Top 10 Extreme Sports Vacations - Overall
An adventure feast awaits in all corners of the world for lovers of the extreme. There should be something surprisingly and challenging for everyone. Try to hook the world’s deadliest fish in Brazil, take on the world’s most dangerous road, roll a cheese down a hill in England or motorbike the remote steppe of Mongolia.
- Piranha fishing, Brazilian Patanal
This would have to rate as extreme playing with one of the most deadly fish in the world and then eating it afterwards! Keep your fingers clear from their hungry mouths when you’re reeling them in. The feast afterwards makes all those nerves and adrenalin worthwhile.
- Mountainbike, Bolivia
The world’s most dangerous road has to be biked simply for its title. The steep and bumpy road starts high in the rarefied air of the Bolivian Andes at La Paz and plunges for 40 miles through lush, sub-tropical Yungas to the sleepy town of Coroico. Be careful, the road is narrow, hugs the walls of the sheer valley as it snakes beneath waterfalls and rocky overhangs.
- Cheese rolling, England
This sport is all about lunacy and danger. A cheese is flung down a hill at this annual event in Gloucestershire and competitors chase it. It might not sound that daunting until you consider the steepness of the slope, the dips, bulges and perils that claim a few ankles, bones and soft tissues amongst competitors and spectators every year. Of course, the winner gets to keep the cheese.
- Bungee jumping, Victoria Falls
With Victoria Falls as a backdrop, this 365 foot plummet towards the Zambezi River, is arguably the best bungee jump in the world. It’s also the world’s highest commercial bungee jump.
- Motor Biking, Ulaanbaatar
Follow in the wheel tracks of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman of the Long Way Round Series while undertaking some the best off-roading in the world. Cross the mountains, grassland, desert and rivers on a 1,243 mile motor journey south into the Gobi Desert. In April there are young camels, foals and cattle. At all times of the year you’ll come across monks and monasteries, river and range, desert and dust.
- White water rafting, Zambezi River
Start a rafting journey beneath the thunderous Victoria Falls on a river like no other on earth. This one will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat as huge whitewater and powerful rapids pound you along through breathtaking scenery, complete with hippos lazing on the riverside.
- Bungee Jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Go to the home of the bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown for your own 3-2-1 jump into nothing. An instant thrill and a complete adrenaline rush.
- Ice diving, Antarctica
Plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica for a truly experiential dive. Dives vary from shallow ice diving along ice floes to deeper shore dives. The fantastic shades of color under the water are quite amazing and there is a superb variety of marine life. You might even see seals, penguins and whales.
- Downhill mountain biking, Nepal
Get ready for serious downhill adrenalin in the playground of the Nepalese foothills. All climbs to the top are by van, cable car or plane so there’s no low gears required. Take a flight to Jomsom (2800m) on the top of the Annapurna circuit and spend three days descending down the Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the deepest gorges on the planet. It’s pure mania.
- Sand boarding, Swakopmund, Namibia
Experience the wonders of the Namib desert and sand board down some of the largest sand dunes on the planet.