10 Unforgettable Adventures for Thrill-Seekers

From the world's most dangerous road to the highest bungee jump, adventure awaits those who want to feel their adrenaline pumping.

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Photo By: Lesley Murphy

Hike in Torres del Paine, Chilean Patagonia

The southernmost tip of the world is an unmatched combination of jagged mountain peaks, fractured blue glaciers, unbeatable hiking trails and lakes that go on for miles. It’s hard to take your eyes off the Torres, or towers, that command the landscape here. The Base of the Towers (Torres) hike, arguably the most famous hike in the park, totals 7-8 hours of trekking over 18 kms through mountains, forests and boulders. Motivation and stamina required!

Plunge From the World's Highest Bungee Jump in Macau, China

Why live on the edge when you can jump off? The World’s Highest Bungee Jump comes in at 764 feet, and the AJ Hackett Macau Tower sees over 100 jumpers per day. Many visitors to Hong Kong make the hour-long ferry ride over to the Macau free fall (with passports in order to gain entry). Word to the worried: AJ Hackett has never seen an accident. They even offer night jumps – do you dare?

Ultralight Flight Over Costa Rica

If you’re looking for a bird’s-eye view of Costa Rica, grab a camera and hop in an ultralight at Hacienda AltaGracia Resort in the southern region of the country. Powered by an engine, these two-seater aircrafts are not enclosed, allowing visitors to touch the clouds, smell the fresh air and take in the scenery. Welcome to sensory overload at its finest.

Bike the World's Most Dangerous Road in La Paz, Bolivia

An hour outside of La Paz, Bolivia, exists a road so treacherous that it’s aptly named The World’s Most Dangerous Road…and thousands of people pay to bike it yearly. Tour company Gravity takes daredevils to La Cumbre (4,760 meters) where they start downhill on bikes equipped with double suspension and hydraulic disk brakes. About 300 people die each year while riding this road. Don’t make it 301!

Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef

If you’re up for going down under, the creatures of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of northern Australia are friendly, colorful and out in full force. Cruise Whitsundays takes eager divers on an all-day adventure to experience corals, colorful fish and marine life.

Walk the Great Wall of China Solo

If you’ve ever thought about a trip around the world by yourself, few attractions are as unique as experiencing the Great Wall alone. To accomplish this, Visitors traveling solo should arrive early around 9 a.m. to beat the crowds. Before departing Beijing for the 1 ½ hour drive, bring lunch and plenty of water, especially if you visit in the heat of summer. The landmark and defensive fortification dates back to over 2,000 years and captivates all walks of life as they meander for miles

Get Your Heart Racing in the Most Stunning Place on Earth, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Describing the world’s largest salt flat in one word is easy: heavenly. Covering 4,086 square miles and with an altitude of 11,995 feet, Salar de Uyuni attracts worldly visitors who dare to make the rugged trek for the reward of the beautiful mirrored images. During rainy season (January - April), a few inches of water lie on the ground, creating unreal reflection photos. If you’re looking for a good tour group, check out Red Planet’s 3-day and 2-night tour.

Sandboard in the Driest Place on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile

The sandboarding mecca of San Pedro de Atacama entices its visitors to climb up massive sand dunes, strap their feet into a sand board, stand up, lean back and fly forward. Sounds easy enough, right? Not entirely. It's as if snowboarding and surfing had a baby, but without snow or salt water in sight. Unlike snowboarding, there's no such thing as a sand-lift. The workout lies in climbing up the sand dune!

Stay in the Skylodge Adventure Suites in Peru

Welcome to the only Million Star hotel in the world where viewpoints take center stage above the Sacred Valley in Peru. Tourism company Natura Vive has bolted three pods into the side of a cliff offering guests a night they’ll never forget. After a 1,200-foot climb and a $300-a-night bill, you too can call this place home for an evening. What’s included? All equipment, lodging, dinner, breakfast the next morning and a way down.

Swing at the End of the World in Baños, Ecuador

Allow your inner 7-year-old to come out and check out the Swing at the End of the World, also known as ‘La Casa del Arbol’ in Spanish. As brave participants swing over the cliff below at their own discretion, onlookers observe Mt. Tungurahua, the nearby active volcano. Being an adventurers' playground, Baños incorporates many outdoor activities such as waterfall hikes, zip lining, bungee jumping, white water rafting, paragliding and biking.

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