The majority of people might think you are crazy for wanting to jump from a height with only a bungee cord to save you, white water raft through grade 3 rapids or surf down a steep active volcano on nothing but a board. But, for those who are adrenaline junkies at heart they can’t think of anything better than feeling the rush of living on the edge. Why not experience your next breath-taking extreme sport in an equally breath-taking location. Here are a few of the best places to travel to around the world for extreme sports.
Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua
Using only your heels as a brake and to steer, race down the black, rocky side of an active volcano on a wooden toboggan reaching speeds up to 90 kilometres per hour, but only after you’ve hiked to the top in order to get your ride. There is no better place to take on this sport than its birthplace of León in Nicaragua where the sport was pioneered by an Australian traveller when he rode down Cerro Negro in 2004.
Bungee Jumping in New Zealand
New Zealand is often seen as the ultimate home of extreme sports and is on the bucket list for most enthusiasts. Set on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is set against the contrasting, picturesque Southern Alps and offers a few bungee sites to choose from. Take a ride to the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge to jump from one of the sport’s original sites or hop in a gondola to reach the Ledge at the top of the Skyline Gondola which is situated 1312 feet above Queenstown.
Freshwater Cave Diving in Mexico
With freshwater cave diving you can discover a whole new world of beautiful submerged caves, and there is nowhere better to experience this than the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico where you can find the world’s largest concentration of cenotes. With an extensive network of over 7000 miles of caves you’re sure to find anything and everything from human skeletons, remains of mastodons and very large vehicle-sized rocks. The Yucatan Peninsula really is an idyllic setting, offering crystal clear waters and lush, green jungles.
Skydiving over Sydney
Take a leap out of a plane from 15000 feet above the beautiful Wollongong, Sydney, where while you are freefalling and then parachuting down you can take in everything from the sea to the city. Before you make your landing on Wollongong beach keep your eyes peeled on the ocean and see if you can spot any whales or dolphins, and what a better way to remember the incredible experience than to have your skydive filmed?
Paragliding in Switzerland
An extremely popular destination for adrenaline junkies in Europe, Switzerland offers a range of extreme sports in some of the most incredible locations with mountains, lakes, and greenery galore. Take flight from 1870 feet in the resort town of Interlaken, if almost 2000 feet isn’t enough, try your hand at paragliding from 9744 feet from the top of Schilthorn, the summit of the Bernese Alps.
About the Author:
Ellie can’t get enough of traveling and tries to fit as many short trips and extreme sports adventures around her working life as possible. She loves spending short breaks in European cities but visiting Machu Picchu and taking a hot air balloon ride in Myanmar is at the top of her travel bucket list.