There are some people who are glad to lie in the sun, and sip drinks during their vacations. Some people need adventure, they need the adrenaline rush. For those of you who want an adventure filled vacation full of thrilling activities and spine-chilling escapades,
Here are the top 10 adventure destinations.
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Australia is the number one destination for any adventure-lover. This beautiful country has everything – from kayaking to windsurfing, white water rafting, speed boating, jet skiing, etc. For the scuba diving lover, there is nothing better than the Great Barrier Reef. The Ayers Rock provides wonderful opportunities for travelers who want to bike, hike or spelunk on some of the most scenic places in the world. For the experienced urban traveler looking for adventure, Sydney Harbor Bridge is the place to go- you are allowed to climb right on top of the bridge! Australia is truly the adventurer’s paradise.
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South Africa has stunning mountains and a spectacular coast line. The coast offers activities like white water rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and shark diving (yes – you read that right). There are boat tours that take you into the ocean to spot whales and great white sharks, as well. If you would rather spend some time in the mountains, you get to choose between rock climbing, mountain biking, hang gliding, horseback riding, hiking and sand boarding. South Africa has the highest commercial bungee jumping spot in the world too- at Bloukrans Bridge. You can try the highest abseil at Table Mountain, as well.
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Brazil is incredibly famous for its own share of fun – Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana and Ipanema are certainly some of the most fun places to visit around the globe. However, Brazil also offers a number of adventure options for the adrenaline junkie in you. The Amazon River Basin is probably one of the most adventurous places on the planet – the Pantanal Wetland is the one of the biggest in the world, as well. You can go white water rafting, or canoeing on the river, or go looking for jaguars, caimans, and the thousands of animals indigenous to the area. Brazil’s beaches offer a number of water sporting options- including kayaking, diving, snorkelling and windsurfing.
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Why not do something different and visit the rooftop of the world? Nepal gives people plenty of opportunities to absorb the scenic Himalayas, while white water rafting, riding elephants and trekking some of the most picturesque mountains in the world. If you choose to live in the Seti River near the Royal Chitwan National Park, you will be staying in rooms built on stilts, and track tigers and one- horned rhinos for days at an end. These jungles can provide you with a wildlife adventure like no other.
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Norway has been on every adventurer’s bucket list for decades now. This picturesque country is home to the most stunning fjords, the highest mountains in Europe and some of the best areas for Arctic adventures. There are dozens of popular trails that will take you to the top of glaciers and turn you into a cave explorer. Some of the greatest base jumping opportunities are available in this country, as well. Norway is the perfect place for water sports and snow sports. Why don’t you try something new this year- you do get to choose between dogs sledding, snow kiting, ice climbing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, canoeing and kayaking!
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Morocco is one of the most exotic places on the planet. For the adventure lover, the country offers not one but four whole mountain ranges to scale. The long stretches of the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines provide ample water sporting opportunities as well. The Toubkal National Park is one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the world – you will get to experience Berber culture, and hike through the sandy deserts too.
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Ever since Bruce Chatwin came into the picture, Patagonia has held a cherished destination in the hearts of travelers. Patagonia still retains a lot of its mystery and charm. There are massive glaciers, rolling hills, lakes and rivers- all waiting to be explored. This area is one of the most hard to access areas on the planet, so it poses an exciting opportunity for explorers. Visit the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares, while becoming familiar with the local ecosystems. You can even go on five day horseback riding trips that some adventure travel agencies and tour operators organize.
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Slovenia is a tiny European country, hiding a lot of secrets. This is just the country for people who love the outdoors. You will not be able to experience hut-to-hut hiking anywhere else in the world, except for the Julian Alps in Slovenia. Slovenia has beautiful emerald lakes where you can go canoeing, rafting and even exploring! There are thousands of caves in the area, and you can certainly go on an expedition to most of them. There are some unexplored caves in the area as well- no adventure lover can resist Slovenia’s calling.
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Costa Rica is a hotspot for biological activity – the ecosystem in this country is extremely exotic. Its natural history is so rich no adventurer will be able to resist it. Your trip to Costa Rica will take you to the deepest Pacific rainforests, river rafting on some of the most beautiful rivers in the world, and to Monteverde, where you can walk the length of the forest on a walkway atop the trees. You can even visit the active volcano, Arenal, if you choose! For those who prefer water sports, Costa Rica has a number of options- you can go swimming, surfing or turtle watching at the Pacific coast.
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Madagascar has the richest biodiversity on the planet – there are thousands of animals and birds found here that are not found anywhere else. The country is full of rainforests, coral reefs, beaches, and stunning locales. Madagascar is an island, so you can enjoy a number of water sports here – you can go white water rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, or even go swimming with the great white sharks! You can go to explore the area’s incredibly ecosystem – the rainforest is one of the most beautiful places on the entire planet. For those of you who love whales, Madagascar is the place to go, for it is the most ideal place on the planet to enjoy mesmerizing hours of whale watching!
These are countries that have a special calling for people who love the outdoors and love the wild. Let your vacation take you to places you have never been before- believe us, this sort of adventure will change your life forever. And even if it doesn’t, you will have some amazing stories to tell your grandchildren to show exactly how dauntless you were!
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