Top 4 Destinations for Adventure Holidays

Whilst the ideal holiday for many might involve nothing more adventurous than lounging on a golden sandy beach under the shade of a swaying palm tree with an exotic cocktail in hand, this type of holiday isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Others prefer a much more action-packed holiday, bursting with daredevil activities and challenging days out guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping.

If you fall into the latter category and are looking for holiday inspiration, take a look at these four intrepid destinations, each full of attractions which are sure to push you to your limits.

Best Adventure Holiday Destinations: Extreme kayaking
Extreme kayaking via Flickr, Vladimir Pustovit CC 2.0

Best Adventure Holiday Destinations

Patagonia, Chile

The Futaleufu River in Chile is known amongst whitewater rafters as one of the most challenging and thrilling rivers in the world. The roughest stretch of this internationally renowned river is named “The Throne Room” and is home to the toughest rapid, “The Terminator”. Not only will you be able to experience the exhilarating speed as you rocket down the champagne-like water on this river, but you’ll also be able to soak up unique views of the stunning glaciated Chilean Andes. If you’re brave enough to open your eyes, that is.

Best Adventure Holiday Destinations: Futaleufu River in Patagonia, Chile
Futaleufu River in Patagonia, Chile via Flickr, Cliff Cate CC 2.0

Acapulco, Mexico

If you’ve got a head for heights, snap up a deal on cheap hotels in Acapulco and head for the La Quebrada Cliffs. These cliffs overlook the sea and feature two jumping ledges – one at 12m above sea level and one at 24m above sea level. Whilst watching the incredibly skilled La Quebrada Divers doing their thing can be enough to get your blood racing, experiencing the feeling of soaring bird-like through the air before plummeting into the depths of the ocean yourself is a must for adrenaline junkies.

Best Adventure Holiday Destinations: Triple dive at La Quebrada Cliffs in Acapulco, Mexico
Triple dive at La Quebrada Cliffs in Acapulco, Mexico via Flickr, Prayitno CC 2.0

Alberta, Canada

Rock climbing is so last year. This year, the biggest trend in vertical climbing is ice climbing, and what better place to do it than at Lake Louise in the Banff National Park in Alberta? This park boasts some of the very best waterfall climbing sites on the planet, with a vast range of beginner, intermediate and expert routes guaranteeing something for all. Whilst you’re there, why not hire a motorhome in Canada and explore everything else the breathtaking country has to offer?

Best Adventure Holiday Destinations: Ice waterfall climbing at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada
Ice waterfall climbing at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada via Flickr, Daveblogs CC 2.0

New Zealand

If you’re looking for the greatest variety of daredevil activities, take a look at adventure holidays in New Zealand. When it comes natural attractions which will leave your heart racing, nowhere does it quite like Middle Earth. Whether you like the idea of whitewater rafting in South Island, surfing in Christchurch, bungee jumping at Queenstown the Adventure Capital of New Zealand, or skydiving over the Southern Alps, New Zealand provides an almost never-ending choice of activities for daring travellers.

Best Adventure Holiday Destinations: Bungee Jumping at Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand
Bungee Jumping at Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand via Flickr, Paul Schreiber CC 2.0

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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