Mobilio founded Calidex in 1987 to introduce friends to a legion of
unusual travel destinations and cultural encounters. Over the years
these special places and activities have excited an increasingly wider
circle of interest. Richard,
licensed pilot, mountaineer, naturalist and former
Marine diving instructor, has
traveled in over 180 countries and explored dozens of remote archipelagoes
from the Burmese Mergui Islands to the French Marquesas. He and the
Calidex network of local professionals
lead the Calidex journeys. Here's what makes the Calidex experience
A typical Calidex itinerary focuses on a single major geography such
as East Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia or the Amazon Basin. In addition to the core trip, the journey may offer one or more stand-alone, back-to-back segments that appeal to various interests—for example,
a week of scuba diving and/or
a multi-day mountain trek. Core trips normally feature special wildlife and visits to remote
villages for exceptional tribal encounters. Participants can match
their available time, budget and interests to the core trip plus one or more trip legs,
and travel from one to five weeks in the region.
experiences excerpted below are drawn from past Calidex adventures:
Natural historywildlife encounters
Track Komodo Dragons in the bush on
Indonesia's Rinca Island; ride an elephant into India's Kanha National
Park to find Bengal tigers; wrinkle your nose in a ripe and raucous penguin
colony on South Georgia Island; watch glaciers calve in Argentine Patagonia
and guanácos pose in Chile's Torres del Paine Park; cross Lake Baikal
in an ex-Volga River gunboat skippered by a former Russian submarine
captain to see the world's only freshwater seals; wait at snorkel-depth
in a shark cage in Gaans Bay, South Africa for Great Whites to strike
tribal contacts, the performing arts and gastronomy
Barter for shields with Asmat ex-headhunters up the rivers of Indonesian
Papua; hike to penis gourd-wearing villagers in New Guinea's central
Baliem Valley—perhaps the world's most bizarre attire; jump with the Maasai
on the rim of Ngorongoro; follow San Bushmen as they hunt across Namibia's
Kalahari Basin; observe Hindu cremation rites unfold
on the burning ghats of Varanasi, and watch spell-bound as colorful Kathakali
actors perform in Cochin, India. Ethnic foods
are always memorable, from fermented mare's milk consumed in the
company of Mongolian nomads to the superb local wines in Chile, Australia and South Africa. Lunches and dinners
ashore are generally not included in trip pricing, so all are free to
sample the local menus as they wish.
Outdoor sportsscuba-diving/snorkeling, canoeing, trekking,
sailing, etc. Eye the grey
reef sharks circling overhead on a dive in Myanmar's (Burma) Mergui
Archipelago; sail the islands of Vava'u in northern Tonga; sea kayak
into hidden lagoons tucked inside the dramatic karst isles of Thailand's
Phang-Nga Bay; trek on the Kamchatka Peninsula's erupting Karymsky Volcano and climb
Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysian Sabah...there are many choices!
trip is escorted by an experienced Calidex staff member.
Land trips typically depart
with a maximum of ten group members, more on some expeditionary ventures at sea. Typical
Calidex travelers range in age from their forties into their seventies.
Those who travel repeatedly with Calidex share two essential traits:
flexibility and curiosity. One-of-a-kind travel experiences with an
expeditionary edge involve some risk and unpredictability by their very
nature. In many third-world countries planes don't always fly on time,
nor do the locals always share one's sense of urgency. The happy Calidex
trip participant is a versatile, flexible and reasonably fit individual
with a keen sense of adventure for whom learning never stops.
Lodging & Transport
days can be long. Seeing what's around the next corner or beyond the next
hill may frequently extend the day.
Outdoor activities are usually moderately challenging; those
that are especially strenuous are structured
as separate and optional trip extensions.
Depending on availability, trip accommodations are as non-spartan as the itinerary will allow: four-star
hotels in the cities & towns, tents in the bush when necessary. Calidex prefers to book small traditional hotels and inns with
historic roots and exceptional
locations. Given our emphasis on comfort and quality, Calidex trips are not designed for the fiercely budget-conscious.
transport in the field is often via four-wheel drive vehicles. On safari
in Africa, Calidex 4WDs carry a maximum of four personsno
overloaded minibuses. Past trip transport has included camels, elephants,
horses & mules and dogsleds
along with trains, rafts, canoes,
Chinese junks, dugouts & pirogues and Russian oceanographic research ships converted
to comfortable expeditionary cruising.