For those with a love of extreme adventure, head to Baños in central Ecuador. Here you can ride horses up the side of a volcano, hike in a cloud forest, and plummet down thundering waterfalls. I never quite understood the thrill of adventure travel until I found myself hanging halfway down a 200-foot waterfall. Trusting the ropes to hold me, I tilted my head back and let the water sting my face. I was part of nature. Dozens of adventure companies line the main street of the city center, so shop around for the best value adrenaline-fuelled drop.