazzled by azure waters and starry night skies, and bookend your adventure in a stylish boutique hotel!

What’s the best age to go on this trip:

  • 14 years old+

Discover this 6-day active adventure to Baja’s Isla Espiritu Santo island here.

7. Utah Cataract Canyon Rafting

“Unbelievable natural beauty in these five Utah parks was more than complemented by the accommodations, the fascinating members of our group, and our ultra-competent guides.”

— Laura S. MT Sobek Guest | Utah Cataract Canyon Rafting, 2022

Why we love this trip:

  • Eat and eat more food! This trip offers an adrenaline rush as you navigate the rapids of the Cataract Canyon and explore the remote wilderness of Canyonlands National Park. Following expert guides, you’ll enjoy impressive access to 94 miles of the Colorado River as it flows through Meander Canyon, Narrow Canyon and Canyonlands National Park. Experience the red-rock wonder of Cataract Canyon as you tackle the “Big Drops,” famed as some of the world’s best rapids, and explore remote riverside hiking trails and archaeological sites. Book this rafting adventure!

What are fun activities to do in Utah’s Cataract Canyon:

  • Float through the red-rock wonderland of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and enjoy an amazing scenic flight!
  • Follow spectacular trails on remote hikes only accessible by river and marvel at ancient rock art
  • Sleep under starry skies in an internationally recognized Dark Sky Park

What’s the best age for this trip:

  • 9 years old+

Discover this 5-day active adventure to Utah’s Cataract Canyon here.

In Conclusion

These are just a few of the many exciting places you can visit in spring 2023 with MT Sobek trips. Each trip offers a unique blend of culture, food, and active activities that will make your experience unforgettable. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today and embark on a journey of a lifetime!

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