With adventure travel becoming more and more mainstream, established trekking routes like the Inca Trail and active tourism destinations like Costa Rica and Iceland are no longer secrets anymore. More and more curious travelers are seeking out these areas, ultimately leaving us with less and less unexplored places. Thankfully even though the world has expanded through technology to get us anywhere and everywhere we’ve wanted, there are still unconventional adventures to be had. From kayaking in the Amazon with Huaorani people to roaming around the Guyana Jungle, here are some lesser-known adventures around the world.
1. Chiapas Adventures in Mexico
If you want to combine history and culture in a nearby location and break a sweat while traveling, a active tour in Chiapas, Mexico might be a great alternative to beach-bumming in Cancun. Take a step into the past and explore the ruins of that the ancient Mayans left behind; and for the rest of the time, you’ll be able to spend your energy on activities like hiking the Montebello Lakes and through the rainforest, rafting on the Lacanja River, and biking around Chiapas.
2. Biking the Back Roads of Colombia
For those with a keen eye for Colombia but want to explore it in a different way, a Colombian bike tour would be a great way to see the back roads of the country on the deeper level. You’ll be able to visit Bogota, Colombia’s capital, and bike through different types of regions such as the highlands and the Chicamoca Canyon and see its beauty from an interesting angle. Besides biking through Colombia’s diverse landscapes, you’ll get to swim in waterfalls, visit a significant paleontology region, and learn about Colombia’s history and culture with coffee in a coffee hacienda.
3. Multisport Aventure in Salta, Argentina
Northwest Argentina is home to rugged desert landscapes, dramatic gorges and rolling wine country which is great to explore through different outdoor sports. On this Salta multisport trip, your five senses will be awoken with Argentina’s culture, from cultural walks in the colonial city of Salta to trekking through the Humahuaca Gorge, which is considered a World Heritage Site. You’ll also find yourself out and about, mountain biking the Potrero Grande mountains, horseback riding up the hillside of the Lerma Valley, and finally river rafting and ziplining across the Juramento Canyon.
4. Amazon Adventure: Kayaking in the Amazon Huaorani Communities of Ecuador
The Amazon flourishes around the warm equator, and what’s a better way to explore the rainforest than visiting the very country that’s named after having the equator run through it? An Amazon adventure would give you the exciting and exhilarating opportunity to hike through its tropical rainforest and kayak in the rivers between the trees; but this isn’t the typical Amazon safari, you’ll also be able to immerse deeply, and see what life is like for the indigenous Huaorani Community, as their share their traditions and aspects of their daily lives in the Amazon.
5. Chiloe Island Aventure in Chile
Forget about the popular Torres del Paine region in Chile, head over to the country’s Lake District and discover this little-known island called Chiloe. It wouldn’t be an island adventure without sea kayaking with dolphins and sea lions and watching the sunrise at the Sunken Forest (pictured below). When you’re not spending your time in the water, you’ll be uncovering the island on land by taking coastal hikes on remote stretches of the beach, biking on the Pacific coast, and meeting penguins and other birdlife.
6. Multisport Adventure in the Galápagos
The Galápagos are well-known because of Charles Darwin, and have long gained a reputation for its endemic wildlife (found nowhere else in the world). But forget about expensive live-aboard cruises; a multisport tour in the Galápagos allows you to explore the islands from a variety of angles; not only will you be able to familiarize yourself with the beauty of these islands on land, but you’ll be able to kayak on the water and snorkel below it as well. And a trip to the Galápagos wouldn’t be a real trip there unless you got to see its flourishing wildlife, anything from dolphins and turtles to birds.
7. Guyana Jungle Survival Tour
If you found yourself in the rainforest, the first question you might ask yourself after a jolt of panic might be, “Will I be able to survive?” If you want to be able to answer this question positively and confidently, a survival tour might save your life one day. Learning how to build a fire, forage for food and build shelter hands-on while in the middle of the beautiful rainforest in Guyana will not only be an amazing and sweet experience, but a useful one for the future.
8. Multisport Adventure in Nicaragua
Often overshadowed by the large neighboring countries of Mexico and Colombia is Nicaragua; despite its small size, it has plenty to offer. Starting off in the capital city of Granada, you’ll be able to kayak through the 365 tiny islets surrounding it before exploring the wildlife surrounding Mombacho Volcano and ziplining across the canopy of the cloudforest top the volcano. On this Nicaragua multisport tour, you will get to bike on the island of Ometepe, and go horseback riding along the Pacific shores of San Juan del Sur. Nicaragua, though small in size, compensates for its amazing qualities for adventure and wonder
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