Adventure Life’s Isolated Tribes of Ethiopia trip gets guests up close and personal with people from this landlocked country in Africa.

By Phil Marty (Chicago Tribune) |

Intrepid travelers tired of the same old, same old can cross an off-the-radar destination off their list with the Isolated Tribes of Ethiopia trip from Adventure Life. The trip focuses on the Omo Valley, which is in the southwestern part of the landlocked country in the Horn of Africa. The itinerary starts in Addis Ababa, visiting museums like the National Museum, which features the fossilized remains of the early hominid Lucy. Then it’s off to Arba Minch, the largest town in southern Ethiopia and the gateway to tribes barely touched by the outside world. Women of the Mursi tribe wear large plates in their lower lip to demonstrate their worth. Body scarification and ornate body art and impressive headdresses identify the Karo tribes. Other tribes that may be encountered are the Ari, Benna, Tsemai, Mali and Konso, who erect totem poles over their graves and breed and revere snakes. Cost of the trip is from $4,415 per person for a group of two. International and internal airfare are extra. 800-344-6118, Website: click here.

Working vacation

If you’re willing to mix work with pleasure, you can spend nearly a week at a pricey Colorado dude ranch for just $1,000. The Home Ranch in Clark, in the north central part of the state, has a Working Dude Ranch Vacation on May 16-21. The Relais & Chateaux property will involve guests in all kinds of activities to ready the ranch for its June 4 summer season opening. Among the tasks will be mending fences, repairing trails, planting seedlings, riding horses and helping with orientation for new wranglers.

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