1. Diving with great white sharks in Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
If your idea of fun is to jump in the water and swim with one of the world’s deadliest animals, then Isla Guadalupe off the coast of Baja California, Mexico is the place for you! The waters around the island are home to one of the largest populations of great white sharks in the world, and combined with the incredibly clear water, it’s a sure place to give you an experience like no other.
2. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Continuing in the dangerous wildlife list, what better way to get in touch with nature than a safari that infiltrates the natural habitat of lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants and giraffes? Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, located in provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa. If you are a real dare-devil you can even swap the Jeep experience and take one of the seven walking trails through the jungle, which you can go on nocturnal guided walks. The Napi Trail is considered the best to spot the “Big Five” (black rhinos, Cape buffaloes, elephants, leopards and lions). Most of the hikes lasts two days and three nights, covering almost 20km per day in a slow pace – unless, of course, you’ve got a lion behind you.
3. Inca trail trek in Machu Picchu, Peru
Voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 15th-century Inca site is located 2,430 meters above sea level, and was populated in the years 1450-1540. Walking through its narrow streets, the Temple of the Sun and contemplate the mountains surrounding the town makes you feel in the as it was the day-to-day and understand better how was the culture and history of the Inca civilization.
4. Cycling the Icefields Parkway, Canada
Extending over 230 km between Jasper and Lake Louise, following the lake-lined valley between two chains of the Rocky Mountains, the Icefields Parkway is considered one of the most scenic roads in the world. Cyclists also know it as one of the greatest mountain-biking tours. Look forward to mountains, lakes and a variety of animals – goats, wild-sheep, elk, moose and maybe even black and grizzly bears.
5. Chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland
The Nordic Country is known for its hot springs, snowy winters, and very receptive people, but Iceland has a lot more for the adventurous spirits! Cross country ski tours, polar bear sightings and chasing the Northern Lights makes Iceland a sure destination full of unforgettable experiences.
6. Surfing in Hawaii
Hawaii is undoubtedly one of the main surfing destinations in the world. The beaches of Waikiki and Honolulu are the most sought after, certainly because of the quality and size of the waves it offers. Oahu, on the north coast of the island is considered the world’s surfing capital, since its waves can reach up to 30 meters high, which can scare even the most daring big wave surfer.
7. Coldest inhabited place on Earth: Oymyakon, Russia
Oymyakon holds the record for being the coldest inhabited place on Earth. The village, which is 350 kilometers below the Arctic Circle, is home to more than 210,000 people, despite their soil being in a constant state of permafrost. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the town was -67.7 ° C in 1933. It would sure make for a great -and icy- adventure.
8. Climbing Mount Thor in Canada
With a 4,101 foot vertical drop, at an average angle of about 105 degrees, Mount Thor is not the world’s highest peak, but it is the steepest, and certainly very loved by mountain climbers worldwide.
9. Bungee jumping in Colorado, United States
A 291 meters high suspension bridge spanning the Royal Gorge formed by the Arkansas River near Canon City, Colorado beckons extreme sports enthusiasts from around. Thrill seekers are sure to enjoy every second of the free fall toward the Arkansas River.
10. Extreme sports in New Zealand
New Zealand is known for the wide range of extreme sports it offers such as bungee jumping, paragliding, rafting, kayaking, biking and hiking trails. For those who enjoy a good hike, this is also the ideal destination as it offers a diversity of landscapes. Walk on ancient glaciers or across snowy mountains and volcanoes, and also the most exotic beaches in the world.