Unmissable adventures around the world

There are countless ways to explore a country if you've got a taste for adventure. But which of these pulse-quickening experiences fall into the 'don't-leave-without' category?

  26/09/2019 11:08

1. Don’t leave the USA without...

Hiking Zion National Park’s Angels Landing Trail – just 8km long, but utterly unforgettable. The last 100m traverses a ledgy via ferrata route to a pedestal smack in the middle of the canyon, 460m above the canyon floor and the Virgin River below. Not for the faint of heart or the acrophobic.

2. Don’t leave Australia without…

Riding Mt Buller’s 40km Australian Alpine Epic Trail in the Victorian highlands – the only track in the country granted official ‘epic’ status by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).

3. Don’t leave Vietnam without...

Kayaking through sea caves and arches in Halong Bay. Many Halong tour boats carry kayaks, or they can be hired from operators and hotels on Cat Ba Island.

4. Don’t leave Indonesia without…

Climbing ancient Borobudur. The world’s largest Buddhist monument features massive temple spires that sprout from the Kedu Plain valley floor, all set against a backdrop of countless volcanic peaks, including the volatile Mt Merapi.

5. Don’t leave Brazil without…

Taking a tandem hang-gliding flight from Pedra Bonita over Rio de Janeiro, landing on a beach below. Check that the operator is certified by the Brazilian Hang-Gliding Association.

6. Don’t leave Myanmar without…

Learning how to paddle a skiff with one leg across Inle Lake. Fishermen here are famous for paddling their watercraft with one leg while they toss their large nets into the water with both hands. It’s even more difficult than it looks.

7. Don’t leave Cambodia without…

Cycling around Angkor Wat, a 12th-century World Heritage-listed monument and the world’s largest religious site, close to Siem Reap. Ride from crumbling tower to ancient pagoda to serene pond, basking in boundless positive vibes.

8. Don’t leave Bolivia without…

Cycling the world’s biggest salt flats, Salar de Uyuni, a disorientating, surreal and unforgettable experience. In the vast white expanse, you’ll encounter Dalíesque standing rocks, brightly coloured hot springs and miraculous colonies of chinchillas and flamingoes.

Source lonelyplanet.com
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