Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times
Not all of us are going to hike Ethiopia's Simien Mountains, but that doesn't mean we can't dream about seeing its gelada baboons. In Lonely Planet's "Great Adventures," the reader is treated to a breathtaking array of travel experiences, illustrated with beautiful photography. From washing elephants in Thailand (which even a tame traveler could do) to driving El Camino de la Muerte (Road of Death) in Bolivia (which seems redundant for freeway-loving Californians), the book will have you reveling in the sheer variety of a world without chain restaurants and strip malls.
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