In search of an exhilarating experience that will set your heart racing? Then look no further. Here are ten top destinations that all adrenaline seekers just need to check out!
Consider yourself a daredevil, thrill-seeker or adrenaline lover? If so, then these death-defying destinations are going to be right up your alley. Whether it is throwing yourself off a cliff or out of a plane, swimming with sharks or being pursued by bulls, these ten exhilarating experiences need to go on your bucket list. Here’s look at some of the world’s top thrill-a-minute experiences for you adrenaline seekers out there.
1. The Plank Walk – Huayin City, China
Attached to Mount Hua’s steep cliff walls by only rusty chains and hooks, these narrow wooden planks are terrifying yet thrilling to walk along. Connecting various temples to one another, the cliffside walkways hang in thin air, with some parts dangling over a kilometer above the ground. Renowned for being ‘the most dangerous hike in the world’, the Plank Walk certainly makes for an unforgettable stroll.
2. The Running of the Bulls – Pamplona, Spain
Every year the Running of the Bulls sees locals and tourists alike flee through Pamplona’s cobbled streets with bellowing bulls in quick pursuit. Held between July 6 – 14, the San Fermin festival is lots of fun to take part in – provided, of course, that you don’t mind feeling the bulls breathing down your neck.
3. Cliff Diving – Acapulco, Mexico
Those that have a head for heights may instead want to try cliff diving from the lofty La Quebrada cliffs in Mexico. From the top of the craggy outcrops, the famous La Quebrada Cliff Divers dramatically hurl themselves into the waves some 135 feet below. To make matters even more impressive and spectacular, the water only reaches between 16–19 feet in depth.
4. Sky Diving – Mount Everest, Nepal
If a measly 135 feet doesn’t quite cut it then why not go sky diving above Mount Everest? Hurtling through the sky above the Earth’s highest mountain is an awe-inspiring feeling as you see the Himalayas spread out below you. One of the greatest panoramas that the world has to offer up, sky diving above Nepal is an experience like no other.
5. Bungee Jump – Se, Macau, China
For adrenaline seekers who prefer to at least be tethered to something, the AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungee Jump may be the perfect solution for that incredible freefall sensation. In the Guinness World Record Book as the highest bungee in the world, this insane jump sees you plunge 764 feet from Macau Tower.
6. Zip Line – Wales, United Kingdom
Another world record breaker, Zip World Velocity 2 in Wales is the world’s fastest zip line. Reaching a maximum speed of over 100mph, brave visitors shoot through the air above Penrhyn Slate Quarry. While the scenery on the show is stunning, it is undoubtedly the mind-boggling speeds that everyone comes for!
7. Cycling Death Road – Bolivia
While you’ll want to reach the maximum velocity with the zip line, with Death Road, well, you may want to take things a bit more slowly. If the name wasn’t already offputting enough, you may think twice once you see the narrow, beaten track weaving its way down the steep mountainside. One of the most dangerous and deadly roads in the world, you certainly won’t forget cycling down Bolivia’s Death Road anytime soon.
8. Shark Cage Diving – Gansbaai, South Africa
Funnily enough, you may actually be safer diving with Great White Sharks off of the coast of South Africa than you are cycling down Death Road as you’re at least provided with a cage and railings for protection. Billed as the Great White Shark Capital of the World, the waters off of Gansbaai teem with the ferocious and fearsome predators. Seeing them up close and all too personal will set your heart racing as they ominously swim up to the cage from amidst the murky depths.
9. White Water Rafting – Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
Another wet and wild destination is the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, where you’ll find some of the greatest rapids on earth — 23 in total spanning just a 15-mile stretch of river. From Victoria Falls, the Zambezi gushes forth over rocky rapids and even experienced white water rafting enthusiasts will have to paddle for dear life.
10. Paragliding – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In comparison, paragliding peacefully above the gorgeous Rio de Janeiro, one of the Brazil’s best cities, seems much more sensible and serene. Provided, of course, that you have a head for heights. Swirling 1,600 feet in the air is always an adrenaline-filled affair however and the experience is made all the more memorable by the phenomenal view of Rio down below. Unforgettable!