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Kromdraai Rd, Johannesburg, South Africa
Take a tour down into the Sterkfontein Caves where you will see some beautiful underground rock formations, and also learn about one of the most important discoveries in the search for our origins. Forming from dolomitic limestone some 20 million...
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Male', Maldives
Surfing world class breaks with minimal people in the water was priceless. The guides at Tropicsurf will make sure to find you the best waves around while housing you at the 5 star Four Seasons Resort. Nothing better than a great day of endless...
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Bahía Bioluminiscente, Puerto Rico
This was the experience of a lifetime. We were fortunate to be there on the required dark night with no moon. We used see-through canoes to paddle to the middle of this inlet off the Caribbean at midnight. All wildlife in the very clear water was...
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Jinding Ave, Huangshan Qu, Huangshan Shi, Anhui Sheng, China, 245700
This day marked one of the best moments in my time on earth. Hiking to the top of Yellow Mountain, Huangshan, in China brought disorienting happiness. Each peak boasted views worthy of heaven. Lying on a snow capped peak overlooking the clouds, my...
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2058 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, NC 28604, USA
My fiance, Jesse, is the epitome of the spirit of adventure, travel, and fun! SCUBA in Cancun or Bonaire, hiking the Appalachian Trail, jumping out of planes while serving in the military...next he wants to cruise around the world...you name it...
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3800 Sundlauenen, Switzerland
While many walked through the streets of the small town, I decided to head along the river and came across this beautiful view of Lake Brienz.
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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
After 3 days of rhino tracking by foot with an armed ranger we were rewarded with seeing this Mom and her baby. With the wind in our faces and the sun at our backs, we learned to follow footprints and droppings to this spectacular sight.
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...
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McMurdo Station, Antarctica
In my work at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, I was fortunate to take a Sea Ice Survival Class. Luckily, my instructor felt adventuresome and instead of conducting boring ice core tests, we climbed to the top of an Antarctic island and explored the...
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4188 Wilkinson Rd, Havre De Grace, MD 21078, USA
Vistas are truly more beautiful when you've earned them. Tired to the bone from a 60-mile ride through the hills of northern Maryland, I stopped to snap this photo of the gorgeous countryside. It cannot capture the sweet, wet smell of grassy...
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3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
This 27-acre attraction in North Vancouver gets the heart racing with a suspension bridge that bounces 230 feet above a forested river gorge. Even more spectacular, however, is the Cliffwalk, a labyrinth of walkways along the granite flank of...
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
It's the quintessential thing to do in Sydney, and it's alot of fun! You won't get a better bird's-eye-view of Sydney's amazing landmarks— including the Opera House and Luna Park— than from the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge. #afarexperiences...
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Bloukrans River Bridge, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa
But that doesn't mean that you won't want to hop off this insane height (216 metres (709 ft) above the Bloukrans River!). For my part, I happily watched from across the canyon. I am a chicken, what can I say... For the more brave amongst us,...
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In Mindo I decided to try canyoning, which is walking down a waterfall. At the top of the narrow muddy jungle trail next to the falls a guide strapped me into a harness and put me on a rope. He showed me how to belay myself with my dominant hand,...
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Luang Namtha, Laos
A great way to splurge in Laos, is by participating in the Gibbon Experience at the Bokeo Nature Reserve. Over a few nights stay, you get to zipline from tree house to tree house, sleep in the tree houses and support Gibbon preservation!
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Wosnesenski Glacier, Alaska 99603, USA
First, we flew into the heart of the Kenai Mountains in a float plane and landed on a glacial lake. We hiked up the moraine of the Wosnesenski with crampons on our feet and skis on our packs. We camped on the glacier for three nights and skied...
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Hanapepe, HI 96716, USA
At the end of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail lies the most perfectest beach. Gorgeous 360 degree views of cliffs and ocean, fine white sand, natural waterfall for your bathing and hydration needs, tropical fruit ripe for the picking, sea caves, and...
