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Adventure Holidays: 3 Countries to Consider for Your Next Trip

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu (photo: David Lee)

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

If high adrenaline levels are indicating that you need an adventure holiday soon, be it beach or backwaters, hills or high seas, adventure holidays in these three countries are sure to stay etched in your memory forever.

1. Peru – Adrenaline Packed Adventure Destination

Peru’s fascinating landscapes, rugged mountain terrain, Amazon rainforest and remains of several once-vibrant civilizations make it one of the most impressive and adventurous holiday destinations in the world.

It not only has a number of tourist spots like Machu Picchu, but also a variety of trekking and hiking routes.

For the more daring among you, take part in treks into the 3,000 meters deep Colca Canyon.

You can get on the Gringo Trail to the Moonstone or explore the more popular snow-capped mountain of Salkantay.

Hire a board and hit Peru’s only natural sand oasis in Huacachina and treat the dunes like they are water, or for a real surfing experience, travel to Punta Sal Beach and ride its waves.

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano (photo: Don Henise)

2. Costa Rica – Adventure for the Nature Lover

Costa Rica is the perfect adventure destination for those who not only enjoy hanging from a cliff but also appreciate the colors of the coral reef.

Get up close and personal with an active volcano – enjoy the bright fireworks of the active Arenal Volcano.

If you get too close for comfort, then spend the night enjoying the fireworks from one of the many hot springs in the country.

Don’t forget to spend the next day cycling, canyoning, horseback riding or simply walking along the volcanic mountain!

Invade the forests of Monteverde and see some of its favorite residents.

While you're there, try the zip lines for an exciting trip through the jungle.

Hop on a motorboat or a canoe to uncover the array of flora and fauna of the rainforest near the town of Tortuguero – one of the country's best activities according to Joel at

Walk along the primary rainforest of the Osa Peninsula to hear the distant catcalls of monkeys from tens of feet above you!

Dolomite’s Via Ferrata

Dolomite’s Via Ferrata (photo: Marcus Povey)

3. Italy – Adventure with a Different Take

Italy has, for many years, occupied the top spot in every “must-visit” holiday list. And it deserves every bit of accolade it gets.

Italy has a bit of everything, from Renaissance art to romance, from glamorous coastlines to tasty gelato.

It is perhaps not a wonder then that Italy is finding a spot in the adventurer's list.

Choose the zip wire ride in the Dolomiti Lucane – just to vet your adventure appetite.

Put your hiking boots to good use and marvel at the rugged countryside of the hill towns of Umbria.

Local expert Bridgewater Travel recommends climbing the towers of San Gimignano, explore its many archways and streets and take in everything Tuscany has to offer.

Finish your Italian trip by climbing Dolomite’s Via Ferrata using its ladders, bridges, and cables.

Although some of these fixed protection paths are easy to maneuver, a number of them have the capability to bring your heart right into your mouth.


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