From Peru to Italy to St. Lucia, we've got an ideal vacation for every 40-something dude, whether you want to explore, party, or just chill.
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When you're a fit 40-something dude, your idea of a great vacation probably doesn't involve hostels or partying till dawn. (Although, hey, it might!) But you also probably don't want to miss out on the party element altogether, which is why we found an incredibly cool cycling trip in Italy that's basically like one long 280-mile party (complete with wine and awesome food each night). If you'd rather chill or explore new territory, we've got you covered too. Click through the following slides for three awesome trips for men in their 40's. (If you're in your 20's, check out these trips you might like better. Here are trips for guys in their 30's.
Machu Picchu may be the main draw, but it is far from the most charming part of Peru. Certainly cross off the extraordinary manmade settlement (one of the New Seven Wonders of the World) etched into the Andes Mountains if you haven't already. But if you want to bypass the crowds (it can feel like Disneyland out there, it gets so packed), head straight to the Sacred Valley—the epicenter of the Inca Empire—for an off-the-beaten-path experience of the ancient civilization's old stomping grounds. Stay at the new Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, which opened last summer right in between Cusco and Machu Picchu, to get the best access to hiking, rafting, and mountain biking. Be sure to factor in a “rest day” where you stick around the chic hacienda-style property to enjoy activities, such as making Chicha de Jora, a delicious Andean beer made from corn.
>>$462 per room, includes breakfast buffet and on-property excursions. Peak season for this part of Peru is May to September (inkaterra.com).
What's a good party without amazing food and ever-flowing wine? Italy promises both as your daily reward for cycling from coast to coast over six days with Trek Travel. Dip your wheels in the Adriatic to start, then pedal cross the enchanting regions of Le Marche, Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany to the Mediterranean, leaving a 280-mile trail of broken hearts in charming medieval towns along the way. Refuel each day on authentic Italian cuisine, like strangozzi with black truffles, washed down with regional wines, such as the crisp, dry, white wines of Orvieto.
>>$3,499 per person based on double occupancy, includes accommodations, most meals, guides and support (i.e., luggage transfers, ground transportation, mechanics, etc.), and a borrowed top-of-the-line Trek carbon road bike plus cycling gear. Available dates in May and June (trektravel.com).
When work and life gets in the way of your fitness goals, it's time to take a holiday—The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia, that is. The all-inclusive health and wellness resort, which underwent a $20 million renovation last year, was designed to help you effortlessly get back on the fitness wagon. First, catch up on much needed-sleep. When you're feeling rested and relaxed, ease into a fun exercise routine—including spinning, yoga, golf, mountain biking, cave diving, kayaking and swimming—plus a healthy and delicious diet customized to your needs. If muscle memory serves you right, you'll quickly be up for the physical challenge of the resort’s weekly Island Quadrathlon—a blood-pumping endurance challenge featuring a 50-minute all-terrain bike ride, a 15-minute run up Gros Islet, a 100-foot rappel down a cliff, a short swim out to a kayak in the Caribbean Sea, and a 2.5 mile kayak trip back to the resort. Or you can skip the “race” altogether and kick it on the sugar sand beach with a beer and a book.
>>$700 per person per night, includes accommodations, meals, activities, daily spa treatments and more. The Island Quadrathlon costs an extra $100 per participant and takes place once a week with a six-person limit (thebodyholiday.com).