Forget the museums and historical tours, let’s go deep into the jungle, explore underwater caves, or hike up huge cliffs. Nature vacations are all about the natural resources of the places you go visit. You get to explore a new place, get in touch with nature, and satisfy your need for adventure.
Though the world is overflowing with beautiful landscapes that are sure to impress all nature lovers and leave you with an amazing post-vacation Instagram feed, not all of them work when it comes to adventure seeking. There are countries that protect their natural resources so there aren’t that many hands-on activities for visitors to do involving nature, is more of a passive sight-seeing type of deal. What you need to be looking for are places where locals have built fun and interesting activities around their surroundings. Here’s a short list of some of the most popular destinations amongst adventurers.
You’d need an entire month to get through everything Costa Rica has to offer, and you’d still miss some. There are zip line tours, rock climbing, waterfall rappelling tours, rafting in the rapids, cave exploring, and of course, rainforest hiking trails. There’s no shortage of extreme outdoor activities in Costa Rica, which means there are lots of official tours to guide you through the many options available. Really all you need to do is book a ticket and decide how you want to get the first adrenaline rush of the trip.
This one is for cave lovers. Kentucky is home to the largest system of underground caves in the entire continent. Naturally, there are many tours designed to take visitors underneath the ground and into the Mammoth Cave National Park. There are short tours offering a cursory glance through the caverns and more comprehensive ones that will take you deep into the system. Be sure to plan your visit before the summer and around fall, though, as Kentucky can get pretty muddy during the summer and insanely cold around winter.
This one as another cave, but it has a fast-flowing subterranean river going through it. The Hang Song Dung Cave it’s one of those places you really have to plan to visit beforehand as it’s not that easy to reach and a permit is required to even be allowed into the tours. The effort is absolutely worth it, the cave is stunning and it’s not an extremely popular destination, so you get to feel like an authentic explorer instead of a tourist.
For snorkeling, diving, and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the endangered giant turtles visit Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This the island that led Darwin to develop his evolution theory, and you can still see a version of the wildlife that inspired him thanks to its conservatorship program. You’ll run into sharks, penguins, iguanas, and many bird species flying around. Aside from enjoying the wildlife, there are also lots of diving, surfing, boating and hiking tours available.Take a chance on your next vacation and book a flight to one of these breathtaking destinations. They’ll provide you with enticing opportunities to actively enjoy some of the most beautiful sights the world has to offer. Plus, you’ll get to tell some pretty impressive stories about how you ziplined through the jungle or explore an ancient underwater cave.