We think there are many different types of adventure travel, and no matter how you look at it, adventures can be found in every part of the world. Nevertheless, with a combination of natural resources and tourist attractions, certain places have little advantage in the adrenaline department,
So, if you prefer camping and scuba diving to spa treatments and sunbathing on the beach, here are the top 10 destinations for adventure travel.
Brazil, the largest nation in South America, is renowned for hosting Rio’s renowned Carnival, the biggest celebration in the world and an adventure in and of itself. The Iguazu, the world’s largest waterfall, the Pantanal, and the Amazon, which is made up of both a powerful river and a rainforest, make it a heaven for outdoor explorers.
Adventures to try: Snorkeling in Fernando de Noronha, riding dune buggies in Natal, and boating beneath the Iguaz Falls.
Few places in the world can boast a more diverse spectrum of natural beauty than Italy, which ranges from jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches to rugged peaks and green hills. Nothing compares to the experience of driving through the winding, Cyprus-lined lanes of Tuscany, past the verdant hills and golden fields dotted with sunflowers.
Another place to visit is the San Pellegrino Pass which is one of the greatest locations in the Dolomites for rock climbing, skiing, and, well. The Dolomites are some of the most stunning mountains you will ever see.
Adventures to try: Scuba diving down to San Fruttuoso’s haunting Christ of the Abyss statue, skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo, and exploring the caverns and grottos of Capri by boat.
Spain’s terrain seems to have been designed with adventure in mind. In addition to its world-class beaches, the nation has 15 national parks, including five in the Canary and Balearic Islands. So you’ll be well set in this country whether you want to visit volcanoes, sand dunes, wetlands, or mountain ranges.
Adventures to try: Cycling through Andalusia, camping, and stargazing on the Canary Islands, and Hiking the Camino de Santiago.
Greece is more than simply whitewashed houses, peaceful beaches, and breathtaking sunsets—although there are enough of all of them. It has more than 6,000 islands and islets and a coastline that stretches nearly 8,500 miles. Looking for a crowd-free island adventure? Try Naxos or Thassos a windsurfer’s heaven, (Greece’s northernmost island), which attracts elite mountain bikers.
Adventures to try: Sliding down the waterfalls in Samothraki, WWII shipwreck diving off the coast of Crete, and scaling great heights for breathtaking views on Kalymnos.
Thailand has long been a popular destination for gap year travellers, but now it’s drawing tourists of all ages with its blend of vibrant cities, unique street food culture, and blissful ancient monuments. Thailand is as beautiful as it is brimming with options for adventure at every turn, whether you want to stick close to the city or island-hop to a collection of jungle-covered islands off the coast.
Adventures to try: Sea kayaking at Tarutao National Marine Park, zip-lining through rain forests that are more than 1,500 years old, and caving in Pang Mapha.
Portugal has evolved into a destination for, explorers, despite originally serving as the departure point for explorers like Magellan and Columbus who left from its western shores. Outdoor enthusiasts may find much to do on the mainland, but don’t overlook the Azores: The nine islands, which make up an archipelago 850 miles off the coast of Portugal, and are host to some of the greatest whale watching in the world, lay claim Portugal’s tallest peak and are rife with volcanoes and crater lakes galore.
Adventures to try: Surfing off Guincho Beach; canoeing down the Sabor and Tua rivers; horseback riding through Alentejo, one of the world’s burgeoning wine areas.
- New Zealand
Any scenery you can imagine is probably present in New Zealand, which has borders the size of California (though it has 34 million fewer people than the Golden State). We like to trust the Kiwis at the Traveler office when they claim that their country offers every kind of experience imaginable.
Adventures to try: Bungee jumping in Queensland; caving in Waitomo; river rafting on the North Island.
- Costa Rica
Despite being only 19,730 square miles in size (roughly the size of West Virginia), Costa Rica has a protected rainforest covering a fourth of its territory. When you’re not hot-air ballooning over, zip-lining through, or climbing in that very jungle, simply point in any direction to find a new adventure in a new landscape.
Adventures to try: Ride a horse on the sand; stand-up paddleboarding around Lake Arenal.
Snow-capped mountains, Turquoise lakes, Wild Tundra, treeless plains, and sprawling ice fields. Argentina could be your best option if you’re an explorer seeking a place with a never-ending variety of landscapes. The country in South America is also great for family vacations.
Adventures to try: Learn how to ski on Francis Mallmann’s private island, fly-fishing in Patagonia and ride horses on estancias.
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Down Under is filled with adventure options because its more than 30,000 miles of breathtaking coastline, especially in the Outback and a small area known as the Great Barrier Reef. Bonus: You’ll even feel like you have vast stretches of it to yourself because Australia has one of the lowest population-to-land ratios in the world. It is one of the best adventure travel destinations in the world.
Adventures to try: Swimming amid waterfalls in The Kimberley, diving off Lady Elliot Island, and trekking through Tasmania’s Bay of Fires (just watch out for crocodiles).
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