There are two kinds of people: those who go on a vacation to relax and those who prefer adventurous getaways to help them get out of their everyday routine in a most memorable and adrenaline-pumping way. In the last couple of years, the number of those in the latter category has grown significantly, prompting tour operators to include more extreme getaways in their catalogs. Today, let’s take a look at a few of the best getaways for adventure-loving adrenaline junkies.
Jebel Jais Via Ferrata, UAE
The first commercial via ferrata in the Middle East has opened recently on the highest mountain of the United Arab Emirates, Jebel Jais. It is not only one of the longest such protected climbing routes in the world with its almost one-kilometer length but also its spectacular sights and adventurous elements. Among others, visitors will have the chance to climb to its highest point of almost 120 meters above ground, be thrilled by climbing at an elevation of 70 meters above the ledge, and enjoy its three zip lines – one of them is 300 meters long!
The Jebel Jais Via Ferrata is perfect for beginners, with no prior technical experience needed to complete the route. And if you catch the taste of climbing, there are many other via ferratas around the world for you to explore.
Diving with the great white shark in South Africa
Gansbaai is a small fishing town in South Africa with a population of less than 12,000. It also happens to be the place with the highest population of great white sharks, right in the area where two oceans meet. This makes it not only a busy tourist destination but also the shark capital of the world.
Those not into getting up close and personal with a great white shark while being in a metal cage, the area offers various other activities, like whale spotting and visiting some of its natural reserves.
Yungas Road, Bolivia
Mountain bikers are always looking for challenging trails to conquer – this is probably why Yungas Road in Bolivia is so popular among them. It is a 56-kilometer long road connecting La Paz and Chulumani – and for years, it has been famous as perhaps the most dangerous road in the world. First, the road ascends to a height of 4.6 kilometers, then it descends 1.2 kilometers – it has a continuous downhill stretch of 64 kilometers with only one short uphill portion.
Part of the attractiveness of the road is given by the fact that it has been basically replaced by a modern road built in the late 1990s and early 2000s, which makes it less traveled by the general public.