11 amazing places that every adventure lover should visit

11 amazing places that every adventure lover should visit

Looking for a new destination? Here we leave you less known but highly recommended destinations to go looking for your next adventure.

Adventure vacations are now so popular that in high season, it is almost impossible to try to reach the best trails, reefs, or summits, as it is like fighting to break through Times Square. Therefore, the time has come to get rid of the so-called ‘best destinations’ and go to a different and less known place.

We have explored the entire planet to discover the best destinations for your next trip, whether you are a mountain bike lover, jogging on trails, or diving.

1. Wanaka

  • Where: New Zealand
  • When: At any time of the year.
  • Why: This is the place where New Zealanders seek adventure.

Adventure lovers head straight to Queenstown for extreme adventures. But Wanaka, which is only an hour’s drive away, offers equally exciting adventures in a smaller, more relaxed environment with breathtaking beauty on the lake.

In winter, Treble Cone is a top-rated ski resort, while in summer, Wanaka puts at your disposal a lake and a whole mountain for water sports, hiking, offroad cycling, or skydiving. Both Mount Iron and Mount Roy offer stunning views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains. Puzzling World is also one of the best options if the rain leaves you.

2. El Chaltén

  • Where: Argentina
  • When: From December to February.
  • Why: Wild mountain trails in a remote border point of Patagonia.

The isolated border post of El Chalten, located in the Los Glaciares National Park, is dominated by the impressive sawtooth peaks of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre.

The skyline of the rocky pillar is visible from the town, and there are many, many trails to reach top-notch climbing routes, such as the one-day hike to the Laguna de Los Tres, which ends at the base of the granite peaks from Fitzroy.

3. Leon

  • Where: Nicaragua
  • When: From November to April.
  • Why: An icy colonial city with access to volcanic adventures.

León, the least developed city in Nicaragua, is at the top of a region of active and inactive volcanoes.

It is close to the Masaya crater and the sandboarding route that goes down Cerro Negro, while a few hours by car lead to a single climb between tangled tree roots to a crater in the Maderas volcano, on the island of Ometepe. The trips are as adventurous as the activities, with drivers taking old-school buses at breakneck speeds.

4. Pokhara

  • Where: Nepal
  • When: In May or from September to November.
  • Why: The capital of Nepal if we talk about extreme sport … on the shore of the Himalayas!

This city is one of the starting points of the routes to the Annapurna mountain range, although it has also become a paradise for those seeking emotions.

The capital of extreme sports in Nepal brings together water sports on Lake Phewa and some of the most famous paragliding areas in the World nearby. There are also places to practice mountain biking, ultralight flight, rock climbing, canyoning, and rafting or kayaking on the turbulent Trisuli River so as not to let go of adrenaline.

5. Chamonix

  • Where: France
  • When: May or October to avoid overcrowding.
  • Why: you may know this famous city for skiing, but the city comes alive both in summer and winter.

In the shadow of Mont Blanc and surrounded by mountains, the cradle of modern mountaineering is now also a paradise for trail runners thanks to the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) which is held every August or September.

The cable cars on the extensive ski slopes give access to huge glaciers and granite peaks, intertwined with running trails and mountain bikes. Don’t forget the crampons for hiking in the Mer de Glace or climbing one of the many routes prepared for everyone, from beginners to experts, including the legendary Mont Blanc.

6. La Fortuna

  • Where: Costa Rica
  • When: from February to April.
  • Why: adventure on land, water, or air from this refuge in the rainforest.

From this town, which is an adventure center in the rainforest, you can hear the rocks that explode in the Arenal Volcano.

It is located at the base of a national park. It opens the door to a wide range of adventures, including mountain trails, category 3-4 rafting, boating on Lake Arenal, abseiling through huge waterfalls in the jungle, and relaxing parks waters fed by hot springs.

7. Palma de Mallorca

  • Where: Mallorca, Spain
  • When: from March to May or from September to November (to avoid overcrowding and heat).
  • Why: an accessible island that offers adventures at all levels.

No matter what your adrenaline level, Mallorca has something for everyone. It is a beautiful island with caves and canyons bordered by gigantic cliffs.

Palma is the airport to fly to, as it is the island as a whole that offers a wild adventure at every step. The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, faces the east coast of Spain and is a hot spot for hiking and cycling. But its rocky coastal landscape and its interior caves and canyons also provide an immensity of adrenaline-fueled adventures, including marine caving, cliff jumping, and canyoning.

8. High

  • Where: Norway
  • When: from the end of January to March.
  • Why: wild winter adventures in one of the most northern cities in the World.

A small hole in the vast Scandinavian Arctic plateau, Alta gives access to a truly remote adventure in winter nature.

Although the darkness covers the city for 24 hours during many winter weeks, the middle season gives us enough light to go out to ‘play’. Here you can practice snowmobile or fat bike in icy fjords, ice fishing, kayaking on bright blue glacial rivers, or cross-country skiing to observe the northern lights.

9. Pucon

  • Where: Chile
  • When: from December to March (to avoid overcrowding).
  • Why: A vibrant backpacker town at the foot of a volcano.

Located next to a lake in the shadow of the Villarica volcano, which erupted for the last time in 2015, Pucon is an adventure center with a relaxed Alpine feel. Its many tourism agencies offer many ways to enjoy the region of the great lakes of Chile, such as rafting, kayaking, skiing or trekking among ancient trees. And to relax after all that activity, there are some impressive natural pools fed by hot springs in the middle of the forest.

10. Badian

  • Where: Cebu Island, Philippines.
  • When: from November to February.
  • Why: an underwater paradise backed by rainforest.

It is one of the entrances to the southern part of the island of Cebu. Badian has many outdoor adventures, beautiful nature, and stunning beaches.

Inside there are places where you can practice the descent of canyons through waterfalls, including the three-layer waterfalls of Kawasan Falls and places to walk to the Osmena peak. Along the coast, the bays of Alcoy and Aloguinsan are lined with beautiful white-sand beaches. For its part, near Moalboal are some of the best places to dive, with the potential to find whale sharks.

11. Swakopmund

  • Where: Namibia
  • When: at any time of the year.
  • Why: fun in the sand in one of the most loaded adrenaline spots in Africa.

The desert meets the ocean in this city on the coast of Namibia, where a large number of different adrenaline sports are offered.

The wavy dunes are perfect for quad and sandboarding; the ocean is full of big games for deep-sea fishing and, for those who prefer their adventures to be aerial, we recommend skydiving and paragliding on a spectacularly arid coast.

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