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Nayón, Sector Huertayacu. Quito, Quito, Ecuador
I have a small (to medium) fear of heights and any activity that requires me to fly unsupported through the air sounds terrible. But I’d never zip lined before so I figured I should try it in Mindo. Our guide Jorge drove my friend Jules and me to...
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Guanacaste Province, Bagaces, Costa Rica
Off a small country road we found this great zip line company. The experience starts with a hike up the mountain where we saw white faced monkeys, birds, and lots of other creatures. At the top we began our descent via zip line. It was a long...
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The Quilotoa Loop is a 124 mile road that drops and rises several thousand feet in elevation and climbers use it to acclimatize for Cotopaxi. The Quilotoa Crater Lake is in the middle of the Loop, about 1000ft down in the middle of a crater ringed...
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1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON L6A 1S6, Canada
What you see here is the most terrifying rollercoaster in the world. This thing is so big that one of Wonderland's original coasters runs beneath it—and is not even visible in this frame. The Leviathan, as it is called, is so large that it...
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Arecibo, Puerto Rico
While honeymooning in Puerto Rico, my husband and I decided to take the road less traveled and forego the all-inclusive resort. Instead, we explored the entire island. Every day was a new adventure, including our trip to the caves. Although this...
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Princess Drive, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Rode with a group for 4 days through the northern mountains of Swaziland, to raise funds for Young Heroes, which cares for the many AIDS orphans in the country. Ended in the capital, Mbabane, just in time for the Bushfire music festival!
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We dove Gordon Rocks in gloomy green water with 10-15ft visibility. About 15 minutes into the dive we rounded a rocky outthrust and saw 2 giant sea turtles swimming through an enormous school of barracuda. The barracuda literally blacked out the...
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Main St, Coxen Hole, Honduras
We visited Roatan Honduras and went ziplining through the jungle with this tour! You climb these Mayan Temple like steps and then down you go through the jungle canopy on a zipline adventure. It wasn't just 1 ride either. There were 12 zips and 2...
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California, USA
This trip was incredible! I am 46 years old and I just started backpacking about 5 years ago. My friend and I started at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park on the western side of the Sierra Nevada and ended at the top of Mt. Whitney in...
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Bahnhofstrasse 25, 7002 Chur, Switzerland
one of the views from the world famous Glacier Express in Switzerland! This was captured when the train was nearing Chur. I had taken the train from Zermatt to Chur and there were many scenic areas where the train was not zooming past but moving...
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Zagora, Morocco
The Sahara. Land of salt caravans, touaregs, lost european adventurers, the death of St. Exupery. A week in Morocco could not go by with out a little taste of life amid the sand dunes. We drove east out from the busy city of Marrakech towards the...
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Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
No one would go with me - chickens - so I jumped on a bus in Cape Town to Gansbaaii, more specifically, Shark Alley, alone. If you go, bring your Dramamine because the waves are more dangerous than the sharks. Bring your kahunas too because once...
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On the horizon just NE of León, Nicaragua, you can make out the giant black mound of Cerro Negro--Central America's youngest volcano. Until 1850, there was NOTHING here! Since then it's erupted dozens of times--coating the surrounding countryside...
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Koror, Palau
Over 10,000 years ago, as the last ice age ended, sea levels rose and filled depressions in Palau’s limestone islands, which became inland marine lakes. There are around seventy of these lakes in Palau, defined by their salinity, and also...
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Lost Arrow Spire, California, USA
The Lost Arrow Spire, one of the most exposing and gravity-pulling Tyrolean traverses. When asked if I wanted to ascend it and traverse it, I said: "Why not?!". The next thing I know, I was rappelling down a detached pillar of granite that one day...
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2950 Camozzi Rd, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S1, Canada
Canadian Mountain Holiday is your best bet for a powder heaven in Canada. If you are an advanced skier/snowboarder and don't mind riding in a helicopter, then this adrenaline pumping adventure is your best fit. Revelstoke is a gorgeous mountain...
