15 Best Locations for Extreme Sports
Sometimes, it’s not enough to just visit another country and explore its culture. Some travelers are looking for something to shake them to the core. These people want the ultimate adventure, even if it means they might be facing life or death situations.
Every time a new extreme sport is invented, it doesn’t take long for it to be copied all over the world. That’s not a bad thing, it just means travelers have a wide range of options on where to practice their favorite sport.
So, where are the best places to get that adrenaline pumping? Read on to find out!
15. Bungee Jumping – Queenstown, New Zealand
Bungee jumping was inspired by the land diving ritual of the young men in the Pentecost Island, in Vanuatu. These men would jump from makeshift platforms of 20 to 30 meters high with vines attached to their ankles as a rite of passage.
Nowadays, it’s a worldwide recognized sport where people jump from super high buildings and bridges with an elastic cord attached to them. It’s impossible to go to Queenstown and not consider attempting a jump at the Nevis Bungy, which is 134 meters (the most famous and highest in New Zealand).
14. Volcano Boarding – Léon, Nicarágua
As crazy as it may sound, there are people who climb active volcanoes, enjoy the views from up high, and then slide all the way down on wooden sleds. Travelers need to wear a protective one-piece suit along with goggles and leather gloves, otherwise they could get hurt in a possible crash in the rocky landscape.
The sport was created at Cerro Negro, a 728-meter mountain, just outside of Leon. It takes 45 minutes to reach the summit and the fastest speed ever recorded going down was 95 km/h.
13. Hang Gliding – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Chinese were probably the early inventors of gliders, as they built big kites that could carry a human in the sixth century. However, the first controlled glider was built in the 1890s and since then it has evolved to become a much-loved sport.
It was considered dangerous in the past, but nowadays, with better technology and safety procedures, anyone can enjoy a tandem flight with an experienced glider. In Rio, people jump off Pedra Bonita and enjoy the views of São Conrado beach and Pedra da Gávea.