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Are there places around the world that offer tours along the old smuggler's trails. US-Mexico or US-Canada would be best but I am open to suggestions.

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Doing a tour is usually the opposite of extreme tourism. Extreme would include Bear Grylls type things. Re-tagged for you! (-: –  hippietrail Mar 6 '13 at 6:01
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I don't know crossing on foot from Switzerland to France over the Alps sounds fairly extreme to me even though I may have a guide. –  Karlson Mar 6 '13 at 13:46
    
Well that would be tagging an answer rather than the question. If you're specifically only interested in routes comparable to crossing the Alps on foot then I recommend stating such in your question... otherwise consider revisiting Should tags reflect only the OP's question or the solution to the problem as well? –  hippietrail Mar 7 '13 at 1:55
    
@hippietrail I was using it as an example of an extreme. –  Karlson Mar 7 '13 at 2:44
    
So one example is extreme. Do you only want extreme answers? Tags should not be applied to a question just in case they might apply to some potential answers. Why not change your question to "Extreme smuggler's trails"? –  hippietrail Mar 7 '13 at 2:47

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Smugglers used to have trails across the Swiss/French border in the alps. I just checked, and indeed there is someone offering a tour:

Tour des Ruans - On the smugglers' path between France and Switzerland

On the web, the tour organizer writes: We will explain how smugglers and customs officials played a cat and mouse game during many years, and how France and Switzerland once went to battle in these very hills and 120 lives were lost.

Also, as far as I know, there have been ancient smuggler's paths in the alps in the vicinity of the border crossing at Saint-Gingolph, Lake Geneva. I am not talking about the WW2 smuggling activities mentioned in the Wikipedia article about that town.

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