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McCarthy, AK 99566, USA
We contracted with St. Elias Guide Service and Wrangell Air for a guided backcountry trip out of McCarthy to a place called Skolai Pass, which according to the guide is one of the most remote places in North America. The bush plane took us about...
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The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in Canada is one of the top ten trails in the world to backpack. Between walking on wooden boardwalks, climbing and descending ladders, tidal pools, and camping on beaches, you will not be disappointed....
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Unaka Springs Rd, Erwin, TN 37650, USA
As a lifelong hiker, I wanted to share my love of it with kids from my home city of Charleston, SC. I started a hiking club called Youth Gone Wild for ages 9-12. We go on 3 day hikes and an overnighter with the culminating activity a 67 mile, 9...
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Soi Ruammit, Tambon Nong Ruea, Amphoe Nong Ruea, Chang Wat Khon Kaen 40210, Thailand
As we rode up the mountain at one point I could look to my left and see a sheer drop of the mountain only 3 feet away. We were sitting atop an elephant about 12 feel up in the air and it was a wobbly ride. It was best to look straight ahead. I...
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R400, Mogale, 1911, South Africa
This is one of the richest paleontology sites in the world. These sites team with scientists uncovering hominid fossils aged as old as 2 million years. It's incredible to stand, watch, and reflect as our ancient ancestors are being unearthed....
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533 Carvers Falls Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28311, USA
Wonderful experience. Thirty days later we were on a tour bus and got hit by a loaded gravel dump truck. Take those chances when you can.
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Riding in the back of a 4x4 on a jeep tour or safari, you'll journey through Kaibab National Forest, with its tree-covered prairies and plateaus, and glimpse thousands of years of history and geology. Best of all, a Grand...
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Hartbeespoort Dam, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa
Travel through a short tunnel, and across the dam wall of the Hartebeespoort Dam to get to the main town of Hartebeespoort. As you get through the tunnel, pull off on the side in the designated parking area and take a walk around the dam wall and...
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Bojanala, North West, South Africa
Wake up early, and enjoy a champagne breakfast in a hot air balloon while sailing over the beautiful landscape of the Pilanesberg National Park. Try and spot some hungry lions while sipping on your bubbly. When the ride is over, climb back into...
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Bojanala, North West, South Africa
A drive through a secluded section of the park had us stumble upon a herd of Elephants looking for some tasty leaves!
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
On the most magical island in the World I stole myself away from the sun and surf for a few hours and made what is called the "cross-island hike." The island of Rarotonga sits like a witch's hat on top of the sea, with a small flat brim at the...
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Livingstone
My uncle did this exact same jump a few years back and made a bet with a friend that he would yell out "Geronimo!" as he leaped from the platform. Well, he failed miserably and has never lived it down. When I decided to take the fall in September...
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C28, Namibia
We had the opportunity to go quad biking in the Namib Desert up Dune 7 and see the surreal image of a vast desert with the Atlantic ocean in the horizon
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Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
Having studied abroad in Australia, I took the month following classes to explore New Zealand. A definite highlight was hoping aboard a boat and cruising through the fiordlands for a couple days.
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Maine, USA
A certain amount of dedication is required to see the sunrise. You have to commit to getting up early, then fight the urge to hit snooze when "go time" comes around. You drag yourself out of bed and to the prime sunrise watching spot - in this...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains was considered a glitzy and expensive PR move when it opened in 2007. Today the 1.9-mile span, the longest unsupported span in the world, ferries hikers, bikers, and...
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Göreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
The best way to see the amazing rock formations and mountain caves in Cappadocia is to take a sunrise balloon ride. The incredible vistas in the region are due to the erosion over thousands of years of volcanic rock. To make it even more...
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Jalan Cinta Mata Mesilou, 89308 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
Just getting to Mt. Kinabalu in Boreno was an adventure, but after days of traveling we finally got to the base of one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia. We hiked all day to stop and rest at a mountain lodge where you rest to climb to the...
