5 Best Adventure Travel Trips on EarthApril 2nd, 2012 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on 5 Best Adventure Travel Trips on Earth
Obviously, there is no definitive source we can refer to which objectively points out which five trips on earth represent the absolute best bang for your buck in adventure travel. Having said that, you could do worse than pick a spot or two from the following list in the next year and make it a point to go there. Call it a wish list, bucket list or whatever other buzzword floats your boat. Just don’t arrive at the end of life without having visited one or two.
1. Galapagos Islands – If this group of relatively young volcanic islands 525 miles off the coast of Ecuador sounds familiar, they should. This is the spot to which naturalist Charles Darwin traveled aboard the H.M.S Beagle in 1835. The observations he made there provided the foundation for his eventual earth-shattering book called The Evolution of the Species. It’s no small feat to actually reach the Galapagos Islands, and tourism is limited, but do what you must to take a gander at this desolate, pristine aquatic wilderness.
2. Grand Canyon – If you’re a fan of big, deep, wide canyons, have we got a trip for you. Generally considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, you can fly over the Grand Canyon by plane, raft the roiling waters of the Colorado
River that carved it, or even take a multi-day mule trek to the bottom of this magnificent cut in the earth. At 277 miles long, 18 miles wide at some points, and over a mile deep at others, there’s a lot of canyon to see.
3. Great Barrier Reef – Off the northeast coast of Australia you’ll find the world’s largest coral reef system. This 133,000 square mile area is comprised of 2,900 individual reefs, 900 islands, and more sharks than you can shake a stick at. Sound fun? Then get to it!
4. Antarctica – Tired of long, hot summers? It’s always cool – some would say frigid, and they would be right – at the bottom of the world. Antarctica contains the earth’s south pole and is one of the most remote spots on the planet, but don’t let that stop you from booking passage on an icebreaker and heading on down.
5. Mount Kilimanjaro – We’ll keep this one short and sweet. Literary buffs, if it’s good enough for Ernest Hemingway, it’s good enough for you. ‘Nuff said.
If the thought of one of these magnificent spots doesn’t stir your blood at least a little, there’s a good chance you’re not even human. Have fun!
The Jetsetter Show Team
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