A holiday or a vacation can never be exciting enough unless there is some “adventure” involved in it. Your holiday will still be great if you just shop, sightsee, or laze around the beach, however, throw in a bit of adventure and your holiday suddenly gets spicier! Listed below are 10 adventure travel destinations around the world that need to feature on your travel bucket-list.
10 Must-Visit Destinations for Adventure Lovers
1. Trekking in Nepal
What better place to go trekking than the highest country in the world? Referred to as the “Roof of the World”, Nepal is a tiny nation tucked away between the Himalayas. Home to 8 of the world’s ten highest peaks, including Mt. Everest – the world’s highest peak, Nepal is hands down, the ultimate playground for trekking, hiking and climbing enthusiasts looking to push themselves to the extreme.
2. Jungle Safari in Masai Mara
Embark upon the Great African Wildlife Safari by heading to East Africa, one of the most ideal destinations in the world to go on an adventurous jungle safari. The Masai Mara National Reserve situated in southwest Kenya, is one of the finest Wildlife Reserves across the globe. Explore the stunning ecosystem and the spectacular landscapes, and say hello to a multitude of birds and animals including white-headed vultures, crowned eagles, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeest, giraffes, zebra, rhinos, hippos, and more.
3. Hike through the Amazon Rainforest
Explore the unique beauty of the mighty Amazon rainforests and discover some of the most exotic flora and fauna, and wildlife known to mankind. Trudge through the dense tropical foliage and experience a riveting rendezvous with the diverse wildlife and numerous primitive tribes thriving in the forests. The amazon delta covers over nine different South American countries, and is home to hundreds of insects, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
4. Mountain Biking in Portes du Soleil, France
If you are looking for the ultimate destination for mountain biking, your search ends at Portes du Soleil, France. A mecca for serious mountains bikers from all over the globe, the Portes du Soleil area offers over 650 kilometres of man-made mountain biking trails, over 50 downhill tracks, an extensive chairlift system, and of course, a breathtaking mountain scenery and a stunning countryside.
5. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Belize
Brimming with spectacular natural sceneries, diverse wildlife, a lush jungle canopy and the mystical Mayan ruins; Belize is considered one of the world’s best destinations for snorkelling and scuba diving. Belize is home to the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second largest reef in the world teeming with a collection of hundreds of islands, coral reefs, mangroves and a vibrant marine life. Belize is also known for the famous “Blue Hole”, a fascinating sink hole that slopes over 400 feet deep.
6. Sea kayaking in Thailand
If kayaking and canoeing is your way of getting an adrenaline rush, look no further than Thailand for an unforgettable experience. Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to explore Thailand is from water. Traverse peacefully along the splendid Phang Nga Bay as your canoe or kayak makes its way through stunning cliffs, limestone caves and “hongs” jutting out of the azure water. Go on to explore the fascinating lagoons, tiny secluded beaches and amazing sea caves as you kayak further into the magnificent bay.
7. Hang Glide in Rio
Have you always fancied soaring like a bird as you watch the world go by from the sky? Not a problem, head straight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and enjoy an exciting session of hang gliding. Soak in some mind-blowing views of Rio’s skyline as you fly like a bird (accompanied by an experienced professional) amidst the light tropical breeze, gliding over the spectacular beaches and mountains of Rio. If you have a taste for the extreme, this breath-taking experience is an absolute must.
8. Enjoy Winter Sports at Courchevel 1850, France
A holy grail for snow-sport aficionados, Courchevel 1850 (yes, it has a number in its name!) is an epic destination that allures its visitors with plenty of winter sporting options, the powder-white snow and its dizzy elevation. Considered as one of the planet’s ultimate ski resorts, this destinations offers sports activities including skiing, paragliding, toboggan run, dog sledding, bowling, snowmobiling, ice skating, and more.
9. Hike to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru
Offering tourists and hiking connoisseurs a striking and fascinating combination of adventure, history, heritage, excitement, breath-taking views, and stunning natural scenery, the legendary hike to Machu Picchu is definitely one of the most rewarding treks of life. Trek the epic Inca trail or ‘Camino den Inca’ which leads to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Covering a distance of over 40 kilometres, trek through magnificent mountains, lush forests and mystical Incan ruins and tunnels, ultimately arriving at the enchanting Machu Picchu ruins, famously known as the “Lost City of the Incas”.
10. Bungee jump over the Victoria Falls, Zambia
Challenge the daredevil in you to the ultimate extreme adventure. Bungee jump off the Victoria Bridge, as you plummet down 111 metres against the backdrop of the jaw-dropping Victoria Falls. Experience 111 metres of sheer thrill and amazement while you tear through the mist caused by the falls, known to the locals as “the smoke that thunders”. Hands down, this has easily got to be one of the best and most scenic destinations worldwide to bungee jump.