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Makapuu Lighthouse Rd, Hawaii Kai, HI, USA
For some reason (beyond jetlag), I wake up very early in Hawaii. Perhaps it's the promise of early morning view like this one, after a pretty simple hike.
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Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
That's me there hanging on for dear life! This was the most exciting and terrifying experience of my life. The guide recognized a certain adventurous spirit in our group based on the fact that we were all serving in Peace Corps in various...
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Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
If you like surfing big waves, do what I did and grab a rental board from Cabo Surf Shop and drive around the South End of the peninsula and North about 30+ miles to Todos Los Santos. The waves come in very clean and very big. There is no real...
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1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031, USA
Roller coasters, oh yeah! Six Flags is a classic theme park with roller coasters, carnival rides, hot dogs and funnel cakes on the midway and evening shows with gunfights and singing contests. But Six Flags also has a 10,000 square foot water park...
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Lake Eyasi, Tanzania
The Hadza of northern Tanzania are among the last people who continue to survive by hunting and gathering; they live as all hominids lived for millions of years. Fewer than a thousand remain, with only about 250 still practicing their traditional...
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Picnic Rd, Herod, IL 62947, USA
Get everyone outdoors and spend a day hiking, climbing and picnicking in one of Illinois’ most beautiful parks. Garden of the Gods is part of the Shawnee National Forest and has 5.5 miles of interconnected trailways meandering around beautiful...
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Sri Lanka
My driver spies the animals — jackals, boar, crocodiles and peacocks so far — much more quickly than I. Speaking of elephants… We see one, not far off in the distance. He’s gorgeous, and surprisingly graceful in his movements. Yes! This safari...
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Machu Pichu, Peru
This month marks the hundred-year-anniversary of the "re-discovery" of this Inca citadel by Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu deserves its clichés--'place of a lifetime,' 'bucket-list destination'...'mystical'...'amazing'... Sometimes, it's okay...
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Baie Rouge, St Martin
After a long wait, my wife and I finally managed to have a proper honeymoon. We spent two glorious weeks in St. Martin. At Baie Rouge, there was an outcropping of rocks near a deep yet clear pool. I told my wife that I was going to jump off and...
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Harar, Ethiopia
We'd read about the Hyena Men in Harar before our trip, and there was no way we were going to pass up the chance to see them. Harar started out with just one Hyena Man, but now there's a second, and they both keep up a nightly tradition of calling...
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116 Wood Rd, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
Man, zip lining in Ketchikan, Alaska's forest canopy was beyond AMAZING! This 7 rope course was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially for someone who is terrified of heights!
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el, Calle Buenos Aires, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
It was a girls-only trip for my mother and me after I graduated college. It had its bumps and bruises (literally) as we bumbled from the Costa Rican interior (doing the usual zip-lining, river rafting and waterfall repelling) to the Pacific Coast....
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Sigiriya sits in an area dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high. According to an ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477–495 C.E.) for his new capitol. He built his palace on the top of this...
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Vittangivaara, 981 91 Kiruna, Sweden
After a few minutes of sledding, I felt pretty good, pretty solid. “I’ve got this!” I thought. I started getting a little cocky, took a little air over a bump, took one hand off the sled to pick up the secondary brake that allows slowing, rode on...
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Athabasca Glacier, Improvement District No. 12, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Standing on the white-blue ancient ice of the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, Canada, fulfilled a lifelong dream I never knew I had. The Athabasca Glacier, a tongue of ice 6 kilometers long and one kilometer wide, is part of the Columbia Icefields,...
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Named after the blue haze that cloaks the region—which some link to oil droplets from the multitude of eucalyptus trees—the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area is a staggering 2.5-million-acre swath of sandstone canyons, cliffs,...
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Gadir, Morocco
Just outside the town of Safi is a beach called Plage Lalla Fatna. Follow the sign off the main coastal highway down the winding dirt road to the sand. Here you will find Yassine. Owner of the only surf shop in Safi and curly hair for days. The...
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Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail, Utah 84716, USA
It’s hard to imagine a waterfall in the midst of the desert landscape of southern Utah; the fact that Calf Creek Falls exists here makes it a truly special destination. Marvel at the remarkable contrast between the green riparian creek area and...
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Limón Province, Costa Rica
Tucked in the Rainforest of Costa Rica is this incredible Ecolodge. We whitewater rafted all morning to arrive at the lodge, our river guides acted as chefs and general grounds keepers upon arrival, and we were treated to the absolute best food we...
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Experiencing this short dog sled ride was one of the highlights of our trip to Alaska. You can tell the dogs are very happy to do their job and it really is incredible to see the strong bond between the driver and the dogs.
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Fray Gregorio Jiménez de La Cuenca, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
The lake, seen at high altitude from a glider is one of the best adventure experiences in Valle de Bravo. Alas del Hombre is a 30 year old company that offers the opportunity to glide near the lake and hike through the nearby forest in Amanalco....
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Iztaccihuatl, Puebla, Mexico
Climbing season extends throughout the year. Except April and May, the rainy season, pretty much any time is good for a visit either the Iztaccíhuatl. Whether you plan a short hike around the base or a full ascent, be sure to take a local guide...
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Velo de Novia, Avandaro, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
When I worked at a summer camp at Valle de Bravo, we used to take kids near the Velo de Novia (Bride's Veil) waterfall. We actually used to rappel int he place. Even if it was a fairly well known at the time, the place was visited by only a few...
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At around 120 feet high, easily 50 feet wide, and fed by the Arroyo Chico river barreling down from jungle peaks, El Salto del Limón Waterfall is an awe-inspiring addition to any Samana peninsula trip. With family in tow, be sure to secure some...
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5114 Overseas Hwy, Key West, FL 33040, USA
There's no better way to explore the sea life-rich mangroves around Key West than on a tour with Lazy Dog. My knowledgeable guide taught our group all about non-stinging indigenous jellyfish, colorful sponges, manatee and turtle grass conservation...
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2 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Fury offers several water sports packages for the Keys. I chose the parasailing, jet skiing, and snorkeling package. For about four hours I was in the waters about a mile or two off Key West crashing waves on a jet ski and holding on for my life...
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Mountain climbing is a new found sport for me. And it does not have to be that technical to achieve great heights. But it is a super challenge and not a typical vacation beware. Although the feeling of accomplishment is worth every difficult step....
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Hauptstrasse 36, 3800 Matten bei Interlaken, Switzerland
There isn't anything quite like experiencing a place from a bird’s eye view of 4,500 feet high in the sky. Switzerland, particularly Interlaken, has become a place known for being adventurous and fun. I couldn't imagine any other place to take my...
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Grenada
At almost three feet high, over six feet long, and weighing in the region of 2,000 pounds, full-sized female leatherback turtles are a sight to behold any time of day, but more so in the middle of the night... Lumbering across the beach! Here at...
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I think this is the most mysterious place I have ever been. It is just crazy that no one truly knows who built these or why. Having been to Peru, I could definitely see the Inca influence on the base under the Moai. But I have also been to...
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Manú Province, Peru
An easy 25-minute flight from Cuzco and you can be in the river town of Puerto Maldonado, the start of a truly unforgettable experience in the Peruvian Amazon. A stay at the amazing Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica ecolodge was my first jungle...
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Skaftafell, Iceland
Visiting Skaftafell in the south of Iceland provides a seemingly limitless amount of activities. I went on a 4 hour glacier hike across Svínafellsjökull and it was worth every heavy, crampon-laiden step. From the visitors center, there are a...
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Alma, CO, USA
Climbing the Colorado 14ers (14,000 foot or higher peak) is a rewarding summer and early fall activity. Set out early Saturday morning, bring water, snacks, layers, and a camera. Mount Democrat is a 4-mile round trip with over 2,000 feet of...